School holidays in Sydney

Find our picks of the best activities for kids these spring school holidays
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Looking for ideas to coax the kids out the front door? We've found the best children's theatre shows, classes and workshops, outdoor activities and museum exhibitions during the spring 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.

Take the kids to a show

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Kids, Fairs and festivals

Spot On Children’s Festival

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Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre will host five-days of stage productions, drama workshops and interactive musical performances for kids this October. The seventh edition of the festival will feature slapstick comedy and acrobatics in the family show Kaput, an interactive performance for toddlers with live music and dancers, and a combination of puppetry, animation and live music for the performance of the Adventures of Alvin Sputnik.

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Kids, Book events

Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

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Bambert is a tiny and curious man who spends his days writing. But Bambert doesn’t know where his stories should be set, so he attaches each of his beloved stories to a balloon and sets them out into the world. Will they return with inspiration from the distant places? This charming production centres around themes of friendship, loneliness and the power of imagination.

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Kids play dress up at the Opera House's Junior Adventure
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Kids, Active events

Junior Adventure Tour

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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 – participants will be shown secret stage markings, taught fascinating facts and given the chance to connect with their inner star by dressing up in costumes.

The Snow Dragon
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Kids, Music events

The Snow Dragon

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The kids’ imaginations will run off the chain on this magical adventure. This musical production from Tall Stories follows Billy the goat on a journey through a wintry forest to find the gift-giving snow dragon on new year’s eve. With friends Rosie the pig and Spike the hedgehog by his side, he’ll face off with wolves and meet more colourful characters as he figures out if he is deserving of his prize. 

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Kids, Music events

Yo Diddle Diddle

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The kids will be over the moon if you take them to this modern retelling of a classic nursery rhyme. It’s based on Tony Wilson’s novel which explores the friendship and resilience of the farm animals in the original tale. But the real drawcard is the hip-hop score by Adelaide’s DJ Tr!p. Because everyone’s favourite kind of cow is a rapping cow. 

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Museums, Science

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep

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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 who has led eight major expeditions. The exhibition will feature a recreation of a MIR submersible, hand props and costumes from the 1997 film Titanic, plus diving helmets, lights and underwater voice communication technology from Cameron’s 1988 film The Abyss. Kids can explore underwater worlds and get a behind-the-scenes look at Cameron's cinematic masterpieces.

Art, Galleries

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and exhibition showcase not only the best of the natural world, but the patience, ingenuity and talent of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife so that they can get that incredible, revealing shot.

Keep their minds active in a workshop

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Kids, Play spaces

Play World

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Whether your child is an avid Star Wars fan or is intent on developing expert skills in coding or car racing, there’ll be an activity, performance or workshop to engage and excite them at Play World. This two-day event invites kids to aged 4-12 to explore games and toys from industry leaders like Disney and Nintendo with hands-on experiences and imaginative play spaces. 

Don't leave them hanging for the monkey bars

Trampoline at Domain Creek Playground
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Kids, Playgrounds

The best playgrounds in Sydney

Got a wriggly little one? Let them run off some of that energy at these parks and playgrounds that know how to entertain the real bosses of the household.

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