Best Things To Do with Kids In Sydney When It❜s Stinking Hot

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Wondering what the weather is like in Sydney during Summer? We'll tell you - stinking hot! Sydney weather can be pretty toasty, which leaves parents scratching their heads over what to do with hot and bothered kids. Don't stress, we've got your definitive list of the best things to do with kids when temperatures start to soar, and if you're heading outdoors, don't forget to slip, slop, slap!

Best Things To Do with Kids In Sydney When It's Stinking Hot

1. Water Play

Free Water Play Parks In Sydney
Sydney's water playgrounds are guaranteed to keep the kids cool in summer.

FREE Water Playgrounds
If you prefer something cheaper then come see these FREE water playgrounds. Sydney is spoiled for choice when it comes to this and they cater to kids of all ages. Our favourites include Steel Park Marrickville and Blaxland Riverside Park and Playground which truly has the WOW factor!

Find your closest FREE Sydney Water Playground.

Awesome Waterslides
Everyone loves a good waterslide, especially on a hot day. We’ve hunted throughout Sydney and found the longest, curviest and most fun slides for kids in Sydney. Some reside in pop-up waterparks and others are open for the whole summer at aquatic centres. Travel throughout Sydney and tick off all these amazing water slides!

Indoor Swimming Pools
Sometimes it’s best to avoid the sun altogether in this scorching heat. Every suburb has a range of indoor swimming pools, but we’ve found Sydney's Best Indoor Swimming Pools for Kids.

We adore the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre - it’s like a water amusement park!

Hotel Pools
Did you know there are some Sydney hotels where you can walk right into the pool? That's right, this luxurious experience isn’t isolated to expensive holidays and weekend getaways. Get access to a gorgeous Sydney hotel as the weather warms up, and make use of their delightful amenities, minus the pricey room rates.

Check out our guide to the best Sydney Hotel Pools You Can Use Without A Room Booking.

2. Sydney Beaches

Little Manly Cove
If you're looking for Sydney beaches without waves, check out Little Manly Cove.

If you've got kids who love the water, a trip to one of Sydney's many beaches for toddlers will seal the heated deal. Check out our go-to guide to the Kid-friendly Beaches in Sydney. Make sure you get there early and slip, slop, slap!

You can also get the inside scoop on our Best Secret Beaches in Sydney, plus beautiful Beaches with Shade in Sydney and the top Dog Beaches in Sydney.

3. Explore the City

There’s always something new and exciting to do in the city or a new exhibit for kids at one of Sydney's fantastic galleries or museums! You can still head out on a hot day and stay nice and cool indoors. Here  are some of our favourite places to visit:

Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum

There is nothing like an ocean-themed adventure to help us keep our cool on a scorcher of a day and the Australian National Maritime Museum captures our connection to the sea perfectly! Overflowing with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions and fun activities, plus an amazing fleet of tall ships, navy vessels, a Cold War submarine and beautifully restored historic boats to explore, a visit to the Sea Museum is an immersive experience that will keep you engaged for hours.

Art Gallery of NSW Guided Tours
Art Gallery of NSW Guided Tours.

Step into a world where creativity knows no bounds at the Art Gallery of New South Wales - an indoor haven where art lovers of all ages are invited to be immersed in a world of intrigue and imagination. From the little Picassos to the young-at-heart Monets, the whole family can explore their illustrious collections and delve into the stories behind some of the most intriguing artworks. You can also unleash your inner artist with engaging creative activities and join a guided tour for kids and families.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Arty fun in air-conditioned comfort at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Explore the expansive galleries of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and take a journey through the current exhibitions from a child's eye view. The MCA offers free family spaces and activities inspired by MCA exhibitions including FREE ARTplay creative sessions for little ones and all-day school holiday programs.

Australian Museum
Enter a prehistoric world at the newly renovated Australian Museum.

The Powerhouse Museum is an extremely interactive, family-friendly museum, boasting FREE entry for kids under 16 years of age! And after a mega renovation, the Australian Museum is finally open to the public. Bring the kids along to witness ginormous dinosaurs reemerge from the Cretaceous period and into their new blockbuster gallery.

To get a comprehensive idea of the best kids' activities in the city on a hot day check out our top indoor places to go with kids!

4. Playgrounds at Shopping Centres

If you’ve still got an air-conditioned place in mind, you’d be surprised by how many shopping centres have well-designed playgrounds.

Take a drive to one of the Best Indoor Playgrounds in Shopping Malls in Sydney and spend a peaceful hour watching the kids play from a nearby chair - there are some great ones all over town

5. Indoor Play Centres

Chouchou Bebe Adventure Fairfield
The Chouchou Bebe Adventure space-themed kids’ play centre in Fairfield.

Outdoor playgrounds are out of the question on a sizzling day. Thankfully, there is no shortage of incredible indoor play centres in Sydney, catering to different age groups and each is designed to make your child active and happy in a safe environment.

Mark some of Sydney's Best Kid's Indoor Play Centres off your family-friendly bucket list.

6. Cool Ice Cream Parlours

Cocowhip ice cream
Cool down with some Cocowhip made from delicious coconut water.

There’s no more delicious way to cool down in Sydney's heat than with yummy ice cream. You can’t survive a hot day without one!

After much searching, we’ve found Sydney's Top Ice Cream Parlours For Kids, and if you want to curb the sugar, or at least try to, you can test out one of these Healthy Ice-Cream Spots in Sydney - the kids will never know!

7. Bowling

Let the good times roll at Manhattan SuperBowl.

Have a swing and enjoy competing against one another at bowling. Bowling ramps are always provided to help kids make those strikes and you can have the option of putting up the alley ramps so no one has to miss a pin!

Stroll into the 60s with this quirky and fun bowling alley at Manhattan Superbowl! This meshes kid-friendly play and arcades area with adult luxury like drinks at the Pontiac Bar, and a sun-drenched Beer Garden and Bistro.

Zone Bowling has over 30 venues across Australia, Zone offers a state-of-the-art bowling experience with a unique mix of amusement games, laser tag and dining. Check out their off-peak and school holiday deals.

8. Icy Milkshakes

Milkshakes Sydney
We've got your sweet tooth covered with the best milkshakes in Sydney.

You still need a cold drink and don’t settle for a plain, simple flavour. On hot days, everyone should indulge in some chocolate-coated, Nutella-flavoured, doughnut-filled milkshakes.

All these places have their speciality that you won’t find in many places, so sink your teeth into the best milkshakes in Sydney!

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Feb 05 2017

Great ideas thank you