7. Get A Charge At The Powerhouse Museum
Number 7, top things to do in Sydney with family is get a charge at The Powerhouse Museum. Chase fish in a digital pond as part of an interactive Magic Garden or experience the illusion of weightlessness in the Zero Gravity Space Lab. All this and more is in store at the Powerhouse Museum. The former power station was converted into a buzzing museum in 1988 and now houses 250 interactive exhibits, many of which are geared specially for under-eights.
Recent highlights included a high-tech Wiggles exhibition to mark the kids’ song-and-dance group’s 20th anniversary. It featured photographs and memorabilia, along with a Big Red Car for kids to ride.
Harry Potter fans also won’t be disappointed with an exhibition showcasing hundreds of props, sets and costumes from the movie until March 18. And if that’s not enough to keep your kiddies amused, check out the museum’s new outdoor playground. Entry starts at $6 per child and $12 per adult. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St., near Carling Harbour. Open daily from 9.30 a.m.-5 p.m., +61 (0) 2 9217 0111.
8. Spy A Flying Fox In The Royal Botanic Gardens
Next, top things to do in Sydney with family is spy a flying fox in The Royal Botanic Gardens. From watching flying foxes leap from the trees, to taking a scenic tour on the Trackless Train, the Royal Botanic Gardens have a lot to offer young children.
There’s also the recently launched Dandy Lions program for under-sixes. Held every Tuesday and Thursday, children get to explore a new garden-related theme through activities such as gardening, craft, storytelling and play. During school holidays, kids over five can also get their hands dirty in the garden with a rotating education-based program.
On the lineup for this spring — the Party Plants School Holiday Program, which teaches kids how different cultures on the Pacific Rim use tropical plants for music, food and fun. Cost is $15 per child. Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquaries Road. Opening hours vary, +61 (0) 2 9231 8111.