Keep the kids from scratching their heads on your next holiday holidays, with our pick of last-minute ideas that will keep not just the kids, but the whole family entertained for a summer of possibility in Sydney. Plus, our beautiful beachside location provides the perfect canvas for lazy beach days in between your activities!
On until April 30 2018
500 Harris Street, Ultimo
The kids will be immersed by this magical world of colour and light, with interactive activities at every turn. Colour your own characters and machines and see them come to life on the screens in front of you, try the digital hopscotch, or stimulate the senses with the giant colourful musical balls. A digital playground, there are eight collaborative and interactive installations for the whole family to enjoy.
Performances continuing into 2018
Bennelong Point, Sydney
Sydney’s icon is a hive of lively entertainment over the school holidays, with tickets still available to a number of kids concerts and activities.
- The Junior Adventure Tour – filled with interactive activities and games for the whole family: explore with the expert guides, and inspire your inner performer to become a Sydney Opera House star.
- Brainiac Detective Academy – a hands-on workshop where you become the detective! This workshop is for children aged 8 – 14 years.
- Brainiac Live – with exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and daredevil experiments, delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science this summer.
- The Funatorium – the original topsy-turvy cabaret for kids returns with more catchy tunes, acrobatics and a treasure trove of silliness.
On until February 18 2018
140 George Street, The Rocks
The older kids may enjoy this major new exhibition, exclusive to Sydney, from Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. Be bedazzled by the impressive light art exhibitions on display including an underwater-feel experience, where visitors lie down and look above to the projected underwater plants, limbs and seagrasses.
Centennial Park, Sydney
There is always lots to do at Centennial Park during the school holidays. Bring a picnic rug and watch a flick outdoors at the Moonlight Cinema in the early evening. Or during the day hire a bike, enjoy a round of golf, or go horse-riding in the beautiful green open spaces.
There are a number of school holiday programs including:
- Chemical Concoctions – learn how to make elephants’ toothpaste, milk rainbows, gooey slime, fizzy potions, giant bubbles and more! Participate in a professional chemical science show and make slime to take with you.
- Exploring Science – your science-loving kids will enjoy a day learning more about light, sound, movement, energy changes, air pressure and more, using hands-on science toys and child-friendly experiments.
- Bush Food Hunt and Bush Life – kids will explore the connection of indigenous art to storytelling, dance and nature, and investigate the traditional styles, symbols, materials and tools of Aboriginal art around Australia.
- Lego Robotics – be among the first to learn how to program the brand new Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots. Learn how to teach a robot to do what you wish using motors, sensors and more!
Let’s Go Surfing are the Eastern Suburbs’ best, running both private and group lessons at Coogee Beach, Bondi and other nearby beaches. Your kids will be taught from the best, as they master their skills for catching a wave and hanging ten.
Image credit: Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean exhibition courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photographer Daniel Boud