Best Things To Do With Kids On Australia Day 2019
Mums & Bubs
By: Melissa Fine, ellaslist
Dec 10, 2018
Show the kids what being Australian is all about and come together with the community this Australia Day. We've wrapped up the best of the family-friendly Australia Day events come Saturday 26 January 2019. (And yes, in case you were wondering, you still get the public holiday - on Monday 28th this year.)
FREE Wiggles Concert, Darling Harbour
Grab yourself a free ticket and Wiggle on over to the Summer Playground at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, between 11am and 3pm on Australia Day, where as part of the FREE Children's Festival, The Wiggles will be performing their biggest hits! Alongside performances by The Vegetable Plot, The Beanies, the Fizzics Education science show, and magestic workshops at the Circus Playground. More information here.
Ferrython, Around Sydney
Little and big boat lovers will be in their element at the annual FREE Australia Day Ferrython, kicking off at 10.45am until 11.30am - so don't miss the boat! Sit back with a picnic from one of the picturesque waterfront vantage points and set your eyes on the sea of ferries as they race from Circular Quay to Shark Island, before looping back to Sydney Harbour Bridge for a fabulous finish. Key vantage points are Bradfield Park, Blues Point., Hickson Road Reserve, Overseas Passenger Terminal and Sydney Opera House. More information here.
Australia Day Celebrations At Q Station, Manly
The most fitting way to celebrate Australia Day...at the beach! Kicking off at 9am at the Wharf Precinct, with entry and competitions all FREE and awesome prizes up for grabs (including Q Station accommodation), let the games begin! Starting with the Thong Throwing Competition at 9.30am, followed by the Inflatable Boat Race at 10.30am (BYO inflatable, or purchase one of the limited few available on the day). The fun continues over at the Quarantine Beach Sandcastle Competition and the Jump & Splash Castle ($10/child for unlimited jumping and splashing). More information here.
Australia Day Celebrations At Bicentennial Park, Pymble
Source: Ku-ring-gai Council
This annual council event in the leafy north shore is always a big hit with the locals, with the family celebrations running from 10.30am - 2pm. Alongside entertainment like arts and craft, inflatable rides and an animal farm, there will be cultural performances and guest appearances by the Banana's in Pyjamas, the Australian Reptile Show and Bush Band Reel Matilda. More information here.
Australia Day Picnic At Enmore Park
Source: Inner West Council
This annual neighbourhood afternoon picnic kicks of at 2.30pm, with loads of kids' entertainment from 3-5pm; think a jumping castle and slide and Australian airbrush tattooing, to a Magic Yellow Bus and Australian Wildlife Displays, Gecko Sports and then some. Meanwhile you can sit back and keep the picnic vibes going with the tunes coming from the main stage. If it's not past the kids' bedtime, there'll be fireworks blasting off off come 8.45pm. More information here.
Australia Day In Parramatta
A jam-packed day of entertainment from 6am - 9pm, head to Parramatta Park for an epic Australia Day - starting with Sydney's largest hot air balloon display! Roaming circus entertainment, rides face painting and fireworks in the eve will keep the kids entertained for hours. The Carnivale classic car display (10am - 4pm) is a must for car lovers, and check out the Family Stage at 12.30pm for Parravision, featuring Western Sydney's top singers, dancers, performers and groups competing Eurovision-style. Food-wise, consider yourselves sorted thanks to the all-day family-friendly food stalls on offer, the BIG BBQ (running from 10am - 3.30pm) a definite highlight, and don't miss the 209 BIG BBQ Battle! More information here.
Australia Day In Maroubra
This event is true blue! Down at Arthur Bryne Reserve in Maroubra on Saturday 26 January you can don an apron and chef hats before a session of lamington making. Then burn off the sugar with a community game of backyard cricket or jump on board the mechanical surfboard to ride a wave or two while safely remaining on land. Reptile-loving kids will be entertained by the live reptile show, which will hold two sessions throughout the afternoon (12pm and 2pm), while crafty kids can put their skills to use designing their own sunsafe cap. Or simply pack a picnic and be entertained by the Roos on Stilts and a roving band of musicians. More information here.
Want More To Do On Australia Day? These Venues Will All Be Open:
- The Chinese Garden of Friendship
- Featherdale Wildlife Park
- WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
- Museum Of Contemporary Art Australia
- Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden
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