WHEELY GOOD FUN
The sun is shining, the days are warm, and you’re already counting down the days until your kids go back to school…
Don’t get stuck indoors these spring holidays. Children love riding bikes – it can help give them independence, improve balance and coordination, as well as being fun and free. And if your kids don’t know how to ride a bike, then now’s the time for them to learn.
Put some adventure and excitement into the holidays and beyond with our list of five fun two-wheeled things to do with your kids.1.Balance Bike Clinics
The best way for youngsters to get confident riding a bike is to start out on a pedal-free balance bike.
Take advantage of free lessons at the City’s free Balance Bike Clinics.
Monday, 25th to Friday, 29th September
Tuesday, 3rd to Friday, 6th October
and every Saturday throughout the year, 11am till 3pm, Sydney Park, St Peters
2.Sydney Park Bike Track
If your kids are a little bit more confident and have their own bikes, then bring them to Sydney Park bike track; there are tunnels to swoop through, pint-sized roundabouts and traffic lights to navigate, with longer trails around the park for the older kids. Why not go as a family and ride to one of the park cafes? Check out these tips on riding with kids
3.Family-friendly Sydney Rides
From the sporting sights ride to the quirky Sydney ride – there’s plenty to discover on two wheels. The City of Sydney has mapped 12 easy rides around Sydney which include cycleways, shared paths and quieter on-road sections.
4.Ride the Bridge
People travel from all over the world to see Sydney’s spectacular Harbour Bridge, but have you ever ridden a bike across it? You can use separated cycleways and shared paths to get all the way from Central Station to North Sydney, traversing the Coat Hanger and taking in the views along the way. See this map for route advice
5.Sydney Rides Festival
And to top it all off, once your kids are confident on the bike, bring them along to the seventh annual Sydney Rides Festival, which includes over 30 family-friendly events throughout October.
Top FREE picks for the kids!
This year, the festival celebrates family fun in a BIG way with The Big Adventure on Saturday, 7 October from 9am – 4pm. The day will be action-packed with BMX displays, footy and cricket clinics, mountain boarding, break dancing, food trucks and even ballet on bikes! Mark it on the calendar!
An event not to be missed is City of Sydney’s Light the City on Saturday, 28 October from 6 – 11pm. This year, the two-wheeled event returns to a traffic-free Mrs Macquarie’s Point, The Domain for a Halloween-inspired community celebration. Friends and families can fancy dress to impress and enjoy spectacular harbour views, gourmet food trucks, epic illuminations and the popular silent disco as the sun goes down and trees light up. Bike hire is available on the night.
For a full schedule of events visit the Sydney Rides Festival PageTop Tips:
- Remember that all riders must wear a helmet and all bikes must be fitted with a bell in NSW
- Children under 12 – and adults accompanying them – may ride on the footpath
- On footpaths and shared paths, please remember to be mindful of pedes trians
- Capture your school holiday memories and share them on the #sydneyrides hashtag!