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Summer School Holidays things to do in Sydney
What to do over the long Summer Holidays with the kids?
Summer School Holiday Activities in Sydney
This is Sydney100's second page of things to do during the School Summer Holidays in Sydney. The first page is linked here and at the foot of this page.
The Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens have yet to announce their summer school activities. Most days they run a free one and half hour guided tour from 10.30 am for individuals and small family groups. Other than that you will have to pay, but probably not much.
What else is on at the Royal Botanic Gardens? The Wind in the Willows! - Friday, 4th to Sunday, 27th January
The Wind In The Willows are back for the summer holidays courtesy of the Australian Shakespeare Company
There will be a Toad (of Toad Hall), a Rat, a Badger, a Mole, a Weasel and even an Otter (not often found in a garden) playing around and entertaining the ‘wabbits’ towards the Harbour side of the Main Pond.
Cockatoo Island - Sydney Harbour
Catch your island ferry from Circular Quay (each half hour) for a voyage into Sydney's past and, if you are daring enough, try staying out of jail with "Convict Clues". A free booklet (and map) are available from the Station Visitor Centre. Recommended for ages 7 - 12, with some adult assistance.
Golden Ridge Animal Farm - Dural
Visit the Golden Ridge Animal Farm website for cute animals and happy kids. Please note bookings maybe required.
Sydney Indoor Play Centres
Over recent years, there has been a significant increase in indoor play centres in Sydney. Many have cafes and provide an area for parents to relax whilst their kids let off steam.
Darling Harbour is a good destination as you have the Powerhouse, Imax, Wild Life World and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and more
Willoughby Leisure Centre
If you looking for a cheap option there's always your local swimming pool. My favourite would be Willoughby Leisure centre as they have a nice hot spa, coffee and cake. The Willloughby leisure pool has the slide pool for the younger kids, and at certain times of the day, they have the huge inflatable for the older children to tackle.
Greenwich Baths (Albert st, Greenwich NSW) is also a good choice for families with youngsters. You get free use of beach toys, banana lounges and lifeguard :0). If you take your snorkel you might catch a glimpse of a seahorse attached to the safety net.
Not for kids straining at the car restraints but can work for some. Besides, worst that will happen is you will be shhhhhhhh'd, asked to leave, be shamed and never spoken to again :)
Your local Toy Shop
Potentially expensive and real head ache but if you were planning on going for little Johnny's birthday then maybe now is the time.
More top things to do in Sydney
For more things to do with kids over the School Holidays go through the top 100 things to do in Sydney pages and peruse the What's on in Sydney pages. Also don't forget that the Sydney Festival gets underway in January.
You should also 'consult' your local council's website for any holiday activities, check your local library notice board, RSL and other club websites.
Alternatively, if you want to make a run for it there are options north, west and south of Sydney