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Wet Weather Activities for the School Holidays

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by Jackie C (subscribe)
When I'm not questing for fun things to do in Sydney and its surrounds to keep my daughter entertained, I'm busy felting or trying out the many wonderful crafts available DownUnder.
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When the weather goes pear shaped during the school holidays, where can you bring the kids to let off steam?

1. District 3

Dodge em, blast em, play em" in Westfield Hornsby was a great find. Located in Westfield Hornsby, this undiscovered gem offers Morning Madness Unlimited Games every weekday during school holidays. For $22 per person, you get unlimited rounds of laser tag and dodgem cars from 9am to 11am.

[ADVERT]Over 18s will love their Midnight to Dawn (11.45pm to 7am). For $45 per person, it's unlimited laser tags in different formats, bungee run, and dodgem cars. And you also get unlimited credits on many video, driving and pinball games during this time.

What's the bungee run? Well, you and your friend are strapped into a harness that's attached to a giant elastic band (think Wily E Coyote chasing Road Runner). And when the whistle blows, you run for your life. The person who pulls furthest away from the starting point is the winner. The fun of course is when you stop running and feel the backward pull to the starting point.

The girls just loved the dodgem cars. "What a fun way to learn how to drive, Mom!" enthused my 12 year old when she and eight girlfriends took over the dodgem race track. The music was very loud when you're sitting down to wait for the kids to finish, but the happy grins on their faces was worth the wait.

This indoor playground has so many arcade games to choose from shooting, driving, air hockey. Just as well each game only costs $1 (except for Maximum Tune 3DX at $2 per play and $1 per continue).

District 3 sells drinks and slushies, but if you get peckish, the Westfield Food Court is just up one flight of stairs up when you exit the shop. Parking is easy, with the first three hours free. Opening hours are 10 am to 10 pm from Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 12am Friday and Saturday.


2. Xtreme Playzone in Asquith offers unlimited laser tag for $22 per person (bookings preferred) during the school holidays. It also has a climbing play area set aside for toddlers, cosmic golf (in black light), bumper cars and laser frenzy where you get to pretend you're like Tom Cruise climbing over and under laser beams to get to the treasure. Being in an industrial area, they run their own little cafe selling good coffee and snacks including pizza. There is limited parking onsite, but lots of off-street parking nearby. Trading hours are 10 am to 5pm from Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday. They are closed on Anzac Day. Read a review about them here.

peak pursuits

3. Peak Pursuits in Castlehill offers high rope adventures and rock climbing in a warehouse setting, with lots of covered carpark spaces so you don't get wet or chilled getting there. They will be open on Anzac Day. The high ropes course is only open to kids above 5 years old. Best bit about climbing here? You don't need an adult to belay the ropes as all 11 vertical climbing stations have a cool automatic belay system and the 10 high ropes courses has a continuous belay system. Kids and adults will also love Leap of Faith, Kung Fu Poles and the vertical drop on their Giant Slide. Their opening hours are 10am to 5 pm daily. Read a review on them here.

4. Urban Jungle is a new high ropes playground located inside the grounds of Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Homebush. Although you need to pay an additional discounted price of $3.50 per person to enter the Aquatic Park regardless of whether you swim or not, the sweetener is four hours of free parking if you validate your car park coupon upon entry. So plan to climb for two hours followed by at least an hour plus of water play to most out of this outing. And yes, it's open on Anzac Day. Click here for Pricing.

Parents can supervise from the ground if your kids are 10 years and above and weigh at least 125kg. Kids below 9 years require an accompanying adult on the course. What's unique about this place is if you don't have a head for heights or you're on crutches that day, you can book a guide to accompany up to 4 kids below 14 years for $30 (same price as a climbing adult). The opening hours from now till 26 April 2013 is 9.30am to 5.30pm.

urban jungle
from urban jungle gallery

Whichever playground you choose, here are some basic requirements :
Participants must wear enclosed shoes with rigid soles (sporting shoes are recommended) - no thongs, sandals, plain socks, bare feet, crocs, slip-off or toe shoes;
Long hair must be tied back
Jewellery must be removed (studs and sleepers OK)
Waists must be covered and piercing removed or taped over for comfort.
Loose items must be removed from pockets, so nothing falls off and gets lost.

Have fun and do add your favourite indoor playground to this list.
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