Don’t worry, there is plenty to do when the rain sets in. Here’s our list of things to keep you busy in the Ryde area while still keeping (relatively) dry!
1. Indoor Play Centres
The obvious one! But for all the right reasons. 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 all have play areas where kiddies can kill an hour while mums get their caffeine fix.
Read all about them here.
3. Lunch and a Play
Have you seen our article detailing 18 local cafes, hotels and clubs with a kids’ play area? Luckily quite a few of the venues have indoor play areas! You can read it here.
Not mentioned in the article is Mcdonalds West Ryde, Gladesville and Rydalmere!
4. Enjoy Indoor Swimming
Ryde, Homebush, West Pymble, Lane Cove and Ashfield all have Indoor swimming pools for kids – see all the details in this comprehensive write up.
5. Visit the Library
Join Rhyme Time or Story Time at West Ryde, North Ryde, Ryde, Eastwood or Gladesville Library. Days and times are available here.
For a detailed look at all the local library activities and kid-friendly features, check out this article.
6. Go Bowling
Strike Bowling Macquarie Centre has 10 world-class bowling lanes, a Laser Tag arena, private karaoke rooms plus escape rooms! For 2 games, adults are $26 and kids are $20
Zone Bowling Top Ryde is part of Timezone and includes 12 lanes of bowling, 140+ arcade games, prize shop, laser tag arena, Spin Zone bumper cars plus café & bar with plenty of seating. For 2 games, adults are $22.90 and kids are $21.90
7. Get Your Ice Skates On
Macquarie Ice Rink is fun for kids of all ages, with varying entry prices between $18 and $27 depending on the time of day and which day you attend. The entry fee includes skate hire and locker hire is $5.
For a bit of a back story, the rink opened in 1981 but nearly got sent to the scrap heap in 2018 until the community successfully petitioned to save it! Read more here.
8. Visit a Playgroup
We ADORE playgroup – a place for kids to enjoy new toys, for adults and kids to make new friends, enjoy a nice morning out and connect with the community. Check out our comprehensive listing of local playgroups here.
9. Catch a Movie
10. Head to the City!
Feeling adventurous? Grab your brolly or your raincoat and head into our awesome city. Between WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, SEA 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.
11. Stay home
Having said all that, snuggles on the couch and some TV is sometimes the best rainy day activity of all.