Autumn School Holiday Programs And Activities For Kids In Sydney 2021

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Autumn school holidays are creeping up on us—so to ensure 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 school holiday programs and 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!

1. NIDA Open

Kids will love getting creative at these high-energy classes that will help them develop confidence and new skills!

From 6–18 April 2021, NIDA Open will be running its popular short courses at NIDA Kensington, as well as other venues around Sydney. These holidays, classes including drama, acting, TV presenting, filmmaking, directing, writing, costume design and more!

Where:    Various locations available
When:     Between 6 - 18 April 2021
Cost:       Check the website for individual program costs

2. Drama Workshops at ATYP

ATYP Autumn School Holidays
Stretch your little one's imagination with these ultra-fun classes at ATYP!

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is here to help fill the Autumn school holidays with a stellar line-up of drama workshops created to engage performers of all ages. It's no secret that ATYP love drama. And acting. And comedy. The workshops are aimed to encourage and engage young people from Kindergarten to Year 12. Kids will make new friends, learn about performing, gain confidence and most importantly have a ton of fun in a safe and inspiring environment.

Where:     Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Glebe, Millers Point, Redfern
When:       6 - 16 April 2021
Cost:        See website for cost

3. School Holidays At The Australian Museum

Australian Museum School Holidays
A one-stop destination for holiday fun, the Australian Museum is a must-visit during the school holidays!

There is something for everyone at the Australian Museum these April school holidays—from Nature Photography for Children and Teens and a Scientist for a Day: Malacologist workshop, to Early Birds Autism and Sensory Friendly Mornings plus plenty of opportunities to visit the Prehistoric Playground!

Where:   Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney
When:    Various throughout school holidays 
Cost:     General entry to the Australian Museum is free for a limited time. Select School Holiday events are free with a Creative Kids voucher. See website for pricing.

4. The Y NSW School Holiday Programs

YMCA School Holiday Programs
Whatever your child is into, they'll be sure to find something to do with the Y NSW's range of activities! 

From swimming and gymnastics to a range of sporting classes, the Y NSW has everyone covered with its great range of School Holiday Programs. All of the activities are an opportunity for your child to grow and learn from new experiences! 

Where:     Various locations throughout Sydney
When:       5 - 16 April 2021
Cost:        Various

5. Carlile Swimming

Carlile Swimming
Kids will love honing their swimming skills with Carlile Swimming's range of school holiday programs!

Carlile Swimming's School Holiday Swimming Program offers a great opportunity for kids to grow their confidence and improve their skills quickly, in a safe and fun setting. The program includes Swimvac, Specialised Dives and Turns Clinics and Specialised Stroke Clinics. Book here!

Where:     Various locations throughout Sydney
When:       5 - 16 April 2021
Cost:        Various

6. Casula Powerhouse

Casula Powerhouse Autumn school holidays
Every interest is catered for with Casula Powerhouse's diverse line-up of school holiday programs!

School Holidays at Casula Powerhouse are a place for experimentation, exploration, and curiosity. There are so many workshops to choose from: from Little STEAM Camp, Holiday Clay School, Holiday KinderCraften and an Anime and Manga Drawing Camp to Macrame Magic, a Street Art Camp, Music Maker Camp and more, every interest is covered at this diverse and interesting selection of school holiday activities. 

Where:  1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW 2170
When:    6 - 16 April 2021
Cost:     From $15 to $160 depending on the activity

7. City Of Sydney: Learn to Swim Programs

City of Sydney Learn to Swim
School holiday intensive programs are a great way to improve your child's water confidence and skills quickly!

The City of Sydney operates six world-class aquatic leisure centres offering quality and affordable swimming lessons for children (from 6 months) to adults. The Fast Track School Holiday Intensive program is running at select City of Sydney pools from 12 - 16 April 2021. This program is an excellent way to accelerate the development of your child's skills, and increase their confidence in and around water! 

Where:     Cook and Philip, Gunyama Park and Ian Thorpe aquatic centres
When:      12 - 16 April 2021
Cost:        Various pricing, see website for details.

8. Central Coast Council: Autumn Holiday Workshops

Central Coast Council Autumn Holiday Workshops
There are so many activities, workshops and things to do on the Central Coast during the school holidays!

If your kids are in the market for a creative outlet during the school holidays, the Central Coast Council's engaging line-up of events and workshops are sure to keep their young minds active! There is so much to choose from—including online escape rooms, Easter craft, sensory play, KindiFarm, laser tag, circus activities, mask making, superhero training, painting workshops and a whole lot more. Check out the full itinerary and get booking those activities! 

Where:    Various locations across the Central Coast and online
When:     03 - 16 April 2021
Cost:      Various costs, some FREE

9. State Library NSW

State Library school holiday program
The State Library has some fantastic creative activities on offer these Autumn school holidays.

The State Library will help keep your kids entertained these autumn holidays with some fabulous creative activities that will run both onsite and online! We're talking conversations with author and activist Jean Hinchcliffe, the chance to tour the library, to see the Collectors Gallery, an author/illustrator workshop, a 3D wire portrait workshop and a whole lot more! Check out the full itinerary here. 

Where:     State Library, Corner of Macquarie Street and Shakespeare Place, Sydney
When:      7-16 April 2021
Cost:        Various pricing, see website for details.

10. Circus Arts

Circus Arts holiday program
If your kids love a physical challenge, they'll thrive at Circus Arts' workshops these school holidays. 

Encourage your kids to learn new tricks and challenge themselves with Circus Arts these school holidays. They will enjoy jam-packed circus fun including juggling, pyramids, low aerials, hula hoops, tight-wire and a swing on a high-flying trapeze. The five-hour school holiday sessions include two hours of mixed class and two 1.5 hour flying trapeze classes as part of a five-hour workshop. Book your spot now!

Where:     Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
When:      6 – 17 April 2021 (Monday - Friday)
Cost:        $181

11. Art Est.

Art Est School Holidays
Get crafty during the school holidays with Art Est.'s range of holiday workshops and programs! 

Perfect for children aged 5 and over, the school holiday workshops at Art Est Art School & Gallery is a fun way to learn and experiment with all things arty. There's the chance to try painting, drawing, cartooning, ceramics, clay sculpture, pottery wheel, printmaking and more in a creative space. Children’s class activities are age-appropriate and incorporate a range of techniques! 3-hour workshops are available mornings and afternoons and you can build your own program choosing one workshop, several across the holidays or a full day. Book now!

Where:     4/67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt
When:      6-16 April 2021
Cost:        Various pricing, see website for details.

12. TinkerTank Workshops

Plenty of fun awaits at TinkerTank this April!

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 camps 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:     6-16 April 2021
Cost:       $64.99 half day, $128.99 full day

13. The Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum School Holiday Programs
With so much to see and do, add the Maritime Museum to your to-do list this April. 

There's boatloads of fun to be had every day these school holidays with exhibitions, vessels, creative workshops, tours, trails and more! Get creative with art-making, scientific experiments, explore the harbour's smallest inhabitants, adventure around the museum and relax in the cinema. Creative and curious kids will also love Map It!—a hands-on exploration of mapping and navigation that involves plenty of puzzles and problem-solving. Put simply, the Maritime Museum is a day of fun for the whole family. Book now!

Where:     ANMM, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
When:      04 Apr  - 18 Apr 2021
Cost:        Adult $25; Child: $15; Family: $60; Under 4s & members FREE

14. Centennial Parklands

Centennial Park
Soak up the great outdoors at the beautiful Centennial Parklands during the school holidays.

The changing leaves and cooler temperature bring fun and engaging programs to Centennial Parklands these April school holidays. Whatever your child is into, there’s a range of activities to get your kids playing, creating and learning including Eco-Art For Kids, Super Shelters (learn how to survive the wild), The Obstacle Challenge and more! Join the Pizza Party In The Bush to make your very yummy dinner, from ingredients sourced from the Park, and witness the flyout of Sydney's largest bat colony during sunset at The Big BAT Night. 

Where:    Various locations in Centennial Park
When:      1st - 16th April 2021
Cost:       Varies depending on the activity

15. Speaking Schools Australasia

Grow confidence and skills at Speaking Schools Australasia during the school holidays!

Speaking Schools Australasia offers a range of fun holiday workshops in debating and public speaking for school students aged 6 – 15. They have helped thousands of students improve their speaking skills and develop their confidence, in a welcoming environment with plenty of personal feedback from expert coaches. With an emphasis on small classes, SSS aims to help every student bring their words to life! Book now.

Where:  Online, Burwood, St Leonards and Pennant Hills locations
When:   6 - 16 April 2021
Cost:    Various

16. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Keep things fun and fresh these school holidays with Watson Bay Boutique Hotel's line-up of events!

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is back with a fun line up of activities for the kids! There are bathbomb workshops, pottery painting workshops, a slime workshop and even a cupcake decorating workshop. Please note the ticket you purchase for your child also includes entry for 1 parent or guardian. They will also have $5 kids' meals available after every class from 12 – 3 pm! Check out the full line-up of events

Where:  1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
When:    7 - 16 April 2021
Cost:     $17 - $20 per session

17. Museum Of Contemporary Art - Mini-Makers Studio

MCA Mini Makers
Transform trash to treasure in this eco-minded workshop! 

In these Mini Makers workshops, MCA's artist educators will take your family on a mini-interactive tour of the exhibition, stopping at two key artworks to have a closer look. Once inspired, you will head back to their Creative Studios for a hands-on making session. In the makers’ studio, you and your mini art lovers will be inspired by everyday objects and recycled materials to create mark-making tools such as paintbrushes, weaving implements, and print blocks to experiment and create eco-friendly artworks.

Where:    Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks
                Creative studios, NCCL: Level 3
When:     8–10 April 2021 at 10:30am–12:30pm or 2–4pm
Cost:       $25 Child – General admission
                $15 Adult – General admission
                $20 Child – MCA Members and Concession*
                $10 Adult – MCA Members and Concession*
                Free for children under 4 years

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