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

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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 an exclusive LEGO® 4D Movie and more.

Where:     Sydney Tower Eye, Level 5 Westfield Sydney, 108 Market Street, Sydney
When:      26 March - 5 Sept 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 + 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 afterwards! 

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 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney.

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

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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!

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the re-opening of Luna Park has been postponed.

Everyone’s favourite Amusement Park is reopening on the 3rd of July 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 3rd July 2021
Cost:       $199 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. Young Archie and free family activities at the Art Gallery of NSW

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 Archies exhibition featuring artworks by budding artists aged 5 to 18.

This year marks 100 years of Australia’s oldest and most loved portrait award. To celebrate, when you buy tickets to the Archibald Prize 2021, you’ll also receive entry to Archie 100, a landmark exhibition exploring the rich history of the Archibald Prize. Young visitors to the Archibald Prize 2021 exhibition can also enjoy specially written labels alongside some of the artworks that encourage them to look closer, with active prompts to develop their creative thinking. While at the Gallery, families can take a little booklet that encourages children to draw, write and use their imagination in response to artworks, or join a Drop in and make workshop during the holidays and during NAIDOC Week.

Where:      Art Gallery NSW
When:       5 June - 26 September 2021
Cost:         Tickets to the Archibald Prize are $22 adult | $10 child | Under 5s FREE |  $54 family (2 adults + 3 kids) |  Drop in and make workshops are free for children with their parents or carers. All materials and instructions are provided.

11. Sydney Living Museums

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

In line with decisions made by the NSW Government, Sydney Living Museums will close to the public from Saturday 26 June until Friday 9 July to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the state.

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!

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled.

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.

14. Entertainment Quarter

Entertainment Quarter
The Entertainment Quarter is bursting with family-friendly activities all winter.

The Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park will be abuzz with fun things to do throughout the winter holidays. The family-friendly precinct has everything you need for an action-packed day out including a host of venues kids love! Hit the track at HyperKarting or catch a flick at Hoyts EQ. Have a ball at Strike Bowling or raid the arcade at B Lucky & Sons. Get crafty at Plaster Funtime or hit the slopes at Off-Piste. Plus, Pixar Putt is popping up for another season of mini-golf, and there's a range of dining options, the weekly EQ markets, two outdoor playgrounds and so much more.

15. The Royal Botanic Garden - Sea of Hands

The Royal Botanic Garden - Sea of Hands
Be a part of the art these holidays! Join the Sea of Hands at The Royal Botanic Garden.

Due to the current COVID situation this event has been postponed. More details to follow soon.

Designed by award-winning artist Frances Belle Parker, a proud Yaegl woman, The Calyx at the Royal Botanic Garden is hosting an immersive audio-visual experience to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021. The Sea of Hands highlights this year's NAIDOC theme of ‘Healing Country’ creating an interactive symbol of reconciliation and you can take part in building the artwork by 'planting' a hand into the lawn! The final design will be revealed at the free Community Day on 4 July, where you can be among the first to see the incredible art installation built by thousands of Sydneysiders and hear from the artist herself, plus enjoy performances, entertainment and specially themed food and drinks.

Where:       The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When:        29 June to 11 July | Community Day is on 4 July
Cost:           FREE

16. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium: Winter Holiday Fun!
Enter the underwater world of sharks, stingrays, turtles and jellyfish at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

Staying warm and dry these winter holidays doesn't make them any less exciting! Discover a magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium where you can get up close to Sydney’s only sub-Antarctic penguins, snap a selfie with a shark and meet Pig the Dugong. Plus, the Ultimate Kids Pass will also unlock access to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney for hours of family fun. Visit not one but three iconic attractions and you've got a full day of adventure without leaving the city.

Please check the attraction’s website for information and updates on their health and safety measures.

Where:    SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour, Sydney
When:     Open 7 days a week during the school holidays |  9:30am - 5pm (last entry 4pm). 
Cost:       Less than $16 per attraction with the Ultimate Kids Pass.

17. Cambridge Winter Holiday Markets

Cambridge Markets EQ
Cambridge Markets EQ is a fun, vibrant all-weather place for families during the holidays

Cambridge Markets EQ is all set to keep local families entertained over the winter holidays. As well as the usual bounty of fabulous family-friendly stalls and delicious food, the bumper markets will host special activities to keep kids happy for hours. A jumping castle, a fishing joy game for tiny tots, face painting, hair braiding, plaster painting, succulents classes and sand art activities will complement the regular EQ lineup of great venues for kids including Strike Bowling, Hoyts Cinemas, Monkey Mania and two playgrounds. Entry is free and there are two hours of free undercover parking.

Where:  Cambridge Markets EQ, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
When:   Every Wednesday and Saturday | 8am - 2pm
Cost:     FREE

18. Mogo Wildlife Park

Mogo Wildlife Park
Take a trip to the South Coast's best wildlife destination!

Mogo is the NSW South Coast's most epic wildlife destination and home to so many amazing creatures! You will meet some of your favourite animals and be introduced to exotic species from across the globe. They offer a diverse line-up of unique animal encounters where you can come face to face with a lion, tiger, rhino or emperor tamarin. There's also incredible interactive experiences like the opportunity to feed a giraffe, #askazookeeper, and even enjoy their all-inclusive camping package - the perfect way to experience the park during the school holidays!

When:   Throughout the school holidays
Where:  Mogo Wildlife Park, 222 Tomakin Rd, Mogo
Cost:     $25 for kids, $38 for adults, family up to $110

19. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park is an animal adventure playground, perfect for a winters day! They have a range of exciting and memorable encounters where you can get closer than ever to some of Australia’s most unique and amazing wildlife. Snap a selfie with a quokka, meet Max on the Croc Deck or help feed a penguin family. Koala close encounters are currently FREE with park admission! Get a Featherdale passport on arrival and stamp your passport at all the native animal destinations.

When:      Throughout the school holidays
Where:     Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside
Cost:        Guests can hold a young crocodile for FREE. Park entry fees apply. 

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