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Expat families in Sydney will find there's plenty to keep the little ones entertained. With the fantastic weather and boundless natural beauty in and around the city, families are sure to spend a great deal of time outdoors.
When not at the beach, children often spend time with their families at the local nature reserve or enjoy picnics cooked on one of the many public BBQs. Most suburbs have well-equipped playgrounds every few blocks, so kids have no reason to be cooped up indoors.
For parents who thrive in a city environment but want their kids to have an outdoor upbringing, Sydney can tick all the boxes; its northern and eastern beach suburbs are particularly family friendly.
Education and schools in Sydney
Education in Sydney is similar to the rest of Australia. Parents have a choice between an extensive array of private and public schools. Sydney schools offer good education, and some offer a bus service, though some parents find having a car highly convenient. Special-needs education in Sydney is a collaborative effort between parents, school, staff and professionals.
Out and about with kids in Sydney
With so many places to swim and splash around, expats should be prepared with swimsuits, towels and sunscreen. Although the beach is the star attraction, it’s not the only outdoor entertainment option. Ocean pools are a great place to explore marine wildlife and are a safe place for swimming. There are aquatic centres in most suburbs offering indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as lessons.
To the west of Sydney’s city centre, Sydney Olympic Park has a broad range of activities as well as a swimming pool with a water playground and slides.
Other outdoor options include Centennial Park and Sydney Park, both with bicycle tracks, playgrounds, and a kiosk or cafe. Skateparks in Sydney are also popular.
Arts and entertainment for kids in Sydney
Parents taking their kids out in Sydney have many options. Kids will love SEA Life Sydney Aquarium, where they can look at and learn about all types of sea creatures.
Madame Tussauds offers a unique and interesting experience, where kids can marvel at lifelike wax figures of celebrities. Families can also get to know the famous Sydney Opera House with Junior Adventures Opera House Tours.
A Sydney Go City Explorer Pass can save families out on the town some money.
►For more weekend activities, have a look at Weekend breaks in Sydney
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