What to do | Where to go
We’ve put together a list of our top 10 activities for kids along with Mums and Dads for holiday fun in the Upper Blue Mountains.
1. Scenic World, Katoomba
Scenic World offers a range of experiences found nowhere else on Earth and is one of Australia’s most unique and stunning attractions. Starting on the 1st of April just in time for the school holidays through to the 2nd of May you can visit and explore Sculpture at Scenic World. This yearly event is one not to be missed. Bookings are essential link below to the website
2. The Gingerbread House, Katoomba
The Gingerbread House in Katoomba is the stuff of kids dreams. This enchanting cafe and store is an explosion of sweetness, with loads of delicious sweet goodies to buy along with ones to try in the fairytale themed menu. Outdoors there’s a gingerbread cuby house and slippery dip to entertain the kids. So plan to stay awhile as the kids won’t want to leave.
3. United The Edge Cinema, Katoomba
Looking for wet weather entertainment? United The Edge Cinema in Katoomba has you covered. The Edge Cinema is home to a giant movie screen along with attractions including an Arcade Zone, Art Gallery and a replica Boeing 737 NG-800 Flight Simulator. Jump onto the website for movie sessions and times.
4. Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park
Plan a funday with the kiddies at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial park. The historical park land has sweeping lawn areas with plenty of room to set up a picnic and relax while the kids play on the good old fashioned style play equipment along with the famous “Red Rocket” slide. Blackheath Memorial pool is close by which is open in the summer months along with the duck pond where you can feed the ducks. There are picnic tables, electric BBQs and shelters and public toilets. For more on this great park click on the link below
5. The Lolly Bug, Little Hartley
A sweet, sweet store! Full of lollies and more. The Lolly Bug is worth the drive to Little Hartley where you’ll find over 1500 varieties of confectionary to indulge in from around the world. They also have lots of gifts to choose from for the obligatory holiday memorabilia.
6. Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum, Leura
Explore the largest collection in the Southern Hemisphere of toys, trains and associated memorabilia at Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum. Family and serious collectors alike will be enthralled by the world class displays of toys from the 20th century, from Barbie, Popeye, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland everyone will be captivated and entertained. The displays are housed in an historic early 20th century mansion, set in lush, 5 hectare award-winning gardens filled with interactive displays and picturesque scenes.
7. Blue Mountains Chocolate Company, Katoomba
Your taste buds will thank you and so will the kids after you visit this delicious chocolate shop. Blue Mountains Chocolate Company is a favourite spot with locals and visitors alike for one of their famous REAL hot chocolates. Perfect to have after a day of bushwalking and sight seeing, enjoy in front of the fire in winter or relax on the verandah in summer. They also have a fabulous selection of yummy chocolates hand-made on the premises available for you to purchase and take home (if they make it there ?).
8. Ellie Belly’s Dessert Bar, Blackheath
This family owned dessert bar is the new kid on the block and is the sister shop to the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company in Katoomba. This is the place to get your fix for all things sweet, with an amazing range of gelato, sorbets, cakes, waffles and more. For those with a more savoury tooth you’ve not been forgotten, with savoury bagels and a very popular ploughman’s lunch. Head here after you’ve finished exploring and need a sugary pick me up.
9. National Parks and Wildlife Centre, Blackheath
The National Parks and Wildlife Centre in Blackheath is a wealth of information for those searching for child friend walks in the Blue Mountains. Highly advisable to plan your days bushwalking with the experts at the centre as they’ll advise you on all you need to know on the best spots to visit and any closures to walks and trails.
10. Katoomba Falls Reserve Night-lit Walk, Katoomba
The newly completed spectacular Katoomba Falls Reserve Night-lit walk is now open to the public. Take the kids out for a special night time adventure to this 1.3km walk. You have access to a unique, night-time viewing experience of outstanding natural features such as Orphan Rock, Witches Leap, Katoomba Falls and Katoomba Cascades. At certain vantage points you can also see the Three Sisters lit up. Lights turn on at dusk. Flood lights turn off at 10.30pm and path lights at 11pm. Click the link below to the walks website for more info along with a link to the walks map.
So there you have it a short list of our favourite kid friendly activities that we hope helps you out while you’re here on your Blue Mountains Escape.
*We strongly suggest checking out the website links provided for more information as many can be subject to change.