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23 school holiday activities in Sydney 2017

Making plans for the autumn 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 Christmas break that fit the bill.

Let’s get started.

Top school holiday activities Sydney

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5 upcoming holiday events in Sydney

  • Carnival rides, cuddly animals, market food and so much more - what's not to love about the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show? 6-19 April. 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Get a history lessons at the Powerhouse Museum with its Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibit. 10 December - 25 April. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
  • Watch Disney come to life in Aladdin The Musical. Until 19 February 2017. Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket
  • Build sandcastles at the Museum of Sydney's Sand in the City exhibit. 3 December to 23 July. Museum of Sydney, Philip Street, Sydney
  • Explore the National Maritime Museum with its Kids on Deck program. It features art making, games and dress ups. Every Sunday. Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray 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)
  • Take a dip at your 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.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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