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School holidays in Sydney

Find our picks of the best activities to entertain the kids over the spring school holidays

Written by
Time Out editors
&
Alannah Maher
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Spring is in the air, the September school holidays are upon us again – and we're doing it in lockdown, again. We're sure that is exactly the opposite of what anyone with some rugrats under their roof wants to hear, but we're here to help you make the most of more hols at home. Many events have been postponed or cancelled all together, but we've found plenty of fun to keep everyone occupied in between picnics and running around at the best parks in Sydney.

Some activities listed are eligible for the Creative Kids voucher, a $100 rebate from the NSW government to help school-aged kids to get involved in creative and cultural activities. You also still have time to use your Dine and Discover vouchers to make a saving on some at-home activities and ordering in for the family.

Make sure you're across what you can and cannot do in Sydney right now.

What to do with the kids in Sydney

Every school holidays, Leichheart's creative haven Art Est hosts a whole bunch of creative workshops. Your wriggly little humans and budding teen artists alike can get their hands busy learning the ropes of skills like illustration, painting, cartooning, mixed-media art and more with several one-to-two-hour workshops every day. Classes start at just $20. Check out the program and make a booking here. This activity is eligible for Creative Kids Voucher.

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Those with little ones in their care may be running out of ideas that are both educational AND fun. But panic not, Sydney's coolest galleries and museums have heaps of great suggestions that are easily whipped up and totally free – from sketching stegosauruses to creating animal-human hybrids – ensuring you keep the kids and yourself reasonably sane. If you're really lucky, they might even buy you some quiet time, too. 

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ClassBento is an online platform for workshops and classes taught by local experts. What's more, they've now launched livestreamed workshops, complete with a box of crafty goodies delivered to your door (and you'll pay zilch for delivery). While grown-ups can get into cocktail shaking and kintsugi, there are plenty more kid-friendly classes you can take with your mini-me, like crocheting, cake decoration, dumpling making, illustration, and more.

 

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Pottery is so hot right now – and the best part is, you can get stuck into it as soon as your hand-eye coordination is good enough to grab some clay and roll it into sausages and snails. Although they’ve had to close their studio doors to the public, a bunch of local ceramics studios have adapted their businesses (with some kid-friendly offerings to boot) so you can make some muddy magic at home.

 

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Taronga TV is back for Sydney's latest lockdown, so you can keep the kids occupied with livestreams from animal enclosures, behind-the-scenes 'sneak peeks’ and after-hours footage revealing what the keepers and the animals they care for get up to when the park is closed to the public. Hang out with the likes of yellow bellied gliders and squirrel monkey babies, live feeds from the elephant enclosure, the lion's den, the tiger's lair or the penguin pool.

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It’s true that kids will watch anything so long as there’s colour and movement, but every parent knows the difference between a show they’d happily let their child watch all day (ah, Bluey! So much warm humour and good parenting!) and one that makes you want to stab your own eyes out with a teething rusk (looking at you, Thomas the Tank Engine). So with that in mind, the parents among the Time Out family did a straw poll and came up with this top ten.

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