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50+ cool things to do in Sydney for older kids

50+ cool things to do in Sydney for older kids

Things to do in Sydney for older kids can feel few and far between. It can be tough entertaining tweens and teens who no longer want to visit Taronga Zoo (what’s wrong with them!?), and a ferry ride just ain’t cutting it any more.

By Amanda Nicholls

Whether you live in Sydney or are just visiting, Amanda Nicholls has got you covered. Amanda has visited Sydney from top to bottom with her kids, so she knows all the cool things for older kids to do in and around the city. Whether you’re cashed up or planning on going mega-cheap, there will be something here that will entertain your own tribe. Enjoy your adventures.

Sydney for older kids

1. Archie Brothers Cirque Electrique

Archie Brothers is a place for kids and kids at heart. It doesn’t matter what your age, the whole tribe will love a day out at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. Think old school arcade games as far as the eye can see. Plus there is a bowling alley, a retro diner with freak shakes, hot dogs and burgers (which by night converts to a bar so if you ever want to have a kid free night – option is there!). There is also a Flying Trapeze area up high, Spy School, Bumper Cars, Lasertag Frightmare and more. They’re located at either Alexandria in the inner west or out at Penrith (which is also handy for the Blue Mountains).

2. Skyline Drive in Blacktown

Taking the kids to see a movie is always fun but why not try a drive in movie? Skyline Drive In has a retro diner serving hot chips, ice cream and frozen cokes. Their waitresses and waiters are even dressed in 60s-themed uniforms to add to the fun. Enjoy a quick bite to eat before hitting up the candy bar and tuning in the radio for a movie in the car. If you have a car that allows for a bit of leg room, make sure you empty it out and reverse the car to the screen so you can all huddle in the boot together.

3. Treetops Adventure

Things in Sydney for older kids - Trees Adventure

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Treetops Adventure is a fantastic way to get the kids outdoors among nature and doing some physical exercise whilst having a truck load of fun. There are courses for all ages including a course that is for eight-years plus. There is everything from challenging climbs to rope bridges, zip lining and ropes courses. You get a two hour session, once you are harnessed up and have undergone the safety training, you’re free to explore the courses until your time is up. Booking ahead is recommended. There are Treetops Adventure parks at:

4. MCA Young Creatives

The MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) has a Youth Committee that run some amazing Young Creatives programs for teens. Genext is one program where on a couple of nights a year the teens take over the museum with dance, music and art workshops. If your 12-21 year old is into anything creative, don’t miss taking part in one of the events throughout the year.

5. iFly

Things in Sydney for older kids

Image: iFly

If you haven’t been to iFly it’s an absolute treat for the tribe. iFly is indoor sky diving based out in Penrith in Sydney’s west. You you can feel what a free fall from 14,000 feet in the air feels like without a parachute or even having to jump out of an airplane. Indoor skydiving has become so popular there are even now indoor skydiving championships. All you have to do to get started is lean into the giant glass wind tunnel and you’ll take flight. There are all-round viewing platforms for family to get comfortable and watch you soaring through the iFly tunnel.

6. Escape Hunt

Things to do in Sydney for older kids

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Escape Hunt is a thrilling mystery solving experience that the whole family can enjoy together. You might even want to invite some friends to join in! With six different rooms, there are four historic Sydney mysteries to be solved. Race against the clock to make your way out of a themed escape room by solving all the clues. Each Escape Hunt room is different, we guarantee once you’ve played once you’ll all want to play again!

7. Luna Park

Luna Park is an iconic part of Sydney and a great way to keep the kids entertained. You can even catch a Ferry there to make the experience even more fun. There are lots of rides including the iconic ferris wheel overlooking the Sydney Harbour bridge and harbour. Coney Island offers hours of fun with giant slides and potato sacks as well as sideshow themed games and attractions. Luna Park is also well known for participating in events. During summer you can enjoy the outdoor cinema on the roof, or in the cooler months look forward to Vivid Sydney by taking the kids for a night time visit to Luna Park.

8. Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway

Things for older kids to do in Sydney - Go Karting

Image: Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway

Go Karting is for families who love an adrenalin rush and a bit of friendly competition. Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway has some of the fastest go karts in Sydney and one of the biggest race tracks. Kids from 16 years and up are allowed to race in the adult sized go karts which give the driver a real taste of race car driving. But the kids won’t miss out – if they’re 8 years and up, they can hire a kids cart and ride solo! If you have younger kids or kids who aren’t confident behind the wheel but don’t want to miss out, there are double seater go karts available too.

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More things to do in Sydney for older kids

9. Do a Harbourside Walk (make a playlist to listen to before you go)

10. Do the Bondi to Bronte walk (have at milkshake at the Bogey Hole Cafe before heading back)

11. Visit Newtown and watch the colourful street parade

12. Learn to surf at Manly

13. Climb the Harbour Bridge

14. Spend the day at Raging Waters

15. Go kayaking on Middle Harbour

16. Take a bike tour of Sydney highlights

17. Shop at Rozelle Markets one Saturday

18. Tour Government House

19. Visit Wendy’s Secret Garden

20. Eat Pho in Cabramatta

21. Tour Sydney University

22. Take a Work-Shop class

23. Try a dance class at the Sydney Dance Company

24. Tour behind the scenes at the Opera House

25. Swim in a harbourside pool

26. Climb the wall

27. Stargaze at the Sydney Obervatory

28. Go roller skating

29. Or ice skating if that’s more your thing

30. Go bushwalking in the Lane Cove National Park

Gertrude and Alice is a destination cafe and bookshop

Image: Gertrude and Alice

31. Have a hot chocolate while you read a book at Alice and Gertrude in Bondi (have a swim at Icebergs while you’re there!)

32. Try some hardcore putt putt golfing

33. Head to some of Sydney’s lesser-known beaches for fish + chips

34. Learn to sail

35. Take a picnic to the Botanic Gardens of Sydney and enjoy the views, trees and, yes, bats

36. Enjoy a free tour of The Rocks

37. Eat at Betty’s Burgers

38. Take a harbour jet ride

39. Visit the Police + Justice Museum

Sydney for older kids - try yum cha

Image: Angela Roma

40. Go for yum cha

41. Tour the Sydney Cricket Ground

42. Swim at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

43. Play at Birriwa Reserve Outdoor Youth Space

44. Try Barefoot Bowling

45. Take a treasure hunt through the city

46. Ride a horse in Centennial Park

47. See a shark at Sydney Aquarium

48. Scare yourselves senseless on a ghost tour

49. Bike around Narabeen Lakes

50. Stroll along the beach as the sun goes down at Watson’s Bay

51. Select your own picnic lunch at a Farmer’s Market

52. Play ping pong at the Coogee Pavillion (while mum has a much-needed bevvie!)

What’s your favourite activity in Sydney for older kids?


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