Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Autumn school holidays
The Sydney Opera House for kids
The Sydney Opera House runs a dedicated children’s program, ‘Kids at the House’, with plenty of great kid-friendly performances on offer, especially during school holidays. A free Creative Play program is run in the foyer, an interactive artwork for kids incorporating floors, walls and technology.
Autumn school holiday ideas in Sydney
From museums and wildlife to parks and beaches, there’s a huge range of attractions to keep the kids entertained all over Sydney during the Autumn break. For exhilarating rides, sideshow games and spectacular Sydney Harbour views, the beautifully restored 1930s fairground of Luna Park is a great attraction for the whole family.
Sydney also has excellent museums full of wonder and activities to explore. The Australian Museum is a fun-packed venue with a dedicated kids' program and a space for under-fives. Visit dinosaurs in a cool interactive environment that bring their world to life, or step into a kingdom of lizards and spiders. Kids can also spend a night at the museum, with regular supervised, themed sleepovers held during the school holidays.
Take the kids to the Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary to enjoy live shows and walk through the glass-ceilinged aquarium. Meet Manly’s adorable little penguins at Penguin Cove. Catch the ferry to one of Sydney’s most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo, for all-ages fun amongst a huge range of exotic and native animals. The Zoo Adventures school holiday program is also packed with fun activities. Go behind the scene’s with Taronga’s zoo keepers to learn all about their wonderful residents.
The Powerhouse Museum at Darling Harbour is a family favourite, with more than 250 awesome exhibits featuring climbable displays of retired and replica space shuttles and locomotives, as well as many other displays of industrial wizardry. The museum also houses the humorous Oopsatoreum, a display of fictional failed inventions. There are also workshops and special exhibitions.
Sydneys whale-watching season runs from May-November. Take a whale-watching cruise departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour or Manly. Gaze in awe at the majestic humpbacks as they cruise along the coast. Most companies offer a 100% guarantee to see whales so the kids wont go home disappointed!
At harbourside Luna Park, there are many magical corners waiting for younger kids to explore. At the Magic Castle, they can jump aboard a favourite fantasy character and take a spin around the castle, gliding and floating as they go. Another family favourite is the old-time Carousel with beautiful show-ponies, mirrors, lights and carnival music.
Offering breathtaking views across Sydney Harbour, Sydney Observatory in The Rocks is a public observatory open day and night. Take a close look at amazing historic and interactive exhibitions before climbing up into the famous telescope domes and exploring the sky. Visit the 3D Space Theatre and see the universe come to life through amazing 3D technology.