Where To Go And What To Do With Kids On Good Friday 2018

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It definitely seems like Sydney goes into a mini-hibernation on Good Friday before launching into the hopping good fun of the Easter long weekend.  But all is not lost! Here are some fun ideas and venues that are open this Good Friday to keep you and your little ones occupied.

OPEN: Royal Easter Show and Dodo Family Show

The Dodo Sydney Family Show at Moore Park, and the Sydney Royal Easter Show are some of our top picks for Good Friday. Whilst everywhere else in Sydney may seem a bit dull, these two epic Easter events definitely don’t slow down! Pettings zoos, carnival rides, carnival style food, show bags, entertainment, music and more! Guaranteeing you the best Good Friday around.

OPEN: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

The stunning Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is not only the best place for kids and families to spend the Easter long weekend but it's a darn good day to spend Good Friday! There will be a Pancake Parlour on Good Friday from 10am to 1pm with FREE pancakes for the kiddies. There is sun on the forecast, so make the most of the incredible beachside location.


OPEN: Watch a Movie

Spend your Good Friday in the comfort of plush seats with boxes of salty popcorn and the best part…entertained children! If you are keen to make Good Friday a super quiet one, prepare your own microwaveable popcorn, a great DVD and maybe some chocolate treats and have a family day/night in. A night in with a great flick is a perfect option, too. Rug up in pyjamas and chuck some popcorn in the microwave. 


OPEN: Chinatown

Chinatown will still be hustling and bustling this Good Friday. Take the kids to the ever-exciting yum cha experience, and have an indulgent day of dumplings and san choy bau. We recommend Marigold for an authentic and delicious Chinese feast.


OPEN: Sydney Fish Market

Make your Good Friday delicious with a trip to the Sydney Fish Market! This is their BIGGEST day of the year, and will be open from 5am to 5pm.  With Sydney’s recent abundance of rain, fresh seasonal fish will be plentiful, in particular, Tiger Flatheads, Octopus, Sea Mullet, Yellowtail Kingfish and Ocean Jacket. Come down and pick up some fresh seafood, enjoy a meal in the sunshine or a day out with your family and an extra special visit from the Easter Bunny from 11am-2pm.  Better yet, go fishing with the kids yourself - read our tips before you go off to sink a line!

OPEN: Visit Some Creatures

Make the most of all the amazing attractions Sydney has to offer by visiting one this Good Friday! Are sea creatures your thing? Check out SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium at the stunning Sydney Harbour for some all-Aussie marine life including sharks, penguins, rays, tropical fish, dugongs, platypus, sea dragons and more. If you’d prefer something on dry land, why not check out Taronga Zoo or WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. WILD LIFE has an awesome open-air rooftop enclosure for a really up close and personal experience. These day outs will create memories to last a lifetime.

OPEN: Catch a Ferry Ride

Take advantage of the still-warm weather and use this exciting mode of transport to travel somewhere like Taronga Zoo or Manly, ideal for little boat-lovers. Check out the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and maybe dine at one of the gorgeous restaurants along Darling Harbour for an adventurous day that celebrates the very best of our city. Just check the ferry timetable for any holiday changes.

sydney ferry

OPEN: Some Other Top Picks

Some other ideas for fun activities with kids this Good Friday include ice skating at Macquarie Ice Rink, Luna Park, The Grounds of Alexandria for some farm animals and delicious eats, and Paddy's Markets. To make Good Friday night a little bit more exciting, maybe order some takeaway. UberEats will be delivering from the following restaurants tomorrow night: Chargrill Charlies, BL Burgers, Poke by Salmon and Bear, Butter, Beach Burrito, Love Supreme, Thai La-Ong, Angry Tony’s Pizza, On It Burger, Juicy Lucy, and The Italian Bowl. Menulog will be delivering from: Manoosh, Society Pizzeria Di Catania Bondi, Thai Riffic Newtown, Tandoori Express Newtown, Mad Pizza E Bar Potts Point, The Burger Joint Potts Point/Woolloomooloo, Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar Pyrmont, Arthur’s Pizza Randwick, Blue Monkey Thai Randwick, Just Man’oushe Sydney CBD, Supreme Pizza Waterloo, McDonald’s Waterloo, Sushi and More Waterloo, Dcup Cafe & Thai Waterloo/Beaconsfield, and several others.


For those who want to really relax on the weekend, you'd better stock up! Takeaway sales are banned in NSW, with pubs and hotels only permitted to open until 10pm. Small bars are not allowed to open at all, but there will still be a few places around to grab a drink including the Winery, the Glenmore, Brew Pub Manly, Newtown Hotel, Archie Rose Distilling Co in Rosebery and Dolphin Hotel in Surry Hills. There's also Three Williams in Redfern which serves booze with meals. 

CLOSED: Places To Avoid

It's not the best day for shopping because the following centres will be closed for trading: QVC, Westfield Pitt Stree, Westfield Bondi Junction, Broadway Shopping Centre, Supa Centre Moore Park, Westfield Warringah Mall, Chatswood Chase and the Macquarie Centre. Remember to stock up on Good Friday goodies too, because the biggies Coles, Woolworths, ALDI, Liquorland and Dan Murphy's will be closed tomorrow! 





Mar 30 2018

Wet and Wild Sydney is open with good discounts on vuchers sites, like Groupon