These school holidays, are you taking your kids away somewhere exotic, or are you staying put in this great city of ours?
Let's face it, kids don't like to be far from home and if you're thinking you need to relax, why would you be anywhere else than by the harbour?
Anyway, my point is that a 'staycation' is the new vacation and if you're holidaying at home, while everyone else is away, that means less traffic on the roads. It's never a better time to take the family for a drive somewhere new, or hop on the ferry, train, bus, tram, or even try the new B-Line double decker from the Northern Beaches into the CBD.
Sydney Mums Group has an endless repository of ideas on where to take the kids this holiday season and here are just a few goodies, to get you started.
Often your own suburb has a lot to offer and in summer, you actually have time to enjoy it.
Narrabeen offers the beach, meets the lake, meets outdoor activities.
Marsden Park has Ikea, Bunnings, HomeHub and more - think post-Christmas sales!
Zetland has super-dooper playground awesomeness at Wulaba Park.
Check out our growing list of My Suburb articles, for more ideas. Want your suburb featured? Reply in the comments and tell us why.
Manly Boy Charlton Aquatic Centre
Public Pools Meet Water Parks
The grandaddy of them all - Homebush Olympic Pool, with Splashers Water Playground. Who needs the Gold Coast and its water parks, when you have this?
Lane Cove Aquatic Centre is great for littlies learning to swim. All the fun, with shallow water and it's heated... for the parents.
Ryde Acquatic Centre has an indoor wave pool and Surfrider experience, which is great when you live this far from the beach.
Manly Andrew Boy Charlton Aquatic Centre has great outdoor pools, if you prefer swimming in the fresh air.
We know there are loads of great surf beaches in Sydney but when your kids are very young, water safety is key. Enjoy the calmer waters and family-friendly atmosphere of Balmoral Beach, Shelley Beach, Neilsen Park Beach, Vaucluse and Hordens Beach, Bundeena.
Even though the nation's capital (Canberra) has some awesome museums, avoid the 4-hr drive and look closer to home. Sydney has some of the best child-friendly museums in Australia, including:
Australian Museum - dinosaurs
Powerhouse Museum - science and history
Maritime and Sydney Museums - awesome special exhibitions
For examples of what you might find at these attractions, check out our museum articles. Be sure to also log onto individual museum websites, for up to date exhibition information.
Soft play heaven at Flip Out
Activities - Spoilt for Choice
Child: What are we going to do today, Mum?
Mum: Take out a second mortgage on the house to pay for all these school holiday activities!
I made that joke up :)
Okay, so many fun things you do with kids won't be free but if you're not outlaying on accommodation, you've saved cash already.
When boredom kicks in, get out and about for a game of putt putt, a soft play centre, the zoo, the movies, ten pin bowling and more. And if you're not venturing to the GC's theme parks this summer, you might also plan a treat day at Luna Park or Sydney's Wet n Wild.
The Great Outdoors
If you're on a tight budget and the above ideas don't appeal, look no further than Sydney's own backyard. With beautiful National Parks and outdoor recreational facilities, our city has some of the best amenities, at little or no cost. We've amassed a superb cache of outdoor articles when you're in need of inspiration. You'll find suggestions for the best playgrounds and the coolest parks. So, pack your lunch boxes and get out there!