Australian War Memorial
Your kids will have fun dressing up in army uniforms, playing with the controls on an Iroquois helicopter and trying out a toilet seat in a submarine, but they will also start to understand the harsher realities of war. In the recreated World War I trench, a special-effects video covers their feet in virtual frostbite and the G for George exhibit immerses them in a night-time flying operation from 1943, complete with searchlights and the terrifying roar of approaching German fighters.
Treloar Cres, Campbell; (02) 6243 4211
■ The Discovery Zone, where kids can dress up in uniforms and try out the activities described above.
Many people do not realise that Sydney came under attack during World War II. On the night of 31 May 1942, three midget Japanese submarines slipped into Sydney Harbour. One submarine was caught in an anti-torpedo net, the two crew members destroying themselves and their vessel with demolition charges. Another fired a torpedo under HMAS Kuttabul, killing 21 sailors before escaping. The third was spotted and sunk by the Royal Australian Navy.
■ Allow at least two hours for your visit.
- Australian War Memorial, Campbell, In city