Autumn school holidays

Highlights

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.

  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
  • Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Autumn school holiday ideas in Sydney

Australian Museum, 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.

School Holidays Dates - 2016

HolidayStart dateEnd date
AutumnMonday, 11 AprilTues, 26 April
WinterMonday, 4 JulyMonday, 18 July
SpringMonday, 26 SeptemberFriday, 07 October
SummerMonday, 19 DecemberMonday, 23 January 2017
  • Whale Watching in Sydney

    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!

  • Luna Park

    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.

  • Sydney Observatory

    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.

  1. Dandy Lions

    Thursday 2 June to Thursday 30 June 2016, City Centre

    Dandy Lions program is especially designed for children under five years old. This unique and engaging program offers garden adventures for pre-schoolers and their carers. Nature-based art and...

    02 Jun -30Jun

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  2. East Kurrajong School of Arts Hobby Show

    Saturday 4 June to Sunday 5 June 2016, Hawkesbury

    Come and visit the beautiful Hawkesbury and Historic Windsor district, then travel up Putty Road and visit the East Kurrajong School of Arts Hobby Show.See and explore exhibits of all types at the...

    04 Jun -05Jun

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  3. Supanova

    Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June 2016, Sydney Olympic Park

    Supanova Pop Culture Expo, since 2000, is where the adoring public comes face to face with Supa-Star celebrities and the creative talent that inspire their imaginary worlds under one big roof...

    17 Jun -19Jun

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  4. Cumberland Gang Show - Imagine Musical Variety Performance

    Friday 8 July to Saturday 16 July 2016, Parramatta

    A spectacular musical variety performance - showing what young people can achieve when they power up their imaginations!Power up your imagination with a Back to the Future tribute complete with...

    08 Jul -16Jul

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  5. Silversmith School

    Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July 2016, Leichhardt

    Silversmith School - Winter Holiday Jewellery Workshop for kids.Explore your creativity and build skills and confidence at this fun and engaging school holiday jewellery workshop for budding...

    08 Jul -10Jul

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  6. Centennial Parklands Sports Camp

    Tuesday 12 July to Thursday 14 July 2016, Randwick

    Centennial Parklands offers a unique Multi-Sport Camp for children aged 6 to 13 years. The Multi-Sport Camp will give children the opportunity to enjoy a variety of sports, including athletics...

    12 Jul -14Jul

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  7. Ferragosto

    Tuesday 16 August 2016, Surrounds

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Sydney's favourite Italian festival, run by the City of Canada Bay is back this year for its eighteenth year.There is plenty to do for the...

    16 Aug

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    Free
  8. The Great Fete

    Sunday 21 August 2016, Hawkesbury

    Don't miss North West Sydney's biggest annual fete, and one of Sydney's largest school fetes attracting over 6,000 people a year. A great family day out held in the scenic grounds of...

    21 Aug

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    Free

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