Best Things To Do With Tweens In Sydney
We’ve always loved giving you the best ideas for things to do with little kids in Sydney, but something always, inevitably ends up happening to those little kids. They grow up.
The tween years are somewhere between not being a child, but not quite being a teenager either, and it’s the perfect time to reconnect with your maturing offspring before the real teen years take hold. Here’s some inspiration for fun things to do with your tween - while they still want to...
Hitch A Ride At Luna Park
Luna Park is a red hot favourite with tweens. They’ve finally (hopefully) earnt their yellow wristband and can get their adrenalin pumping. From the giant slides in Coney Island to the free-falling Hair Raiser to the unparalleled views from the Ferris Wheel, they will have the time of their young lives on all the rides they want, all day with an Unlimited Rides Pass. Your pass also gives you free entry into North Sydney Olympic Pool where you can cool off under the Harbour Bridge!
Raid An Arcade
The lure of the lights, the challenge of the claw machine, tickets spewing out of manic machines. Irresistible right? Tweens love these crazy amusement centres and they are having a revival, with cool places popping up all over town. These retro and revamped game arcades will keep tweens entertained for hours, and might even make grown-ups a little nostalgic. Happydays Broadway has over 50 arcade, prize and ticket machines including some old school favourites. At Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq you can splurge on a crazy shake in the diner while kids rack up time on dodgem cars, carousels, bowling, arcade games and prizes! TimeZone is a classic family-friendly funhouse with locations all over Sydney with all the latest attractions.
Be A Tourist For A Day
Get that holiday feeling in your own backyard and go day-tripping around our fabulous city. With a load of tours across Sydney, you can act like a tourist and take in some of our celebrated sites. Free Tours Sydney and I’m Free Tours offer walking tours for nix (they survive on tips!) with passionate local guides. Cover more ground with a sightseeing bus tour on the Big Bus. You can hop on and off all day exploring places you might not have seen before. If you prefer to freestyle it, you can hire an awesome electric bike from Bonza Bike Tours and choose your own adventure with hot tips from the experts.
Take A Ghost Tour - If You Dare
Show your Hallotweens a frightfully good time with a spine-tingling ghost tour. The heritage-listed Q Station is a beautiful site right on the harbour in Manly. But beware - it comes alive after dark when resident spooky spirits coming out to play. The Ghost Trackers Family Tour has just the right fear factor for tweens. Cockatoo Island also has a Haunted History Tour for families that uncovers the skeletons and secrets of this historic goal. Go right to the epicentre of Sydney’s ghostly past with a Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour in The Rocks. You even visit a restricted haunted site that’s not open to the public.
Camp Out Overnight
Grab your tween, your overnight bag and your sense of adventure for a very mini break right in the centre of Sydney! A night away from the norm is a fun way to recharge the batteries and spend some quality time with your kids without the usual humdrum. Centennial Park runs Camping 101 several times a year, including dinner and breakfast, park tours and stories around the campfire. If you want to go the extra nautical mile, jump on a ferry to Cockatoo Island and set up camp right on the edge of Sydney Harbour. With five options from basic camping to lux glamping, you can explore this amazing historical site, have a sunset barbecue and fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves. Ahh… the serenity.
Get Your Skate On
If they've sidelined their scooter and want more buzz than a bike ride, grab your tween and scope out one of Sydney’s epic skateparks. If they’re not ready to plunge into the pipe themselves, there are always inspiring skaters showing off their skills. The Bondi Beach skate bowl is a favourite for kids of all ages where there’s plenty of space to practice their tricks at the skate park and on the promenade. There are skate parks dotted all over Sydney including Maroubra, Sydenham, Summer Hill, Waterloo, Five Dock and Cherrybrook and new ones on the way in Sydney Park and Rushcutters Bay.
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