Best things to do with Babies in Sydney
- Mums & Bubs
Why should the big kids have all the fun? We've handpicked the best ideas for babies in Sydney so you and bub can have some precious bonding time while enjoying the sights and sounds of our wonderful city.
Amazing Animal Activities
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Animal Encounters invites little ones nice and close to their favourite fluffy animal. Dine with a koala, pat a python and feed a cassowary! And if you have brekkie with a koala, you get to have a private tour and can say g’day to the animals before the crowds come in.
Royal Botanic Garden
It’s a botanical and cultural oasis that’s perfect for a picnic and an afternoon of imaginative play amongst the almost mystical bushes. A great way to get around is to take a ride on the Choo Choo Express mini train service – you get to take a load off your feet and your little ones enjoy the excitement of a mini train ride.
Calmsley Hill City Farm
There's always something on at this ever-popular city farm. From animal petting to cow milking, tractor rides, a stock whip show, a working dog show, and a koala talk, your little one will seriously fall in love with animals.
Baby Friendly Beaches
These calm, protected beaches are perfect for baby's first dip in the ocean. Us parents love them too!
Activities For Active Babies
Ultimate Sydney Indoor Play Centre
Ultimate Sydney in Northmead is a huge entertainment venue, launched in 2016 by two mums who have 7 children between them. It is home to Australia’s largest indoor play centre, divided in two, so little ones are kept safe and secure. Open daily.
Seriously Serene Indoor Playtime
At Nubo, the blue and white colour scheme and instrumental nursery rhymes contribute to the totally serene, heavenly play time experience so different to the chaos of many other play centres. Little crawlers will love the blue ball pit and imagination zones.
Indoor Playgrounds in Shopping Malls
If the weather is pouring down or you simply can’t be bothered to go on a gruelling trek, then pop into your local shopping mall! You can do some shopping, get a coffee and let the kids go wild in the Best Indoor Playgrounds In Shopping Malls. The bonus is that most of the indoor play areas are more suited for younger kids so the older ones get bored and leave very quickly.
Mums & Bubs Movies
Take your baby with you and watch a great movie in your local cinema without any worries about your baby getting restless and disturbing the audience. That’s what Mums and Bubs movies sessions are designed for and we’ve rounded up the best in Sydney.
Fenced Playgrounds For Baby Walkers
As mums of new walkers will know, finding a playground which is fenced makes the whole outing so much easier! You’re not worrying constantly about your mini-houdinis wandering off onto roads or other trouble. Take a look at some of our favourite fenced playgrounds across Sydney – they’re so good your little ones won’t even want to escape! If it's a hot summer's day, then scrap the adventure playgrounds and head straight to a FREE water play park!
Australian National Maritime Museum
Grab the Free Galleries Ticket at the Maritime Museum which covers the permanent galleries and the under 5’s play zone Mini Mariners Play. Mini Mariners is an interactive gallery and play space for kids under five, with free-play games, activities and displays specially designed to stimulate their growing minds and inspire their curiosity.
Sydney Living Museums
The gorgeous collection of 12 Sydney Living Museums properties offers sprawling lawns, fountains, animals and fascinating historic houses to explore. They are the perfect destinations for kids encouraging hands-on activities like museum kids’ trails, cooking meals and lots of other exciting activities. During school holidays, we recommend taking one of their Family Tours or Kids in the Kicthen workshops- educational and engaging for the whole family!
Art Gallery of NSW
If you have a flowering artist or just a kid that loves to get their hands scribbling furiously, then they’ll love the Art Gallery! Admission is free, and so are the permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events. The Tours for Tots and Drop-In and Make sessions are great for kids 5 years and younger. See their free activities here.
We just can’t get enough of Kidspace at the Australian Museum. This dedicated area for under-5’s is a treasure trove of nature. There are dress-ups, puzzles, art & craft, puppets, animals and lots of interactive activities.
The Powerhouse Museum offers so many fun things for little ones. Our crew love visiting the trains and exploring the outdoor playground. And let’s not forget the Wiggles exhibition, that was recently renovated and fit with an intercative big red car, and memorabilia from the new cast including Lachie's teddy bear and Emma's ballet slippers.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
With its continually changing program of exhibitions and workshops we never get tired of visiting the MCA with our little ones. For Mums and bubs, take the Art Baby guided tour and multi-sensory play session. Our top pick is the Lucky Charms room on Wednesday mornings during Art Play where kids can enjoy exhibition-related toys and games in a room filled with 600 soft, sculptural good luck charms.
Treat Your Little Treasures
Treat your kids (and yourself) to a fun meal out. Here are a couple of delicious and kid-friendly ideas:
- Kid-Friendly Cafes with a Play Area
- Best Cafes Near Playgrounds
- Yummiest Chocolate Cafes
- Have a Cuppa and a Cuddle at Sydney’s Cat Cafes
- Kid-Friendly Cafes With A View
- Top 10 Cafes With A Playground
- Delicious Babycinos
- Sydney's yummiest milkshakes
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