The Best Things To Do Over Easter With Kids

  • Family
    Kids

By Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist

A long weekend, chocolate, bunnies, oh, and did we mention chocolate? There’s just so much to love about Easter. Sydney has some egg-cellent events on offer this Easter, and ellaslist brings you the top egg hunts, easter shows, parades, and the best places to eat over the long weekend, 14-17 April 2017, with the whole family.

Eastern Suburbs

The Great Centennial Park Egg Hunt


The Easter Bunny and Bilby are returning to Centennial Parklands this easter! Follow a trail map around the park to complete challenges on this super fun easter quest, and be rewarded with chocolate! It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete this self-led expedition, and it was a sell-out last year so make sure you book tickets! The emphasis of this event is getting children outside and active whilst engaging in good old-fashioned fun. Activities are egg or bunny related such as an egg and spoon race, egg hunt, and so on. There will be a family photo opportunity at the end with the Easter Bunny and Easter Bilby so bring your camera!

When: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 April 2017; Choose a start time between 9.30 am–2.45 pm
Where: Learning Centre, Education Precinct, Dickens Drive, Centennial Park
Cost: $17 per map. Prizes and photos will only be available for Children with Trail Maps.
BOOK TICKETS HERE

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 Dodo Sydney Family Show


Celebrate Easter at Sydney’s largest free-entry family show! The Dodo Stage is packed with performers and demonstrations throughout the show. Some of Australia’s best performers will make the big top come alive during the Circus Avalon show, with trapeze, silks, jugglers, contortionists, acrobats AND you can meet some of them after each show. Don’t forget to check out the showbags – so many to choose from and so many delicious treats to indulge in. And it’s not a family show without the adorable baby farmyard animals. There is definitely something for everyone at the 2017 Dodo Sydney Family Show!

When: 8-23 April 2017, 10am – 5pm (Easter weekend 14-17 April, 10am – 6pm)
Where: Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
Cost: Entry is FREE
BOOK TICKETS HERE

Egg-cellent Easter Trail- Explore Vaucluse House


Explore Sydney Living Museum’s Vaucluse House on an Easter-inspired kids trail. Try your hand at traditional Easter activities from egg rolling to egg-and-spoon racing, as well as vintage sports and craft, then claim your chocolate treat. Venture through the house, meet our feathered friends and visit the kitchen garden – an Easter bunny’s paradise. After the trail, spread out on the lawn and enjoy a home-packed picnic or treats from our tearooms. Perfect for children aged 5yrs +.

When: Sunday 16 April 2017; 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm
Where: Vaucluse House, Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
Cost: (for children 5yrs+) General-$15, Member-$10
BOOK TICKETS HERE

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Shakespeare & Easter Activities At The Watsons Bay Hotel


Join the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel in celebrating this Easter Long Weekend by the bay! They’ve got a jam-packed schedule with Easter-themed activities to keep people of all ages entertained. There will be face painting, crafts and Easter egg hunts over the 4 days with daily visits from the Easter Bunny himself as well as chocolate surprises for everyone! The annual AQUA egg hunt will take place on Easter Sunday on the Watsons Bay Beach Front.
For some theatre by the harbour, families will be delighted by Shakespeare by the Bay- featuring two culture enriching performances of The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel will be offering take-away picnics filled with an array of delicious eats and treats to enjoy throughout the performance. Kids snack boxes will also be available to keep the little ones happy.So, if you’re looking for a romantic date night or school holiday activity, Shakespeare By The Bay is the perfect outdoor event for all ages and interests. BOOK TICKETS NOW

When: Easter activities 10-23 April 2017 & Shakespeare 13-23 April 2017
Where: Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel & Robertson Park
Cost: Free and Paid events available

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City

 

Easter at the Sydney Fish Market


Celebrate Easter at Sydney’s home of seafood! Sydney Fish Market will kick off the Easter long weekend with extended trading hours, opening from 5.00am until 5.00pm on Good Friday (as well as an 11am-2pm appearance from the Easter Bunny) to cater for seafood lovers on one of the market’s busiest days of the year. Open every day over the long weekend, Sydney Fish Market offers ample opportunity to stock up on fresh seafood for your Easter feast. We’re a one-stop shop to purchase all your much-needed goodies, from hot cross buns, gourmet deli goods, fresh fruit & veg and fresh premium meat. You can even enjoy a delicious seafood meal from one of our many restaurants and café’s on our boardwalk.

When: Friday 14- Monday 17 April 2017; 5am til late
Where: Sydney Fish Market, Bank St & Pyrmont Bridge Road
Cost: Free entry, seafood varies

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Sydney Easter Parade and Family Day


The Sydney Easter Parade is a truly faith-filled easter celebration for all cultures, ages and denominations. The 2017 theme is “Love Never Fails”. Music, performers, and plenty of happy Easter revellers await.

When: Easter Monday 17 April 2017; 10am-12.30pm
Where: Meet at Hyde Park Sydney, parade starts here and ends at Tarpeian Way (Opera House)
Cost: Free

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Easter at Sheraton on the Park


The most elegant Easter we ever did see. Indulge in a leisurely lunch or dinner at the gorgeous Sheraton on the Park throughout Easter with a sumptuous seafood buffet followed by a spread of enticing desserts.

When: 14 – 17 April 2017; Lunch 12-3pm & Dinner 6-10.30pm
Where: Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street
Cost: FRom $69-$119 per head
BOOK TICKETS HERE 

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Lullabies at Langham, Sydney


Sydney’s The Langham Hotel is the ultimate Easter escape within a charming harbourside community. Lullabies at Langham is a fun-filled package for families including an overnight stay the Executive King or One Bedroom Suite, a kid’s slumber party set-up, kids craft kit, daily buffet breakfast, kid’s meal vouchers, & more. The ultimate family Eastre getaway! Bookings essential.

When: 7- 25 April 2017
Where: The Langham Sydney, 89-113 Kent Street
Cost: Visit their website for more information
BOOK TICKETS HERE

The Great Australian Egg Hunt at Australian Museum


Experience an egg hunt with a difference at the Australian Museum. Equipped with a trail map and sense of adventure, children search for Australian animals and their eggs in the Museum galleries.
Children will discover that chickens aren’t the only ones: many types of animals lay eggs such as frogs, snakes, insects, even dinosaurs! The experience includes; a Trail map, 5 × 20g chocolate baby bilbies per child, a chance to meet the real Easter Bilby (photo opportunity so bring your camera!), and experience Henny Penny Hatching baby chicks and eggs in incubators. The Australian Museum celebrates Australia’s endangered bilbies over bunnies. Each child will receive delicious Pink Lady Chocolate Bilbies and encounter a real one on completion of the trail. Proceeds from the chocolates are donated to Save the Bilby Fund.

When: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 April 2017; 10am-2pm. Start times every 30 mins.
Where: Australian Museum, Ground Floor, Atrium
Cost: $13 Members child or limited early-bird price; $15 Non-Member child
BOOK TICKETS NOW

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The Great Garden Egg Hunt


The Easter Bunny is coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney! Children will just love this Great Garden Egg Hunt coming in April. Children (recommended for ages 3-8) use a trail map to complete fun challenges, collect chocolate eggs and hunt for their furry Easter friends. Bring the children along to get outside and active whilst engaging in good old-fashioned fun. Activities are egg or bunny related such as an egg and spoon race and egg hunt. There will be a family photo opportunity at the end with the Easter Bunny so bring your camera!
Come and join in the festivities and enjoy some good old-fashioned Easter-time fun!

When: Saturday 15 April 2017; every 15 minutes from 9.30am-2.45pm
Where: The Band Lawn, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
Cost: $17 per child
BOOK TICKETS NOW

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Easter Chocolate Delight at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney


These April school holidays, come to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for an egg-cellent adventure. Learn where chocolate and other delicious foods come from and make your own chocolate freckle eggs!
Plus visit the chocolate exhibition in The Calyx to spot edible plants and propagate a chocolate mint plant to take home. Why not come to the Gardens for a whole day out? This Easter break they’re showing a hilarious outdoor theatre production for kids which is all about chocolate! The Great Chocolate Mystery is playing each morning at 10.30 – 11.30am then book into Easter Chocolate Delight for the afternoon session. Choose the Chocolate Day Out ticket and check your ticket confirmation for a discount code to the theatre program! Subject to availability.

When: Monday 10 – Thursday 13 April 2017; 10-11.30am or 12.30-2pm
Where: The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: $20/child; Adults FREE after paying for entry into The Calyx
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South West

 

The Great Australian Botanic Gardens Egg Hunt


Get ready western Sydney, to hop to the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan this Easter long weekend -bunny ears on and baskets in hand – for the highly anticipated return of The Great ABG Egg Hunt! The popular family Easter Adventure will see children follow Trail Maps and complete fun challenges as they hunt for a furry Bunny friend in the beautiful natural setting of Australia’s largest botanic garden!
Darrell Lea, Australia’s favourite confectionary company is back for a second year and will be supplying their delicious chocolate eggs for the occasion.
Families are encouraged to make a day out of their visit, to pack a picnic and enjoy a walk through the Garden or tour through the Australian PlantBank which is now open for weekends and will have seed activities for the kids.

When: Saturday 15 April 2017; staggered every 15 minutes between 9:30 AM and 2:45 PM
Where: Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, Narellan Road, Mount Annan
Cost: $17.50 per child
BOOK TICKETS HERE

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Greater West

 

School Holiday Fun at Westpoint in Blacktown


Make sure you visit Westpoint Shopping Centre in Blacktown this April school holidays for Neverland fun! Activities include The Jolly Roger, Walk the Plank, Mermaids Lagoon, Pixie Hollow, & a Treasure Hunt. The best part? All activities are Peter Pan themed- you’ll meet Captain Hook, Tinker Bell and all the other favourites!

Where: Westpoint Shopping Centre, 17 Patrick Street, Blacktown
When: Saturday 8 – Sunday 23 April 2017; 10am-3pm
Cost: FREE

Egg-cellent Easter Trail- Explore Elizabeth Farm


Explore Elizabeth Farm on an Easter-inspired kids trail. Try your hand at traditional Easter activities from egg rolling to egg-and-spoon racing, as well as vintage sports and craft, then claim your chocolate treat. Venture through the house, meet our feathered friends and visit the kitchen garden – an Easter bunny’s paradise. After the trail, spread out on the lawn and enjoy a home-packed picnic or treats from our tearooms. Perfect for children aged 5yrs +.

When: Sunday 16 April 2017; 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm
Where: Elizabeth Farm,  70 Alice Street, Rosehill
Cost: General-$15, Member-$10
BOOK TICKETS HERE

elizabeth farm easter

Sydney Royal Easter Show


The magnificent Sydney Royal Easter Show is back for another year this April, set to thrill, delight and excite Sydney kids and families once again! Hooves, Horsepower and Heritage are some of the main themes as the Sydney Royal Easter Show returns in 2017. The largest ticketed annual event in the southern hemisphere is hitting the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park with a blend of fresh attractions and the traditional family favourites. Highlights include the Easter Bunny spectacular, pony rides, Man from Snowy River live show, inflatable Streets Ice Cream world, working dairy demonstrations, food stalls, the showbag emporium and SO much more.

When: 6-19 April 2017; opens at 9am til late
Where: Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Presale discounts available until 5 April; Child- $22, Adult- $37, Family- $99.50 (plus $2.55 when booking online)
BOOK TICKETS NOW

sydney royal easter show

Sutherland Shire

 

April School Holidays in the Sutherland Shire


The Sutherland Shire council is hosting a heap of council-run fun these April school holidays for little chickens! Activities include Bushcare- Nature kids walk for kids, vacation care, Bugs, Beebots & Beasties at the library and lots more. Join them- it’s going to be egg-cellent.

 

 

When: April school holidays 2017
Where: Various locations in the Sutherland Shire
Cost: Free and paid events available

A Little Drive From Sydney

 

Jamberoo Action Park GIANT Easter Egg Hunt


If you fancy a little 1 hour drive south of Sydney, you’ll be pleased to find the most exciting egg hunt around! This is a GIANT egg hunt, with 1000s of eggs hidden in the picnic grounds of Jamberoo Action Park, and bags are supplied to each family to fill with what they find. The Easter Bunny and Sammy the Shark will also be making a special appearance on the day. Have a go at the easter egg guessing competition, and stay back for a day of thrills at the park. Prepare for an EPIC easter! For children aged 4-12 years of age.

 

 

When: Sunday 16th April 2017; 9.30am sharp start
Where: Jamberoo Action Park, 1215 Jamberoo Road – 1 hour south of Sydney; 10 mins from Kiama
Cost: See the website for more details
BOOK TICKETS HERE

Easter Week at the Early Start Discovery Space


As well as a heap of great April school holiday activities for kids, the ESDS is hosting an easter egg hunt! Come search in their garden for colourful Easter egg cards. At the end of the hunt each child will be entitled to receive a small Easter egg for their troubles. Afterwards, make your own Easter hat in creARTivity during the day, or bring one from home to wear as kids parade around the Space admiring everyone’s creative efforts.

 

When: Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 April 2017; egg hunt from 11am and parade from 1.30pm
Where: The Early Start Discovery Space, University of Wollongong, Building 21, 101 Ring Rd, Keiraville, Woollongong. Egg hunt maps are collected at reception! 
Cost:  Activities are FREE, just pay entry to the space. No bookings required.

 

 

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