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Embrace Your Inner Child in Sydney

Madame Tussauds Sydney Australia
Sydney Taronga Zoo

Embrace Your Inner Child in Sydney

story by: House of Travel

When it comes to travelling with kids, the best way to approach your holiday is often to abandon any notion of 'peace and quiet' and instead embrace your inner child alongside your nearest and dearest. And what better place to do that than Sydney?

The New South Wales capital blends a big city atmosphere with a beachside vibe, letting your family enjoy large-scale attractions before retreating to the seaside to enjoy a day of frolicking in the waves. No matter how many times you've been here, it's always different through the eyes of a child, so plan your trip accordingly.

Hit the beach
It's no secret that Sydney gets hot, particularly if you visit during the summer months. For a day out that is refreshing - and free! - make the most of Sydney's plethora of family-friendly beaches. Venture to Balmoral Beach, in the north of the city, for a paddle in the shallows or a cooling dip in the netted pools. 

For kids who are just learning to swim or family members not confident in big waves, Coogee Beach should be your go-to destination. It's free from the massive swells that feature at Sydney's big surf beaches and also offers a protected Marine Reserve - ideal for snorkelling. Help the kids burn off some of that excess energy with the Bondi to Coogee beach walk, which spans six kilometres of picturesque coast. Older kids will love checking out Palm Beach to spot the Home & Away stars.

Mingle with celebs - sort of
When you can't get up close and personal with your favourite celebrities, trade them in for a wax model. At Madame Tussauds, you can take selfies galore with wax replicas of all the big names, including Taylor Swift, Jimmy Barnes, Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman. 

Learn some of the background of your favourite stars and pose next to them for photo opportunities. Kids will love the Music Zone where they can hang out on stage with Rihanna (or, at least, Rihanna’s mirror image!) while you explore the inner workings of Brad and Ange's relationship through their waxwork figures.

There are also plenty of interactive experiences on offer to delight tiny audiences, such as digital screens that ask questions on celebrity trivia.

Join the circus
Every family feels like a circus at one time or another, and it can be a juggling act to balance every element of your tribe's needs. Blow off some steam at Circus Arts Sydney, which is the city's original flying trapeze company. 

Kids five and up can join their parents for a flying trapeze class, which takes you 10 metres in the air, soaring like a professional. Don't panic about safety, as all participants are harnessed and there's a safety net below the activity.

Let your little ones learn basic trapeze positions such as the knee-hang and the catch, and give this challenging yet thrilling activity a go yourself.

Sneak in some learning
The Powerhouse Museum is Australia's contemporary museum of applied sciences and arts, and is positively enormous in terms of its scope. It has a diverse collection spanning not only science and history but also design, technology, industry, music, transport, decorative arts and space exploration. With more than 500,000 items onsite, there's bound to be something here to capture the imagination of your kids.

There's plenty of child-friendly activities on offer at the Powerhouse, including regular science experiments, storytelling, an outdoor playground and even a zero gravity space lab to really get their imaginations working overtime. 

This is just scratching the surface… don’t forget about Luna Park and Wet’n’Wild, two amusement parks that the kids will love. Grab a Hop on Hop off harbour ferry pass and head to Taronga Zoo. Be sure to take some phone family photos in front of the Opera House before you leave.

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