The Best Things to do With Babies in Sydney

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Why should the big kids have all the fun? We've handpicked the best things to do with babies in Sydney so you and bub can have some precious bonding time while enjoying the fabulous places that bring colour and creativity to our wonderful city. 

The Best Things to do With Babies in Sydney

Amazing Animal Activities 

Amazing Animal Activities For Babies In Sydney
Little animal lovers will be wild about Sydney's wildlife sanctuaries.

1. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

In the centre of the CBD, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo invites little ones to get nice and close to their favourite fluffy animals, including the Aussie Big 5. See kangaroos hop about, snap a selfie with a koala and meet Ringo the wombat. Look out for the platypuses, come face-to-face with Rocky, the huge saltwater crocodile, and join the team for daily keeper talks and animal feeds. 

Location: 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney

2. Calmsley Hill City Farm

There's always something fun on the schedule at the ever-popular Calmsley Hill 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 while getting a true working farm experience.

Location: 31 Darling St, Abbotsbury 

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Activities for Nature Babies

Baby-Friendly Beaches In Sydney
Take an adventure to an idyllic harbour beach.

3. Baby-friendly Beaches

Aussie kids love the beach! It is nature's perfect playground, but little ones need special spots to explore the sand and sea.

Sydney's top beaches for toddlers and preschoolers include calm, protected bays, and swimming spots that are perfect for a baby's first dip in the ocean. Parents love them too! 

4. Royal Botanic Garden

This botanical and cultural oasis is perfect for a picnic and an afternoon of imaginative play amongst the almost mystical bushes.

The Royal Botanic Garden is a haven full of expansive green spaces, vibrant blooms and natural wonders, and The Calyx hosts an array of vibrant flora-inspired exhibitions.

Active Baby Action

If your little tyke is fast on their feet, you need a fenced playground!

5. Playgrounds for Baby Walkers

As mums of new walkers will know, finding a playground that 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 playgrounds in Sydney – they’re so good your little ones won’t even want to escape!

6. The Ultimate Indoor Play Centre

Ultimate Sydney
Ultimate Sydney

Ultimate Sydney in Northmead is a huge entertainment venue launched in 2016 by two mums who have seven children between them. It is home to Australia’s largest indoor play centre, divided in two, so little ones are kept safe and secure.

Their Kids World Play Centre (within the all-age facility) caters specifically for younguns 0 to five years.

7. Playgrounds in Shopping Centres

Kiddo Kove
Kiddo Kove at Hornsby Westfield.

If the weather is pouring down or you can’t be bothered to go on a gruelling trek, then pop into your local shopping centre! You can do some shopping, get a coffee and let the kids go wild in the best playgrounds in shopping centres.

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.

8. 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 movie sessions are designed for, and we’ve rounded up the best in Sydney.

9. Water Play Parks

If it's a hot summer's day, then scrap the adventure playgrounds and head straight to one of Sydney's best FREE water parks.

Cultured Cuties

Culture for babies in Sydney
Arty, crafty fun awaits at Sydney's incredible museums and galleries.

10. Australian National Maritime Museum

Under 4s are FREE at the Maritime Museum, so you can explore the incredible exhibitions and marvel at the fleet of ships.

There is a play space for kids under five, with games, activities and displays specially designed to stimulate their growing minds and inspire their curiosity. They also host monthly Seaside Stroller Tours for babies and carers.

11. Museums of History New South Wales

The gorgeous collection of Museums of History New South Wales 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, plus school holiday tours and workshops  - educational and engaging for the whole family!

12. 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 five years and younger.

13. Australian Museum

Australian Museum
Australian Museum

Reopening after extensive renovations, little palaeontologists can indulge in their love of dinosaurs at the Australian Museum's permanent dinosaur exhibition with real-life dinosaurs! 

Australian Museum regularly hosts hands-on exhibitions, events, classes, holiday workshops and plenty more, so check their events page whenever you feel like doing something cool, creative and eye-opening!

14. Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum offers so many fun things for little ones. Our crew love visiting the trains and exploring the outdoor playground. 

15. Museum of Contemporary Art

With its continually changing program of exhibitions and workshops, we never get tired of visiting the fabulous MCA with our little ones.

There are so many fascinating works to explore! Mums and bubs can join the Art Baby creative play session for under 5s and their carers.

Treat Your Little Treasures

16. Baby-Friendly Dining

Eastern Creek Quarter
Eastern Creek Quarter 

Treat your little one (and yourself) to a fun meal out. Here are a few delicious and kid-friendly ideas:

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