School holiday activities in Sydney with a difference
I have mixed emotions about school holidays. I love them because all the routines stop like lunches and after school activities and I feel we get a chance to catch up. I also hate them because I never know what to do in the holidays.
When Accor Hotels approached us about showing off some cool school holiday activities in Sydney, I jumped at the chance to find ways to keep the family amused while not breaking the bank. Let’s explore some different school holiday activities in Sydney you can do for these holidays:
Be prepared for the worst and keep these wet weather activities up your sleeve, just in case.
Family Yoga at Yoganic, Willoughby – Sydney yoga studio Yoganic offers three different family yoga classes, catering to children from crawling age right through to 17; perfect a rainy day. Teens will benefit from the relaxation and meditation techniques, learning how to destress and relax.
Have a Bake-Off – Prefer to stay in? Why not rally the troops and release your inner MasterChef with your very own cooking competition? If you’re in need of some kitchen inspiration, take a look at former MasterChef contestant and host of ‘Kitchen Whiz’ (on GO! Channel) Alice Zaslavsky’s children’s cook book, Alice’s A-Z of Food.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Alexandria – Kids can’t sit still. I know the feeling. Let them run wild at Sydney’s Sky Zone Trampoline Park, which has over 100 trampolines where you can bounce, jump and flip to your hearts content.
Take in the fresh air and make the most of the great outdoors with one of these three top picks…
Teddy Bear’s Picnic –Enjoy a leisurely morning or afternoon in the great outdoors with some pre-prepared nibbles and games for little to no cost at all – just don’t forget the teacups! Clifton Gardens is a fantastic location for those of you looking for a bit of everything – picnic grounds, beach for swimming and harbour views. Alternatively, Manly Dam, The Basin and Bronte Beach are some family friendly picnic spots , which will please children of all ages, all year round.
Sydney Park Bike Track, St. Peters – Get little legs pedaling, scooting and skating at Sydney’s bike track, complete with miniature roads, traffic lights, bridges and tunnels to teach children essential riding skills in a safe environment. The track is situated within Sydney Park in St. Peters, near the suburb’s train station so you can take the whole family and their bikes, plus there is also parking on site if you choose to drive.
While the school holidays provide children with a well-earned break from indoor classes, learning out of the classroom can be both informative and fun!
Australian Museum, Sydney CBD – When it comes to balancing education and entertainment, the Australian Museum does it best. What’s even better is that kids under 16 are eligible for free general admission. Winny the Dinosaur Puppet is a must see attraction, particularly for anyone wondering what a dinosaur would look like with its skin on!
Stargazing at the Sydney Observatory, Millers Point – This educational experience is a must-see for explorers and curious minds of all ages. The Observatory is free for daytime general admission to the grounds; however this does not include access to the telescope domes, planetarium and some other indoor areas.
Birdlife Discovery Centre, Sydney Olympic Park – Your weekend is sorted with a visit to the Birdlife Discovery Centre situated within the Newington Armory at Sydney Olympic Park. Learn a thing or two about birds in their natural habitat and tag along to one of the free Guided Bird Walks which run on the last Sunday of each month.
Got some extra time to spare or looking to escape the hustle and bustle? Explore one of these out of towners for a day or two of regional reprieve.
Barcoos Farmstay, Perthville – Get away from work for a few days and make the most of the kids being off school by spending a few days on a farm in Central West NSW. Barcoos Farmstay, situated just 10 minutes from Bathurst is a great option, offering a range of family friendly and interactive farm activities as part of the accommodation package.
Jamberoo Action Park, Jamberoo – Kids rides, waterslides, chairlifts, bobsled, an aqua playground – what more could you want from an adventurous day out of the city. Jamberoo Action Park is located just an hour out of the city and will provide endless hours of fun, splashing around in the sun.
Fuel hungry little bellies at affordable, family friendly locations in and around the city.
Sydney Tower Buffet, Sydney – With 360° views of Sydney, this is a great spot for tourists and locals alike. The menu includes a variety of cuisines and offers both vegetarian and gluten free options. Kids eat free here on Mondays and Tuesdays year round, so this is a great option for an early week treat with an amazing backdrop.
Catmosphere Café, Surry Hills – For a truly unique and cuddly dining experience, pay Sydney’s very own Catmosphere Cat Café a visit. This venue features both a regular café and two separate rooms where you can schedule in time to play with some adorable kittens as you sip on a hot drink and snack on a cat shaped cookie. Bookings are essential, and funds go towards taking care of rescue cats and kittens.
Crayz Espresso, Matraville – This location is not only kid friendly, but has a designated children’s playroom space to keep everybody happy. According to Little Eats the play area is decked out with crayons, toys and books. As an added bonus, the menu at this Matraville local (just south of the CBD) boasts fresh juices, smoothies, jaffles, and a bundle of other healthy and sweet treats available at reasonable prices.
For more cool school holiday activities in Sydney, head to School Holiday Activities Sydney. This post was written in collaboration with Accor hotels and we only share what we feel is suited to our readers and our own beliefs. Hey, we have a reputation to uphold. Have a wonderful school holidays everyone.