My son begins full time schooling in February 2015. We’re coming to the end of our year of child-focussed activities in Sydney.
I’d never heard of Greenwich Baths until we went there because someone else mentioned liking the sound of them. It’s a great little harbour beach for kids. We normally go to Shark Bay at Nielsen Park in Rose Bay, which is more beautiful (but with Sydney Harbour it’s all fairly beautiful), but the beach has a rather steep drop-off that makes it less fun for kids, because they can only go about a metre into the water there. Greenwich Baths is a far better compromise between a beach that drops off so quickly that V can’t wade, and one that’s so shallow that I can’t get wet above the knee. They also have a pile of miscellaneous beach toys there. We’ll definitely go back.
We got there at 9am on a school holiday Friday and parking was pretty good, but I suspect after 10am it’s pretty typical of all Sydney swimming spots: awful.
Cost: $3.80 adults, $2.80 children.
More information: Greenwich Baths website.
The Powerhouse Museum’s Circus Factory
I’ve previously reviewed the Powerhouse, and my son still largely treats it as a giant boring walk through boring things until you get to the Wiggles exhibit and can watch Wiggles videos. Not so great.
But we went there with another family today, and bought tickets to the Circus Factory special exhibit. They had quite a few fun exhibits, such as helium balloon animals blowing around in circles such that kids can chase and push them. And today there were hourly performances by Circa, which V greatly enjoyed since feats of strength are his thing at the moment. I’m not totally sure it was worth the price, but it was a less tedious than usual visit for us.
Cost: $35 adults, up to three children free with each adult, museum entry included.
Recommended: assuming the price is OK for you, yes. I imagine you can find cheaper acrobatic performances if you want.
More information: Circus Factory website.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
You can tell that this isn’t primarily a review site because Andrew took V to see Sydney’s very last performance of David Wood’s adaptation of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and so our review is useless to you, the child-caring Sydneysider. In short: Andrew reported that V enjoyed it, including singing along, which he isn’t always interested in doing in public performances, and that he had no trouble with the length and so on.
V reported only one thing, which is that you need to find your seat, that matches the letter and the number on your ticket. He has explained this to several people. Again, I suspect you can get the experience of finding a theatre seat by number cheaper than this.
It’s now playing in Melbourne.
Cost: from $26 B reserve.
More information: Arts Centre Melbourne website.
- The Sydney Project: Art Baby
- The Sydney Project: Powerhouse Museum
- Not the Sydney Project: Questacon
- The Sydney Project: Art Safari at the Museum of Contemporary Art
- The Sydney Project: Tyrannosaurs Big and Small at the Australian Museum
- The Sydney Project: Luna Park
- The Sydney Project: Wet n Wild Sydney
- The Sydney Project: SEA Life Sydney Aquarium
- The Sydney Project: Skyzone
- The Sydney Project quickies: Greenwich Baths, Circus Factory, The Tiger Who Came To Tea
- The Sydney Project: Wild Ground