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Published November 19th 2012
Discover Bondi Beach Through Kids Eyes
It is no wonder Bondi Beach is one of Sydney's most popular beaches, with its white sand, incredible views, cafes and restaurants, picnic and BBQ areas, swimming pools and great amenities, not to mention its fun and relaxed atmosphere.
It is conveniently located near several cafes so parents can easily grab that much needed coffee or a snack. Toilets are also nearby and paid parking is available on the beachfront.
Children can ride their scooters and skateboards along the promenade and if they are a little more skilled, they can venture to the Bondi Skate Park. Popular amongst skateboarders, the park can get busy on the weekends, so if you have younger children, it's best early in the morning or during the week. Experienced riders will love the bowl, but make sure you bring their helmets and safety gear.
Bondi Beach is a patrolled surf beach and while it is great for older children who are more confident swimmers, younger kids can swim at the southern end of the beach at the Icebergs swimming pool or on the northern end, which features a children's wading pool.
For kids wanting to learn how to surf, Let's Go Surfing offers special kids programs which run all year. During school holidays, children can attend four day surf camps, on weekends the surf school offers drop in classes and after school courses are also available. Budding surfers can celebrate their birthdays with a Let's Go Surfing Birthday parties. Children not only get to have lots of fun, but also learn about the beach and ocean safety.
While their older brothers and sisters are surfing, young kids can build sand castles, bury mum and dad in the sand or create awesome sand art. Collect some shells, rocks and twigs and let your kids' imagination run wild.
For an educational experience, visit the Marine Discovery Centre located at the Bondi Pavilion. Children will love the underwater Bondi Experience – a combination of real fish in aquariums and audio visual experience that takes visitors on a dive tour of the amazing life in Bondi Bay. The centre is open 10am – 4.30pm Wednesday to Sunday.
After a day at Bondi Beach, venture to one of the many family friendly cafes including The Ditzy Tart (11 Curlewis Street), Hobbits Café (262 Campbell Parade), Bondi Trattoria (34 Campbell Parade), Blue Orange (49 Hall Street), Surfish Seafood (Bondi Beach Pavillion). You will also find plenty of ice cream stores – Movenpick Ice Cream, New Zealand Natural Ice Cream, Twisted Frozen Yoghurt, Cold Rock, Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream and Gelato Bar. Most ice cream stores are located on Campbell Parade.
So if you haven't visited Bondi for a while, why not add it to your list of things to do this weekend? Bondi Beach offers plenty of fun things for the whole family and if you want to see what the beach conditions are on any given day, check out the Bondi Beach Surf Cam.