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. Entry includes morning/afternoon tea and admission to the exhibition. What more could you want!
Where: Australian Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
When: Monthly to December 2022, see website for dates
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!
Where: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour
When: Open Thursday - Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday
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.
Where: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula
When: Tuesdays during the school term, keep your eye on the website for term 3 details
4. Seedlings Nature School At Royal Botanic Gardens
Each Tuesday and Thursday during the 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!
Where: Botanic Gardens Cafe, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school term
5. A Trip to Taronga Zoo
It's a true icon of the city for good reason; and Taronga Zoo appeals to all ages and stages—making it a surefire winner of a day with babies, toddlers, preschoolers and beyond. For a super special visit, why not try an up-close Animal Encounter? Smaller kids are sure to get heaps out of these and really appreciate the experience!
Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
When: Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm
6. 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.
Where: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour
When: 9.30-5.30 or 10 - 4pm daily
7. ARTplay At Museum Of Contemporary Art
Finally back running in person after a long break due to the pandemic, ARTplay offers a warm and welcoming space on Wednesday mornings at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 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!
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
When: Keep your eye on the website for term 3 dates and details
8. Kids Activities At Powerhouse Museum
There really is so much to see and do at the Powerhouse Museum; including some hands-on science experiments, block-building tables and more. If the sun is shining, there's also an outdoor play area that is great for blowing off steam!
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo
When: 10am - 5pm daily, 10am - 9pm on Thursdays
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.
10. 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. We love Planet Mino in Chatswood!
Where: 10 Smith Street, Chatswood
When: Weekdays 9am - 4pm, weekends 9am - 5pm
11. Burra Play Space at the Australian Museum
The exciting new state-of-the-art education and play space Burra will immerse you in Western science and First Nations knowledge on a fascinating journey through Country. Replacing the former Search and Discover zone and Pre-historic Playground, Burra continues the museum's commitment to offering children a hands-on approach to discovering the natural world. Little adventurers can immerse themselves in an exploration of the giant Burra (eel), discover the surrounding sensory walls and engage their imagination in the interactive play zone!
Where: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Darlinghurst
When: 10am - 5pm weekdays, 10am - 9pm on Thursdays, 9am - 5pm weekends
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