School Holiday Activities in Sydney

  • Preschoolers

There's no escaping the dreaded school holidays in Sydney, am I right? They happen four times a year, every year for 15 plus years of schooling, yet somehow us Sydney parents are always perplexed when they arrive. It's a sudden scramble to figure out how you're going to entertain active kids who are usually out of your hair for eight hours a day.

Fear not, ellaslist have come to the rescue with a stellar lineup of school holiday activities in Sydney to get the kids out of the house and soaking up the best our stunning city has to offer.

Autumn School Holiday Activities

School Holiday Activities
You can't beat the Southern Highlands for gorgeous autumn colours!

Autumn in Sydney is a magical time of the year. As the temperatures drop and the colours change from green to golden, the school holidays roll around once more from 5 to 16 April. Although the days are starting to get chillier, autumn in Sydney is still a great time to enjoy the outdoors with autumn colours, autumn fruit-picking, or catch the last of the flowers at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For those keen to do some exploring for their school holiday activities, hit the waves on a fun ferry ride, jump in the car on a family adventure to see the famous cotton candy caves, or stay in town and soak up history, dinosaur bones, the planets and more at these kid's museums that are anything but boring. And for those with a sweet tooth, treat yourself to a classy day out at Sydney's high tea for kids, or if coffee is more your jam, we've got a smorgasbord of kid-friendly cafes for you to try. Once you've had your fill of caffeine and cakes, head to the movies to catch a new-release family movie with your favourite little human.

Cotton Candy Caves
Sydney's cotton candy caves are a must-visit during the school holidays.

Winter School Holiday Activities 

School Holiday Activities
Winter school holidays call for a trip to see snow near Sydney!

This year, the Winter School holidays are running from 28 June to 9 July, and the timing couldn't be better because Sydney has blessed us with a glistening dose of snow to make your school holiday activities that much more exciting. Hit the slopes for a touch of skiing, make snow angels at these snow spots near Sydney, or keep the snow times rolling with a family holiday at the Snowy Mountains. While you're on the road, don't forget to check out NSW's best hot springs and winter fruit picking

If you're looking for school holiday activities closer to home, Sydney is coming alive with a jubilant season of winter festivals including the very welcome return of Vivid Sydney. After a mega-renovation, Luna Park is open again, providing triple the thrills with 9 new rides and a fabulous new rewards program. And if that's not enough theatrics for the school holidays, take your seat for an amazing lineup of winter theatre shows the kids will love.

For those keen to hibernate indoors during the winter school holidays, Sydney's top indoor play centres never fail to beat school holiday boredom. Why not tap into your nostalgic side at Sydney's top arcades, see who can strike first at indoor bowling, put pedal to the metal on your favourite go-karting track, or indulge those winter cravings at Sydney's best buffets

Spring School Holiday Activities

School Holiday Activities in Sydney
School holidays are the ideal time to discover secret nature spots in Sydney.

Spring school holidays are from 20 September to 1 October in 2021, and you know what that means? Nature, animals and family road trips! If the weather is not too chilly for your liking, get the family out of hibernation and amongst nature at our favourite secret nature spots. Spring is also the perfect time to visit some animals at Sydney's best animal activities and horseriding adventures. And while you're in the outdoorsy mood, pop on your walking shoes and finally tick off the epic Bondi to Manly walk, or take in Sydney's neverending natural bounty at these top 10 Sydney lookouts

School Holiday Activities
The thrills and spills are neverending at Sydney's indoor swimming pools.

If the Sydney weather is still giving you the cold shoulder, get your splash on at Sydney's top indoor swimming pools, go on a nail-biting adventure in spellbinding escape rooms, put your muscles to the test at indoor rock climbing, and aim for a hole-in-one at mini-golf in Sydney.

Keen to book a family holiday? Soak up life on the farm during the spring months on a family farm stay, cuddle alpacas at these alpaca farms, take the kids glamping near Sydney, or spend the night in a treehouse!

Summer School Holiday Activities

School Holiday Activities Sydney Beaches
You can't go through the summer school holidays without visiting the beach!

Ah, the summer school holidays! True, they are the longest school holidays, running from 20 December 2021 to 27 January 2022, but they are also the most exciting with Christmas on the horizon, a new year to look forward to, longer days (thank you, daylight savings!) and not to mention warmer temperatures! Summer school holiday activities in Sydney call for more time outdoors, so make the most of the best beaches for school kids, or if you're keen to avoid the crowds, you can keep a low profile at these secret Sydney beaches. Speaking of water play, add playgrounds by the water, free water play parks, waterfalls you can swim in, and kid-friendly rock pools to your school holiday activities list.

School Holiday Activities Sydney
Sydney is full of fruit farms for your cherry-picking adventures in summer.

Flowers are hot on the agenda for summer school holiday activities, as we know that sunflowers, lavenders, and jacarandas are usually in full bloom from November through to January (and sometimes longer). And speaking of the outdoors, your summer school holidays itinerary would not be complete without some delicious cherry picking, a wander through one of Sydney's magical mazes, or a joyride at our favourite bike parks

Although the summer months bring lots of sunshine, they can also bring plenty of rain. Beat the rain and become a tourist in your own city with our top 70 rainy day activities for kids or slowly make your way around the best all-you-can-eat sushi in Sydney.

In desperate need of a family holiday? Your options are pretty much endless when it comes to planning a family holiday during summer, so take your pick from absolute waterfront bliss at the best beach camping spots, save some coin on a kid-friendly getaway near Sydney on a budget, soak up the sun at Sydney's prettiest beach towns, or hit the open road on a memorable family road trip

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