Sunday, 4 October 2015

10 great things to do with a toddler in Sydney!

Last week we headed down to Sydney with our little koala, just a few days shy of her first birthday. Despite the fact my husband and I lived in Sydney for many years, we never lived there with a baby! So we went on a bit of a mission to find some great things to do with our little 1 year old that we'd all enjoy!

We adored the Sydney Sealife Aquarium and loved having a picnic by the harbour. You cant go past the beaches for some good free fun too!

If you're heading to Sydney with a toddler, here are my top picks for entertaining a toddler in Sydney while making the most of your holiday!

1. Taronga Zoo. Yes, a bit obvious but its number for a reason! A 1 year old has just reached that age where they know animals are alive. Animals are fun and cute and different. My little koala squeals and flaps are arms until she is allowed to pat every cat and dog she sees on our morning walk. She'd pat the ducks and birds too if she could catch them, so any adventure where she can see lots of animals is top on our list of fun times. The zoo is fabulous for little people who cant get enough of animals. Your toddler will also enjoy the ferry ride over! Hot tip - if you have a little cheap stroller, bring that instead of the pram, that way you can carry it when they don't want to be sitting, but you still have a stroller to push them in when it gets too much.

2. The Grounds in Alexandria. There's a pig named Kevin Bacon and kids are invited to help feed him on Tuesdays and Thursday. Plus there's always gorgeous little farm animals around for the kidlets to enjoy! Hot tip - get there early if you want to avoid crowds.

3. The Sydney Sealife Life Aquarium. Right down in Darling Habour, when we were in Sydney last week, we took our little 1 year old to the aquarium and she had a blast! She loved watching the fish swim around in the tanks with all their beautiful colours. She went nuts over the fairy penguins and watched the stingrays in wonder. They also have an Octonauts kiddy section and a fun little touch pool where little ones can feel the starfish, coral and other creatures of the sea. Fun stuff!

4. The Sydney Wildlife Zoo. Next door to the Sealife Aquarium is the Wildlife Zoo. Not quite as good as Taronga, but its better to visit in bad weather and its a little more convenient if you're short on time.

5. The Powerhouse Museum. So many touchy feely, sound making, light flashing, moving part exhibits to explore. From Babies to adults, there's something for kids of all ages!

6. The Botanic Gardens. We had a little picnic down on the harbour front under a gorgeous big tree. Our little koala loved crawling over the soft grass. She was particularly taken by a rather curious Ibis who decided it wanted our lunch as much as we did. The koala had a ball trying to catch it.

7. Beach baby - and by that, I mean all of them! I find the quieter beaches like Tamarama or the Northshore beaches a bit more family friendly than the crowds at Bondi. Manly also has a lovely little sheltered cove near the ferry terminal with soft sand and no waves, great for the really little ones. My 1 year old had a ball in Manly picking up handfuls of sand and dropping them down the back of my shirt. Yay!

8. Gather on the Greens Café in Camperdown -So this one is a little obscure, but its a little café in Camperdown near the RPA Hospital, they have picnic blankets you can take into the lovely park the café fronts and they'll bring your order out for some picnic-ing fun.

9. Bubbabar in Leichhardt. Their slogan is 'give mummy a break'.... who doesn't love that!! Take a bus or light rail from the city over to Leichhardt in Sydney's Inner West and you can go to this different and surprising café! It's a 'playcafe' where they employ people whose sole job is to entertain your child. There's costume characters, a library full of books for little people and a whole toddler and kids menu! Best thing, its free entry! They have 3 sessions a day where your kids can participate in toddler friendly activities while you sit back and relax. There's a small minimum spend so your child can participate, but a coffee and cake will get you there. Totally worth it!!

10. Ride the Ferry. Its something to do with the splashing water and moving scenery but our koala loved travelling across the water. Just be careful to not let them climb over the edge!

What's your favourite toddler activity?

xo

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25 comments:

  1. I miss Sydney, we had so much fun with our three girls when they were little. No matter which part of NSW we were living, it was always a big adventure just getting to Sydney in the first place and then so much to do once there.

    Perth in comparison, doesn't have that much on offer but we still love it here.

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    1. I miss Sydney too! I loved living there and I love going back to visit! I'm sure there's lots of fun things to do in Perth too, I haven't been there yet but would love to check it out!

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  2. I feel so bad that we've rarely taken our kids to Sydney - there are so many things to see and do. We discovered the joys of Coogee at Xmas when we stayed close to the Prince of Wales hospital when my Dad had surgery. There was a lovely shady park around the corner from our home stay and it was only a 10 minute walk to the beach. Plus there was easy bus access into the city or into Bondi if you wanted to shop or catch a train. I would definitely stay in that area again - the best of Sydney's amenities with the benefit of a genuine community atmosphere. Ideal for families with toddlers and those with older kids like ours too!

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    1. I agree! Many parts of inner Sydney have a great community atmosphere. We lived in Glebe for years and always loved the community-ness (is that a word?). Coogee is a great area too, I love the beach, plus there's all the gorgeous little beaches between Coogee and Bondi!

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  3. When we use to visit Sydney a bit, the ferry rides were the kids favourite thing to do.

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    1. Yes, I love a good Ferry ride, I even remember Dolphins jumping around the ferry when I was a kid.

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  4. Great post Lu, we've lived in Sydney for a while but it's funny how lazy you can get about exploring the 'tourist' sites in your home town.

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    1. I know what you mean. We lived in Sydney for years and yet there's still so much there we haven't seen!

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  5. Great post! I've never been to Sydney but would love to get there one day.

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    1. Oh you must go! Its one of my favourite places :) I love a good city! At least you have some contacts to show you around when you do come over here :)

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  6. Great post. Looks like theres some lovely things to do in Sydney xx

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  7. If I didn't live in London, I'd live in Sydney! The beaches are just the best. I also loved the Botanical gardens when I lived there as well.

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    1. London has its upsides too! Sydney is fantastic though :)

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  8. When we were in Sydney with my then toddler he loved the ferry rides, and just watching the world go by from his pram (always good to carry all the baby paraphernalia as well as baby). He would spend hours pointing at buses as we walked down George St.

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    1. Ferry rides are definitely fun for kids! My little girl is in the pointing phase now too, she loved pointing at the buses and traffic lights :)

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  9. Great tips Lu. There's just so much to do in this beautiful city! Thanks for sharing xx

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    1. There is so much to do in Sydney :) Its a great city!

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  10. I haven't got a toddler but I'm a big fan of the Aquarium, the Zoo and Kevin Bacon (I met him for the first time last week, and he's almost cute enough to turn me vegetarian!) Great tips for kids of all ages (even big ones like me!) Thanks for linking up to the Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

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    1. Kevin Bacon is cute isn't he, such a friendly little (big) pig!

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  11. Going to Bubba Bar has been on my list for awhile. Great reminder - really looking forward to checking it out (and maybe even "checking out" a bit!).

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    1. Definitely 'check out' for a half hour, hopefully its a nice little break for you :)

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  12. Some great ideas! I love Sydney so will keep these ideas in mind!

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