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38 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, 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

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.

Best discounted school holiday activities in Sydney:

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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Indoor rock climbing pass from just $9 from Scoopon

Climb as much as you like from open to close! Includes all equipment (specialised climbing shoes and harnesses) and an introductory climbing lesson!

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: St Peters, New South Wales
  • Price is per person

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$27 off aerial adventure course from Scoopon

Experience Atmosphere at Sydney’s most loved aerial adventure park with more than 50 in-air challenges to complete!

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: St Marys, New South Wales
  • Price is per person

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Sydney snorkel experience from just $35 from Groupon

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

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Matraville, New South Wales
  • Price is per person

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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
  • Price is per person

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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
  • Price is per person

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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
  • Price is per person

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

Skywalk at Sydney Tower Eye from RedBalloon

Glaze upon the view of the city and walk through a glass floor with this one hour breathtaking experience at Sydney Tower Eye.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Sydney CBD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$70

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Children's High Tea from RedBalloon

A 90-minute High Tea party for two children that includes dainty ribbon sandwiches and assorted sweets.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Sydney CBD
  • Price is for three people
From AUD

$89

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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
From AUD

$30

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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
From AUD

$48

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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
From AUD

$22

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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
From AUD

$63

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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
From AUD

$79

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Scooter tours from finder.com.au

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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$99

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All Aussie adventure wildlife and river cruise from finder.com.au

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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$149

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Haunted Sydney ghost tour from finder.com.au

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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$36

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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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$109

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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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$140

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Blue mountains tour from finder.com.au

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

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Loaction: Sydney
  • Price is per person
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$125

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Sydney harbour kayaking adventure from finder.com.au

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
  • Price is per person
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$100

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8 summer school holiday events in Sydney

  • Christmas in the city. From Christmas projections to giant Christmas trees, Sydney CBD lights up for the silly season. Take a wander. Until 25 December, Sydney CBD.
  • New Years Eve. New Year's Eve in Sydney is something of a spectacular. The fireworks take flight at 9pm and midnight and are hailed as some of the best in the world. Our New Year's Eve guide has a wealth of information for you, including the best vantage points, hotels and restaurants to catch the action. 31 December, Sydney CBD.
  • Woolworths Carols in the Domain. An Christmas institution, carols is a free event though you'll have to mark your spot in the Domain early for a top spot. 17 December, The Domain.
  • Frosted High Tea. Throughout the holidays, Frozen fans can tuck into a special "frosted" high tea, themed around the movie. 1 November - 31 January, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.
  • Santa By the Surf. Surfing Santa visits North Bondi on 1, 2, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December. Photo packages available. December, North Bondi Beach
  • Sydney to Hobart. When Christmas is done and dusted the annual Sydney to Hobart race starts. Book a spot on a ship to chase the fleet past the headlands or watch them sail off from numerous vantage points on the harbour. 26 December, Sydney Harbour
  • Australia Day. Sydney goes all out for Australia Day celebrations with parties in the city culminating in evening fireworks over Darling Harbour. 26 January, Sydney CBD.
  • Sydney Santa Spectacular. Rosehill Racecourse is celebrating the silly season in style with a range of activities and events from 7-27 December. Because who says everything has to stop on Christmas Eve? The three-week event features an ice skating rink, live snowfall, Santa meet-and-greets, a double decker carousel (yes, it's a thing). That's for the little kids. For the big kids, there's a wine and cheese bar and fairy floss encased soft serve ice cream (supposedly) heaven scent by Mrs Claus herself. To make the most of the spectacular, families can tuck into an unlimited rides, activities and entertainment package for $41. This also includes three-hours free parking. 2-27 December, Rosehill Racecourse.

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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