Affordable Kids Activities in the Inner West

The Inner West is full of fun and affordable family friendly activities, but with so many options on offer it can be difficult to know where to start. Here we’ve put together a list of our top five budget-friendly indoor and outdoor activities on offer for kids and families in our local area.

Outdoor Activities for Kids

  • Five Dock Skate Park

Strap on your helmet, elbow and knee pads and head down to the Five Dock Skate Park! The skate park is a free facility provided by Canada Bay Council for use by the community during daylight hours. The park can be used for skateboarding, BMX riding, scooters, and rollerblades. It’s open to all ages and abilities with a ‘fair go’ policy in place for access. Riders under 10 must be accompanied by adults. For the full list of tips and safety guidelines, please visit the Five Dock Skate Park website.

  • Walking and Cycling Trails

Our Inner West community have access to a range of public spaces for walking, cycling and leisure. With the spectacular Bay Walk on our doorstep, it’s a great place for getting kids active and engaged. There are also plenty of local community groups run by parents who understand that activities need to be both fun and affordable. 

Kids have the option of joining local running groups and sports clubs, while families can plan their own activities after school hours or on weekends with our guides to the best bike paths and walking trails.

You can also find the full list of available routes through the Inner West Council.

Indoor Activities for Kids in the Inner West

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Public libraries provide a range of valuable services to the local community. For children, the library network across the Inner West and Canada Bay Councils offers programs tailored to different age groups. Here are our top picks:

  • Inner West Libraries – Family Tales

For little library lovers (0-5), the Inner West library network offers Family Tales – fun and engaging sessions for children and their carers in a safe and happy space. Places are limited so bookings are essential for each adult, child or infant attending.

  • Youth Space @ Five Dock Library

Five Dock Library have created a safe and friendly environment for high school students on Wednesday afternoons from 3.30-4.30pm. Youth Space is a program held during the school term for young people in years 7 to 12. Play board games, watch YouTube, chat, craft, snack and more. Youth Space is free, COVID-safe, and supervised by library staff members.

 The Inner West library network also offers a range of talks and activities geared toward young adult learners.

Reverse Garbage

Image: Reverse Garbage.

Looking for interesting and affordable arts and crafts materials for rainy day activities? Take a trip to Reverse Garbage. Reverse Garbage receive donations from businesses and individuals of roughly 35,000 cubic metres of items – this equates to 100 football fields worth of arts and craft materials, stage props and more. Not only do they save materials from going to waste, but they also run education workshops for all ages focusing on sustainability.

Our website is filled with helpful ideas for fun local activities around the Inner West, from local sporting clubs to playgrounds and parks and the best swimming spots around the Inner West and beyond. Don’t forget to apply for your Active Kids and Creative Kids Vouchers from the NSW Government!

Travelling further afield


Image: White Planes Sculpture at Vivid Sydney 2018 by Christine Mendoza (@cmnmendoza) via Unsplash.

Keen to know more about the big events happening all over Sydney? Check out the City of Sydney’s event guide for everything Sydney has to offer. There are often free events and entertainment around town for the whole family to enjoy.

Join us for dinner after the activities have ended

After all of these activities you’re probably looking for somewhere local to relax and unwind. Canada Bay Club is conveniently located in Five Dock and is open every day of the year for lunch and dinner. We welcome families every night, but we have a special ‘kids eat free’ free offer available on Monday and Tuesday nights. Pop in and say hello – we’d love to meet you.



Canada Bay Club in Sydney's Inner West has been a meeting place for the local community for more than 50 years. Since opening in 1966, the culturally diverse club has grown froma small social sports centre to a club with state-of-the-art function rooms, two restaurants, live entertainment, kids' arcade, and health and fitness classes for its 20,000+ members.


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