Top 70 Rainy Day Ideas for Kids in Sydney
When it's raining in Sydney, a whole day at home with kids is always a L-O-N-G one, especially with toddlers and preschoolers. We suggest going out for at least a few hours to save your sanity and your home from looking like it’s been kid-bombed!
Here are our favourite rainy day places in Sydney.
VISIT SYDNEY CORPORATE PARK: With so many venues to visit offering a fun-filled roster of excitement, Sydney Corporate Park is the ideal destination for a rainy day in Sydney. Archie Brothers Cirque Electrique offers everything from dodgems, classic arcade games and bowling, to laser tag, virtual reality and a simulated thrill rider—there really is no end of fun waiting to be had! Or, try All Sorts Sports Centre for some basketball or soccer.
PLAY MINIGOLF: One of our favourite rainy day ideas! Visit Putt Planet for some rainy day minigolf at Miranda. This is one seriously quirky 18-hole putt-putt course – you'll feel as if you've stepped into Mombasa as you golf through bustling marketplaces and even sewers. More mini golf for kids here.
GO SWIMMING: Find some of our favourite Sydney indoor pools here. as well as those pools that are heated throughout the year. Our top pick? City of Sydney Pools' newest addition, Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre. We absolutely love the aqua play for a rainy day!
VISIT A KID-FRIENDLY MUSEUM: We love The Powerhouse Museum (Ultimo), The Australian Museum (now open after a huge renovation), the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Justice and Police Museum (Circular Quay), Hyde Park Barracks and the Museum of Fire (Penrith).
GO TO A GALLERY: If you can keep the kiddies on reasonably low volume, have a wander around the MCA (Circular Quay) or Art Gallery NSW (Botanic Gardens). White Rabbit Gallery (Chippendale) often has interesting art on display the kids will love checking out.
VISIT A LIBRARY OR PLAYGROUP: Make a trip to your local library, toy library or join a playgroup (weekdays in term time). We recommend a visit to the fabulous Green Square Library to check out the rainbow reading room, guitar library, baby grand piano and the hanging aeroplane, it's amazing! For other libraries, check out our guide to Sydney's best libraries for kids.
TREAT YOURSELF: If the rain is getting you down, perk up with some sugar! From yummy hot chocolates to cinnamon scrolls, wobbly pancakes, milkshakes, dessert bars and more, Sydney is full of sugary pitstops to make a rainy day a bit sweeter. And if you really can't be bothered leaving the house, you can get some dessert delivered!
SPOT SOME GHOSTS: Did you know that Sydney runs a load of spooky ghost tours?? If you're not too afraid to find out what's lurking in the shadows of some of Sydney's oldest and creepiest locations, check out these Sydney Ghost Tours.
PLAY TOURIST AND VISIT: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo for some awesome animal encounters on a rainy Sydney day. Take a trip out to Featherdale Wildlife Park and soak up some quality time with their resident wildlife! Visit Madame Tussauds for a celebrity sighting (all at Darling Harbour), Sydney Tower Eye for spectacular views (City Centre, access via Westfield). Save big with a Sydney Big Ticket and get access to all the attractions to keep in your arsenal of rainy day ideas.
INDOOR PLAY CENTRES: Play centres are perfect rainy day ideas and provide plenty of rainy day things to do! We have a HUGE list of epic indoor play centres in every corner of Sydney – check it out!
GO CLIMBING: From around 4 years of age kids can have a go at rock climbing – check each centre for the minimum age: Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym at St Peters and Villawood, Climbfit at St Leonards, Rockhouse in Brookvale, The Edge Climbing Centre in Castle Hill or Climboz in Blacktown, Sky Climb which is part of Sky Zone. Also, the super cool Turbo Climb in Bankstown.
More Kid-Friendly Indoor Climbing Centres.
ICE-SKATE: Macquarie’s Ice Rink has been renovated and is awesome! Or go West for Penrith’s Ice Palace, Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink and Canterbury’s Olympic Ice Rink.
More of Sydney’s Best Place to Take the Kids Ice-Skating
VIRTUAL REALITY ROOMS: Experience a whole new world with the super-cool Virtual Reality Rooms in the city.
MOVIES: A list of rainy day ideas isn't complete without the movies! See what’s on at EVENT CINEMAS or HOYTS – Mums and bubs movies run weekdays during term. Hoyts Junior shows preschooler movies on Saturdays and Sundays and some Tuesdays during term times. If nothing good is showing, watch a great movie at home with our list of best kids movies on Netflix.
ART & CRAFT CENTRES: Get messy and let someone else clean up! Plaster Master Fun in Bondi, Plaster Painting Studios at EQ Moore Park. Make a furry friend at Build a Bear centre in Penrith, Miranda, Castle Hill or the city.
SHOPPING CENTRES WITH PLAY AREAS: There are play areas at Westfield in Chatswood, Burwood, Miranda, Parramatta and Eastgardens – The Broadway Shopping Centre has a good one for under 6s – while The Homemaker Centre in Alexandria has a cute kids' playground, the Macquarie Centre has the fabulous Chipmunks within the complex, and go to Ikea at Tempe for super cheap meatballs and a play in Smaland, their supervised play area. Marrickville Metro has a cute kids' play area and Top Ryde City has a great enclosed play area with a cafe right next door! If you’re anywhere near Castle Hill, make sure you visit Jitterbugs Playcentre in Castle Towers. Our favourite? Monkey Bar, the epic and FREE play at Rhodes Waterside!
More Indoor Play Centres in Shopping Centres
PUBS WITH KIDS' PLAY AREAS: Try Pennant Hills Hotel and Five Dock RSL, Club Central in Menai, Tradies Club at Gymea, The Taren Point Hotel, North Ryde RSL, The Castle Hill RSL, Rouse Hill’s Australian Hotel and Brewery, or the incredible Coogee Pavilion!
For more, check out Sydney’s Best Kid-Friendly Pubs.
KIDS SHOWS: Check our listing to see if there’s a kids performance on today
GET CREATIVE AT HOME: Check out our list of 20 rainy day ideas for kids.
PAINT: Cover the kitchen floor in butcher's paper, strip the kids, get out all the paint and let them at it. The after mess bath is also a good way to fill in time!
ACTIVE: Set up an indoor obstacle course or build a cubby house or fort under the table. Tidy your kid's bedroom with your little one – they’ll rediscover all the toys they’ve forgotten about.
CREATE: Go through your recycling bin for cardboard boxes, cartons and tubs, give the kids glue, glitter, felt tips, crayons, paint, small dry pasta and foil and let them at it.
PLAY: Try some ideas from our Unplug and Play section!!
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Aug 12 2014
Really helpful. Thank you!
Jul 16 2014
Excellent ideas! Thanks