School Holidays in Sydney: Summer 2022
If you have just realised the end of term is fast approaching and wondering what to do in the school holidays in Sydney, we have you covered. There are plenty of choices, from low cost and free things to do across the city to fun day trips out of town. Read on and plan some fun days out in Sydney for your family.
- Summer School Holiday Ideas
- School Holiday Workshops and Activities in Sydney’s Museums
- Get Active – Things to Wear Them Out!
- For Foodie Kids
- Theatre in Sydney for kids
- Free Things to Do in the School Holidays
- School Holiday Activities for Teens
- Day Trips for the School Holidays
- School Holiday Dates in New South Wales
Summer School Holiday Ideas
The Summer School Holidays run from 16 December – 3 February
With 6 plus weeks to fill, the summer school holidays in Sydney require a bit of planning. From mornings at the park or playground to picnics and beach walks, it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors but remember to slip, slop slat.
School Holiday Workshops and Activities in Sydney’s Museums
Perfect for days when the sun goes into hiding or it’s too hot to be outdoors, Sydney’s museums and galleries have plenty to offer kids of all ages. Some of these activities will require prebooking, so please check the links provided before heading out.
The fabulous Sharks exhibition continues, and the museum has had a face lift in the last year so if you have not been for a while it’s time to schedule another visit to the Australian Museum.
You will see…
- Life-size shark models ranging from 50cm Epaulette Shark to the 8m Whale Shark,
- Augmented reality interactives where you can play with a Whale Shark or explore the contents of a shark’s stomach,
- Real, touchable shark specimens from the Australian Museum collection,
- Plenty of jaw-some stuff for kids and families!
The Australian Museum has several interactive experiences scheduled, including the popular Scientist for a Day.
Other options include:
- Nature Photography Workshops: These immersive workshops offer kids the opportunity to learn how to take pictures of nature, including live insects, museum installations and parts of the garden. It is led by nature photographer Tom Covell for kids aged 5-8yrs and 9-13yrs on the 27th and 28th of September.
- Cool Sharks: Clay sculpting workshop – Learn all about sharks and then create your own out of clay in these school holiday workshops for children aged 5-8yrs and 9-13yrs on the 29th and 30th of September
- Scientist for a Day: Mammalogist – Learn about mammals and see what it’s like to be a scientist in these full-day workshops for kids aged 8-12yrs on the 4th and 5th of October.
If you miss the boat on booking the special activities, you can jump back to the Age of Dinosaurs in this creative play space for kids of all ages. This area is free and does not require bookings.
Australian National Maritime Museum
Along with their regular exhibits, the museum offers two hands-on, creative workshops for kids aged 8-14 years.
Whale Song DJ Workshop: This workshop on digital music making offers budding artists the chance to create their own marine inspired songs and animated videos using underwater technology and to learn from scientists about how they use sound to monitor marine life.
Deep Sea Mystery Film Making Workshop: Participants will capture underwater footage and then learn film making techniques including scripting, directing, acting, prop-making and using green-screens to create their own mini movies.
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
Cost: $65-75 and $130-160, respectively.
Bookings and more info here
Convict Trail at Hyde Park Barracks
If you have not visited the Barracks since it reopened last year, now is a perfect time.
A special audio guide suitable for children aged 5-10 years will keep the kids entertained while they explore Sydney’s past. They solve puzzles using clues as they move through the collection.
Where: Macquarie Street Sydney
When: Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm, closed Christmas Day and Australia Day
Cost: Child $10, Adult $12, Family $32. Members and children under 5 are free.
Bookings and more info here
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife Sydney
One of the main attractions at Sea Life Sydney is Pig the Dungog, followed closely by the cute penguins and of course the sharks!
Wildlife Sydney Zoo offers the chance to get up close to some of the less well known Aussie animals, like a quokka and a numbat. You can also meet Kofi the tree kangaroo.
Where: Lime Street Darling Harbour
When: Open 7 days a week 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (last entry 4:00pm) during NSW school holidays. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays outside of the school holiday periods.
Cost: Single entry or multi passes available. Check for offers. You can combine these offers with your Dine and Discover vouchers.
If you have not made the trip to Sydney Zoo at Bungarribee, put it on the list for these holidays.
The zoo is great for families with flat paths perfect for little explorers feet. Don’t miss the pride of lions and, of course, the cheeky meerkats.
There are several animal encounters you can book if you want something special.
Check out our detailed guide to all of Sydney’s zoos and animal parks here
Where: Sydney Zoo
When: Open every day from 9am – 5pm
Cost: $40 adults, $20 kids 3-15 years – These are online prices – it’s at least $5 a ticket more expensive at the gate.
More details here
Australian Reptile Park
Is your child crazy for reptiles? Head to the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast this the school holidays! Learn all about the incredible ‘superpowers’ that these animals have.
Where: Somersby, Central Coast (30 minutes’ drive from Wahroonga)
More details here
Get Active – Things to Wear Them Out!
Family Fun Challenge by AmazingCo.
I love all the activities on the AmazingCo platform but this one jumped out as a great way for the family to spend some fun time together working on a common goal.
AAMI’s Clanger Buster Clinics
AFLW GWS Giants stars Alyce Parker and Alicia Eva offer FREE training sessions to kids 12-16 years during school holidays.
AAMI’s Clanger Buster Clinics will give the AFL champions of tomorrow the tools to sharpen their skills, improve their game and ultimately reduce their clangers on the field. [What is a Clanger? A clanger in AFL is an error made by a player resulting in a negative result for their side] AAMI hopes its support and delivery of the Clanger Buster Clinics will lead to continued growth in youth football – ensuring a solid base of future AFL and AFLW stars.
Where: Gore Hill Oval, St Leonards
Luna Park is has reopened with brand new rides to entertain the entire family.
The old favourites have been spruced up and new rides are ready to go, there will be in place by the end of the year.
Where: Luna Park Milsons Point
When: Open daily during the school holiday Friday-Monday at other times of year
Cost: Day passes from $34 – $44, annual passes $199
Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout
After being closed for the last year for renovation, the Pylon Museum will open for the school holidays. Climb 200 stairs (that should wear them out!) for amazing 360-degree views across the city. Along the way, learn more about the construction of the Harbour Bridge.
Where: Sydney Pylon Lookout
When: School holidays open daily
Cost: $19 adults
Archery at Olympic Park
Archery is perfect for improving hand-eye coordination and just a whole lot of fun too. The Young Shooters program at Olympic Park Archery Centre is a one hour class suitable for kids over 7-9 years of age. For kids over 10 years, there is a Sharp Shooters program. Neither requires any experience.
They are also offering Laser Tag sessions, and a combo pass for both activities will save you $$.
Where: Archery Centre, Bennelong Parkway Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: $19.50 or $32 combo sessions*
More details here
For Foodie Kids
If your kids love to cook or enjoy eating out, these fun activities will be a hit.
Sydney Seafood School Kids Dumpling-Making Class
This class will teach little hands how to make Chicken and Chive Pot-sticker dumplings and Poached Prawn dumplings. After trying their creations, kids will take home their own recipe book and apron. Afterwards, consider a walk around Blackwattle Bay to the Tram Sheds for dessert.
Where: Sydney Seafood School, Pyrmont.
More details here
Cake Decorating Classes
Enjoy family time at Novotel Sydney Central and indulge in sweet moments with a fully equipped cake decorating class conducted by the hotel’s Executive Chef. The kids can let their imagination run wild or explore their passion for cake decorating at this hands-on school holiday activity.
Where: Novotel Sydney Central
When: Friday, Saturday Sunday 1 pm to 2 pm during the school holidays.
Cost: $49 per child per session
It’s Par-Tea time – High Tea for kids
Treat your kids to a Par-Tea with the Novotel Sydney Central’s in-room kid’s high tea. Your kids will enjoy a range of sweet and savoury treats, plus a selection of hot or cold beverages including chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla milkshakes. The fun doesn’t stop there, the package also includes 2 activity packs and a Teepee Glamping pack.
Where: Novotel Sydney Central
Cost: Stay from $289 to book visit the Novotel website
Theatre in Sydney for kids
The Adventures of Cuddlepot and Snugglepie
This outdoor adaptation brings May Gibbs’ classic The Adventures of Cuddlepot and Snugglepie to life. Watch Cuddlepot and Snugglepie as they embark on an adventure to the big city to meet a human and see the friends and foes the meet on their way, including Mrs Kookaburra, Mrs Fantail, Mr Lizard, Mr Frog, Mrs Snake, Little Ragged Blossom and the Big Bad Banksia Man.
Presented by The Eaton Gorge Theatre Company and Centennial Parklands Sydney and adapted from the book Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs by arrangement with The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Suitability – All ages, tickets required for all ages over 2.
Where: Centennial Park
When: 24th-27th, 29th-30th September at 10:30am and 2pm.
Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?
Enjoy 55 minutes of songs, laughs and scary fun, perfect for kids 3+ and their adults.
Where: Seymour Centre
When: 30th Sept- 2nd October, times vary.
Cost: $41 (children under 12 months are free).
Free Things to Do in the School Holidays
Royal Botanic Gardens
Inside the Tide: Explore a marine dream of coral, kelp and coast with Inside the Tide! Step inside this spectacular world of aquatic delights in our new immersive exhibition.
While you’re visiting, let your kids explore the kid’s corner where they can discover life’s enchanting characteristics in the ocean. Activities include First Nations fishing, seagrass yoga and much more.
Where: The Calyx, Royal Botanic Gardens
When: Every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Darling Harbour Playground
Kids of all ages will enjoy a visit to Darling Harbour’s epic playground. With a massive climbing frame, a 21-metre flying fox and a bunch of swings suitable for all ages.
There are cafes and family-friendly food options surrounding the playground, making it easy to spend several hours here.
Camden Valley Inn
The Camden Valley Inn is hosting a series of free activities for kids this coming school holiday period.
From Monday 26th September, activities such as a magic show, lawn games, a Minions outdoor movie night, a reptile show and hungerball arena will be available for kids to enjoy for free. No bookings required.
Where: 290 Remembrance Drive, Cawdor NSW 2570.
School Holiday Activities for Teens
Alice in Wonderlands at the Grounds of Alexandria
Teens will find plenty of TikTok and Instagram fodder at the latest installation at the Grounds of Alexandria.
You will need to book a dine-in experience to guarantee access to the garden – it has been created for the restaurant and potting shed guests. There are two high tea options and the regular menus. See the link below for more.
Where: Grounds of Alexandria
When: 22-24 Apr
More details here
Day Trips for the School Holidays
Jump on the train or get in the car for a day trip. We have a bunch of fun day trips you can do on the train, but here are a couple of our favourite ideas.
Spring in the Blue Mountains
If you decide to spend the night, take the Katoomba Falls Night-Lit Walk
You can even see how many of these lookouts you can squeeze into one day.
School Holiday Dates in New South Wales
Below is a list of the vacation dates for this year and next so you can start planning. Please note many schools have school development days on the first day of each term. Private schools may have a week longer than these public school dates.
|Autumn break:||10 April – 21 April||TBC|
|Winter break||3 July – 14 July|
|Spring break:||25 September – 6 October|
|Summer break:||20 December – 5 Feubrary 2024|