Term 1 of school is nearly done for us here in Australia. Ten weeks – it went faster this year than it did last year! With the school holidays just around the corner I’ve put together some ideas of activities to get you through the days and weeks.
Lots of creepy crawlies to get up close to!
Why not be a tourist in your own town! There are many activities to do, free and paid, including a visit to Sydney Eye where you can view Sydney at a height; or walk around the new Barangaroo precinct and stop for view and some lunch or take a picnic with you and stop along the way. Hop on and off the big Red Bus to visit Sydney and Bondi. Take a break at the Opera House and have an ice-cream. Visit one of the many National Parks and enjoy a day of bush walking. Or do one of the many walking tours around Sydney and its suburbs.
This is a great activity to while away some hours with family and friends especially if the weather is gloomy.
Yes its technology but these camps are all about creativity, logic, fun and of course, app and game development.
Pack a picnic and put on your walking shoes (or hop on a bike or scooter). Head to Centennial Parklands where you can have a picnic, walk or cycle around the parkland, enjoy the kid’s playground and feed the ducks (Centennial Parklands recommends feeding the ducks grass or seeds as bread isn’t good for them).
A great place for the older kids who like to be daredevils!
Over the Easter school holidays there are some great activities and workshops on at the National Maritime Museum for kids aged 2 and up.
A new play space which allows imagination and creativity to have some fun! Based in Alexandria, NUBO also has a great café space for you to sit and watch your kids play. As it’s a fairly new space it will be extra busy on dismal days and if they reach capacity you will need to wait until people leave before gaining entry.
Everything Smurf at Luna Park this school holidays. Entry to the Smurfs attraction is available with any ride pass.
Soccer season is well and truly underway so why not try a school holiday soccer camp to keep up those fancy foot skills.
Of course the Easter school holidays wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the Royal Easter Show! There are many shows and rides for hours of enjoyment but I strongly recommend planning your day to ensure you get the most out of it and bringing your own food and drinks if you want to reduce the cost.
Head to the Entrance for the day to enjoy fish and chips for lunch (but watch out for seagulls), watch the pelican feeding sessions, and let the kid’s burn off some energy in Vera’s Water Garden. If it’s a nice day do The Entrance Heritage Walk or visit one of the many beaches along this part of the coast.
The Guardian Vacation Care program has just launched in Sydney’s CBD for 5-12 year olds. Activities range from Junior Masterchef competitions to Lego robotics to meditation. The program also operates in Sydney’s Inner West (Marrickville) and Melbourne’s CBD.
Are there any other activities you can suggest?
What are you up to over the holiday period?