Autumn In Sydney: Things To Do With Kids These School Holidays
- Mums & Bubs
Autumn is upon us! Although we are moving from sunny summer to wet winter, and the days are becoming shorter and cooler, we can still make the most of this beautiful season before hibernation sets in.
Counter the cabin fever with these fun, family-friendly things to do with kids in Sydney this autumn and throughout the April school holidays.
Things To Do With Kids These Autumn School Holidays
1. Calmsley Hill City Farm
Head to Calmsley Hill City Farm this Autumn for an authentic, interactive farm experience without leaving the city. Less than an hour from Sydney, you can learn all about the native and farmyard animals, and enjoy shows and entertainment.
The Calmsley Hill City Farm schedule includes a cow-milking demonstration, a tractor ride and a sheep-shearing show. If you don't think a whole day is enough, you can spend the night and camp out in the paddock.
Where: 31 Darling St, Abbotsbury
When: Open 7 days a week
Cost: Adult $27.50 |Child $15.50 |Family $82.50 | Under 3s FREE.
2. Barbie™ Dreamtopia Afternoon Tea
Barbie lovers, it's the news you've been waiting for! The Barbie™ Dreamtopia Afternoon Tea is coming back to The Langham Sydney this April.
Kitchens on Kent invited all princesses, fairies, mermaids and unicorns to enjoy a magical afternoon of pure indulgence including a decadent Barbie™ High Tea with fairy bread, Strawberry scrolls, Dreamtopia rainbow cupcakes, snow-topped popcorn pots, strawberry and chocolate rice bubble crackles, Mermaid doughnuts, unicorn cake pops and more. PLUS, every guest will receive a Barbie doll gift of your very own to take home and a colouring activity.
Where: Kitchens on Kent, The Langham, Sydney
When: Monday 11th April – Thursday 14th April & Tuesday 19th April – Friday 22nd April 2022 | 11:00am – 1:00pm ; 1:00pm – 3:00pm ; 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
Cost: $78 per child (from 5-12 years old) | $35 per child (4 and under) | From $98 per adult includes a glass of Sparkling
3. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Peppa Pig is coming to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo throughout April for an amazing interactive adventure.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium will be packed full of fun with interactive stations where you can help Peppa count all the starfish, find all the hidden seahorses, and help the clownfish find its way back home.
Right next door, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo will take you on a journey completing fun activities and making furry friends along the way! You'll also discover some of the most endangered creatures in the world and get up close and personal to the ‘Aussie Big 5’.
Where: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
When: Open throughout the April school holidays
Cost: From $57 per adult and $40 per child when you pre-purchase a 2 attraction pass online.
4. Girls With Altitude At Riverside Theatre
The world-famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus is back with an exciting new theatre production at Riverside Theatres. Girls With Altitude will bring together the cartoons of celebrated Australian artist Judy Horacek (Where is the Green Sheep?) and the world-class skills of the circus' talented young artists to create a mesmerising circus spectacular this April.
The Fruit Flies' incredible acrobats will bring a whole new perspective on the future using their thrilling mix of youthful energy and high-level technical mastery.
Where: Riverside Theatres, corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
When: Wednesday 13 April - 6.30pm | Thursday 14 April 2022 - 10.30am & 2pm
Cost: Adult $49, Child $44 | Member and group discounts available
5. Kids Stay and Eat FREE at Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
Book a fun city staycation at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney these school holidays and you can take the kids for FREE. The five-star hotel offers the ultimate ambience in a prime central location, just a stone's throw from some of Sydney’s top attractions.
With the School Holiday Fun package, not only do Kids Stay and Eat Free, but Amora Jamison Hotel Sydney is also offering a complimentary late check-out of 4 pm on Sunday, plus you'll have access to their indoor heated pool and jacuzzi and complimentary wifi.
Where: Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, 11 Jamison Street, Sydney
When: 8 April - 25 April 2022
Cost: Room rates from $290 per night
6. Sydney Family Show
The Sydney Family Show will return to the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park this April. Don't miss the Easter Basket Scramble and the Bunny Hopping Competitions, pamper your pooch at Dogs In The Park and meet adorable furry friends at the Animal Nursery.
There will be an amazing carnival atmosphere with games and rides, exciting stage shows, and a range of show bags to guarantee a great day out! Plus you can purchase tickets with your Service NSW Discover vouchers.
Where: Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park, NSW 2021
When: Saturday 9 - Monday 25 April 2022
Cost: Entry is $20 for adults; $10 for children | $50 for a family of four
Rides, games and show bags are an additional cost.
7. Get Away With YHA
With everything from a city stay on Sydney Harbour to a bush escape in the Blue Mountains or a beach holiday in Byron Bay, YHA has over a dozen high-quality, family-friendly properties across NSW for your Easter getaway.
From urban mini-breaks to adventurous road trips, no matter how near or far you want to travel, YHA has you covered with affordable accommodation options including private family rooms and state-of-the-art facilities.
The award-winning Sydney Harbour YHA is a true heritage experience and boasts stunning panoramic views. It is Sydney's only traveller hostel in the city's historic precinct of The Rocks!
Where: YHA locations across NSW
When: April School Holidays
Cost: See the YHA website for rates
8. Parramatta Nights
Parramatta Nights is back for 2022 with an epic line-up of live music and art bringing the streets of the city to life! Five stages will be set up for the ultimate outdoor festivals, including a roller rink, Jazz After Dark, Sydney Symphony Under the Stars, an open-air cinema, rooftop concerts and more.
Throughout the school holidays, you can let the good times roll at Prince Alfred Square with Skate and Play - a jam-packed free event for the whole family. Strap on some skates and glide along the roller rink to some of your favourite tunes. You can also check out a giant interactive public art installation, get an adrenaline rush on the amusement rides and chow down on the great range of food on offer.
Where: Parramatta Square
When: Thursday to Sunday | 25 March to 11 April 2022
9. Kids Go FREE At Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
April is the best time to take your family on an unforgettable day at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park because kids go FREE! Up to four children will receive free entry with every paying adult, plus you can take full advantage of your Service NSW Vouchers with amazing deals on Annual Family Passes. Get up close to all their favourite animal friends and experience the unique resident wildlife that calls Featherdale home.
The free kids offer is available at all three Australian Wildlife Parks including Hunter Valley Wildlife Zoo and Mogo Wildlife Park. Each is home to a menagerie of native and exotic fauna from all over the world where you can engage and interact with them more closely than anywhere else. The trio of much-loved attractions make up Australia’s biggest private collection of animals - and they are the perfect place for a school holiday day trip!
Where: Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside
Mogo Wildlife Park, 222 Tomakin Rd, Mogo
Hunter Valley Wildlife Park, 138 Lomas Ln, Nulkaba
When: Throughout the school holidays
Cost: Redeem your $25 Discover voucher for an adult entry ticket to any park!
10. Sydney Living Museums
Sydney Living Museums will be hosting a range of engaging exhibitions and activities across their historic sites this autumn including the fascinating interactive family exhibition How to Move a Zoo at the Museum of Sydney. It will take you and your little explorers on an extraordinary journey through the harbour city with a parade of creatures, including a 4-ton elephant named Jessie, as they relocated from Moore Park to Taronga Zoological Park. Don't miss it - the exhibition closes on 24th April.
Zoo on the Move will fill the Elizabeth Farm gardens with animal illustrations and sounds to inspire your little artist's creativity in the activity hub. Plus, there will be stories, songs about and a visit from the Taronga Zoomobile.
The beloved Easter Trails are also back at Elizabeth Farm and Vaucluse House for the Easter long weekend with traditional Easter games, an activity station, vintage lawn sports and chocolate treats.
Where: Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill
Vaucluse House, Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse
When: Until 24 April 2022
Cost: Adults from $15, Child from $12, Family $38
Under 5’s and Sydney Living Museums members FREE
Free entry to How to Move a Zoo on Friday nights (5pm – 8pm) and weekends
11. Jurassic World by Brickman® at the Australian Museum
If you haven't visited the revamped Australian Museum following its giganotosaurus, $57.5m renovation, then add it to your Sydney in Autumn bucket list. Right now they are home to the biggest LEGO® brick adventure ever made by the legendary Brickman team - Jurassic World by Brickman® has over fifteen supersized LEGO dinosaurs on display at the museum until 29 May 2022 plus there are early morning brekky masterclasses with the Brickman himself.
Where: 1 William Street, Sydney
When: Open every day | 10am - 5pm
Cost: General admission is FREE for a limited time.
Jurassic World by Brickman® - Child $25, Adult $35. Under 3s FREE.
12. Four Seasons Family Fun Package
A family staycation is a perfect way to experience autumn in the city this year, and the luxurious Four Seasons has put together the ideal package.
The Family Fun Package includes a welcome gift for the kids, daily breakfast for two adults and two children under 12 at Mode, one in-room kids' movie with movie snacks, 50% savings on kids' laundry items, kid-friendly bath amenities, themed linen and a tent experience included with stays in a suite. Read our review!
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street, Sydney
When: Until March 31st 2023
Cost: Check the website for rates
13. High Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
The perfect autumnal treat for adults and children alike, High Tea at Mode Kitchen & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is the perfect seasonal activity for budding socialites!
Enjoy three tiers of handcrafted sweets, savouries and scones on the new High Tea menu, which are made in-house by the Hotel’s Alain Ducasse-trained French pastry duo, Elliott Roussel and Quentin Zerr. Just as with Mode’s lunch and dinner menus, all dishes are based on the best available seasonal produce.
Where: The Mezzanine, Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street, Sydney
When: Friday through Sunday | 2 - 5 pm
Cost: Traditional High Tea $79 pp
Champagne High Tea $99 pp
Children's High Tea is $39 pp
14. Luna Park
Opening every day of the school holidays, Luna Park never fails to deliver adrenaline-pumping entertainment, and now you can get even more air time with 9 exhilarating new rides from going upside down at 72kph on the Big Dipper to swinging to new heights on the Sledgehammer. Sydney's favourite harbourside amusement park also has showbags, carnival games, showtime performances, sweet and savoury treats and more.
An Easter Egg-stravaganza is also coming to Luna Park these holidays! Over the Easter weekend, you can meet and greet the Easter Bunny who will have gifts and giveaways for little fans. Grab a Luna Park Cup from the Easter Bunny and fill it up with a slushie from the Gelato Bar, then it's yours to take home! There is also a virtual Easter egg hunt throughout the holidays with 7 eggs to find. Locate the winning egg for your chance to win the Ultimate Luna Park Sydney Family Experience.
Where: Luna Park, 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
When: Throughout the April school holidays and Easter long weekend
Cost: Unlimited Rides Day Pass - Adults from $44 | Children 13 years and under from $34
15. BridgeClimb School Holiday Special Offer
From dawn till dusk, take in breathtaking birds-eye views from the pinnacle of our most iconic landmark. Get your family together and tick BridgeClimb off your bucket list. Not only will you have incredible memories from the experience of a lifetime, but you'll also have eternal bragging rights for ascending the world’s longest steel-arch bridge (spanning an impressive 500 metres) and standing proud 134 metres above sea level over our famous harbour.
From the Opera House to the Blue Mountains, there’s no better vantage point to take in the beauty of Sydney and to sweeten the experience BridgeClimb has a School Holiday Special Offer - all kids climb for only $99, saving up to 48%. Adult climbs start from $248, saving up to 19%. Plus, you can also Service NSW Vouchers to save up to $250.
Where: BridgeClimb Sydney, 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks
When: 9 - 24 April 2022
Cost: Kids Climbs $99 | Adults Climbs from $248
16. iFLY Downunder
If you have ever wished that you could fly you can make your dreams come true these holidays. iFLY Downunder indoor skydiving is an exhilarating experience that’s fun, memorable and even a little challenging. It’s fully accessible and an ideal way to stay active and try something adventurous with the added bonus of being indoors and undercover. You can learn to fly no matter what the weather is doing!
Flyers from 3 to 103 years can experience the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFLY - a simulation of true free-fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel - and all first-time flights have two instructors - one to help you in the tunnel, and one to control the airspeed. Plus your flight includes pre-flight training, flight suit, helmet and goggle hire, one-on-one assistance as you fly, and a flight certificate.
Use the ellaslist discount code to get exclusive school holiday special offers!
Where: iFLY Downunder, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith
When: Throughout the April school holidays
Cost: From $75 per person with the iFLY Family & Friends offer
17. Easter Glamping, Egg Hunt & Kids Eat Free at Novotel Sydney Central
Relax in an urban oasis at the luxurious Novotel Sydney Central these autumn school holidays. They have created a unique, family city break that brings a touch of adventure to this contemporary haven. Snap up the Inner City Glamping package and your kids will delight in their own in-room mini tepee. Plus, they will be treated to unlimited hot chocolate, snacks and an activity pack to keep them happy while you relax in your lush surroundings.
Parking is also included, plus you'll have full access to a range of premium facilities including the heated rooftop pool. Wake up to a delicious buffet breakfast and breath easy knowing kids eat free throughout April so you can dine to your heart's content. The hotel is also hosting an egg hunt for the Easter weekend.
Where: Novotel Sydney Central, 169-179 Thomas St, Sydney
When: Autumn School Holidays
Cost: From $239
18. Hyper Karting
Buckle up your seatbelts! The longest indoor go-kart track in Australia is here in Sydney. Hyper Karting is taking over Level 5 of The Entertainment Quarter's car park these holidays with a massive, exhilarating 410m track that you can ride in all weather conditions. Jump in a fast, fume-free, state-of-the-art electric go-kart on The Main Track for an adrenalin-pumping ride full of speed and excitement.
Perfect for the whole family, Hyper Karting is designed with kids in mind. For drivers aged 3 - 7 years, the purpose-built Mini Track and Nano Karts allow them to be a part of the action and get on the track in a safe, fun way.
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Level 5 Car Park, Moore Park
When: Open every day
Cost: From $19 to $59 pp per race | Prices vary depending on the day and time.
19. Cockatoo Island
There's never been a better time to rediscover the heritage destinations on Sydney Harbour, and, bursting with beauty, cultural heritage and plenty of history, the Harbour Trust's visitor destinations are a rich source of exploration and discovery!
Harbour Trust sites include North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney, Headland Park in Mosman and Cockatoo Island on Sydney Harbour and throughout autumn there are plenty of tours and ways to discover these city-side gems.
Where: Various locations across Sydney
When: Throughout autumn
Cost: Visit Harbour Trust for individual ticket costs
20. Museum of Contemporary Art Family Tours
Be ready to laugh, shimmy and play! Bring the entire family along and participate in this inclusive and collaborative experience at an MCA Family Tour.
The MCA artist-educator will guide your family through the exhibition MCA Collection: Perspectives on place, stopping at a few key artworks to have a closer look and partake in some creative learning strategies that the whole family will enjoy. Recommended for families with children ages 6 - 12.
Where: MCA, 140 George Street, The Rocks
When: 9 April 2022 | 10:30 – 11:30am & 12 – 1pm
Cost: $45 family ticket
21. Holy Moly Golf Club
Kick some putt at the craziest mini golf courses you have ever seen! Australia’s best mini golf course turns traditional putt-putt into a multi-sensory wonderland of uniquely themed holes. Holy Moly Golf Club combines a course inspired by nostalgic childhood faves and iconic pop culture with a funky soundtrack so you can strut while you putt.
Holy Moly welcomes minors and under 18's in their venues before a certain time which varies per venue so please check here.
Where: Holy Moly has venues in Chatswood, Newtown, North Strathfield, Castle Hill and Darlinghurst
When: Opening hours vary for each venue
Cost: Check your preferred venue for prices
The Jeral Puppets are back at Puppeteria this Autumn with classic puppet shows of your favourite fairy tales. Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, Alice In Wonderland and Hooray For The Easter Bunny will come to life with stories, songs and lots of laughs.
They will have a regular schedule of live performances, especially for children ages 2 to 9 years.
Where: Puppeteria Theatre, 12H Denawen Ave, Castle Cove
When: Sunday 3 - Tuesday 26 April 2022
Cost: Children $12; Adults $15
23. Zone Bowling
Bowling alleys have come a long way since their retro heyday and these state-of-the-art venues boast a range of exciting and challenging interactive activities aside from knocking down ten pins. With bowling, laser tag and arcade games, plus cool prizes and amazing food, Zone Bowling is the ultimate family fun zone.
From the epic neon-lit bowling alleys to Space Invaders Frenzy to the Laser tag battlefield to the M&M Cookie Explosion shakes... Zone Bowling is the place to be for fully inclusive family entertainment (there is bumper bowling for the little ones). The epic play space offers something for everyone - rain, hail or shine - and is an ideal place to burn some energy with clean, inexpensive fun that starts from the moment you walk through the door.
Where: There are 11 Zone Bowling venues throughout NSW including Blacktown, Castle Hill, Dee Why, Illawarra, Liverpool, Penrith, Revesby, West HQ (Rooty Hill), Southgate (Sylvania), Top Ryde and Villawood.
When: School Holiday Passes available until 1 May 2022
Cost: Fun Zone passes from $25.90
24. Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre
The beautiful, world-class Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is a place for everyone to play exercise and take some much needed time out.
There is an outdoor 50m heated pool, as well as an indoor leisure zone that boasts slides, fountains and even a mega-drencher for kids!
Where: 17 Zetland Avenue, Zetland
When: All autumn
Cost: Entry is $8:15 for adults, $6 for children and $21.50 for a family of four.
25. Jamberoo Action Park
Take a school holiday family road trip to Jamberoo Action Park! The huge water park set in rolling hills has loads of adrenaline-charged rides and slides including The Perfect Storm, a completely dark vortex with streaks of lightning and cracks of thunder, and The Rock, a whopping 5-metre high cliff face for jumping into a deep water pool below - perfect for thrill-seeking kids.
For the less adventurous, the family-friendly Rapid River and Outback Bay beach area, offer hours of relaxed fun, plus there are colourful waterparks and play areas dedicated to young children.
Where: 1215 Jamberoo Road, Jamberoo
When: Open every day | 10am - 5pm
Cost: Online General Admission - Adults $60; Children $50; Under 3 FREE
26. Hunter Valley Gardens
Join in the fun this autumn school holidays as Mega Creatures take over the Hunter Valley Gardens during the day and at night. Showcasing some of Australia's largest bugs, dinosaurs and dragons, the displays will thrill both parents and children alike! There will also be a fossil find, dino egg hunts, an epic Night Safari plus amusement rides and food and beverage available for purchase.
Hunter Valley Gardens will be accepting Service NSW Vouchers for general admission and Mega Creatures.
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
When: 2 April to 1 May 2022 | 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: Adult $32, Child $25, Under 3s FREE | Family passes available from $75
27. Central Coast Autumn Activities
Chill out on the Central Coast this autumn and soak up the holiday vibes surrounded by stunning natural wilderness, over 40 gorgeous beaches and an abundance of fun things to do for families throughout the Easter Holidays and beyond.
If you enjoy great food and live entertainment at the Social Spaces Pop-Up Dining Experiences, book a range of hands-on school holidays activities, meet the Roving Easter Bunny and discover the region's rich history on the free Wyong Heritage Walk, plus there is plenty more happening at multiple locations along the coast.
Where: Throughout the NSW Central Coast
When: Saturday 9 April - Tuesday 31 May 2022
Cost: Various FREE and paid events
28. Bathurst Easter Holiday Workshops and Heritage Trades Trail
Take your kids on a journey back in time to explore over 200 years of history at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail. At this unique and exciting event, local and guest artisans will demonstrate rare trades that helped build the Bathurst region including blacksmithing, saddlery, dry stone walling, whip making, glass artistry, tapestry, embroidery, carpentry and joinery, violin making and more.
Kids will have a fascinating chance to see, feel and experience how everyday items were made before the advent of modern technology!
You can also book the kid's into Easter Holiday Workshops. Activities include cookie and cupcake decorating plus arts and crafts ($20) and a 2-hour pottery session making a mask, critters or plant pots ($65).
Where: Bathurst Showground pavilions and Bathurst Agricultural Research Station
When: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2022
Cost: Heritage Trades Trail $15 pre-purchased online | $20 on the weekend of the event | Under 16s are free.
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