37 school holiday activities in Sydney 2018

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 AKA 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.

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Top things to do with your kids in Sydney

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 Best discounted school holiday activities in Sydney:

50% off Royal National Park kayaking

50% off Royal National Park kayaking from Groupon

Get out with the whole family and explore nature and the beaches of Bundeena.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Bundeena, New South Wales

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$25 Wet 'N' Wild tickets

$25 Wet 'N' Wild tickets from Groupon

Access over 40 slides and run wild all day in the biggest water theme park in Sydney

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Prospect, New South Wales

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Indoor play centry entry from just $8

Indoor play centry entry from just $8 from Groupon

Let your kids run wild all day on a three-level maze play structure while you enjoy a coffee at the café while little ones blow off steam.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Revesby, New South Wales
  • Price is good for one adult and one child

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Sydney snorkel experience from just $45

Sydney snorkel experience from just $45 from RedBalloon

Explore undersea life in safety and comfort, supervised by a team of experienced and certified guides.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Manly, Sydney
  • Price is per person

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25% off aqua park entry

25% off aqua park entry from Groupon

Enjoy slides, bouncers, logs, and blasters for just under an hour or for the whole day with fun outdoor activities suitable for the whole family.

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Location: Penrith, New South Wales

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43% off two-hour trampoline centre pass

43% off two-hour trampoline centre pass from Groupon

Jump, leap and bound on 1400 square metres of wall-to-wall trampolines, practice tricks in the foam pit with two Olympic trampolines.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Prestons, New South Wales

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50% off Blue Mountains abseiling adventure

50% off Blue Mountains abseiling adventure from Scoopon

Experience an incredible guided abseiling adventure tour in the majestic Blue Mountains.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Location: Glenbrook, New South Wales

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12 more ways to keep your kids busy during school holidays in Sydney

SCG Stadium tour

SCG Stadium tour from RedBalloon

Step into the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium in a 90-minute guided tour.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Moore Park, Sydney
  • Price is for two people
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High ropes climbing course

High ropes climbing course from RedBalloon

An adventure to an eco-friendly park for the whole family and move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and jump from 20m up in the forest.

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Abbotsbury, Western Sydney, NSW
  • Price is per person
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Luna Park rides pass

Luna Park rides pass from RedBalloon

A day of fun and adventure at Luna Park with the whole family

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Milsons Point, Sydney
  • Price is per person
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Sydney Harbour cruise with Taronga Zoo entry

Sydney Harbour cruise with Taronga Zoo entry from RedBalloon

A whole-day tour with cruise, Sky Safari cable car ride and entry to Taronga Zoo for a perfect day out for all the family

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Circular Quay, NSW
  • Price is per person
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Jet boat ride

Jet boat ride from RedBalloon

A 30 minute ride with amazing experience of 360 degree spins, power-slides and wave-jumps

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Sydney Harbour
  • Price is per person
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Scooter tours

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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

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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)
  • Price is per person
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Haunted Sydney ghost tour

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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
  • Price is per person
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Sydney flexi attractions pass

Sydney flexi attractions pass from finder.com.au

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
  • Price is per person
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Jenolan cave and Blue mountains day tour

Jenolan cave and Blue mountains day tour from finder.com.au

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
  • Price is per person
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Blue mountains tour

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

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Loaction: Sydney
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Sydney harbour kayaking adventure

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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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10 Easter holiday events in Sydney

  • Carnival rides, cuddly animals, market food and so much more - what's not to love about the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show? 23 March - 3 April. 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Get hands on learning how mechanics work at the Powerhouse Museum's Tinkertoreum. Test visionary vehicles and explore architecture all throughout the holidays. 14-30 April. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
  • Tumble down the rabbit hole for a special performance of Lewis Carrol's beloved classic Alice in Wonderland. Two performances only over the one day. Don't be late! 19 April, State Theatre
  • Indulge in an Easter High Tea curated by the punk princess of pastry Anna Polyviou. Expect caramel hot cross bun caramel slices, Easter Bunny carrot cakes and more. 12 March - 2 April, daily. Shangri-La Hotel
  • Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol Sea Patrol takes over Sea Life Aquarium Sydney where kids will becoming honorary members of the pup squad. They'll follow maps to uncover treasure and go on deep sea adventures throughout their stay. 14-29 April, Sea Life Aquarium
  • Sherlock Gnomes visits to Wild Life Sydney Zoo where kids can follow clues and sleuth alongside the character. As a bonus, kids who have watched the movie Sherlock Gnomes in Event Cinemas enter the zoo free upon showing their ticket stub. 14-29 April, Wild Life Sydney Zoo
  • Discover the Giants of the Ice Age at the Australian Museum. Over the school break Lyuba, an intact 4,200 baby mammoth will make her debut in Australia, having travelled all the way from Siberia. Until 13 May, Australian Museum
  • Get on your bike at the SCA Junior BMX Camp for the ultimate extreme sports experience. This 2-day event will help them hone their skills on two wheels and teach them a trick or two. 16-17 April, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Send them to band camp to learn how to play and recognise instruments and to explore sounds. 16-18 April, All Age Music School, Marrickville
  • Parkour, gymnastics, acrobatics? Whichever your little one is interested in the guys at Creative Planet can teach them. They'll be hosting workshops in Barangaroo throughout the school holidays. 17-22 April, The Cutaway, Barangaroo

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 the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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