Autumn School Holiday Programs And Activities For Kids In Sydney 2019

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Eek! Autumn school holidays are creeping up on us. So that the kids don't end up glued to the TV or iPad in the leadup to Term 2, make sure to book them in for some of these awesome activities running at museums, gardens, parks and farms around Sydney. There's something for every child here, and you're sure to find a location that suits you.

Peppa Pig At SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Squeeeeeel! Peppa Pig celebrates ‘15 Years of Muddy Puddles’ during the April school holidays with a pig-tastic marine adventure at SEA LIFE Sydney and an outback extravaganza at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo! 

Embark on a marine adventure to find Peppa’s friends and family among the marvellous sea life creatures. Keep a lookout for Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, George Pig, Suzy Sheep and Rebecca Rabbit amid as they explore the Great Barrier Reef with the colourful clownfish, dancing jellyfish and turtles. Then continue the adventure as Peppa goes to the Outback at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and meet the slippery platypus, furry koalas and hopping kangaroos!

Peppa Pig activities will run through the whole month with Peppa herself coming for daily meet and greets from Sunday 7 April to Sunday 21 April. Grab your special edition Peppa Pig Activity book with a trail and activities to complete throughout SEA LIFE Sydney and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo!

Where:   SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
When:    Monday 1 April to Tuesday 30 April. Meet and greets from Saturday 13th – Sunday 28th April
Cost:      Grab a cluster ticket (entry into both venues for 30 days) - $35 for children, $50 for adults. All Peppa Pig Activities are included in entry tickets.

Contemporary Kids At Museum of Contemporary Art

A drop-in program designed for kids 4+ and parents, this program will allow you to take a closer look (and listen) to the many artists in The National 2019: New Australian Art exhibition who use sound to express their ideas. Back in the Creative Studios, kids will love making some noise as they collaborate with family and friends to create experimental soundscapes and unconventional instruments. More information here.

Where:    Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
When:     14 - 18 April 2019; 11am - 3pm 
Cost:       $20 per family; $16 MCA Members & Concession

School Holiday Activities At Sydney Living Museums

Running across multiple locations, Sydney Living Museums' Autumn school holiday program is all about fun educational experiences that hone in on our history and heritage. Whether it's making damper and butter from scratch at Vaucluse House, or going on an Easter Egg Hunt at Elizabeth Farm, you're sure to find an activity that appeals to your little one. Kids 5+ will love Playing Shop at a circa 1915-style corner shop at Susannah Place Museum, where accompanied by a parent, they'll take on the role of a shopkeeper! Activities will include weighing goods on an old-school shop scale, making paper cones for take-home lollies, and writing up orders on a slate board. Click here for the full program list and all the details. 

Where:    Sydney Living Museums
When:     Tue 16 April - Sun 28th April 2019
Cost:       Varies depending on the activity

Mini Makers At The Australian Museum

Your little creators will love diving into the coolest underwater party. Mini Makers is a world of craft with bioluminescent sea creatures and the chance to rock out, like a seahorse, at the silent disco. This awesome school holiday program complements the current special exhibition Whales | Tohorā.

There's also Wild Yoga by yoga teacher and Play School presenter Rachael Coopes set in the stunning Wild Planet exhibition beneath a 17m whale skeleton and surrounded by 400 other animals including lions and tigers and bears. 

Where:    Australian Museum, Sydney
When:     13-18 April & 22-28 April 2019, 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm
Cost:       $8-$10 per child (Adults free after general admission)

Mega Creatures At Hunter Valley Gardens 

The dinosaurs are back! Come and see all of your favourite dinosaurs, dragons and creepy crawlies, including the giant T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus and more at Mega Creatures! And new for 2019 is the Archaeological dinosaur fossil dig and the all-new Dino Mights performing live! And it's not just prehistoric creatures, there's also fun for the whole family with a Ferris Wheel, Swing Chair, Carousel and Superslide - make it an adventure to remember. 

Where:    Hunter Valley Gardens 
When:     13 – 28 April 2019
Cost:       Family passes for $85

Granites Maze

Get lost at Granites Maze on the South Coast! The Maze consists of 2000 photinias trees planted to create a network of paths and hedges designed as a puzzle - solve the puzzle and win a prize - which of course is an ice cream! There's also archery, rides, bumper cars, bikes, slides, farmyard animals, mini golf, canoes, transformers, you name it. A fun day out for the whole family. 

Where:    25 Donovan Rd (Old Princes Highway) Foxground
When:     Open daily except Wednesdays and Good Friday. 
Cost:       Admission is free, you just pay for rides etc. A family pass to the maze is $38. 

TinkerTank Workshops

Are your kids interested in coding, robotics, design or any kind of technology that as parents we probably don't even understand? TinkerTank offer fun and exciting STEAM programs with activities in Design + Media, Robotics Challenges, 3D Printing and Design, and Coding. They focus on project-based and student led learning, that complements the curriculum, and help build students who will be skilled for the future workforce! 

Where:    Manly and St Leonards
When:     13-29 April 2019
Cost:       $145 for a full day workshop. Mention Ella's List at booking for a 10% discount!

Star Wars Identities Exhibition Workshops At The Powerhouse Museum

Check out of these out of this world educational workshops at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. Choose from workshops on building your own droids, learning about Artificial Intelligence, robots, special effects and cosplay - all with a Star Wars theme. There's also FREE daily activities for kids aged 5-12 where they can learn about gravitational force, physics, and wind power! 

Where:    Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo
When:     13 – 28 April 2019
Cost:       Varies depending on the activity

School Holidays At The Maritime Museum

Go wild at the Maritime Museum these school holidays with exhibitions, vessels, hands-on workshops, themed creative activities, performances and more. It’s fun for the whole family!

There’s an adventure to be had every day, including art-making, experiments and dress-ups in Kids on Deck, exploring touchable objects and artefacts at the Cabinet of Curiosities, enjoying interactive science circus performances, relaxing with a 3D film screening, exploring exhibitions with a kids’ activity trail, and more. Check out all the details here.

Where:     ANMM, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
When:      14th - 29th April 2019
Cost:        Adults $32, Child (under 4) FREE, Child (aged 4–15) $20, Family $79, Members FREE

School Holiday Fun At The Royal Botanic Gardens

With so much to do these school holidays, you'll be spoilt for choice at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. There's Garden Grubs—where children engage and connect with nature in a fun-filled day of making, exploring and adventure, a Sketchbook Scavenger Hunt workshop, the chance to become a botanist for the day at Herbarium on Stage and a whole lot more. The critically acclaimed production, Tinkerbell & The Dream Fairies is returning to the Garden throughout the holidays. Check out all the activities here

Where:    Various locations at the Royal Botanic Garden
When:     13th - 29th April 2019
Cost:       Varies depending on the activity 

Centennial Park Activities

The changing leaves and cooler temperature bring fun and engaging programs to Centennial Parklands these April school holidays! Easter is right around the corner and their family favourite event, The Great CP Egg Hunt returns to the Park! Get ready for the big day at the Easter Bunny’s Workshop. Explore science with Fizzics, build a shelter outdoors or learn more about bats at an interactive theatre show. Whatever your child is into, there’s a range of activities to get your kids playing, creating and learning. Get the details here.

Where:    Various locations in Centennial Park
When:     15th - 28th April 2019
Cost:       Varies depending on the activity

Native And Farmyard Animal Experiences At Calmsley Hill City Farm

Just 40 minutes from Sydney, head to Calmsley Hill City Farm these school holidays for up to four hours of family fun! The daily schedule includes animal patting, cow milking, a tractor ride and a Sheep Shearing Show! Find out more here

Where:    31 Darling St, Abbotsbury
When:     Open Daily; 9am-4.30pm
Cost:       Adult – $25.50; Child – $15; Family – $75 (2 adults, 3 children); Children Under 3 – FREE

Art Est: Easter School Holiday Art Workshops

Perfect for children aged 5-15, the school holidays at Art Est are a fun and creative time to get involved in all things arty. There's the chance to try painting, drawing, cartooning, ceramics, clay sculpture, pottery wheel, printmaking and more! Special family art classes for creative families are also available. Their April School Holiday Program runs from Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April (excluding Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays). Check out the website for full details!

Where:     Art Est Art School & Gallery, 4/67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt
When:      Monday 15 April - Friday 26 April 2019
Cost:        See website for costs


NIDA: Acting, Drama, Performance Workshops For Children

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s leading institution for dramatic arts education and training. NIDA offers introductory through to advanced school holiday courses for children and young people in a variety of disciplines including Acting for Stage, Acting on Screen, TV Presenting, Music Theatre, Film Making, Production, Design, Writing for Performance and more. Autumn school holiday classes run 13-27 April. See the details here.

Where:     Various locations
When:      13th - 27th April 2019
Cost:        See website for costs

Southend Tennis Centre: Autumn Holiday Camps

Located in South Strathfield, Southend Tennis Centre have fun and exciting Tennis Camps this Autumn school holidays for children aged 5 to 12 years. All levels of tennis ability are catered for, from beginner to experienced level. Activities are designed to help build the balance, hand-eye coordination and motor skills that are needed to play every sport and are particularly important in tennis. Tennis Camps are a great way to improve skills while having fun and meeting new friends. Check out the details here.

Where:    Southend Tennis Academy, 22 Chiswick Street, Strathfield South
When:     Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 April 2019; 9am-3pm
                Supervision commences at 8.30am and concludes at 3.30pm
Cost:       Between $50 - $135

Sydney Speaking School April Holiday Program

Sydney Speaking School is offering a range of fun holiday workshops in debating and public speaking for school students aged 6 – 15 in Parramatta and North Sydney this April school holiday. Sydney Speaking School has helped thousands of students improve their speaking skills and develop their confidence.  With an emphasis on small classes, a welcoming environment and plenty of personal feedback from expert coaches, SSS aims to help every student bring their words to life. The courses are divided between age group, skill level and topic area to ensure that every student has opportunity to thrive. More details here.

Where:  North Sydney and Parramatta
When:   15 - 26 April 2019
Cost:     See website for cost

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Explore the bush, go bug catching, get wet, build a shelter, catch a tadpole, find a nest… these are just some of the amazing experiences you can have at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. The garden offers plenty of activities for children to choose from with activities that are guaranteed to bring rosy cheeks and wide smiles—ranging from Nature Detectives, Bush Survival Skills, Autumn Art and Nippers in Nature. See their website for the full program!

Where:  420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives
When:   15 - 29 April 2019
Cost:     Varies according to activity, see website for details

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