Darling Harbour Adventures in the Spring School Holidays
By Hayley Dean, ellaslist
Sydney is ridiculously pretty in Spring. Weather is great, school holidays take place and Santa isn’t too far away. One of the best places to hang out with your family is, of course, Darling Harbour.
Disgusting Delight At Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Hands up if your kids are into gore and goo and disgusting things? These September school holidays, check out the slime factor as part of Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s all-new ‘Slimed’ interactive experience. Slip into a slime-tastic underwater journey as you learn weird and wonderful facts about the slimy creatures of the sea including anemones, sea cucumbers, moray eels and ‘the most disgusting creature on earth’, the hagfish.
Meanwhile, over at Wild Life Sydney Zoo, guests can get hands on with all things creepy crawly. Get up close and creepy with Giant Millipedes, Rainforest Snails, Scorpions and much more at the interactive hub, and discover fascinating features about these unique mini beasts of the wild! You can even try some bug-alicious treats for those who dare!
Get Your Hands On A Sydney Big Ticket
For fun you can enjoy all holidays long, and no matter the weather, head to Darling Harbour and invest in the Sydney Big Ticket which puts you in control, giving you great savings at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney and Sydney Tower Eye.
The Australian National Maritime Museum
The Australian National Maritime Museum is not just for maritime history buffs, it is truly dedicated to introducing children to our national sea-faring history in a fun and engaging way. And mums and dads are sure to gain a greater appreciation of how inextricably linked our nation’s evolution is to the ocean that surrounds us. Allow 2 hours for your visit especially if you tour the boats and submarine, which tend to be the real highlights of a visit.
The facilities are as family friendly as you will find, with excellent pram access, parents’ rooms and a very child-friendly café.
Take in a show with Monkey Baa
Monkey Baa Theatre Company presents two shows this Spring: - Big Bad Wolf and Red Racing Hood. Both perfect for ages 5+
Red Racing Hood Synopsis - Grinalong was once famous for the car race, The Grinalong Classic. Fifty years ago the race stopped. A wolf that lived in nearby Tangled Woods destroyed racing cars and the drivers fled in terror. But now, the new Mayor has a plan to bring back Grinalong’s glory days, and to re-launch the race. For more details click here
Big Bad Wolf Synopsis - Meet Wolfie. He’s the most misunderstood character in fairy-tale history. Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him but luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born. For more details click here
Chinese Garden of Friendship - 30th Anniversary
The Chinese Garden is a perfect place for mums and bubs to relax on a picnic blanket- the peaceful environment really does seem to soothe the little ones. Toddlers, pre-schoolers and older children will love exploring the Garden’s twists and turns and discovering hidden waterfalls and ponds full of fish.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Garden. Join in the wealth of celebrations happening for two weeks Saturday 29 Sept – Sunday 14th October. Choose from hands-on workshops and tea tastings, to storytelling and more, all while exploring the exquisite Garden.
For more information, click here
Be A Real Superhero
Join the Superhero Academy at Madame Tussauds these school holidays! For just a gold coin donation, mini heroes can fly into fun craft activities and design their very own cape to help them take on the world! All proceeds raised will go to Merlin's Magic Wand, a charity which provides magical experiences to ill disabled and disadvantaged children around the world. Find out more info here. While you're there don't forget to check out the new Justice League: A Call for Heroes experience where you can join the mission to save the world alongside Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Entry into Madame Tussauds Sydney is free for kids under 4, adult admission from $35. Check out the website for more.
Darling Harbour Playground
Apart from the ever popular playground, there are a number of great FREE events happening in the area this spring.
- Kids activities at Fratelli fresh plus kids eat free!
- Inflatable Obstacle Course
- Face painting
- Giant Lawn Games
- Planting for the Planet
- Kids Yoga
- Lebanon Carnival
- Taste of Turkey Festival
After an 18-month hiatus during Darling Harbour’s transformation, the city's most iconic weekly firework display is returning with a bang—just in time for Spring.
Returning Saturday September 8 at 8.30pm (and moving to 9pm during daylight saving time), locals and tourists can now enjoy the perfect finish to their dinner and entertainment at one of Sydney’s most glorious waterfront locations.
Grab your family and friends, and head down to dine at one of the precinct's beautiful waterside restaurants this Saturday night, before watching the spectacular fireworks take over the sky above Darling Harbour!