School’s out! Keep your kids busy playing, watching and learning these April holidays.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to do to keep your kids occupied in the April break. School holidays run from Saturday 8 April to Tuesday 25 April 2017.
By Catherine Knight
2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show
It’s that time of year again! Take the whole family to the Show Ground at Sydney Olympic Park for a jam packed day of Easter fun at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Feast your eyes on the amazing giant produce displays, ride a roller-coaster, grab a show bag, and settle in for the nightly stadium show and fireworks. The animal walk is a must-do: just follow the paw prints to meet and pat some furry farm friends!
Cost: From $26
The Australian Museum Egg Hunt
An egg hunt with a difference! The Australian Museum Egg Hunt weaves through the museum’s exhibitions, so the kids can search for treasures while learning about Australia’s animal diversity.
Cost: From $13.00
The Great Garden Hunt
The Easter Bunny is coming to the Royal Botanic Garden! Your kids can hunt for chocolate eggs and get active with egg and spoon races at The Great Garden Hunt!
Have a dip
Don’t let a rainy autumn day 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
Glide through autumn with indoor ice-skating
Skate on in to the Alexandria Ice-zoo. L-platers and little ice-skaters can hire balancing penguins to help push through early wobbles. The school holiday skate camp is a perfect chance to get your kids out on the ice and learning to skate.
Cost: From $13 for kids
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 happening daily during the school hols, Monday to Saturday.
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Check out some of Sydney’s great playgrounds
From the giant slide at Wulaba Park (pictured) 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
Stretch it out with family yoga
Get the whole family on the mat with family yoga in Prince Alfred Park. Your first class is free so there’s no reason not to give it a go!
Indoor table tennis at Pyrmont
Take your kids along and break sweat with a round of indoor table tennis at Pyrmont Community Centre.
Anzac Kids Challenge
Send your child bounding through an obstacle course that will teach them about our Anzac past and the meaning of mateship. Anzac Kids Challenge is a day of discovery for kids 6 to 12.
Monday 24 April 2017 from 10am to 12pm
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.
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial on the big screen
In The House is back with its cult classic holiday flicks. The whole family can settle in at Event Cinema George Street for this heart-warming sci-fi adventure.
Cost: From $11
Diary of a Wombat
Award-winning children’s book Dairy of a Wombat bursts onto the stage, brought to life with puppetry and live music. Diary of a Wombat follows the cheeky wombat Mothball get up to mischief learning to train the humans she encounters. A great one for kids big and small.
Cost: From $29
The Conductor and the Clown
Introduce your kids to classical music with laughs along the way at The Conductor and the Clown! This top quality symphony is cheekily interrupted by the physical theatre antics of a red-nosed clown.
Skate Now’s Skate School is perfect for budding skaters who are learning from scratch or just want to improve their skills. Held Fridays and Sundays, this multi-level class will have your child up on their board and riding through the weekend, making skate mates along the way!
Kids Big Fish
Send your child back to school with a great tale! Kids from 8-15 years can learn hands-on fishing skills in the Centennial Park pond!
AFTRS film & TV school holiday courses
Is your child the next Steven Spielberg or Jane Campion? Sydney’s world-class film and television school runs great short courses during school holidays. For kids 9 to 12 years, there is screen acting, digi animation, TV presenting and a story and script workshop. For teens 13 to 17 years, there’s camera and sound workshops, teens digi animation and HSC video skills.
Cost: From $26
Ancient Egyptian Skies
This unique experience lets adventurers of all ages explore the sky as the Ancient Egyptians saw it. Head to Sydney Observatory to explore the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian afterlife and their names for stars and planets. The program celebrates the Egyptian Mummies exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.
Cost: From $8
Launch your child into robotics! Kids will learn creative thinking skills and use robo-building construction tools to make their very own robot at these franken-bot workshops. See full program to find out when the workshops take place at your local branch.
Young Change Agents program
A chance to change the world and make new friends. This dynamic workshop for young people teaches collaboration and problem solving while focusing on ideas to bring about social change. A few spaces remaining in the 14-18 year old program.
Steampunk remake party
A a post-apocalyptic steampunk universe! This retro-futuristic Steampunk themed party boasts junk jewellery making, comics workshops, virtual reality games and more. It’s on during Youth Week and suited to people 15 to 24.
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.
- Our community and recreation centres in The Rocks, Pyrmont, Ultimo, Redfern and Woolloomooloo run vacation care programs
- Teens will love the activities on offer in our Youth in the City program
- Kids can practice (or learn) their backswing at tennis camps at Rushcutters Bay and Prince Alfred Park.
- Check out some of Sydney’s bustling markets
- Get in touch with the natural world at Bush School
- Explore SEA LIFE Sydney’s Penguin Island Expedition
- See more activities in Sydney for kids