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Sydney Summer School Holiday Guide 2019

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Sydney School Holiday Activities, where to start? The School holidays are almost here which likely means that you have some time up your sleeve to plan an activity or two with the kids. To help you develop an amazing calendar for the period, we have pulled together the complete guide to Sydney School Holiday Activities for you to use as inspiration.

Make sure you bookmark this page as we will continue to update it as we discover more adventurous, exiciting and fun-filled things to do over the Sydney Summer School Holiday break.

Splash n Fun at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

This pop-up water park is an inflatable playground of slides and obstacles, offering a fun-filled way to cool off when the mercury soars outside. This year’s star attraction will be the Atomic Drop slide – a towering chute that's not for the faint-hearted – alongside a bonanza of other bouncy attractions for swimmers of all abilities, aged four and up.

If you’re looking for more ways to keep the kids occupied, there's heaps beside swimming to keep the young’ns busy at Sydney Olympic Park. They can try their hand at archery, learn some acrobatics at circus workshops, and go on nature walks to meet the animals who call the area home, plus much more...

When: Monday January 6, 2020 - Friday January 24, 2020
Where: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $6.30 - $12
More info: Check out the Sydney Olympic Park website for full details of school holiday activities.

Image: Sydney Olympic Park website


Rouse Hill Estate in LEGO® Bricks

Rouse Hill House & Farm in LEGO® Bricks features amazing 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.

This ‘explore and build’ exhibition includes a detailed model of Rouse Hill House with a cut-away section, the surrounding historic outbuildings and farmyard animals. As well as encouraging curious minds to examine the lavish and quirky interiors, the exhibition inspires visitors to create their own house and farm with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks featured in hands-on construction areas.

Visitors young and old will be limited only by their imagination as they add their creations for all to admire inside the exhibition. A special DUPLO® wall will keep the younger visitors engaged.

When: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm daily during the school holidays
Where: 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
Cost: Adult $15, Child / Concession $15, Family $44, FREE for under 3s and Sydney Living Museums Members
Age: Perfect for children aged 3 to 8 years
More info: Visit the Sydney Living Museums website for more info and to book tickets.

Image: Sydney Living Musuems website


Manly Sailing: 5 Day Holiday Adventure Camp

Manly Sailing is offering school children the perfect opportunity to come and try sailing at their 5 Day Holiday Adventure Camps. With a range of activities on offer, the kids might just find a new hobby or passion! This is a fantastic way to discover a different side of Manly Cove by sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and windsurfing. There will also be treasure hunts, quizzes and more.

Parents can also be assured their children are in safe hands. All Manly Sailing instructors are fully certified and have their WWCC and will cater to both complete beginners and advanced sailors. Courses include an introduction of boat-handling skills, the basics of sailing and water safety. Each course helps foster confidence in children around boats and the water, but are also designed to be fun.

When: Camps start from Monday, 9th December and are held throughout the school holidays
Where: Ground floor, Manly Yacht Club, East Esplanade
More info: Visit the Manly Sailing website for more info on their Holiday Adventure Camps.

Image: Manly Sailing


City of Sydney Aquatic Centres: Learn to Swim School Holiday Clinics

The school holidays are an ideal time for children to spend a bit of extra time in the pool and fast-track their progress, plus keep fit and have fun too! At the City of Sydney aquatic centre's School Holiday Clinics, they can work on advancing their skills and progress to the next stage as soon as possible, helping them become the best swimmer they can be.

The City of Sydney holiday swim school intensive program is a great way to fast-track your child’s swimming abilities through daily repetition lessons. The swim clinics take place for 30 minutes daily from Monday to Friday.Teachers plan fun, challenging and educational lessons which are limited to small groups with a maximum of just 5 swimmers.
Private lessons are also available – buy 4 get 1 free!

Where: View a list of all City of Sydney Aquatic Centres here.

Image: City of Sydney website


On the Move Exhibition at the Sydney Living Museums

Journey into an interactive world of transport in the latest children's exhibition created by Sydney Living Museums in collaboration with renown illustrator James Gulliver Hancock. Along the way kids will discover fascinating facts about different modes of transport and types of vehicles. Construct a paper plane and see how it flies, and build a vehicle of the future to test on our track. Discover how transportation works in busy cities, and how the fuel choices you make can have a positive impact on the environment. Kids of all ages will learn amazing facts about Australian journeys and inventions, and meet the people behind them. See how vehicles have evolved over time and imagine what they might be like in the future!

When: From now until Sunday 18 October 2020
Where: Museum of Sydney, corner of Phillip & Bridge Streets, Sydney
Cost: Adult $15, Child / Concession $12, Family $38, FREE for under 3s and Sydney Living Museums Members
Age: Perfect for children aged 3 to 8 years
More info: Visit the Sydney Living Museums website for more info. Tickets are only purchased at the Museum.

Image: Sydney Living Museums website


Floating Cinema on Sydney's Harbour

Watch movies on a boat on Sydney Harbour this summer! The boat launches from King Street Wharf and sets sail rain or shine (they can move the movie indoors if necessary). Yes, there's a bar on board (no BYO) and snacks are available.

The next sessions are Die Hard on Dec 23 and then Home Alone on Dec 24.

When: Monday December 23 2019 - Wednesday February 26 2020
Where: Sydney Harbour
Cost: $43 - $58.64
More info: View session times and book via the Floating Cinema Australia website.

Image: Floating Cinema Australia website


Little Kids Zookeeper Experience at the Australian Reptile Park

Just north of Sydney is the Australian Reptile Park which offers an afternoon keeper experience for kids. It is very hands on, a lot of fun, and should be on every kids bucketlist these Summer School Holidays.

The current experience includes a Bush walk, Meet Koalas, Exclusive spider milking show, Elvis the crocodile show, Meet Hugo in his enclosure, Devil Enrichment, Turtle feeding (warmer months only), Reptile Handling – snakes, lizards and tortoises and
Tawny frogmouth Feeding.

When: Little Kids Keeper programs run on the first Saturday of each month. They also run throughout the school holidays, please check the Little Kids Zookeeper website for specific dates
Where: Australian Reptile Park. 69 Pacific Hwy, Somersby
Cost: $80
More info: Visit the Little Kids Zookeeper website for more information

Image: Australian Reptile Park website


Happy Swimmers Oz: Lifeguard Hire and Mobile Swim Lessons to You

Swimming is easily one of Australia’s favourite pastimes, especially as the temperature soars. Happy Swimmers wants to keep your kids safe in the pool this summer! This unique hire company provide fun, certified lifeguards for hire for pool parties, along with offering private home swim lessons mobile to you for kids and adults!

Happy Swimmers also provide private, home swimming lessons for kids and adults. After all, what better place to learn to swim than in the comfort of your own home!

For more information or to book, check out the Happy Swimmers website.

Image: Happy Swimmers


Little Dynamo's Gymnastics School Holiday Camp in Alexandria

The summer school holidays are all about tumbling, twisting and turning at Little Dynamo's Gymnastics School Holiday Camp! Bring your budding little gymnast to one of Dynamo’s weekly camps taking place in the January school holidays. Bring them for the full week or just a day or two. These camps are suitable for ages 4-12 years and are held in Alexandria. They are a fantastic opportunity for children to try gymnastics or practise their existing skills while having fun and making new friends.

Children will participate in 3 gymnastics sessions per day. They will also enjoy arts and crafts, do some cooking, sing Karaoke, play games and take part in free supervised play. Little Dynamo’s Gymnastics Camps are also a great opportunity for mums and dads to enjoy a bit of well deserved 'me time' during the holidays too while the kids are well looked after.

When: Camps will take place from 9-3pm daily during January 2020
Where: 14/33 Maddox Street, Alexandria
Cost: $75 for one day, or $325 for the full 5-day week, with morning tea, lunch and an icy treat included in the price. Bring a sibling and get a discount.
More info: Check out the Little Dynamo's Gymnastics website for camp info.

Image: Little Dynamo's Gymnastics website


AIEA's School Holiday Programs at Green Square Library

Australian Immersive Education Academy (AIEA) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides Virtual Reality and other disruptive technology based learning programs around NSW.

AIEA's school holiday programs aim at democratising disruptive technologies and equipping the next generation with knowledge and skills for the future job market.

The following school holiday workshops are coming up in January:
3D Design and Coding with Advanced Virtual Reality on 17 January 10.30am - 4.30pm at Green Square Library
School Holiday AI Camp Day 1: Machine Learning and Self-driving Car on 20 January 10.30am to 4.30pm
School Holiday AI Camp Day 2: Machine Learning and Robotics on 21 January 10.30am to 4.30pm

This 2-day school holiday camp aims to help tweens and teens (10 ~ 18 years old) to not only unveil the myth of Artificial Intelligence but also learn to harness its superpower to be the creators and leaders of the future.

Creative Kids Voucher can be applied on all AIEA's programs! Woo!

When: From 17 January 2020 to 21 January 2020
Where: Computer Lab, Green Square Library
Cost: From $100
Ages: 10 - 18 years
More info: Visit the AIEA website for more info and to book the workshops.

Image: Australian Immersive Education Academy website


Water Thrill Rides at Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo Action Park is a huge water park sounded by lush rolling hills on the South Coast, just over an hour from Sydney. It's worth the drive for the thrill and spills of the epic rides including one of the longest, biggest and most exhilarating water thrill rides in the world!

There is heaps to keep the adrenalin junkies in the family satisfied but there’s also plenty to keep the littlies happy with attractions designed especially for toddlers to keep them safe and happy. There's not a lot of shade so make sure you pack sunscreen and hats. Also, the food is average so best bring your own and enjoy a picnic.

Where: 1215 Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo
Cost: $49.99 - $59.99
More info: Visit the for opening hours, ride, ticketing and visitor info.

Image: Jameberoo website


Exhibitions at the Powerhouse Museum

It's easy to lose an entire day at the Powerhouse Museum and this is the last summer you can do it at its current central-Sydney location before it moves to Parramatta in 2020. It won't reopen until 2023 so now is the time to immerse yourself in all things creativity, science, space, and technology!

A fascinating program of workshops and activities will take over the Powerhouse Museum this summer school holidays. Celebrating the major exhibition Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step into Paradise, there will be an interactive drop-in maker space where visitors contribute to a float for the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade! There will also be a range of artistic workshops including unique wearable sculptures, jewellery making and mask-making.

While you're there, blast off to the Space exhibition, explore the evolution of Transport and delve into one of the hottest topics on the planet at EcoLogic. Become a tinker, thinker, artist and inventor in Experimentations and try The Lab - a hands-on, immersive multimedia space. Explore the red planet in The Mars Lab, celebrate the moon landing at the Appollo 11 Exhibition and see the spectacular Giant Floating Moon. Plus the fabulous Wiggles Exhibition is in its 8th year and still a firm favourite for families.

Where: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Cost: Powerhouse Museum now offers free general museum admission for children 16 years and under. Adults are $15, Concession is $8. Museum members are admitted free.
More info: Visit the Powerhouse Museum website for more info on School Holiday activities

Image: Powerhouse Museum website


Here are some great activities to enjoy with the kids that won't cost you a cent!



Nestled on the Sydney Harbour, The Royal Botanic Garden - Wander through the gardens is Australia’s oldest scientific institution as well as one of the most scenic attractions in the entire city with its sweeping views across the harbour. The Gardens are accessible every day of the year at zero cost. For Kids, head to the Calyx for the Pollination exhibition which is running until 29 July 2018, or you may love wandering around the Moreton Bay Figs and rolling down the glorious grassy hills.
Spanning an incredible 40 hectares, Sydney Park is situated to the south of the city and offers kids plenty of activity choices. They could play in the playground which features a number of slides, swings, tunnels and bridges; bring along their bike (or hire one) and ride around the children's bike track that even features traffic lights, or take a walk around the park with its wide space, running creeks and rolling hills. The hills are pretty spectacular and perfect for rolling down!
Cockatoo Island is a world heritage site with buildings spanning right back to the convict era. A trip to the island is quite an adventure. You’ll be able to explore each precinct from the convict times through to the times when the island boasted a thriving dockland. You can even walk through a number of tunnels that have been cut through the island. Exploring the island is free, however you will need to purchase a ferry ticket to get there.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Sydney's most iconic sites. Whilst the Bridge Climb is possibly one of the most famous attractions in the city, crossing the bridge by foot can provoke just as much adrenaline and it’s FREE! The walk takes between 15-30 minutes. You may like to catch public transport one way. The pedestrian walk way spans the length of the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can access the bridge by either the southern or northern ends. From the southern side you will need to use the stairs on Cumberland Street in The Rocks. Otherwise, head to the northern side of the bridge and cross from Milsons Point railway station.
Wendy's Secret Garden in Lavendar Bay is one of our city's hidden delights...one that we’re not always forthcoming about sharing. In this little wonderland, it is as if nature has reclaimed a little piece of Sydney. The sounds of the city fade as birdsong fills your ears. Take the kids …. if you can find it!
Sydney boasts over 100 different beaches in the city alone! Rocky beaches, beaches with natural pools, beaches with perfect sand, beaches with grassy shores, beaches with cliffs, Sydney’s beaches are diverse which means that your taste of beach is waiting for you to dip your toes in. They’re free and many have lifeguards on patrol. So slap on some sunscreen and head to the one these Summer School Holidays!
Earlier this year, NSW finally secured its first ever dedicated Children’s garden with the opening of the incredible Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden. This new space is purpose built to engage the five senses and reconnect kids with nature. It’s a magical space with dry creek beds, a bamboo forest, Centennial Park’s first tree house, a water play area, banksia tunnels and so much more. If you can only fit one thing in this weekend, we think this should be at the top of your list!

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