36 spring school holiday activities in Sydney 2019

Your guide to entertaining the kids in Sydney when school's out.

School holidays are what every kid dreams of all term long. This leaves you, AKA the parent or carer, left to find the best activities to meet their excitement and energy levels.

The good news is that there's more than enough going on around the city to keep the kids entertained - and you don't have to shell out too much to do it, either. Here's what's going on in Sydney these school holidays, including a few free activities.

Top school holiday activities for kids in Sydney

Book these now and sort out their school break early.

Less than $50 activities for kids in Sydney

High ropes climbing course

High ropes climbing course from RedBalloon

Be bold and take the plunge at this eco-friendly park where you can move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and jump from 20m in the forest. There are four courses to test out, but if you don't want to join in on the action, you can spectate for free.

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Abbotsbury, Western Sydney
  • Ages: 10 years and older
  • Child price: $38
  • Adult price: $48 (18+ years)
  • Accepts Afterpay

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SEA LIFE Aquarium skip-the-line entry ticket

SEA LIFE Aquarium skip-the-line entry ticket from Klook

See and discover about 13,000 animals from 700 different species with this full-day pass to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Sydney
  • Ages: All ages
  • Child price: $26.40 (4-15 years old)
  • Adult price: $36.80

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Madame Tussauds entry ticket

Madame Tussauds entry ticket from Klook

See your favourite actors and sporting heroes in wax form at Sydney's Madame Tussauds.

  • Duration:All day
  • Location: Darling Harbour, Sydney
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $37.90 (Child)
  • Price: $39.60 (Adult)

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Circus workshop

Circus workshop from RedBalloon

Learn the tricks of the circus with this interactive workshop run by qualified and enthusiastic trainers.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Sydney
  • Ages: 5-15 years old
  • Price: $33

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Soccer training sessions

Soccer training sessions from Groupon

Introduce kids to soccer with training sessions and let them learn the basic concepts of the game including ball skills and how to be a team player.

  • Duration: The pass includes two sessions
  • Location: Various locations across Sydney
  • Ages: 2-12 years old
  • Price: $6 for two lessons

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Event cinemas movie pass

Event cinemas movie pass from Groupon

Treat them to the latest and greatest kids flicks for a fraction of the cost these school holidays.

  • Duration: Varies
  • Location: Event cinemas in NSW
  • Ages: All
  • Price: $13.50

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Manly snorkel trip and nature walk

Manly snorkel trip and nature walk from Viator

They'll love diving beneath the surface with a local guide at their side as they explore the underwater world searching for groupers and cuttelfish. Kids as young as 8 can get involved and after the adventure is over you can relax on the sandy shores - with a picnic and blanket, naturally.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ages: 8+ years old
  • Price: $45 (child), $69 (adult)

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Whale watching cruise

Whale watching cruise from Viator

Imagine the thrill of spying these majestic beasts of the ocean as they swim alongside your boat, migrating along the coast of Australia. Who knows, if you're lucky they might even swim close enough to say hello.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Location: Sydney Harbour
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $50 (child), $94 (adult)

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Capoeira Topazio Class

Capoeira Topazio Class from Groupon

Teach the kids a new skill as they get fit with this fun and challenging martial arts class. Adult classes are also available.

  • Duration: One class, however you can purchase a multi-class pack
  • Location: Capoeira Topazio, Surry Hills
  • Ages: 3-11 years old
  • Child price: $9 per class
  • Adult price: $11 per class

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Kids Spy Network

Kids Spy Network from Groupon

Let them make their own adventure in your very backyard with this budget-friendly spy mission pack. It's ideal for parties of three so the whole fam can band together to sleuth their way to crime-solving victory.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $9

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Skateboarding classes

Skateboarding classes from Classbento

Learn how to do cool tricks with a skateboarding class. This experience can be customised and is a great way for friends to catch up during the school holidays. BBQs can also be organised if needed.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Redfern Oval, Elizabeth Street, Redfern NSW
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $30 per person

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More than $50 activities for kids in Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb from RedBalloon

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a rite of passage that locals and visitors should experience at least once.

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Sydney
  • Ages: 8 years and over
  • Price: $208 (Child)

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Sydney Harbour cruise with Taronga Zoo entry

Sydney Harbour cruise with Taronga Zoo entry from RedBalloon

Spend a day out at the zoo with cruise transfers from Sydney CBD. It's all sorted for you and makes for a perfect day out.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Cruise departs from Circular Quay, Sydney
  • Ages: 4 years and above
  • Price: $59
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Featherdale Wildlife Park entry

Featherdale Wildlife Park entry from Klook

Spend a day getting up close and personal with some of Australia's native animals.

  • Duration: Full day entry
  • Location: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonside
  • Ages: 3 years and above
  • Child price: $18 (3-15 year olds)
  • Adult price: $25

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Luna Park rides pass

Luna Park rides pass from Viator

Spend a day at Sydney's most iconic theme park. It's free to enter but if you want to get on multiple rides you can purchase an unlimited rides pass.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Milsons Point, Sydney
  • Ages: Participants must be at least 130cm tall
  • Adult price: $25

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iFly indoor skydiving

iFly indoor skydiving from RedBalloon

If you've ever wondered what skydiving feels like, look no further than iFly, an indoor skydiving experience that is as close to the real thing that you'll find.

  • Duration: 4 flights taken as 2 double flights
  • Location: Penrith
  • Ages: 3 years and above
  • Price: $149
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Eastern Creek Karts

Eastern Creek Karts from Groupon

A great school holiday activity for adrenaline junkies to experience being in control of a race car.

  • Duration:30 minutes
  • Location: Eastern Creek
  • Ages: 6 years and above. Children aged between 6-18 must have a parent present to sign for them
  • Price: $55(Child)
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SCG stadium tour (family pass)

SCG stadium tour (family pass) from Viator

Cricket fans will go ape over this insiders look at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Moore Park, Sydney
  • Ages: No minimum age
  • Child price: $8
  • Adult price: $27
  • Family pass: $78 (2 adults, 3 children)

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Blue Mountains tour

Blue Mountains tour from finder.com.au

Spend a day out in the bush exploring the iconic Blue Mountains region. This tour also includes a trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park and a stop a Scenicworld.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Pick-up from Sydney CBD
  • Ages: All ages
  • Child price: $100
  • Adult price: $135

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Chocolate making class

Chocolate making class from Classbento

Parents will score major brownie points with their little ones by taking them to make their own freckles, chocolate bars, lollipops and other kid-friendly treats with this chocolate making class.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Middle Head Rd Mosman
  • Ages: 8-16 years old
  • Price: $80

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Art class for kids

Art class for kids from Classbento

Bring your kids to an art class where they'll learn the basics of drawing and colouring with pastels.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Sydney
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $100

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French Little Chef cooking class

French Little Chef cooking class from Classbento

Let the kids learn how to make French recipes with this 2-hour fun and hand-on class.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Maroubra, NSW
  • Ages: 6-12 years old
  • Price: $60

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Indoor trampoline and climbing entry

Indoor trampoline and climbing entry from RedBalloon

If your kids have energy to burn, this is the place you want to take them. Enjoy a day out at Sky Zone where the whole family will be entertained with activities like dodge ball, climb walls and over 100 interconnected trampolines.

  • Duration: 1 hour of climbing and 1 hour on the trampolines
  • Location: Alexandria, Sydney
  • Ages: Climbers must be at least 5 years of age or over 110cm
  • Price: $185 for a family of four
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Kids chocolate workshop

Kids chocolate workshop from Classbento

Experience making your own chocolates in a real chocolate factory.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Kimberley Chocolates, 209 Lilyfield Rd, Lilyfield NSW
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price : $75

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Kids sushi class

Kids sushi class from Classbento

Learn how to to make sushi with top quality Japanese ingredients.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Location: Loft And Earth, 70 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction NSW
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Child Price: First child free, second child $50
  • Adult Price: $150

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Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains day tour

Jenolan Caves 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'll enjoy a guided cave inspection.

  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Location: Departing from Circular Quay, NSW
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Child price: $85
  • Adult price: $150

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Art kids workshop

Art kids workshop from Classbento

Practice the skill of painting, drawing and learning the significance of fine art.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Bondi Beach, NSW
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $80

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Free things to do in Sydney over the spring school holidays

  • Bushwalk in Sydney Harbour National Park, where there's plenty of tracks to choose from varying in length and difficulty.
  • Go for a bike ride or bush walk along the harbour or take a stroll through Sydney Park. They've got plenty of facilities and flat paths.
  • Nuture their creativity as they cut, glue and draw a masterpiece you can be proud of at Craft Corner at the Harry Jensen Centre. Thursdays 1-3pm.
  • Get active at Sydney Olympic Park, where Kids in The Park offers a range of free activities including scavenger hunts, clean up days and bird watching.
  • Wander around Royal Botanic Gardens and find the perfect spot for a sunny picnic. It's a breezy day trip that won't cost you more than your transport into the city.
  • Explore the Art Gallery of New South Wales or the MCA's free exhibits. There's something for everyone and come equipped with cafes to put your feet up in after.
  • Hit up a local beach like Manly or Bondi for something iconic or visit a smaller beach like Milk Beach or Parsley Beach which are sheltered and offer gentle waves. Although the weather is likely to be on the cooler side, there won't be large crowds and you can have enjoy a sunny day out with a picnic overlooking the beach.
  • 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. The unlimited riders pass will give you access to Winterfest during the upcoming school holidays, where you'll have access to an ice rink and additional activities happening around the park.
  • Marvel at the works of Australia's budding young photographers at the Little Sydney Lives 2019 exhibit. All 20 finalists work are on display at Hyde Park from 19 September - 13 October 2019.

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