Spring has definitely sprung and we’ve dug around for 20 great things in and around Sydney that the whole family will enjoy.
Tulip Time Festival
Tiptoe through the tulips with Mary Poppins at the spectactular floral festival in Bowral.
There are 90,000 mass planted tulips in the historic Corbett Gardens less than two hours south of Sydney.
The theme this year is Mary Poppins and includes live music and dancers, plaster painting, chalk art and rides.
Dates: 24 September – 7 October; 9am-4pm daily (Saturdays open till 5pm)
Ages: 5-12 years
Where: Corbett Gardens, Bendooley Street, Bowral
Cost: Adults $12, Concession/Pensioner $7, Children 13-17yrs $7 and children under 12 are free
It’s 50 years since Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind, and to commemorate the half century since the Moon landing, the Powerhouse Museum is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the event. Take the kids here to explore the cosmos with interactive, family-friendly displays.
Dates: Open every day during the holidays
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street Ultimo 2007
Cost: Adult $15, concession $8, student card holders $8, children 16 and under free
The Australian Reptile Park promises non-stop adrenaline with its Adventure Zone. Run like a dingo through an inflatable obstacle course, fly like a lorikeet on the bungee trampolines and jump like a kangaroo on the jumping castle. Plus, spring has sprung and there are baby animals everywhere.
Dates: Every day
Where: Australian Reptile Park 69 Pacific Hwy, Somersby
Cost: $39 adults, $21 child 3-15, $105 family (2 adults, 2 kids), $15 per extra child with family ticket
Ice Skating and Trapeze School for Young Carers
Little Dreamers is running an exciting and action-packed day for children affected by chronic illness, disability or addiction beginning with ice-skating at Ice Zoo in Alexandria. After lunch kids will travel by bus to Sydney Trapeze School in St Peters to learn cool circus tricks like plate spinning, juggling, and swinging on the high trapeze.
Dates: 8 October
Where: Drop off at Ice Zoo 689 Gardeners Rd, Alexandria
Ninja Warrior vacation care
Children will learn a combination of gymnastics and fitness skills to take on challenging obstacle courses. Bookings required.
Dates: 2 October, 8am – 12pm
Ages: Primary aged
Where: Camperdown Tennis, 33 Mallett St, Camperdown
Soccer Clinic at Mac Uni
Soccer-mad kids will love the exclusive signing session with the Sydney FC HAL Squad as part of this training clinic at their home base.
Dates: 30 September-2 October
Where: Macquarie University Sports Field, corner of Talavera Road and Culloden Road, Macquarie Park
Cost: $295 (3 days), member and sibling discounts apply
Paint a live python
Kids have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Bassi an albino carpet python and have a go at painting a portrait of it to take home. Children will be guided step by step by a professional artist with all art materials supplied.
Dates: 11 October 10-12.30pm
Where: That Art Place, 425 Forest Road, Bexley
Steampunk Art Camp
Join this steampunk art camp to learn how to turn ordinary objects into steampunk creations. Explore the features of steampunk design and use a myriad of small loose parts to create unique art works that are super-cool!
Dates: 4 and 11 October
Where: WonderLab Art Studio, 674 Pacific Hwy, Killara
Cost: $130 per class
Learn to skate
This free school holiday skateboarding clinic for local youth is sure to please. Beginner and intermediate workshops are available.
Dates: 9 October 10am to 1pm
Where: Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre (outside)
Kids at the Con
Engage your child in the wonderful world of music. Presented by the Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, these holiday workshops are based on the Orff-Schulwerk approach, Dalcroze and Kodaly educational methods. Participants will explore the musical concepts of pitch, beat and tempo through fun activities and creative play while older students aged 6 to 10 will engage in pitch and rhythm work. They’ll use tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, active listening activities and have the opportunity to make their own instruments! No prior musical experience is required.
Dates: Half-day workshops 1 and 2 October
Ages: 6-10 year olds:
Where: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Dive into the Maritime Museum
Make a splash at the Maritime Museum these school holidays with exhibitions, vessels, hands-on workshops, themed creative activities, 3D films and more inspired by the new Sea Monsters exhibition.
Dates: 29 September to 13 October
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Sydney
Cost: Family: $79
Child (4-15): $20
Child under 4: Free
Spot On Festival
This five-day festival at Parramatta Riverside includes family shows, films, workshops and free activities. Highlights include Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, Tröll (direct from New Zealand) and Lullaby: Sonic Cradle (traditional Indian lullabies and meditative projections).
Dates: 1-5 October
Where: Riverside Theatres, Corner Church & Market Streets, Parramatta
Cost: Check website for details
The theme for the City of Sydney these hols is exploring motion, electronics and robotics. Kids just need to BYO imagination and get constructing in these free creative workshops. Make flying machines, Lego armour, a marble run, a wind tube or electrical circuits. Bookings required.
Dates: Various between 1-8 October
Ages: 5-12 years
Where: Kings Cross, Surry Hills, Waterloo, Ultimo, Glebe libraries
CSI Forensic Science workshop
Kids who enjoy science mixed with a little bit of drama can join in at this engaging one-hour forensic science workshop. Find clues via fingerprinting and blood typing, facial reconstruction, hair and fibre analysis, DNA work, shoe impression casting and more.
Dates: 1 October
Ages: Secondary students
Where: Concord Library, 60 Flavelle Street, Concord
Workshops at the Paper Mill Food at Liverpool will get the kids making pizza or brownies or decorating cupcakes and more.
Dates: 1-13 October
Where: The Paper Mill Food, 20 Shepherd Street, Liverpool
Crafty Crochet fun
Sydney Crochet 4 Kids is a three-hour school holiday class which will see kids create a cute crochet bookmark, complete with googly eyes and coloured hair. Kids will learn the basics of crochet and tension and be encouraged to personalise their bookmark. Includes a drink, chocolate treat and all materials.
Dates: 1 and 8 October
Ages: 7-12 years
Where: Guylian Cafe at Darling Harbour
Laser Tag Battle
An outdoor battlefield with laser tag weapons, props and sound effects. Kids will hide behind blockade bunkers and walls, plotting with their team mates in a bid to defeat the opposing team in thrilling battles. Fully supervised, these one-hour sessions have different challenges and games to keep the kids entertained.
Dates: 1 & 8 October and 3 & 10 October
Where: Archery Centre, Bennelong Parkway Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $19.25pp or $31 combo session (plus Archery)
Go for a Walk
Located at the southern end of Bradfield Park in Kirribilli, the Broughton Street Lookout is a great lookout point in Sydney to see the city skyline, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Walk across the bridge from Circular Quay to get there, catch a ferry to Milsons Point, or a train at Wynyard station. End the walk with an icecream or lunch at one of the restaurants at Circular Quay or The Rocks.
Dates: Any sunny day
Where: Broughton St, Kirribilli
Cost: Your choice – pack a picnic and it could be free
Website: Best Sydney Walks
Young performers will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the industries leading professionals.
This four day, full-time program will allow the participants to explore workshops in–acting, singing (solo and choral), musical theatre, hip hop and physical theatre.
We’ll wrap up our fun-filled week with the #StageX Showcase for their families and friends.
Dates: Oct 8-11
Where: Pioneer Theatre, Pennant St & Castle St, Castle Hill
Para-sports School Holiday Camp
Wheelchair Sports NSW invites all school-aged members, siblings and families to the 2019 October Para-sport School Holiday Camp. Kids can expect two days of action-packed fun. All participants will receive morning tea, lunch and expert coaching! To be eligible to attend the camp, attendees must be current members of Wheelchair Sports NSW. If you’re not a current member, you can join here.
Dates: Sep 30 and Oct 1
Where: Netball Central, 1 Olympic Boulevarde, Homebush
Cost: $30 for 1 day, $50 for 2 days