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School holidays in Sydney

Find our picks of the best activities for kids these autumn school holidays

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Looking for ideas to entertain the kids? We've found the best children's theatre shows, classes and workshops, outdoor activities and museum exhibitions during the autumn school holidays. If you need a quick fix, check out the best family-friendly cafés and Sydney's best playgrounds

Diary of a Wombat

Audiences aged three and over will meet Mothball, a naughty wombat bored with her daily routine. She goes in search of shelter and food but creates chaos in the lives of the humans around her as she mischievously wrestles with doormats, bins and washing lines in her path. Spending her days scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball soon learns that with a bit of persistence, humans can quite easily be trained.

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Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre , Sydney Saturday May 27 2017

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies

After a sell out London debut, Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies is headed to the Royal Botanic Garden for the Easter holidays. Travelling from the Dream Land on a special adventure to Bubble Land, Mustardseed, Moth, Cobweb and Peasblossom go on a quest with Tink to find their wings, learning about the different worlds they’re from in the process. 

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Royal Botanic Gardens , Sydney Saturday April 29 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017

Sculpture at Scenic World

Take the trip down the steepest railway in the world, then make your way along Australia’s longest elevated boardwalk, to discover an exhibition by more than 40 artists in the Jurassic rainforest – Sculpture at Scenic World 2017. Local, interstate and international artists have created works specifically to be installed in the rainforest along the Scenic Walkway. As part of this year’s Sculpture at Scenic World, there is a program for children called Sculpture for Small People that encourages kids to engage with the artists and methodologies employed in their works.

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Scenic World Until Sunday May 7 2017

Experimentations

Experimentations is a permanent exhibition at Powerhouse Museum that first opened in 1988. It’s had a recent update to introduce 2017 learning frameworks and it’s now the most interactive part of the Museum. Kids can get hands-on with science and design experiments with the opportunity to make, break and create. The exhibition is open daily and it’s free with museum entry. Experimentations is suitable for ages 5-12.

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Powerhouse Museum , Ultimo Until Sunday March 25 2018

The Wiggles

Since opening in 2011, The Wiggles exhibition has been a huge hit. This year it’s had an exciting upgrade, including new content on display and personal keepsakes from the new members, such as Lachy’s first teddy bear and Emma’s childhood ballet shoes. Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword are all still on show, but there’s lots of new stuff to check out. For example, the Big Red Car now sings the catchy song “Are you Buckled Up.”

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Powerhouse Museum , Ultimo Until Saturday March 24 2018

Spiders Alive and Deadly

You'll learn all there is to know about spiders, including their venom and silk, where they live, how they hunt, how they have adapted to changing environments and the critical role they play in our ecosystem. There are over 400 real specimens to see, including 30 alive and deadly spiders such as the funnel web, red back and tarantula. There’s also a venom lab where there'll be venom milking every day, as well as a cobweb room where visitors can witness the world’s largest cobwebs made by the golden orb spider.

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Australian Museum , Darlinghurst Until Monday July 17 2017
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Sand in the City

Sand in the City is based on our love of the seaside, and in particular the tactile enjoyment of scooping and shaping sand with our fingers and toes. You can play and interact with tiny versions of Manly Beach and Bondi Beach using ready-made moulds or your own Lego moulds to make sandcastles. You can create your own harbour waterway or grassy headland using digital technology and an overhead projector.

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Museum of Sydney , Sydney Until Sunday July 23 2017

Kids Baking Classes at Brasserie Bread

Got a mini masterchef on your hands? Award them the apron and head down to Brasserie Bread. The bakery and café has enlisted expert educators to guide kids through free baking classes while you kick back and have a quiet croissant to yourself. Each little kneader will learn how to make two baked goods they can take home and all ingredients and materials are provided. Participants must be at least 5 years old, and wearing closed toe shoes. And, make sure to book in advance, the classes are frequent, but there's only room for four kids per session. The best part? You don't have to do any of the cleaning.

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Until Sat Apr 29

Spend the Easter holidays on ice

You can now play bubble soccer on ice

This could be a recipe for broken bones and fat lips, but we’re sure the organisers at Macquarie Ice Rink know what they’re doing. The beloved ice rink at Macquarie Shopping Centre has recently completed a multi-million-dollar transformation, just in time for the April school holidays, and one of the new additions to the rink's program is bubble soccer.

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By: Emma Joyce

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