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25 school holiday activities in Sydney 2017

Making plans for the upcoming school holidays is easy with these top activities that will keep the kids entertained.

School holidays. They’re what just about every kid dreams of all term long, and it’s up to you, the parent, to find the best activities to meet their energy levels.

If you’re wondering if there’s enough to keep them quiet and busy, take heart, because there are plenty of things to do during the break that fit the bill.

Let’s get started.

Top things to do with your kids in Sydney

Thunder twist ride from

A 30 minute ride with amazing stunts and wild spins through Sydney Harbour get set for slides, twists, wave riding, power brake stops and sweeping fishtails.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Circular Quay, NSW
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Scooter tours from

Snorkelling is a fun and exciting way to explore the oceans and our Supercharged scooter tours take snorkelling to the next level.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
  • Price is per person
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All Aussie adventure wildlife and river cruise from

Visit the interactive wildlife experience at Featherdale Wildlife Park and get up close to all your most wanted Australian native animals. Followed by a classic Australian lunch and a leisurely cruise down the river into Sydney Harbour.

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Location: Surry Hills, NSW (Pick-up location)
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Haunted Sydney ghost tour from

Venture back to historic Sydney. A time when prisoners were the law, public executions were commonplace and the Rocks Push ruled the street. Enter a haunted site not open to the public.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
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Sydney flexi attractions pass from

Explore the best of what Sydney has to offer. Your choice of entry to 3, or 5 top attractions in and around Sydney. It provides you with incredible savings of up to 40% off general admission fee.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Location: Sydney, NSW
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Whale watching adventure from

Experience the latest whale watching adventure with Thunder Jet.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Circular Quay
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Jenolan cave and Blue mountains day tour from

Visit the Blue Mountains and travel to the amazing Jenolan Caves – Australia’s largest and most popular underground limestone cave system where you will enjoy a guided cave inspection.

  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Location: Circular Quay, NSW
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Blue mountains tour from

Includes free city hotel pick-up, Sydney 2000 Olympic site tour, lunch and more.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Loaction: Sydney
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Sealife Aquarium + Jet blast combo from

Enjoy a 35 minute jetboat ride around Sydney harbour before heading to the amazing Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour.

  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Location: Sydney
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Sydney harbour kayaking adventure from

Departing from Woolloomoolloo, just a short walk away from the Sydney CBD, this tour will point out the major landmarks of Sydney from the water, with a great photo opportunity in front of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Location: Sydney
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Whether you’re taking a trip to the nation’s biggest city or heading into town for the sights and sounds, these iconic Sydney experiences cannot be missed.

7 winter school holiday events in Sydney

  • Experience the European winter markets in Sydney at Luna Park's Winterfest. Festivities include waterfront ice skating, German food, rides and games. 10am-6pm daily from 30 June - 17 July. Luna Park Sydney.
  • Get your skates on outside St Mary's Cathedral in the city with the annual Skating at Cathedral Square event. 27 June to 16 July 2017, outside St Mary's Cathedral.
  • Hit the beach... for a skate spectacular! The annual Bondi Winter Magic is also back with ice skating,entertainment and the chance to ride the Bondi Eye AKA Australia's highest ferris wheel. 30 June - 30 July 2017, Bondi Beach.
  • It might be winter, but there's a boundless world of sand awaiting them at the Museum of Sydney's Sand in the City. Crafty builders can even build their own LEGO beach shack. Until 23 July 2017, Museum of Sydney.
  • Discover 221B Baker Street and the sleuthing world of Sherlock Holmes at the Powerhouse Museum. Throughout the school holidays the exhibition includes a Junior Detective program where kids will have to decode messages to solve the grand mystery of where in the museum Sherlock Holmes was last seen. 1-17 July, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
  • Four-legged friend lovers can get hands-on learning about animals and animal rescue and the history of introduced species such as foxes and dingoes. Suitable for kids aged 5-14 years old. 3-5 July 2017, 107 Projects, Redfern.

8 ideas for free school holidays activities in Sydney

  • Wander around Royal Botanic Gardens and find the perfect spot for a sunny picnic
  • Explore Cockatoo Island and join one of the free events like the Convict Clues Challenge or the Ship Shape Challenge (both recommended for children 7-12 years old)
  • Hit up a local beach like Manly, Bondi, Balmoral or Clovelly
  • Go for a bike ride or bush walk along the harbour, or through some inner-city parklands like Centennial Park or Sydney Park
  • Get active at Sydney Olympic Park, where Kids in The Park offers a range of free and low-priced activities for children including segway rides, drama workshops, disc golf and The Amazing Chase.
  • Bushwalk in Sydney Harbour National Park, where there's plenty of tracks to choose from varying in length and difficulty
  • Have a blast at Luna Park. While you do have to pay for rides and games, entrance to the park is free and there's often events on during peak times.
  • Explore the Art Gallery of New South Wales or the MCA's free exhibits

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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