In 2014, schools in New South Wales break up for two weeks from the end of June. If you're looking for ways to entertain your family over the winter holidays there are plenty of options in Sydney.
Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo where you can get up close with animals from around the world. For a special treat, book in for their Roar and Snore program to spend the night camping at the zoo. Wake up on Sydney Harbour to the roar of a lion or an elephant trumpeting and experience behind the scenes animal encounters before the crowds.
At Darling Harbour you can enjoy other natural exhibits at WILD LIFE Sydney and SEA LIFE Aquarium or go to the IMAX Theatre and enjoy a film on the world's biggest screen.
In the east, Bondi is home to the annual Winter Magic Festival. Here you'll be able to play on funfair rides, enjoy street food and take to the ice skating rink. To the north of the city is Luna Park, a permanent and long-standing mecca of kids’ entertainment and rides.
Over the weekend of 5 and 6 July take your family to Sydney Olympic Park to enjoy the Toy and Game Expo. Families can try out the latest toys, get their hands squishy with Play-Doh, build lego machines, and play classic games such as Monopoly.
At the Allphones Arena from 9 to 13 July is Disney on Ice's latest performance, Treasure Trove, while the museums across the city, such as the Powerhouse Museum and the Australian National Maritime Museum have exciting exhibits for children of all ages.