Sydney is full of fun things to do during the school holidays. Whether you’re looking for free outdoor activities to expend their energy or prefer to hang out in a museum to give them a cultural experience and expand their mind, there’s lots to choose from.
Zoos and wildlife parks
For the animal lovers, head to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium where they can meet the king and gentoo penguins, buddy up to a kangaroo at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or catch a ferry to Taronga Zoo where you can feed a giraffe or play on its sky high adventure course, Wild Ropes.
Newly opened Sydney Zoo exhibits a wide range of animal species from around the world, including African lions, orangutans and Sumatran tigers in an open-air setting. There are also interactive experiences on offer, where kids can get a closer look at some of the zoo’s residents, meet a meerkat or become a keeper for the day.
Hang out at Darling Harbour and visit the Australian National Maritime Museum where kids can climb aboard a submarine and a tall ship before spending the day at the playground at Darling Quarter, which boasts a 21-metre flying fox, climbing ropes and water games.
For kids that like to get amongst it and learn more about the world, take them to a hands-on workshop at the Powerhouse Museum to learn about space, technology and Australian history or to the Sydney Observatory so they can investigate the galaxy.
A trip to the beach is always popular with the kids, and there are exhilarating walks along the beaches and headlands, such as the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. World-famous Bondi Beach has plenty of kid-friendly cafes and Coogee Pavilion has a dedicated kid’s play area.
Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, where you can hire a bicycle from Manly Bike Tours and then have a well-earned relax on Manly Beach. From there, walk up to picturesque Shelly Beach which is a protected cove perfect for snorkelling and paddle boarding.
Children as young as eight can scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney and learn its fascinating history. Older kids will be thrilled by the nightly Rocks Ghost Tours where they can learn about Australia’s convict past.
If you have a kid that isn’t great at sitting still, sign them up for archery and cycling at Sydney Olympic Park or ride quad bikes with the Quad Bike King at the Sydney Dragway. In Penrith, go white-water rafting at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium or zip-lining at Tree Tops Western Sydney.