9 Things to do with Kids in Circular Quay

Circular Quay is one of Sydney’s most famous destinations; the spot where ferries take off and you can admire famous local attractions the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. But what sort of activities can you get up to there if you want to keep the kids amused? Read on to discover nine of the funnest things to do in Circular Quay with kids.


1. Museum of Contemporary Art free kid’s programs

Museum of Contemporary Art free kid’s programs

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This museum, dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art from across the world, also has free kids’ programs. Try the Art Safari program which introduces kids aged 3-5 to current exhibitions and has them getting messy making art in the studio. There are also school holiday programs like the Contemporary Kids drop-in program which allows you and your kids to make art together.

2. Pancakes on the Rocks

Pancakes on the Rocks

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This restaurant in the Rocks is renowned for its buttermilk pancakes, but that’s not all Pancakes on the Rocks has to offer. The menu includes pancake creations like Macadamia Madness and the Ultimate, as well as pizza, salad, nachos, grilled food and other goodies. Drop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just a snack.

3. The Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden

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This green oasis in the middle of the city is one of our completely free places to see with kids in Circular Quay, as well as a fine place to take the kids for a walk on a Sunday afternoon.  Get a good view of Sydney from this lovely green getaway.

4. Sydney Opera House Junior Adventure Tour

Sydney Opera House Junior Adventure Tour

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Running over the school holidays, this tour of the Opera House is for children five to fifteen years of age. But children must be accompanied by an adult. Wander the Opera House learning fascinating facts. Your kids will get the chance to become stars by dressing up in costume and posing with props.

5. Harbour Ferry Ride

Harbour Ferry Ride

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Take the kids on an adventure along the Harbour. Catch a ferry to… well, anywhere you like, really. There are plenty to choose from. But how about Darling Harbour or Luna Park to start with?

6. Sydney the Sunbaking Seal

Sydney the Sunbaking Seal

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Check out the steps of the Sydney Opera House at the right time and you might find a young seal lying there. Believed to be a New Zealand fur, the seal – nicknamed Sydney – first made the steps her home in 2014.

7. Dendy Opera Quays

Dendy Opera Quays

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This stylish independent cinema overlooking the Harbour is Sydney’s go-to movie theatre. Why not spend the evening taking the kids to see the latest new release after wandering around Circular Quay?

8. Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

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OK, so it’s not really in Circular Quay, but on the bright side, it’s only a 12-min ferry ride away and a ferry departs the Quay every 30 minutes.  So for all intents and purposes, it’s one of our Circular Quay with kids activities! With all kinds of animals to see – from penguins and tortoises to koalas and owls – and all kinds of experiences including shows, talks and tours. This zoo is open every day including Christmas Day, so jump on a ferry over any time.

9. Zumbo Circular Quay

Zumbo Circular Quay

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See that bright pink neon? That’s the hard-to-miss hallmark of Zumbo! Check out the colourful pastry cabinet – you’ll have a choice from a mouth-watering variety of Zumbarons, cakes and tarts, among other treats. There are also savoury snacks like sausage rolls. So you should have no trouble picking up something to keep the kids (or yourself) happy while you wander around Circular Quay.


Need more things to do with kids in Circular Quay?

Circular Quay is right on the northern end of the CBD and close to other bustling Sydney spots like Darling Harbour, The Rocks and the city itself. Try some things to do with kids in Sydney like swimming at Bondi Beach or going to the top of Sydney Tower.