I'm a freelance writer living in Sydney in the Sutherland Shire.
Published May 7th 2017
1. Visit the Sydney Tram Museum
Located in Loftus, this museum is the oldest and largest in Australia. The big attraction is the 4 km ride on an antique tram. It takes you towards The Royal National Park and Sutherland. The Sydney Tram Museum is open on Wednesdays (10am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-5pm). The entrance cost is $18 for adults and $10 for children. It is free for children under 5 years old. Alternatively, you can purchase a $46 family pass for 2 adults and 2 children. Tickets include unlimited tram rides and admission into the display hall.
2. Go canoeing in the Woronora River
The Woronora River is the ideal location to hire a canoe and paddle. There is plenty of wildlife to see and the views are stunning. You can hire a canoe at the boatshed in Forbes Creek.
3. Write a song and record it with a group
Want to learn how to write a song and then record it? Do Re Mi Studios offers the perfect holiday course for your child. The 5-day workshop aims to teach children how to write and record a song. Kids need to be able to play a musical instrument or sing to join this workshop. However, don't worry if your child is not that advanced on their instrument. First, the teachers group all participants according to musical level and age. Then, the children learn techniques on their instrument to write a song as a group. Finally, they record their song by the end of the course. This is a great workshop for your child to develop musical skills and make friends with others with similar interests.
Children having fun learning to write and record a song at Do Re Mi Studios
This scenic ferry ride from Cronulla takes approximately 20 minutes. Spend the day in Bundeena exploring the clean beaches and bushwalking in the Royal National Park. Have a picnic on the grass area by the beach. Alternatively, enjoy lunch at one of the many quaint cafes at Bundeena village. A one-way ticket on the ferry is $6.40 for adults and $3.20 for children.
5. Do an art workshop at Hazelhurst Gallery
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Hazelhusrt Regional Art Gallery & Arts Centre is located approximately 5 minutes from Gymea train station. It offers excellent art workshops for children from pre-school to high school age and admission is free. The gallery also has a wonderful cafe facing the gardens so you can watch your kids play.
View from the gardens facing the Hazelhurst Gallery cafe
6. Have fun at Funarama
Funarama is the largest indoor children's play centre in the Sutherland Shire. It has a climbing maze, ball pit, slides, a flying fox and much more. Entrance fee is $10.
7. Have a picnic at Shelly Park and Beach
Located in Cronulla, Shelley Park is the ideal location for picnics. It has a large grass area for children to play and it faces the beach and rock pools. The park has plenty of well-maintained barbecue facilities. In addition, it has a fenced playground with a liberty swing for children with special needs.
View from Shelley Park
8. Escape the heat at the Sutherland Leisure Centre
The Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre is the idyllic place to be on those uncomfortable hot summer days. The complex has gyms, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and family fun areas to relax and enjoy the day. The centre offers swimming holiday programs ideal for children to develop stroke techniques.
9. Visit the Como Pleasure Grounds
This tranquil park faces the beautiful Georges River. The playground area is quite large and the cafe in the park has wonderful views of the river. It has picnic tables, barbecue facilities and a bike track that your kids will love. In addition, there is a 20m swimming pool that is open in summer and is free of charge to use.
View from Como Pleasure Gardens
10. Bounce at Inflatable World
Inflatable world in Miranda, is the biggest indoor Inflatable playground in Australia. This is the ideal place to be with your children on a rainy day as adult can join in too. It has many activities including a giant slide and a Ninja obstacle course. The entry fee is for a 2-hour period. The cost is $18 for children 5 years and over. Adults are also $18. Children 4 years and under are $10.