Autumn School Holiday Programs And Activities For Kids In Sydney 2020

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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.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Sealife Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney hosts fun and educational things for kids to do every school holidays. Get the kids out of the house for an underwater adventure full of fun, from character live shows to kids workshops and adventure-filled games. These holidays experience the iconic wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at the Day and Night on the Reef exhibit. The interactive experience takes guests on a colourful, changing journey of the world-famous landmark with state of the art technology, a 1.7 million litre display and over 500 creatures.

It's also worth investing in a Sydney Big Ticket so you can save money and tie your aquarium visit with other attractions such as Madame Tussauds, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. 

Where:    Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
When:     Open Monday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.
Cost:       Online General Admission - Adults $36.80, Children $26.40

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has an idyllic beachside location and a jam-packed program of fun workshops and activities that make school holidays a breeze! There's messy fun at the slime-making and plaster-painting workshops or kids can weave fresh flowers into beautiful headpieces at the flower crown workshop. They can get their boogie on, try their luck at bingo and witness an exploding volcano!  There is more on the schedule than ever to keep the little ones entertained, with hands-on daily sessions, afternoon discos and free Friday hangouts with magic and crafts. Plus they can refuel with $5 kids lunches.

Where:   1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
When:    Monday 13th to Friday 24th April 2020
Cost:      Some FREE sessions. Ticketed sessions from $15. 

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, going on an Easter Egg Hunt at Elizabeth Farm or making and throwing a boomerang at Rouse  Hill estate, you're sure to find an activity that appeals to your little one. There are also family-friendly tours every day.

Where:    Sydney Living Museums
When:     Thursday 16th - Sunday 28th April 2020
Cost:       From $15

City Recital Hall

The Whale and the Curlew

The Whale and the Curlew is an exciting show created and performed by Zeeko at Sydney's City Recital Hall. The electric rock trio creates music inspired by the natural world and their original and evocative songs capture the imagination of audiences young and old. Zeeko sings songs and tells stories of courage, co-operation and ingenuity in the face of a changing climate.

Where:    2 Angel Place, Sydney
When:     Thursday 16th April 2020 | 12:30 (duration 1 hour, no interval)
Cost:       $17 (no booking fees)

The Centre Dural

The Centre Dural

Bounce back into some Inflatable Holiday Fun with seven exciting inflatable rides to choose from at The Centre Dural. The Centre's courts will be transformed into a bouncing playland including a ball pit, big balls, obstacle course and giant slide. There will be inflatable activities to suit kids of all ages, as well as space to move and kick a ball around.

There is fun to be had for all ages!  Enjoy a coffee or lunch from at the on-site cafe while the kids play.

Where:    1 Pellitt Ln, Dural
When:     Tuesday 14th - Friday 24th April 2020
Cost:       Single entry from $9 per child for 4 and under; $17 for 5+.

Museum of Contemporary Art

MCA School holiday program

Spark your imagination at the MCA these school holidays!  Explore the 22nd Biennale of Sydney and let your creativity run wild at the drop-in artmaking workshop. Experiment with a colourful collection of materials and techniques in the Creative Studios to create your very own original work of art. This program is designed for children aged 4+ and their grown-ups to collaborate together.

Where:    Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
When:     Tuesday 14th - Saturday 18th April 2020; 11am - 3pm 
Cost:       $22 per family; $17 MCA Members & Concession

Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens Mega Creatures

Mega Creatures will take over Hunter Valley Gardens this school holidays as the gardens come alive with pre-historic fun! Hear the roars of T-REX, the gigantic Amargasaurus, thrilling animatronic Triceratops and others including a Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Spinosaurus and more as you set out with your map to see how many gigantic dinosaurs you can find. One dinosaur egg will be hidden each day within the Gardens and the lucky finder will win a family pass to Snow Time in the Garden.

Hunter Valley Gardens is a beautiful, nature-based, experience and the spectacular themed gardens are always on show with native and exotic plants, walking paths, waterfalls, statues and murals and much more to discover. The Gardens has also added a fairground open during the holidays with custom-built rides including a Ferris Wheel, Swing Chairs, Carousel and Superslide. There are also train tours between 10am – 3pm. 

Please note: while the gardens will be open and the dinosaurs will still be on display, the Dino Mights show has been cancelled.

Where:    2090 Broke Road Pokolbin, NSW
When:     Mega Creatures is on from Friday 10th – Thursday 26th April 2020. Gardens are open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm. 
Cost:       Garden Entry: Adults $30, Children $20, 3 and under FREE. Family Passes from $70.

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.

NIDA: Acting, Drama, Performance Workshops

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 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:     Tuesday 14th - Friday 24th April 2020
Cost:       Three hours $69; Full day $139

The Powerhouse Museum

There is a schedule of out of this world interactive and educational workshops happening at the Powerhouse Museum these holidays. From YouTube and Minecraft to 3D Printing and Board Game Designing, kids can explore a range of innovative classes in technology and science. It's also your last chance to check out the beloved Wiggles Exhibition and the incredible Apollo 11 Exhibition.

Where:    Powerhouse Museum, Harris St, Ultimo
When:     Tuesday 14th - Friday 24th April 2020
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:      Sunday 12th - Monday 27th April 2020
Cost:        Adult $35; Child: $20; Family: $89; Under 4s & members FREE

The Royal Botanic Gardens

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, and the chance to become a botanist for the day at Herbarium on Stage, plus Emu Egg Explorers and Garden Art Safari. Don't miss Little Red Riding Hood, on at the Garden Theatre for a very limited season!

Where:    Various locations at the Royal Botanic Garden
When:     Tuesday 14th April - Friday 24th April 2020
Cost:       Varies depending on the activity 

Centennial Park

Centennial Park

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), Dinosaurs In The Sky 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 bast colony during sunset at The Big Bat Fest. 

Where:    Various locations in Centennial Park
When:     Tuesday 14th April - Friday 24th April 2020
Cost:       Varies depending on the activity

Sydney Speaking School

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:   Tuesday 14th April - Friday 24th April 2020
Cost:     From $180 for 2 days

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