Best Things To Do With Babies In Sydney
- Mums & Bubs
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.
Amazing Animal Activities
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.
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
This Western Sydney sanctuary has some of the best hands-on animal experiences for little people. With the world’s largest collection of native wildlife, there are plenty of furry friends roaming through the retreat. The relaxed, natural setting of Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park offers an abundance of space for babies to interact and play. They also host Wildlife Time For Bubs And Preschoolers.
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.
Activities For Nature Babies
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!
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
Fenced 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 Fenced Playgrounds in Sydney – they’re so good your little ones won’t even want to escape!
The Ultimate 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. Their Kids World Play Centre (within the all-age facility) caters specifically for younguns 0 - 5 years.
Seriously Serene Indoor Playtime
At Nubo, the blue and white colour scheme and instrumental nursery rhymes contribute to the serene, heavenly playtime 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.
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 Play Parks.
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.
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 Kitchen 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.
Reopening after extensive renovations, the highlight for kids at the Australian Museum is undoubtedly the brand-new Prehistoric Playground; a creative play space for kids of all ages. Little palaeontologists will be able to design their own dinosaurs, explore real fossils and investigate how feathers and wings have evolved for flight by making aerodynamic objects inspired by nature! Access to this space is included in free general admission as part of the museum reopening.
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, complete with an interactive 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 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
Treat your little one (and yourself) to a fun meal out. Here are a few delicious and kid-friendly ideas:
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