5. Ride The Roller Coasters At Luna Park
Next, top things to do in Sydney with family is Ride The Roller Coasters At Luna Park. It’s hard to miss the iconic Luna Park, with its 9-meter-wide smiling clown face entrance staring out over the Harbour. Tucked behind Coney Island, the recently restored 1930s amusement park now includes a Big Top auditorium, along with popular rides such as the Tumble Bug and Flying Saucer.
Entry is free and tickets are sold for single rides, which suits a family with kids under five. For the older ones, it’s probably worth buying an unlimited pass, which lets them on all the rides all day. Day passes start at $24.95 during peak season. Luna Park, Olympic Drive, Milsons Point 2061. Opening hours vary, +61 (0) 2 9922 6644.
6. Mount A Pony In Centennial Park
Nothing puts a smile on a kid’s face faster than the chance to go on a pony ride — and there are many opportunities to do so at Centennial Park. On the first weekend of every month, the park offers hand-led, 10-minute pony rides for children aged two-11 from the corner of Parkes Drive and Grand Drive in the park.
Tickets ($13 per ride) are sold at the nearby visitor counter, next to the kiosk. Another option is to book through one of Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre’s five riding schools. Mount a pony in Centennial Park is one of the top things to do in Sydney with family.
Finally, the My Little Ponies program, an ongoing initiative specially designed for two-five year olds, teaches kids where the horses live, what they eat and how to care for them. Don’t worry — a hand-led ride is also included. Bookings are essential. Centennial Park Equestrian Centre, 114-120 Lang Road, Centennial Park. Opening hours vary, +61 (0) 2 9339 6699.