The unpredictability of Sydney weather has left our little ones disappointed when their outdoor activities and adventures are cancelled due to rain! and as a parent it hurts to see their cute little smile disappear as they droop around the house struggling to keep themselves entertained!
That's why we need EMERGENCY RAINY DAY BACK UP PLANS! Luckily Sydney has a number of indoor playgrounds and kid- friendly museums- as well as craft shops, leisure centres and activity areas.
Lets start with...
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
This is the perfect place to hide out on a rainy day. You have indoor warehouses for climbing, boozing, and bouldering, like Sky Zone, Rocks Brewery and 9 Degrees plus an arcade of retro games, bowling and laser tag inside Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq.
The little ones can dance around the Wiggles Exhibition while bigger kids explore space travel at this Ultimo Institution. The Powerhouse Museum has diverse exhibitions, intriguing object collections and interactive experiences, so you may have to make a return visit to explore everything on offer. It’s open every day except Christmas, so it’s a sure bet when the rain is pouring and the kids are running wild. Best part is, general admission for under 16s is free.
Bounce on the inflatable jumping castle at Monkey Mania, in Moore Park, then race around the climbing structure and shoot down the slides to burn off all that stuck-inside-all-day energy. Parents can even use the playzone as a handy kid-sitting service while they shop, as you can leave children aged five and up in the care of Monkey Mania’s staff for up to three hours for $26.50
Jenny's Painted Pots
Art is for everyone, but the kids will be particularly fond of Jenny’s Painted Pots, which hosts ceramic-painting workshops. You can choose to decorate ceramic mugs, plates, animals or signs and lettering starting from $12. It’s also home to a traditional lolly shop, so you can taste test old-timey sweets while you paint. All the arty equipment is supplied, so your only job is to get inspired and get painting.
Children from as young as three years old can learn how to skydive in an indoor facility in Penrith – and it’s fun for adults too. After a safety briefing and training from experienced instructors, children can experience being lifted into the air by a powerful wind generator.
Flip Out Trampoline Arena is Australia’s largest trampoline playground. First opened in Western Sydney, there are now centres across the country offering indoor and outdoor fun that’s flippin’ awesome. The Penrith centre has wall running, an after-dark program and dodgeball – plus you can book kids’ birthday parties and children can sign up for Little Ninja classes to learn how to twist and bounce like a pro.
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Whether it’s so hot you need to cool down, or so cold you need to warm up, the swimming pools and water playgrounds at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre are always a balmy 26 degrees. Pack swimmers for the whole family and spend the day racing the kids down the Rapid River Ride.
So there you have it!, Next time Sydney hits us with a surprise rainy day you will be turning your little ones frown upside down!