Here is a good reminder that we don’t always have to spend money when out and about with kids. Please welcome the lovely blogging mum from All Things Mom Sydney, Michal, who describes her top 10 free things to do in northern Sydney.
10 Free Things To Do in Northern Sydney
by Michal Johnson
Just click on the names of the place to read detailed information on planning a trip to visit.
HAVE A BEACH DAY
With so many amazing beaches on the North Shore it could be hard to choose. If you haven’t tried these suggestions you certainly have to:
- Go to Mosman and visit Chinamans Beach or Balmoral (no suprises there :)) or
- Aim for Manly but go to Little Manly Cove or Shelly Beach (just be prepared for the walk down the hill from the car park to the beach)
VISIT AN AMAZING PLAYGROUND
One of the things I love about Sydney is how it’s geared towards families. With a playground in nearly every suburb, a great way to see what each suburb feels like is to visit it’s best playground. My top playgrounds are:
There is so much to do at each you could spend all day there. The first playground has a cafe nearby but Livvi’s Place doesn’t so be sure to take a snack or two.
PULL OUT THE SCOOTERS OR BIKES
Along almost every beach you can find a good stretch of pavement or walkway for a bike / trike ride or a scoot but with my son I try to make sure we’re in an area far away from cars.
What makes a bike ride or scoot even better is when there is a designated area, the below are my top picks.
- Brightmore Reserve, Cremorne Point. With a ‘gas station’ and road markings this little area is great fun for the kids.
- For an ‘off road’ experience filled with mud and ramps and little bumps to ride over try Golden Jubilee Park, Wahroonga.
ENJOY A PICNIC
For some reason my kids love picnicking and will eat everything I put on offer making a picnic a great alternative to lunch or tea at home.
On our travels I’ve found some great picnic spots with the kids including:
- Berry Island Reserve has a great big open area adjacent to a playground where you can picnic.
- Bicentennial Park, West Pymble
MEET SOME ANIMALS
You don’t have to pay zoo or park entrance fees to see some animals. Here are some suggestions that will entrall the kids
- See the wallabies at St Ives Wildflower Gardens. The best time to check these lovelies out is around 3:30pm but don’t get locked in because the gardens close at 5pm.
- Feed the ducks at Narrabeen Lake
With so much to do, it may be hard to choose. Have fun!
What other fun free stuff do you love to do with your family?
PS: Do check out Michal’s blog at All Things Mom Sydney, and her very busy social media streams too. Thanks Michal.