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Fun Things To Do In Sydney With Kids This New Year

This summer, taking a staycation in Sydney doesn’t have to mean bored kids.

We’ve rounded up the best activities in and around the city to keep kids (and their parents) entertained this new year.

Airship Orchestra – Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbour
6 – 30 January
Free

Tumbalong Park has been transformed into another world with the installation of the Airship Orchestra, 16 glowings, inflatable sculptures. The sculptures, which are up to six metres high, pulse with light and supernatural choral music, simultaneously soothing and sparking the imagination. The kids will have a ball wandering and playing amongst them, especially as twilight falls.

Erth’s Prehistoric Picnic – Royal Botanic Gardens
15 – 30 January
$30 + booking fee

Got a dino-loving kid in your family? You’ll want to pack a picnic and get up close to the Thunderbirds, the three-metre-tall dinosaur puppets of Erth’s Prehistoric Picnic. Designed to spark feelings of wonder, this 60-minute show set amid the beautiful Botanic Gardens takes the whole family back 65 million years to a time when dinosaurs ruled Sydney.

Sea of Light – Australian National Maritime Museum
26 December – 30 January
$15 – $25, members and children under four free

This interactive installation immerses the whole family in a magical sea adventure through the use of phosphorescent light and a gentle soundscape. Lasting 60 minutes, Sea of Light lets the kids use a UV torch as a paintbrush on the sand to design their own voyage in light, guide ships and their glowing light trails across the seafloor and dive below the surface to find glowing creatures in hidden reefs. They’ll be mesmerised.

Thaw – Sydney Opera House
14 – 16 January
Free

This dramatic art installation consists of a 2.7-tonne block of ice suspended 20 metres above the Harbour, slowly but surely melting – with a sole performer sitting atop it. How long will the iceberg last? And what will happen to the woman astride it? With its powerful message about climate change and sustainability, Thaw will fascinate kids (and adults) of all ages as the ice drips into Sydney Harbour over the course of three January days.

Chinatown ‘Bites & Culture’ treasure hunt experience
13 December – 28 February
Adults $40

Start celebrating the Lunar New Year with this self-guided treasure hunt through Chinatown. Decipher the cryptic clues thrown up by the Kultura Trail app to guide you from one stop to the next and discover quirky alleyways, local hangs and hidden restaurants.

Get outdoors

Just because you’re in the city doesn’t mean the kids have to miss out on the outside play. Try Pirrama Park on the waterfront in Pyrmont. Make the most of the near-new play equipment and barbecue and picnic areas before learning about the area’s maritime history on the Stevedore Walk. You can continue to the Bay Walk if you’re up for a longer expedition. Or, cross the water to visit Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park, offering six hectares of rocky outcrops and native shrubland complete with lookouts, picnic spots, and extensive walking and cycling trails. For adventure play, the kids will love, check out the hidden gem that is the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden in Centennial Park. The WILD PLAY Garden offers nature play in the heart of the city with dry creek beds, an artesian water play area, a bamboo forest, banksia tunnels, turtle mounds, and even a treehouse.

Rainy day fun

Since we’re having a La Niña summer, it’s always a good idea to have a wet weather backup plan. In the event of rain, check out the Powerhouse Museum on Harris Street in Ultimo. Admission is free, and the Microcars exhibition is sure to delight kids and adults alike. If art floats your boat, try the colour-filled Matisse exhibition ‘Life & Spirit’ at the Art Gallery of NSW. You can use your Dine and Discover vouchers towards your tickets, and children under 12 are free. Or visit the Australian Museum to see the 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, showcasing more than 100 stunning wildlife and nature photographs taken in Australia and around the world. Admission is free.

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