Sydney is the perfect escape when the holidays are in. You’ll find plenty of things to do in this harbor city from meeting and greeting animals to exploring galaxies and museums, riding ferries and bicycles, and enjoying the great beaches! The vibrant city offers a range of dynamic activities starting with whale watching from May that lasts until November and bush-walking in wonderful national parks are popular all year.
A trip to the beach is always popular with the kids, and there are exhilarating walks along the beaches and headlands to stay active and world-famous Bondi Beach has plenty of kid-friendly cafes for those who love to embrace the inner foodie in them.
So dive into this list of must-experience activities so that you and your little ones make the most out of their school holidays!
Located in the Ultimo Power Station in Darling Harbor, the Powerhouse Museum’s building is in itself worthwhile visiting as part of Sydney’s history.
The permanent and temporary exhibitions are ideal for families that are looking to understand Australia’s unique culture – particularly focused on creativity and design. There are regular tours and demonstrations and other special events that are held throughout the Museum.
Some tours are available for free and others require a small fee. And right now, the Star Wars exhibition is on, visiting Australia for the first time and exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney! So don’t miss your chance to get to know Luke, Han, Leia, Yoda, and more Star Wars characters on a whole new level as you learn more about yourself in this interactive adventure.
Park after dark
Head to the great outdoors for an overnight camp without leaving the city boundaries for a fun camping experience!
Sure, the Centennial Parklands isn’t a wild, rugged wilderness, but the 189 hectare space is a beautiful green escape from the busy city streets. Start off your morning with walks and fun-filled activities for kids and catch that beautiful sunrise over the hills and then escape the bright city lights and spend the evening and night away camping in the dark.
It’ll be just like when you used to put up a tent in the backyard as a kid, exploring in the freedom of sleeping three meters away from the safety of your sheets.
Plus, with a barbecue dinner, guided tour of nocturnal wildlife and marshmallows by the bonfire all included in the experience, there’s outdoorsy fun to suit all ages. Also, remember to bring your own tent and cozy sleeping gear, because nights can get quite chilly and you don’t want to be left out in the cold!
One of Sydney’s most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals.
Overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbor, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry. Enjoy the QBE Free-Flight Bird Show overlooking Sydney Harbor, featuring some of the world’s most spectacular birds and be delighted by the Daily Seal Show where Australian and Californian Sea-lions and the New Zealand Fur-seals will impress you with their grace and skill.
Also if you are up to it, challenge yourself on Taronga’s exciting new sky high adventure, Wild Ropes. Tackle obstacles, cross suspension bridges and soar through the trees while enjoying breath-taking views of Sydney Harbor.
Free weekly kids’ yoga
Everyone wants to give their kids the best start in life, and yoga helps toddlers and kids connect with their bodies, promoting overall positive awareness and individuality. The classes are tailored for pre-schoolers, aged 2 to 5 years, with primary school-aged children able to participate during school holidays. You don’t have to worry about bringing anything as mats are supplied and there also is no need to wear anything fancy!
Qualified children’s yoga specialist and actress Dee Dee Conno takes the yoga studio outdoors with two half hour pre-schooler sessions every Friday (10.30-11am, 11.30am-12pm) at the Village Green North, with the option of primary school joining in on the fun during their school holidays, and if you’d like to nama-stay, parents and sitters are welcome to join in!
Also, if it’s a rainy day, no stress – the classes will move indoors at the Monkey Baa Theatre foyer.
Explore the Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo island is the ultimate adventurer’s paradise! This Island, which is a world heritage site has buildings that date back to the convict era. A trip to the island is quite an adventure as you’ll be able to explore each precinct from the convict times through to the times when the island boasted a thriving dockland. You can even walk through a number of tunnels that have been cut through the island.
The island does not only offer a rich history, but it also has some really aesthetically pleasing views with sparkling clear water and the harbor bridge of course. And exploring the island is free, which is the best part!
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