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Find something to do with the kids in July and during the school holidays! Share your experiences with us by tagging us on Instagram or using #busycitykids to be featured! Have fun!
- Pompeii at Australian Maritime Museum - This winter families can time travel to the days of the Romans or become immersed in the wonderful world of nature as part of the fun-filled holiday program at the Australian National Maritime Museum inspired by its two major exhibitions – Escape from Pompeii and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Lively art and craft sessions will immerse children in Roman culture and they can explore Roman mythology in animated circus displays and storytelling. An after-dark torchlight tour will bring families face to face with stunning wildlife photographs and engaging workshops will teach children photography and stop motion skills. With special Pompeii backpacks and wildlife themed tours for the littlies, there’s something for everyone. Read more info here.
July School Holidays at the Australian Museum - Join the Australian Museum and explore the themes of light, colour and photography at their children’s activities for 4 – 12 year olds. More info here.
- Drop In & Make activities and Family Workshops at the Art Gallery of NSW - Head to the Art Gallery of NSW these school holidays, explore the galleries and let the kids take part in Drop In & Make activities as well as family workshops. Read more info here.
- QVB Holiday Activities at QVB Sydney - Head to the QVB these holidays for 16 days of Dr. Seuss! Visit the popup bookstore, join QVB for daily storytime sessions, enjoy the exclusive Dr. Seuss exhibition, shop around or take a pic at the special Dr. Seuss wall. More info here. Kids can also attend a Pizza masterclass, share their passion for pizza, create and eat their very own pizza at the QVB! More info and bookings here.
- Thai-riffic at Monkey Baa Theatre - These school holidays Monkey Baa Theatre Company will present The Theatre Divisions’ original Australian play Thai-riffic! at the Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre from July 4th to 8th. Adapted by Nathan Luff from the best-selling novel by Oliver Phommavanh, in Thai-riffic! we meet Lengy, the son of Thai immigrants who own a restaurant called Thai-riffic! - which he finds very embarrassing. Lengy is about to start high school and is desperate to transform his image, but when his teacher sets a group assignment that focuses on another culture Lengy realises he won’t be able to get away from his past as easily as he would like. Recommended for ages 7 to 14, this hilarious and heartfelt play about acceptance will have audiences laughing out loud. Read more info here.
- NAIDOC Week at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - Join the MCA these July School holidays as they celebrate NAIDOC week with a whole week of drop in collaborative art making. Explore Indigenous artists and artworks in the MCA Collection then get hands-on and experiment with a range of natural and found materials in the Creative Studios. More info here.
- School Holidays at Powerhouse Museum - To celebrate The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, these July school holidays children can embrace their inner detective and get cracking codes at the Powerhouse Museum, solve intergalactic crimes at Sydney Observatory and use the tools of the trade at the Museums Discovery Centre. Junior detectives are encouraged to think like Sherlock and consider evidence to solve problems and graduate from Junior Detective School. And let your future coders, creators and engineers get creative with digital technology these school holidays with full day, multi day and weekend workshops. Read more info and book here. And while you're there visit the permanent galleries and the refurbished Wiggles exhibition. Read our review here.
- Spiders: Alive & Deadly at Australian Museum - This large exhibition space features over 400 real specimens and 15 live spiders. Kids can learn everything about spiders and engage in various interactive areas throughout the exhibition. On until 17th July. Read our review here.
- Light Playground at Top Ryde - The CuriosityWorks Light Playground is a highly interactive, engaging, and visually stunning destination for kids and families!
Using a variety of equipment, participants can enjoy a wide range of truly unique and memorable experiences, all based around colour, light, and stimulating sensory activities. Explore sand play that reveals bright colours, discover pattern mixing, construct with colourful translucent blocks, transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, and create art with light! More info here.
- Sand in the city at Museum of Sydney - Hide from the rain these holidays and let the kids play with kinetic sand and Lego for hours in the Sand in the City exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. Checkout the work of 40 'Head on Portrait Prize' finalists while you're there. Read our review here.
July holidays program at Sydney Living Museums - There's something for everyone at the Sydney Living Museums from the beautiful historic houses and gardens, to the city museums and hands-on programs. Come and experience the many and varied activities, events and tours at any one of Sydney Living Museums’ properties from Elizabeth Farm and Elizabeth Bay House to Rouse Hill House & Farm, Vaucluse House, Susannah Place and Museum of Sydney these July School Holidays. Read more info here.
- School Holiday Shows and Junior Day Pack at Sydney Opera House - Enjoy kid friendly shows like Peter and Wolf, Justine Clarke's Look! Look! Its a Gobbledygook, Junk: Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Or explore the Sydney Opera House with a Junior Adventure Tour. Read more info here.
- Fairy Craft Afternoon for Mother and Daughter at Hello Little Artisan Beacon Hill - Head to Hello Little Artisan for a special mother daughter event. Come and spend some precious time together in the school holidays and have a magical afternoon making and creating all things fairy. Over the 2 hours you will be able to complete 3 activities. 1. A beautifully sculptured plaster cast of a Fairy sitting on a toad stool measuring 27cm high, that is ready to paint and add some sparkle. 2. A magical fairy wand which you will design together with feathers, flowers, lace and ribbons. 3. A jar full of rainbow fairy dust, which you can fill together from the sands of many colours. Cost is $50 for mother/child combined. For children aged 6 to 12 yrs. Bookings and payment is essential as there are limited spaces. Read more info here.
- Vacation Care Programs at Guardian in Marrickville - Stuck for exciting and engaging care for children these school holidays? Guardian’s Vacation Care programs for 5 to 12 year olds offer fun and education experiences such as silent discos, mini master chef competitions, trips to the local cinema, science and technology incursions plus many more that children are bound to love! Guardian also offers unique open door policy so parent can visit their children during their lunch hour or even take them out for lunch or breaks! This vacation care program is happening at Marrickville in Sydney- perfect for working families! Read more info and book here.
School Holiday Program at Kids Circle in Chatswood - This July, the all-in-one hub for extracurricular activities, Kids Circle has lined up another attractive and varied School Holiday Program, including visits from Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, Le Cordon Bleu Qualified Chef and owner of Jon-Patrick Catering Company, Gene Cameron, and co-author of “A Fearsome Beast and a Dumpling Feast”, Yves Stening. Aimed at both girls and boys aged 5 to 10 years old, this wonderful Holiday Program in Chatswood will provide attendees the exciting opportunity to learn new skills through cooking, art-making, dancing, and science experiments, while making new friends at the same time. Runs from the 3rd to 14th July. Read more info and book here.
Wild Squad Zoo Adventures at Taronga Zoo - Taronga’s Wild Squad Zoo Adventurers is a fun, educational holiday program for children aged between 5 to 10 years of age, where they are taken on an exciting zoo journey, learning about animals and the environments they live in. This unique school holiday program provides children with engaging experiences whilst being surrounded by the sights and sounds of the zoo and the animals that live here. Your children will be amazed and excited as they join in animal themed activities and meet our wonderful keepers who care for the animals that live at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Read more info and book here.
Also checkout these great places in July ... entertain them for hours to avoid cabin fever!
- The Penguin Expedition at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium - Visitors are invited to see a colony of King and Gentoo Penguins up close onboard a little raft. It is the first of its kind and the experience is included in your entry ticket when you visit the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Read our review here.
- Wiggles Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum - A revamp of the old space, the Wiggles Exhibition is sure to entertain your little ones these holidays and it's here to stay and part of your Powerhouse ticket! Wiggles' favourite characters Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword remain part of the exhibition however profiles of latest members Lachy, Emma and Simon along with some of their precious items and new interactive activities have been added to the new exhibition. Read our review here.
- The Room of Lucky Charms at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). A NEW contemporary art installation featuring 600 soft sculptural good luck charms opened recently at the MCA and we love it! Room of Lucky Charms (2017) is a multi-sensory work created by Melbourne-based artist Kate Beynon for the sixth annual Bella Room Commission. Read more info here.
- Our Top 5 things to do at the Australian Museum - The Australian Museum is always a great place for babies, toddlers, their parents and carers. There's always a new exhibition on that will tickle your little one's fancy, school holiday activities, free activities for under 5s during the week as well as weekday activities during term. Read Our top 5 permanent things to do at the Australian Museum here.
For more ideas and reviews for what to do with kids around Sydney, head to our blog where you will find reviews as well as useful guides like our Daily Spots List as well as parents rooms, playgrounds, beaches & pools and more!