Things to do With Kids During the Summer School Holidays

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Bursting with Christmas cheer, hot weather and a tonne of options for things to do, it’s no wonder that the summer school holidays are many families' favourite time of the year. Here’s our round-up of some of the best things to do during the upcoming break.

Amusement Parks and Attractions

1. Merlin - Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY at Sydney Tower Eye

Brickman Exhibition by LEGO
LEGO® fans - this is the ultimate LEGO® exhibition!

Calling all LEGO® fans to go on one wild LEGO® adventure these school holidays! The large-scale LEGO® experience Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® City at Sydney Tower Eye is so popular, they've extended the event to the end of January 2022! The 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 - a must-visit event for all LEGO® fans.

Where:     Sydney Tower Eye, Level 5 Westfield Sydney
When:      From 26 March 2021 to end of January 2022 | Christmas Day - CLOSED
Cost:        LEGO® + Observation Deck combo ticket -  $49.50/adult | $40/child. 
                 VR Pods: $10 add on to any Observation Deck ticket

2. Discover Three Darling Harbour Attractions With Merlin's Ultimate Kids Pass

Merlin Ultimate Kids Pass
Have triple the fun with Merlin's Ultimate Kids Pass.

Merlin has plenty more attractions for Sydney kids to explore during the summer school holidays! Head to Darling Harbour and go beneath the tides and explore the rocky world below at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, meet the adorable Aussie six-pack and discover Kangaroo Walkabout at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or take the TikTok challenge at Madame Tussauds Sydney.

Whatever you and your family are into, Merlin's attractions are a surefire hit with kids.  Better still, grab Merlin's Ultimate Kids Pass and get access to all three of these iconic attractions with one top-value ticket!

Where:    SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds, Darling Harbour,  Sydney CBD
When:     Throughout the summer school holidays
Cost:       Visit all three attractions for $15 per attraction with the Ultimate Kids Pass.

3. WaterWorld Central: Inflatable Water Park

Inflatable water park Sydney
WaterWorld Central's Inflatable Water Park is back!

If there's one activity guaranteed to be very high up on the school holidays checklist for Sydney kids, it's going for a splash! WaterWorld Central is just the spot to provide all the epic thrills, spills and splashes these school holidays at their incredible Inflatable Water Park

From 27 November 2021 to 26 January 2022, WaterWorld Central will be enhancing the summer vibes tenfold with the multi-lane Epic Racer slide, an 80-metre water tubing ride, wading pools, the Wave Slide, surf’s up and plenty more!

Where:       Waterworld Central, Entertainment Quarter, Sydney
                   Doyalson RSL, 80 Pacific Hwy, Doyalson
When:        27 December (Doyalson) - 26 January 2022
                  28 December 2021 (Entertainment Quarter)  - 26 January 2022
Cost:         Entry (non-participant) - $5
                  Little Dip n’ Slip 2hr Pass - $25 (Excludes Thrill Slides)
                  Extreme Splash n’ Slide 2hr Pass- $35 (ages 7+yrs – Adult & 120+cm)*

*Includes Pool Slides and Thrill Slides (age, height, & weight restrictions apply)

For more information visit WaterWorld Central.

Barbecues Galore

4. Monster Jump

Monster Jump
Monster Jump is coming to EQ these holidays!

One monster attraction to add to your summer holiday itinerary is Monster Jump at the Entertainment Quarter. From 4 December 2021, Monster Jump will be providing inflatable thrills and adventures in their ginormous inflatable obstacle course aptly named Monster Jump.

With more than 30 obstacles to choose from and a whopping 280 metres of endless fun, it's safe to say the kids will sleep pretty well after visiting Monster Jump.

Where:   The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
When:    4th-5th, 11th-12th, 18th-19th Dec and 28th Dec – 26th Jan 2022
Cost:      $20 - $35 per ticket

5. Entertainment Park

Entertainment Park
Kids will have a ball at Entertainment Park these holidays!

Entertainment Park is an indoor mecca for adrenaline-pumping family fun these summer holidays? There is go-kart racing, bowling, racing car simulators, classic arcade games, a pool table and a VR arena all under one roof so you can keep the kids entertained for hours! With a fully licensed cafe and their very own barber, lunch and even a haircut are taken care of.

Entertainment Park has school holiday deals for kids of all ages. Under 12's will receive a game of bowling and a meal of nuggets, chips and water for $20. Teens 13 and over can ride the most advanced racing simulator in Sydney, followed by a chicken burger and water, all for $40.

Where:      Entertainment Park, 20 / 361 Milperra Road, Bankstown
When:       Daily during the holidays from 10am - 10pm. 
Cost:         School holidays deals - $20 (bowling) and $40 (racing simulator) including a kids meal

6. Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo Action Park
Treat the whole family to a day of splashtastic fun at Jamberoo Action Park!


A summertime trip to South Coast gem, Jamberoo Action Park includes giant water slides, giant funnels, mini-golf, race in go-karts, a lagoon to float about in and a gondola that will take you sky-high. For the younger members of the family, you can spend some time at Billabong Beach—a special, heated themed area just for young children.

Where:    1215 Jamberoo Rd, Jamberoo 2533
When:     From 6 November 2021
Cost:       Tickets are on sale now.

7. The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Entertainment Quarter Sydney
Sydney's Entertainment Quarter is entertainment central these school holidays.

If you're looking for a venue that has all of your school holiday entertainment needs in one spot, you can't go past the Entertainment Quarter (EQ). Moore Park's ultimate entertainment venue is bursting at the seams with school holidays activities and entertainment for all interests. From water fun to movies, kids' bungee jumping, indoor play centres, family restaurants, and even a film school, the Entertainment Quarter really is the destination for fun these school holidays. 

Check out their full schedule of school holidays activities here.  

Where:    Entertainment Quarter (EQ) 220/122 Lang Rd, Moore Park 
When:     Until 26 January 2022
Cost:       Various

8. Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island Crooked Character
The Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island are ready for a fun (mis)adventure!

Sydney Harbour Trust is celebrating the summer holidays with a host of outdoor entertainment at one of its most spectacular sites. Throughout January, Cockatoo Island will be abuzz with family adventure that combines fun exploration with a fascinating deep-dive into history. The lively program includes a hilarious new Crooked Characters Meet a Sea Creature Tour, led by entertaining tour guides, Ocka and Too, who will weave fun seafaring tales into an interactive interpretation of Cockatoo Island’s maritime and convict past.

The Harbour Trust is also running five additional Cockatoo Island tours during the holidays to take you and your family on a journey back in time with spine-tingling stories of the Island’s bygone eras. Want to fully immerse yourself in the unique harbourside experience? Glamp overnight at the beautiful waterfront campground surrounded by unbeatable views of Sydney Harbour!

Where:    Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
When:     13 - 26 January 2022
Cost:      Tour tickets: $16 per child and $26 per adult

9. Climb Fit

Climb Fit
Learn the ropes at Climb Fit!

You’re never too young to start climbing! At Climb Fit, kids as young as four are welcome to give it a go so the whole family can get into an action-packed day of sky-high adventure. Not only is climbing a fun, full-body challenge, but it also helps build strength, stamina, flexibility and problem-solving skills.

Ideal for when you need to get out of the house and find a spontaneous summer activity, you don’t need to book a Climb Fit session, you can just turn up and jump - or climb - right in! If your kids are ready for more than casual climbing, there are half-day school holiday camps throughout December and January for 10 to 13-year-olds. 

Where:     St Leonards and Kirrawee
When:     Summer school holidays. Drop-in 7 days a week. No booking is required.
Cost:       From $20 per person including harness hire and full safety briefing
                All-inclusive holiday camps $85. Booking required.

Museum Fun

10. MCA - Doug Aitken: New Era

Museum of Contemporary Art
Family tours at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The perfect day out for artistic families, the work of American artist, Doug Aitken will be presented in a Sydney-exclusive exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia until 6 February 2022. The MCA is offering an intimate and interactive family tour, with all ages welcome for a unique day out in Sydney amongst some truly impressive art and culture. 

Where:    MCA, Level 3, 140 George Street, The Rocks
When:     Until 6 February 2022
                Tuesdays - Sundays: 10am - 5pm
                 Mondays: closed
Cost:       Adult: $28. Concession: $22. Youth: $12
                Family (2 adults and 3 children): $60
                Child (12 years and under): Free

11. Sydney Living Museums

Summer Fun With Sydney Living Museums
Summer holiday fun with Sydney Living Museums

Sydney Living Museums has12 historic houses, gardens and museums under their helm, brought to life through a dynamic and diverse program of exhibitions, events and tours, so your family can experience our unique past in a fun, interactive way. These summer school holidays they are hosting Zoo on the Move at Vaucluse House, the How to Move a Zoo exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, the Hyde Park Barracks Kids’ Trail and the Justice and Police Museum Kids’ Trail. You can also be a part of Healing land, remembering Country at Elizabeth Farm, plus save 20% off Sydney Living Museums Membership for year-long free entry to all their sites and exhibitions for you and up to four kids! 

Where:    Various Sydney Living Museums locations 
When:     Throughout the summer school holidays
Cost:       Kids from $12. See individual programs for prices.

Visit Some Animals

12. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Featherdale Koala
Mini zoologists will be in their element at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife park this summer!

Want to see Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural bush setting? Situated on seven acres of natural bush setting and home to the world’s largest collection of Australian native animals, at Featherdale Wildlife Park you are able to get up close and personal with over 2,200 animals from more than 330 different species!

Where:   217-229 Kildare Rd, Doonside NSW 2767
When:    Throughout the summer school holidays 
Cost:      Adult (ages 16+): $35, Child (3-15 years old): $22. Featherdale is known for its incredible deals, so always check the website for awesome savings.

13. Mogo Wildlife Park

Zebras at animal park
Mogo Wildlife Park offers some unforgettable up-close experiences with their resident animals!

With a diverse range of personal animal encounters on offer at Mogo Wildlife Park, it's a must-visit for any animal enthusiast, and the summer school holidays are the perfect time to go. You can choose from feeding a Tiger, Lion or Red Panda. Alternatively, you could meet a Rhino or Emperor Tamarin. You may prefer to play with their Meerkats, sit with the Squirrel Monkeys or enjoy a Primate Island Cruise. It's a difficult decision, but the memories will last a lifetime! 

Where:   222 Tomakin Road, Mogo, NSW
When:    Throughout the summer school holidays 
Cost:      Adult (ages 16+): $35, Child (3-15 years old): $22

14. Calmsley Hill

Calmsley Hill
There's so much to see and do for the whole family at Calmsley Hill City Farm!


If the closest your little city slicker has been to a farm is a petting zoo at one of Sydney’s urban markets or fairs, then a visit to family-friendly Calmsley Hill City Farm these summer school holidays is an absolute must.

Located in Abbotsbury, 40 minutes out of Sydney, the farm is a place where the whole family can get up close to a range of native and farmyard animals – you can do everything from milk a cow to feed a kangaroo! There is even sheep shearing, tractor rides and a stock whip show to keep you and the littlies entertained.

Where:   31 Darling St, Abbotsbury NSW 2176
When:    Throughout the summer school holidays 
Cost:      Adult (ages 16+): $27.50, Child (3-16 years old): $15.50

15. Hunter Valley Wildlife Park

Hunter Valley Zoo
Hunter Valley Wildlife Park is open and waiting for your visit during the summer holidays.

If you've already visited all your favourite zoos and animal farms a few times, why not get out of town for the day and head up to Hunter Valley Wildlife Park? There are loads of Australian and exotic animals just waiting to meet you, with daily keeper talks and animal encounters throughout the school holidays, all in the heart of stunning NSW's Wine Country. The sanctuary's ‘animals first’ philosophy nurtures a unique experience of interacting with animals who are choosing to connect with you and encourages personal encounters with animals.

Where:   Lomas Lane, Nulkaba
When:    Throughout the summer school holidays 
Cost:      Adult (ages 16+): $38, Child (3-15 years old): $25; Children 2 and under FREE

16. Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo elephants
Taronga's resident elephants enjoying summer. 

The animals at Taronga Zoo are just too cute to miss during the school holidays! This year has been a great year for new and adorable friends at Taronga Zoo as they've welcomed new animals into their animal family, including a pint-sized Pygmy Hippo, and five African lion cubs!

As Sydney's largest zoo, there's plenty to see and do at Taronga besides spotting some animals. You can ride the Sky Safari, become a Cadet Keeper for the day, visit one of Sydney's best playgrounds, enjoy Twilight at Taronga, book into their School Holiday Programs, see the famous Seals for the Wild Show, and if you like getting really close to your animal friends, there's also VIP Animal Encounters on offer. 

Where:   Taronga Zoo
When:    The zoo is open year-round; check individual programs for specific dates 
Cost:      Adult (ages 16+): $44.10, Child (4-15 years old): $26.10; Children 3 and under FREE

17. Sydney Zoo

School holidays at Sydney Zoo
Go wild these school holidays with the new animal encounters at Sydney Zoo.

Discover Sydney's newest animal attraction with a wild safari experience at Sydney Zoo. Meander through the wide, open spaces and enjoy the fresh air as you explore five fascinating precincts: the Aquarium, the Primate Boulevard, an Africa savannah, and the exotic fauna of Asia and Australia, including the country’s largest reptile and nocturnal animal house. 

Come face to face with free-roaming kangaroos and a resident emu, and get even closer to the animals with brand new encounters with elephants, tigers, giraffes, meerkats, hyenas and crocodiles. During the school holidays, Sydney Zoo also runs a popular Mini Zookeeper For a Day program and don’t miss the best view in Western Sydney on Sydney Zoo’s giant Ferris wheel.

Where:   700 Great Western Hwy, Bungarribee
When:    Every day | 9am - 5pm 
Cost:      Online bookings - Adult (16+ years) $39.99 | Child (3-15 years) $19.99 | Infant (0-2 years) FREE. FREE parking included. Unlimited Passes and Annual Family Membership are also available.

Go for a Splash

18. Belgravia Pools

Belgravia Pools summer school holidays
Kids will love blowing off some steam and keeping cool at one of Belgravia's pools!


Looking for a great way to cool off in the heat or somewhere indoors for those balmy wet days, then why not visit one of these top Sydney pools. Each aquatic centre offers a range of other facilities and services, including full-size gyms, indoor courts, fitness classes, massage/physiotherapy treatments and a cafe!

Check out Ian Thorpe Aquatic CentreAndrew (Boy) Charlton PoolCook+Philip Park PoolVictoria Park PoolPrince Alfred Park Pool and Gunyama Park Aquatic Centre

Where:   Various locations (see above.)
When:    Throughout the summer school holidays 
Cost:      Check each web page for location-specific costs.

Want More Splashing? TOP 10 Spots to Cool Down in Sydney

We all love a fantastic spot to cool off in summer. Here’s our top 10 that both the littlies and school kids will enjoy!

1. Darling Harbour Water Park, DARLING HARBOUR

2. Splasher’s Water Playground, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

3. Nurragingy Reserve Water Park, DOONSIDE

4. Parsley Bay Reserve, VAUCLUSE

5. Bundeena Beach, BUNDEENA

6. Little Manly Cove Beach, MANLY

7. Blaxland Riverside Park, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

8. Granville Water Park, MERRYLANDS

9. Greenwich Baths, GREENWICH

10. Bronte Beach, BRONTE

See a Show

19. The Best Kids Shows in Sydney

Sydney is loaded with incredible theatre performances for all ages, and this summer is lining up to be a blockbuster one! From The Little Prince to Scaredy Cat, Guess How Much I Love You, The Wind in the Willows, and Paw Patrol, there's a kids show in Sydney happening these holidays to appeal to all thespians!

Where:     Various theatres across Sydney
When:      Until January 2022

20. See a Movie Under the Stars at Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema
Moonlight Cinema returns for summer 2021/22.

Pack a picnic and enjoy some cinema under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema, a great choice for families with a program packed with family-friendly choices, and some classic date night options too!

Where:      Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park
When:       9 December 2021 until 3 April 2022.
                  Gates open at 7 pm. Screenings start at sundown.
Cost:         General Admission $20 | Cinebuzz members $18 | Gold Grass $41 |
                  Family Pass  $65

21. Get out of Town at the Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Family fun at the Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth. 

If you always head out of town on a family holiday during the December/January school holidays, make sure you add the Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth to your holiday itinerary! 

This ultra-family-friendly music festival is back in 2022 and bigger than ever with loads of incredible acts, events, concerts, kid-friendly entertainment and more. Held from 14 to 23 January 2022, this is Australia's most iconic music festival and longest-running music award. Tamworth will host the biggest country music stars, and emerging talents, in Australian country music. The Festival will boast over 700 artists and the festival-goers are guaranteed amazing memories while enjoying the biggest festival with the biggest atmosphere yet! 

Where:      All over Tamworth!
When:       14 - 23 January 2022
Cost:         See website for tickets

Other Fun Ideas...

  • Do you have a little monkey who needs to get out of the house these school holidays? Visit Australia's biggest tree ropes courses at Trees Adventure Grose River Park or Trees Adventure Nowra Shoalhaven Park this Summer.
  • Illawarra Fly is leading a Gruffalo Spotters Trail available every day of the school holidays using the free Gruffalo Spotters 2 App!
  • Learn to skydive with iFly Downunder inside their giant glass tunnel. 
  • Try your hand at Mini Golf at Pittwater Golf Centre
  • Download and print your very own PuzzleTrails with everything your family needs to follow self-guided, mystery-themed Sydney walks with fun facts along the way.

More Summer Inspiration Here:

Best Things To Do with Kids When It's Stinking Hot
Awesome Summer School Holiday Programs and Activities For Kids
Sydney's Best Kid's Indoor Play Centres for Rainy Days and Summer Heat

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