What to do these school holidays

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 summer break. School holidays run from Saturday 16 December to Monday 29 January 2018.

Future Park at Powerhouse Museum

Future Park

Powerhouse Museum’s delightful new exhibition Future Park is proving a hit with young and old. Step inside this digital playground and journey through 8 collaborative and interactive installations. Make a day of it, and visit the Tinkertorium, where kids can build their own futuristic cars and test them out on the track.

Something Else is Alive at Customs House

Something Else is Alive

Are your kids animal lovers? Get to know the furry and feathered friends who share our city at Something Else is Alive exhibition at Customs House.

Kids jumping in at Victoria Park Pool

Have a dip

Cool off with a dip in one of our city’s picturesque pools. Enjoy the great outdoors at Prince Alfred Park, Andrew (Boy) Charlton and Victoria Park Pool or stay in the shade at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre or Cook + Phillip Park.

Sydney Park Cycling Centre

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.

You may also like: more ideas to get cycling in Sydney.

Sydney Park’s playground. Pic: @mattallison via Instagram

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.

Dual Nature

Dual Nature, part of the City Art collection

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!

Arctic Voices at the Maritime Museum

Arctic Voices at the Maritime Museum

Go on an Arctic Adventure

Come face to face with a polar bear at Australian National Maritime Museum’s Arctic Voices exhibition this summer. There’s a 3D documentary, live theatre performances and creative activities to keep you cool.

Junior Adventure . Pic: Daniel Boud

Junior Adventure . Pic: Daniel Boud

Explore Sydney Opera House

Intrepid young explorers can discover the magic of the Sydney Opera House first-hand on the Junior Adventure Tour, an action-packed 1-hour tour designed for kids.

AFTRS film & TV school holiday courses

Are your kids dreaming of the silver screen? Get them started early with a holiday course at Australian Film, Television and Radio School. The school has launched the careers of countless actors, filmmakers and TV personalities. You never know – this might be the beginning of something big!

Centennial Parklands’ sports camp

Oz tag one day, cricket the next. Kids get to try out a bunch of different sports at Centennial Parklands sports camp. They might even come home with a new favourite!


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School holidays at Pine Street

Pine Street creative workshops

Give creative kids a chance to experiment with ceramics, printmaking, photography and screen printing 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.
Cost: Varies

Sydney Dance Company school holidays workshop

Sydney Dance Company School Holiday Workshops

From budding ballerinas to future hip hop stars, there’s a school holiday course to suit all styles and ages at Sydney Dance Company.

Inventing at the Library

School holidays at the Library

Library members can now borrow one of more than 180 robotic and educational kits to inspire learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. And not to mention music and audiobooks for those long car-rides.

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