Northern Beaches’ lifestyle is all about being close to nature and we make the most of an outdoor lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty. But there are so many more activities on offer. From martial arts and skate parks to environmental learning centres and more, we’ve got your weekends and school holidays covered. Also check out Things to do with Children.

Parks and Playgrounds 

Take the family for a barbecue picnic, paddle boarding, head for one of many playgrounds, or simply get into the bush. On the Northern Beaches you are spoiled for choices of things to do and places to explore. From sailing on Narrabeen Lagoon, or whale watching at Long Reef, our parks, gardens and reserves are waiting for you.

Environment Centres

Our environment centres offer a broad range of environmental programs for children of all ages children and parents alike. Enjoy visiting the Coastal Environment Centre and the Manly Environment Centre for experiencing positive hands-on environmental education. 

School Holiday Activities 

From excursions and fun activities at Vacation Care, to the awesome workshops and activities available for children at our libraries, community and recreation centres and around the local area, we have a great range of activities to keep your kids entertained in the holidays. You'll be able to find a variety of things from martial arts and sports camps to craft, canvas painting and clay sculpting. LEGO® lovers and budding actors are also in the mix! Find out more about our school holiday activities.

Skate Parks

Strap on the kneepads and blitz the boredom! Our local skate parks keep children, teens and even adults, fit and active. From local parks equipped with vert ramps to first-class skate parks, there are many places to drop in throughout the Northern Beaches.

Look for a skate park near you!


For younger children, playgroups offer physical social networking for children. Perfect for families new to our community, children make local friends, while their parents build new connections and support networks. Visit Playgroup NSW to see the playgroups across the Northern Beaches.

Library Kids Program

Our local libraries offer special programs and activities for children of all ages. These include storytime for preschoolers, knitting for children, holiday activities, bookbabes, homework help and plenty of reading! You’ll find Lego and puzzle workshops too.

Find your local Northern Beaches Council library here.