School holiday activities in Sydney for 2021
This is your guide to entertaining the kids at home or out and about during the school holidays in Sydney.
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School holidays are what kids dream about all term long. This leaves you, the parent or carer, with the task of finding the best activities to keep them entertained. So we've searched high and low for the best things to do whether you're out and about, at home or on an exciting day trip outside Sydney.
Outdoor activities in Sydney for the school holidays
Register for a fun holiday camp
Let your kids get the most out of the two-week break by signing them up for a school holiday camp where they'll be able to work on their skills across basketball, surfing and dance.
Become a Basketball Pro
Cheerleading Holiday Camp
Head indoors for an adrenaline rush
There's bound to be some rainy days during the winter school holidays, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on any of the fun. There are plenty of exciting activities to keep you and your kids entertained.
Splash Room Experience
F1 Racing Simulation Experience
iFLY Downunder Indoor Skydiving in Sydney
Spend a day at the theatre
With live theatre performances back in action, heading out to a show is a great way to spend a day during the school holidays.
The 13-Storey Treehouse Tickets
Potted Potter Tickets
Miss Peony - Preview Tickets
Plan a visit to Sydney's top wildlife attractions
If your kids love animals, treat them to a day out at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or Taronga Zoo.
Sydney Attractions Pass
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Pass
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Put the pedal to the metal with a go-karting experience
Just because your little one is too young to drive on the road doesn't mean they can't drive around a race track. Ideal for older kids, go-karting makes for a great activity when catching up with friends during the school holidays.
6HP Karting Experience for Children
Double Karting Experience for Adult and Child
Karting Experience for Children
Discover the history of Sydney
If you're looking for something new and interesting to do during the school holidays, you can't go past a tour that gives you a glimpse of Sydney's past. If your kids like a good ghost story, watching the cricket or learning about Australian history, these activities will be right down their alley.
Behind the Scenes Tour of Sydney Cricket Ground
Aboriginal Heritage Sydney Walking Tour
Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour
Sign up for a virtual class
Avoid having restless kids at home during the school holidays by signing them up for a virtual online class. Choose between individualised private lessons or group classes for a more interactive social experience.
3D Design & Coding Class - Roller Coaster Designer
Scratch Beginner Online Coding Camp
Online Craft and Fitness Program
Go camping under the stars
Enjoy quality family time these school holidays at home or a few hours away from Sydney with a camping trip in the great outdoors, filled with roasting marshmallows and enjoying nature at its finest.
Horse Riding Adventure and Overnight Camping
At Home Glamping Experience
2 Day Hiking & Camping Trip
There's no better way to get out and about with your kids than by seeing Sydney from the best vantage point. Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge or flying over Sydney's best attractions is an experience your little ones will never forget.
Seaplane Flight over Sydney Harbour and Palm Beach
Helicopter Shared Scenic Flight
Rise to the challenge of an escape room
Race against the clock with your teammates to solve exciting clues, riddles and puzzles, and make it to the end before the time runs out. This activity is perfect for kids who love problem solving.
Escape Room and Virtual Reality Adventure Combo
Escape Room Experience
Virtual Reality Escape Room Adventure
Ride in style across Sydney
Explore Sydney in a way that your kids will love. A bike tour is the perfect way to stay active and explore Sydney's best sights during the school holidays.
Sydney Classic Bike Tour
Manly Beach Sunset Bike Tour
Sydney Highlights Bike Tour
Get out on the water with a kayaking experience
For a fun day out, set your sights on a kayaking experience on the water and explore some of the best hidden beaches that Sydney has to offer around Sydney Harbour and Manly.
Sydney Harbour Kayaking Adventure
Manly Kayak Hire
Palm Beach Morning Kayak and Bushwalking Adventure
At-home activities in Sydney for the school holidays
Take a trip to the park
Keeping your kids active during the school holidays is a great way to ensure they're away from their screens and getting some fresh air. Planning a play date with your children's friends? A small gathering at a park is a great option. Whether you have a park close by or you want to venture out to find a new favourite, bring a bike, scooter or skateboard along and your kids will stay happy and occupied for hours.
Entertain the kids with a craft session
The school holidays are the perfect time to try something new. Take a break from Netflix and set up space in your house for your kids to delve into a creative project.
Bead Mosaic Workshop for Kids
DIY Mosaic Craft Box for Kids
Online Oil Pastels for Kids Class
Grab the popcorn and settle in for a movie marathon
If you want to set up a cosy movie night with the family, streaming services such as Disney+, Netflix and BINGE offer unlimited shows and movies for your children to pick from. You can even set up parental controls on Netflix or set up a Netflix Kids profile to control which shows and movies your children can access.
Completing a jigsaw puzzle or playing a board game is the perfect way to keep your kids entertained and their minds active during the school holidays.
Get creative in the kitchen
Kids love hands-on activities like cooking, so if you have a child who likes to get their hands messy in the kitchen, surprise them with a fun and immersive cooking class catered for kids.
Dessert Tart Making Class for Kids
Italian Cooking Class for Kids (5-12 Years)
Superkids Sushi Class
Play video games
If you have a gamer on your hands, it's likely they'll want to spend some time gaming with their friends during the school holiday break. Whether their console of choice is a Nintendo Switch, an Xbox or a PlayStation, there are plenty of classic and exciting new games for your kids to get their hands on.
Road trips you can take from Sydney during the school holidays
There's so much of New South Wales to see, and the school holidays is the perfect time to explore. For more inspiration, check out our guides on the best family holiday destinations in New South Wales and epic New South Wales road trips.
The Blue Mountains
Distance from Sydney CBD: 1 hour by car, or 2 hours and 40 minutes by public transport.
The Blue Mountains is a popular spot for hiking, bushwalking and lookouts. If your kids love nature and the outdoors, we recommend doing a day trip to the Blue Mountains during the school holidays.
Blue Mountains Guided E-Bike Tour with Snacks and Drinks
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass and Scenic World
Abseiling Experience from Katoomba
The Central Coast
Distance from Sydney CBD: 1 hour and 10 minutes by car, or 2 hours by public transport.
Known for its pristine beaches, adventure parks and coastal walks, a day trip to the Central Coast is the perfect way to spend a sunny day.
High Ropes Climbing Course
Horse Riding Guided Trail
Quad Bike Adventure
Distance from Sydney CBD: 3 hours by car, or 4 hours and 40 minutes by public transport.
Along the South Coast, you'll find calm bays, good whale watching spots and plenty of surf beaches. For a relaxing day out during the school holidays, the South Coast is the place to go.
Mogo Zoo Overnight Camping Adventure with Animal Encounters
Illawarra Fly Self-Guided Treetop Walk
Jervis Bay Dolphin Watching Cruise
See the latest Sydney school holiday activity deals
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Get $20 off per person when you book for 4 or more. Destinations include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Cairns, Brisbane and more.
$15 off all Australian activities with code
Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.
Get $5 off activities with code
Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $250 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Sunshine Coast and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.
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Available on all experiences until 31 December 2021 across Australia when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Whitsunday, Cairns, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.
Extra 10% off Sydney activities
Available until 31 August 2021, including during Vivid Sydney Festival, on activities such as hot air balloon flights, whale watching cruises, Sydney Opera House tours, attraction passes and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off Australia experiences
Available on select travel dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, high tea and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.
Get $10 off Vivid Sydney experiences
Available from 6-28 August 2021 on activities including cruises, skywalks and more. Minimum spend of $300 required.
Up to 31% off flying experiences plus an extra $5 off with code
Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include hot air ballooning, skydiving, helicopter scenic flights. Destinations include Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hunter Valley, Sydney and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 28% off things to do in Sydney + Extra $5 off with code
Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of 250. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives, whale watching cruises, dining, classes, high teas, spa treatments, getaways and attraction passes. T&Cs apply.
Up to 42% off activities for kids
Available on select dates, including school holidays, for activities like sandboarding, whale watching, jet boat rides, indoor skydiving, cruises, swimming, go karting and much more. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra and more.
Up to 42% off things to do in Sydney
Available on activities including soccer classes, driving experiences, hot air balloon flights, skydives, kayak tours, quad biking tours, whale watching cruises, jet boat rides and more.
Up to 69% off things to do in Australia
Available on select travel dates across Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and more. Activities include day tours, zoo and animal interactions, tandem skydives, hot air balloon flights, jet boat rides and more.
Up to 40% off things to do in Australia
Available on select travel dates on activities including hot air balloon flights, skydives, sightseeing cruises, whale watching cruises and dining experiences. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Perth, Gold Coast, Melbourne and more.
Up to 56% off Sydney dining experiences
Available on select cuisines including desserts, high teas and more.
Up to 15% off local activities
Available on select travel dates on activities including day tours, skydiving, hot air balloon flights, transfers, quad biking, attraction passes and cruise. Destinations include in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Cairns, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 60% off activities, experiences and things to do
Valid on select dates including holidays like Christmas, New Year's and more depending on the destination. Destinations include Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Taipei, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, New York and more. T&Cs apply.
Get $10 off Vivid Sydney private cruise for 2 with code
Available from 6-28 August 2021 for a 1-hour cruise and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Minimum spend of $300 required. T&Cs apply.
Get $5 off Vivid Sydney dinner cruise
Available on select dates from 6-28 August 2021. Includes a 6-course dinner and drinks. Minimum of $250 required. T&Cs apply.
Vivid Sydney: Up to 38% off 2-hour cruise with dinner + drink
Available on Sundays - Tuesdays from 8-24 August 2021.
Up to 40% off Vivid Sydney hop-on hop-off cruise experience
Available on select dates August - September 2021 for a 1 or 2-day pass.
Vivid Sydney: Up to 55% off half-day whale watching cruise
Available on select dates in August 2021 for a 4-hour cruise. Includes breakfast or lunch.
Sydney: Up to 42% off whale watching cruise
Available from June - October 2021, including Vivid Sydney dates.
Up to 51% off Vivid Sydney 45-minute cruise
Available from 6-28 August 2021 with Thunder Jet.
Up to 20% off BYO Vivid Sydney Festival cruise
Available from 6-28 August 2021 for a 90-minute experience.
Up to 25% off Vivid Sydney dinner cruise
Available from 6-28 August 2021 for a 90-minute cruise with Sydney Harbour Tall Ships.
Up to 40% off 2-hour Vivid Sydney cruise with dinner and drinks
Available from 6-28 August 2021.
Vivid Sydney: Up to 50% off cruise + drink
Available from 6-28 August 2021 with with Go Whale Watching for a 1-hour cruise
Up to 57% off Vivid Sydney cruise with Constellation Cruises
Available for a 90-minute cruise from 6-28 August 2021 and includes a welcome drink.
Up to 24% off 3-hour retro party Vivid Sydney cruise
Available on Fridays in August 2021 and includes finger foods and hot drinks.
Sydney Harbour tall ship cruise from $52
Available on select dates in 1-31 August 2021 for a 90-minute cruise experience.
Save up to 40% off Sydney attractions
Passes are valid for 12 months. Includes skip the lines at popular attractions including Taronga Zoo, Jenolan Caves, SEA LIFE Aquarium, whale watching cruises, Vivid Sydney cruises and more. T&Cs apply.
Get 10% off Sydney whale watching cruise experiences
Available on select travel dates when you buy 2 or more vouchers.
Up to $10 off Sydney helicopter flight experiences
Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $300. T&Cs apply.
$89: Taronga Zoo ticket with hop-on hop-off explorer cruise
Available from June 2021 - March 2022, including through Vivid Sydney.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets from $39
Available on tickets until December 2021, including during Vivid Sydney dates.
Up to 16% off WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo admission tickets
Plus get free cancellation on tickets until 31 July 2021.
Up to 25% off Sydney hop-on hop-off bus tours
Available on tours until March 2022, including during Vivid Sydney Festival dates.
Get 5% off Sydney Big Bus hop-on hop-off tours
Available on classic and premium deluxe tours from June 2021 - March 2022.
Up to 40% off Sydney hop-on hop-off cruise experience
Available on select dates until 30 January 2022 for a 1-day pass.
|Term 1 school holidays||5 April - 16 April 2021|
|Term 2 school holidays||28 June - 9 July 2021|
|Term 3 school holidays||20 September - 1 October 2021|
|Term 4 school holidays||20 December - 27 January 2021/22|
- Visit a library or museum, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art or the State Library of NSW
- Have a picnic at Centennial Park
- Explore the Royal Botanic Garden
- Learn about history at The Mint
- Stroll through Sydney to see iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge
- Do a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee
- Watch the sunset at Observatory Hill Park
- Spend a day at the beach
Technology Workshops: Available on various dates throughout the school holidays and school term. Get your kids up to speed with the latest coding and tech workshops that will allow them to gain new knowledge and keep their minds active.
Sydney Dance Company School Holiday Workshop: 28 June - 9 July. Whether theatre jazz, contemporary or ballet is your little dancer's style, there's a one-day or two-day workshop for them.
Kids Flower School Holiday Workshop: 3 July. Let your child's creativity run wild with a flower wreath-making workshop where they'll also learn about wildflowers and Australian native flowers.
Tynker School Holiday Program: 26 June. A fun introduction into the world of coding using puzzles to games.
Little Whales Kids Club: 21 June - 12 July. Perfect for kids with full-time working parents. This two-week school holiday program makes sure your kids are supervised during the day and also have a fun time participating in activities like dancing, reading and art. Morning and afternoon tea are included daily.
Le Ray Gymnastics School Holiday Camp: 1 - 2 July. If you've got a budding gymnast on your hands, look no further than this school holiday day camp filled with gymnastics, dance and activities.
DIY Robots School Holiday Workshop: 30 June. Your little ones will be fascinated creating their own robot made out of everyday items, batteries and DC motors.
RDM School Holiday Disco: 11 July. Dress up for an afternoon filled with music, dancing and nibbles to send off the winter school holidays at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.
Kids Art Adventures - School Holiday Creative Workshop: 29 June. Kids aged 12-15 will work through hands-on activities and create their own artwork at Manly Art Gallery and Museum using different coloured inks and materials to make their prints.
Intensive School Holiday Swim Program: Runs throughout the school holidays. Get your kids ready for summer with daily swimming lessons at Carlile Swimming.
Creative Writing School Holiday Workshop: 29 - 30 June. Head to North Rocks Shopping Centre for a writing workshop perfect for bookworms wanting to work on their creative flare.
School Holiday Space Slime Party: 30 June. Take your slime game up a notch by making your own space slime these school holidays.
What should I keep in mind with COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?
When planning your family's school holiday activities, remember to maintain good hygiene and social distancing. If you're planning to visit an attraction in an enclosed space, it's best to book in advance so you don't miss out.
Are all attractions in Sydney open?
Favourites including Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo are open during the school holidays.
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