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7 Of The Best Activities For Kids These School Holidays

Lets be honest, keeping the entire family satisfied and sook-free during the school holidays can sometimes be a struggle. So if you’re in need of ideas for school holiday activities in Sydney that will entertain and educate, we’ve got you sorted.

Not only does Darling Harbour have a huge range of activities and attractions available all year round, there’s also a bunch of fun (and in most cases, free) events during the 2018 spring school holidays. If you’re planning a family day out, start with these school holiday activities!

1. Get gooey

young girl playing at sydney sea life school holiday activities

Making it, playing with it, watching it, yep, it seems like everyone is obsessed with slime at the moment. At SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s SEA LIFE SLIMED event, kids can take their fascination with all things oozey to the next level, learning about all the slimy creatures on exhibit and even enjoying a slime making tutorial! The goo fest runs from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 14 October.

2. Go green

You know you’re nailing this parenting thing when entertaining the kids also doubles as education. At Planting for the Planet on Darling Quarter’s Village Green, kids can take part in free gardening workshops in which they’ll decorate biodegradable pots and plant beautiful flowers to take home. It’s a great opportunity for children to learn about environmentalism while honing their little green thumbs. The program is running Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October and Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October from 11am to 3pm.


3. Make a splash

Everything’s better down where it’s wetter so why not spend the day exploring the Australian National Maritime Museum? From Sunday September 30 to Sunday October 14, you can enjoy hands-on activities, experiments and films all about the world of water.

4. Feast on fun

young girl getting her face painted school holiday activities

From cupcake decorating to magic acts to reptile shows, Fratelli Fresh has got all of your school holiday activities covered. From Monday October 1 to Thursday October 11, the iconic Italian restaurant in Darling Harbour is offering a range of free kids activities during the school holidays between 12pm and 2pm. So settle in with a slice (or two…or four) while the kids are fully occupied.

5. Power pose

They say never meet your heroes, but we think superheroes might be a different matter. Madame Tussauds Sydney at Darling Harbour has an epic experience in which you’ll come face-to-face (and fight crime) with your favourite Justice League characters. Help Superman lift a real helicopter as onlookers cheer, summon Batman with the Bat Signal, hit top speed with The Flash and cross bulletproof bracelets with Wonder Woman. For a gold coin donation, smaller superheroes can design and create their very own capes with all proceeds going to Merlin’s Magic Wand, a charity that organises magical experiences for ill, disabled and disadvantaged kids around the world. The Superhero academy is open until Sunday October 14 with craft sessions between 11am and 3pm.

6. Game time

kids playing chess school holiday activities

On the weekend of Saturday October 6 and Sunday October 7 from 12pm to 4pm, head down to Cockle Bay Lawn for a range of fun, free school holiday activities. Little ones can transform into their favourite creature or character with face painting. Then take on the kids in giant versions of your favourite family games like Jenga, Connect Four and Chess.

7. Jump around

Sometimes it doesn’t take bells and whistles to keep kids entertained when a good ol’ fashioned jumping castle will do the trick! From Saturday September 29 to Monday October 1, 12pm to 4pm, kids can have a ball on the free bouncy castle at Tumbalong Park. Pack a picnic and a spare pair of clothes for the kids and make a day of it. This five hectare spot is home to a water play area and huge playground where kids can explore jumbo swings, a big slide, a tangled web and a 10 metre high octanet.

So there you go, eight school holiday activities that will satisfy the whole family!

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