Best Things To Do With Kids On Hot Days These School Holidays 2019-2020

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School holidays in Sydney can see temperatures soaring well into the 30s and above! With hot and bothered little ones, you need a bag of tricks so to speak of places to go and things to do with kids to cool them off, keep them entertained and keep boredom at bay. ellaslist has you covered with some wicked water parks, splashtastic fun and maybe some activities you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of for these school holidays 2019-2020.

Head To Your Local Watering Hole

Water play parks are a gift from the Gods. Perfect for toddlers, nothing is more convenient on a hot day than taking your little one to a local park fitted with fountains, tipping buckets and water jets. Our favourites include Blaxland Riverside Park which has the largest outdoor water play facility in NSW, Granville Water Park and the James Ruse Reserve water park.

We’ve also got a big list of the best water splash parks in Sydney.

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Wicked Water Parks

For a full day of family fun take a road trip to Jamberoo Action Park for the ultimate day out! There are loads of exciting rides like the adrenaline-pumping Perfect Storm and Funnel Web - a must for thrill-seekers - and the more relaxed and family-friendly Banjo's Billabong, Rapid River and Outback Bay.

Waterworld Central is coming to Liverpool and Doyalson this Summer, and kids can enjoy Dragon Pool, Snow World Pool, Wading Pool, Paddle Boats, Thrill Slides, Zorb Cylinder, plus more.

The Prairiewood Leisure Centre’s Aquatopia is our water park pick this summer! Here you can hire a cabana, slide down a 20m high giant slide, explore the adventure aqua tower, let littles loose in a toddlers pool, and try the Fishpipe and Wave Rider attractions. The best part? It’s one of the most affordable water parks in Sydney, from $15 per person.


Raging Waters

The former Wet’n’Wild water park in western Sydney has reinvented itself as Raging Waters and this epic playground is in a league of its own. It is back and better than ever with over 30 slides and attractions for all ages, including Nickelodeon Beach, Australia's largest kid-friendly water area dedicated to little water adventurers, plus some of the tallest and fastest water rides in the world. Brave the Dinosaur Lagoon and come face to face with prehistoric creatures and try the brand-new Whirlwind - the first-of-its-kind 206-metre slide! Relax in the refurbished Beach View Cabanas and checkout the Raging Xpress system that makes lining up a thing of the past.

Wet'n'Wild Sydney

Every Aussie Family’s Favourite Summer Past Time

There’s no better way to spend a hot day than splashing around in the shallows, grabbing an ice cream from the kiosk and building a sandcastle or two at your favourite beach. However, some beaches are more kid-friendly than others, so we've listed our favourite beaches to take children in the Eastern Suburbs, South Sydney, Northern Beaches and the North ShoreSydney's Harbour Beaches win without a doubt. They are less crowded than ocean beaches, have calm, flat waters and often, protected swimming areas. They’re easy on the eyes too!

For older families that want to do more than wade, check out one of the Best Action Beaches For Kids In Sydney or head out on an adventure to find one of Sydney's Secret Beaches.


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Aquatic Action Indoors

If you just can’t keep kids out of the water on a hot day but the thought of sweltering on the sand is the stuff of nightmares, try one of Sydney’s best indoor swimming pools like Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre where you’ll find Splasher’s Water Playground with water slides, cannons, jets, and fountains make for epic water fun.

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre Splasher’s Water Playground

Some More You Might Not Have Considered

On a hot day, your first instinct may be to get your little ones straight into the water, but air-conditioned comfort can also give you the respite you need! Visit to one of Sydney's best indoor playgrounds in shopping malls - a great way to hide from the sun during the hottest part of the day!

Museums are another top idea. They’re relatively quiet, air-conditioned and will spark your child’s imagination! This Summer, check out the On The Move Exhibition At Museum of Sydney, lose a day immersed in the coolest exhibitions and workshops at the Powerhouse Museum or try the MCA Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program.

Indoor play centres are another great choice! For playtime like no other, you have to check out Nubo in Alexandria - it’s a little slice of heaven with no fluorescent colours, fried food or awful coffee insight. Around the corner, Sky Zone is an uber-popular trampoline park with over 100 interconnected tramps for hours of jumping fun, plus an Enduro warrior course and Sky Climb indoor rock climbing walls for hours of fun. We also love the miniature worlds where children rule at Wannabees Family Playtown and the action and adventure of trampolines and foam pits at Ultimate Sydney.


More Summer Holiday Fun

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