Six Of The Best Places To Take Kids On Rainy Days
Mums & Bubs
By Serina Hajje & Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist
You wake up and look out the window to see 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. Trampoline Parks
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! We also recommend Boing Central where kids will surely be bouncing off the walls with over 80 interconnected trampolines!
2. Powerhouse Museum
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. At Thinkershields, YOU become the scientist, engineer, thinker, artist and inventor. Kids can get their hands going at the Tinkering Zone, get zapped in an electric chair, play with marvellous machines and play with sound and light waves. Check out exhibitions like their new Fantastical Worlds too.
3. Perfect Playtowns
At Wannabees Family Play Town, kids will enter an epic miniature city where they can be anything they want to be! There is 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. 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 mums, too.
4. 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
5. Australian National Maritime Museum
When you opt for the “Free Galleries” ticket when visiting the Maritime Museum, you can get entry into the museum’s permanent galleries, under 5s play zone Mini Mariners Play, the Sea Science Pontoon and Bailey’s ‘Dogs and Cats All At Sea’, making this an extremely good-value family day out!
Don't miss the new major exhibition that traces filmmaker James Cameron’s lifelong pursuit of and achievements in deep ocean science, technology and exploration including his record breaking dives in DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the submersible vessel he designed, that was built in Sydney!!
6. Australian Museum
The Australian Museum is all about nature, culture and discovery- the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. They have a great program for (especially for under 5s!) including getting hands-on at Kidspace, Scientist for a Day where you can go behind the scenes, the Search and Discover Centre where kids can learn from the experts, the Tiny Tots program (for 9mths-3-year-olds) and the Mini Explorers program (kids aged 3-5 years).
More Rainy Day Ideas
- Best Indoor Playcentres for Kids
- Top Ten Places to go in the City with Kids
- 70 Rainy Ideas for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers
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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.