Little kids, big weekend: Two days of family fun
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.
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.
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.
The BBQ area and gazebo next to the playground is surrounded by soft green grass, flowerbeds changing seasonally, and grand old trees.
AirZone is an inflatable world you can enjoy whatever the weather – slides, giant jumping castles, racers and more!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More to explore
- The whole family will be intrigued by the displays at the Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Museum.
- Book in at Belisi Equine Park for some horse riding, or perhaps a lesson. The beautiful property is just 15 minutes from the city.
First published: 10 Nov 2017.
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