We love the rain, we do! What we’re not huge fans of are housebound days with, what feels like eleventy-thousand, mini-human cyclones. Sometimes you just gotta head on out with your brood and give yourself a bit of peace in the process (or at the very least, a hot coffee).
 
Here’s a short, but sweet list of local havens to keep the little darlings busy, when outdoors is just not an option.
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Kid’s Oasis (PLAY Party Zone)

This sweet little spot is the newest in town. Kids Oasis caters to little ones 0-5 years with loads of toys and play equipment. Parents can purchase a wide range of refreshments and kids can play to their heart’s content. The best bit? Entry is free!
 
Open 9am-1pm Monday-Friday (PLAY Party Zone is open by appointment)
 

Empire Cinemas Bowral

The Empire Cinema in Bowral is an obvious choice for wet weather fun. It suits all ages, children under 12 can join the Empire Kids Club to earn reward each time they visit and often the G and PG movies are at a discounted rate. And, popcorn!
Open 7 days. Prices start from $10
 

Highlands Ten Pin Bowling

Ah, bowling. Nothing like a bit of family bonding over some knock-em-down action! All ages are catered for with lightweight balls and bumpers available on all lanes and for the bigger kids, the arcade games are a real hit. Don’t forget your socks!
Open 7 days. Prices start from $11 Kids and $16 Adults
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Neeny’s Playhouse

Many a playdate has been had at Neeny’s Playhouse. Suited to kids 0-11 with a dedicated, fenced toddler zone, three levels of climbing and sliding fun and a full size jumping castle. It’s paradise for energetic kids and their exhausted parents. The café is great too.
Open Tuesday – Sunday (and Monday’s in school holidays). Prices start from $10
 

Moss Vale Aquatic

Swimming is a great way to burn off energy and have fun at the same time. Luckily, the Moss Vale Aquatic Centre allows us to enjoy a dip year-round. Little ones will love the toddler splash pool and bigger kids make their own fun in the 15m pool.
Open 7 Days. Family entry (2A+2C) $17
 

Bradman Museum – International Cricket Hall of Fame

This one will appeal to the budding sportsperson or perhaps, a day out with grandparents. Stumps Café within the complex is a great spot to grab a milkshake or lunch.   
Open 7 Days. Prices start from $11 (Family entry 2A+3C $55)
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ImaginArta Puppet Show

Every Sunday, at the Sutton Forest Hall, the ImaginArta Puppet Centre brings the stage to life with a family-friendly puppet show. “A Package for Granny” is currently playing, with shows changing monthly. Bookings aren’t required, just pop along.
Sundays only. Entry from $10.50 (for groups of 4 or more)

 

Mittagong RSL

With massive upgrades in recent years, the Mittagong RSL is a great spot for young families. The bistro has a great menu with lots of kid’s options, there’s a café with hot drinks and cakes and the huge indoor play area is free for the use of patrons.
Open 7 days. Club rules and regulations apply.  
 

Libraries

Last but by no means least, libraries are a wonderful place to spend time any old day - but a particular saviour on a miserable one. Moss Vale, Bowral and Mittagong libraries offer events specific to babies and pre-schoolers and all sessions are free.
 

Moss Vale Library

Open Tuesday - Saturday
Preschool Storytime every Thursday at 10:45am (school terms)
 

Bowral Library

Open Monday - Saturday
Preschool Storytime every Friday at 11am (school terms)
Baby Rhymetime every Wednesday at 10:30am (school terms)
 

Mittagong Library

Open Tuesday - Saturday
Preschool Storytime every Thursday at 10:45am (school terms)
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If you would rather not leave the comfort of home, or you have kiddies with the sniffles, try making soft-as-a-cloud dough with cornflour, food colouring and cheap, hair conditioner (seriously - that’s it!).
 
Or, have a crack at the rock-painting craze – Rocking the Southern Highlands.
 
For more ideas try our DIY Guides to the School Holidays.
 
As always, we draw a firm line at slime!
 
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