Little kids, big weekend: Two days of family fun

Family cycling at Lake Albert in Wagga Wagga

Family fun comes easy in Wagga. Easy to make your way around, easy to find space to play, easy for all to enjoy. If you’ve got little ones in tow on a weekend in Wagga, here’s some ways to keep them busy and guarantee a good night’s sleep – every parent’s dream.

DAY ONE

9am

Make your way to the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens and keep the excitement about the zoo in check while having breakfast at Little el. When breakfast is done, parents can get in a little extra lingering over coffee while the kids run around the playground.

Family exploring the rainforest section at the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens

10am

Pick up a bag of animal food before you leave the café and prepare to make some new friends at the zoo. You’ll find kangaroos, emus, wombats and more. Donkeys will jostle for your attention and the free flight bird aviary will have you agog, but the guniea pig castle is a real Wagga icon.

If you find yourself at the Botanic Gardens on the first or third Sunday of any month, you’re in luck – the Willans Hill Miniature Railway is running! Make sure your tootsies are covered and take a ride through tunnels, around the gardens and along over two kilometres of track. You can even use the train station at the Museum of the Riverina to stop off and have a look around (and if not, it’s an easy walk to get there).

If you’ve ever wondered why you hear the name ‘Wagga’ so often when watching sport, you’ll find out why when you wander through the Sporting Hall of Fame at the Museum. See their memorabilia, read their stories and relive their glories.

Also open to the public on the first or third Sunday of any month is the Wagga Steam and Vintage Engine Musuem so, once you’ve had a ride on the trains, check out the vintage steam and oil engines display.

Family looking at the Musuem of the Riverina's Sporting Hall of Fame in Wagga Wagga

1pm

Head to one of Wagga’s oldest and most picturesque parks – Collins Park – and, on the way, grab some local produce and other goodies at Knights Meats and Deli to make a picnic for the family.

The BBQ area and gazebo next to the playground is surrounded by soft green grass, flowerbeds changing seasonally, and grand old trees.

3pm

AirZone is an inflatable world you can enjoy whatever the weather – slides, giant jumping castles, racers and more!

5pm

The Wagga Bowling and Entertainment Centre will have the whole family involved in some friendly competition, in between enjoying hot dogs, fries, and a good ol’ fashioned soft drink spider served at their retro diner.

7pm

Make dinner fun for the family who can all pick their favourites at one of Wagga’s club serving buffets. The Wagga RSL Club, Commercial Club or Rules Club Wagga will leave the whole family satisfied.

DAY TWO

8am

Everything is baked in house with love at The Pig & Pastry, located within The Mill complex. Enjoy delicious sourdough toast with eggs, bacon, glorious hash browns and of course – the avo! Grab something sweet to take with you and keep you going – you’ve got a busy day ahead…

9am

At local cycling institution Kidsons Cycles, you can stock up on cycling accessories to take home and hire a bike or two to cycle along the Wiradjuri Walking Track following the Murrumbidgee River. Make your way all the way to Marrambidya Wetland, where you can spy local birdlife, take in the ambience of the Healing Place and soak in the peace and quiet.

11am

Take a short drive to the Quinty Bakehouse at Uranquinty for lunch. On your way, if it’s spring, you’ll pass swathes of green wheat and golden canola. Tuck in to gourmet sandwiches on organic sourdough, or maybe a delicious pie.

1pm

You’re spoilt for choice if you feel like bouncing – and who doesn’t? Flip Out offers a range of tramps – even a special little kids zone – that’ll have you flipping, laughing and literally bouncing off the walls.

3pm

Now that you’ve worked up a sweat, Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre is the place to be. In warmer months, relax outside. It’s always warm inside though, so even if it’s a bit chilly the 25m indoor pool, beach pool, toddler pools, whirlpool and extra warm therapy pool spoil you for choice.

6pm

Romano’s Hotel is a local institution. The massive red pub on Fitzmaurice Street has recently undergone a stunning transformation – it also includes a kids play area so all the family can enjoy the evening.

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First published: 10 Nov 2017.


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