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Free things to do in Sydney with the kids

Looking for some fun things to do to entertain the kids without breaking the bank? Check out these free kid-friendly activities in Sydney. Pack your bags, put on a smile and get the kids together for some outdoor fun. Some of the best things in life are free!

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See some art

Both the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia are free and run kids programs. Getting your kids involved will get their creative juices flowing so they can create their own masterpieces. Kids love colours, shapes, patterns and there’s plenty of creative opportunities at the galleries for families to discover art and participating in playful learning together. Join the fun with heaps of art-filled activities designed to encourage children to create, grow and inspire.

 

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Get beached

Sydney is the home of sea pools and harbor baths and there’s nothing better than an afternoon of relaxing on the pristine beaches and splashing about in the cool waters. Beaches which are particularly kid friendly are: Coogee Beach located off Arden street with its gentle waves and patrolled swimming, Wylie’s Baths; a historic pool with a netted enclosure and McIver’s Baths in Coogee open to women and children only.

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Visit the vibrant entertainment at Darling Harbour

Darling Quarter's playground is one of Australia's best. Water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides and flying foxes will keep toddlers and teens entertained for hours. It's fun, thrilling and best of all, free! It’s a short walk to other attractions like the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Chinatown and Barangaroo Reserve.

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Discover the beauty of birds

The BirdLife Discovery Centre provides opportunities for people to learn about and engage with birds in their natural habitat. It is located in the Newington Armory – formerly the Royal Australian Navy Armaments Depot in the Parklands at Sydney Olympic Park.

Free Guided Bird Walks are held at the Newington Armory – 10 am on the last Sunday of the month, for one hour. The fascinating walk around the Newington Armory helps people of all ages to identify and spot birds in their natural habitat. Tours are led by knowledgeable guides who will open up the world of birds for you. 

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 Get creative at the National Art Gallery

On Sundays the facility regularly puts on concerts that are oriented towards children yet typically incorporate both animation and/or music in a celebration of these art forms that appeal directly to kids. This program, dubbed the Film Program for Children and Teens, aims to enhance the young ones' enjoyment of the Gallery's many different collections and exhibitions emphasising the medium of film as an art form in its own right.

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 Admire the blooms on a family garden excursion

The Royal Botanical Gardens offer garden education for all ages including practical gardening experiences, outdoor learning activities and exciting, immersive exhibitions at their new living art gallery, The Calyx. They offer free events, community festivals and exhibitions as well as creative outdoor adventures across the Royal Botanical Garden Sydney, Blue Mountains Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

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 Visit the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay

Circular Quay is a thriving hub of activity and movement with ferries coming and going over the harbor and buskers entertaining tourists along the Harbour. Visitors can walk up and down the stairs of the Opera House forecourt and take in the majestic view.

 

Monica Limanto