• When it's wet in Centennial Parklands For the kids

    Seven things to do with kids in Sydney when it’s wet


Rain, we need it but it can make it a challenge knowing what to do with the kids. Luckily, rain is no deterrent to getting the kids out of the house with Centennial Parklands here to help.

Here’s seven great ideas for kids of all ages…


1. Monkey Mania

Monkey Mania offers play equipment for ages 1-12, including an inflatable jumping castle, dedicated toddlers area, a gun/cannon foam ball arena, climbing structure, slides and outdoor electric kiddies go-karts.

As well as having the added benefits of a café, convenient parking and air conditioning.

The themed party rooms include Candyland, Enchanted, Undersea Pirate/Mermaid and Space. Party Bookings are available on all days.

Monkey Mania offer a family membership for discounts and even offer a great “Drop ‘n Shop” offer for children 5 years and older.

Monkey Mania at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Monkey Mania at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park



2. Mums and Bubs cinema

Hoyts Cinema at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park host regular Mums and Bubs cinema sessions on Wednesday mornings.

Tickets are $11 for adults, and kids under five go free (although some terms and conditions do apply).

It’s not just mums who’re invited – any adult carer (mum, dad, granny, grandpa, nanny, aunty, uncle) is welcome to come along and join in the fun.

There’s even a place to change nappies and the lights stay dimmed for feeding. Come and enjoy a well-earned treat.

And better still, you can even get 3 hours free parking!

Catch a flick with the bub!

Catch a flick with the bub!



3. Plaster Painting Studios

Specialising in crafty fun for all ages, Plaster Painting Studios is open 7 days from 10am-5pm, and is located at the Entertainment Quarter (with free 2 hour parking!).

Kids love plaster painting and with over 300 plaster figurines, money boxes, picture frames and canvasses to choose from there is something for every budget. We provide the paint, brushes, smocks, ‘bits to stick on’, glaze and glitter!

Bookings are not essential – drop in anytime.

Plaster painting is great fun - and with over 300 figurines to choose from!

Plaster painting is great fun – and with over 300 figurines to choose from!



4. Strike Bowling Bar

The first Sydney Strike Bowling opened up at the Entertainment Quarter in 2008. It features 12 tenpin bowling alleys with incredible projector screens that play the latest video clips, creating a party atmosphere and keeping you rocking out between turns.

Strike is no ordinary bowling alley – a delicious range of food and beverages from its gourmet kitchen, while the facility also features pool tables and other great activities for that indoor activity day.

It also hosts kids parties, if looking for a great indoor venue.

Strike Bowling - fun for the whole family

Strike Bowling – fun for the whole family



5. Strike Laser

CHK CHK, PEW PEW…Strike Laser is Laser Tag, all grown up. Prepare to be blown away by a whole new concept in laser skirmish that kids will love!

Strike Laser at the Entertainment Quarter features a million-dollar arena, featuring state-of-the-art laser tag technology, individual soundscapes and amazing props making it the perfect activity on a wet day…and even a great options for kids parties.

Laser Strike is much better than playing a shooter game on a console (and will keep them active)

Laser Strike is much better than playing a shooter game on a console (and will keep them active)



6. Kids golf

Not exactly what you’d think as a wet weather option – but it is!

If you want a left-field idea for fun on a rainy day then why not come to Moore Park Golf, buy a bucket of balls and have a hit-and-giggle on one of the largest golf driving ranges in the Southern Hemisphere!

Our 60-bay, three tier, all-weather facility is a great compromise to enjoying an outdoor activity when it’s wet…without getting wet.

Absolutely no experience or skill level required…in fact, this activity is often more fun if you have never or rarely ever swung a golf club.

Moore Park Golf not only has a place to play, but an adjoining bistro for a nice warm and dry lunch too!

Moore Park Golf not only has a place to play, but an adjoining bistro for a nice warm and dry lunch too!



7. Go for a walk in the rain!

Did you remember walking in the rain when you were a child? Why not pull on some gumboots, put on a rain jacket and head out into the Parklands for a walk.

It’s amazing what you’ll see – a vast array of birdlife, beautiful trees, puddles to explore and – our favourite – turtles!

Yes, turtles. They live in Centennial Park’s ponds, and during wet weather you can regularly see them popping their heads up above the water to see what the pitter-patter noise above their heads is all about.

A nice walk in the rain in Centennial Park, followed by a hot drink or snack from Centennial Parklands Dining is certainly a great way to enjoy a wet day in Sydney.

Go for a walk in the rain - have a bit of fun in nature!

Go for a walk in the rain – have a bit of fun in nature!


We have plenty of activities for the kids all year round. Subscribe to our What’s On eNewsletter now to be sent all the details.


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