Come rain, hail or shine, sometimes being outside just doesn’t cut it for family fun.  So how about some inspiration to keep the little (and big) ones entertained when the weather, whatever it is, gets too much? Here are eight indoor options the Parramatta area has to offer. 

Shoot and skirmish 

Who doesn’t love a bit of skirmish? At Code Red Laser Tag there are dark rooms and alleys and all the makings of a heart-stopping battle! Bring a group of kids or the whole family and don colour-coded laser battle packs and scatter into the darkness only to return when you’ve been “shot”. A hoot for all ages. Little kids can take advantage of Lollipops Playground in the same venue.

3/175 James Ruse Drive Rosehill 2142 (turn into Grand Avenue North); Open Sunday - Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm, Wednesday - Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm and Friday - Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm.

Bounce, climb & dodge

Burn off some steam at The Ultimate Family Fun Centre where there is heaps of room and plenty of equipment to bounce, climb, dive and hoon around in. Older kids will love the Dodgem room where you can chase and crash deliberately into other drivers. 

5/1B Redbank Rd Northmead 2152; Open Sunday – Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Friday 10:00 - 8:00pm and Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm.

 

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Escape if you can

For puzzle-solving fun for older kids and family groups (of up to eight people) try your luck at one of two Escape Rooms, Scram and Labyrinth. Both have themed rooms, but The Wizard Room at Scram is very family friendly. Solving brain teasers and puzzles against the clock will unearth clues and – eventually – help you to escape. Even the cynical will find it hard not to get swept up in the intrigue.

48/2 O’Connell Street Parramatta 2150; Open daily; Visit the Scram website for details. 

 

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Get Spooked

Young folk over sixteen can rattle their bones and scream to their hearts content at the monthly Ghost Tours at Old Government House. The home of Australia’s early Governors is lit only by eerie candlelight and the guides do an excellent job of adding to the mystery and intrigue of the “memories” contained in the two-hundred-year old building.

1A Pitt St Parramatta 2150; Second or third Friday of each month 7:30pm until 9:30pm; booking essential

Feed your Face

Of the eateries along Church Street many are firm family favourites. Get tasty gelato at Gelato Messina or melted chocolate and churros treats at San Churro Chocolateria. Hungry kids can slurp down pasta at Enzos Cucina, order metre-length pizzas at Criniti’s or fresh roti at PappaRich. Or head to Parramatta Park where under-twelve’s get the fancy VIP treatment with a fairy-bread afternoon tea at Gatehouse Tea Rooms. Oooh la la.

Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina. Image: Carla Dibbs

Cook up a storm

For those who’ve run out of food inspiration at home, how about booking the kids some cooking classes or a cooking-inspired birthday party for their pals? At Kids Love to Cook, not only will they come home with plenty of tasty goodies for you to try but they might even go the extra distance and cook dinner!

Kids Love to Cook; Various locations and hours; Visit the Kids Love to Cook website for details.

 

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Grab your popcorn

For the latest Hollywood movie inspiration book at seat the Event Cinemas and catch up with your heartthrobs, bad guys and girls and latest sensations. Treat yourself to the fancy Gold Class seats and a chock top and you’ll be set. If retro is more your thing, be sure to keep an eye out for The Riverside Theatres screenings of old classics and family favourites.

Westfield, 159-175 Church St Parramatta 2150; Open daily; Visit the Events website for current movies and session times.

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