Best Winter Activities For Kids In And Around Sydney These School Holidays 2021

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From festivals and exhibitions to ice skating and snowman building, Sydney and its surroundings will once again sparkle with wonderful winter events for the whole family this year! Here are ellaslist’s top picks for things to do with families this winter.

1. Calmsley Hill

Calmsley Hill winter activities
A trip to the farm promises plenty of fun for the whole family this winter!

An ultra-engaging and interactive day out, there is so much to do at Calmsley Hill City Farm! You can try your hand at cracking a stock whip, look at the adorable baby animals, take a rocky ride on a tractor! You can bring your own picnic lunch, or use our free electric BBQs to cook your own lunch while you enjoy our beautiful grounds. Take-away food can be purchased at the Farm House Cafe. There are plenty of daily shows, including cow milking, working dog shows - with extras taking place on busy days to help spread the crowds.

Where:        31 Darling Street, Abbotsbury
When:         Open 7 days a week | 9am - 4:30pm              
Cost:           Kids – $15.50 (3-16 years) | Adults – $27.50 | Family - $82.50 (2 adults, 3 children) | Under 3s – FREE

2. Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY at Sydney Tower Eye

Brickman Lego Cities
Engage LEGO lovers over the school holidays at Brickman Cities at Sydney Tower Eye in its final weeks!

A must-do for LEGO® fans, the Brickman Cities experience explores the life and architecture of five of the world’s greatest cities; Dubai, London, New York, Tokyo and, of course, Sydney! The focal point is a replica of the Sydney Tower made from over 30,000 LEGO® bricks. And, the action does not end there! With a Sydney Tower Eye Combination Ticket, guests can venture up to the Observation Deck or SKYWALK to take in 360-degree views of the city and beyond after the exhibition, watch a selection of exclusive LEGO® 4D Movies and more.

Where:     Sydney Tower Eye, Level 5 Westfield Sydney, 108 Market Street, Sydney
When:      26 March - 11 July 2021 
Times:      Non-School Holidays: Thurs to Mon 10 am – 8 pm,  School Holidays: 7 days 10 am – 8 pm
Cost:        Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY: $22.50, Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY + Observation Deck: $49.50, VR Pods: $10 add on to any Observation Deck ticket

3. Snow Time in the Garden returns to Hunter Valley Gardens

Snow Time at Hunter Valley Gardens
Experience snow just two hours drive from the city at the Hunter Valley Gardens this year!

Hunter Valley Gardens celebrates the return of their coolest event—Snow Time in the Garden, where the whole family can enjoy icy activities surrounded by beautiful display gardens!

Hunter Valley Gardens transforms into an icy adventure full of fun and frosty activities for children of all ages. Kids will glide on the giant ice-skating rink, slide down the mega ice toboggan and build a snowman in the man-made Snow Play Zone. There's also the 25-metre Ferris Wheel, speedy Swing Chair, traditional Venetian Carousel and the new twisty Tea Cups to experience for thrillseekers throughout Snow Time. Plus, you can warm up with a delicious range of hearty food and beverage options from the Garden Terrace café and various food stalls afterward! 

Where:    Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
When:     Saturday 19th June – Sunday 18th July 2021
Cost:       Adult (16yrs+) $34 | Child (4-15yrs) $25 | Family passes from (1A+2C) $85 | Tokens for individual rides are $6 each | Unlimited rides* wristbands are $20 pp | Ice skating, Tobogganing, snow play and the snow cave are included in the entry price.

4. Bondi Winter Festival

Bondi Winter Festival
Indulge in some serious winter vibes at the world's most famous beach this winter!

Bondi Festival transforms the iconic beach into a winter playground by the sea—brimming with colour, activities, fun, arts and a whole lot more. The festival is an all-ages adventure zone that bursts into life every winter at the world’s most famous beach.

The event brings families and culture vultures to experience local delights and international sensations! The arts program is set alongside epic things to do like the Bondi Festival Ice Rink and Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel. Get your tickets!

Where:       Bondi Beach
When:        25th June - 11th July 2021
Cost:          FREE with some paid events

5. Bathurst Winter Festival

Bathurst Winter Festival
Escape the city and soak up some serious winter charm at the Bathurst Winter Festival this year! 

Promising tonnes of fun for all ages during the winter school holidays, Bathurst Winter Festival truly has something for everyone—both day and night! Entertainment will range from light shows, rides, ice skating, signature food events, market stalls, live music and more. There's also the highly exciting Kids' Day, with its daytime disco and cool activities, and Pets' Day, where you can bring your furry friends along for pet-friendly activities!

Where:    Bathurst town centre - Kings Parade, Russell Street
When:     26 June - 11 July 2021
Cost:       Children 3 - 14 years: $8 | Adults (15+) $12 | Skating aids $8.

6. Luna Park

Luna Park
Back and better than ever, a trip to the newly refurbished Luna Park is the perfect winters day activity!

Everyone’s favourite Amusement Park is reopening on the 26th of June 2021, and there's so much to look forward to! The iconic Harbourside Luna Park is coming back with a family-friendly bang, including a brand-new rollercoaster, Little Nipper, as well as limited edition annual passes, a new loyalty program called Luna Perks, and a new interactive gamification offering called Luna Play. 

Kids will love the thrill of new rides like Freaky Frogs and Cloud Nine alongside their true and tested favourites such as the Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Coney Island. It really is the perfect destination for a family day of fun! 

Where:    1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
When:     From 26 June 2021
Cost:       $199.00 pp for annual passes | Daily passes start at $34 for kids and $44 for adults | Flexi passes cost $70 for kids & $80 for adults

7. iFly Down Under

iFly Down Under
Adventurers will adore this adrenaline-fuelled experience of indoor skydiving at iFly Down Under.

Let your child spread their wings and soar through the air as they take flight indoors with this memorable activity for the whole family! The experience at iFly is safe, fun and accessible for ages 3+, with no maximum age limit. And if you have a birthday coming up, iFly's Birthday Party Package is well worth checking out! 

Where:    123 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith
When:      May - July 2021
Cost:       Various - see website for details

8. Art Gallery NSW Young Archie Exhibition and Free Kid's Activities

Art Gallery NSW
Get crafty with fun, free family activities at the Art Gallery of NSW this winter

When's the best time to visit the Art Gallery of NSW? Archibald time! Kids will love the family-friendly Young Archie exhibition by budding artists from 5 to 18 and they can get busy making their own art with fun activities. Explore the gallery on a dedicated children’s trails with inspiring booklets that will spark their imagination, plus they can create their own origami ‘chatterbox’! There is also a series of drop-in and make workshops for little artists and their families to get creative with colour. Alongside the popular Archibald Prize 2021 collection (as well as the Wynne and Sulman Prizes), this year, Australia’s oldest and most-loved portrait prize is celebrating 100 years with its very own retrospective exhibition - Archie 100

Where:      Lower level 2, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
When:       5 June - 26 September 2021
Cost:         $22 adult | $10 child | Under 5s FREE |  $54 family (2 adults + 3 kids)

11. Sydney Living Museums

Museum of Sydney Songline
Experience the immersive multi-sensory Songline at the Museum of Sydney

Sharing history and culture across 12 intriguing places, Sydney Living Museums will come to life this winter with a dynamic and diverse schedule of activities. A program of fun and fascinating events, including a multi-sensory digital installation at the Museum of Sydney, kids trail adventures at the Hyde Park Barracks and NAIDOC week celebrations at Rouse Hill Estate, will take you on a unique journey through Sydney's past.

Where:      Sydney Living Museums has 12 historic houses, gardens and museums in NSW
When:       Sydney Living Museums are open all year. Check venues for winter activities.
Cost:         Admission costs vary. Membership provides free entry for one adult and up to four children from $75.

12. Royal Randwick's Family Fun Day

Bluey at Royal Randwick Family Fun Day!
Meet Bluey and Bingo at the Royal Randwick Family Fun Day!

Jump in the saddle for an action-packed day of entertainment at the Royal Randwick Family Fun Day this July. The free community event at Sydney's most lively racecourse includes an exciting line-up of fairground attractions, pony rides, face painting and exciting stage shows, plus a live interactive experience with everyone's favourite canine, Bluey, and her little sister Bingo! Get ready to sing, dance and play along with the loveable duo and their friends on stage in four fantastic performances. 

Where:   Royal Randwick Racecourse, Alison Rd, Randwick
When:    10 July 2021
Cost:      FREE. Please register online to secure your place.

13. Sydney Harbour Heritage Tours

Winter Fun At Heritage Destinations on Sydney Harbour
Camp out overnight on a world-heritage-listed island in Sydney Harbour

History buffs can discover another side to Sydney at some fascinating heritage sites that are right here on our doorstep, waiting to be explored. Enveloped by natural beauty, the Harbour Trust's visitor destinations, including Manly's North Head Sanctuary, Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney, Headland Park in Mosman and Sydney Harbour's own Cockatoo Island, are iconic landmarks with heritage buildings, layered histories and rich culture. The program of Sydney Harbour Heritage Tours at North Head Sanctuary and Cockatoo Island will transport you back in time.

Where:   Sydney Harbour Heritage Sites
When:    Check the Harbour Trust website for individual site opening hours and tour days.
Cost:      General admission is FREE. Tour tickets from $16.

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