State-by-state What’s On April School Holidays

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Kids in the Park

Kids in the Park is on again at Sydney Olympic Park every day of the school holidays from 13-28 April 2013 (inclusive) and there are extra special activities to celebrate the park’s 25th Anniversary!

Twice daily at 11.00am and 1.00pm from 15-19 and 22-26 April (excluding ANZAC Day), the fun-loving characters of Circus Solarus will take kids on A Very Birdy Journey
– a Trip with the Parkland Animals.

25th Anniversary Chase

25 Twitch costs $5 per child and takes kids, and binoculars, bird watching from 9am-10.30am on April 19. The free 25th Anniversary Chase is a bike race with a difference for kids 7-14 from 9.30am-4.30pm every day of the holidays and little ones 2-5 years can enjoy an hour-long interactive cooking session with Pizza and Pasta Making at Lillies from midday on April 19 and April 26 for only $19 per child including their yummy lunch!

Fizzics Fun

Throw in the debut of four Fizzics Education Science workshops for emerging Einsteins, free daily entry to Artexpress at the Armory 2013 and free kids art workshops, Riding the Rails onboard the popular Heritage Train every Sunday, the super-cool Urban Jungle Adventure Park, Circus Skills, Flying Trapeze, Writing workshops and loads more and what better place to be during the school holidays than with the kids at the Park?

For more information about the Kids in the Park April 2013 program of more than 50 school holiday activities – including 18 FREE and 12 good-value options at $20 or less per person – visit or call 02 9714 7888.

Last chance to see Sydney by Monorail

After 25 years of service as an iconic landmark and Darling Harbour attraction, Sydney Monorail will close forever on 30 June 2013.

From the excitement of Paddy’s Markets and Chinatown (Paddy’s Markets station) to the Darling Quarter playground (Convention station), the stunning views from Sydney Tower Eye (City Centre station), the Powerhouse Museum (Paddy’s Markets station), the National Maritime Museum (Harbourside station) or The Australian Museum’s Alexander the Great: 2000 Years of Treasures exhibition (Galeries Victoria station), the Monorail is the perfect way to get about the city these school holidays.

Make a day of it with a Monorail Day Pass. From only $9.80 for single or $24 for a family of four, a Day Pass includes unlimited travel plus discounted entry to ten of Sydney’s best attractions: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye, Captain Cook Cruises, Powerhouse Museum and National Maritime Museum and many more.

Madame Tussauds

Get up close and personal with life-size waxworks of iconic celebrities and historical figures and even have your photo taken next to your crush! Tweens and teens get ready because One Direction will be making Madame Tussaud’s Sydney their home later in the year! Niall, Liam, Louis, Harry and Zayn have been closely involved in the process of the creation of life-like clay heads for their new wax figures!

Sculptor Jim Kemp works on Harry

While you’re waiting for the boys, check out Johnny Depp, Einstein, Delta Goodrem, ET, Home & Away’s Alf Stewart, Audrey Hepburn and many many more amazing waxworks.

Sydney Tower Eye

Visit during the school holidays and see the city from this amazing perspective! You can also delight mum and appeal to her adventurous spirit this Mother’s Day and treat her to a Private SKYWALK at The Sydney Tower Eye for four people. Enjoy the best views of Sydney with your mum on this special day. Private SKYWALK for four: $399. Ring: +61 2 9333 9222 to book your space.

The Rocks Windmill

Encounter a windmill in the heart of The Rocks, and delve into a world of historical tales and new ideas. A meeting place for sharing stories of the local windmills of the past, The Rocks’ four-storey high modern day mill has been lovingly brought to life by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

Kids can get their hands dirty at The Rocks Windmill with a series of entertaining and educational school holiday workshops. Feed their imagination with drama, brick-making, weedy storytelling or flour grinding and they’ll be talking about the school holidays for weeks! At Bricks on The Rocks kids will learn how bricks were made in colonial times to build the heritage sandstone buildings and laneways of The Rocks. They’ll even be able to get their hands dirty making their own brick to keep for show and tell.

The Rocks Windmill

Discover Shakespeare Workshops are designed to feed the imagination of primary school aged students and Wild Stories focuses on the secret uses of the wide variety of common weeds found in The Rocks, while kids and adults alike will enjoy working the cogs of the functioning wheat-grind housed inside the Windmill, grinding their own wheat as part of the Wheat Exchange.

A sight to behold both inside and out, the windmill offers unique experiences for all walks of life in a limited four-week season. Make sure you make time to meet the mill before it’s gone – only until May 12. Most of the program is FREE but spaces are limited and bookings are required. For more information visit The Rocks Windmill.

Little Green Thumbs

Eden Gardens North Ryde is offering three fantastic gardening workshops for kids over the school holidays. Potted Pizzazz gets kids learning about caring for potted plants including drawing their own design on a blackboard pot and planting flowering bulbs or annuals. Classes run for children 5-7 years and 8-12 years.

Little Green Thumbs is perfect for toddlers 3-5 years and their parents! Fun games, craft, gardening activities and more in this hour-long workshop.

Kids Salad Bowl teaches kids how to grow their own edible plants for salads and make their own salad dressing with fresh herbs from Eden Gardens. Classes run for 5-7 year olds and for 8-12 year olds. For more information, class dates and times, cost and bookings visit Eden Gardens.

Jamberoo Action Park

Thrill-seekers hurry, as these school holidays are the last chance to control the action at Jamberoo Action Park. NSW’s largest theme park will close for the season on 28 April making it crucial for adrenaline lovers to get to the Park during the holidays from 15 April – 26 April. Spend the whole day jumping, racing, zooming, splashing and snapping at this thrill-a-minute, family fun park – the largest of its kind in NSW.

Funnel Web

Luna Park

What would the school holidays be without a visit to Sydney’s iconic Luna Park? The pirates have returned to take their revenge these April school holidays! Their weapon of choice? The jaw-dropping water rollercoaster, Pirate’s Revenge.

With a 30-ft Great White Shark hanging from the rafters, hostages will fear their fate as the windy ride dodges angry pirates and crocodiles, before they plunge five stories into a sea of water below!

Seahorse Safari

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s brand new seahorse expedition – Seahorse Safari –has arrived and features some of Australia’s most fascinating underwater residents from the seahorse family. See Razorfish and Potbelly Seahorses in their new home as well as all the other incredible marine life the Aquarium nurtures.

Sea Horse Safari

Discover unique freshwater and marine aquatic environments housing 13,000 animals from 700 different species – including the world’s largest variety of sharks and rays.

Creepy crawlies and insects

Kids can get up close and personal with their favourite creepy crawlies and insects at WILD LIFE Sydney these holidays! Be a WILD LIFE Bug Detective – find clues and earn Collector Cards, have fun at the new interactive Bug Touch Table, identify butterflies with your own ID chart and make a bug out of arts and crafts.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zooo Invertebrates Keeper Evan Armstrong in food competition with Locust 3

While you’re there check out Rex, the 5 metre crocodile, see creatures of the night in the Nightfall habitat, cuddle up to koalas at Koala Encounters, go on the Kangaroo Walk-About and enter the world of Butterfly Tropics.



Bush Tucker Tour

Join in the fun of the new, guided bush tucker tour at Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm at Phillip Island. See, smell, touch and even taste different indigenous food plants on the “Bush Tucker Trail” every day throughout the April holidays from 10am-5pm with each tour lasting between 30-45 minutes. Cost is $10 per child and $12 per adult.

Kids Cooking Classes

More Phillip Island fun with Kids Cooking Classes at Cleanskin Kitchenware at Cowes with several classes to choose from including pasta making and cup cakes! Kids can learn, create and show friends and family their masterpieces with the fun of eating their treats at the end of class.

Phillip Island Nature Parks Holiday Program

Throughout these school holidays kids can explore the Nobbies, Penguin Parade, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and the Koala Conservation Centre with an exciting calendar of interactive and educational activities. The Easter holiday program includes rambling in rock pools, building sandcastles, beach games, a koala prowl and much more! This year the Nature Parks will also be providing the rare opportunity to visit Churchill Island Heritage Farm at night with ‘Churchill Island Lights Out’. Cost is $6 per child, $8 per adult and $25 for a family.

Zheng He Treasure Hunt

Head to the Chinese Museum and navigate your way through history on this fantastic Treasure Hunt with your guide, the famous Chinese navigator Zheng He, who lived during the time of the Ming Dynasty and explored new lands as the admiral of China’s navy.

Chinese Museum

With a treasure map and Zheng He’s help, you will search the museum for answers to clues, learning lots about history along the way. 

Every child receives a beautiful and delicious prize on completion of the treasure hunt.

Strange Gardens Kids Workshops

Strange garden

Work with artists Eliza-Jane Gilchrist and Pauline O’Shannessy Dowling and create a 3D garden in the ArtPlay space, Birrarung Marr Batman Avenue, Melbourne.
What patterns can you find outside and all around us? Use these patterns for inspiration to decorate cardboard shapes, then learn to curl, construct and stick cardboard together to build 3D plants. Attach your plant to the installation ‘growing’ inside ArtPlay. 

Strange Garden takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 20 and 21 April, and 27 and 28 April $12 per child.

Sugar ‘n’ Spice Storytime & The Play Pod

Visit the State Library of Victoria between April 14 and April 28 where little ones, up to age 8, can enjoy a scrumptious Sunday celebration of the Gusto! exhibition, with food-inspired stories, songs and craft activities. This free event runs from 11am-noon on Sundays.

While you’re at the Library, visit The Play Pod – a colourful space where children can get comfy and choose a book to read, use children’s computers, play chess and video games, or make their own Ned Kelly helmet. Daily during library hours, The Play Pod is free.

Barbie Children’s Morning Tea


The Barbie Tiffin Morning Tea at Melbourne’s Langham Hotel features some of Barbie’s favourite items from her Dreamhouse as she gets ready to move to a new glamorous location and bids farewell to sunny Malibu!

Grown ups and children alike will adore everyone’s best friend Barbie and her pink Suitcase & Barbie Car Cookie, pink Lamington Shoebox, Malibu Beach Jelly Cup, and Tiara Sandwiches all paired with warm fluffy scones and delicious hot chocolate or Barbie-licious Pink Lemonade!

Bring your Barbie to join in the fun and have a truly girlie day out. Available Weekdays until 19 April 
10am – 11:30 or 12pm – 1:30pm 
$30 per child accompanied by a full paying adult 
or $45 per child with your take home gift of a Barbie doll.

For more information and bookings call Restaurant Reservations 
on 1800 641 107 or email

Hollywood Costume Exhibition


The ACMI welcomes this fantastic exhibition showcasing our favourite costumes from our favourite all-times movies! Direct from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hollywood Costume brings together the most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters in films from The Wizard of Oz, Titanic, Ben-Hur, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Dark Knight Rises.

Opening on April 24 ticket prices are: Adult $19.50 Concession $15.50 ACMI Member $13.50, Children (4-15 years) $10 and Family deals.



State Library of Queensland

Children’s and Holiday programs at the Library include Top Secret Storyteller’s Clubhouse (back by popular demand!), Parlour Games and the Corner, a creative playground for under 8s.

Fun & Games Exhibition


For little kids and big kids and kids at heart, this exhibition of toys will really bring out the child – and the delight – within!

Let your playtime past catch up with you as you wonder through this exhibition dedicated to the joy of childhood toy time at The Workshops Rail Museum  until May 19.

From the well-used to the well-kept, see a selection of cherished toy collections from the 1900s to current times.

Animals with Attitude Gold Coast Sculpture Trail

Sculpture Gold Coast Koala

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 

has enlisted Academy award winning sculptor John Cox and a team of talented Australian artists to create 21 wonderfully decorated Koala Sculptures that are positioned in various locations around the Gold Coast.

With each one sporting an individual design, the massive sculptures form a trail, and you are sure to find a favourite on your journey around them.

Download the Trail map and get started on your adventure!


A recent refurbishment has brought a host of fantastic new wonders to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium with plenty of fabulous, exciting, entertaining and informative fun for kids and parents during the April school holidays. Learn more about our universe as you enjoy the different Planetarium facilities available, including the Cosmic Skydome, Display Zone, Mini Theatre, Observatory, and the Galaxy Gift shop.

Surfers Paradise Festival

Tim Thumb

The Surfers Paradise Festival is back with a bang in 2013, bigger and better than ever before. A celebration of Gold Coast music, art, food and culture, the festival is ALL about entertaining, intriguing, dazzling and delighting. A vibrant showcase of emerging local talent and national and international artists, the festival occupies and defines Surfers Paradise across four weekends of free community events until April 21.

Beach Care Community Dune Care North Burleigh

Do your thing for the environment this! Give back to the beaches that give you so much enjoyment! Get involved in a free community dune planting morning at North Burleigh (just north of North Burleigh SLSC) on the Gold Coast on April 20 from 9am-11am. This fun and environmentally positive is suitable for all ages and includes planting and maintenance of the dunes followed by a free morning tea.



Perth April School Holidays 2013

The City of Perth makes school holiday entertainment easy with the free City Playground Pass. Pick one up from Murray St Mall, 22 April – 5 May, and show it proudly around town to gain access to a host of discounts, freebies and special offers.

The City Playground Guide will show you where your Pass gets you all sorts of goodies from free chocolate, cake and lollies (with purchases), to as much as $15 off ticketed events, alongside a broad range of activities that are completely FREE.

Take the opportunity to be a tourist in your own town and jump aboard a free CAT bus to travel around with your Guide or take advantage of the first hour FREE parking at Pier St and His Majesty’s CPP car park when you show your City Playground Pass, 9am – 4pm daily.

Get your boredom-busting Pass and Guide from the i-City kiosk or City Playground Pass marquee in Murray Street Mall or download a copy from . City Playground Pass
 22 April – 5 May (excl. ANZAC Day)

Perth Free school holiday activities

Join in the fun with free magic and wildlife shows as well as craft workshops at Perth City Library; gamers can join in free workshops at Carillon City while the Old Perth Fire Station invites you to don a hard hat and overalls and learn how to be a firefighter.

See Scitech’s Science Fiction Science Future exhibition and for the creative, workshops at the Art Gallery of WA and experience free hands-on activities at the State Library of WA.

Stop by the new Raine Square for a playdough sculpting challenge with prizes to win and visit the new amusement parlour there, next door to the food hall where a tasty pizza special is among many food and drink offers exclusive to City Playground Pass holders.

For those who like to picnic and play, head to Northbridge Piazza & SuperScreen for free films including Mothers’ Day screenings of The Parent Trap and Nanny McPhee as part of Piazzarama Northbridge – a free monthly family afternoon of entertainment, balloons and face painting, plus Mother’s Day gift-making workshops.

WA Museums

There’s a host of great exhibitions and interactive fun to be had across WA’s museums over the April school holidays. From Wild Antarctica to Wildlife, Stowaway!, Explorers Afloat and more at the Western Australia Museum and at Gerladton, Kalgoorlie and Albany and the Maritime Museum.

Explorers hero Afloat at the WA Maritime Museum

Kids can get hands-on in engaging environments that entertain and educate – plenty of fun for the whole family. For more details on school holiday museum fun across the state visit the website.

The Leafy Sea Dragon Festival

The water off the western coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula is home to the Leafy Sea Dragon, a species of sea horse. The biennial Leafy Sea Dragon Festival is held in the Yankalilla district from April 12 to April 21 and celebrates this beautiful little sea creature.

The festival features an artist’s studio trail, various exhibitions, music, local food and wine, a street party and markets. Visit events in Myponga, Yankalilla, Normanville, Carrickalinga, Second Valley, Delamere, Rapid Bay and Cape Jervis. Many are free of charge, those that aren’t, have tickets for sale at the door.



Adelaide Zoo & Monarto Zoo

Let your imagination run wild at Monarto Zoo these school holidays and celebrate mythical creatures! Have fun with the weird and wonderful while you visit and learn more about the zoo’s real residents. The fantastical fun includes a specially-themed activity trail, magic shows, music shows, arts and crafts, roving entertainment and extra keeper presentations.


For an extra special treat the popular the Wizzmix Spectacular will perform at the zoo on Saturday 20 April. Don’t forget to visit the many adorable new additions to the Monarto Zoo family – a baby rhino, chimp, hyena, zebra and cheetah cubs including our latest arrivals a bongo and six adult meerkats

Before visiting try the Switch Zoo website and get the kids creative building their own mythical creature online then download and print a copy of the mythical creatures trail and bring it along with you to begin your adventure.

Head to Adelaide Zoo, celebrating its 130th year with party fun these April school holidays!

School holidays week 1 [April 15 – 19] 
Renowned artist Emma Hack and local artists will publically paint statues of some favourite zoo residents (a giraffe, panda, tiger and orangutan) in Hindmarsh Square.

School holidays week 2 [April 22 – 26]
 The competition begins!
The animal statues will be out and about at iconic locations throughout Adelaide’s CBD. Spot and win – keep your eyes peeled daily for your chance to win family passes to Adelaide Zoo.

All participants will also go into the draw to win a double pass for amazing zoo experiences including Big Cat Interactive, Meet the Primates, Panda and Friends and a Giraffe brief encounter (with entry).



Peter Pan at the Playhouse Theatre

Peter Pan

The everlasting tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, Peter Pan, embraces the magic of youth and adventure. Join in the fun with Peter in Neverland and help Wendy, the Lost Boys and Tinkerbell defeat the infamous Captain Hook.

Presented by the 
Hobart Repertory Theatre Society 

at Hobart’s 
Playhouse Theatre 
Friday April 19. Family tickets for 2 adults and 1 child or 1 adult and 3 children only $50!

Baby & Kids Market

Head down to City Hall, Cnr Macquarie Street & Campbell Street, Hobart on Sunday April 14th for the Baby & Kids Market, offering a huge range of gorgeous & excellent quality pre-loved baby & kids goods.

Running for over five years, this is the original & largest market of its kind, and consistently praised for its high quality goods! From prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes; the market has it all. Plus ‘handpicked’ local designers featuring their unique and stylish baby & kids goods. Join us for a day of fun & bargains with fantastic family entertainment and yummy food!

All Baby & Kids Markets are held inside, so no matter what the weather brings, the market is ON! 9am until 12 noon. Admission $3 (kids free).