Fun from A-Z
Fun things to do and freebies in Darling Harbour this school holidays
These school holidays, Darling Harbour is the place to be! Discover 8 awesome things to do and 22 delicious freebies for kids.
To make sure you and the kids don’t miss out on all the fun, check out our guide to kid-friendly activities and delicious freebies in Darling Harbour.
Top things to do with kids
Use up all the kid’s energy at Tuff Nutterz - one of the world’s largest inflatable obstacle courses, set over 5,000sqm in Darling Harbour. Open from 3 October to 11 October, Tuff Nutterz is suitable for tykes as young as three if accompanied by a parent. Grab a discount by entering TUFFDARLING at checkout when you buy tickets online.
Visit Tuff Nutterz
The entire forecourt of the International Convention Centre has frozen over and it’s absolutely perfect for ice skating! The Frozone is ideal for school holiday fun - open from September 26th to October 11th.
Visit Darling Harbour Frozone
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium has just renovated its rockpool exhibition, inspired by Sydney’s incredible rocky habitats. The new exhibition includes interactive games and downloadable activities for mums and dads to help keep the little ones entertained. Check out their Facebook page to enter their competition to win an epic seaside trip with Robbie the Rockpool Adventurer.
Visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Sydney’s favourite zoo is welcoming four new kangaroos - Tabby, Nutmeg, Kirby and Julie. Bring the kids to see the new additions up close, learn all about kangaroos and enter the ‘Day in the Life of a Zookeeper’ competition via their Facebook page.
Visit WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Madame Tussauds has enlisted the help of six of Sydney’s most influential TikTokers to create a bunch of fun challenges throughout their exhibitions. Visit to check out a range of challenges designed specifically for the popular app, including easy-to-follow tutorials in the Music Zone, and recreating iconic poses in the Sports Zone.
Visit Madame Tussauds
Darling Harbour Ferris Wheel
See Sydney like never before - from way up high on the Star of the Show Ferris Wheel. These school holidays, they’re offering 30% off all children's tickets if you book online here and use the promo code SCHOOL01.
Visit Darling Harbour Ferris Wheel
Kids Dumpling Masterclass
The Gardens by Lotus are holding dumpling masterclasses for kids during the October school holidays! This masterclass is suitable for children aged 6 – 12 years old and ideal for the whole family. Parents are welcome to help their children and take photos during the process.
See more details on the masterclass
Kids go free
Chinese Garden: FREE
School holidays can be hectic with all the kids at home, all the time. Slow it down a little and enjoy the tranquility at the Chinese Garden of Friendship with free entry for kids under 12 and complimentary parking at Harbourside car park (conditions apply).
Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship
Lace up those little skates because the Frozone ice rink is offering two-for-one entry for kids at their 10am sessions from Monday to Friday.
Visit Darling Harbour Frozone
Kids eat free
Fratelli Fresh: FREE
Treat your poca bambino to some delicious Italian fare at Fratelli Fresh, where kids eat free all day every day!
Visit Fratelli Fresh
Nakano Darling: FREE
Kids eat free every Sunday at Nakano Darling, which makes us wish we were 11 years old again. Little ones can choose from crispy chicken karaage or juicy gyoza bentos.
Visit Nakano Darling
IIKO Mazesoba: FREE
IIKO Mazesoba makes THE BEST dry ramen in Sydney, hands down. They’re offering a free Mazesoba snack for kids with the purchase of a main meal.
Visit IIKO Mazesoba
Auvers Cafe: FREE
Auvers Cafe makes some of the best flapjacks in Sydney and they’re offering free kids pancakes with any main purchase all school holidays. Are you ready to become the favourite parent?
Visit Auvers Cafe
Chinta Ria: FREE
If your kids fancy some delicious Malaysian food (or if you do and you’re the boss), Chinta Ria is the place to go. They’re giving away free spring rolls for kids with any main meal purchase.
Visit Chinta Ria Buddha Love
Boque Tapavino: FREE
Give your little ones a taste of authentic Spanish street food with free homemade croquettes at Boque Tapavino.
Visit Boque Tapavino
If you and the kids go out for icecream in Darling Harbour, you can loudly exclaim: ‘get all the toppings you want kids, it’s on me,’ while safe in the knowledge that toppings are free for kids at Gelatissimo all school holidays.
Nok Nok Thai Eating House: FREE
Nok Nok - who’s there? Delicious Thai food, and a free activity pack with every kids meal. Kids meals are just $9.50 and feature a main and a juice or water.
Visit Nok Nok Thai Eating House
Taste Baguette Bar and Grill: FREE
Taste is famous for making the most delicious freshly baked baguettes in Sydney, and these school holidays, they’re giving them away to kids for free with any adult meal.
Visit Taste Baguette Bar and Grill
Wok n Bowl: FREE
It may be school holidays but you can still choose the restaurant. Go to Wok n Bowl for delicious Asian fare and free kids meals with any adult main.
Visit Wok n Bowl
Experience rustic French-inspired cuisine and a knockout wine list at Sofitel’s Atelier in Darling Harbour. Kids eat for free with any paying adult.
Visit Atelier by Sofitel
The Watershed: FREE
The Watershed Hotel is right by the sea in the heart of Darling Harbour, serving up classic pub meals and refreshing bevvies. What’s more, a maximum of two kids under 16 eat for free when parents purchase a main meal and a drink. How good is that?
Visit The Watershed Hotel
Braza Churrascaria: FREE
Go to Braza and order the traditional churrasco and your kids will get a free soft drink or juice. Plus kids under four eat free and five years and older eat for just $12 - add $2 per year up to the age of 12.
Visit Braza Churrascaria
Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co: FREE
Betty’s Burgers make cheeseburgers the old-school way - they’re simple, juicy and delicious. Visit with your kids these school holidays and purchase a classic burger, fries and soft drink and they’ll receive a sweet limited edition classic YoYo. That’ll keep them entertained!
Visit Betty's Burgers and Concrete Co
Harbour Bar and Kitchen: FREE
Harbour Bar and Kitchen has a delicious meat-focussed menu and stunning panoramic views overlooking Darling Harbour. Kids eat for free all day, every day, during the school holidays.
Visit Harbour Bar and Kitchen
Planar Restaurant: FREE
Planar is one of the friendliest restaurants in Darling Harbour, with a delicious Mediterranean-inspired menu and a brilliant harbourside location. They love having little ones around so they’re offering free meals for kids all school holidays!
Visit Planar Restaurant
Blackbird Cafe: FREE
The iconic Blackbird Cafe is known for its epic harbour views and well executed menu of Aussie classics. Bring the kids these school holidays and they’ll eat for free.
Visit Blackbird Cafe
Casa Ristorante: FREE
Casa’s talented chefs have put their heads together to craft special meals especially for little ones during school holidays. And the best part? They’re completely free with any adult main meal purchase.
Visit Casa Ristorante Italiano
The Darling Harbour Sofitel is the perfect place to stay if you want to be right in the heart of all the school holiday fun! Book your next family getaway and enjoy 50% off your second room, unlimited PurePops icy poles, complimentary breakfast for children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult, and VIP welcome amenities including kids-size bathrobes and slippers.
Visit Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship as a family and receive complimentary parking at Harbourside Carpark. Terms and conditions apply. Purchase a family admission ticket valued at $20 to receive complimentary parking for the same day at Harbourside Carpark. Harbourside Carpark is located at 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont about 10 minute walk from the Chinese Garden. The parking ticket can only be validated at the front office on arrival).
Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship
Cockle Bay Wharf
Cockle Bay Wharf is now serving free parking! Dine at a Cockle Bay Wharf venue to claim your free Wilson Parking space.
See the parking offer
ICC Sydney is providing a $15 flat rate for all day parking at Car Park 1, located on Darling Drive. Contactless payment by credit card is required for entry and the discount applied on exit. This offer is also available at Harbourside Car Park through the Wilson Parking App. This offer may be discontinued at any time and may be subject to change.
Visit ICC Sydney