Blue Mountains Activities for Families & Kids

There are lots of activities for children all year round in the Blue Mountains. We have listed some ideas for family-friendly fun.



Wild Valley Art Park

Wild Valley Art Park

Wild Valley Art Park run workshops during the school holidays.

For more details please check their website.

Where: Wild Valley Art Park, 321 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls
Phone: (02) 4757 4791





Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mt Tomah

Wonderful gardens for the kids to explore. The visitors centre has changing exhibitions and displays.

Of particular interest for families:

  • Nerd Alert: Sat 2 Sep, Sat 14 Oct & Sat 4 Nov 2017, 1-3pm. Make and mix, build and test, investigate and experiment with super-cool science! Explore a new theme each month with a mini science show and lots of making and experimenting for everyone to get involved. Tools, equipment and ingredients provided. Entry $20 per child. Bookings essential.
  • Waratah Science + Art: Sat 23-Sun 24 Sep 2017, 11.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-2.30pm. Discover the secrets of waratahs on a garden walk. Back in the Learning Centre, examine flowers by dissecting them and viewing under a microscope. Make your own waratah artworks to take home. Entry $12 per child. Bookings essential.
  • The King and Queen of Green: The Realm of Rubbish: Sat 23-Sun 24 Sep 2017, 10.30am-11.15am & 12.30pm-1.15pm. Princes and Princesses of all ages will enjoy this interactive show that explores the topic of landfill and the simple things we can all do at home to recude the amount of waste going to the tip. Entry $8 all tickets. Bookings essential.
  • Dinosaur Stomp: Weds 27 Sep & Weds 4 Oct 2017, 1-3pm. Go on a BIG adventure. Stomp around the Garden to discover megafauna and dinosaurs, and the plants they enjoyed eating. We'll plant a small dinosaur garden to take home, and make our own delicious ancient plant snack: chocolate-crackle Wollemi Pine bark! Entry $20 per child. Bookings essential.
  • Garden After Dark - Spotlight Tour: Sat 30 Sep 2017, 5.30pm-7pm. Visit the Gardens after hours! Start with an entertaining talk on the nocturnal animals of the Blue Mountains. Then, as darkness falls, we’ll go on a prowl of the Garden, using “bat detectors” to help find micro-bats, and red-light torches to spot other nocturnal animals. We may see insects and spiders, brush-tail and ring-tail possums, gliders or nocturnal birds and other creatures. Entry: $20 adults; $12 children (8-16 years). Bookings essential.

Where: Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah
Gardens Open: 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-5.30pm Sat-Sun & Public Holidays
Entry to gardens: free
Telephone: (02) 4567 3000



Wascoe Siding Miniature Railway

A great day out for the whole family. Open first Sunday of each month except January. Take a picnic or there is a canteen selling hot and cold food, drinks, snacks and ice creams.

Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: $3.50 per train ride
Where: 15 Grahame Street, Blaxland
Telephone: (02) 4739 2677



Everglades House, Leura

Beautiful gardens that the whole family will enjoy. 

Time: 10am - 4pm
Cost: $13 adults, $4 kids, $8 concession.
Where: Everglades Historic House & Garden, 37 Everglades Avenue, Leura
Telephone: (02) 4784 1938



Scenic World - Katoomba

The kids will love the rides at Scenic World KatoombaA popular attraction in the Blue Mountains, kids will love Scenic World where they can take the Scenic Skyway across the valley, then take a thrilling ride on the Scenic Railway down to the forest below.

Walk on the boardwalk through the forest. See the life-size bronze mine worker and his pit pony, sit in the Rainforest Room, learn about the history of the valley. At the end of the boardwalk ride the Cableway back to the top.

Visit the Scenic World website where an interactive map and list of suggested itineraries will help you plan your trip. Family activities include the Waterfall Walk to view Katoomba Falls, the easy trail for parents with prams and Nan & Pop with the Kids. For more adventurous families there is the Great Round Walk which includes the Giant Staircase and Federal Pass through the Blue Mountains National Park.

Spring School Holidays: Mon 25 – Fri 29 Sept & Tues 3 – Fri 6 Oct 2017 Scenic World presentsTake Flight – An interactive bird show
Immerse yourself in nature these school holidays with Take Flight, an interactive bird show in the ancient rainforest of the Jamison Valley at Scenic World in the beautiful Blue Mountains. You will have the chance to see local and exotic birds up close and personal, learn how they behave in the wild and see them take flight. So these school holidays, hop onto the Scenic Railway down to the valley floor and you’ll have an adventure like no other.
Time: 1pm and 3pm.
Entry: Free with any Unlimited Discovery Pass
Visit the website to reserve your spot.

Scenic World is located at the corner of Cliff Drive and Violet Street, Katoomba.

Telephone: 1300 SKYWAY or 02-4780-0200






Jenolan Caves

Take the kids to Jenolan Caves Blue Mountains

Jenolan Caves is considered to be one of the world's finest and oldest cave systems, winning 3 gold awards at the 2011 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards..

You can choose from guided tours of 10 spectacular caves (for all ages and fitness levels), most with child and family rates.

Tours include ghost tours (for older kids and adults), self-guided Nettle Cave tour and night tours. There are a range of bushwalks, from easy to strenuous, and native wildlife.

During NSW school holidays, Jenolan also offers holiday activities for children aged 7-12 - the Bones & Stones Tour is popular. Bookings are recommended during school holidays.

For details of September 2017 School Holiday Events, visit the Jenolan Caves Holiday Time webpage.

There is a restaurant, café, bar and family accommodation for all budgets, from fully serviced rooms, to group and backpacker rooms to self-contained cottages.

For more information call 1300-76-33-11, visit Jenolan Caves or their Family Fun webpage.






Leuralla - Toy & Railway Museum

Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum Leura Blue MountainsThe Toy & Railway Museum is housed in the historic home of Leuralla, one of the oldest Blue Mountains heritage listed homes set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens. See a unique collection of toys and trains including pre and post-war dolls, teddy bears, lead figures, comics, books, tinplate trains, aeroplanes, automobiles and working model railway sets. See the biggest Barbie Doll display in Australia and a Matterhorn railway garden plus NSW Railway memoribilia.

Also on display is the Doc Evatt Memorial photographic exhibition. The photographs commemorate the life of former Australian Labor leader Dr Herbert Vere Evatt (1894-1965) who was also elected President of the UN General Assembly in 1948. The photographs are a 'who's who' of international politics from the 1930s-1950s. Leuralla is still in the hands of the Evatt family.

Open daily 10am to 5pm at 36 Olympian Parade, Leura.
Telephone (02) 4784 1169



Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba

The Cultural Centre holds workshops for all ages plus specific programs for Tots & Kids and Teens. Visit their website for up-to-date programs. The Cultural Centre is also home to a brand new Katoomba Library.

Where: 30 Parke Street, Katoomba
Telephone: (02) 4780 5410



The Lolly Bug, Little Hartley

The Lolly Bug, Little Hartley Blue MountainsWho can drive past a lolly shop! The Lolly Bug is on the Great Western Highway in the Hartley Valley. Stop on your way from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves (it's a 20 minute drive from Katoomba), or it's just 10 minutes from Lithgow. Look for the yellow VW.

You will find hundreds of varieties of lollies - old fashioned English sweets from Kingsway and Bassetts, Scottish delights from Ross' and Lees', boiled lollies, choc-coated temptations, giant lolly pops and Australian favourites such as rosy apples and musk sticks plus local honeys and jams.

You will also find gifts such as hand-painted wine glasses and coffee mugs, hand-made children’s clothing and a wide selection of Vera May handbags.

If you can't get back and want to stock up on your favourite lollies, you can even buy lollies online!

Where: 2297 Great Western Highway, Little Hartley
Telephone:(02) 6355 2162



Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum

Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Musuem Blue MountainsThe museum houses a collection of historic railway and tramway locomotives which depict the development of rail transport in NSW from the 1880s to the 1980s. Have fun with Interactive exhibits of engines and carriages and view railway memorabilia. Take a short ride in a restored historic Sydney Steam Tram, see the Model Railway, explore the oldest remaining Steam Locomotive Roundhouse in NSW and restoration works on tramway and railway exhibits. Valley Heights is located between Blaxland and Faulconbridge.

Where: 17b Tusculum Rd, Valley Heights
Telephone (02) 4751 4638 (weekends only)
Open: 10am-4pm (last ride 3.30pm) - on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month (except Mothers Day and last Sunday in December)
Entry: Adults $15, Senior, Pensioners & Student Concession $13, School Students $11, Family $45, Children aged 4yrs and under are free.



Nana's Teddies and Toys

This shop can best be described as a mega teddy bear store. They stock over 14,000 teddy bears and plush toys! It's a great place to take the kids.

Open 9am - 5pm everyday except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Where: 21 Great Western Hwy, Blaxland
Telephone (02) 4739 0677


Book your Blue Mountains accommodation, stay a while and take advantage of all that is on offer for families.