sydney - school holidays spots

Sydney Summer School Holidays Edition - Saturday 22nd Sept 2018 to Monday 28th Jan 2019

FREE activities

art galleries & libraries

  • Art Gallery of NSW - Enjoy various free art making workshops. Various dates & times. More info here.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - Let your imagination run wild as you and your little one fly into a realm of new worlds and fill them with fantasy creatures. Draw out your own flying machine or character and or go on an adventure through the Creative Studios, making friends along the way. Drop in as many times as you like throughout the week with your family ticket. Ages 4+. 10:30 am to 4pm. Tuesday 02 October 2018 to Saturday 06 October 2018. Family Ticket $19.90, $15.85, Concession $15.85 and Add a child $2.15. More info here.


  • Sydney Opera House - Junior Adventure - Uncover mysterious secrets and unusual facts with this jam-packed journey through the Sydney Opera House. The Junior Adventure Tour is filled with interactive activities and games for the whole family: explore with our expert guides, and inspire your inner performer to become a Sydney Opera House star. Only during school holidays. Adult $32 and Child $22 for kids 5 to 15. Children under 5 are free. 29th Sep 8th Oct. More info here.

  • Sydney Opera House - Utzon’s Universe - Make mini models and daring constructions with the whole family! Utzon’s Universe is a series of free workshops for kids, based on the book Utzon’s Universe written by Denmark’s finest architectural educators Malene Abildgaard and Julie Dufour. Artists will help kids produce wonderful creations based on the architectural principals of Jørn Utzon. This is a FREE event but registration is necessary. Great for kids 5-12 years. 13th & 14th Oct. More info here.


  • Sarah & Duck Live Tour - Following a hugely successful tour of the UK, the enchanting world of the CBeebies’ hit animated series Sarah & Duck will be brought to life on stage for the first time in Australia this summer! Kids aged 3 to 6 years will love the Sarah & Duck show! Showing at the Sydney - Sydney Opera House Thu 6th Dec to Sun 23rd Dec 2018. Tickets from $29 + booking fee. More info here.


  • Centennial Parklands - School Holiday Programs - From lego robotics, Wild Play Bush School, Pizza Party in the bush, Wild Play kids vs wild, Wild Play Bush Rangers, CSI Forensics with Fizzics, Gross and Gory, chemical concoctions, and more. Ages, dates and prices vary. More info here.

  • Royal Botanic Garden - School Holiday Programs - Choose from a range of sessions from Create and Play!, Kids Veggie Patch, Indigenous Olympics, City Slicker Critters, Botanic Beats - Garden Disco and Garden Grubs. Ages and prices vary. More info here.


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  • Elizabeth Farm - Kids in the Garden. Come for a tasting tour of Elizabeth Farm. Hunt for edible flowers in the kitchen garden and try your hand at creating your own refreshing iced tea spring drink. Various dates & times. Ages 5 to 12 years. More info here.

  • Justice & Police Museum - The Justice & Police Museum is a great place for primary school children, teenagers and adults to read up on, understand and appreciate the rich history of the buildings and underworld Sydney. The Museum is only open weekends and the Mock Trial is only on once a day on Saturday and Sunday so make sure you attend during those times. Kids can play dress ups and follow a little trail to find their missing friend provided at reception. Read our review here.

  • Museums Discovery Centre - The Museum Discovery Centre is throwing a Family Day on Friday 12th of October. Become a botanist at our microscope tables, an engineer by making your own paper plane and exploring the physics of flights, or even an architect by using our range of Lego blocks and craft materials to build your own creation at the MDC Family Day. Children under 5 will delight in the centre's dedicated tactile play zone. And be sure to take a tour of the centre afterwards. Bookings required. Full info here. Our review of the centre here.

  • Powerhouse Museum - School Holiday Programs - Enjoy a range of different workshops and sessions these holidays at the Powerhouse Museum. Ages and prices vary. More info here.

  • Rouse Hill House & Farm - Rouse Hill House & Farm in LEGO® Bricks exhibition. Explore models of the iconic Rouse Hill House, outbuildings, stable and barns constructed from LEGO® bricks with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy by the Southern Hemisphere’s only LEGO®-certified professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught. Kids can get hands-on with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks too. Adult $12, Concession $8, Family $38, Member free. Wednesday to Sunday. Our review here.

  • Rouse Hill House & Farm - Earn your tucker. Help feed the chickens, collect the eggs, grind the corn, make the butter and pump the water. At the end of the program, you’ll sit on the verandah for some well-earned tucker! Sunday 14th Oct 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Prices vary. Bookings essential. More info here.

  • Rouse Hill House & Farm - Boomerang Art & Throw. Boomerangs play a significant role in both traditional hunting and in traditional ceremonies. They are sometimes used to tell the didgeridoo player when to start playing, to keep beat and rhythm for dancers, to scare the birds out of the trees or for hunting kangaroos. Various dates & times. Ages 5 +. Bookings essential. More info here.

  • Rouse Hill House & Farm - Morning Kites. Come to Rouse Hill House & Farm and spend our opening hour flying kites before embarking on your day’s adventures! Various dates & times. Ages 5+. Bookings essential. More info here.

  • Rouse Hill House & Farm - Family Tours. Head to the farm these holidays and find out about the fascinating history of Rouse Hill House & Farm! Take a farmyard tour to explore the stables and meet the chooks, ‘Pudding’ the cow, and our horses Larry and Ziggy. Included in museum entry. Daily in the school holidays. There are also family tours at Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Farm, Elizabeth Bay House, Meroogal and Rose Seidler House. More info here.

  • Susannah Place Museum - Playing Shop. Do you know how to wrap an egg, weigh out goods on a scale or count in pounds and shillings?

    With Playing Shop children become shopkeepers and get behind the counter of Susannah Place Museum’s re-created c1915 corner shop. Ages 5+. Various dates & times. Bookings essential. More info here.

  • Vaucluse House - Kids in the Garden. Explore the pleasure and vegetable gardens and taste local honey. Then make a scrumptious traditional dessert and iced tea to enjoy in the wonderful surroundings of Vaucluse House. Ages 5 to 12 years. Various dates & times. Bookings essential. More info here.

performing arts


  • Bricks 4 Kidz Northern Beaches - School holiday Programs - Choose from a range of great school holiday workshops. Kids can have fun with friends creating cool BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models with LEGO® Technic, building 3D characters, or making craft projects and other activities that center around our SUPER FUN themes. (Shhh… they’re also educational, but the kids will never know!). Or sign them up to one of their robotics workshops to create and learn to program their own ‘bot!. Ages and Prices vary. A full list of workshops taking place in Balgowlah is up on the blog. More info here.

  • Northern Beaches Council - Kids on the Coast School Holiday Activities - A Jam-packed Coastal Environment Centre program offers kids the chance to explore the world of science, try their hand at cooking some tasty treats, be a marine biologist for the day and so much more. Ages 6 to 12 years. $61 per day. More info here.

  • Northern Beaches Council - Checkout various activities taking place these holidays at Northern Beaches libraries, vacation care programs, kids on the coast holiday program, Glen Street Theatre and Manly Art Gallery & Museum. More info here.

zoos - aquariums - farms

  • Taronga Zoo - Dinosaurs at Taronga - Make boredom extinct this summer at Taronga’s Rise of the Tarongasaurs. Follow the Dinosaur Trail to be amazed by the life size, moving, roaring and even spitting Dinosaurs you see and learn about what Dinosaurs are still among us. From Triceratops to T-Rex, Brachiosaurus to the fearsome new Utahraptor, the whole family will be able to see their favourite Dinosaurs up close! On Daily this summer. Free entry included with Zoo entry. More info here.

  • Taronga Zoo - Zoo Adventures - Taronga’s Wild Squad Zoo Adventurers is a fun, educational holiday program for children aged between five to 10 years of age, where they are taken on an exciting zoo journey, learning about animals and the environments they live in. Ages 5 to 10 years. Prices vary. More info here.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.