Six Of The Best Places To Take Kids On Rainy Days

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    Mums & Bubs

You wake up and look out the window to see the rain pouring down. Meanwhile, the kids are waking up and are full of energy to burn! What to do? The answer is easy. We’ve found the best places to take kids on rainy days which are indoors and full of fun for the whole family.

1. City of Sydney Pools

City of Sydney Pools
Some serious splashing at an indoor pool is the ideal rainy day activity in our book!


When it's bucketing down with rain—what better than a trip to an indoor pool? Kids will love burning off some energy, moving their bodies, and enjoying a whole lot of splashing fun. 

The City of Sydney operates six world-class aquatic leisure centers. You can take your pick from Prince Alfred Park Pool in Surry Hills, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo, Andrew Boy Charlton Pool at The Domain, Victoria Park Pool in Camperdown, Cook + Phillip Park Pool in Sydney City and the all-new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland. Both Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and Cook + Phillip Park Pool offer indoor facilities, as well as a wave machine at the latter!

2. Trampoline Parks

Trampolining parks
Trampoline parks are a great way for kids to burn off some energy on rainy days!


Rather than have the kids jumping madly on the couch and beds, have them jump for hours at these cool trampoline parks! One of our favourites in Sydney is Sky Zone Trampoline Park- where kids and families of ALL ages can leap, bounce, jump, climb and flip til their heart’s content. Here you can bounce high to score slam dunks at Sky Slam, jump into foam pits, climb a wobbly ladder or scale one of four creative climbing walls! Are your kids little Ninja Warriors? They'll love the new Enjuro Ninja Warrior course where they can bounce across the staggered steps, test their balance along the beam, fly on the trapeze and zip lines and climb across the monkey bars.

3. Powerhouse Museum

Powerhouse museum on a rainy day
With so much to see and do, this family favourite is the perfect place to head on a wet and rainy day!


The Powerhouse Museum is an extremely interactive, family-friendly museum, boasting FREE entry! There is so much to learn at this Ultimo-based museum—including exhibitions on transport, space, design, indigenous narratives and a whole lot more. There is also a range of Learning Programs that can be pre-booked to enhance your child's learning on a particular subject, such as science, electronics, technology, and design.

4. Perfect Playcentres

Indoor playcentres on a rainy day
Want to ignite their imaginations but stay indoors at the same time? Playcentres like Nubo are the answer!


At Wannabees Family Play Town, kids will enter an epic miniature city where they can be anything they want to be! There are a police and fire station, beauty salon, post office, grocery store and so much more, where children can dress up, ride mini cars, and use their imaginations like never before. For a play centre minus the eye-assaulting primary colours and terrible coffee inherent in typical Sydney play centres, head to Nubo—a white and blue dream-like play space in Alexandria and now in Chatswood. With a metal super slide, blue ball pit, and instrumental nursery rhymes playing in the background, this is an indoor play experience that is enjoyable for parents, too.

5. The Museum of Contemporary Art

When should you start exposing your children to the arts? The answer is NOW!  Children aged 3–5 years and their grown-ups take a journey through current exhibitions. Join a small safari of eight little ones and an MCA Artist Educator, playing games, sharing stories, and exchanging ideas along the way. After your gallery exploration, get messy in the creative studios with hands-on art-making activities. With new themes every month, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Download their Kids and Family program here

6. The Australian Museum

Australian Museum rainy day with kids
The Australian Museum has had a huge facelift—and there are plenty of new interactive exhibitions to explore! 


When news came that Australia's first museum was closing down in 2019 for a 15-month long renovation, we all were all expecting some pretty big things, and the new-look Australian Museum doesn't disappoint! 3,000-square-meters of new public space is on offer to Sydney families thanks to the Project Discovery renovation, which includes a whopping new touring exhibition hall (nearly double its original size!), exciting galleries where children can see (and sometimes touch!) real-life models of some of their favourite animals, new education facilities, an expanded Member's Lounge, a family-friendly cafe, Museum gift shop, Prehistoric Playground for the kids, and the list just goes on and on!

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Feb 26 2017

Fx has closed down.


Oct 22 2015

I would add indoor heated pools. We had a great time today at Ryde Aquatic Centre.