Parent/lifestyle bloggers reveal their favourite child-friendly destinations in Sydney

4 July 2014

Taronga Zoo

Feeding a giraffe at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Image credit: Taronga Zoo.

Enjoy the winter school holidays with these tips on Sydney’s child-friendly destinations from some of Sydney’s best parenting and lifestyle blogs.

Discover more NSW winter school holiday and Sydney winter school holiday ideas here.

Rikki from Stay at Home Mum

“I always stayed away from museums with my kids because, quite frankly, they are horrible little things that cannot behave and I feared they would knock down a dinosaur or play hide and seek among the sculptures. But, they actually were awesome! And intrigued. Our favourite had to be the Australian Museum because of the current Tyrannosaurs exhibit. My kids are dino-nuts so seeing the various T-Rex species was a big highlight for them.”

Peter from Dads Online

“Recently I attended The Rocks Ghost Tours with my teenage daughter. If you’re looking for a hand holding (or squeezing) time, this is the place to be. It was an eery night, strangely enough there was low cloud that looked like light fog had descended down around the streets of inner Sydney. It set the mood for what turned out to be a wonderful experience for both myself and daughter. The ghost tour is around The Rocks, the tour guide tells stories of local murders and apparently true ghost stories and sightings of a bunch of ghosts that still live in a boarding house that we visit on the tour. We laughed and shivered and often looked behind us! I recommend this to all dads with adventurous kids.”

Bron from Maxabella Loves

“The best places for kids in Sydney are often hidden places. We love going to hands-on gardens like the Eco Garden at Fagan Park in Hornsby and the Eco House and Garden at Kimbriki in Terrey Hills (these places are all a bit of a trek for us, but worth it). Nurseries with cafes and playgrounds like Eden Gardens and New Leaf Nursery are also pretty wonderful.”

Pauline from Lessons Learnt Journal

“My kids love going to Taronga Zoo, rain, hail or shine. Personally, I prefer going with them during the cooler months of the year – it’s less crowded and there’s a more chilled out tone about the place. We don’t try to see every possible animal at the zoo. Rather, we visit their favourite spots, (right now it’s the reptiles, chimpanzees, and Australian Nightlife house), then see how the day goes. A tip from me (and my kids): the cable car ride is a great way to finish off a day at the zoo.”

Sharon from Sydney Mum

“We love taking our kids to Chinatown on a Friday night. We walk down through the night markets, eat yummy food then find ourselves at the top of Market City in a games arcade versing each other on a Mario Kart racing game.  After Mario and sometimes a bumper car ride, we play a few games in the little kids section in the arcade at the front. On the way back to the car we stop for ice cream – great night out!”

Belinda from The Hungry Mum

“I don’t mean to brag but when it comes to keeping little hands busy and therefore out of mischief I am your go-to gal. Misses 6 and 8 recently tried rock climbing at Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym and loved it. Everyone gets instruction on belaying (rope holding) and safety then away they go. No experience is necessary but be warned – they will want to go again. And again.”

Phoodie from PHOODIE.com.au

“Our favourite place to take the kids all year round is Nielsen Park in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. The kiosk is open all year so you can grab snacks, drinks, lunch and (most importantly!) coffee whenever you need it. There are huge grounds for the kids to explore, either on foot or with their scooters and bikes. The beach down there, with its spectacular scenic views of Sydney harbour, is fabulous to swim at during the warmer months and just as great to sit upon with a picnic basket in the cooler months. We love it!”