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School holidays in Sydney

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

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Get your skates on for $22

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

Space and Ennui: Japanese Contemporary Dance

Family friendly, energetic Japanese performing arts shows are coming to the Japan Centre. Space & Ennui is a stripped back contemporary dance performance by two talents from Japan: Teita Iwabuchi and KENTARO!!. Iwabuchi infuses Japanese martial arts and butoh into contemporary choreography. KENTARO!! grew up learning street dance, decided to incorporate dramatic elements into his choreography after learning contemporary dance. Each 30-minute solo performance is followed by a Q&A.

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Until Sat Jul 29

Bondi Winter Magic

In July, Bondi Beach will come to life with non-stop entertainment for its annual Winter Magic Festival. The biggest drawcard of this year’s festival is the new 32-metre high ferris wheel called the Bondi Eye, which will give visitors a 360-degree view of the beachy ’burb. Don’t worry, it’ll be perfectly warm up there in a glass box, sheltered from the coastal breeze. It’ll be particularly spectacular at night as the gondola has LEDs with 35 different changing colours and patterns. It’s open from June 30 to July 16 (so during the school holidays, but running shorter than the rest of the festival) and skating is $22 for adults; $69 for family tickets. 

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Bondi Pavilion , Bondi Beach Until Monday July 31 2017

International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

Sydneysiders will get the chance to see and interact with a recreation of Sherlock Holmes and his dear Watson’s sitting room at 221B Baker Street alongside original Arthur Conan Doyle artefacts in a new exhibition by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (the Powerhouse Museum). The exhibition will be an interactive journey into the world of the most famous detective in the world, whether you know him from the books, the movies of the TV shows. You’ll be able to try your hand at vintage forensic experiments, including blood splatter analysis and a steampunk-y footprint machine. 

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Powerhouse Museum , Ultimo Until Sunday October 8 2017


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

Get out of the house, even when it's raining

Rainy day activities for kids

When it rains in Sydney, it pours. So it pays to have a few wet-weather saviours up your sleeves for when the kids are home and bored with cartoons and colouring-in books. 

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By: Emma Joyce