Top 10 Places in Sydney to Take Kids on Rainy Days

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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.

10 Best Places in Sydney to Take Kids on Rainy Days

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 but humidity is high, what better way to spend the day 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. 

City of Sydney operates six world-class aquatic leisure centres, and Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo, Cook + Phillip Park Pool in Sydney city and the all-new Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland offer indoor facilities!

If you want to brave the rain, you can also take your pick from Prince Alfred Park Pool in Surry Hills,  Andrew Boy Charlton Pool at The Domain and Victoria Park Pool in Camperdown. 

2. Trampoline Parks

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


If the kids are bouncing off the walls at home, let them bounce off every spot they can find at Sydney's awesome trampoline parks. From JUMPd to FlipOut, Ultimate Sydney, and Inflatable World Oz, our list of trampoline parks in Sydney will tempt kids of all ages. Plus, some of these spots have cafes on-site for that extra dose of caffeine! 

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3. The 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 Play Centres

Cuto Kids Cafe
The adorable Cuto Kids Cafe. 

Here at ellaslist, we adore indoor play centres just about every day of the year, but when it's bucketing down outside and the kids are getting on your last nerve, they are the next best thing to be alone on a private tropical island. Sydney is loaded with indoor play centres to cater to all corners of the city and beyond. Most of these have on-site cafes for drinks and snacks, and there's always a new one opening somewhere so keep checking our list for what's next.

Need to run a few errands with the kids in tow? Check out our list of indoor play centres in shopping centres to find your nearest one so you can tick off your to-do list while keeping the kids happy at the same time. 

5. The Museum of Contemporary Art

MCA Sydney
There's so much on offer for little ones at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

When should you start exposing your children to the arts? The answer is NOW!  Children aged three to five years and their grown-ups can take a journey through current exhibitions any day of the year at MCA. 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.

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!

7. Brilliant Bowling Alleys

Bowling at Entertainment Park
Sydney's best bowling alleys are a hive of family fun!

One of the best places to keep the good times rolling, no matter what the weather is doing, is to go bowling!  Sydney has loads of amazing bowling alleys that make the perfect retreat to while away a few hours indoors with action-packed family fun. Plus, you might even get more than you bargained for as some bowling alleys also have arcade games, escape rooms, ropes courses, cafes and more! So unleash that competitive spirit and get some screen-free time.

8. Three Indoor Attractions In One at Darling Harbour

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Find out at Madame Tussauds Sydney!

Venturing into the city with kids on a rainy day might seem like a daunting task, but it's worth it when it offers a full day of indoor entertainment at three of Sydney's top attractions! Rain, hail or shine, a world of fun awaits at Darling Harbour with WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds all under one roof. Meet your favourite furry friends, discover an exotic underwater world and get selfies with world-famous celebrities, all in a day's work!

9. Sydney's Coolest Arcades

Prizes Galore at Zone Games Arcade
Winners are grinners at the best game arcades in Sydney!

Abuzz with a multi-sensory symphony of light and colour, sounds and prizes, these cool arcades across Sydney are enough to make every little gamer's dreams come true! But these days, it's not all about the kids -  there is an abundance of entertainment for the whole family at these amusement meccas. Whether you're into nostalgic retro vibes or the latest, state-of-the-art wizardry, there is something for everyone, and then some - you can also find dodgem cars, bowling, laser tag, karaoke, escape rooms, virtual reality and more!

10. Kid-friendly Cafes

Vertical Espesso Kid Friendly Cafe
Leave the kitchen behind and dine out somewhere delicious!

There might be a deluge outside, but we still have to eat and we won't let a little wet weather dampen our weekend brunch plans. When cabin fever sets in and cooking is the last thing you feel like doing, find one of the best kid-friendly cafes in Sydney to refuel your body and soul. From elegant hotel high tea to dining in a restored train carriage, there is a smorgasbord of delicious spots to discover that welcome both grown-ups and their mini foodies. Bon appetit!

More Rainy Day Ideas

Best Indoor Playcentres for Kids
Sydney's Best Indoor Swimming Pools
Top Kid-friendly Libraries in Sydney

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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.