There is so much to do for families in our area. Here are some popular ways to spend time with children on the Northern Beaches.
Lace up your walking boots and hit one of many accessible walking trails that will take you through beautiful ecosystems, an abundance of wildlife, cultural heritage and historical icons. Popular walks include Coast Walk trails, Narrabeen Lagoon, Stony Range Regional Botanic Gardens and Manly Dam.
Snorkelling at Cabbage Tree Bay
This iconic spot makes for a great day trip. Picnic at Shelly Beach, explore the trails on Shelly Headland and discover the amazing underwater world in the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.
Take the dog to the park
Wear out your dog and the kids at one of our designated off leash parks or waterways. Popular off-leash areas include Bayview, LM Graham Reserve, Curl Curl Lagoon, McCarrs Creek Reserve and Sandy Bay at Clontarf.
Story and rhyme time
Library story times are a wonderful way to introduce young children to the joy of reading and an interactive session of rhymes, songs and movement to help develop early literacy skills. More.
Learn about bush tucker
Free and open every day of the year, Stony Range Botanic Garden is an oasis in the heart of Dee Why. Pack a picnic and take a stroll around the gardens learning about Australian native plants and bush tucker.
Northern Beaches Council runs fun family events all year round including Manly Jazz Festival, Manly Arts Festival, World Food Markets, Christmas events, Avalon Car Boot Sale and Creative Made Makers Market. What's on.
If your kids are a bit older, check out our youth program for band nights, art workshops, seminars and more. You might have to drop them off around the corner, but at least you know where they are!
Get your hands dirty
Save your perfectly manicured garden by joining a local community garden and dig to your heart's content. Locations include Manly Vale, Avalon, Freshwater, North Curl Curl, Balgowlah, Manly, Seaforth and Newport.
Giant inflatables never go out of style. The kids will love to swim, climb and bounce the afternoon away. First Sunday of every month.
With six courts and equipment to play a modified version of the game, Warringah Recreation Centre is the perfect place to introduce your grandchildren to the beautiful and social game of tennis (or squash or futsal).
For the thrill seekers out there, grab your helmet and your elbow pads and hits the mountain trails around Manly Dam. Or stick to the southern shore of the dam for a flat ride on concrete paths.
Second hand Saturday
Meet your neighbours, grab a bargain and help the environment too at a Second Hand Saturday garage sale. Why not give the kids a few dollars to pick out something they like? You'll be surprised at the treasures you might find!