Keep them active at workshops and festivals
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
[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.
[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.