Rainy day activities
Don’t let the weather stop play.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
This circus-themed funhouse will dazzle the kids with games, rides and prizes all under one
roof. Ò75 O’Riordan St, Alexandria 2015. 1300 888 386. archiebrothers.com.au. Mon-Thu noon-11pm; Fri noon-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 10am-10pm.
The little ones can dance around the Wiggles
Exhibition while bigger kids explore space travel at this Ultimo Institution. Admission for under 16s is free. Ò500 Harris St, Ultimo 2007. 02 9217 0111. maas.museum/powerhouse-museum. Daily 10am-5pm; 9.30am-5pm during school holidays.
Bounce on the inflatable jumping castle then race around the climbing structure and shoot down the slides. Parents can even leave children aged five and up in the care of Monkey Mania’s staff for up to three hours for $26.50 (single child price is $10-$15, plus $4.50 for an adult). Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park 2021. 02 9380 9525. www.monkeymania.com.au. Mon 9.30am-3pm; Tue-Fri 9.30am-5pm; Sat, Sun 9.30am-6pm.
Jenny’s Painted Pots
You can choose to decorate ceramic mugs, plates, animals or signs and lettering, starting from $12. It’s also home to a traditional lolly shop, so you can taste test old-timey sweets while you paint. All the arty equipment is supplied. Ò5/ 11 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107. 0405 271 351. www.paintedpots.com.au. Tue-Fri 3-5pm; Sat, Sun 10am-4pm. Daily 10am-4pm during school holidays.
Children as young as three can learn to skydive at this indoor facility in Penrith – and it’s fun for adults too. After a safety briefing and training from experienced instructors, children can experience being lifted into the air by a powerful wind generator. Much safer than jumping out of a plane! Ò123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith 2750. 1300 366 364. downunder.iflyworld.com. Mon-Fri 9am-9.30pm; Sat, Sun 7.30am-9.30pm. Intro flight $89-$189.
The kids will go wild for the hands-on experiences at the Australian Museum, and free admission for under 16s makes it an affordable day out for the whole family. Plus, you can catch up with old pals Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Ò1 William St, Darlinghurst 2010. 02 9320 6000. australianmuseum.net.au. Daily 9.30am-5pm. $0-$15.
Flip Out Trampoline Arena is Australia’s largest trampoline playground. Children can sign up for Little Ninja classes to learn how to twist and bounce like pros. Building D, 62-72 Batt St, Penrith 2750. www.flipout.net.au. Mon-Thu 9am-8pm; Fri, Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-7pm. $11-$26.
What’s missing from your average mini golf course? An East African theme, of course. Though the course is relatively challenging, it’s suitable for all ages. 1/ 205 Port Hacking Rd, Miranda 2228. 02 9522 7888. www.puttplanet.com.au. Wed, Thu 4-10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. $12-$50. ■
Flip Out Trampoline Arena