Best Winter Activities for Kids In And Around Sydney 2020
- Mums & Bubs
From ice-skating to snowman building, Sydney will once again sparkle with wonderful winter events for the whole family. Here are ellaslist’s top picks for things to do with families this winter!
Virtual Room Sydney
Get lost in another world with your VR-savvy tweens and teens! This immersive Virtual Reality Escape Room Adventure is super kid-friendly (for ages 10+) and blends the escape room concept with a full 3D cinematic experience, allowing several people to work together as a team for a unique 40-50 minute session. Virtual Room is the highest-rated VR experience in Sydney and they have put measures in place to ensure it is a very COVID safe activity.
We’ve put together a great list of the best places to ice-skate this winter. The awesome rinks that normally pop-up across Sydney are cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but whether you’re a complete novice or know a few tricks, there’s an indoor ice rink near you to let you get in on the action! Your kids will love the experience.
Take in the crisp, clear mountain air at the luxurious family-friendly Fairmont Resort. You can take advantage of the awesome KidzKlub available over the July holidays, where the kids will be entertained for 2.5 hours. The kids can also hop on the Fairmont Express Train Ride - a guaranteed hit for kids aged 3-12. Take a walk around the grounds and enjoy the storybook scenery around the resort, and for the perfect ending to the day, curl up by the fireplace at both the Embers Restaurant and Sublime Lounge.
Having seen more than 300,000 visitors since opening in 2010, Trees Adventure is an exhilarating eco-adventure along the banks of the pristine Grose River. With a number of 2-25 metre-high treetop obstacles and flying foxes throughout the beautiful Blue Gum canopy, you can spend two hours doing as many courses as you like! Choose from low, easy courses or start on something more challenging. Adventure from one tree to the other while laughing with the kookaburras and watching a sea eagle family or two soars overhead!
The best time to see whales frolicking in the ocean is... you guessed it, during winter! Whale watching season officially runs from May to December, but during June and July the whales in Sydney Harbour really put on a show. There are amazing vantage points on coastal walks throughout Sydney and a range of whale watching tours departing Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. Be warned: it can get pretty rocky out on the ocean in winter, so take your ginger tablets before departing if you're prone to sea-sickness!
The Biennale of Sydney
The 22nd Biennale of Sydney is happening at Cockatoo Island from 16 June – 6 September 2020. Explore 700 artworks by more than 100 artists and collectives from around the world.
Like to up the winter chill factor? It seems to be a bit of an Australian tradition to enjoy a cone in the cooler months, so here are our picks of the best ice cream parlours around Sydney plus our favourite dairy-free and healthified ice cream spots.
If you fancy something a little warmer, treat your little ones to these deluxe babycinos while you sit back with a coffee or venture out for some of the best ever hot chocolates.
A Snow Trip
There's no need to feel daunted by this prospect! A family snow trip can be one to remember provided you do it right! Check out our tried-and-tested tips for taking kids to the snow for the first time. Try Corin Forest for a perfect introductory snow experience for little ones or take a family adventure to some of the best places to see snow near Sydney.
All that skating and snow action can sure take it out of you, so keep your Vitamin C up with winter fruit picking near Sydney, where oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes and strawberries will be ripe and ready to be plucked!
The Centre, Dural
With kids sports back on, and some indoor recreational facilities opening, it's time to get sporty! The Centre Dural is launching its Winter Comp on 6th July, and will be a shorter 9 week comp to ease back into sports. With Futsal, Netball and more, it's the perfect way to blow off some steam with the kids. The courts are also available for casual play for you to come and brush up your skills, get moving and play with friends ($7 per person/per hour).
See A Movie
The cinemas are returning in July and we have a hankering for salty popcorn and choc tops. With a side of the best new movies coming up for families. Check your local cinema before arriving as some restrictions appply and many require you to book ahead.
The coathanger is back and has dropped her prices! During winter you can take advantage of sweet deals, including over 50% off for kids and over 35% off for adults. Tick off your bucket list this winter!
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