Best things to do with Babies in Sydney

By: Alex Harmon, 18 September 2020

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Why should the big kids have all the fun? We've handpicked the best ideas for babies in Sydney so you and bub can have some precious bonding time while enjoying the sights and sounds of our wonderful city. 

Amazing Animal Activities 

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
In the centre of the CBD, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo invites little ones to get nice and close to their favourite fluffy animals including the Aussie Big 5. See kangaroos hop about, snap a selfie with a koala and meet Ringo the wombat. Look out for the platypuses, come face-to-face with Rocky, the huge saltwater crocodile, and join the team for daily keeper talks and animal feeds. 

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
This Western Sydney sanctuary has some of the best hands-on animal experiences for little people. With the world’s largest collection of native wildlife, there are plenty of furry friends roaming through the retreat. The relaxed, natural setting of Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park offers an abundance of space for babies to interact and play. They also host Wildlife Encounters For Bubs And Preschoolers.

Royal Botanic Garden
This botanical and cultural oasis is perfect for a picnic and an afternoon of imaginative play amongst the almost mystical bushes. The Royal Botanic Garden is a haven full of expansive green spaces, vibrant blooms and natural wonders. A great way to get around is to take a ride on the Choo Choo Express service – you get to take a load off your feet and your little ones enjoy the excitement of a mini train ride.

Calmsley Hill City Farm
There's always something fun on the schedule at the ever-popular Calmsley Hill City Farm. From animal petting to cow milking, tractor rides, a stock whip show, a working dog show, and a koala talk, your little one will seriously fall in love with animals while getting a true working farm experience.

Baby-Friendly Beaches
Aussie kids,  love the beach! It is nature's perfect playground, but little ones need special spots to explore the sand and sea. Sydney's Top Beaches for Toddlers & Preschoolers include calm, protected bays and swimming spots that are perfect for baby's first dip in the ocean. Us parents love them too! 

Activities For Active Babies

The Ultimate Indoor Play Centre
Ultimate Sydney in Northmead is a huge entertainment venue, launched in 2016 by two mums who have 7 children between them. It is home to Australia’s largest indoor play centre, divided in two, so little ones are kept safe and secure. Their Kids World Play Centre (within the all-age facility) caters specifically for younguns 0 - 5 years.

Seriously Serene Indoor Playtime
At Nubo, the blue and white colour scheme and instrumental nursery rhymes contribute to the serene, heavenly playtime experience so different to the chaos of many other play centres. Little crawlers will love the blue ball pit and imagination zones. 

Indoor Playgrounds in Shopping Malls
If the weather is pouring down or you simply can’t be bothered to go on a gruelling trek, then pop into your local shopping mall! You can do some shopping, get a coffee and let the kids go wild in the Best Indoor Playgrounds In Shopping Malls. The bonus is that most of the indoor play areas are more suited for younger kids so the older ones get bored and leave very quickly.

Please note: Most Indoor Playgrounds in Shopping Malls are currently closed due to COVID-19.

Mums & Bubs Movies
Take your baby with you and watch a great movie in your local cinema without any worries about your baby getting restless and disturbing the audience. That’s what Mums and Bubs movies sessions are designed for and we’ve rounded up the best in Sydney.

Fenced Playgrounds For Baby Walkers

As mums of new walkers will know, finding a playground which is fenced makes the whole outing so much easier. You’re not worrying constantly about your mini-Houdinis wandering off onto roads or other trouble. Take a look at some of our favourite Fenced Playgrounds in Sydney – they’re so good your little ones won’t even want to escape!

If it's a hot summer's day, then scrap the adventure playgrounds and head straight to one of Sydney's Best Free Water Play Parks.

Cultured Cuties

Australian National Maritime Museum
Under 4s are FREE at the Maritime Museum so you can explore the incredible exhibitions and marvel at the fleet of ships. There is a play space for kids under five, with games, activities and displays specially designed to stimulate their growing minds and inspire their curiosity. They also host monthly Seaside Stroller Tours for babies and carers.

Sydney Living Museums
The gorgeous collection of 12 Sydney Living Museums properties offers sprawling lawns, fountains, animals and fascinating historic houses to explore. They are the perfect destinations for kids encouraging hands-on activities like museum kids’ trails, cooking meals and lots of other exciting activities. During school holidays, we recommend taking one of their Family Tours or Kids in the Kitchen workshops  - educational and engaging for the whole family!

Art Gallery of NSW
If you have a flowering artist or just a kid that loves to get their hands scribbling furiously, then they’ll love the Art Gallery! Admission is free, and so are the permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events. The Tours for Tots and Drop-In and Make sessions are great for kids 5 years and younger.

Australian Museum
We just can’t get enough of Kidspace at the Australian Museum. This dedicated area for under-5’s is a treasure trove of nature. There are dress-ups, puzzles, art & craft, puppets, animals and lots of interactive activities.

Please note: The Australian Museum is currently closed for a major renovation and is due to reopen this Spring 2020.

Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum offers so many fun things for little ones. Our crew love visiting the trains and exploring the outdoor playground. And let’s not forget The Wiggles Exhibition, complete with an interactive big red car, and memorabilia from the new cast including Lachie's teddy bear and Emma's ballet slippers.

Please note: The Wiggles Exhibition is currently closed due to COVID-19.

The Museum of Contemporary Art
With its continually changing program of exhibitions and workshops, we never get tired of visiting the fabulous MCA with our little ones. There are so many fascinating works to explore! Mums and bubs can join the Art Play weekly creative play session for under 5s and their carers.

Please note: Art Play is currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Treat Your Little Treasures

Treat your little one (and yourself) to a fun meal out. Here are a few delicious and kid-friendly ideas:

Kid-Friendly Cafes with a Play Area
Best Cafes Near Playgrounds
Yummiest Chocolate Cafes
A Cuppa and a Cuddle at Sydney’s Cat Cafes
Kid-Friendly Cafes With A View
Top 10 Cafes With A Playground
Delicious Babycinos
Sydney's Yummiest Milkshakes

 

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