School holidays in Sydney

Find our picks of the best activities for kids these summer school holidays
Kids play dress up at the Opera House's Junior Adventure
Photograph: Ken Leanfore
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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 summer school holidays. So get them away from screens and into adventure mode.

Then, if you need a family meal without any fuss, check out the best family-friendly cafés and best kid-friendly restaurants in Sydney. Or, get the whole gang out into the sun and set up for lunch at these 20 picturesque picnic spots around Sydney.

Keep them active at workshops and festivals

Woman walks through a crowd with a glass of bubbles.
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

So Frenchy So Chic

icon-location-pin Federal Park, Annandale
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While French wine and garden dining might immediately entice Sydney’s Francophiles to this annual Parisian summer party, the music at this year’s So Frenchy So Chic will really bowl them over with a completely lady-powered line-up. And it's family-friendly, with kids activities and free entry for those under 12.

Kids doing craft.
Photograph: Ryan Hernandez
Kids, Exhibitions

Craft Wars

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
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This full day workshop lets little padawan learners harness their craft abilities to create some stellar Star Wars projects. Armed with thermoplastics, cutter printers, articulated joints and mechanisms, they’ll create their own Star Wars character to take home.

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Kids at vet camp
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Kids

Future Vet Kids Camp

icon-location-pin Waverley College, Waverley
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This five-day holiday workshop gives kids a behind-the-scenes look into the world of veterinary science and animal care. There’s three individually tailored age categories that'll provide a mix of hands-on learning, vet and farm tours, and interaction with animals. 

Kids play dress up at the Opera House's Junior Adventure
Photograph: Ken Leanfore
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. Follow expert guides backstage to see how the magic of theatre comes together. See secret stage markings, learn fascinating facts and connect with you inner star by dressing up in costumes.

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Kids building a robot.
Photograph: Ryan Hernandez
Kids, Exhibitions

LittleBits Droid Inventor

icon-location-pin Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo
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The fictional galaxies of Star Wars have been igniting imaginations for decades, and kids are becoming more excited about robotics than ever. In this full day workshop, they can learn how to create their own mini Star Wars bots, from your R2D2 types to a more classical C3P0 friend. 

Take the kids to a show

One man pours green slime on another.
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Kids

Ickypedia

icon-location-pin Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre, Sydney
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The Listies have garnered quite the reputation for being every parents favourite kids’ entertainer. In their latest show, Ickypedia, expect a stage full of slapstick comedy, improvised chaos, giant inflatable snot monsters, toilet roll cannons, and bin juice bubbles on stage.

Two men perform kids show on stage.
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Kids, Book events

The 91-Storey Treehouse

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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At this live storytelling event, Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, The 91-Storey Treehouse, will come to life with another 13 wacky levels added to the funny structure in the internationally renowned Treehouse children's book series.

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Families enjoy a film outside at the Village Green
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Kids, Fairs and festivals

Little Darlings Night Owls Kids Film Festival

icon-location-pin Darling Quarter, Haymarket
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Free outdoor movies return in January as the Little Darling Night Owls Kids Film Festival sets up roost on Darling Quarter’s Village Green for another year. There'll be 17 nights of free movies and live entertainment out on the green, with plenty of eateries close by for grabbing dinner. 

Man rides a unicycle dressed as Mozart.
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Kids, Music events

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Meet Wolfgang Mozart: a man with dexterous moves, a daredevil’s spirit and a musical talent beyond your average circus performer. In this lively kids' performance the artistry of Mozart will become more than music on the stage of the Sydney Opera House. 

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Man and young woman dance in colourful ballet costumes.
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Storytime Ballet: Coppélia

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This comic ballet isn’t traditionally performed for crowds of tutu-clad children, but this rendition of Coppélia will delight kids aged three and up. The recital runs for just under one hour, with magic tricks, colourful costumes, toys and friendly narration.

Steve Backshall with Reticulated python
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Deadly 60 Down Under

icon-location-pin Sydney Opera House, Sydney
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Naturalist and television presenter Steve Backshall will bring his adventure and wildlife series Deadly 60 back to Australian audiences for a live performance, sharing footage from his recent Aussie adventure of death defying experiences in the Australian outback and bush.

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Characters in costumer.
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Kids, Music events

The Jungle Book: The Next Chapter

icon-location-pin Vaucluse House, Vaucluse
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If the bare necessities made you forget about your worries and your strife as a littlun, take your own brood of kidlets to the next exciting step in Mowgli and Baloo’s jungle adventures. This new production follows the whole gang reunited several years after Mowgli has left the jungle. 

Explore treasures at a museum

Kids at the Taronga Zoo Dinosaur exhibit.
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Kids, Active events

Rise of the Tarongasaurs

icon-location-pin Taronga Zoo, Mosman
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Ten life-size animatronic dinosaurs will join the herd at Taronga Zoo until February 3 on the Dino Trail. The whole family will get a thrill searching for the monstrous Tyrannosaurus Rex, the feisty Raptor, and the spitting Dilophosaurus. There’ll also be dinosaur talks presented twice a day and a dig for fossils running during the program.

Museums, Science

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep

icon-location-pin Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour
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Film director James Cameron is best known for his blockbusters Titanic and Avatar, but he’s also an avid deep sea explorer. Kids can explore his underwater worlds and get a behind-the-scenes look at Cameron's cinematic masterpieces.

They'll be busy while you enjoy a beer

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