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School holidays in Sydney

Find our picks of the best activities for kids during the winter school holidays

Kids running up the stairs of the Sydney Opera House on the Junior Adventure Tour.
Photograph: Anna Zhu
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Looking for ideas to coax the kids out the front door? We've found the best children's theatre shows, workshops, outdoor activities, festivals and museum exhibitions during the winter school holidays. There may be a few puddles to maneuver around, so we've also looked into some rainy day activities that are perfect for the little ones.

If they need more incentive to leave behind their electronics, boot them out the door towards Sydney's best trampoline parks and these places to go ice skating, or let them roam free (on a strict budget) at the best toy stores in Sydney.

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Keep them active at workshops and festivals

Winterlight
Photograph: Ali Mousawi
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Winterlight

icon-location-pin Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
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When the winter chill arrives, Parramatta is taken over by Winterlight. The frosty festival offers all kinds of wintery fun, from glowing carnival rides to warming, carb-heavy snacks and mulled wine, plus the all-important ice rink.

Kids at Way Out West Festival
Photograph: Ben Williams
Kids, Fairs and festivals

Way Out West Festival for Children

icon-location-pin Casula Powerhouse, Casula
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Sydney’s only contemporary arts festival for children and families is in its ninth year, promising more creatively fuelled fun for young people and their adult friends. WOW Festival will paint the Casula Powerhouse in wild colours this July, with workshops, performances and installations suitable for kids up to 15 years of age.

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Ice rink at Luna Park Sydney
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Kids, Play spaces

Luna Park Winterfest

icon-location-pin Luna Park Sydney, Milsons Point
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Strap on your skates and slide onto the ice under falling snowflakes at the outdoor ice rink, then sample wintery treats at Luna Park. There's usually gleeful holiday tunes and a canopy of twinkly lights to make the experience extra charming.

Kids and adults about to get on a toy train at the Peppa Pig Playdate experience.
Photograph: Dean Schmideg
Kids, Play spaces

Peppa Pig Playdate

icon-location-pin International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
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The whole family will enjoy meeting Peppa and her friends as they exploring the ten different adventure zones in this interactive space. Check out Peppa’s house, go for a ride on Grandpa Pig’s train, make some noise in the music room, jump on not-so-muddy inflatable puddles, and meet Peppa herself.

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People on the ice rink outside Cathedral Square.
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Things to do, Ice skating

Skating at Cathedral Square

icon-location-pin St Mary's Cathedral Forecourt, Sydney
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You and the kids will be able to ice skate every day of the school holidays at an open-air ice rink at the forecourt of St Mary’s Cathedral. New skaters can ask for a ‘Kanga’ – it’s a push-along aid to help with balance and totally acceptable for nervous grown-ups, too.

Kids running up the stairs of the Sydney Opera House on the Junior Adventure Tour.
Photograph: Anna Zhu
Kids, Active events

Junior Adventure Tour

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Curious kids are invited to embark on a behind-the-scenes adventure that’ll reveal the Opera House’s deepest mysteries. Kids will be shown secret stage markings, taught fascinating facts and given the chance to connect with their inner star by dressing up in costumes.

Take the kids to a show

Actors and robot puppets on a stage.
Photograph: Luke Cardew
Kids, Music events

Beep

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Mort’s village runs to a tight schedule, and they never deviate from the monotonous plan. Expect for one day when a young girl robot, Beep, falls from the sky. Her crash landing forces the town to reconsider their regimented life, and teaches them about unexpected friendship.

Actor dressed as Moana skating on ice.
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Kids, Music events

Disney on Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends

icon-location-pin Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
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They’ll be bringing out the golden oldies alongside new cartoon kids on the block for this ice skating Disney extravaganza. It's set to be an exciting interactive adventure for young film fanatics, and it’ll see the plucky Moana and stubborn demigod Maui on skates for the first time.

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Actors dress as characters from the children's play.
Photograph: Christina Mishell
Kids

The Ugliest Duckling

icon-location-pin Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
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The classic tale of The Ugliest Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen comes to life in this theatre adaptation. It's suitable for kids between the ages of 5 and 8, with a powerful message about celebrating the beauty of differences. 

A large red tree against a yellow background
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Kids, Active events

The Red Tree

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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The Red Tree is based on Shaun Tan’s novel which uses surreal illustrations and minimal text to share a journey through a dark space – whether that be an emotional realm or a physical one is up to each readers’ interpretation. In the stage production, we’ll follow a young girl who doesn’t want to get out of bed.

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Two men dancing in the street.
Photograph: Veassna
Kids, Active events

Between Tiny Cities

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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This unusual performance sees dancers Erak Mith from Phnom Penh and Aaron Lim from Darwin compare their experiences of hip hop culture through movement in a 40-minute dance-off style performance. Together, they’ll explore ideas about culture, locality and individual style.

The 360 Allstars doing acrobatics on stage.
Photograph: Matt Loncar
Kids

360 Allstars

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Whether your little rascal is keen on the skate park or the dance studio, the BMX world champs, internationally renowned breakdancers and skilled basketball freestylers from the 360 Allstars are sure to entrance them with impressive flips, jumps and thrills in this stage performance. 

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Wolf with children, nursery rhymes
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Kids, Book events

Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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You’re well acquainted with Cinderella and you’ve known Jack and the Beanstalk for years, but you’ve never seen them like this before. Shake and Stir Theatre company will bring Roald Dahl’s beloved poems and your kids' favourite fairy tales to life on stage – but with a revolting twist. 

Theatre, Musicals

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

icon-location-pin Capitol Theatre, Haymarket
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While this stage production has received luke-warm reviews, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remains a classic that every generation can get on board with. What the Broadway show lacks in imagination (ironically), it makes up for in nostalgic storyline charm and performer enthusiasm that kids will love.

Explore treasures at a museum

Kids play with building cut-outs.
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Kids, Exhibitions

How Cities Work

icon-location-pin Museum of Sydney, Sydney
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[Sponsored] If your little roadrunners have a fascination with the concrete jungle around them, you can blow their minds with architectural and urban design facts at How Cities Work. This interactive exhibition showcases everything from the city's green spaces to the secret underground world of sewers. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards
Photograph: Valter Bernadeschi
Art, Galleries

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

icon-location-pin Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour
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[Sponsored] This exhibition is one for little David Attenborough fans. It showcases the best of the natural world, but also the patience, ingenuity and talent of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife so they can get that one incredible shot.

Have a pint while they're on the playground

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