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April School Holidays in Sydney
Things to do in the Autumn School Holidays in April
What to do during the April School Holidays in Sydney?
Below you will find things to do during the April School Holidays, or Autumn School Holidays to be more correct. Sydney100 has lots of top things for families to do during the school break.
When are the April or Autumn School Holidays
Things to do!
Sorry, we rambled on a bit, let's get on with it - the things to do in April / Autumn School Holidays in Sydney are;
Go to Manly
What to do during the School Holidays? Easy, do the number one thing to do in Sydney, catch the Manly Ferry to Manly, you can visit the Sea Life Sanctuary, which is located a short stroll from the ferry wharf, or head for Shelly Beach. You will find more details and ideas from the top 5 things to do in Sydney
If Manly doesn't grab you, try a trip to the Blue Mountains.
Go to the Zoo!
Taronga Zoo is always welcoming of families, for a fee of course, with its great animals but also the play park and kid sized critters. It also happens to be one of the top things to do in Sydney.
Cinema in Sydney
We have published a new page that pulls together the various listings we have for cinema in Sydney, plus a few 'extras' like the Sydney Film Festival. We have also added some useful links to movie sites so you can easily find out what movies are currently being screened in the centre of town and elsewhere around Sydney.
Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, Children's Holiday Program - Chippendale
Aimed at a wide range of ages from 5 to 15, the Pine Street Arts Centre's reason for being is to build your child's self-confidence and help kids gain a sense of achievement through the creation of art. This is achieved by 'developing skills through a range of art practices and experiences'. Courses are run by 'professional practicing artists, in a friendly studio environment'. Be decisive (if you are interested) as there are limits to the number of kids they can take:
The Australian Reptile Park
The Australian Reptile Park is not just about crocs, snakes and other scaly monsters, there are also lots of Aussie birds and mammals to spend the day with. If you like to picnic and BBQ, you will find excellent facilities near the handy children's play park. A visit to the Australian Reptile Park is great day out and is one of the top things to do in Sydney.
Go to the Market
Sydney has loads of interesting markets to go to, many provide entertainment such as music, jumping castles and sand art. Have a look at the Sydney100 listing of markets and the useful links page, don't forget the market finder!
The Powerhouse Museum has the Wiggles
As well as fun for the kids there is a little Wiggle history to read up on if you are interested. If you click 'What's On' after following the link below, you will discover loads more to do over the school break at the Powerhouse Museum.
Thomas the Tank Engine
This particular Thomas the Tank Engine is a small miniature train version, far more friendly than those great big steam trains with a Thomas face on the front. Thomas always said he like the children most of all, well you can't get more a child friendly train than a miniature one. Most of Thomas' friends will be there, adults can ride as well, it is not expensive and there is a winery just walking distance away.
Royal National Park and the Tramway Museum
The Royal National Park (listed at No. 27 on the Top 100 things to do) is a short drive away having visited Thomas, or not. Alternatively, you could just take a look at an old Sydney tram (yes, once trams roamed Sydney's streets just like Melbourne). In fact, if you visit the Sydney Tramway Museum on Wednesday or Sunday you can even ride on one.
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Hyde Park Barracks often has part to play during Australian Heritage Week and it is often targeted at Children. Follow the link below to see what they have planned this year.
Take a trip to the Northern Beaches
There are a number of places around Sydney that can feel like you have gone away on holiday even though you are still in Sydney. Sydney's Northern Beaches is one of the best.
Manly, Palm Beach and Church Point
You could catch the ferry to Manly (listed at No.1), go to North Head (No.5), Palm Beach (No.8), West Head (No.17) and / or Church Point (No.19). The Northern Beaches takes up more than its fair share of the top 20 things to do in Sydney. If you work your way through the top 20 you will see what I mean (starting with the Top 5 things to do in Sydney).
Narrabeen Lagoon and Turimetta Beach
You could go for a paddle in the usually very shallow and safe* Narrabeen Lagoon, or walk around the lagoon or Narrabeen Headland's rock platform or just laze and play on Turimetta Beach. Click here for more information including a map. *Not so safe after heavy rain.
Go for a bike ride, a photography tour or just relax with a good book
School Holidays mean less traffic around the centre of town. So if you have access to a bike, there are lots of cycle paths to ride on. You could also use the less crowded roads to drive, or use public transport, and go on a self-guided photography tour around town. If you just wanted to take it easy with a good book just buy the Travel Guide and you are all 'sorted'..
Kids in the (Olympic) Park
Sydney's Olympic Park offers us a range of sporting, creative and plain old fun things to do for children of all ages up to 106. Activities have included an ANZ Stadium Tour, Soccer Camp, Archery, Diving, Cookie Making, Kite Flying, Water Playground, Writing Workshops and much, much more. See below for details of this year's program. On a sad note, the mini golf is no more :(
How much does it cost?
Prices vary depending upon what you want to do, however many of the kids in the park get to play for free, and most for little more than $20.
You can leave your kids there as Kids in the Park provide 'all-day supervised fun'. It's not a bad option as the kids will get to try out various different activities including creative workshops, sports camps and sports lessons.
What's on at Q Station in the April School Holidays?
What does Q Station have in its locker of goody things to do to allure us all the way to North Head? North Head for starters! North Head is a top place to visit in Sydney - Number 5 in fact on the top 100 list, Q Station also has the daily 45 minute 'Wharf Wander', Ghost Tours and Writing Work Shops among other 'Q-rious' delights.
The Australian Maritime Museums School Holidays Program
We listed the Australian Maritime Museum's 'Rescue' some time ago, but the fun doesn't stop there, with the Australian Maritime School Holidays Program featuring more cool stuff like South Pole Critters, Claymation, Art-Making, Science Experiments, Dress-Ups, Games and a Night in the Navy.
Get out of town
Sydney is a pretty big place with a vast array of natural and man-made attractions to enjoy. We admit there are some great places to visit and things to do that aren't in Sydney. If you must go, and you decide to drive, please use the 'Stop. Revive. Survive.' rest areas by the side of the road. If your aim is to see some of the countryside, do some sightseeing on route by getting off of the Highway / Freeway for a while. We have suggested a few places to stop at if you planning on driving north up the coast. Where ever you go, whatever you do, please stay safe.
There's loads more to do, 100s of things in fact
One of the great things about the School Holidays is it allows you to enjoy all the wonderful and fun things there are to do in Sydney. Flick through the list of top things to do in Sydney and pick out whatever you like the look of.
The Sad End of the Holidays
And so the holidays come to an end. Winter is approaching and all there is, is work and more work. The days are drawing in - where is the light at the end of tunnel? What is there to look forward to? We are kidding, right? Absolutely:
This is a great event to book into. So cheer up, have a few drinks and laugh yourself into a better frame of mind. Sydney is a wonderful place to live and visit for hundreds of reasons and for all seasons. Now it's time to have some fun.
There are special events on ANZAC Day on the 25th April as well as a few great things to do listed under the column headed "news".