Best Sydney Attractions For Babies, Toddlers And Preschoolers
- Mums & Bubs
While the activities on offer for older kids in Sydney are abundant, if you're a parent with a baby, toddler or preschooler, you'll know what it feels like to have to scavenge for suitable attractions...until now! To make your life a little easier, we've wrapped up the best Sydney attractions for babies, toddlers and preschoolers—so that each and every day with your little one is guaranteed to be full of fun, adventure and new friends (for you too!).
1. Seaside Stroller Tour At Australian Maritime Museum
Hop on an educator-led Seaside Stroller Tour with like-minded parents at the Australian Maritime Museum. For babies up to 18 months, you'll stroll through and immerse yourselves in the latest exhibition before chilling out with some baby playtime in a sensory space. Front packs, baby-slings and breastfeeding are more than welcome. Adults are $23 and babies are FREE. Entry includes morning/afternoon tea and admission to the exhibition. Bookings essential.
2. Playful Penguins & Pig The Dugong At Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Get your happy feet over to SEA LIFE Sydney, where your little one will be wide-eyed as they get up close to the cute and cuddly Little Penguin Colony and meet beautiful Pig The Dugong. Immerse yourselves in the wonders of sea life with a good wander around the aquarium. There are 700+ Australian species there, and over 13,000 individual fish and sea and water creatures. Before you go, here's our guide to surviving Sea Life with under 4s... it can be done! FREE for children 2 and under.
3. Kindercraften At Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
A creative, hand-on playgroup for kids 2 - 5, Kindercraften is on every Tuesday during term time. Watch your child squish, squash, colour and be inspired to make a take-home artwork through investigative art play at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Each week they'll be introduced to a range of creative encounters, methods and materials. The cost is $10 per workshop or $68 for an 8-week term.
4. Seedlings Nature School At Royal Botanic Gardens
Each Thursday during school term a new garden-related theme is explored at Seedlings Nature School suited to children 2.5 - 5 years. Garden Educators will facilitate play-based activities and nature experiences from planting and harvesting to nature-based art and craft to songs, music and dance, plus garden discovery walks and plenty of playtimes. This is a special way for your little one to connect with nature and appreciate its beauty, all while having fun with other mini adventurers! $18 per child per session if booked online prior, $23 on the day. Online bookings highly recommended.
5. Skyzone Little Leapers
Skyzone Little Leapers is a special trampoline toddler time designed especially for kids under 5 to jump for joy! They can jump and play with other little ones in the dedicated indoor trampoline area. Little ones can bounce to their heart’s content in their own safe space. It's only $10 per session and open 10 am - 1 pm daily. No booking required and no need to pack lunch - the Little Leapers meal is perfect for your pocket-sized pouncers with a sandwich, juice, jelly cup and activity kit.
6. Wild Ropes At Taronga Zoo
Did you know that kids can do Taronga Zoo's Wild Ropes from age 3? Your little monkey can safely explore new heights at Taronga's two Wild Ropes children's courses: Koala and Possum. In each one-hour $22 session, your little monkey can climb each course amongst the trees as many times as they'd like! Plus, Zoo Entry is FREE for under 4s. Check out our two-thumbs-up Wild Ropes review.
7. Feeds And Talks At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
There are fascinating daily keeper talks, feeds and animal encounters at this WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, all day, every day. Your little wildlife lover will be in their element learning about a range of exotic creatures and getting up close to iconic Australian animals, including the Aussie Big 5. Snap a selfie with a koala, watch kangaroos hop about, meet Ringo the wombat, spot the platypuses, and see Rocky, the huge saltwater crocodile
8. ARTplay At Museum Of Contemporary Art
Currently running online on Wednesday mornings, ARTplay offers a warm and welcoming space, within which you and your under 5s can explore a range of exhibition-related games and toys, sensory activities and join in for a sing-a-long!
9. The Wiggles Exhibition At Powerhouse Museum
Visit Dorothy’s rose garden, have a boogie on the stage, make some fruit salad, explore the S.S Feathersword, head undersea with Henry the Octopus AND buckle up ready to toot-toot-chugga-chugga in the Big Red Car! The immersive Wiggles Exhibition at The Powerhouse Museum is FREE for the kids, so head over for a Wiggley good time! The exhibition is in its final season—closing for good on the 9th May 2021!
10. Prehistoric Playground At Australian Museum
At the brand-new Prehistoric Playground—part of the huge set of renovations the museum has undertaken over the last year— mini palaeontologists are able to design their own dinosaurs, explore real fossils and investigate how feathers and wings have evolved for flight by making aerodynamic objects inspired by nature! Access to this space is included in free general admission as part of the museums reopening.
If you'd prefer to get out and enjoy the sunshine with your little bubs, playgrounds are a great option and we know Sydney has plenty of them! From sensory playgrounds to all-inclusive playgrounds, and playgrounds with special baby zones, your little ones will love exploring the great outdoors at these great facilities. Find more of Sydney's best playgrounds.
12. Play Centres
For beating rainy day blues and heat-induced meltdowns, Sydney’s Best Indoor Play Centres are the perfect place to let little ones burn off energy, rain, hail or shine. They are full of multi-sensory activities for kids to explore, and most have dedicated play spaces for babies and toddlers.
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