These holidays are action packed down at Darling Harbour. There is so much to do. We just spent the day doing everything we could fit in – covering SEAlife Aquarium, Monkey Baa Theatre, lunch, the playground, pop up attractions and the Ferris wheel! Here’s a recap of what’s on these holidays…
SEAlife Sydney Aquarium
These holidays you can spot the gang from Paw Patrol down at the aquarium. Go on a pup hunt and mark them off on the map. You can now also take part in the Dugong experience if you are over 10. This involved helping prepare the food and going down to the platform. This visit we got to get up close and personal with the fish, behind the scenes. Tully and her friend Nathan got to go behind the fish tanks and help feed the fish and test the water. It was so exciting! To take part is an extra $15 pp.
If you are thinking of visiting WILD LIFE or SEA LIFE (or the Sydney Tower and Madame Tussauds) you should definitely look into getting a Merlin Annual Pass. It gives you access to 12 attractions across Australia and New Zealand, 20% off food and drinks, 10% at the gift shop and you can give your family and friends 25% off their entry. To get yours, head to www.merlinannualpass.com.au
Josephine Wants to Dance – Monkey Baa Theatre
These holidays Monkey Baa Theatre is showing the production of Josephine Wants to Dance – adapted from the book by Jackie French. While I’m not a huge fan of the book, the play was fantastic! The combination of Jonathan Biggins’ directing and Phil Scott’s musical abilities (they are my favourite combo) made the show non stop fun, with great songs and lots of jokes for the adults. It runs for about 45 minutes and is definitely worth seeing. If you have little ones that love to dance it’s a must-see. For ages 4-9. Oh, and as an extra bonus, you get 2 for 1 ice creams at Gelatissimo next door when you show your ticket.
Book at www.monkeybaa.com.au
Alice in Wonderland Maze
These holidays over at Darling Quarter there is a pop-up, Alice in Wonderland themed, maze. It’s only small (and super easy to get through) but the kids loved it. At the maze, you’ll also find Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and the white rabbit. You can find it over near the playground.
Where to Eat
There are so many great places to eat, the list is endless! It just depends on what you (and the kids) like to eat. My favourite is Stacks Bar, right up at the end of Darling Quarter. The kid’s meals are $15 with a drink and ice cream and they are enormous. Their pizza is amazing and they have $12 steaks on Fridays. It’s my go-to place to eat when we visit.
The food court over near the Ferris wheel also has a great variety if everyone wants something different. They have a great curry place, sushi, salads and all the fast food restaurants.
Star of the Show Ferris wheel
A trip to Darling Harbour isn’t complete without going on the Ferris wheel! It’s so much fun and the views are amazing. It’s $8 per person and you get a pretty decent amount of time on it for that.
Other things to do
We ran out of time but don’t forget:
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo – where they currently have a Sherlock Gnomes activity on as well. www.wildlifesydney.com.au.
Madam Tussauds – where you can get up close and personal with your favourite celebrities (Hemsworth brothers for me please!) www.madametussauds.com.au
Australian National Maritime Museum – always a favourite in our family! We love the ships you can go on and there is always something fun happening. These holidays there is the classic and wooden boat festival, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Stowaway Critters Science Circus and loads more! www.anmm.gov.au
To check out everything that’s on visit www.darlingharbour.com