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.
Term 1 school holidays
13 April - 28 April 2019
Term 2 school holidays
6 July - 21 July 2019
Term 3 school holidays
28 September - 13 October 2019
Term 4 school holidays
21 December 2019 - 27 January 2020
Top school holiday activities for kids in Sydney
Book these now and sort out their school break early.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Thomas Cook Magazine, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited over 50 countries (and counting). She has a passion for sharing her experiences and knowledge of travel and helping readers stretch their dollars while on holiday.
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