The Best Things To Do in Darling Harbour on a Rainy Day

  • Preschoolers
    Mums & Bubs

By: Serina Hajje, ellaslist

Rainy days and school holidays – they can be a disastrous combination! Luckily, Darling Harbour has all families covered with a diverse range of school holiday activities that will keep kids happy whatever the weather. From animal encounters, meeting celebrities to kicking back in a cinema seat, we’ve rounded up the best things to do in Darling Harbour on a soggy, wet day.

1. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Dive underwater and stay dry at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. See the beautiful creatures that live in Australia’s waters and take The Glass Bottom Boat which offers a tour and a chance to feed the sharks and fish! If you don’t mind getting wet then dive into the water with Shark Reef Snorkel, an amazing experience that lets kids and parents come nice and close to sharks and fishes.

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2. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo has added new exciting experiences for families. Aside from being mostly indoor and giving you an intimate chance with your furry friends, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is giving everyone the chance to hand-feed Princess, the Cassowary for a minimum donation of just $2! You’ll be taken into the Daintree Rainforest habitat and taught about this fascinating bird. If hand-feeding isn’t your kind of activity, there are also daily talks and shows that are family-friendly.

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3. Australian National Maritime Museum

Sea lovers could spend weeks at the Australian Maritime Museum! Explore the ships and submarines on display and learn what living on or under the sea is like. As you wander around, you may notice that pirates have taken over! Horrible Histories is educating and entertaining kids about pirates with interactive activities, costumes and hilarious tales.

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4. Madame Tussauds Sydney

Spend a day with the stars and your favourite movie characters. Wolverine is waiting with claws barred or hop on the bike and take E.T. home! Madame Tussauds is always a lot of fun and you’ll leave with your phones full of hilarious photos. There are also new interactive activities: you can play a game of Wii tennis with Lleyton Hewitt, try on Ned Kelly’s armour, pull up a chair at Captain Cook’s desk on HMS Endeavour or shake it off with Taylor Swift.

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5. Bowling at Kingpin Darling Harbour

Kingpin offers guests 20 state of the art bowling lanes, the only laser skirmish arena in the CBD, pool tables, fully licensed bar, delicious food options and amazing views of Darling Harbour! Save some cash with their Trilogy School Holiday Deals which covers bowling, laser tag and arcade games. From Sundays to Wednesdays you can get unlimited bowling and laser skirmish for $30 from 7pm!

Family Bowling


6. IMAX Sydney

There’s no better way to fall into a film than at the IMAX Sydney. It’s always worth spending the extra to sit in front of the world’s biggest screen, especially since it’s in 3D! Here are what films are playing, but please remember that the Imax does not show film screen dates beyond a few weeks so it’s always best to check their website on the day that you’re going.

Release Date: 18 March 2016
Duration: 108 Mins
Rating: PG

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Release Date: 24 March 2016
Duration: 151 Mins
Rating: CTC

The Jungle Book
Release Date: 14 April 2016
Duration: TBC
Rating: CTC

For full information on what’s on at Darling Harbour these School Holidays visit their website.