Top 10 Outdoor Activities for School Kids
Give your school kid a break and a bit of a digital detox! Drop those gadgets and take a family day trip - or even an overnight campout - that will satisfy your active offspring all year round.
Breath in the fresh air and dive into a wild adventure with our definitive list of the Top 10 Outdoor Activities.
1. Urban Adventures
Get their detective skills to work by downloading and printing your very own PuzzleTrail with everything your family needs to follow a self-guided, mystery-themed Sydney walk. It's like a scavenger hunt where you must work as a team to problem solve and learn local fun facts along the way. It's fun, it's educational and it encourages kids to get active in the outdoors! What's not to love?
2. Treetop Adventures
Treetops Adventure Park at Western Sydney Parklands has 90 sky-high challenges in the treetops, where kids can slide down Flying Foxes and move from tree to tree on suspension bridges up to 15 metres above the forest floor! There's also Trees Adventure at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, with a challenging mix of flying foxes, tight ropes and tunnels all throughout the Sydney Blue Gums.
Sydney Olympic Park’s Urban Jungle Adventure Park is another outdoor high ropes adventure course up in the trees, with 5 courses and over 50 challenging and creative aerial activities. Each course finishes with its own fantastic flying fox.
3. Skate Parks
If your school kid is extremely agile and coordinated, they might just love trying out a grind at your local skate park. Bondi Beach Skatepark is among the most popular half-pipes around, and Sydney Olympic Park’s Monster Skatepark is also a favourite.
Other skate parks across Sydney include Waterloo Plaza at Waterloo Park, Redfern Plaza at Redfern Park, Surry Hills Bowl at Ward Park, St Ives Skatepark at William Cowan Oval, Chatswood Skatepark, Manly Vale Skatepark, Bass Hill Skatepark at Carysfield Park, Parramatta Skatepark at Robin Thomas Reserve, Riverwood Skatepark Belmore Road, Rockdale Skatepark at Bicentennial Park, Moorebank Skatepark at Kelso Park and Macquarie Fields Skatepark.
4. Animal Adventures
Give your kids a chance to connect with wildlife or a taste of the country at these wildlife parks and farms around Sydney.
Calmsley Hill City Farm is one of the closest to the city that will make your kids feel miles from home with tractor rides, animal feeding and the chance to milk your own cow! Wild Life Sydney Zoo is a great place to get up close, hands on and interactive with Australian wildlife. Ride the Sky Safari up to Taronga Zoo to engage with over 5,000 native, exotic and endangered animals. Don't miss out on Seals for the Wild and Free Flight Bird Show every day.
At Golden Ridge Animal Farm you’ll have the chance to be involved in all activities on the farm including holding the baby chicks, ducks and rabbits, feeding little lambs and kids and milking cows. For more of the slinky, slimy species head out to the Australian Reptile Park or for an intimate, bushland encounter visit Symbio Wildlife Park. They have a farmyard precinct where you can feed and pat goats and sheep, meet the cutest guinea pigs and see chickens and ducks and there are interactive daily presentations.
5. Amusement Parks
Luna Park is a firm family favourite that offers a colourful carnival atmosphere right on the edge of stunning Sydney Harbour. From the adrenalin pumping Wild Mouse to the wonky walkways of Coney Island, kids will have the time of their young lives at Luna Park.
Raging Waters is Sydney’s biggest waterpark with over 30 rides, slides and attractions in the greater west. From thrilling slides like T5 and Bombora to the family-friendly Raging Waters JNR, kids can really make a splash. Further afield, Jamberoo Action Park is another action-packed water world with thrilling rides and attractions in a lush natural mountain setting. Lay back and relax on the Rapid River, white-knuckle through The Perfect Storm or join the dance party at Outback Bay.
6. Horse Riding
Almost every child grows up wanting a pony, so why stop with pony rides once your preschooler has grown up into a school kid? Centennial Park Equestrian Centre offers horse riding in the beautiful inner-city parklands so kids can enjoy an equestrian experience like no other.
Get your kids ready with horse riding lessons across Sydney.
7. Playgrounds Aplenty
Sydney is literally bursting at the seams with awesome playgrounds! From water playgrounds to adventure playgrounds, sensory playgrounds, ninja playgrounds, and playgrounds by the water, there's a Sydney playground to entertain your tribe during the holidays.
8. Water Activities
If you have an adventurous water baby in your household and you think you’re ready to let them at it, then you might just want to consider these more extreme watersport activities. Cables Wake Park Penrith and Torrens Water Ski Gardens are great spots to wakeboard, waterski, tube riding, barefooting or hot dog riding!
9. Bike Tracks
Get out for some wheely good fun! Sydney has plenty of family-friendly bike tracks and tours for two-wheeled adventures of the motorised or kinetic kind. Centennial Parklands Bike Track is a fantastic kid-friendly space for little ones to ride, skate and scoot, and the bike and scooter track at Ryde is equally awesome.
Sydney Olympic Park’s Bicentennial Park and Wentworth Common have plenty of bike tracks and pathways through its wetlands and woodlands and Sydney Park has a super cool, award-winning bike track that is popular for both little ones and tweens
10. Island Hopping
With Sydney’s beautiful harbour, why would you want to stay grounded on the mainland? The many islands around the Harbour are full of historic adventures or Aboriginal culture to learn and discover. You can camp out at Cockatoo Island, discover the haunted history of Quarantine Station and cross a 130-year-old wooden bridge on a guided tour of Bare Island.
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