Sydney Family Friendly Activities
Take the family to Taronga Zoo and get up close and personal with some of the world's cutest, fiercest and most entertaining animals. Taronga Zoo was officially opened in 1916 and today is home to more than 2,900 exotic and native animal species.
Watch with delight at the chimpanzees as they run around, play and wrestle with each other, or catch a glimpse of the giraffes in their enclosure with the city in the background. See the fearsome tigers and snow leopards, or head to the Great Southern Oceans exhibit and come face to face with sea lions, penguins and leopard seals.
Take in a show and see seals diving, catching fish, climbing and just showing off. Or see the free flight bird show and marvel as these majestic creatures take to the sky.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the zoo's many eateries or stop by the shop and pick up something to remember your day by.
|Where:||Bradleys Head Road, Mosman|
|Phone:||02 9969 2777|
Luna Park is an icon of Sydney, its face having stood grinning over the harbour since 1935. Step into the mouth of the park and enter a world of good old-fashioned carnival fun.
The park sits on Sydney Harbour's nothern foreshore, near the northern pylon of the Harbour Bridge. Take the kids to Luna Park and give them a day out they won't soon forget. Prepare your stomach to be twisted, pulled, pushed and thrown as you dive head first into all the rides.
For the older kids there is the Ranger, a futuristic pirate ship that throws you through the air performing a complete flip, or the Flying Saucer, that will lift you 18 metres in the air and spin you horizontally faster and faster. Younger kids will enjoy the old favourites such as Coney Island, the Wild Mouse mini rollercoaster and the antique carousel.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the eateries before the kids drag you back for more. Luna Park is the perfect family day out.
|Where:||1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point|
|Phone:||+612 9922 6644|
See more, hear more and feel more as you take in a movie at Sydney's IMAX thatre. This is the ultimate cinema experience with the world's largest screen towering an incredible eight storeys high.
Prepare to be blown away by the larger than life images as they immerse your senses. Feel as if you are actually there; hear the action taking place around you and be drawn into the on-screen action. Catch one of the latest releases or be transported to another place as you watch a documentary.
The kids will love seeing a movie on the massive screen in 3D. The images leap off the screen, seeming so real you'll want to reach out and grab them. Enjoy a bucket of popcorn as you immerse yourself in a movie experience like no other.
|Where:||31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour|
|Phone:||02 9281 3300|
The Powerhouse Museum is the perfect place to take the kids, with plenty of hands-on action to be had as you go on a voyage of discovery. The Powerhouse is a science and technology museum that promotes the principle of interaction.
Stroll through exhibitions exploring science, technology, human achievement and decorative arts. Watch the exhibitions come alive before your eyes. There are plenty of activities for children, with lots of opportunities for them to use their hands and interact with the exhibitions.
Let the kids explore outer space and experience the illusion of weightlessness, and walk through the replica model of a space shuttle. Or let them discover things by doing activities in the experimentations section. Experiment with heat, light, chemistry, electricity and movement and find out how everyday items really work.
|Where:||500 Harris St, Ultimo, walking distance to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Central Station, Broadway bus station, and Paddy's Markets Monorail Station.|
|Phone:||+61 (0)2 9217 0111|
Delve into a world of underwater fun at Sydney Aquarium and be amazed by the creatures that call the ocean home. The aquarium is located at Darling Harbour and features more than 12,000 animals in its tanks.
Take a stroll underwater if you dare and voyage through the glass tunnel with its transparent floor. Find yourself surrounded by water teeming with marine life, from colourful fish to massive sting-rays and enormous sharks. Watch these magnificent beasts swim above and around you. Enjoy a live feeding show and see the animals being fed, from the cute penguins to the fearsome sharks.
The aquarium also features two touch pools, which are great fun for the kids. See Nemo (the clown fish) swimming among wavering tentacles of an anemone, or a sea star creeping amongst the different varieties of coral.
|Where:||1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour|
|Phone:||02 8251 7800|
Sydney Wildlife World sits adjacent to the Sydney Aquarium and is a zoo featuring a wide array of native Australian wildlife.
Its design is unique in that the zoo is completely enclosed and air conditioned, unlike most traditional outdoor zoos. It is set over three levels and broken into different habitats, from a reptiles section to Gum Tree Gully and its koalas. More than one kilometre of walking tracks wind their way through the zoo.
100 different species of animals call Wildlife World home, from birds and reptiles to butterflies and rock wallabies.
The zoo is extremely interactive and is all about getting up close and personal with the animals. Pat a python, or hold a koala. See, touch and smell a variety of different animals or watch them being fed during feeding times.
|Where:||Next to Sydney Aquarium, Wheat Road, Darling Harbour|
|Phone:||+612 9333 9288|
|Website:||Sydney Wildlife World|