Spring 2016 – What’s On school holidays NSW

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September 21, 2016
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September 27, 2016

Kids in Cathy Freeman Park at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday 25th June 2016/Photographs by Rick Stevens

Sydney & surrounds

Kids in the Park

Kids in Cathy Freeman Park at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday 25th June 2016/Photographs by Rick Stevens

What would school holidays in Sydney be without Sydney Olympic Park’s fantastic Kids in The Park programs?

The fun is back bigger and better than ever with the 50th consecutive Kids in the Park line-up of school holiday boredom-busters, held at various venues across the Park EVERY DAY of the NSW school holidays, from 24 September – 9 October 2016 (inclusive).

Boasting more than 60 activities – including more than a dozen FREE as well as good-value options less than $25 per person – Kids in the Park spring 2016 is sure to delight parents as much as children of all ages.

There are lots of new activities and old favourites too, like the Flying Trapeze, the Mega Circus Mix, Segway Rides and loads more.

For more detailed information about Kids in the Park Spring school holidays activities and to book visit kidsinthepark.com.au

Fun, games and more at the ANMM!


Kids can ‘go wild’ these school holidays in a fun-filled holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum!

A charming theatre show takes children on an adventure with some pesky seagulls while ‘jungle drums’ explore the rhythms of wildlife. Kids on Deck, a creative space for art making, games and dress ups, delves into the biology of wondrous wildlife and wilderness environments.

There are plays, musical performances and workshops galore … check out all the school holidays fun!

Darling Harbour – there’s fun galore


Kids of all ages will have heaps of fun at Darling Harbour these spring school holidays. Experience the wonders of the underwater world or snap a selfie with a cuddly koala. Get hands-on with museum exhibits or race, ride and slide among the many play attractions. Watch a live children’s theatre show or become immersed in a movie.

At the Chinese Garden of Friendship there’s daily fish feeding, paper flower-making you can take home and a quest to find hidden sculptures of animals from the Chinese lunar calendar. The choices are endless!

Kids at the Library

paper-flowerGet ready for great holiday fun at the State Library.  There are creative workshops, take a tour of the magical Mitchell building or watch a free movie on the big screen.

Don’t miss out on the exciting holiday programs – there’s something for everyone!

View the full Kids @ the Library program here

Spot is @ The Seymour Centre!



Keep your little creatures entertained during the school holidays with two wildly fun productions at the Seymour Centre – Spot and Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo – and a program of roar-inspiring free activities! 

The Seymour Centre is a great place to bring the children with a leafy courtyard, large indoor foyers, café, public transport nearby and Victoria Park just across the road.

Fun at the Australian Museum


Head to the Australian Museum in the first week of the school holidays for a chance to make masks inspired by the Asaro Mud Men from Papua New Guinea, and in Week Two take part in the inaugural Dinosaur Festival and make your very own dinosaur diorama to take home!

For times, cost, bookings and further information visit The Australian Museum.

School holiday adventures at The House

Summer Kids Tour

The Sydney Opera House has life-changing stories for students of all ages this school holidays. In the Studio, six Sydney locals morph into parkour stars in Jump First, Ask Later, while in the Playhouse Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show transforms before the eyes of our littlest audience members.

Off-stage, enjoy free Creative Play activities in the Western Foyers during the September school break, or join a Junior Adventure to discover the secrets within the Opera House sails.

Keep up to date with all the fun activities by joining the Facebook page: Sydney Opera House – Kids and Families

Holiday fun @ Taronga Zoo!


Taronga is chock-a-block full of fantastic, fun family activities again these school holidays!

And this is the paw-fect activity for kids! These holidays Taronga Zoo is championing our eighth legacy species, the clever and curious Sun Bear. It would be BEAR-ILLIANT if you headed to the zoo to help the keepers make foraging toys for the resident bears, the magnificent Mr Hobbs and majestical Mary. Enrichment toy making takes place daily from 10:00am – 11.30am during the September school holidays.



Marian Street Theatre For Young People presents Pinocchio these school holidays, at the Knox Cultural Centre Auditorium at Warrawee from 26 September to 8 October.

“All I want is to be a real boy!” Meet Pinocchio, the naughty little puppet who does try to be good and make his papa proud. Travel with him and his conscience (the cricket Bello Grillo) through a world filled with temptations: from the delights of the stage, to sweets and candy, to becoming friends with dubious characters like the fox and the cat.

Watch as it all turns out right through love, kindness and a pinch of fairy dust.

Sydney Living Museums


Sydney Living Museums is perfect for little imaginations to run wild – from beautiful historic houses and gardens, to city museums and programs especially designed for families to enjoy.

Throughout the year there’s a fantastic range of children and family-friendly programs, exhibitions and events across the 12 museums, including school holiday programs, museum kids’ trails, and loads of other exciting things to do.

These holidays choose from creative ceramics, bush tucker and more!

Spot On Children’s Festival


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 27 September until 2 October.

The program includes Play Along with Sam, puppetry workshops, The Listies, the Maya the Bee movie and so much more!

For details and bookings visit riversideparramatta.com.au

Have fun with the heavens at Sydney Observatory


There’s always plenty of fun and fascinating events at the Sydney Observatory and these school holidays are no different!

Day programs during the holidays include Astronomical Afternoons, Midday Storytelling, family tours (both day and night), exploring space … and so much more!

For bookings and further information visit sydneyobservatory.com.au

Do like a dugong!

Dugong Island Launches at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is a great place to visit any time of the year, with attractions like dugongs, sharks, penguins, rays and swordfish, touch pools, a glass bottom boat and more!

Throughout the holidays, SEA LIFE is hosts a range of  kid-friendly activities so check out the website for details.

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary – explore spooky seas!


From 17 September to 31 October, enter Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary’s Spooky Seas… if you dare! Under the deep dark spooky sea, boys and ghouls will explore the creepy side of the underwater kingdom and learn scary conservation facts just in time for Halloween.

Kids can roam around the sanctuary, meeting weird and wonderful animals and tackling the Spooky Seas quiz trail. Brave boys and girls can enter Shark Harbour where they will come face to face with the toothy grins of the Grey Nurse Sharks, they might even spot a few living skeletons in the water too! After finishing the quiz trail, get creative on the Halloween activity table with colouring in and more!

It’s all about kids @ Campbelltown Arts Centre


There’s plenty to keep kids busy in Campbelltown during the holidays, with a range of activities at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. Try Geometric Sculpture, a NIDA Acting Boot Camp and a hands on tour for babies, toddlers and mums and dads. Click for more information and to book online.

A scaly surprise at Featherdale!


Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to the world’s largest collection of native fauna and is offering 20% discount to all visitors during the upcoming school holidays. Kids will be excited this holidays by the Park’s babies, including two bottle-fed wombats – Ned and Piglet, and four koalas still in the pouch.

For families into more scaly surprises, come and see Ngukurr, the 4.5m saltwater crocodile,  being fed for the first time since the start of winter. Ngukurr has been in semi-hibernation and will be fed for the first time again at 10.15am on Saturday 24 September, when he will dine on a ¼ chicken for his first meal.

Madame Tussauds Sydney

Who do you want to meet at Madame Tussauds Sydney

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!

Take home your very own piece of wax with Madame Tussauds Sydney’s ‘Wax Hands’ experience and customise your masterpiece in any colour or style!

See the city from on high!

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Don’t miss the Sydney Tower Eye’s SKYWALK experience. Perched 268 metres above the streets of Sydney, look directly down at the streets below thanks to the experience’s glass floor. Why not finish a day in town at Sydney Tower Eye and watch the sun set over the city from a bird’s eye view!

Critters abound @ WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Meet deadly and dangerous creatures at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo this September!

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is a brilliant all weather attraction, that showcases a wide variety of Australia’s most amazing and iconic animals! And if you’re looking for more adventure, you can zoom 12 metres high above Australian native wildlife at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo as part of the attraction’s WILD Flight experience.

Mossy Monsters at the Royal Botanic Gardens


Join in the school holiday fun as kids go on a hunt for topiary animals in the ‘Sweet Addiction’ chocolate exhibition in The Calyx. They will find out how plants and animals live together in the rainforest, and make their own Mossy Monster to take home.  Suitable for children 7 – 12 years.

This activity will run from Monday 26 – Friday 30 September and Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 October 2016 between 10:00 – 11:30am or 12:30 – 2:00pm. Members $18 per child, non-members $20 per child. Online bookings essential

Fun & games at Centennial Park


Centennial Parklands comes alive with a fun-filled, action-packed event calendar this spring, teeming with great ways to spend time outdoors with the kids and enjoy the change of season.

Join the Rangers for bush tucker and animal tracking challenges this spring holidays. Can you work out and follow the story behind the mysterious trail of animal evidence? Will you take the bush tucker challenge and find the right plants for the right survival situation? For ages 5–12 years from 1.30 pm-3.30 pm. Online booking essential.

Out of town

ZOOBORNS on show at Australian Reptile Park


Spring babies will be centre stage in the daily show line up at Australian Reptile Park in the September school holidays, as park keepers present ZooBorns! Admire the ZooBorns up-close outside show times, through one sided viewing glass in a new baby animal nursery.

ZooBorn’s stars in the shows or nursery will include baby Tasmanian devils, koalas, kangaroos, alligators, eastern quolls, and leopard tortoises. 

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventure


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.

Kids can become an official IFLY Rainforest Ranger by completing the all new Ranger Trail. Complete with a souvenir Rainforest Ranger booklet and lanyard, the activity follows an exciting trail of questions that will have kids learning about the region’s diverse flora and fauna, as well as cool facts about Illawarra Fly’s treetop walk structure.

After completing their treetop walk, they can finish their day out with an amazing Zipline Tour!

Top 10 things to do in the holidays at Port Stephens


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!

  1. Something to spout about – daily dolphin and whale watch cruises
  2. Sand-sational dunes – try sandboarding or join a 4WD tour
  3. Humps & hooves – camel and horse riding along the beach
  4. Dive Right In – try snorkelling at Fly Point Underwater Gardens
  5. Catch a break – surfing lessons for the whole family
  6. On your Bike – mountain biking along coastal paths and national park tracks
  7. Take a Hike – to the Top of Mount Tomaree – truly amazing views!
  8. Take off to Fighterworld – check out the jets at the Williamtown RAAF base
  9. Downhills, Thrills & Gills – toboganning, go karting or swim with shark and rays!
  10. How much can a koala bear? – meet the locals…they are so cute and cuddly!