Keeping the kids entertained in the school holidays can be tricky business, so we’ve done the hard work for you.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to keep your kids occupied in the July break. School holidays run from Saturday 1 July to Monday 17 July 2017.
NAIDOC in the City
NAIDOC in the City is the perfect start to the school holidays. There are plenty of activities for kids of all ages – from sports workshops to storytime with Dr Anita Heiss. Kids can taste food cooked in an earth oven in Hyde Park, pat animals from Taronga’s mobile zoo and more.
Minecraft at the Sydney Opera House
There’s no escaping Minecraft-madness and these school holidays, Australia’s first ever official Minecraft competition comes to Sydney Opera House. Anyone can enter as a competitor, learn new skills from Minecraft experts, hang out with hundreds of like-minded crafters or challenge their friends. For clueless parents, there’s an Education Zone.
Have a dip
Don’t let winter’s chill stop you from hanging out by the pool. Check out some of Sydney’s great indoor pools.
- Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, admission from $5.60
- Cook + Phillip Park, admission from $5.60
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, admission from $6
Ride a bike at Sydney Park
Sydney Park is home to one of Australia’s best kids’ bike tracks. Riders learn to obey the road rules and challenge themselves on twists, turns and challenges. Sydney Cycleways also offers free balance bike clinics to help get your kids on 2 wheels. They’re on daily during the school holidays, Monday to Saturday.
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Check out some of Sydney’s great playgrounds
From the giant slide at Wulaba Park to the accessible spinner in Pirrama Park, not to mention the flying fox at Victoria Park, our city is dotted with fun play equipment for children of all ages. Find a playground near you.
Hunt for hidden art
Take an educational stroll through our city and learn a little more about Sydney’s public art collection and historical sites at the same time. Download our free Sydney Culture Walks app and go art-hunting!
Explore Sydney Opera House
Intrepid young explorers can discover the magic of the Sydney Opera House first-hand on the Junior Adventure, an action-packed 1-hour tour designed for kids.
Cost: From $20
Build a start-up in 48 hours
A weekend isn’t a long time, but it’s long enough to start something big. Entrepreneurial high schoolers can get a feel for what it’s like to run a start-up at Initiate 48.
Centennial Parklands’ Sports Camp
A three day camp of sporting fun that will help your child find their inner Olympian. Centennial Parklands’ Sports Camp is suited to 6 to 13 year olds.
Whether your kids are beginners at skating or the next Tony Hawk, they’ll be sure to pick up some new tricks at these skateboard lessons.
AFTRS film & TV school holiday courses
Kids can embrace their inner Spielberg in a range of holiday courses run by Sydney’s leading film and television school. For kids 9 to 12 years old, they can get a taste of TV presenting, animation, gory movie makeup and screen acting. For the teens 13 to 17 years old, there is video editing, filmmaking, script writing and podcasting.
Cost: From $295
Pine Street creative workshops
Give creative kids a chance to experiment with ceramics, street art, digital animation and metalwork in a fun and creative studio environment via Pine Street school holiday programs. Book for 1 day or more with a different program each day – limited spaces available.
Sydney Dance Company School Holiday Workshops
Everyone is welcome at Sydney Dance Company’s school holiday workshops. Beginners can sample different styles of dance to find their niche, while the more advanced students will choreograph, create and star in their own music video.
Cost: From $80
School holidays at the Library
Calling all young inventors: our library branches are going experimental this winter. Kids will make robots from recycled bits, design their own balloon rocket for racing or design a flying machine and test it out in the windtube. See the full program.
Peter and The Wolf
Better known as the red Wiggle, Murray Cook narrates this timeless tale about Peter, his animal friends, and of course, a big bad wolf.
- Our community and recreation centres in The Rocks, Pyrmont, Ultimo, Redfern and Woolloomooloo run vacation care programs
- How does Yoga beneath a 17-metre whale skeleton and surrounded by 400 other animals including lions, tigers and bears sound? Your 4-8 year-olds are in for a treat at Australian Museum’s Animal Yoga.
- Teens will love the activities on offer in our Youth in the City program
- Get in touch with the natural world at Bush School
- See more activities in Sydney for kids