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Top 30 Things To Do in Sydney With Kids This Summer

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Published December 19th 2012
Make This The Best Holiday Ever
[ADVERT]The holidays have started and so has the challenge of keeping kids occupied without breaking the budget. Here is a checklist and a challenge. How many of these can you visit this summer? Print out the list and post below whenever you have visited one of these great places.

1. Walk Across The Harbour Bridge.
Address: Burton Street, Milsons Point

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

2. Go boogie boarding at one of Sydney's surf beaches;
Cronulla, Manly, Bondi, Avalon, Freshwater, Curl Curl, Palm Beach, Newport …

3. Book a surfing lesson on Manly Beach or Bondi Beach.

4. Enjoy a quiet swim and picnic at Clontarf Reserve.
Address: Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf

5. Go sliding at Manly Water Works.
Address: East Esplanade, Manly

6. Hire bikes and go bike riding at Bicentennial Park.
Address: Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush

7. Feed kangaroos at Koala Park Sanctuary.
Address: Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills

Koala Park Sanctuary
Koala Park Sanctuary

8. Spend a few hours wandering through Eden Gardens. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the cafe while kids play at the playground.
Address: 301 Lane Cove Road, North Ryde

9. Head over to North Harbour Reserve for a relaxing day. Bring a ball or badminton set for the kids, and you catch up on reading your favourite books and magazines.
Address: Condamine Street, Balgowlah

10. Spend a day building sand castles at Avalon Beach. Older kids can venture to the Skate Park located near the beach.
Address: Barrenjoey Road, Avalon

Avalon Beach
Avalon Beach

11. Go snorkelling at Balmoral Beach, then enjoy some fish and chips for lunch.
Address: The Esplanade, Balmoral

12. Create sand art at Newport Beach from shells, twigs and rocks.
Address: Barrenjoey Road, Newport

13. Organise a BBQ at Bronte Park, followed by a swim at Bronte Beach.
Address: Bronte Marine Drive, Bronte

Bronte Beach and Park
Bronte Beach and Park

14. Play table tennis on Dee Why Beach. Bring your own racquets and balls, outdoor table is located on the promenade.
Address: The Strand, Dee Why

Dee Why Beach
Dee Why Beach

15. Spend a day swimming, sliding and tobogganing at Jamberoo Action Park.
Address: Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo

16. Collect shells at Shelly Beach, then create some stunning pictures with them at home.
Address: Bower Street, Shelly Beach, Manly

17. Get up close to animals at The Australian Reptile Park.
Address: Pacific Highway, Somersby

18. Let the kids play and splash at Darling Quarter Playground . Make sure you bring change of clothes and a towel.
Address: 25 Harbour Street, Sydney

19. Treat the kids to a day at Luna Park. Entry is free, so if you don't feel like riding, you can relax while the children keep amused for hours.
Address: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point

Luna Park
Luna Park

20. Visit all of Manly's beaches and have a swim at each one ; Manly Surf Beach, Shelly Beach, Manly Cove, Little Manly Beach, Collins Beach...

21. Explore Cockatoo Island , a former imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory and shipyard.
Address: Cockatoo Island, Sydney

22. Spend the day at Carss Bush Park Playground. Bring a picnic, cook a BBQ or enjoy lunch at the café.
Address: Carwar Avenue, Blakehurst

23. Go on a dolphin/whale watch cruise, departing from Circular Quay

24. Swim, surf, play, skate scooter at Maroubra Beach. This beach has something for everyone.
Address: Malabar Road, Maroubra

25. Learn about farm life at Calmsley Hill City Farm, feed animals, watch shows, milk a cow and so much more.
Address: Darling Street, Abbotsbury

Calmsley Hill City Farm
Calmsley Hill City Farm

26. Learn about the underwater world at Sea Life Sanctuary
Address: East Esplanade, Manly

27. On a rainy day, venture out to Hyde Park Barracks Museum and experience what convict life was like.
Address: Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Hyde Park Museum
Hyde Park Museum

28. Go celebrity spotting at Madame Tussauds, Darling Harbour's newest attraction.
Address: King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour

Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds

29. Let the kids scooter or skate at Little Manly Point while their younger siblings play at the playground and you relax overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour.
Address: Stuart Street, Manly

30. Let the children play all day at Clifton Gardens . Amazing enclosed playground, basketball court, beach with no waves.
Address: Morella Road, Mosman

Clifton Gardens
Clifton Gardens

School holidays don't need to be boring. Sydney has so much to offer, so start planning today and take your kids on as many adventures as you can fit in. Then come back here and tell us about it.
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Why? Keeping children amused during school holidays
When: All year round
Where: Sydney
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