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We all know how expensive kids can be, sometimes it seems like it’s never-ending! Not only do we have to feed and clothe them but entertain them as well? Luckily there are so many options for entertaining kids that won’t break the bank. Is your little one fascinated by the universe and everything in between? Why not take them on an adventure to explore the historic site at Miller’s Point. Peek through Australia’s oldest working telescope and discover more about the planets, the galaxy, and beyond.There are family friendly tours at $65 for the family package. The tour begins at 6.15pm and includes the Planetarium, telescope viewing and rocket launching. Experience good old fashioned family fun and see some of the wonderful objects in the twilight. The Little Plaster Shop  is Sydney’s newest place for creative entertainment. It features a large studio with a vast range of plaster painting pieces and craft activities. There is no need to book, you can pop in anytime for relaxing, artistic fun. Simply choose the piece that you would like to paint and off you go! You also get to take home the end result. My son opted for a Lego Man and a money box skull. He was so proud of the end results! There are lots of options to choose from and it’s a great way to bond with your kids. Prices start at $10 for a plaster piece. The best place to take your kids on the weekend! This is my all time favourite park. It literally has everything and it’s free! It features a bicycle track (including working traffic lights) for kids. This will keep them entertained for hours.Plus, if you have a little one learning how to ride a bike, Sydney Park’s cycling centre has a terrific course for kids aged 3-8. Kids can learn basic traffic and pedestrian rules on two wheels and join free. My son learnt to ride here in less than an hour! Sydney Park also has a picturesque lake and wetlands , a fabulous outdoor cafe and a great adventure playground with sandpits and some very big slides! Why not pack a picnic basket and make a day of it, and bring the family pooch because the majority of the park is off-leash. Look this isn’t my idea of a fun time but the kids love it! Canterbury Olympic Park is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets and known as the friendliest, best value rink in town.They pride themselves on having great ice, the most successful Skate School and the best coaches around.As well as being fun for the kids it improves fitness, balance, coordination and strength. They have group lessons that run all year round and you can join at anytime! A casual lesson costs $18 and includes a 30min group lesson and up to 60mins of practice time with free skate rental. No booking required. So what are you waiting for? Get your skates on!Spark your imagination and creativity with a family visit to the MCA.They offer an exciting range of opportunities for adults and children to discover contemporary art and participate in fun and playful learning experiences together.It’s is a great way for young creatives to see world-class art in the middle of the city.Entry is free of charge however the MCA runs a variety of workshops and classes for kids throughout the year for a nominal fee.Entry to see the galleries and most exhibitions is free. For paying exhibitions, children under five are admitted free and there are family discounts to our ticketed major exhibitions.The family programs are designed to inspire families to creatively explore and experience art together. Using the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions as a play box for the imagination, families are fuelled to meaningfully look, think, create and play like an artist.The Art Gallery of NSW offers free drop-in workshops on the first and third Sunday of every month and in school holidays. The workshops are open to all ages and enable visitors to get hands-on with a range of art techniques and ideas.There is a popular Tours for Tots program for children aged 3-5 years and their carers that runs on the last Tuesday and Thursday of most months. Each month a different theme is explored and children are encouraged to explore, investigate, play and make art.For the more serious young artist, there are artist-led workshops in the school holidays, designed and led by professional artists.A very popular option for kids is simply jumping on a ferry! Take a cruise to some iconic Sydney spots including Manly, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo or Darling Harbour. The trip is as much about the journey as the destination. It doesn’t matter where you’re going, Sydney Ferries is a must-do Sydney experience.  Grab a front-seat photo opp of  Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and beyond!The Teddy Bear Bee and the Blue Banded Bee are just two of 350 types of native bees that live in the Sydney area.Most Australian bees don’t live in hives – they live in dirt or in hollow stems or holes in trees.In this workshop put together by The Royal Botanical Gardens kids will find out about our native bees and make a bee hotel to take home.The workshop takes place at The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Garden Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney.The price is $20 per child and each ticket includes your bee hotel kit which your little one will make in the workshop and take home.

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