11 Rainy Day Activities Around Ryde

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Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of things to do when the rain sets in. Here’s a list of things you can do in the Ryde area while still keeping (relatively) dry!


1. Indoor play centres

Check out our comprehensive list of local indoor play centres here!


2. Free shopping centre play areas

Top Ryde Shopping Centre, Rhodes, Chatswood Chase, DFO Homebush and Macquarie Shopping Centre also have soft play areas where kiddie can kill an hour while mums get their caffeine fix. Read all about them here!


3. Lunch and a play

      • North Ryde RSL Tribal Zone ($6)
      • The Ranch Hotel, North Ryde
      • Maccas West Ryde, Gladesville or Rydalmere
      • Bunnings Rydalmere, Lidcombe or Auburn Supercentre (yesss sauso sambo)


4. The Movies

There’s always a $10 deal going on for kids movies at either Reading Cinema RhodesEvent Cinemas Macquarie and Event Cinemas Top Ryde


5. Indoor swimming

Ryde Aquatic Centre – spectator $2.90, kids under 4 are free and kids 5+ are $6
Homebush Aquatic Centre – spectator $4, kids under 4 are free and kids 5+ are $6


6. Head to the City!

Feeling adventurous? Grab your brolly or your raincoat and head into our awesome city. Between WILD LIFE  Sydney Zoo,  Maritime MuseumPowerhouse MuseumSEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and Madame Tussauds, Darling Harbour is packed full of child-friendly options. You could also try the Australian Museum, Sydney Tower Eye or The Art Gallery of NSW


7. The library

Join Rhyme Time or Story Time at West Ryde, North Ryde, Ryde, Eastwood or Gladesville Library. Days and times available here.  


8. Bowling

Strike Bowling Macquarie Centre – Day bowling, 10am to 4pm, 1 game $12 / 2 games $20. Night bowling, 4pm -til late, 1 game $14 / 2 games $26

9. Ice skating

Macquarie Ice Rink – Kiddies Club is held 9.45am – 11am on Mon-Fri. Adults $20 and children $18. This includes admission, skate hire, ‘skate and play’ with a skating professional and little lunch (fairy bread and a drink).  Lunchtime special flat rate is $20 (for ages 3+), General Admission is $24 for adults and $22 for 16+.

10. Playgroup

Check out our comprehensive listing of local playgroups here.


11. Stay home

Make a cubby house out of dining chairs and a sheet, bake cookies or, make play dough or try any one of these awesome ideas.

Having said all that, snuggles on the couch is sometimes the best rainy day activity of all.


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