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Published July 7th 2012
Darling Harbour is one of Sydney's most popular tourist attractions, but have you taken your kids there recently? There is so much to see and do that one day is not enough to explore everything Darling Harbour has to offer.
Even if you live in Sydney, why not make it a weekend or school holiday adventure. Book a room in one of the many hotels located in Sydney CBD and you won't have to fight peak hour traffic at the end of the day.
Some of the places your kids will love visiting include:
Darling Quarter Playground One of Sydney's best playgrounds, offering kids of all ages plenty of fun. From toddlers to teenagers, children will be occupied with the playground's water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides, flying foxes and so much more.
Sydney Aquarium is a home to many sea creatures and some of the most popular exhibits include: The tropical bay of rays – featuring the most colourful combination of Australian stingrays Saws and Claws – a new joint creature feature of smalltooth sawfish and huge Japanese spider crabs, Southern rivers includes freshwater fish such as the Murray cod, platypus, yabbies, turtles,
Northern Rivers – see barramundi and lungfish – the only fish species that can breathe air Southern Oceans – check out Sea Dragons and Pineapple Fish, octopus, moray eels and little penguins Dugongs at Mermaid Lagoon – Pig and Wuru are the only captive dugongs in Australia
Get up close to sleepy koalas and energetic kangaroos, see Rex, one of the world's largest crocodiles, and walk through nine habitat zones, where you see over 100 species of Australian animals. Sydney Wildlife World offers many keeper talks and animal feeds each day, so you are guaranteed to keep the children amused for hours. Some of the most popular exhibits include Butterfly Tropics, Gum Tree Valley, Wallaby Cliffs, Daintree Forest, The Outback, Kakadu Gorge and Bugs Garden.
Madame Tussauds wax museum is one of Darling Harbour's newest attractions. See over 70 incredible life-like figurines and take pictures of your kids with their favourite movie star or sporting heroes. Allow a couple of hours to explore this fantastic venue. Click here for more information
For an incredible movie experience, catch one of Imax Theatre's movies. With crystal clear images, ten times larger than the traditional cinema format the IMAX film experience draws you in with pictures so real you want to touch them. The theatre screens films in 2D and 3D, so check out their website and see what is showing right now.
Sydney's Powerhouse Museum is a science and design museum and is suitable for children of all ages. Their exhibits change regularly, so there is always something new to see and explore. The museum offers children many workshops throughout the year and specifically during school holidays, so check out their website for the latest information.
The Australian National Martitime Museum features fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities and even the chance to board ships and experience life on the water. The museum is child friendly and offers great activities for kids from 2 years and youth workshops for older children.
Kingpin Bowling Lounge
This bowling venue offers 20 state of the art bowling lanes, amazing harbour views, the latest music, disco UV lighting and LED lit pool tables. It is suitable for kids of all ages – it can get busy at times, so book in before you head out to ensure you don't miss out.
M9 Laser Skirmish
This is an adrenaline pumping, all action pain free laser experience for kids and adults. You can have up to 36 guests per battle, so why not get a few friends together for a fun adventure. M9 Laser Skirmish is suitable for children 8 years
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Discover beautiful landscape featuring waterfalls, exotic plans and hidden pathways of these beautiful gardens. Children will be entertained and educated with school holiday activities including origami, kung fu workshops, lion dancing, Chinese paper fan making and more.