What to do with the young ones these September school holidays

6 September 2013

Paperbark Grove, Centennial Park

School holidays have a way of sneaking up that makes you wonder if you really had the same number of days off when you were a kid.

But fear not the cries of “I’m bored!” these September school holidays, as Sydney itself is a treasure trove of activities to keep your young ones engaged and entertained.

SEA LIFE Aquarium

The magical thing about aquariums is that they never grow old. You can never quite get enough of watching sharks lurk around behind the glass, or seeing the way penguins waddle  around so awkwardly on land but so gracefully underwater.

Darling Harbour offers visitors the SEA LIFE aquarium with its Bays of Rays, Discovery Rockpool, Mangrove Swamps and South Coast Shipwreck. It can boast that it is one of the world’s largest aquariums, and with around six million litres of water and over 70 exhibits, there’s no way you or the kids will tire of this attraction.

Luna Park

September brings with it an array of stunning spring days and warm weather, so get outside and make the most of it with the kids at Luna Park, the timeless and well-loved attraction for children from around Australia for almost a decade.

This is an ideal spot for under tens as there are plenty of rides like the ferris wheel or the space shuttle that are friendly to those who aren’t quite ready for the rollercoasters yet – although there are plenty of options if you’re taking a wee daredevil with you!

Taronga Zoo

In Mosman you’ll find a great gathering of beasts large and small at the zoo, just 12 minutes away from the city if you take the ferry.

You’ll love the seal show just as much as the kids, and the free keeper talks and other animal shows throughout the day will have you all learning new things about our wonderful wildlife.

While the powerful lions and cheeky monkeys will always be crowd favourites, don’t miss the bird show at the amphitheatre to see all the stunning winged creatures flying around your head.

Or if the kids have already visited the zoo recently, there are plenty of other zoos and wildlife attractions available throughout the school holidays in Sydney.

Cycle tracks

One of the best things about living in or near Sydney is the cycle tracks north of the city.

You can either hire bikes for each family member or pick up ones that let you strap your very young ones in the back seat to enjoy the experience – without the actual work.

For a family friendly option plan a visit to the Centennial Parklands.

There are options for all ages and skill levels, so pick your day and head out for an adventure!

Powerhouse School Holiday program

This popular museum in Pyrmont has a wonderfully diverse range of activities for the young ones to enjoy specifically for the school holidays.

They can make their own kaleidoscopes, play with glow-in-the-dark science or create shadows out of sand – it’s enough to make you want to be a kid again!

Most of these activities are free with museum entry and some will require bookings.

If you still need more ideas, have a look at some of these great options for free things to do in Sydney with the kids, the top attractions for the littlies or specially-designed tours for children.

With all of these fantastic options on hand, the holidays will simply fly by – almost as quickly, in fact, as if they were your own.

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