Best of Winter for Kids in Sydney 2016

  • Preschoolers
    Mums & Bubs

From ice skating to snowman building to igloos in the CBD  – Sydney loves to sparkle and glisten with wonderful Winter events for the whole family. Here’s ellaslist’s top picks for things to do with families this Winter 2016!

Indoor & Outdoor Ice Skating

We’ve put together a great list of the best places to ice skate around Sydney this Winter. Whether you’re a complete novice or know a few tricks on the ice there’s sure to be an indoor or outdoor ice rink near you to let you get in on the icy action! Some 2016 pop-up ice rinks include ice skating in non-traditional places like the beach with snow slides, toboggans and food and art festivals. Your kids will simply delight with all that’s on offer for them this Winter around Sydney!


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Cool Yule at Darling Harbour

Brrr-ace yourself for some cool family fun at Darling Harbour these winter school holidays! Cool Yule is a little cosier this year and hosted by Nova 96.9, but it’s sure to add a little sub-zero fun to your day. Grab your sweetheart for a spin on the ice which is set to be bigger and better than ever, pop your mittens on for a play in a real Snow Pit, stroll through the enchanting Frozen Forest or take a pic at the Cool Yule selfie station! There will be storytelling for kids and activities presented by the beloved Monkey Baa Theatre company. July 2-17.


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Parramatta Winterlight

Winterlight offers a massive open air rink with outside bar, delicious themed food and an outdoor cafe area under the twinkling lights. Experience the Alpine Winter Village, market stalls, performances and ice dancers, and a special Snow Flake Garden. This is a Winter extravaganza! July 1-17.  Read all about our visit to Parramatta Winterlight last year so you’ll know what to expect.



Bondi Winter Magic

“Sizzles in Summer, sparkles in Winter!” The Bondi ice rink will be open in front of the Bondi Pavilion again this year, and novices can take lessons with some of Australia’s top coaches each morning if they so desire. It will feature a huge outdoor ice rink, music, theatre, storytelling, visual arts and hot foods, all washed down with a mug of mulled cider. New to Bondi Winter Magic 2016 is Camels on the Beach! Ride a camel across the iconic Bondi Beach sand from June 19-July 30, and back again is the ever popular ice shows by the Stars on Ice champions.


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Winter Festival at St Mary’s Cathedral

Transforming the forecourt of the iconic St Mary’s Cathedral, Winter Festival brings Australia’s largest open-air ice-skating rink to the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Get in early to book an igloo, penguin skating aide or Wonderland Birthday party! There will be fantastic entertainment for the whole family, delicious food, warming drinks, and Winter-themed activities like the Powder Pit where you can dodge a snowball and Toboggan rides! June 30- July 17. 


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Snow Time in the Garden- Hunter Valley

Snow Time in the Garden brings 3 super fun weeks of Winter activities that are bigger and better than last year! Enjoy ice skating undercover in the Snow Time Marquee (20% bigger than last year), a 25 metre long ice toboggan (twice as long as last year), a Snow Play Zone (double the size of last year) where you can build your own snow man, or just enjoy the entertainment with a warm beverage in hand. Each day, have unlimited play on jumping castles and 2 super fun inflatable obstacle courses, as well as the Hunter Valley Super Slide, Snow Time face painting, a Giant Snow Globe, Arcade Alley, the Snow Ball Challenge, a chance to meet some snow dogs, and ice sculpting demos. All activities are free once admission has been paid.  June 25-July 17. 


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Some Other Ideas


Our Favourite Chilly Treat

Or does your family enjoy ice cream in the Winter? It seems to be a bit of an Australian tradition to enjoy a cone in the cooler months…so here’s our pick of the Best Ice Cream Parlours around Sydney. If you fancy something a little warmer, treat them to one of these deluxe babycinos!



Fruit Picking

All that skating and snow action can sure take it out of you, so keep your Vitamin C up with fruit picking in Winter where oranges, lemons and limes and all ripe and ready for the picking!



Take the Kids to the Snow

Check out our great tips for taking kids to the snow for the first time.




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