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PSSST – LISTEN IN Yo kids…before we rip into the cool things to see and do, have a nosey at www.kidshelp.com.au and remember you can ring the Kids Helpline 24/7 on 1800 55 1800. For the 12 to 25 age bracket www.thesource.gov.au is well worth a gander.

SYDNEY’S APPEAL TO ALL AGES From rainy day indoor haunts through to a diverse range of outdoors attractions, kid-friendly Sydney looks after its junior newbies.

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/Visiting/kids_in_the_park

SYDNEY TOWER

www.sydneytower.com.au

LUNA PARK

Don’t worry, the famous Luna Park mouth won’t chomp down on you! Entry is free, but you pay for the rides you want to take (we scored an annual unlimited rides pass for $99). Accessible via train (Milsons Point) or ferry from Wharf 5 at Circular Quay, check out www.lunaparksydney.com for more details.

TARONGA ZOO

Taronga Zoo, on the north side of Sydney Harbour, boasts more than 2.500 animals and spectacular views back to the CBD. Open 9am – 5pm daily & easily accessed by ferry from Wharf 2 at Circular Quay…with more info at www.zoo.nsw.gov.au

WILDLIFE WORLD

www.myfun.com.au

SYDNEY AQUARIUM

Sydney Aquarium is sea creature heaven with ferocious sharks and crocs augmented by friendly penguins and two awesome dugongs in Mermaid Lagoon. Open 9am – 10pm daily, easy access is provided by a ferry to Aquarium Wharf or the Monorail to Darling Park. Check out the website at www.myfun.com.au

AUSTRALIAN MARITIME MUSEUM

The Australian National Maritime Museum is definitely worth a look ‘sea’ by taking a ferry to Pyrmont Bay Wharf, where the Welcome Wall will greet you. Check out a replica of Captain Cook’s famous ‘Endeavour’ or squeeze into the resident submarine HMAS Onslow. Open 9.30am – 5pm daily and online at www.anmm.gov.au

POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

www.powerhousemuseum.com

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

Just 18 years shy of its 200th birthday, the Australian Museum’s fascinating exhibits include an Aboriginal Heritage Unit, plenty of dinosaur skeletons and an interactive area – Kidspace – for the wee ones. Open 9.30am – 5pm daily, check out www.australianmuseum.net.au for more info or jump a train to St James station in Hyde Park and stroll to the corner of William and College Streets.

SYDNEY OBSERVATORY

www.sydneyobservatory.com.au

OCEANWORLD MANLY

www.oceanworld.com.au

LIBRARIES

http://cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Library/Branches/ – most public libraries don’t just lend books free of charge, they have internet access, reading groups, rooms for hire, exhibitions and fax and photocopying services. That means you can get wee friends together to barricade a room, jump on the net, read sydneynewbie.com as a group, print off our content and fire it off to cool kids all over the world.

PLAYGROUPS

www.playgroupaustralia.com.au

SWIMMING & WATERPLAY

http://cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Residents/SwimmingPools/Default.asp

http://www.aquaticcentre.com.au/

MINI-GOLF

http://sydney.zpages.com.au/miniature-golf/

www.puttputt.com.au

http://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/Visiting/venues_and_parks/golf_centre/events/minigolf

BUILD A BEAR

Apparently young girls go ga-ga over this.

www.buildabear.com.au

OUTDOOR MOVIES

www.stgeorgeopenair.com.au

CLOWN TOWN

www.clowntown.com.au

FROM BIG WINDS TO MASSIVE FIREWORKS Children soak up experiences like sponges…so it’s just as well Sydney has plenty of events to offer the little newbie sponge kid slim pants.

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/WhatsOn/html/custom/2199-sydney-event-calendar.asp

http://www.timeoutsydney.com.au/kids/

FESTIVAL OF THE WINDS

www.aks.org.au – it sounds scary, but it’s all about kites, with the Australian Kiteflyers Society conducting an awesome event at Bondi Beach.

ROYAL EASTER SHOW

www.eastershow.com

HARBOUR BRIDGE FIREWORKS

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/NYE/VantagePoints/default.aspx

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