Sydney is a great place to take the family with plenty of things for the kids to do. The only trouble you will have, will be to decide what to choose to do. Most of the attractions are close to the city centre so you don’t have to travel out too far. Below are some great things to do in Sydney with the kids.
The Sydney Aquarium has over 12,000 creatures from 650 species to educate and entertain the whole family. You can go on a glass-bottomed boat ride through the enormous barrier reef zone so you can see the inhabitants naturally up close. The Discovery Rockpool will be a hit with the kids because they will get the chance to hold or touch variety of small sea creatures. There are always plenty of talks and presentations throughout the day including feeding demonstrations.
Sydney Observatory in The Rocks is where you get to take a virtual tour through our solar system with 3D technology. The Observatory is one of the most significant sites in Australia’s scientific history; it is also the oldest and offers great views across Sydney Harbour. With plenty of interactive exhibitions and telescopes to marvel at the skies, this really is a must for all budding scientists or kids interested in astronomy.
The Australian Museum has a great kids program which is dedicated to the toddlers. Under 5s can explore and investigate in their very own mini museum section which is designed to encourage kids to investigate objects and specimens through magnifying glasses. There are five pods for kids to explore, the bug pod, marine pod, volcano pod, observation pod and imagination pod. Older kids will love the Dinosaur exhibition where they get the chance to learn how dinosaurs lived and died.
Justice and Police Museum
Kids will love to play cops and robbers at the Justice and Police Museum. Adults will enjoy learning about the dark side of Sydney’s past and seeing the courtroom. You can sit behind the magistrates bench, stand within the docks where past criminals would have stood. Take a look at the artefacts of corporal and capital punishment including a leather lash, a hangman’s noose, an isolation mask, a mouth gag and many other physical restraints.
If you don’t mind leaving the city for a day, hop on the ferry and take the kids to Taronga Zoo. It is only a short ride and once there you get to see great views of the harbour. This is a great family outing which the kids are going to love. You will be seriously impressed with the variety of animals at this zoo. As you would expect you will be able to get close to kangaroos’ and koalas, but you will also see animals such as Przewalskis Horses and African Lions.
The above is just a few family days out and attractions which kids in Australia will enjoy to see and do. There is also the IMAX theatre, Madame Tussauds and lots of outdoor parks such as Luna Park and Centennial Park. Sydney is a great place to take the family with no shortage of things to do.