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10 Free School Holiday Activities in Sydney

by Rebecca (follow)
School holidays are expensive!

Everyone wants to make a buck out of you, just for entertaining your kids. However if you do all of these 10 activities, you can basically have a brilliant school holidays for next to nothing. So get planning now!

1. Visit your local Shopping Centre for their School Holiday Activities

School Holiday Activities
Image Credit: Home HQ Artarmon

Shopping Centres are always after your hard earned cash, but during the school holidays they very kindly provide some sort of entertainment just for kids. From animal farms, to arts and crafts, reptile displays, Lego building and even science fairs, there's an activity to suit all interests. Check out your local shopping centre's website and even those in a suburb you may not have been to, to see what's on offer.

2. Take the kids to one of Sydney's Free Water Play Parks

James Ruse Water Play Park

Luckily for the parents and kids of Sydney there are quite a few free water play parks scattered throughout suburbs and this is a pretty good list of where the free ones are. Just remember to Slip Slop Slap!

3. Explore Pocket Sized Precincts

Pocket Sized Precincts

This is a treasure hunt with a difference! You first of all have to download your map, then head to the city where you have to find pocket sized artworks in 5 different City of Sydney parks. You need to collect clues from the businesses listed on the map! Then when you have found them all, it's your turn to create your pocket sized artwork.

4. Visit A New Awesome Park In Sydney

Domain Creek Playground in Parramatta Park

I don't know about you, but we get very bored visiting the same playground time and time again. So why not try out one of these cool new playgrounds in Sydney, and put some dazzle back into your playground outings.

5. Visit an Art Gallery

Penrith Regional Gallery

Most of Sydney's art galleries are free to enter! Sometimes there are charges for special exhibitions, but to just walk in and browse around, you normally don't have to pay a single cent. And more often than not, the art galleries have a kid's activity sheet or children's trail for them to complete. So gather up your baby Picassos, and head to one of these galleries in the school holidays:

Art Gallery of NSW
Museum of Contemporary Art
Penrith Regional Gallery
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Campbelltown Arts Centre

6. Get back to Nature in the Cumberland State Forest

Cumberland State Forest

Sydney has its very own State Forest located in West Pennant Hills. There are no fees to enter the Forest, and once in there you can explore the visitors centre with its cool forest themed education space. Then pick up a Cumberland Forest Adventure Booklet and head bush! There are a few easy and very well sign posted walks within the Forest, and along the way the kids can fill out the booklet. Pack a picnic and make a day of it, as there are loads of lovely places to eat al fresco.

7. Go To A Silent Ice Skating Disco

Silent Skating Disco at Central Park

From 23.09.16 - 29.09.16 you can ice skate to your own beat at Central Park. During the 45 minute sessions you will wear earphones and listen to live sessions from DJs. Only 45 people can be on the ice at anyone time, so make sure you arrive early to grab some skates! The rink is open at 10am each day and the disco is on from 4pm - 8pm.

8. Participate In A Free Activity At Sydney Olympic Park

Kids In The Park - Sydney Olympic Park
Image Credit: Sydney Olympic Park

You can spend a whole day at Sydney Olympic Park doing free stuff. There's great places to go for a walk (eg. the Brick Pit Ring Walk), and there are also awesome playgrounds there. On top of this, there are heaps of acitivies on, that won't cost you a cent like:

Cracking the Code at Newington Armory
Looking for Dinosaurs with Circus Solarus
Playing Games from the Early 1900s
Checking our Walk & Squawk

So pack a picnic and enjoy a full on day of thriftiness.

9. Free Kids Art Workshops at Darling Quarter

Ambush Gallery
Image Credit: Ambush Gallery

During the school holidays kids aged 5 - 16 years can have a hands on urban art experience, learning the craft of aerosol painting (aka graffiti art), stenciling and wheat pasting. The workshops last for an hour and must be booked in advance via email (info@ambushgallery.com).

10. Walk Across The Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The iconic coat hanger costs a fortune to climb, but it's absolutely free to walk over! You can start at The Rocks or Milsons Point end, and enjoy the gorgeous views enroute. It takes about 30 minutes to walk one way (with kids), so you might need to pay for a return train trip if your little people have run out of fuel.
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