Trying to entertain your little ones in bad weather can be a challenge. But this list of the best rainy day activities for kids in Sydney is guaranteed to make your job a little easier, and bring excitement to even the dreariest of afternoons.
If your kids are bursting with energy next time it’s raining, why not let them blow off some steam with ten-pin bowling? Strike bowling offers a range of locations around Sydney, and is perfect for beginners or experts. With great music and a menu of family-favourite snacks to enjoy while you’re knocking down pins, it’s guaranteed to bring out the competitive spirit and leave kids ready for a quiet afternoon at home.
For some hands-on entertainment, head down to the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. Kids can explore the world of science and be inspired by some of the greatest minds ever known. With interactive opportunities to design video games or experiment with light, they’ll marvel at the incredible world around them. And with free entry, you don’t need to spend a lot for hours of fun.
Museum of Magic
Found in Kings Cross, the Museum of Magic is part of the Magicians Theatre, which is still being used for performances today. It features a collection of magic, illusions, and historical artefacts that will make you and your kids feel like you’re stepping into a story. Get lost in the secret chambers and passageways, and meet the rabbits and doves being used by the magicians in their shows. Plus, take a night tour, and be guided through the building by a magician as they expose the secrets of magic. Who knows, you may even be asked to jump through a trap door or an illusion.
At Jenny’s Painted Pots, kids can channel their creativity into painting and decorating a beautiful ceramic masterpiece. They can choose from a range of ceramic animals, plates, mugs and more, and let their imagination run wild with possibilities. With all the materials you could possibly need at your fingertips, you’ll leave with a finished piece glazed and fired to perfection.
Holey Moley golfing
With locations around Sydney, Holey Moley is an indoor putt putt experience sure to delight children of all ages. It features a variety of uniquely-themed mini golf courses, neon lights and great music. You could be hitting your balls across a Monopoly board, through bedrooms, mazes, and more. Some venues even offer karaoke, meaning children can sing their hearts out in a private room.
Green Square Library
If you’re looking for some quieter entertainment, then head down to this underground library with a difference. With a dedicated comfy kids’ space featuring reading nooks and shelves full of their favourite books and DVDs, your kids will never want to leave Green Square Library. Plus, there are plenty of other unique rooms to discover, such as the guitar library where visitors can play acoustic, electric, or virtual instruments. And the rainbow reading room, which includes a colourful feature wall, and armchairs and beanbags for a cosy afternoon.
Looking for somewhere to eat? Located in Pittwater, The Newport offers a mouth-watering bistro menu, as well as delicious wood-fired pizzas until late. Parents can sit back and relax, while the kids explore the Gymnasium, a room jam-packed with giant Jenga, ping pong, and many other exciting games. Stop by on weekends for even more fun, with activities including face painting and reptile demonstrations to chase away the rainy-day blues.
Pancakes on the Rocks
Treat your little ones (and yourself) at Pancakes on the Rocks, an amazing pancake restaurant located in the heart of Sydney. Known for their decadent and inventive pancakes, adults can choose from a range of exciting options including lemon meringue or apple crumble. And, for kids, their children’s menu is packed full of colourful and creative dishes, with incredible pancake desserts bound to leave a smile on everyone’s face. If savoury is more your style, they also offer a delicious menu of crowd pleasers for lunch and dinner.
If you’re looking for fun in the sun instead, check out this list of the best activities for kids in Sydney.