24 spring school holiday activities in Sydney 2016

Making plans for the spring 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 spring break that fit the bill.

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Top school holiday activities Sydney

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  • Includes entry to Wildlife Sydney
  • 30-minute Thunder Twist adventure
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Oz Whale Watching from

Sydney Princess Cruises / Oz Whale Watching

  • 4-hour whale-watching adventure
  • Available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Buffet BBQ lunch included
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$50 (child)

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Sydney Flexi Attractions Pass

  • Entry into up to 5 Sydney attractions including Sydney and Bondi Hop On and Off buses, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House and Oz Jetboating
  • 3-month validity
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$59 (child)

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Lantern Sydney Ghost Tours

  • 90-minute walking tour through The Rocks
  • Optional dinner
  • Price is per person with discounts available for children
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Sydney Tower Skywalk + Thunder Twist Combo from

Harbour Jet

  • 30-minute Thunder Twist experience
  • Entry to Sydney Tower Skywalk
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$79 (child)

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7 spring school holiday events in Sydney

  • Take a walk through Sydney's gardens in the annual Art & About exhibition. Little Sydney Lives is great for kids as it showcases young photographer's works. 15 September to 9 October at Hyde Park. 
  • Skate at the Silent Ice Skating Festival. The rink is open from 10am with the silent disco starting at 4pm. 23-29 September at 28 Broadway Chippendale.
  • Play with augmented reality at the Powerhouse Museum. When school's out the museum hosts all manner of school holiday programs for budding scientists and curious minds. 24 September - 10 October at the Powerhouse Museum.
  • Get on your bike at the annual Sydney Rides Festival - it's packed full of family days out, night rides, film, art and food. For kids on holidays, the one to be at is Sydney Rides the Park on October 8. It's a day of BMX displays and unicycle rides in Sydney Park. Riding to the venue is encouraged. 4-23 October, various locations.
  • Be entertained at the Seymour Centre. During the school break two fun productions for younger and older kids will be performed. Spot brings the beloved dog alive on the small stage while Erth's Dinosaur Zoo is a prehistoric adventure for ages 5+. 27 September to 1 October, Seymour Centre.
  • Go wild at the Australian National Maritime Museum as it celebrates the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. For kids, there will be interactive theatre shows and workshops. 25 September to 9 October, Australian National Maritime Museum.
  • Tap into your creative side at an urban art workshop where they will make unique artworks from a variety of odd materials. Perfect for kids 5-15 years old. 4-9 October, 1/11 Harbour Street, Sydney.

5 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)
  • It still might be too chilly to swim, but consider a picnic at a local beach like Manly and Bondi, to the more-sheltered shores of 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

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Stephanie Yip

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