Beyond the beautiful beaches, waterways, parks and gardens, Sydney offers a wealth of family treasures in the many museums, galleries and entertainment precincts in and around the city that are sure to put a smile on your little ones' faces.
The lively waterfront precinct of Darling Harbour is always a buzz of activity with plenty of fun free entertainment, the CBD's biggest and most innovative playground and a multitude of exciting family attractions. Kids can challenge their fears and learn all about the plight of the world's most misunderstood ocean predators in Shark Valley at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, young adventurers can grab an Adventure Passport, and uncover fun animal facts and games along their journey through the zoo. Next door, at Madame Tussauds Sydney, your little superstars can join the stage with Kylie Minogue or come face to face with Wolverine.
Kids at the House at the Sydney Opera House has a series of kid-friendly performances during the year. There's also a Creative Play program that runs during the school holidays and provides an interactive and creative outlet where your children become the artists. While you’re in Circular Quay, ride the Sydney Ferry to one of Sydney's great harbourside suburbs or take a harbour cruise. Sydney Ferries also depart regularly from Circular Quay to Sydney Harbour’s six islands – Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and the awesome Cockatoo Island where the kids can explore spooky convict prisons and giant cranes or even camp overnight.
The Australian Museum has a host of exciting permanent and visiting exhibitions to explore. With collections ranging from minerals to birds and insects to dinosaurs, their exhibitions are a joy for children and adults alike.
Across the Bridge, Taronga Zoo’s brand new Lemur Forest Adventure means Zoo visitors can watch the super social ring-tailed lemurs, made famous by the movie Madagascar, and also embrace their inner lemur in the exhibit's new playground.
Sydney Olympic Park is a one-stop entertainment and sporting spot for kids all year round. Go for a Segway tour at Newington Armory, cycle on 35 kilometres of pathway, get a little air at Monster Skatepark, or cool off in the waterplay areas. At the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, kids can enjoy Splasher's indoor water playground, trapeze lessons with Circus Arts Sydney and the newest addition, the adrenalin-filled Urban Jungle Adventure Park. The popular Kids in the Park program is stacked with fun for everyone on every day of the school holidays. Kids can enjoy science, writing and art workshops, sporting activities and fun clue trails.
A little further afield Sydney's newest and most exciting attraction, Wet'n'Wild Sydney, is making a big splash. The massive water theme park opened in December 2013 and features a bunch of world firsts with interactive ride technology and more than 40 thrilling rides, attractions and a whole lot of family fun. Wet’n’Wild Sydney is open during the summer from September through to March.