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

  • Preschoolers
    Mums & Bubs

By: Serina Hajje, ellaslist

Do you see heat waves outside your window? Are the kids waiting impatiently by the door, eager to do something despite the crippling heat? Fear no more the intense heat, we’ve collected a wide range of activities and places that will please kids of all ages, and will keep everyone cool! So here are the best things to do with kids when it’s stinking hot.


So much is happening in Sydney that will keep everyone wet and cool!

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. Find your closest FREE waterpark. Our favourites include Steel Park Marrickville and Blaxland Riverside Park and Playground that truly has the WOW factor! And check out the brand new ones at Symbio Wildflife Park and Camden!  


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 the very best for kids. Find where the best indoor swimming pools are in your suburb. We just adore the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre- it’s like a water amusement park!

Hotel Pools
Did you know there are many 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 bookings. Check out our guide here.

Destination Stores

You can always count on stores having crispy cool air-conditioned aisles. Stores can be quite accommodating to kids, from free kids art activities, to meet-ups and play centres, shopping centres really do want families to visit (and shop more). Check out the best destination stores for kids! We also love the brand new Giftorium at Myer for Christmas, including a FAO Schwarz pop-up and a style your own Barbie shop. 

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. Drive up to one of these shopping centres and spend a peaceful hour watching the kids play from a nearby chair- there are some great ones all over Sydney.

Indoor Play Centres

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 designed to make your child active and happy in a safe enviornment. See the amazing indoor play centres across Sydney. Some of our favourites include Skyzone and Ultimate Sydney! There’s also Nubo in Alexandria and the one in Chatswood for loads of indoor fun including a ball pool (with a slide), arts and crafts, an imagination room and an awesome library. 

Cafes with a Play Area

It’s a rare combination…good coffee and preoccupied, happy children. This summer, don’t settle for anything less than a perfect and enjoyable cafe experience with kids at a cafe that’ll make them satisfied! From toys and books to mini farms and healthy kid menus, check out our top kid friendly cafes.

Cool Ice Cream Parlours

There’s not a more delicious way to cool down in Sydney heat. While we’re on the subject of food, you can’t survive a hot day without some ice cream. After much searching, we’ve found the best ice cream parlous across Sydney. And if you want to curb the sugar, or at least try to, why not test out one of these Healthy Ice-Cream Spots in Sydney, the kids will never know!


Icy Milkshakes

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 own specialty that you won’t find in many places. So go and sink your teeth into the best milkshakes in Sydney!

Exploring the City (indoors)

There’s always something new and exciting to do in the city, and you can still do that on a hot day and still be nice and cool. There’s always a new exhibit for kids at your favourite places. Here’s a taste:

Museum of Contemporary Art: Art Safari
Check out the dedicated children’s space at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and take a journey through the current exhibitions from a child's eye view. 


The Powerhouse Museum is an extremely interactive, family-friendly museum, boasting FREE entry for kids under 16 years of age!
The free Wiggles Exhibition has been newly renovated, featuring an interactive Big Red Car that you can take a ride in as well as memorabilia from the new cast including Emma’s ballet slippers

To get a comprehensive idea of the best kids activities in the city on a hot day check out our top ten picks!

Ice Skating

You definitely won’t be getting hot by going ice-skating. Here are some of our favourites:

Liverpool Catholic Club Sports Complex
Not only do they offer lessons for kids but they also have Playgroup on Ice for kids aged 2-6! Check out all the details on lessons and the playgroup here. The Sports Complex is built as a leisure haven with a fully equipped gym, and Mini Golf, as well as a Cafe.
WHERE424-458 Hoxton Park Road, Prestons
COST: Under 15 yrs- $17,  Over 15 yrs – $20,    Family (2 adults + 2 children)-$62

Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink
They have a reputation for being the friendliest and best value rink in the inner west.
WHEREPhillips Avenue, Canterbury 2193
COST: Under 5 yrs – $11, 5-12 years – $19, 13 yrs and over – $22, Family Pass – $69

Penrith Ice Palace
These guys have a canteen for all your parental needs as well as skating programs to help beginners.
WHERE: 7 Patty’s Place, Jamisontown
COST: Adults – $20, 17 yrs and under – $18, 4 yrs and under – $10, Family Pass -$70

Macquarie Ice Rink
There’s an awesome Kiddies Club that runs with Coffee Club that’s a perfect match for parents and kids! Best of all, the first 3 hours of parking is FREE in the centre. Be sure to check out their special discounts during the last hour of every general session, plus their Lunchtime Special and Monday Cheap Skate Night.
WHERE: Macquarie Shopping Centre, North Ryde
COST: Under 16 yrs $22, Adult $24
Lunchtime Special- $20 flat rate
Monday Cheap Skate Night- $20 flat rate
Discount Rates:
Children (U16)/Students- $17
Adults- $18


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!

Manhattan Superbowl
Stroll into the 60s with this quirky and fun bowling alley! This meshes adult luxury with kid friendly play areas with drinks at the Pontiac Bar, sun drenched Beer Garden, Bistro, and arcades area.
WHERE:549 Gardeners Rd , Mascot
COST: For Kids – 1 Game – $13.00
2 Games – $21.00
3 Games – $25.00

AMF Bowling
With over 40 centres across Australia, AMF has certainly built itself a reputation for most families who’ve grown in the country. Bowl yourself some memories at any of these centres!
COST: Under 14 yrs – $12.90
Adult – $14.90

Art and Craft Centres

Get messy and let someone else clean up! We love a good art centre, here are our favourites:

Little Ginger Studio
Their Saturday drop-in classes are incredible. 5-12 year olds are welcomed to the ‘Secret Garden’ where each week they will engage and experiment with new materials from printmaking to sculpture.
WHERE: Randwick Literary Institute (out the back), 60 Clovelly Road (cnr Market Street cul-de-sac)

Little Plaster House
Come in for a day filled with cake, coffee and creativity with a wide selection of plasters that will satisfy anyone; from butterflies, wands and ladybugs to Lego men, castles and lighthouses.
WHERE: F76 / 24-32 Lexington Drive, Bella Vista

Mess and Learn Kingdom
Mess and Learn Kingdom is a Arts & Fine motor skills indoor playcentre and party venue for kids 16 months and above.
WHERE:775 Anzac Parade Maroubra

Jenny’s Painted Pots
Jenny’s Paint a Pot & Sweet Shop is a fun place to let your imagination go wild. Go along and choose from a wide range of ceramic animals, plates, mugs, decopatch letters and figures – the list is almost endless.
WHERE: Suite 5, Macmillian Court, 11 Avalon Parade, Avalon

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Feb 05 2017

Great ideas thank you