First published on 3 Apr 2012. Updated on 18 Apr 2012.
Sometimes the weather is just trying to annoy you. Don’t let it win: there are plenty of places to go visit when it’s better to be indoors: and these ones are all places you’ll actually enjoy yourself as well.
With dugongs, seals, giant spider crabs and – perhaps most importantly – sharks, this is a firm favourite with families. We’ve never been through the underwater walkway and NOT seen kids utterly transfixed by the sight of sharks and rays swimming over their heads.
Art Gallery of NSW
Aside from their school holiday programmes, they also have Sunday afternoon activities for kids: check the website for all the details – or just run ‘em ragged in the park beforehand.
Yes, it has an awesome playground. Yes, it has loads of interactive exhibitions. Yes, there are always fascinating things going on there. Yes, there’s an amazing space exhibit. Sorry, what were talking about again?
Museum of Contemporary Art
Newly refurbished and looking amazing, the MCA's Creative Studios offer a range of artsy, craftsy things for kids to do under the banner of Contemporary Kids, with both regular monthly and special school holiday programmes.
There are dinosaur bones, and a diprotodon model in the Australian gallery. That’s a wombat the size of a hippo. You need more? There’s a great kids room with dress ups and puppets too, but seriously: diprotodon.
Macquarie Ice Rink
When it’s chilly, why not double down on somewhere even more chilly? Macquarie centre has skate hire and you can book classes in the skating arts, or just get out on the ice and give it a red-hot go. Well, maybe not that red hot.
Check the website for the Kids at the House programme, with special performances for the little ones all year ‘round. Theatre, music, dance and more, all specifically designed for little ears.
State Library of NSW
A great children's library, activites for the kids, a comprehensive school holiday program – going to the library has never been so much fun.
Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym
With two locations, in St Peters and Villawood, you’ll need to be at least seven years old – but they do offer birthday party packages for the adventurous young would-be Edmund Hillary.
There are plenty of interactive exhibitions and a regularly-changing programme of activities, but let's just put it this way: how many other places offer you child the opportunity to climb into a submarine?