Families around Australia have voted with their video views. Kids and grown-ups have spoken! Here are the top nine votes for the best things to do as a family in NSW this winter:
1. Head to the Snowy Mountains to experience a winter wonderland
Snowballs, tobogganing, skiing or shredding, there’s so much fun to be had at the snow. Our pick of the ski resorts for family fun is Thredbo where 7-14 year olds of all abilities can hone their skiing or snowboarding skills in the Thredbo Freeriders program.
2. Hone your creative genius at the Powerhouse Museum
Over the winter school holidays kids can weave, fold, write, listen, play, imagine and create a colourful paper world in Tanabata: Star Village these the July School Holidays. It’s free for kids! Plus you can book the kids in for full day digital workshops for budding programmers and gamers, where kids can master Minecraft, make their own arcade controller, design a on virtual reality game or make their own professional videos.
3. Time for tea and cake at Bygone Beautys in the Blue Mountains
Bygone Beautys is home of world’s largest private collection of teapots! Most days you can see the owner (Mr Teapot) serving customers and wearing a bow-tie. So don’t forget your camera! After you’ve explored the teapots, enjoy the famous silver-service Traditional High Tea – yum, scones and jam and cream!
4. Get the adrenaline pumping with Indoor Sky Diving at iFLY
No parachute, no jumping from a plane, nothing attaching you to the ground. At iFly Sydney experience the exhilaration and thrill of skydiving without even leaving the building. Kids of any age can give it a go, but for it’s unlikely to speak to younger kids with poor confidence, and you can buy multi flight packs to reduce the cost per flight.
5. Mix with the stars at Madame Tussauds
Meet and greet the stars at Madame Tussauds, Darling Harbour. Explore the meandering corridors and snap selfies with a host of favourites from local stars Kylie, Greg Inglis and Captain Cook, to Global celebs such as Justin Bieber, Pink and Barack Obama. And for extra value, you can buy a multi-venue pass from the owners (Merlin Entertainment) which gives you access to sister attractions Sydney WildLIFE Zoo, Sydney SeaLIFE Aquarium, SeaLIFE Manly and Sydney Tower Eye.
6. Feel the force at Fighter World in Port Stephens
Sit in a real jet fighter, check out real guns and missiles and watch fighter jets taking off and landing from the observation deck. With pilots on hand to ask questions, you can find out lots of information and make sure you listen to the action as they talk to the air traffic control tower at the next door RAAF base.
7. Go under ground at Jenolan Caves
Explore Australia’s largest cave network and discover spectacular caves, underground rivers and astonishing crystal formation at Jenolan Caves. With eleven caves open to the public, there are plenty of options for all visitors, no matter your level of confidence, fitness or budget. During the Winter school holidays the kids Bones & Stones tours run daily at 2pm. Book early (via email) so you don’t miss out.
8. Be a Blue Mountains tourist at Scenic World
Take a deep breath and steady your nerves as you prepare to embark on the world’s steepest incline railway, the Katoomba Scenic Railway, fly 270 metres in the air suspended over forest on the glass-floored Katoomba Scenic Skyway, or take in the views as you descend and let the tree line swallow you whole on the Cableway. You can take any combination of the three in, out and around the area, as you design your adventure.
9. Get your science on at the Newcastle Museum
Interactive science, fire and earth plus the Hunter Region’s fascinating history are all waiting to be discovered at Newcastle Museum. Check what activities they are hosting this winter. Sometimes there are free science experiments and other hands-on activities that don’t require a booking.