School holiday activities in Sydney 2019

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

School holidays. They're what just about every kid dreams of all term long, and it's up to you AKA 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 Easter break that fit the bill.

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Top activities for kids in Sydney

Book these now and sort out their school break early.

Less than $50 activities for kids in Sydney

SEA LIFE Aquarium entry

SEA LIFE Aquarium entry from Adrenaline

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
  • Accessibility: On-site parking available
  • Child price:$33 (4-15 years old)
  • Adult price:$46

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High ropes climbing course

High ropes climbing course from RedBalloon

Be bold and take the plunge at the 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 and you don't have to join in the action but can spectate for free.

  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Location: Abbotsbury, Western Sydney
  • Accessibility: Car parking available
  • Facilities: Toilets, picnic spaces, BBQ facilities, general playground areas and drinks are available. Food is not, please pack a picnic.
  • Ages: 10+ years
  • Child price: $38
  • Adult price: $48 (18+ years)
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Mini ninja experience

Mini ninja experience from Groupon

Play with the children at this play centre with warped walls, cargo nets, floating doors and steps, a spider wall, and more.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Sydney
  • Accessibility: On-site parking available
  • Ages: Minimum of 2 years old
  • Child Price: $5
  • Adult Price: $10

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Kids Intro Music Lesson

Kids Intro Music Lesson from Groupon

Let the kids learn about the musical world at an early age, let them enjoy an age-specific introductory to music.

  • Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
  • Location: International School of Music Leichhardt and North Strathfield
  • Accessibility: On-site parking available
  • Ages: 2-3 year olds
  • Price: $7.50

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Cables Aqua Park

Cables Aqua Park from Groupon

Prevent boredom with the wide selection of slides, bouncers, logs and other inflatable obstacles. Entry to the grounds is free however you'll have to pay to use the equipment. Ideal for kids' parties.

  • Location: Cables Wake Park, Penrith
  • Accessibility: Parking available
  • Free to use facilities: BBQs, picnic area, playground, basketball court, viewing area and jumping pillow
  • Ages: 6+ years. Kids under 6 can access the wet play area for free
  • Price: From $15 per person

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Eastern Creek Karts

Eastern Creek Karts from Groupon

Ride on a 9 horsepower go kart and experience to be a racers for 30 minutes.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Eastern Creek, NSW
  • Accessibility: Parking available
  • Ages: Children 6-18 must have a parent present to sign for them
  • Price: $50 per ride

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Soccer training sessions

Soccer training sessions from Groupon

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

  • Duration: Pass is for two sessions
  • Location: Various locations across Sydney
  • Accessibility: Varies per location
  • Ages: 2-12 years old
  • Price: $6 for two lessons

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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 art style. Adult classes are also available so you can learn the skill with them.

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

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Hula hoop class for kids

Hula hoop class for kids from Classbento

Meet new friends whilst learning all the tips and tricks to hula hoop with an experienced teacher.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Within 10km of the Sydney CBD
  • Accessibility: Near public transport
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $40 per person, less for larger groups

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Skateboarding classes

Skateboarding classes from Classbento

Learn how to skateboard and a few wheelie cool tricks as well. This experience can be customised and is great for birthday parties. BBQs can be organised if needed.

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

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More than $50 activities for kids in Sydney

Luna Park rides pass

Luna Park rides pass from Adrenaline

Spend a day at Sydney's 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
  • Accessibility: Short walk from Milson's Point station. Parking available.
  • Ages: Participants must be at least 130cm tall
  • Adult price: $55

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Jet boat ride in Sydney Harbour

Jet boat ride in Sydney Harbour from RedBalloon

Take a thrilling ride on the water where you'll experience 360 degree spins, power-slides and wave-jumps.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Sydney Harbour
  • Accessibility: Departs from outside Circular Quay station
  • Ages: 5+ years old
  • Child price: $49 (5-15 years old)
  • Adult price: $85
  • Accepts Afterpay

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SCG Stadium tour

SCG Stadium tour from RedBalloon

Cricket fans will go ape over this insiders look at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium. It's a 90-minute guided tour and afterworks you can hang around the Entertainment Quarter which is packed full of shops and markets over the weekend. It also has a cinema.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Moore Park, Sydney
  • Accessibility: Take a bus from Central Station or parking is available
  • Ages: No minimum age
  • Child price: $20
  • Adult price: $30
  • Family pass: $78 (2 adults, 2 children)
  • Accepts Afterpay

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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
  • Accessibility: Tour picks you up free from a city hotel
  • Ages: No minimum age
  • Child price: $100
  • Adult price: $135

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Sydney Harbour cruise with Taronga Zoo entry - family pass

Sydney Harbour cruise with Taronga Zoo entry - family pass from RedBalloon

Spend a whole day out at the zoo, including a cruise transfers from Sydney CBD. It's all sorted for you and makes for perfect day out for all. Bring a picnic to save on costs as zoo food tends to be expensive.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Cruise departs from Circular Quay, Sydney
  • Accessibility: Cruise departs right outside Circular Quay train station
  • Ages: 4+ years
  • Price: $188 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Child must be under 15 years old
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Featherdale Wildlife Park entry

Featherdale Wildlife Park entry from RedBalloon

Spend a day getting up close and personal with all their favourite Australian native animals.

  • Duration: Full day entry
  • Location: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonside
  • Accessibility: Parking available
  • Ages: 3+ years
  • Child price: $17 (3-15 year olds)
  • Adult price: $32
  • Family passes: $88 (2 adults, 2 kids)
  • Accepts Afterpay

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1-on-1 kids sewing class

1-on-1 kids sewing class from Classbento

Let the kids learn about basic stitches and when to use them with this sewing workshop.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: 107 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW
  • Accessibility: Drop-and-go class
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $120

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Chocolate making class

Chocolate making class from Classbento

Let the kids get busy on making their own freckles, chocolate bars, lollipops and other kid-friendly treats on this chocolate making class.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Middle Head Rd Mosman
  • Accessibility: On-site parking available
  • Age: 8-16 year olds
  • Price: $80

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Art class for kids

Art class for kids from Classbento

Learn the basic drawing and coloring with pastels.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Sydney
  • Accessibility: Teacher can also travel within 10km of Sydney for private classes with 10 or more students
  • 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
  • Accessibility: On-site parking available
  • Ages: 6-12 year olds
  • Price: $60

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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
  • Accessibility: This class can also be held at a location of your choice (extra fee will apply).
  • 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
  • Accessibility: On-site parking available
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Child Price: First child free, second child $50
  • Adult Price: $150

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Art kids workshop

Art kids workshop from Classbento

Learn how to paint, draw and the significance of fine art.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Bondi Beach, NSW
  • Accessibility: The teacher can also travel within 60km of Bondi Beach for private classes.
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $80

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VIP WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo tour

VIP WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo tour from RedBalloon

Get up close and personal with Australia's iconic animals in a VIP guided tour.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Sydney
  • Accessibility: On-site parking available
  • Ages: 4+ years
  • Child price: $45 (4-15 year olds)
  • Price: $150
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Jenolan cave and Blue mountains day tour

Jenolan cave 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 will enjoy a guided cave inspection.

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

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6 kid-friendly Easter school holiday events in Sydney

  1. Sydney Royal Easter Show. It's the big event of the Easter break in Sydney with award-winning produce on show, baby animals for kids to pet and rides and showbags galore. Early bird tickets are available to keep costs low. 12-23 April 2019.
  2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It's the musical of the season and it's running all throughout the school holidays at the Capitol Theatre. Relive your childhood and start new memories for them. It's a great day out with the kids or can be booked as a treat with the grandparents. Until 9 June 2019.
  3. Sugar Republic. If the musical is beyond your budget, sink your teeth into this fun day out instead. It's a pop up museum that heroes all things sweets and lollies. Adult tickets are $35 on weekdays or $39 on weekends. Kids under 2-12 years old are $29 each. Until 5 May 2019.
  4. The Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt. The annual event is a treat for kids who get to scramble around in search of those delicious chocolate goodies. 20-21 April 2019.
  1. City of Parramatta's Egg Hunt. Can't make it to the CBD? Live out west? City of Parramatta's Library is hosting an egg hunt for kids 6-8 years old. They can even make their own basket before they fill it up.
  2. Meet Peppa Pig at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Little ones can immerse themselves in Peppa Pig themed activities at two of Sydney's greatest attractions. This includes meet-and-greets, activity books and arts and crafts. 1-30 April 2019.

8 ideas for free school holidays activities in Sydney

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Go for a bike ride or bush walk along the harbour, or your local park Sydney Park. They've got plenty of facilities and flat paths.
  5. 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.
  6. Bushwalk in Sydney Harbour National Park, where there's plenty of tracks to choose from varying in length and difficulty.
  7. 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..
  8. 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.

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