Free activities for kids and families
- Written by Jane Ewings Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
Check out these fun and affordable ways to entertain kids across Penrith.
1. Experience the Nepean River
Bring a bike or scooter and set out to complete the popular seven-kilometre loop of the Great River Walk known as the ‘Bridge to Bridge’. This easy walk features resting points and lookouts where you can spot bird and other wildlife in their natural setting, and the view from the new Nepean River Bridge is definitely worth the effort.
There are three playgrounds to stop at along the way; one on River Road, Tench Reserve North and Tench Reserve South. Visit one, or take your kids on a playground adventure to visit them all. Pack a picnic and while your kids play, enjoy watching the action on the river set against the magnificent backdrop of the Blue Mountains
2. Make a splash at a playground
February is always hot and humid, but that doesn’t mean you need to trek to the beach or to the nearest pool to stay cool. There are lots of playgrounds across Penrith offering splash pads and water play features so kids can escape the heat and have fun at the same time. Check out the splash pads at Thornton Estate, at Phoenix Reserve in Erskine Park, Livvi’s Place in Jordon Springs and the new splash pad at Triangle Park for hours of fun water-play.
3. Stroll through the Gallery
The former home of sculptor Gerald Lewers and painter Margo Lewers will captivate the imagination of kids and adults alike. Penrith Regional Gallery's current exhibition The Ideal Home (open until 24 March) presents a fascinating history of the 20th century Australian home told through household objects, furniture and design classes.
Head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful landscaped gardens which are maintained by a heritage gardener in keeping with Margo’s original intent for it to be a living work of art. Stroll around to find ponds and sculptural works created by Gerald Lewers – as well as the market garden which supplies fresh produce to the cafe.
4. The Rock Lookout
Experience nature like never before on a bushwalk to The Rock Lookout. This picturesque location is accessed after a short-walk of only a few hundred metres from Fairlight Road in Mulgoa and once there you’ll be greeted by sweeping views of the Nepean River.
A longer track of 2.5 kilometres leads from the car park on Fairlight Road through swampy heath and Eucalyptus forest to Riley's Mountain where more views of the Nepean Gorge and surrounds can be enjoyed by even the littlest of walkers and photographers.
5. IFLY Indoor Skydiving (viewing lounge)
Did you know that you can experience the thrill and excitement of indoor skydiving from the comfort and safety of the viewing lounge at IFLY Indoor Skydiving? Here you get 360 degree views of all the action inside (and outside) the glass flight chamber, and you’re right there as the indoor skydivers prepare to take flight. If you’re not yet ready to take the plunge, then this is the next best thing and best of all – it’s completely free.