Top 7 School Holiday Activities in Sydney

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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
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Kids in the Kitchen, Sydney Museums
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Cook Up a Storm at Elizabeth Farm

Visitors are invited to take a trip back in time at Elizabeth Farm’s colonial kitchen. Kids between the ages of 5 and 12 have the chance to live (and cook) as in ye old times, baking damper, churning butter and making lemonade under the guidance of Elizabeth Farm’s friendly and knowledgeable staff. Since spaces are limited, it’s best to pre-book

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Illawarra Fly
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Soar through the canopies with Illawarra Fly

Fairy magic returns to Illawarra Fly these school holidays, just in time for little helpers to find treetop homes for their fairy and elf friends. Children from across the land are called to participate in a magical journey to find 10 enchanted fairy homes lovingly built by the team at Men’s Shed. Once these have all been found, visitors can test out their own wings by taking the 500-metre-long, 25-metre-high Treetop Walk over the rainforest floor or soaring through the canopies on the high-flying zipline tour.
 

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Jan Cleveringa, Scenic World
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Escape to the mountains at Scenic World

The Blue Mountains are beautiful at any time of year, but autumn is particularly spectacular, as the tree-filled valleys become awash with shades of yellow, orange, silver and gold. Just in time for this stunning natural spectacle, “Sculpture at Scenic World” transforms an ancient rainforest into an outdoor art gallery. With more than 25 world-class sculptures to be exhibited against the iconic backdrop of the Three Sisters rock formation, “Sculpture at Scenic World” is the perfect excuse for an escape filled with art and nature.

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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Meet Peppa Pig at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

A pig might not be the first attraction that comes to mind when you think of an aquarium, but it’s no ordinary pig that will be making an appearance at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium these school holidays. Beloved cartoon character Peppa Pig celebrates 15 years of muddy adventures in marine style, plunging into the aquarium for daily meet and greets through April 30. All visitors will embark on their underwater journey with a special Peppa Pig headpiece and activity book. There’s even the opportunity to get a “pigture” taken with Peppa herself! 

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Sydney Family Show
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Get blown away by the Sydney Family Show

The Sydney Family Show attracts families from all over the country with its jam-packed schedule of entertainment. Through April 28, visitors are invited to get amongst the animals at the Animal Nursery and Shimano Fishing Tank; get blown away by the daring feats of aerialists, jugglers and acrobats in the big top circus; try their luck at a wide range of games; and indulge in classic carnival foods such as fairy floss and Pluto Pups. 

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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
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Follow the fairies to Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Through April 28, Tinkerbell and her band of magical fairies transform the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney into an enchanting land of song and dance. Run by Shakespeare Australia, this retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a cheeky romp through the worlds of theatre and fairy tale, with guests invited to join the fun by dressing up. The gardens are always alive with activity, with a line-up of special events and a sprawling lawn filled with perfect trees to picnic under.

By Kirsty Sier

Just because school holidays are for kids doesn’t mean their full-grown minders can’t also indulge in a little childlike wonder. From underwater discoveries to treetop adventures, these Sydney destinations will have you and the family travelling to a world of carefree entertainment.

Kirsty Sier
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