Best Things To Do In Sydney When The Grandparents Have Got The Kids

  • Family

I don't know about your parents, but when mine take the kids out for the day in Sydney, they manage to find a whole new world of activities that I have either been too busy (or too lazy!) to explore. They relish the nostalgia of taking the kids somewhere that they took me as a kid (that I had forgotten about). They basically see the good in every attraction that as a parent you often put in the "too hard" "too expensive" or "too time-consuming" category.

Being a grandparent means you (generally) have more patience than us time-poor Mums, plus grandparents have all the wisdom in the world to share when your toddler asks "why" for the umpteenth time! 

If your parents are Sydney based, or in town to visit the grandkids, here are our top 6 activities for grandparents in Sydney... it will be hard to tell who enjoys these outings more at the end of the day!

1. Jump On A Sydney Ferry!

Sydney Ferries
For a change of scenery, grab the kids and head out on the water on a Sydney ferry.


Who doesn't love going for a ride on a Sydney Ferry? Summer, autumn, winter... whatever the season, a trip with the grandkids on a Sydney Ferry service is always a winner. There are loads of different ferry services in Sydney that your little boaties will love, so why not make a day of it?

Visit the Sydney Ferries website to find a ferry ride that's right for you.

2. Playgroup NSW

Playgroup NSW
Grandparents are always welcome at a Sydney playgroup!


If grandma and grandpa have your young kids on a regular basis, joining a playgroup is a wonderful way for them to establish a routine with your child, and potentially make some new friends themselves. Playgroup NSW is frequented by lots of grandparents and they hold around 1,000 playgroup sessions every week all over Sydney. Most playgroups meet once a week for a couple of hours and are fairly informal gatherings where babies, toddlers and preschool-aged children along with their carers come together in a relaxed and friendly environment to connect, play and learn. And it's less than $1 per week if you're a member!

Find one in your area via Playgroup NSW.

3. Explore A Kid-Friendly Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art has regular kids arts programs to keep them entertained. 


Another outing to get the kids using their imaginations and learning (because "too much TV will make their eyes square" - okay Mum) is to explore one of Sydney's kid-friendly museums. There are so many to choose from, including the Museum of Contemporary Art for its Art Baby and ARTplay events (find out more about their family-friendly events here); the Justice and Police Museum for learning about Sydney's seedy past, the Powerhouse for its interactive steam trains and Wiggles exhibition, the Australian Museum for little dinosaur lovers and Sydney Living Museums for exploring Australia's colonial past and more.

Take a look at our guide to the Best Kid-Friendly Museums In Sydney for more inspiration.

4. Entertainment Park

Entertainment Park
Got the kids when it's stinking hot or pouring with rain? Entertainment Park is the perfect indoor destination for some family fun!


Entertainment Park is your one-stop-shop for indoor entertainment and fun, whether it be for a fun family day out or a birthday celebration! Whether the kids feel like go-karting, bowling, virtual reality, racing car simulators or traditional old-style arcade games, this family-owned and operated venue will keep your kids occupied for hours on end.

There are also some unique touches such as barbershop and party shop as well as conveniences such as the all-important on-site cafe and plenty of on-site parking. Race you there! 

5. Darling Harbour

Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour
Kids will love exploring the natural beauty at the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour.


My parents absolutely love to take the grandkids to Darling Harbour, probably because the kids love it so much and there's so much on offer. Darling Harbour is a kid-friendly one-stop-shop where you can spend a whole day doing something new and exciting every hour. There are the big attractions like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, but there are also some hidden gems, like the Chinese Garden of Friendship with its stepping stones, bridges, waterfalls and gorgeous temples. Here, grandparents can enjoy the tranquil tea garden serving a selection of dim sum and scones and also daily fish feeding. Kids can also spend hours at the playground and water play area in the middle of Darling Harbour. 

Check out our ellaslist venue for useful information before visiting Darling Harbour.

6. Pick A Playground

Sydney playgrounds
Keep the grandparent activities simple with a visit to a Sydney playground.


Sometimes it's best to just keep it simple - and all kids love spending time at playgrounds. Like I said, my folks, can spend hours at the same park without getting bored. So find a playground in your area - here are some of the best playgrounds in Sydney, or head further out to a destination playground or even an exciting adventure playground to really get the heart rate up. With a picnic packed, it can easily be an all-day affair for very little money or energy spent on your parents' behalf.

7. Curl Up In A Kids' Library

Sydney Kid-friendly libraries
Sydney is full of kid-friendly libraries, just take your pick!


Grandparents love libraries! Not only are they quiet, but they are also a great screen-free venue where the kids can explore the wonder of books. If your parents think your kids spend "too much time on their devices", then point them in the direction of one of Sydney's best kid-friendly libraries. Here they can enjoy things like Rhyme Time or Story Time or just curl up in a quiet corner with a good book to read the grandkids. 

More Things To Do With Little Ones

Best Music Classes For Toddlers and Babies
Top Things To Do with Babies and Toddlers in Sydney
Sydney's Top Beaches for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Have you signed up to our newsletter? Join ellaslist to get the best family and kid-friendly events, venues, classes and things to do NEAR YOU!

 

Reviews