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18+ school holiday activities in Sydney for spring 2023

Your guide to entertaining the kids during the school holidays in Sydney.

School holidays are what kids dream about all term long. This leaves you, the parent or carer, with the task of finding the best activities to keep them entertained.

We've searched high and low for the best things to do whether you're out and about, at home or on an exciting day trip outside Sydney.


School holiday activities in Sydney


1. Plan a visit to Sydney's top wildlife attractions

If your kids love animals, treat them to a day out at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo or Taronga Zoo.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo with Breakfast with Koalas Experience

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo with Breakfast with Koalas Experience from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: Delicious hot breakfast at the Koala Rooftop, meet and cuddle with koalas on a guided, informative tour, and take home a photo memento
  • Location: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo - 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000
  • Cost: $90 per person
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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Admission Tickets

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Admission Tickets from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: Entry to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, home to over 13,000 aquatic animals with over 90 tanks, and a digital photo pass with 8 digital photos (valued at $26)
  • Location: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium - Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000
  • Cost: $51 $40.80 per person
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Taronga Zoo Sydney Entry Tickets

Taronga Zoo Sydney Entry Tickets from Klook

  • Inclusions: Entry to Taronga Zoo, home to over 4,000 animals from 350 species and enjoy approximately 3 hours to explore the whole zoo
  • Location: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
  • Cost: $51 per person
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2. Soak up the sun on a scenic Sydney Harbour cruise

Take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Little kids will love the adventure of climbing on board a boat or enjoying their favourite drinks on a high tea cruise.

High Tea Cruise on Sydney Harbour

High Tea Cruise on Sydney Harbour from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: High tea cruise around Sydney Harbour, sweet and savoury selection of treats paired with a glass of bubbles, coffee and a selection of fine teas
  • Location: Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour, NSW
  • Cost: $190 per person
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Tall Ship Discovery Cruise

Tall Ship Discovery Cruise from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 1 hour 30 min harbour cruise on a large and stable 1850s-style tall ship, with complimentary appetisers
  • Location: Sea Sydney Harbour - Man O’War Steps, Port Jackson, NSW 2000
  • Cost: $49 per person
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3-hour Sydney Harbour Cruise

3-hour Sydney Harbour Cruise from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: 3 hour sailing cruise on a luxury yacht, where you can learn the fundamentals of sailing or just sit back and relax, enjoy the view of Sydney's historical attractions, luxury homes and beautiful bays and beaches.
  • Location: Sydney By Sail - 2 Murray St, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Cost: $250 per adult, $125 per child (ages 7+)
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Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise

Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: Relaxed cruise on a spacious catamaran with 360° uninterrupted views, including nibbles and one non-alcoholic beverage
  • Location: Sea Sydney Harbour - Man O’War Steps, Port Jackson, NSW 2000
  • Cost: $49 per person
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3. Put the pedal to the metal with a go-karting experience

Just because they're too young to drive on the road doesn't mean they can't drive around a race track. Ideal for older kids, go-karting makes for a great activity when catching up with friends during the holidays.

Indoor Go Karting

Indoor Go Karting from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 2 sessions of 10-minute indoor karting, with training and track support, helmet hire and session statistics results sent to your email and Facebook
  • Location: Spitfire Paintball & Go Karts Sydney, 212 George St Concord West NSW 2138
  • Cost: $58 per person
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9HP Karting Challenge in Sydney (Ages 14+)

9HP Karting Challenge in Sydney (Ages 14+) from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: 3 x 10 minute karting sessions on the race track, with safety training and debriefing, use of helmet, race suit, kart hire, and lap timesheet, provision of Track Driver’s Licence (valued $10) valid for 12 months with personal balaclava
  • Location: Picton Karting Track - 200 Picton Road, Picton, NSW 2571
  • Cost: $115 per person
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Mini Track Go-Karting Experience for Kids (Ages 3+)

Mini Track Go-Karting Experience for Kids (Ages 3+) from Hyper Karting

  • Inclusions: 10 minute karting session for kids of ages 3 to 7
  • Location: The Entertainment Quarter, Level 5 Car Park, 207 Park Road S, Moore Park, NSW 2021
  • Cost: $14 per person
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4. Discover the history of Sydney

For something unique, you can't go past a tour that gives you a glimpse of Sydney's past. If your kids like a good ghost story, watching the cricket or learning about Australian history, these activities will be right up their alley.

Behind the Scenes Tour of Sydney Cricket Ground

Behind the Scenes Tour of Sydney Cricket Ground from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 90-minute behind-the-scenes guided walking tour of the Sydney Cricket Ground, Members Pavilion and the SCG Museum
  • Location: Sydney Cricket Ground, Driver Ave, Moore Park NSW 2021, Australia
  • Cost: $33 per person
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Aboriginal Heritage Sydney Walking Tour

Aboriginal Heritage Sydney Walking Tour from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 90-minute Aboriginal heritage walking tour with aboriginal guides
  • Location: The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
  • Cost: $69 per person
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Haunted Ghost Tour in Sydney

Haunted Ghost Tour in Sydney from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: 90-minute leisurely walking tour with paranormal guides, where you get to learn spooky yet entertaining insights into Australia's largest city
  • Location: The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
  • Cost: $39 per person
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5. See Sydney from above

There's no better way to get out and about with your kids than by seeing Sydney from the best vantage point. Flying over Sydney's best attractions is an experience your little ones won't forget.

Seaplane Flight over Sydney Harbour and Palm Beach

Seaplane Flight over Sydney Harbour and Palm Beach from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 30 minute seaplane flight with experienced pilot over the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House
  • Location: 69 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000
  • Cost: $370 per person
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Helicopter Shared Scenic Flight

Helicopter Shared Scenic Flight from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 20-minute shared helicopter flight adventure for two, with scenic views and commentary on Sydney Harbour's iconic sights and beaches
  • Location: Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney, NSW 2000
  • Cost: $480 per person
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15-minute Sydney Scenic Flight Experience

15-minute Sydney Scenic Flight Experience from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: 15-minute scenic flight departing from Rose Bay, with views of Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge and Opera House
  • Location: Lyne Park Seaplane Terminal, Rose Bay, NSW 2029
  • Cost: $260 per person
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6. Rise to the challenge of an escape room

Race against the clock with your teammates to solve exciting clues and riddles to make it to the end before time runs out. This activity is perfect for kids who love problem solving.

90-minute Escape Room Experience

90-minute Escape Room Experience from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 90-minute escape room experience for up to six people, with team photo
  • Location: Elude Escape Rooms, 11e Mid Dural Rd, Galston NSW 2159
  • Cost: $120 per person
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Virtual Reality Escape Room Adventure

Virtual Reality Escape Room Adventure from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 45-minute virtual reality escape room
  • Location: 5/393 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Cost: $59 per person
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Escape Room Experience for 2

Escape Room Experience for 2 from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: One hour escape room experience, with complimentary refreshments and dress up photo shoot after the game
  • Location: Escape Hunt - Escape Room Sydney, 4/393 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Cost: $100 per person
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7. Ride in style across Sydney

A bike tour is the perfect way to stay active and explore Sydney's best sights during the school holidays.

Sydney Classic Bike Tour

Sydney Classic Bike Tour from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Bicycle tour around popular areas in Sydney, with interesting historical, cultural and social commentary from expert guides
  • Location: The Rocks, Sydney CBD, NSW
  • Cost: $120 per adult, $99 per child, $369 for family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids)
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Manly Beach Sunset Bike Tour

Manly Beach Sunset Bike Tour from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Sunset bicycle tour over Sydney landmarks from the beaches of Manly, return ferry ride from Manly, with historical and cultural commentary from an expert guide
  • Location: The Rocks, Sydney CBD, NSW
  • Cost: $149 per adult, $129 per child, $449 for family of 4 (2 kids, 2 adults)
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Manly Dam Mountain Bike Tour

Manly Dam Mountain Bike Tour from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 2-3 hour guided mountain bike tour, with provision of bike, helmet, gloves, water and snacks, accompanied by an experienced guide
  • Location: Manly Wharf, Manly NSW 2095
  • Cost: $75 per person
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8. Learn how to surf

Sydney showcases plenty of impressive beaches where your little ones can hit the waves and learn a new skill.

Beginners Group Surfing Lesson at Bondi Beach

Beginners Group Surfing Lesson at Bondi Beach from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 2 hour surf lesson from fully qualified instructors, with provision of surfboard, wetsuits, rash vests and sunscreen
  • Location: Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW
  • Cost: $110 per person
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Group Surfing Lesson in Cronulla

Group Surfing Lesson in Cronulla from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 1.5 hours surfing lesson by professional and friendly surf instructor, with access to surfboard suited to your abilities and size and a wetsuit
  • Location: Cronulla Beach, NSW
  • Cost: $80 per person
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1.5 Hours Group Surfing Lessons at Manly Beach

1.5 Hours Group Surfing Lessons at Manly Beach from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 2-3 hour guided mountain bike tour, with provision of bike, helmet, gloves, water and snacks, accompanied by an experienced guide
  • Location: Manly Wharf, Manly NSW 2095
  • Cost: $199 per person
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9. Head out on a jet boat

Thrill seekers and water lovers will enjoy an adventurous jet boating experience on Sydney Harbour. Whether you want a packed day exploring Sydney or just need to fill in a few hours of fun, this is a great experience your kids will rave about.

Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride

Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Ride from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 35 minute jet boat ride with intensive safety briefing lead by a fun and entertaining guide
  • Location: Darling Harbour, NSW
  • Cost: $80 per person
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Circular Quay Jet Boat Experience

Circular Quay Jet Boat Experience from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 30 minute jet boat thrill ride with with a professional captain. Ponchos supplied to keep you comfortable during the ride.
  • Location: Circular Quay, Sydney NSW
  • Cost: $89 $71.20 per adult, $47.2 per child (4-15 years old)
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Jet Boating on Sydney Harbour

Jet Boating on Sydney Harbour from Klook

  • Inclusions: 30 to 45 minute ride aboard a the powerful Thunder Jet, with English-speaking guide, access to free storage service, life jacket and full length poncho
  • Location: Jetty 1, Circular Quay Eastern Pontoon, Sydney NSW
  • Cost: $85 per person
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10. Get out on the water with a kayaking experience

For a fun day out, set your sights on a kayaking experience and explore some of the best hidden beaches that Sydney has to offer.

3 Beaches Kayak Tour with Lunch in Manly

3 Beaches Kayak Tour with Lunch in Manly from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Four hour kayak hire, with all safety equipment, full safety briefing and paddling instruction by an experienced local guide, scenic walk up to Dobroyd Head, picnic lunch and refreshments and entry to Q Station Museum
  • Location: Manly, Sydney NSW
  • Cost: $125 per person
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Sydney Harbour Kayaking Adventure

Sydney Harbour Kayaking Adventure from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: Two hour guided kayaking adventure on Sydney Harbour, with kayaking demonstration and instruction by qualified local guides. Kayaks, paddle and life jacket included
  • Location: Sydney Harbour, Sydney NSW
  • Cost: $100 per person
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Half Day Kayaking Central Coast, Sydney

Half Day Kayaking Central Coast, Sydney from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 2-3 hours kayaking tour, one hour north of Sydney to explore the upper reaches of Mangrove Creek or head down stream onto the magnificent Hawkesbury River system.
  • Location: Glenworth Valley NSW
  • Cost: $84 per person
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11. Head out to sea on a whale-watching cruise

Cruise past Sydney's best landmarks and experience the thrill of seeing whales up close and personal in their natural habitat.

Whale Watching Cruise in Sydney Harbour

Whale Watching Cruise in Sydney Harbour from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 2.5 hour whale watching cruise in Sydney Harbour with live commentary from an expert guide and comfortable indoor or outdoor seating
  • Location: Wharf 6, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW
  • Cost: $89 per person
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Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 4 hour whale watching cruise with fully cooked breakfast with tea/coffee or lunch and live commentary from an expert guide
  • Location: Circular Quay, Sydney NSW
  • Cost: $99 per person
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Extreme Whale Watching Safari

Extreme Whale Watching Safari from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 2 hour whale watching open ocean boat ride, with wind/waterproof jackets provided by fun local crew
  • Location: Circular Quay, Sydney NSW
  • Cost: $129 per person
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12. Entertain the kids with a craft session

Set up space in the house for your kids to delve into a creative project.

Tufting Class for Beginners

Tufting Class for Beginners from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Five-hour beginner tufting class, where you can learn how to make a custom tufted rug using a 60x60cm frame, a tufting gun and yarn
  • Location: Commerce Building - Level 4, 39 Liverpool St, Haymarket NSW
  • Cost: $190 per person
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Clay and Sip Pottery Class for Date Night

Clay and Sip Pottery Class for Date Night from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Two-hour intimate pottery wheel class for two lead by a friendly experienced teacher, with access to apron, pottery wheels, stoneware glaze, unlimited clay, stoneware fired pot per guest
  • Location: Print Paint Pot - 53 Dickson Avenue, Artarmon NSW
  • Cost: $180 for 2 persons
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Macrame Shooting Star Class for Kids

Macrame Shooting Star Class for Kids from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Beginner-friendly kids macramé class with refreshment and a completed artwork that they get to take home
  • Location: PidegoArt - 867 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill NSW
  • Cost: $50 per person
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13. Whip up a treat

Work together in the kitchen to make a sweet or savoury treat that the whole family can enjoy.

Kids D.I.Y Chocolate Art Party Kit

Kids D.I.Y Chocolate Art Party Kit from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Free delivery of Chocolate D.I.Y Art Kit
  • Cost: $39.95
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Chocolate Making Class for Kids

Chocolate Making Class for Kids from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn how to make your own chocolate, bring home a certificate and a goody bag of chocolates
  • Location: 21/1110 Middle Head Road, Mosman NSW
  • Cost: $80 per person
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Korean Dessert Class for Kids

Korean Dessert Class for Kids from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn to make delicious Korean tteok from scratch, with all the ingredients provided. Kids then get to eat the freshly cooked tteok and take home a gift box of tteok to share with family
  • Location: 503 Wattle Street, Ultimo NSW
  • Cost: $105 per person
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14. Discover a new DIY

Painting, collaging and cooking are all great skills. But for something more unique try their hands at making candles, gemstones or even terrariums.

Mosaic Course for Beginners

Mosaic Course for Beginners from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn how to make make ancient art of mosaic and create two incredible pieces, tools and materials provided
  • Location: Your home
  • Cost: $199 per person
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Natural Soy Candle Making Class

Natural Soy Candle Making Class from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Beginner-friendly pillar and container candle making class, with all materials, tools and equipment provided, along with book guide and extra notes. All the candles you make (one large candle glass, one 2 oz travel tin, 5 pillar candles) can be taken home
  • Location: Leichhardt, NSW (with specific address to be provided after booking)
  • Cost: $169 per person
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Make a Ring in a Day DIY Workshop

Make a Ring in a Day DIY Workshop from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn how to design and fabricate a textured ring using various metals (copper, silver, or gold), which you can take home.
  • Location: Marrickville, NSW (with specific address to be provided after booking)
  • Cost: $280 per person
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15. Get creative in the kitchen

If you have a child who likes to get their hands messy in the kitchen, surprise them with a fun and immersive cooking class catered for kids.

Japanese Street Food Cooking Class

Japanese Street Food Cooking Class from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Japanese street food cooking class and enjoy your mouth-watering creations at the end of the session
  • Location: Sydney Cooking School - 73 Military Road, Neutral Bay, NSW
  • Cost: $145 per person
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French Croissant Baking Class

French Croissant Baking Class from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn how to make the original and traditional butter croissant, with all ingredients and equipment provided, then take home all the croissants and Danish pastries you have made.
  • Location: Patisserie le marais - Shop 6 - 1094 Anzac Parade, Maroubra NSW
  • Cost: From $220 per person
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Pasta Making Course

Pasta Making Course from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn the art of pasta making, the traditional Italian way, then bring home a freshly made pasta meal.
  • Location: At The Italian Table - 13 Queen Street, Croydon NSW
  • Cost: $95 per person
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16. Paint with your friends

Attend a painting class or invite your kids' friends over for an art attack. These classes come with instructors to guide them through each step.

Paint Splash Experience For Adults and Kids

Paint Splash Experience For Adults and Kids from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 60 minute paint splash experience, with 40x50cm canvas, paints, tools and protective gear provided. Learn techniques to create a unique artwork and paint brushes.
  • Location: Rosebery, NSW (specific address to be provided after booking)
  • Cost: $99 per person
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Paint and Sing-along Class for Kids

Paint and Sing-along Class for Kids from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Paint, sing and feel more positive at Kylie Johnson's fun casual paint and singalong classes
  • Location: Bayview, NSW
  • Cost: $55 per person
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Watercolour Class for Beginners

Watercolour Class for Beginners from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn the practical skills and techniques used in watercolour painting as taught by an art teacher. Create Individual artworks and get a watercolour kit valued at $85
  • Location: Rosebery, NSW (specific address to be provided after booking)
  • Cost: $225 per person
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17. Build confidence with a performing arts workshop

Whether it's learning to write a script or circus skills, learning to perform helps to build their self-confidence.

Kids Group Singing Course

Kids Group Singing Course from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Group singing lesson for primary school aged children to learn the foundations of singing
  • Location: Morgan Music Academy - 104/2 Burdett Street, Hornsby NSW
  • Cost: $23 per person
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Group Violin Course for Kids

Group Violin Course for Kids from Classbento

  • Inclusions: 10 sessions of beginner-friendly group violin lessons scheduled once a week
  • Location: Morgan Music Academy - 1/37 Beecroft Road, Epping NSW
  • Cost: $240 per person
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Kids Guitar Course

Kids Guitar Course from Classbento

  • Inclusions: 10 consecutive lessons on the basics of how to play guitar
  • Location: Morgan Music Academy - 104/2 Burdett St, Hornsby NSW
  • Cost: $460 for 2 persons
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18. Join in the fun at a family class

Spend some quality time with your kids and learn that new skill with them at a family class.

Beeswax Wraps and Food Pouches Workshop

Beeswax Wraps and Food Pouches Workshop from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn how to craft eco-friendly, sustainable food pouches using anti-bacterial beeswax, then take home three different beeswax food wraps or pouches at the end of the lesson
  • Location: Granville, NSW (specific address to be provided after booking)
  • Cost: $89 per person
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Clay and Sip Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

Clay and Sip Wheel Throwing Pottery Class from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Two-hour session on the foundations of wheel throwing and the stoneware ceramics process. Each person is provided an apron, use of professional Australian made pottery wheels, stoneware glaze, unlimited speckled stoneware clay balls, and bring home a fired stoneware pot at the end of the session
  • Location: 53 Dickson Avenue, Artarmon NSW
  • Cost: $98 per person
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Needle Felting Class: Make a Dog Key Chain

Needle Felting Class: Make a Dog Key Chain from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Two-hour beginner-friendly needle felting class where you can learn how to transform merino wool into a miniature face version of your pet as a cute keychain
  • Location: 503 Wattle Street, Ultimo NSW
  • Cost: $119 per person
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Road trips you can take from Sydney during the school holidays

There's so much of New South Wales to see and the school holidays is the perfect time to explore.

The Blue Mountains

Distance from Sydney CBD: 1 hour by car, or 2 hours and 40 minutes by public transport.

The Blue Mountains is a popular spot for hiking, bushwalking and lookouts. If your kids love nature and the outdoors, we recommend doing a day trip to the Blue Mountains.

Blue Mountains Guided E-Bike Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Blue Mountains Guided E-Bike Tour with Snacks and Drinks from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Half day guided e-bike tour, with transport from Glenbrook Station to the start location, Euroka campground. Includes use of e-bike, helmet and gloves, snacks and drinks, bike insurance (accidental damage), and National Park entry fees
  • Location: Glenbrook Precinct, Blue Mountains National Park NSW
  • Cost: $295 per person
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Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass and Scenic World

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Pass and Scenic World from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Unlimited travel for 1 day at 37 stops around Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls, and more, with unlimited Discovery pass at Scenic World, guidebook including maps and walking guides, insightful live commentary and personal guide advice
  • Location: Bus departs from Katoomba, Blue Mountains and takes in 37 stops around Katoomba, Leura, and Wentworth Falls
  • Cost: $99 per person
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Half Day Abseiling Experience from Katoomba

Half Day Abseiling Experience from Katoomba from Klook

  • Inclusions: Rappel down Australia's world-famous Blue Mountains with a professional guide helping you every step of the way, with admission to Blue Mountains National Park, round-trip transfers to and from the meet up location, all necessary safety equipment and insurance as provided by the operator
  • Location: 207 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW
  • Cost: $125 per person
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The Central Coast

Distance from Sydney CBD: 1 hour and 10 minutes by car, or 2 hours by public transport.

Known for its pristine beaches, adventure parks and coastal walks, a day trip to the Central Coast is the perfect way to spend a sunny day.

Horse Riding Guided Trail

Horse Riding Guided Trail from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Two hour guided or free range horse riding adventure in Glenworth Valley, with training and safety session provided, along with helmet and a horse suited to your ability
  • Location: Peats Ridge, Central Coast NSW
  • Cost: $129 per person
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Quad Bike Adventure

Quad Bike Adventure from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 1.5 hour quad biking adventure alongside highly experienced guides. Drive through purpose built quad trackon highest quality Honda TRX Quad bikes. Safety and weather gear provided
  • Location: Peats Ridge, Central Coast NSW
  • Cost: $129 per person
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High Ropes Climbing Course and Zipline Adventure

High Ropes Climbing Course and Zipline Adventure from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Two and a half hours of treetop and ziplining fun for ages three to 75. Choose from 4 Junior Courses for 3 - 7yrs or 4 Adult Courses for 8 - 75yrs+. Safety training and equipment provided.
  • Location: Cumberland State Forest - 95 Castle Hill Rd, West Pennant Hills NSW
  • Cost: $39 for ages 3-7, $49 for ages 8-15, $59 for ages 16+
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The South Coast

Distance from Sydney CBD: 3 hours by car, or 4 hours and 40 minutes by public transport.

Along the South Coast, you'll find calm bays, good whale watching spots and plenty of surf beaches. For a relaxing day out during the school break, the South Coast is the place to go.

Jervis Bay Dolphin Watching Cruise

Jervis Bay Dolphin Watching Cruise from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 1.5 hour cruise in Jervis Bay with live commentary provided by the captain, where you can discover the resident dolphins and explore the scenic bay
  • Location: Huskisson, South Coast NSW
  • Cost: $34 for ages 2-14, $47 for ages 15+, $135 for family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children
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Half Day Batemans Bay Kayaking

Half Day Batemans Bay Kayaking from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Half day guided kayak tour along the rugged coastline within the Batemans Bay Marine Park. With morning tea provided, with use of all equipment, life jacket and dry bag for your belongings
  • Location: Batemans Bay region, NSW
  • Cost: $129 for children, $149 for adults
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Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk Entry

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk Entry from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: Walk up to 45m above the forest floor and and enjoy the breathtaking views of Illawarra escarpment
  • Location: 182 Knights Hill Rd, Knights Hill, NSW 2577
  • Cost: $27.50 per person
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When are the school holidays in Sydney in 2023–24?

TermDates
Term 1 school holidays10–21 April 2023
Term 2 school holidays3–14 July 2023
Term 3 school holidays25 September – 6 October 2023
Term 4 school holidays20 December 2023 – 29 January 2024

Free school holiday activities in Sydney

  • Sign up for Rebel Rookies. This grassroots clinic lets 7-12 year olds learn football, AFL and rugby league - all in one day. Available to rebel Active members.
  • Visit a library or museum, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art or the State Library of NSW
  • Have a picnic at Centennial Park
  • Explore the Royal Botanic Garden
  • Learn about history at The Mint
  • Stroll through Sydney to see iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge
  • Do a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee
  • Watch the sunset at Observatory Hill Park
  • Spend a day at the beach

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