What would school holidays in Sydney be without Sydney Olympic Park’s fantastic Kids in The Park programs? Spring school holidays kick off on 20 September and run through to 6 October (inclusive) with more than 60 activities for kids of all ages and interests, including many FREE and good-value boredom-busters for less than $20!
Keen cricketers, footy fans, future circus performers, science and discovery-lovers, curious minds, nature enthusiasts and budding artists are all catered for across lessons, workshops and half-day camps!
The popular adrenalin-filled aerial attraction, Urban Jungle Adventure Park will also be open daily for $35 per child or adult, including entry to the Aquatic Centre.
Nickolodeon Slimefest will let kids get up-close and personal with their favourite music performers on 26 September (tickets from $65) and film-lovers will enjoy the Kids in the Park Film Festival on 22 September ($5 under 12 years, $10 adults over 18).
For more detailed information about Kids in the Park Spring school holidays activities and to book visit kidsinthepark.com.au
Music from more than 22 nations will feature in the Culture Beats program, showcasing and traditional and contemporary cuisine, dress and dance from around the world in this great FREE event the whole family can enjoy!
From 3.00pm on Sunday 21 September, Emily Rex, who mesmerised audiences on the last season of The Voice Australia, headlines the Brazilian ‘Ritmo’ Festival at Tumbalong Park; before Malaysia’s Bihzhu takes to the stage from 2pm on Sunday 28 September as part of the Malaysia Festival.
Running from 22-28 September, The State Library of NSW is running awesome school holiday activities for the whole family. Kids and parents alike will love the epic night adventure Up late at the Library and the ‘discovery tour’ of the historic Mitchell Library, in search of the weird, wacky and wonderful! Kids can turn their visit to the Library into a piece of take-home art, go on a treasure trail and create photomontages inspired by a trip to the Botanic Gardens. Plus, there’s storytime and art activities and a free screening of The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.
View the full Kids @ the Library program here
In its first year at The Seymour Centre, the 2014 Sydney Children’s Festival runs from 23-28 September with an exciting program of performances, workshops and free activities for kids aged 5-12.
Direct from New York, the cabaret for kids Still Awake Still! is funny, anarchic musical theatre that delights adults and children alike while KAPOW! sees three friends become everyday superheroes with acrobatics, clowning and circus. The brand new work, Twinkle, invites young people to be part of a performance that explores stars, galaxies and the world above through music, script and song.
There’s also inspiring workshops from Shaun Parker & Company and Australian Theatre for Young People plus collaborative visual arts projects, a silent disco, a touch of magic and a whole lot more!
From 20 September to 6 October, The Australian Museum will transform into a Mexican Playground where kids of all ages can experience the magic and colour of a fiesta, and enjoy fun craft, science discoveries and even cactus bowling.
Children are encouraged to dress up Mexican-style and bring their friends for a full day of activities: decorate a giant wall mosaic, make a Quetzal Glider, create a shoulder bag featuring an Aztec design, weave brightly coloured wool on a simple frame of crossed sticks to make an Ojo de Dios or bowl the tumbleweed ball through the desert and see how many cacti you can knock over!
There’s also a free play area where kids can use giant blocks to build an Aztec temple – then knock it down and build another – or maybe build a Mexican pyramid?
Aside from the Aztec exhibition, the Museum always has a range of fun on offer for tiny tots to teens – including Kidspace and loads of dinosaurs!
For times, cost, bookings and further information visit The Australian Museum.
The Sydney Opera House once again turns on the fun and entertainment for the school holidays with with children’s shows, free creative play, junior tours and junior menus from Saturday 20 September to Sunday 5 October.
The 26-Storey Treehouse, the much-loved story of friendship for primary kids, comes to life; there’s a colourful tale of lost toys for young audiences in Fluff; and the youthful joy of circus entertaining all the family in Cirkopolis plus free LEGO Creative Play.
Taronga is chock-a-block full of fantastic, fun family activities again these school holidays!
Enjoy the Seal Show these school holidays and you’ll be helping one of the rarest sea-lion species in the world. The Australian Sea-lion needs healthy oceans and plenty of fish. Besides enjoying a thoroughly entertaining show, you’ll also learn how you can help protect them in the wild.
Kids can also take part in the fun twitchathon, take a ride on the Sky Safari Cable Car or hear about their favourite animal in one of the 20 free daily talks and shows.
Check out Taronga’s fun apps, Keeper for a Day program and so much more!
Marian Street Theatre For Young People presents The Pied Piper these school holidays, at the Lighthouse Theatre, Macquarie University from 21 September to 4 October and suitable for children aged 3-10 years.
A contemporary retelling of the magical tale, puppeteer Terry Ryan’s adaptation is set in an Australian wheat town where good rains have broken the drought and brought prosperity at last – and then rats!
The production also offers plenty of opportunities for children to participate and after the show they can meet the actors and learn a little bit more about the enchanting world of theatre.
For further information and bookings call 1300 306 776 or visit mca-tix.com.au
Feed the kids’ imaginations (and tummies!) with A Convict Breakfast at Hyde Park Barracks, Kids in the Kitchen at Elizabeth Farm and Vaucluse House, and Earn Your Tucker at Rouse Hill House & Farm. Kids can let their creativity run wild in the Mini Home Builders eco-house construction activities at Rouse Hill House & Farm and the Make a Story, Tell a Story! design and performance workshops at Meroogal. There will also be diorama creation stations set up as part of Make and Take: Room in Box at Elizabeth Farm and Vaucluse House, where kids can drop in to design, make and play for as long as they like.
For bookings and more information, visit sydneylivingmuseums.com.au
Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres is set to become a children’s activity hub these school holidays with a jam-packed program of incredible live theatre, entertainment and interactive workshops as part of the annual Spot On Children’s Festival from 30th September until 4th October.
The program includes Theatre of Image’s brand new musical theatre production Monkey…Journey to the West, spectacular martial arts from Team 9Lives, The Magic Chicken, Sydney Puppet Theatre’s Z for Giraffe, a screening of the film Frozen with fun dress ups and games for the littlies, origami workshops with artist Midori Furze, plus face painting, balloons and a courtyard full of games and play areas.
For details and bookings call (02) 8839 3399 or visit riversideparramatta.com.au
Sydney Observatory is taking kids Over The Moon these holidays from 20 September until 6 October – with a special salute to World Space Week (4-10 October) and loads of out of this world fun! Night tour highlights include the Southern Cross and spectacular Saturn (6:15pm session only). The Moon will be visible from the 25 September leading up to a spectacular total lunar eclipse on 8 October.
Day programs during the holidays include a range of fun activities at the 3D Space Theatre and Planetarium, Digital Claymation and Space Race Day, DIG IT! Mini-archaeologists-in-training workshops and It’s about time!
For bookings and further information visit sydneyobservatory.com.au
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium launches Dugong Island in time for September school holidays on 20 September, inviting young visitors to use their senses to explore the mysterious underwater world of Dugongs. The brand new experience allows guests to walk amongst an underwater shipwreck while admiring the only pair of Dugongs on display in the world!
Throughout the holidays, SEA LIFE is hosting kid-friendly activities including a treasure hunt, daily interactive Dugong talk, an educational craft event and more.
Challenge your fears and knowledge of the plight of the world’s most misunderstood ocean predators these school holidays during Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary’s Sharks! experience.
Meet baby Port Jackson, Bamboo and Epaulette Sharks who were all born at the sanctuary; witness huge real life Grey Nurse Sharks in the Shark Harbour and put their courage to the test by touching real shark jaws, eggs and much more in the interactive rockpool.
Kids can delve into a new shark quiz trail to learn what makes these remarkable creatures so intriguing andclimb inside the jaws of a Megladon shark!
There’s something for everyone these holidays at Madame Tussauds Sydney. Kids and parents alike will be entertained for hours as they revel in the unique atmosphere of glamour, fame, and history and embark on an interactive star-studded journey through the world of music, sport, culture, film and much more!
Don’t miss out on our behind the scenes talks every hour 11am-4pm, which reveal secrets to the Madame Tussauds figure making process and give guests an inside glimpse on the unique methods used to create our world famous wax figures!.
Spring has sprung at Sydney Tower Eye with the season’s Highest Spring Gardens on the Observation Deck, transformed into a garden where visitors can immerse themselves in colourful flora, beautiful garden arrangements and even create and take home their very own spring garden.
Get unrivalled 360-degree views of the city from 250 metres above it all and experience SKYWALK – Sydney’s highest outdoor adventure!
Do you dare come face-to-face with Australia’s most dangerous and deadly animals? From Tasmanian Devils that have the strongest bite of any mammal their size, to a spider’s lethal venom, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo’s Dangerous and Deadly opens 20 September and invites visitors to experience a live feeding demonstration of the Zoo’s 5-metre-long Scrub Python; see venomous creepy crawlies up-close and under a microscope; encounter Rex, Sydney’s largest and most dangerous crocodile; learn about the beautiful yet fatal creatures of the rainforest; and more!
From 20 September to 6 October, families can experience an amazing treetop adventure, high above the native rainforest, on the spectacular Illawarra Fly treetop walk. Featuring two gently swaying cantilevered arms, and a central tower raised nearly 50 metres from the forest floor and positioned 710 metres above sea level, the stunning views take in everything from the rainforest floor into the canopy and out to the Pacific Ocean.
It may be Spring but there’s still plenty of snow fun to be had in the NSW Snowy Mountains!
Thredbo’s September Kids School Holiday Program runs from 20-25 September and features a multitude of fun activities for kids of all ages (and adults who are kids at heart). There’s the Thredbo Super Slide fireworks, pizza and movie night and a kids flare run and throughout the September school holidays kids can stay and ski for FREE at Thredbo.
Did you know September 2014 is Save The Koalas month? Visit Featherdale and see these cuddly critters and learn more about their care and daily life; meet new baby animal arrivals including two cheeky Dingo pups; check out the daily giant Croc feeds and visit the farmyard nursery’s baby goats, lambs, miniature calves and alpacas!
Port Stephens is a family holiday playground and whether you’re headed for Nelson Bay or Shoal Bay or anywhere else in this beautiful NSW region, there’s always plenty of fun things for kids of all ages to experience!
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