Autumn School Holiday Programs And Activities For Kids In Sydney 2020

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Eek! Autumn school holidays are creeping upon 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.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Embark on a marine adventure at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. 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!

Where:    Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
When:    Monday 1 April to Tuesday 30 April
Cost:      Grab a cluster ticket (entry into both venues for 30 days) - $35 for children, $50 for adults. 

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel School Holidays Program includes Workshops and $5 kids lunches.

Where:   1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
When:    Monday 13th to Friday 24th April
Cost:      Tickets from xx

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, were 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.

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

The Centre Dural

Bounce back into some Inflatable Holiday Fun with 7 exciting inflatable rides to choose from at The Centre Dural, there is fun to be had for all ages!

Enjoy a coffee or lunch from our on-site cafe while the kids play.

Where:    1 Pellitt Ln, Dural
When:     TBC
Cost:       Single entry from $9 per child for 4 and under; $17 for 5+.

City Recital Hall

City Recital Hall Presents Zeeko – The Whale and the Curlew City Recital Hall Presents Secret Sounds Of Space

Where:    2 Angel Place, Sydney
When:     TBC
Cost:       Single entry from $9 per child for 4 and under; $17 for 5+.

Sky Zone

Sky Zone

This indoor trampoline park for kids is a perfect all-weather school holiday boredom buster! Sky Zone has 100 interconnected trampolines for kids can expend all their energy bouncing off the walls, jumping into foam pits, playing dodgeball and shooting hoops. Even young kids can join the fun in the toddler only areas.

There is also an Enduro obstacle course and a Sky Climb rock-climbing walls, and the ion-house Altitude Cafe for an easy lunch and your much-needed coffee. 

Where:    75 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria
When:     Open every day
Cost:       One hour of jumping and enduro is $18pp

Claris High Tea at the Sofitel

Claris High Tea

Enjoy afternoon tea in Parisian style at the Sofitel's elegant Atelier restaurant. Inspired by Australian fashion illustrator Megan Hess and her acclaimed children’s book, Claris, the Chicest Mouse in Paris, the Claris High Tea includes three tiers of pretty sweet and savoury treats, a chocolate fountain buffet, a selection of exotic teas (and strawberry lemonade for the kids!) plus the delightful Claris storybook to take home.

Where:    Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour - Atelier, Level 3, 12 Darling Drive
When:     Saturday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm
Cost:      Adults $89 including a glass of Sparkling, $108 including a glass of Champagne; Children 2 - 12yo $45. Children under 2 FREE.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Contemporary Kids

A drop-in program designed for kids 4+ and parents, this MCA program will allow you to take a closer look (and listen) to the many artists 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.

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

My Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


myBJJ runs safe and active school holiday programs designed to develop your child’s confidence and self-esteem while learning self-defence with fun games and drills. The full-day camps include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, ball games, park activities, obstacle courses, strategy games, yoga and stretching. Building discipline, health and fitness, dedication and teamwork, the school holiday program is perfect for kids from 6 years old to exert some energy, make friends and have fun!

Where:    HQ - 119 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown; North Shore - 314 Military Rd, Cremorne.
When:     Week 1: 14 - 17 April 2020; Week 2: 20 - 24 April 2020.
Cost:       myBJJ members - $70 per day; Non-members - $90 per day.

Art Est

Art Est School Holidays

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 including hands-on practice and learning about famous artists and artworks to develop their artistic skills, confidence, imagination and creative thinking.

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.

Where:     4/67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt
When:      Tuesday 14th - Friday 24th April 2020
Cost:        $60 per 3-hour workshop per child including all art materials and tuition, and artwork to keep. Wheel throwing $70 per workshop.

Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo School Holidays

Around 1.5 hrs drive south from Sydney, a day at Jamberoo Action Park is well worth the road trip! The huge water park set in rolling hills has loads of adrenaline-charged rides and slides including The Perfect Storm, a completely dark vortex with streaks of lightning and cracks of thunder, and The Rock, a whopping 5-metre high cliff face for jumping into a deep water pool below - perfect for thrill-seeking kids! For the less adventurous, the family-friendly Rapid River and Outback Bay beach area, offer hours of relaxed fun, plus there are colourful waterparks and play areas dedicated to young children. 

Where:     1215 Jamberoo Road,Jamberoo
When:      10am - 5pm; Friday 10th - Sunday 26th April 2020 
Cost:        Online General Admission - Adults $59.99; Child 4-12ys: $49.99; Child 3 & Under FREE.

NIDA: Acting, Drama, Performance Workshops For Children

The National Institute of Dramatic Art is Australia’s leading institution for dramatic arts education and training, providing kids with a fun and supportive environment that unlocks creativity and confidence. From introductory through to advanced, NIDA offers a range of courses designed specifically 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 and Writing for Performance. 

Where:     NIDA Kensington, and various locations across Sydney
When:      Tuesday 14th - Sunday 26th April 2020
Cost:        From $265.50 for an 8-class course

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!

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

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.

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

The Royal Botanic Gardens

With so much to do, you'll be spoilt for choice at the Royal Botanic Gardens these school holidays. 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.

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! 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.

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

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.

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

Southend Tennis Centre

Southend Tennis Centre has fun Tennis Camps for children aged 5 to 12 years, catering for all levels 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.

Where:    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 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!

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, guaranteed to bring rosy cheeks and wide smiles, including Nature Detectives, Bush Survival Skills, Autumn Art and Nippers in Nature.

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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