In Ultimo with the kids on the school holidays and looking for family-friendly activities? These 10 things to do in Ultimo and its surroundings should keep the whole family entertained.
The Powerhouse Museum
One of the classic places to visit in Ultimo, it’s never a bad time to swing by the Powerhouse Museum… especially since kids under 16 get in for free. The museum has permanent exhibitions involving watt engines and space stations plus interactive school holiday activities to beat boredom. Check their website to find out more: https://maas.museum/whats-on.
The Goods Line
Source: Destination NSW
Previously an out-of-use railway line, the Goods Line is now a pleasant, family-friendly walk from the Railway Square plaza through to Darling Harbour. Running through Ultimo’s heart, the walkway passes landmarks like the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building (pictured), the very distinctive-looking UTS building designed by Frank Gehry. The line also includes playgrounds for you and the kids to stop at and a communal table for lunch.
Ultimo Library Kid’s Activities
Ultimo Library has weekly rhyme and storytimes in English and bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin. It’s the perfect place to encourage your kids to do some holiday reading. http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/libraries/branches/ultimo-library
The Local Mbassy
Ultimo has no shortage of suburbs and great food places, but The Local Mbassy is one of the suburb’s most family-friendly options. The menu includes treats like red velvet pancakes and across the road you’ll find Wentworth Park and its playground.
Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre
Time to start the kids on swimming lessons? As well as being an all-around great place to swim and have fun, the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre offers school holiday swimming programs. Check them out at http://www.itac.org.au.
HOYTS @ Broadway Shopping Centre
Buy an ice-cream or two and relax and unwind as you catch the latest family film on the big screen. HOYTS Broadway has a Ben and Jerry’s store within the cinema complex and, for adults looking for something a bit fancy, there’s the HOYTS Lux experience with in-cinema service and a fully stocked bar.
Broadway Shopping Centre Kids Play Centre
While you’re shopping at Broadway, visit the Kids Playcentre on level three opposite Priceline. This indoor playground is made of brightly coloured soft squishy foam and it has comfortable lounges around the side for you to relax on.
Pyrmont Point Park
Source: James Horan; Destination NSW
Right on the harbour and looking out at the Harbour Bridge, this park has a children’s playground, barbeques, water play features and a boardwalk. Everything you need for a pleasant family lunch.
Every Saturday, rows of tents line the grounds of Glebe Public School with stallholders offering everything from second-hand records to one-of-a-kind jewellery. There’s also live music so you can sit back and chill on the grass.
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Source: Phillip Quirk; Destination NSW
Another very pleasant place for the whole family to take a walk. The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a traditional-style Chinese garden with waterfalls, lakes, Chinese sculptures and willow trees. It’s also in Darling Harbour, so maybe after you’ve finished walking the Goods Line, this could be the next place for a wander?