The fact that your teenage child always stares at the phone and does not really respond to all the things that they used to does not mean that they do not like family holidays anymore. They are simply going through the phase in which they are not very keen of showing their enthusiasm. However, if you want to steal a smile or two on your Sydney vacation, offer them some activities that are really enjoyable. The good thing about having teenagers is that you can finally enjoy things that are a bit too edgy or dangerous if you have a smaller child, or simply to serious and hard to understand for kids. Here are some of the suggestions for you and your family.
Taking the Harbor Cruise and Visiting the Taronga Zoo
Your day can start with a nice early breakfast at the Darling Harbor. Once you are all ready to go, embark on a boat. It will show you the magnificent views of the Sydney coastline.
That is the best way to check out the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge from up close. After this lovely tour, the adventure begins. Your cruise will move from the sea to the air.
Sky Safari Gondola will take you from the waterfront to the entrance of the Taronga Zoo. It means that you and your family will get a glimpse of the Zoo from the skies before entering it. Once you are inside, you will have all the time in the world to explore it. The Zoo boasts around 3000 animals. They are from all over the world and if you plan your time there well, you can catch the vulture feeding time. Your teen would love that.
Exploring the Wildlife Behind the Scenes
While visiting the Taronga Zoo will be perfect for those that love animals, this tour will take you one step closer to the everyday life of the Zoo. It is just the thing for those teens that think about volunteering or even working in the Zoo. Namely, you will be given the tour of the Zoo from behind the scenes.
You will get to see how the food is being prepared or talk to the zookeepers and hear their stories. The most awesome part for most teens is that you get to pet some of the less dangerous animals and even get their photo taken while holding a lizard or being close to a koala.
Having Fun at Madam Tussauds
The visit to the world famous museum should definitely be on your bucket list. With modern celebrities like Jonny Depp, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, you can explore the museum and have your photo taken with all the celebrity figures.
If you can keep the secret, nobody has to know that these were figures and not real people. The figures are that good. There are many interactive games at this museum. For example, perhaps your kid would love an opportunity to play a guitar with Taylor Swift.
Learning about Cultural Heritage
You can steal yourself for a day at a museum in Sydney, but if you really want to make it fun for your kid, opt for some of the ghost tours of Sydney. While you will certainly get your dose of chills down the spine, you will also give your child a chance to learn more about the cultural heritage of the city in a fun way.
All those old streets and buildings have more than just ghost stories to show for. Ghost tours will tell you more about the cursed Aboriginal sites and introduce your teen with this amazing culture. The entire story would be incomplete without a Victorian haunted mansion and a visit to a graveyard.
Going on a Randwick Adventure
To enjoy the Sydney surroundings on a much lighter note, but still taking a glimpse of the city’s past, it is a great idea to find authentic Victorian accommodation in Randwick area.
From day to day, you and your family can enjoy riding horses and even watching the races. The surrounding is stunning and peaceful, but there is always something to do around the horses and the stables, so you will never be bored.
Taking a Look at the Deep Waters at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary
Imagine the smile on your teens face once you tell them that they will be able to take a dip with the sharks. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary will allow children over the 14 years of age to take part in their Shark Dive Xtreme attraction in which you get to dive with the sharks, massive manta rays, turtles and other amazing creatures.
Of course, there is a very fixed set of rules that you need to obey to enjoy this attraction. If that is too much rush for you, just enjoy the view of the awesome Life Sanctuary.
Enjoying the Sydney Tower Eye
If there is one thing that your teen will appreciate, then it is the adrenaline rush and a little something to show for it. That is precisely the experience you and your brave family will get if you give Sydney Tower Eye a chance to amaze you. You will be securely tied and perfectly safe. However, you will be almost 800 ft above the ground and you will have the 360 degrees view of Sydney and the surroundings.
Moreover, you will get the certificate of completion and the coolest family photo of this adventure. Also, this is a great way to have a lot of fun without breaking the budget since that is definitely something to think about when you are on a family vacation. You need to be careful because this is definitely not something that people who have issues with heights should do.
Festival of the Winds, Bondi beach
You and your family may be just as happy spending a peaceful day at a beach and enjoying the sea and the weather. Luckily, there is a plethora of beaches in Sydney, but just to spice things up a bit, try to be on the Bondi beach somewhere in September. That will put you in the middle of the Festival of the Winds when you can observe brave windsurfers while enjoying your day.