What’s On July School Holidays NSW

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NSW - Sydney

Kids in the Park

Kids in park

It's on again! Every day of the school holidays you'll find Sydney Olympic Park abuzz with great kids activities as part of the fantastic Kids in the Park program and the official home of Sydney’s BIGGEST school holiday program just got EVEN BIGGER… with 12 NEW activities to get kids of all ages and interests off the couch and into stimulating school holiday fun this winter!

With a total of more than 50 activities – including heaps of FREE and good-value options at less than $20 – Kids in the Park July 2013 will be on across Sydney Olympic Park from 29 June – 14 July.

For more information, visit kidsinthepark.com.au or sydneyolympicpark.com.au
or call 02-9714-788.


Meet Despicable Me 2 Minion


Hoyts at Sydney's Moore Park Entertainment Quarter is super excited for the release of Monsters University and Despicable Me 2 these school holidays and, to celebrate, they've invited a very special, life-sized, loveable Minion to visit! Why not bring the kids along to say hello and take a snap? While you’re there, let them get creative with the Monsters University colouring competition, which will be running throughout the holidays in the Hoyts foyer.

You can also grab a Family Pass to see the Minions or the Monsters on the BIG SCREEN!

Visit EQHoyts


Snowtime in the Garden

Snowtime in the Garden

Running from Saturday 29 June to Sunday 14 July (9.00am – 9.00pm), the new and improved Snow Time in the Garden is on again these School Holidays at Hunter Valley Gardens. Bring along the whole family and enjoy a number of fabulous icy experiences in our brand new Marquee Area and Storybook Garden Play Zone over this fantastic 2 week event!

Have fun in the Snow Zone, ice skate, toboggan or join in the fun of the Snowball Challenge! All activities are FREE after paid Garden entry.

Plus there's the Chocolate Festival with Adriana Zumbo and Fast Ed on the weekend of the 6 and 7 July 2013.

Visit huntervalleygardens.com.au


SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Aquarium celebrates its 25th Birthday with a display commemorating the milestone. Guests can join in the fun with party hats and a limited edition 25th anniversary souvenir booklet available for purchase. They will also be given the chance to help feed the two resident dugongs, Pig and Wuru with their favourite food – lettuce leaves! On July 13 there will even be a lucky dip prize to help celebrate the occasion, with prizes including Merlin Annual Passes, discounted entry and discounts at the food, beverage and gift stores.


See Captain Barnacles from Octonauts who will be residing at the attraction for the duration of the school holiday period. Kids can discover plenty of Octonauts-themed activities including the chance to watch their all-time favourite episodes, enjoy an Octonauts activity corner and even an Octonauts pledge station to help save the world’s oceans.


July School Holidays, Octonauts 29th June – 14th July

Opening hours:

Open 9am-8pm


Walk-up price – Adults: $38, Children (4-15yrs): $22, Concession: $28. For the best value, combine SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium with other favourite Sydney attractions including WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

To book visit www.sydneyaquarium.com.au




Stuntmania launches these school holidays at Luna Park Sydney! See Australia's most extreme stuntmen pushing the limits through flips, jumps, leaps and falls which will have you on the edge of your seat! Featuring tricks and stunts including FMX trials motocross bikes, Australia's best in Parkour, Extreme Unicycling, a 'fire run' (that means a man on fire!) PLUS an 8 metre high fall from the roof of Coney Island.

And best of all, entry is free with your Unlimited Rides Pass or Annual Pass!Luna Park is open every day during the school holidays with Stuntmania Showtimes:-

Mon-Thurs 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm

Fri-Sun 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm AND 4.30pm

Visit lunaparksydney.com.au


Danny in the Toybox

Brianna Harris, Thomas Southwell, Philip Playoust and Daisy Sibtain

Thousands of children know Danny in the Toybox off by heart. Now young audiences have a chance to enjoy Danny live on stage when Marian Street Theatre for Young People present this hilarious adaptation by Richard Tulloch, one of Australia’s most popular writers of books, plays, films and television for children, live on stage from 11 May to 13 July 2013.


until 13 July 2013


Marian Street Theatre, 2 Marian Street, Killara

Visit marian street theatre

Day out with Thomas at Trainworks

Day out with Thomas

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July

At the Trainworks Museum Day Out With Thomas events you can meet the life-size Thomas the Tank Engine, take a genuine steam train ride and meet Thomas’ other friends including Toby the Rail Motor, Henry and The Fat Controller and enjoy a great range of family acrivities.

Visit www.trainworks.com.au or call (02) 4683 6800


WILD Discovery Zone

Young mad scientists undertake drop off at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

There's a brand new interactive exhibit at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. WILD Discovery Zone is opening in time for the school holidays and is a fully interactive area that brings history to life and allows kids to go WILD! The WILD Discovery Zone will house a range of peculiar animal artefacts for kids to learn about and touch, and will also play host to interactive live animal visits that will give kids a chance to learn about some of Australia’s most intriguing animals.


Officially opens Saturday, 29 June 2013

Opening hours:

Open 9am-8pm

Visit www.wild-life.com.au


School holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

Kids will love the chance to be search and rescue workers for the day at the Rescue exhibit at Darling Harbour's Australian National Maritime Museum. They can take the controls of a simulated helicopter and jet skis, to rescue those stuck at sea and learn what its like to escape from a smoke filled room. This wonderful interactive exhibit is both educational and loads of fun!! Recommended for kids aged 5 - 12 years.

There's also Indian Marketplace performances, Cabinet of Curiosities Touch Trolley, Kids on Deck: Teacups, trunks and traders, and a Pirate Family Cruise! Kids 8-14 will love taking part in creating their own Bollywood rock music video and the City to Sea photography workshops.

Call (02) 9298 3777 or visit anmm.gov.au


Make your own Chinese shadow puppet

Chinese Gardens

A troupe of shadow puppets has chosen to call the Darling Harbour Chinese Garden of Friendship home, but they need your help to bring them to life! For children aged 5 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with garden entry ($6 adult/$3 child) the activity takes between 30 and 45 minutes.


Monday 1, 8 July, Wednesday 3, 10 July, Friday 5, 12 July

Visit the Chinese Gardens


NSW - Regional

Zoo Adventures at Dubbo Zoo

Dubbo Zoo Adventures

Zoo Adventures is a school holiday program for students attending primary school, aged from 5-12 years, which is run by qualified staff. Children experience the sights and sounds of the zoo; join in with art/craft and other activities with an animal theme!

WINTER SPECIAL - $40.00 per child per day (8.30am – 3.30pm). Extended care is available in the afternoon only from 3:30pm to 5:00pm and costs a further $15.00 per day per child.

For full program and further information visit taronga.org.au


Treetop Adventure Park

Treetop adventure fun

Visit the Newcastle area and enjoy a day in Blue Gum Hills National Park. Whether you’re a pre-schooler or adult, the Treetop Adventure Park will provide a thrill a minute and from the moment you’re strapped into the safety harness you’ll become an adventurer in the canopy, climbing into the tree tops, whizzing down flying foxes and stepping out across rope bridges.
There are adventures for all ages from three years and up.

Visit the Treetop Adventure Park


Zookidz Holiday Workshops at Mogo Zoo

Meerkats at Mogo

Visit the fantastic Mogo Zoo on the NSW South Coast these holidays. Mogo Zoo's amazing animal workshops are on again for 6 to 12 year olds! During the July School Holidays, children have the opportunity to get up close & personal with some of the planet's most incredible creatures. Enjoy 'Joyous Giraffe' on July 2, 'Capuchin Capers' on July 4,'Dingoes Adventure' on July 9 and 'Meerkat Manor' on July 11.

Bookings are essential as places are limited. Workshops run from 9am until 12noon. Cost is $35 per child which includes a bag of goodies. Children will need to bring their own snack and drink for morning tea.

Phone (02) 4474 4930 to make your booking or visit Mogo Zoo.


NSW Sport & Recreation School Holiday Activities

The department runs a range of fun activities for kids who want to get fit and active during the holidays. Head to the website to find out what's on these school holidays in your region!


Go Play!

The NSW government initiative, Go Play, lists FREE and affordable activities for the school holidays around NSW. Download the Go Play app which brings together in one convenient location a wide range of the state's affordable and free children's activities and entertainment ideas.

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