What’s On Easter & April School Holidays 2016 – NSW

What’s On Easter & April School Holidays 2016 – VIC
March 21, 2016
What’s On Easter & April School Holidays 2016 – QLD
March 22, 2016

Sydney & surrounds

The Royal Easter Show


It’s that time of year again – The Royal Agricultural Show, commonly known as The Royal Easter Show! Dog shows, sheep trials, woodchopping, the fabulous fruit & veg District Exhibits, rides, sideshows and, of course showbags – at Sydney Olympic Park!

Kids are king at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, with hours of fun entertainment and carnival classics on offer every day until 30 March.

If you pre-purchase your tickets online, you can save over 20% on carnival rides!

Get the Easter Show app here

Dodo Sydney Family Show – FREE Entry!


Australia’s largest FREE ENTRY Family Show is on again this Easter at EQ Moore Park until 28 March 2016.

Meet Snoopy and friends and watch the Peanuts Stage Show daily, or enjoy a Minions Musical Experience! Showbags, rides, an animal nursery, plenty of entertainment, markets and great food!

For what’s on when, information and special family RIDE pass discounts click here.

Easter & school holiday fun @ Centennial Parklands

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Sydney’s largest and most popular Easter activity, The Great CP Egg Hunt returns to Centennial Park on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March!

School holidays are full of fun nature play activities including Kids Big Fish, CP Bush Rangers, Lego Robotics, Gross and Gory and more! Fizzics Education will feature the Liquid Nitrogen Show, Exploring Science Day, Slime, Sherbert and Bubbles, Lego Robotics, Rip Roaring Rockets and more!

And don’t forget Flying High Day on Friday 22 April and Anzac Day at Centennial Park.

For the full program of activities click here

The Easter Bunny is also coming to The Australian Botanic Garden on Saturday 26 March 2016 for one of the biggest egg hunts Sydney’s west has ever seen! The Great Egg Hunt invites children to use a trail map to complete fun challenges, collect chocolate eggs and hunt for their furry Easter friend. Click here for booking enquiries. And there’s a variety of school holiday activities to keep the kids amused, too.

Holiday fun @ Sydney Living Museums

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It’s not too late to book into the Egg-cellent Easter Trail at Vaucluse House or Elizabeth Farm on Sunday 27 March. Come along for traditional Easter games, from egg-rolling to egg-and-spoon racing and lots of other fun activities along the trail before you claim a chocolate treat.

Kids can try their hand at farm-life during Earn Your Tucker at Rouse Hill House & Farm or Vaucluse House, get creative with a claymation workshop at Elizabeth Farm or explore the world of convict pirates at Hyde Park Barracks Museum. After dark, gather the family for a nightlight tour of Rouse Hill House & Farm or Elizabeth Farm, and during the day enjoy free family-tours and crafts included with entry at selected historic houses.

Visit Sydney Living Museums for full details of all activities, museum locations, bookings and times.

Kids in the Park – Sydney Olympic Park


Sydney kids love Kids in The Park, Sydney Olympic Park’s school holiday activity program that keeps the kids entertained and active, without stretching the wallet.

Kids in the Park offers 70 school holiday activities, including 14 free and 16 good-value options at less than $25 per person, from 9 – 25 April.

The full Kids in the Park April 2016 program is available here.

Fun for kids @ Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House AprilTake your kids harbourside  at the Sydney Opera House during the school break for a jam-packed day of family time that includes any of three exclusive holiday shows.

Mr Stink will be there, a classic tale of misconceptions from the masterful David Walliams, brought to life before young eyes by Jonathan Biggins. Or you can catch the comic cabaret Cautionary Tales for Children, as wicked as it is hilarious, starring Virginia Gay. If it’s adrenalin-pumping physical risk you’re after, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus has your ready-to-be-wowed teens and tweens covered with its edgy show Stunt Lounge.

Easter at The Grounds of Alexandria

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The Grounds of Alexandria will transform into a magical setting straight from a storybook this Easter long weekend. And on Easter Sunday, visitors can take part in the ‘community cracking’ of the three metre, 300 kilogram egg and taste a bit of it for themselves!

From a Golden Easter Egg Hunt, to a Humpty Dumpty Wall built for selfies, to real-life roaming children’s storybook characters, there is an egg-citing line up of wonderful events, entertainment and activities fit for the whole family (including those fun loving grown-ups).

Unleash your imagination @ the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

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Create your own video game, sleep over at the Powerhouse Museum and build rockets at Sydney Observatory these school holidays. The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is the home of creative children from 9 to 24 April. As well as popular workshops in LEGO® stop motion animation, Minecraft, computer game design and music video creation, four new workshops have been added to the Museum’s THINKSPACE program.
THINKSPACE programs are designed to get kids excited about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) using fun and engaging formats.

For the full holiday program, dates and times visit powerhousemuseum.com

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Get creative using paper bags and craft materials and make your own make your very own Jet Pack! Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture while learning wrapping skills (a traditional form of Aboriginal weaving) using traditional and modern materials in this fun and educational activity. If robotics is your thing, take part in the Bee Bots robotics and code workshop.

See the full school holidays program here

Sydney Tower Eye

School Holiday Fun at Sydney Tower Eye - Sydneys Highest Point

The whole family can experience Sydney like never before at Sydney Tower Eye these school holidays! It all starts on ground level, where guests enter the interactive zone and get an up close 3-dimensional history of Sydney and the famous tower.

Measure up next to other great towers of the world, touch actual pieces of Sydney Tower cable and heaps more! Experience the amazing 4D Cinema, then ascend to the Observation Deck where you’ll take in the sights from 250 metres above the city. Those feeling brave can even conquer SKYWALK, Sydney’s highest outdoor viewing experience at 268m above the city.

Madame Tussauds Sydney

Meet Ironman at Madame Tussauds Sydney

Check out the Marvel Super Hero Zone, featuring some of the world’s most popular superheroes, including Thor, Spiderman, Wolverine and Ironman! Hang out with Spiderman, the ultimate web slinging crime fighter, join the fight of good versus evil as you come face-to-face with Ironman, don Marvel’s superbly skilled warrior, Thor’s helmet and try out Wolverine’s remarkable foot long Adamantium claws.

There is something for everyone at Madame Tussauds Sydney these Easter school holidays. Mum can steal a kiss with Ryan Gosling or Brad Pitt, while Dad takes a call with his feet up on the oval office desk next to Barack Obama in our World Leaders Zone. In the Music Zone, the next pop idol can get the party started with P!nk on her heart-shaped stage set, or pick up a guitar and shake it off with Taylor Swift!

Horrible Histories and all about pirates!

Horrible Histories

Ahoy me hearties! Swashbuckling lads and lasses can walk the plank these school holidays, all the way to the Australian National Maritime Museum for Horrible Histories – Pirates: the exhibition, an interactive, hands-on exhibition based on the best-selling children’s books, Horrible Histories.

Take command of a pirate ship, design and project your own pirate flag, test out cannons and cutlasses and find your fate on the wheel of misfortune.  Horrible Histories – Pirates: the exhibition is on until 27 April 2016 and runs in conjunction with a full program of school holiday activities, including daily art making, games and dress ups as well as lively and interactive Science Show Performances and Family Film Screenings. Click for more information.

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary


Set sail to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and learn all about sharks these school holidays at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary’s Sharks! experience.

Meet Port Jackson and bamboo sharks, see huge grey nurse sharks in the Shark Harbour and put your courage to the test by touching real shark jaws, eggs and much more in the interactive rockpool.

To add to the fun, kids will delve into a shark quiz trail to learn what makes these remarkable creatures so intriguing. For a larger than life experience, kids can also climb inside the jaws of a Megalodon shark to get a sense of the sheer size of these great creatures.

Out of Sydney

Featherdale Wildlife Park

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Head out to Featherdale Wildlife Park and meet Banjo the bilby … he’s our Australian version of the Easter Bunny!

You can learn about Banjo and other bilbies, which are members of the bandicoot family. The bilby is one of the six bandicoot species that once lived in the arid and semi-arid areas of Australia – it is now the sole survivor.

So hop along to Featherdale and meet Banjo and his mates over the Easter break or school holidays. There are loads of other cute and cuddly critters for the kids to get close to!

Easter egg hunt @ Mount Annan Botanic Gardens

Easter Egg Hunt

The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 26 March, allowing families to have fun in the beauty of the gardens. Children can collect a trail map to help them follow clues, complete challenges, collect eggs and hunt for the Easter bunny and bilby.

The event costs $15 per ticket, and participants can choose a start time slot every 15 minutes between 9.30am and 2.30pm. The event is sponsored by Darrell Lea, so yummy chocolates are a sure thing! Click for booking details.

Illawarra Fly

New Zipline Experience at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

Kids visiting Illawarra Fly these Easter school holidays can grab an Adventure Passport at the Fly’s entrance that follows an exciting trail of questions that will have them learning about the region’s diverse flora and fauna, as well as cool facts about Illawarra Fly. After completing the treetop walk, they can finish their day out with an amazing Zipline Tour!

The Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is one of Australia’s premier treetop walk and zipline experiences. The Treetop Walk and Zipline experience, which is officially the highest zipline tour in Australia, create a 2.5 hour experience where you can truly immerse yourself in the natural environment. With stunning views, guided tours, a visitor centre and cafe, the Fly is a great place for a day out for families!

Booligal Sheep Races

Booligal Sheep Races

Celebrate the Year of The Sheep – the sheep growing area of Booligal in south western NSW will celebrate the 18th annual JBS Booligal Sheep Races on 9 April.

Kids will have great fun with the free jumping castle, face painting, sumo suits and laser tag, or hire a sheep to be in the winning for the Booligal Cup with prizes for most creative name (for the sheep) and a Perpetual Trophy for best decorated sheep!

Entry $5 for adults, children are free.

Booligal is located 75 km north of Hay in south western NSW.

Easter eggs, hot cross buns and beer!

Murray's Easter egg beer

Have an egg-ceptional time over the long weekend at Port Stephens’ annual Easter Blues, Brews & BBQs festival. Local beer and cider maker, Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, is putting on a family-friendly show for the senses, running all weekend.

Kids will great fun with dedicated activities on Easter Sunday morning, when Murray’s will run a special family fundraising event, Easter Sunday Kids Funday. Enjoy a giant Easter egg hunt, Easter-themed arts and crafts, cupcake decorating, face painting and more, including a VIP visit from the Easter Bunny.

Bookings are essential.