First published on 20 Feb 2011. Updated on 13 Dec 2011.
1 Dabble in daytime astronomy
Daytime visits to the Sydney Observatory cost just a fiver for kids, including use of the telescopes, 3D theatre and entry to all exhibits. Mon–Sun. $5–$7.
2 Catch a flick, art deco-style
The Randwick Ritz is a heritage-listed art deco building that boasts some of Sydney's cheapest cinema tickets. Pop in on a Tuesday for an $8 flick. Every Tue. $8.
3 Run wild at Coney Island
For just a tenner kids can go Coney Island crazy on all the rides they can handle at Luna Park. Mon–Sun. $10.
4. Watch a free show at the AGNSW
Every weekend the Art Gallery of NSW hosts a free kids' performance relating to an aspect of the collection. Every Sun 2.30pm. FREE.
5 Explore Sydney Harbour
On Sundays, Sydney Ferries offers families a flat day rate of $2.50 per person. Take advantage and take a ferry to Cockatoo Island, Manly Beach or Taronga Zoo. Sydney Ferries, Around Sydney. Every Sun. $2.50.
6 Learn about Sydney's convict history
The Convict Sydney exhibition is perfectly tailored to family outings. Kids can sit at a table to eat a convict meal, try on a set of leg irons or convict clothing or stand at the whipping post. Mon–Sun 9.30am–5pm. $0–$10.
7 Experience zero gravity
Little ones can learn all about what it's like to live and work in space at the Powerhouse Museum's Space exhibition. Step inside the Zero Gravity Space Lab and experience weightlessness first-hand! Mon–Sun 10am–5pm. $0–$10.
8 Indulge your sweet tooth
Adriano Zumbo is the king of Sydney sweets, and kids will love his weird and wonderful creations. Try a salted butter popcorn macaron, we dare you. Adriano Zumbo, Locations in Balmain, Rozelle and Manly. Mon–Sun. From $2.30.
9 Visit the home of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
Nutcote, the home of much-loved Australian author May Gibbs, is now a museum that welcomes children into the wonderful world of Gumnut babies and Banksia men. Wed–Sun 11am–3pm. $3.50–$9.
10 Spend the day at Olympic Park
The Sydney Olympics site is teeming with kid-friendly fun. Play mini golf ($6), explore the heritage buildings of Newington Armory (FREE), or cool down in Splasher's Water Playground at the Aquatic Centre ($5.70).