Best things to do with the kids on a wet weekend

Wet weekend with the kids

Sydney is known for its world-famous landmarks such as Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Garden, and Taronga Zoo. These destinations are fun for the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors under the warm sun, but what happens when it turns into a wet weekend?

Whether you’re a Sydney local or a tourist, having your plans ruined by an unexpected downpour will dampen much more than your mood – especially when kids are involved.

Luckily, there are plenty of things to do on a rainy day in Sydney that provide the perfect opportunities to run around, jump, bounce, climb, and even fly, all while the wet and miserable rain pours down outside. Here are our top indoor kids destinations in Sydney to ensure the rain doesn’t spoil your family’s day out


Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

With nine interactive habitat zones, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is one of the most incredible ways for children (and adults) to explore and learn about the unique creatures that live in our oceans. The underwater tunnels of Shark Valley are perfect for the more adventurous. With Wobbegong sharks, Grey Nurse sharks and massive Smooth stingrays swimming directly above you, it’s an immersive experience like no other.

As a favourite among kids, the Penguin Expedition gives them a front-row seat to watch adorable Gentoo and King penguins waddle and splash around. There’s a Discovery Rockpool where they can touch and interact with a variety of sea stars, shells and even shark eggs!
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Macquarie Ice Rink

It may not snow in Sydney, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on one of the best winter activities: ice skating!

Strap on a pair of ice skates and spend the day gliding across the indoor Macquarie Ice Rink. If your family hasn’t been before, they offer a Learn to Skate Program that is designed to teach the basics of skating such as balance, turning, gliding and more. They also in the school holidays also have disco session and other great fun events catered to kids. It’s a great way to spend a fun day with the family, no matter what the weather forecast says.

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Entertainment Park

Entertainment Park is home to a truly white-knuckle line-up of fun-filled activities, including arcade games, six full-size bowling alleys, party shops, food trucks, VR and digital simulators and even a barbershop. Entertainment Park is pretty ahead of the curve when it comes to simulations – we’re talking an actual virtual reality arena, where you can battle fantasy creatures or challenge your friends to virtual dance battles. There’s also a dedicated e-karting space, which allows you to kart around a 3.5km square track without emitting a single fume.

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Holy Moley

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love a good game of putt-putt golf. Located in Darlinghurst, Holey Moley Golf Club is a giant playground that provides fun for the whole family.

They offer a large selection of uniquely themed mini-golf courses to test your skills. Your family can enjoy putting their way through themed putt-putt courses such as mazes, a Monopoly board, bedrooms, a money machine and more.

With fun packages to choose from including 9 holes, 18 holes or 27 holes, Holey Moley Golf Club is a great indoor destination for the kids when it’s raining, whether it’s for the full day or for a couple of hours.

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Art Gallery NSW

You won’t know which activity to choose first at the Art Gallery of NSW. Before you even get into the nitty gritty, the welcome hub offers a ‘kids trail’ map, activity sheets, and a fold-your-own chatterbox with cues to spark discussion about the artworks. If your little ones like getting messy, send them off to one of the hands-on art-making workshops and clubs that you can browse on the gallery website.

The halls of the gallery are kid and pram-friendly, and you can take a break at the adjoining café and restaurant without venturing into the rain. In fact, you don’t even need to leave the house to entertain the kids because the Art Gallery of NSW now has an online hub that includes kid-friendly art tutorial videos by artists.

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Just because it’s raining outside, doesn’t mean your family has to miss out on a fun, action-packed day. Treat the family to some of these fun indoor kids’ activities in Sydney and discover the many exciting destinations that are waiting around every corner over a wet weekend.

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