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30 Unique Things To Do In Sydney With Kids (For Locals)

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Are you looking for things to do in Sydney with kids because you’re sick of going to the same playgrounds or doing the same kids activities every single weekend?

Or maybe you’re looking for indoors kids activities in Sydney when it’s raining or when it’s unbelievably hot, which doesn’t involve walking around a museum which none of the family are actually interested in anyway. Or maybe you just need some time out so you can send them off to an awesome kids activities in Sydney they’ll love!

Fear not! We’ve asked our readers what are their favourite things to do with kids in Sydney, and combined them with our own findings to bring you this unique and fun post for locals and family things to do in Sydney. If you’re visiting Sydney on holidays, then we’ll include some touristy things to do in Sydney as well.


1. Kids Hula Hoop Class In Sydney

Hula Hoops are the kinda thing you can’t walk past without having a go at, so take your kids to this fun hula hoop class in Sydney which is taught by a professional circus performer!

This makes a fab kids party idea in Sydney but also a school holidays activity as well.

Find out more about this fun hoola hoop class in Sydney on ClassBento.


2. Super Kids Sushi Class In Sydney

If you’re looking for things to do in the rain in Sydney with kids then a kids sushi making class in Chatswood might be just the treat.

In this two hour class, you’ll taught by a professional chef where you’ll be able to get stuck into learning new cooking techniques with your kids.

Plus sushi is super healthy and apparently Japanese children have the world’s healthiest diet so this isn’t only a fun kids workshop, but it’s something you’ll be able to do together as a family. Basically it’s a win all round.

Find out more about this Sushi Class For Kids on ClassBento.


3. Amazing Race Style Game At The Botanic Gardens

If your family love the idea of going on a bit of an amazing race style game, then you must book a super cheap Bloomin Botanical trail – a treasure hunt with Adventure Clues, which is also one of the best things to do in the city with kids.

You just need to download the game to crack the cryptic clues which will take you to loads of hidden spots you never new existed within The Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

There’s also a leaderboard on their website so you’re competing against everyone else who’s ever taken part. Will you win?

Find out more about the $25 family friendly Bloomin Botanical Trail with Adventure Clues.


4. Unicorn Craft Class For Kids

If you have a child who is obsessed with unicorns then look no further for this amazing kids birthday idea in Sydney. The unicorn craft class for kids – based in St Leonards – is a brilliant way to spend 2 hours painting their own unicorn money bank as well as having a unicorn themed party.

You just need to make sure you have 10 kids interested to book this fun kids birthday idea in Sydney. They recommend kids between 4-6 years best suit this class.

Find out more about the Unicorn Craft Class For Kids at ClassBento.


5. Terrarium Workshop For Kids In Sydney

You know what’s awesome about having your ver own DIY terrarium? It’s that it’s super easy to look after and only needs watering once a week. Take your kids to design and make their own little jungle at this awesome kids terrarium class in Alexandria.

By creating their own terrarium, your kids will gain a sense of responsibility to look after and nourish something they have created themselves. It also makes a great gift idea if they’re looking to give a birthday present to a friend or loved one.

Find out more about the Terrarium Class For Kids with ClassBento.


6. Head Over To Darling Harbour

@havekidswilltravel_downunder moved to Sydney recently and made a beeline to Darling Harbour because it’s so child friendly. If you’re looking for family activities in Sydney or free things to do in Sydney with kids, then Darling Harbour is the best place to start.

If you’re new to Sydney then make sure you check out the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife Zoo, the incredible Darling Harbour playground (which I’m sure most of you have been there a million times already) and of course the Chinese Gardens of Friendship – which is dirt cheap and absolutely beautiful!

@staceyrolfephotography also mentioned kids under 12 eat free at Fratelli Fresh! This offer is open all day everyday and there’s one in Darling Harbour too!


7. Story Time Art And Craft Class

Image by: Annie Spratt

If you’re looking for things to do with toddlers in Sydney, then we strongly recommend heading over to Padstow for a story time and art class with your kids which is for kids aged 2-5 years.

After story time, you’ll get stuck into making a fun art piece based on the story you’ve just heard with your kids. It’s moments like this which create long lasting memories of the quality time you spent with you children.

Find out more about Story Time And Art Class For Kids at ClassBento.


8. Cupcake Decorating Class For Kids In Sydney

If you’re kids love baking or if they’re completely new to it, then a cupcake decorating class for kids in Sydney could be your next perfect kids party idea!

Based in Cammeray in North Sydney, let your kids bring our their creativity whilst the bake, decorate and eat loads of cupcakes for two hours.

Love this idea? It’s a great kids workshop in Sydney for 4-6 year olds.

Find out more about this Cupcake Decorating Class For Kids with ClassBento.


9. Dreamcatcher Making Workshop For Kids

Let the kids imagination run wild as they learn how to make a dreamcatcher in Sydney. This is a private class for kids ages between 7-18 years and makes an awesome kids birthday party idea in Sydney.

All the kids who design and make their own dreamcatchers in this class will be able to take theirs home to put above their bed.

Find out more about Dreamcatcher Class For Kids with ClassBento.


10. Kids Chocolate Making Class

If you’re looking for more kids birthday party ideas in Sydney, then you can’t go wrong with a chocolate making class at a real life chocolate making factory in Lilyfield!

You’ll need 10 kids or more to book a class which makes for a fab birthday idea. The kids will have the opportunity to choose from various moulds to make their own chocolates and they’ll be able to decorate marshmallows as well!

Find out more about the Chocolate Making Class For Kids with ClassBento.


11. Find The Secret Gardens In Sydney

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There’s four awesome secret gardens in Sydney’s Lower North Shore you need to know about, the best one for kids is Wendy’s Secret Garden as there’s loads of paths so the kids can go exploring without running off.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the tranquility right in the middle of Sydney. Bliss!

READ OUR GARDENS IN SYDNEY GUIDE: 4 Best Secret Gardens in Sydney

Watch our gardens in Sydney video below!


12. Teach Your Expat Kids All About Aboriginal Culture

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If your family are new to Australia, and your unsure about the Aboriginal History & Culture, check out our guide to help the whole family gain a good understanding of it, written by Museum Educator, Tamsin Birch. You’ll find a wealth of resources, museums and sights all across Sydney to take your kids to.

Read Our Guide For Aboriginal History & Culture: How To Educate Expat Kids About Aboriginal History & Culture


13. Brunch At Grounds Of Alexandria

If you’ve not been to The Grounds Of Alexandria yet, get the whole family over there as it’s more than just somewhere to eat. This foodies theme park includes market stalls and a mini farm which is incredibly popular with families. Get there early as it gets busy here at weekends.

Address: The Grounds Of Alexandria, 7a/2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015


14. Unlimited Rides At Luna Park

Luna Park is a classic day out in Sydney with children. There’s actually loads to do in the area which we’ll mention below, but we felt like this one needed it’s own title on this list. Also, you can score cheap unlimited rides from here too.

Book Unlimited rides at Luna Park here.


15. Kirribilli To Lavender Bay Walk

There’s actually a good few things to do in Kirribilli for kids. Just as @staceyrolfephotography told us, you can do a beautiful Sydney Harbour walk from St Mary’s Booth Lookout and along to Luna Park, Wendy’s Secret Garden and finishing off with a swim at North Sydney Olympic Pool. Time it right and pop along to one of the bi-monthly Kirribilli Markets.


16. Fairy Craft Class For Kids

The most perfect birthday treat for any fairy loving child in Sydney is here! Based in Surry Hills, this 2 hour fairy craft class allows your kids to bring out their creativeness whilst they decorate their own fairy wings and masks. There’s also cake as well which make it one of the most unique kids birthday ideas in Sydney.

Find out more about the Fairy Craft Class For Kids with ClassBento.


17. Check Out The New Oatley Park Adventure Playground

I remember visiting my best friend a while ago when the awesome new Oatley Adventure Playground was being built. It looked amazing but I’ll tell you what, this beautiful place is worth a visit, even if you don’t live in South Sydney. This eco friendly playground has been built from using natural materials from the bush and is situated right in the middle of this little pocket of Sydney.

There’s a flying fox and a stationary train on site so you could technically make a whole day of it here.

Address: Oatley Adventure Playground, 1 Dame Mary Gilmore Rd, Oatley NSW 2223


18. Pizza Making Class For Kids

Kids from 10-16 years old can take part in a fun pizza making class in Sydney based in Parramatta at the Sicilian Parramatta restaurant. Here the kids will learn how to make their favourite pizza with a pizza chef and they’ll get to eat it at the end with ice cream for dessert.

This pizza making class makes a brilliant birthday party for kids in Sydney as you’ll need at least 10 kids to book.

Find out more about the Pizza Making Class For Kids with ClassBento.


19. Superhero Class In Sydney

If you’ve got creative kids who have a sense of adventure and a love for superheroes, then a Superhero Craft Class in Sydney based in Cammeray could be an awesome option to keep every child happy!

They’ll be making capes, masks and much more as well as eating lots of cake in this fun kids workshop in Sydney. It’s a private class, so you’ll need 10 kids or more to book this class – perfect for a kids party in Sydney.

Find out more about the Superhero Craft Class For Kids with ClassBento.


20. Ian Potter wild play garden at centennial park

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Thanks to @staceyrolfephotography for telling us about the awesome Ian Potter’s Wild Play Garden in Centennial Parklands. It’s been specifically designed for kids between 2-12 years and offers up a variety of activities all within one space including: a slide, water jets, rope bridges, a tower to climb and much more.

Address: The Ian Potter’s Wild Play Garden, Off Grand Dr, Centennial Park NSW 2021


21. Daniel San In Manly

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Manly with kids, @havekidswilltravel_downunder told us she loves Daniel San because kids eat free between 4-6pm from Mondays – Thursdays. There’s also a kids drawing area to keep them entertained and the Japanese food is excellent.

Address: Daniel San, 55 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095


22. Natural Skincare Class For Teenagers

If you’re looking for fun things to do for your teenagers in Sydney, take them to this fun natural skincare class in Sydney based in Cammeray.

You’ll kids will learn all about how to make eco friendly, natural products to use on their skin. This is a fantastic opportunity for your children to learn how to look after their skin in the best way possible. This is a 5.5hr class which takes place in school holidays, a great opportunity for you to have a break from the kids for the day!


23. Blaxland Riverside Park and Playground

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Image via Sydneyolympicpark.com.au

There’s an amazing playground at Sydney Olympic Park called Blaxland Riverside Park which is known to be one of the best playgrounds in Sydney.

Expect hidden slides, flying foxes and a massive water play area as well as climbing frames and much more to discover. You could literally spend an entire day here and your kids won’t get bored.

Address: Blaxland Riverside Park, Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127


24. Skateboarding Classes For Kids

Do you have any kids aged between 5-15 years who love skateboarding but want to improve their skills? Or maybe they’ve never skated before and want to learn. Good news is, you’ll be able to book an awesome skateboarding class in Manly with a pro skater. You can book a one on one class for just $40 – money well spent!

Find out more about Skateboarding Classes For Kids In Manly with ClassBento.


25. Manly Surf N Slide

Looking for things to do in Manly with kids? Go and check out Manly Surf N Slide which is a fab little water slide park right next to Manly Wharf. Just remember I said the word little water slide park as there’s just three slides to choose from.

There’s BBQ area and you if you’re looking for kids birthday ideas in Sydney, then definitely check out Manly Surf N Slide. Just make sure you check their website for opening times because it varies from month to month.

Address: Manly Surf N Slide, Commonwealth Parade, Manly NSW 2095


26. Kids Surfing Lessons In Manly

Our other thing to do in Manly for kids is to take kids surfing lessons. If your child wants to improve their surfing skills or if you’re visiting Sydney and your children have never surfed, then make sure you check out these popular surfing lessons in Sydney. It’s for kids aged 7 years+.


26. Ceramic Painting Class For Kids

Bring out your children’s creative side in a ceramic painting class for kids in Sydney based in St Leonards. Your kids will learn the basic techniques of ceramics before making their own piece of art to take home. This two hour class is a the perfect school holidays kids activity in Sydney.

Find out more about Ceramic Painting Classes For Kids with ClassBento.


27. Kids Drumming Workshop

If you’re looking for fun kids party ideas in Sydney, then check out a kids drumming workshop for 3-16 years. Taught by a professional drummer, your kids will have a brilliant time as they learn how to drum and learn basic rhythms from the experts!

Find out more about the Kids Drumming Workshop with ClassBento.


28. Family Friendly Beaches In Sydney

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Looking for some of the best family friendly beaches in Sydney? Check out our popular post to find out where to take your kids swimming in Sydney.

@mia.oh.my told us she loves to take her kids to the tidal pool at Curl Curl, as well as going for a paddle around Manly Dam.

Other family favourites include Balmoral Beach and Clontarf Beach.

Read Our Family Beaches Guide: 20 Best Family Beaches In Sydney


29. Beginners Karate Class For Kids

If you’re kids ages 5+ years are looking to take up a new hobby, take then along to the Kyokushin Karate centre in North Bondi. With views overlooking Bondi Beach, your kids will learn the basic techniques of karate and self defence from a professional karate expert.

Address: Kyokushin Karate, 5 Military Rd, North Bondi NSW 2026


30. Simply Jump On The Ferry From Circular Quay To Manly

If you’re looking for cheap things to do in Sydney with kids, then simply jump on the Manly ferry. Kids love this activity no matter how long they’ve been in Sydney.


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