Sunshine has returned to the city, so get outside and enjoy it these school holidays

Darling Quarter

Sydney

We're going to go out on a limb and say that this is the coolest playground we've come across in Sydney. There's a 21-metre flying fox; a circular swing big enough to fit a small family; and a huge slide that can fit four kids length-ways. The best part of all, though, is the park's network of water jets, pumps, pulleys, wheels and even an Archimedes water screw, which allow kids to manipulate the huge water stream.

Kids in the Park

Homebush Bay

Sporty nippers will want to check out all the action at the free AFL Clinics in Cathy Freeman Park, or can learn a little from the pros at the ANZ Stadium Explore Tour. And young detectives will love the park's range of treasure hunts, clue trail and bird watching walks, as well as the huge network of bike tracks.

Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre

Centennial Park

The beautiful and vast Centennial Parklands has great walking and cycling tracks, but it's also one of the world's only urban parks with riding facilities, with a huge 210 stables and five riding schools that can take you out for a trot any day of the week. Care to canter? Each school will offer lessons catered to your age and level of experience, and all the necessary equipment is provided.

Fun with food

 

You get a coffee and a meal and the kids get to run around. It's win win. Here are our picks for park-side dining across Sydney.

Manly Surf School

Manly

This city is serious about surf culture, and learning the ways of the waves is fun, and open to all ages. Time Out recommends taking to the sea with the helpful guidance of Manly Surf School. You can make the lessons private or join a small group and hit the big blue with some new mates. You will learn surf etiquette, the basic rules, how to stand up on the board, and, of course, how to actually stay up on the board. Tubular, bro.

Prince Alfred Park Playground

 

This Surry Hills playground includes a see-saw, swings angled towards some of the city's most interesting buildings and a giant balloon that recalls Thomas Gale's 1870 balloon ride from Prince Alfred Park to Redfern. The whole family can also enjoy new public barbecues and multiple family picnic areas.

Taronga Zoo

Mosman

t's beautifully laid out, the paths are wide and meandering, and, most importantly, the place is full of animals. Really interesting ones too: along with the lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) there are impossibly cute new young elephants, chimps and giraffes.

Sydney's six best ferry trips

 

The jewel in Sydney's crown is its harbour – always has been, always will be. And you can cruise across it aboard one of Sydney's 28 ferries for as little as $2.80 (concession). Here are Time Out's six favourite Sydney Ferry experiences. Try one these holidays.

Top beaches for babes

 

The most important thing for a good family beach is that there's either a kids pool where they can splash about safely, or that it's sheltered enough to be safe from big waves or dangerous rips. Fortunately the Harbour City has plenty of beachside nooks that tick all the boxes.

Rouse Hill House & Farm

Rouse Hill

City kids can visit Rouse Hill House & Farm Museum and get a taste of life on a farm. Children will collect eggs, feed the animals and pump water among other traditional farming jobs, and take home a free tin bucket and their own handpicked egg.

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