Whether you're trying to escape the weather, or just want a more enriching experience for the kids, checking out of the many incredible museums on offer in Sydney is always a great way to spend a day with the family.
The National Maritime Museum is a universal favourite. The exhibitions focused around the danger and excitement of life at sea is sure to capture the imagination. Family Funday Sundays (once a month) bring a plethora of activities to the table, including character led-tours, face painting and live performances. There’s also a Mini Mariner Playspace to entertain the little ones while you relax.
If the kids have an interest in the justice system, the Sydney Justice and Police Museum is often overlooked, but a fascinating option. Plus, the kids can participate in a full courtroom experience and come to a verdict - guilty or not guilty! You can also head down to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and see one of the most significant convict sites. Kids can try on the clothing that was worn, lie down in the hammocks that were used, even try out the leg shackles.
No list of Sydney museums would be complete without the famous Powerhouse Museum. The innovative, interactive exhibits teach kids about engineering and technology, and how they’ve impacted society. Plus, the kids get to play and experiment with the latest tech in The Lab.
Angel Place is a small alleyway just off Martin Place. The magical alleyway is worth exploring when you’re hungry. Check out Ash St Cellar or the famous China Lane, or simply drop into one of the many boutique cafes and bars.
Don’t forget to look up while you’re exploring - suspended above Angel Place is an installation artwork called Forgotten Songs. The hauntingly beautiful empty birdcages represent the 50 species of birds that disappeared with European settlement. The installation was originally intended to be temporary, however, it was so popular that it’s now a permanent fixture.
This one is truly hiding in plain sight. If you’ve done the bridge climb, or even just spent time wandering around the area, you’ll have noticed the huge grey pylon. Not many people actually know you can go in (entry is only $15), and enjoy stunning views across Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour, and the city.
Dudley Page Reserve
There is no shortage of beautiful parks in Sydney, particularly in the Eastern Suburbs. Dudley Page has perhaps the best views of the city. A popular spot to enjoy fireworks on New Year's Eve, the park is just as enjoyable any other day. The grassy expanse is perfect for an afternoon or sunset picnic and has a well-maintained playground for the kids too.
Liv- Tender L Creative and Deb - a long term resident of Sydney.