As much as we love those tropical storms and the monsoon season in the Top End, you can go stir crazy with the kids when it’s constantly raining outside. We’ve collated our fave indoor kid (and adult) friendly activities to get you through the extra loooong holidays.
Darwin Chocolate Factory (Berrimah)
“I hate chocolate”… said no kid ever! The Darwin Chocolate Factory is going to be a hit with the kids! Book a chocolate workshop, tasting experience & tour, or book a special children’s tour full of activities especially for the little ones. Plus you can shop from their tonnes of choccie treats to take home and bribe the kids with later.
For the competitive child there’s plenty to do at Kingpin. Choose from bowling, laser tag, table tennis, arcade games and karaoke. They also have a full service restaurant and parents can kick back and relax with a drink (or two) at the bar!
Zone 3 Laser Tag (Darwin City)
It’s a popular place for kids parties, but Zone 3 also welcome walk-ins. So kill some time with the kids with a few games of laser tag. And for the super-competitive, they also offer a social league for kids aged 13+ to form their own team and play laser tag as an actual sport!
Hit the flicks
There’s nothing like a family movie sesh when it’s storming outside. Plus air-con and choc-tops make the cinema even more worthwhile. There’s plenty of cinemas around Darwin so take your pick and settle into a good ol’ flick.
Darwin Ice Skating (Eaton)
When you picture Darwin during the summer season, ice skating doesn’t come to mind… but it should! Because where better to take a break from the heat than an ice skating rink. Darwin Ice Skating welcome walk-ins for a session of skating or tobogganing. So do something different and hit the ice!
Flip Out (Eaton)
Let the kids literally ‘flip out’ at the Flip Out trampoline centre. What better than to burn off their everlasting energy by jumping around for hours on trampolines. They’re open every day of the week so walk-in and let’s the kids run-amok.
For crafty kids, book them into an art session at one of the many art centres around Darwin. There’s Hobby Ceramics in Palmerston that offer special school holiday sessions, or The Artful Room in Nightcliff that have various kids workshops. You may even end up with something wall-worthy!
The Playshack (Palmerston)
If you’ve got little ones climbing the walls at home, then head down to the Playshack in Palmerston and let them climb their walls – it’s much less stressful! There’s climbing equipment galore and a café on site, so grab a friend and make a date of it.
There’s no denying that kids love arcade games, so treat them to a session at Timezone. Located in ‘The Quarter’ at Casuarina Shopping Centre make a day out of it and grab some lunch at one of the restaurants and even catch a movie while you’re at it!
MAGNT (The Gardens)
Do something cultured with the kids and take a visit to the Museum & Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT). Show them ‘Sweetheart’ the monstrous croc, teach them about Cyclone Tracy, and view the numerous art exhibitions always on display. There’s often special kids activities on too, so check before you go.
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility is located at Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin City and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Learn about the history of Darwin via two virtual reality stories, holograms, touch and play activities specifically designed for kids and more interactive technology that will both entertain and educate – winning!
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