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 September break. School holidays run from Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October 2017.

Try mountainboarding in Sydney Park

Try mountainboarding in Sydney Park

The Big Adventure

Turn the dial to maximum fun at The Big Adventure. We’re talking mountain boarding, parkour, rock climbing, kite flying and countless other exciting activities for the whole family. It’s on for one day only as part of Sydney Rides festival.

Join Oscar, Josie and Benson on their itty-bitty city art quest!

Join a quest through the city!

Pocket-Sized Precincts

A real-life treasure hunt! Pocket-Sized Precincts is a free, all-ages art quest that’ll have your kids exploring local parks and businesses.

Sydney Fringe Kids

Be wowed by a 15-year-old magician and spooked by ghost stories as part of Sydney Fringe Festival’s children’s program.

Little Sydney Lives exhibition, 2016

Little Sydney Lives

Check out a free, outdoor exhibition of photographs taken by kids aged 3 to 11 in Hyde Park’s Sandringham Gardens. Little Sydney Lives is happening as part of Art and About.

Frank Woodley on the steps of Sydney Opera House. Pic: Anna Kucera

Frank Woodley’s Noodlenut

Beloved Australian comedian Frank Woodley brings his special brand of nonsense to the Sydney Opera House with his show Noodlenut.

SAND SONG at Barangaroo

SAND SONG at Barangaroo

Explore the power of light, dreams and fire at Barangaroo. SAND SONG is a contemporary Aboriginal dance and theatre performance and workshop that runs for 6 days during the school holidays.

Spoken word poet Arielle Cottingham

Australian Poetry Slam workshop

Poetry is cool again and Arielle Cottingham is proof. The 2016 Australian Poetry Slam Champion leads a free workshop for high school students at Glebe Library.

Dino Disco at AM's Dinosaur Festival

Dino Disco at AM’s Dinosaur Festival

Dinosaur Festival at Australian Museum

Meet a life-size T-Rex and join a range of dinosaur themed activities including film screenings, science workshops and even a Dino Disco at the Dinosaur Festival!

The Art of Character Making Workshop

Matriark Theatre present a free drama workshop for 10 – 13 year-olds at Waterloo Library.

Please Laika Me

One for high school students 16 years and over. Please Laika Me is a night of workshops, interactive installations and performances as part of the National Young Writers’ Festival.

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

Our pools are perfect any time of the year. Take an indoor dip at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre or Cook + Phillip Park or enjoy the great outdoors at Prince Alfred Park, Andrew (Boy) Charlton and Victoria Park Pool.

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.
Cost: Free

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.
Cost: Free

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!
Cost: Free

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, an action-packed 1-hour tour designed for kids.

Cost: From $20

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!

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!

Kids on Deck at Australian National Maritime Museum

A trip to Australian National Maritime Museum is always a good idea: explore tall ships, meet superpup Bailey and go underwater in a submarine. The museum also has special school holiday programming. Kids on Deck is an activity space where primary school-aged children can make art, play games and dress up.

School holidays at Royal Botanic Garden

School holidays are a great time to visit the Royal Botanic Garden for a dose of education in the great outdoors. Aboriginal educators lead a bush tucker hunt in the Cadi Jam Ora Garden and kids can build a miniature flower garden to attract butterflies.

Pine Street creative workshops

Pine Street creative workshops

Pine Street creative workshops

Give creative kids a chance to experiment with ceramics, printmaking, 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.
Cost: Varies

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.

Makerspace at Surry Hills library

School holidays at the Library

City libraries run free workshops for kids and teens during school holidays. In September, it’s all about robotics. Kids can road test our new mBot kits, build Lego armour and go into battle with our Edison robots or make a jittering robot to take home.  See the full program.

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