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Special Outing suggestions for DD on her 4th Birthday
Sydney - like the Zoo but other than the Zoo


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#1 Moneypenny2014

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

We are having a little party for DD's 4th birthday but due to a family wedding we cant hold her party until a couple of weeks after her actual birthday which doesnt matter at all, but as her birthday falls midweek on a day that I dont work, I have decided to take her somewhere special as we love having Mummy & Daughter time together.
I  was thinking about Taronga Zoo via car, train and ferry (we live 1.5 hrs south west of Sydney in the Southern Highlands).
Apart from this, does anyone have any other recommendations as to exciting places I could take her for the day in Sydney?
Has your pre-school aged DD/DS been somewhere special in the city and absolutely loved it?
Her siblings are all bigger (ie 10, 11 and 13) so they will all be at school that day and DH is working so its just her and I.

#2 MooGuru

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

Aquarium, Fairfield City Farm, Wildlife world, Olympic Park?
Also some kids love the airport and watching planes.

#3 Kreme

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

Does she like The Wiggles? You could go to the Wiggles exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum and then to the water playground at Darling Harbour.

Or the Aquarium/Sydney Wildlife World.

#4 babychacha

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:40 PM

The train and ferry trip are pretty exciting. I took DS to Manly for a day trip so we could use the ferry. Have always driven in the past but knew he would love the ferry ride.

I think the Zoo would be perfect. Tiring but perfect.

When we go to Manly, we usually go to the aquarium there as its more low key and less glam than the Darling Harbour one and that is also its appeal.

Darling Harbour can be fun. There is an awesome playground for kids there and part of it, is a water playground as well...you would definitely need a change of clothes (or swimmers) if you go there.

#5 Marchioness Flea

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:52 PM

I don't know Sydney well, but what about somewhere you can go for high tea or a fancy afternoon tea if she's the type to sit reasonably quietly and behave pretty well?
Tiny sandwiches, cups of tea, little cakes...yum!

#6 Moneypenny2014

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

Oh I love the idea of the water playground or aquarium!
I will go and google both!
Thanks everyone


#7 babychacha

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:51 PM

If you go to Darling Harbour, then you can do both. They are a short walk from each other....maybe 10mins with a 4 year old. Its a pleasant walk around the harbour too. The only downside is the parking, hideously expensive during the week....around $20 an hour.  Actually check with the Aquarium and see if the offer cheaper parking somewhere.

On a weekend its only $10 a day but then you are there with every other person in the world.

#8 babychacha

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:54 PM

QUOTE (babychacha @ 03/02/2013, 10:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you go to Darling Harbour, then you can do both. They are a short walk from each other....maybe 10mins with a 4 year old. Its a pleasant walk around the harbour too. The only downside is the parking, hideously expensive during the week....around $20 an hour.  Actually check with the Aquarium and see if the offer cheaper parking somewhere.

On a weekend its only $10 a day but then you are there with every other person in the world.



http://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au/visitor-info/cheap-parking/

Can't believe I've never looked at that before  rolleyes.gif

#9 carriesshoes

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:15 AM

What about to the ballet at the opera house, or some other concert during the day?  They have baby proms and other great things on.


Ooh Oohhh... what about the two of you getting dressed up and going to high tea in the QVB?  What little princess wouldn't love that!!!

Edited by carriesshoes, 04 February 2013 - 08:17 AM.


#10 Sui-yat

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:24 AM

When I was a child, mum used to take me to the QVB for a special girls only lunch. We would ride the monorail and I would get to pick a treat from the lolly shop in the QVB. It is one of my fondest memories of my childhood.

#11 Therese

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

I think something at the Opera House followed by a special lunch or afternoon tea would be fantastic!

#12 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

Word of advice:  If you normally don't use ferries be careful how you announce it to your daughter.

My friend took her little girl on a special birthday treat which included a trip on the ferry.

As they were getting into the car after a wonderful, wonderful day the little one was saying what fun she had had but...."When are we going to see the fairies?"

"What?" asked mother, confused  "The fairies! You told me we would see fairies..." said the wee girl with hope in her voice.  

Cue explanation that the boat they had been on (wasn't it fun?) was called a 'ferry' and that was what had been promised, not an actual 'fairy'....

Cue a tear stained end to what had been up till that point a lovely day....

#13 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:58 AM

Sydney Aquarium, and the park in Darling Harbour for kids is AWESOME. We took DS there recently, and also to the parks in Homebush Bay (the old Olympic Site). Would also recommend Australian Museum.
Darling Harbour Playground

#14 vegiepatch

Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

Just wanted to add I had read that the village green area was having work completed on it just recently so just check it's open. My kids loved it.

http://www.darlingharbour.com/sydney-Thing..._Playground.htm

#15 ComradeBob

Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:07 PM

countrymel, I too have had *that* conversation with a small and sad child

I can now use the word ferry, but for a long time used the general designation of "boat"  laugh.gif






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