Things To Do In Sydney With A One-Year-Old

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The world is a treasure trove of wonder when you’re a one-year-old, and Sydney is no different thanks to the city’s incredible range of activities perfect for little ones (including their little attention spans!).

To get you started, here’s a selection of fun things to do in Sydney with your one-year-old.

Visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

If your toddler loves animals but walking around an enormous zoo feels a tad ambitious for their little legs, try visiting the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. An easy stroll through the pram-friendly exhibitions and glass-viewing tunnel puts you up close and personal with over 13,000 spectacular sea creatures, including penguins and sharks that swim right over your head. Toddlers are also invited to touch sea stars, shark eggs and other unique creatures in the aquarium’s rock pool. Just be sure to have your camera phone ready – their amazed expressions when they feel a squishy sea cucumber is priceless!

See A Concert At The Sydney Opera House

Okay, here me out on this one. While a classical music concert doesn’t really scream “restless toddlers welcome”, the Opera House runs plenty of programs designed to foster a love of music in young children, including babies and one-year-olds. This includes fun concerts, interactive sessions with musicians (complete with crazy costumes!) and the Kids Music Café, where littlies are introduced to different orchestral instruments while – and this is no small point – you get to sit down with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake! To find out what’s on, visit the Opera House’s continually updated under 2’s section.

Please note: While Sydney Opera House events are currently cancelled, they are running a range of digital content and hands-on activities created especially to inspire young minds.

Rhyme Time At Your Local Library

Need a quick, free activity before nap time? Visit your local library for a Rhyme Time session. Designed for babies aged 6 to 24 months, Rhyme Time gives parents and carers an opportunity to sing, read and play with your child using books, nursery rhymes and simple finger puppets. Each session usually lasts for around 30 minutes and is run by a leader who guides the activities. Afterwards, take the opportunity to borrow some board books to read with your child at home. To find a session close to you, best to check with your local library.

Please note: Most libraries are currently running their Book Babies and Rhyme Time sessions online. Please check with your local library before visiting.

The Sensory Trail, Cumberland State Forest

Get out of the house and dive into nature with a visit to the Cumberland State Forest. Hidden off a busy road in the Hills district, this wildlife gem is perfect for littlies, with picnic facilities, a cafe, toilets with baby change tables and plenty of parking on offer. If you’re up for an easy bushwalk, the short 350-metre Sensory Trail loop is a fantastic option for early walkers or non-walkers who love to explore. The path is pram-friendly with signs encouraging tots to experience the forest by rubbing the bark, looking up for wildlife, or seeing if they can wrap their arms all the way around different trees.

Balmoral Beach And Baths

While going to the beach is the quintessential Sydney day out, this can be tricky with a one-year-old who has yet to brave the waves. One great option is Balmoral Beach and Baths. As a harbour beach sheltered from the surf, this calm beach, along with the netted swimming baths next door, is ideal for paddling tots. Is weather too chilly for a swim? Don’t let that put you off! Go for a walk along the promenade, explore the rock pools or grab a takeaway lunch at one of the many food outlets nearby. Just be sure to factor in some extra time to find a park, as it can get crowded on the weekends.

The Grounds Of Alexandria

Going out with your one-year-old doesn’t have to be all about them – adults can have fun too! This is especially true at the Grounds Of Alexandria: a bright and cheery hipster-style food destination. While you enjoy seasonally-inspired food and fresh coffee, Toddlers will love exploring the garden, meeting farm animals (including chickens, goats and a pig), throwing a coin in the wishing fountain and playing in the small play area, complete with slide. As a bonus, The Grounds has a kids’ menu with healthy choices for all appetites. 

Cuddle Farm Animals At Calmsley Hill City Farm

Little ones love seeing their favourite nursery rhyme animals in real life, and Calmsley Hill City Farm is the perfect way to do this. The ultra family-friendly farm is located in Abbotsbury and is the perfect size to explore with a one-year-old. The littlies will love getting up close with all their furry animals including koalas, kangaroos, sheep, pigs, cows and more. Calmsley is geared towards families and is very pram-friendly and has baby change facilities plus an onsite cafe. Read our Calmsley Hill City Farm review.

Go To The Movies

Definitely not something you would think would be on the list, but going to the movies in Sydney with a one-year-old is very possible thanks to Mums And Bubs Movie Sessions. Several cinemas across Sydney offer this handy movie session (usually during the day) when parents can bring their bubs along to watch a movie without fear of being judged because of a screaming baby or odour-filled nappy.

Here’s a list of Sydney cinemas offering Mums & Bubs Movie Sessions.

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