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26 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

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
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$69

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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
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$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
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$80

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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
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$36

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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
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$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
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$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
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$51

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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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$135

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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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$119

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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.


6 spring school holiday events in Sydney

  • Mountain boarding. It's a thing. And you and your family can try it out for size these school holidays as part of the Sydney Rides Festival that comes around every spring. Not just about bikes, it's a place to try your hand at rockclimbing, parkour, breakdancing and more. 7 October. Sydney Park.
  • Sydney Fringe is back and in true style, there's an event specially dedicated for kids. Events include magic by a 15-year-old magician, ghost stories and musical shows. 1-30 September. Various Sydney locations.
  • The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes wraps up after these school holidays at the Powerhouse Museum. This is your last chance to sleuth your way through the exhibit and solve the clues to find the infamous man of mystery. Ends 8 October. Powerhouse Museum.
  • See things from their eyes at the Little Sydney Lives. It's a free and open arts exhibition showcasing how kids view the world. 14 September - 8 October. Hyde Park North.
  • When the holiday start the one place to be in the city is the Entertainment Quartar. It's renowned for its vast array of kid-friendly events and this spring its Springfest 4 Kids event features a petting zoo, amusement rides, sideshow games and more. 23 September - 4 October. Entertainment Quarter.
  • Theatresports is an ideal way to entertain and inspire kids and throughout the holidays it puts on a display of comedic performances. 26-30 September. Erskineville Town Hal.

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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Feature image: Sydney Rides Festival, City of Sydney

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 or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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