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A list of free or affordable school holiday activities
Want to hear some exciting news?. You don't have to drive all over Sydney, or pay a fortune, to keep the kids entertained in the school holidays.
It's true! Some of the most affordable school holiday fun can be found at your local club or your community library. But to ensure you don't miss out you need to start planning now. So I'll give you a minute to grab your diary and pen, ok your smart phone will do, before reading on.
Find some free or affordable local school holiday fun
In my local area of south west Sydney there are numerous fun activities on offer in various locations including the following:
Moorebank Sports Club (Sporties)
The Manta Ray Room at Moorebank Sports Club offers a school holiday program for children aged 5 - 12 years. Activities are conducted in a supervised and safe environment. For most activities there is nominal cost of around $10 per child.
This Autumn school holiday activities include:
the "Get Wild Aussie Animal Show"
a teddy bears picnic
While the kids are entertained parents and grandparents can enjoy the facilities of the club including Café 230, the Indulge Brasserie and The Backyard.
Moorebank Sports Club is located at 230 Heathcote Road Hammondville. For bookings contact the Manta Ray Room on Ph: 9825 3300 or email at email@example.com
Another local club offering a great range of free and ticketed entertainment to keep the kids occupied is Mounties.
(Image credit: Mounties)
Located in Mt Pritchard, Mounties boasts a number of restaurants and bars, sporting facilities and also offers great entertainment.
During the April school holidays activities on offer include:
The Wiggles performing their Wiggle-Town tour
(bookings recommended as tickets sell like hot potatoes)
Free kids movies
Free kids disco
KAOS family amusement centre
Bricks for Kidz Workshop.
Justice Crew performing live
After all of this fun the kids will probably be hungry but don't worry Mounties has you covered. There are Kids Meal Deals available for lunch to coincide with school holiday activity days They include Kids Fried Rice and Spring Rolls for $5 from Vietnamese restaurant Bau Truong. Or the kids might prefer a Hot Dog and Chips for $5 from Fresh at Mounties. Kids Meal Deals are valid for lunch only for children under 12 years old.
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is located at 1 Powerhouse Rd Casula (entry via Shepherd St). There is free parking available on site. If travelling by train, you can disembark at Casula Station, conveniently located only 100 metres from the Casula Powerhouse.
Revesby Workers Club
Another local club catering for children during the school holidays is Revesby Workers Club.
At Revesby Workers Club in the April school holidays you can:
chill out at a free kids movie
make a new friend at the Build a Bear Workshop
join the fun of the giggle-icious live stage adventure in the Giggle and Hoot show
Don't forget to check out your local library to find out what they have on offer during the school holidays. Liverpool City Council is offering numerous school holiday activities for primary school aged children in their branch libraries at Liverpool, Casula, Moorebank, Green Valley and Miller.
Activities for children aged 6 - 12 years include:
a Magic Show with Peter Wood
meet one of the smallest dinosaurs with Dinosaur Science
play some cultural music with Ghana Beat My Drum
Younger children aged 5 - 8 years can get creative at the Fancy Fish Craft session.
While you are at the library you can also check out everything else they have to offer such as picture books for the little ones, novels, magazines and DVD's for older children and teens and some libraries even have online gaming and gaming consoles.
Even if you don't live in south west Sydney, make sure you check out what your local clubs, libraries or council has planned during the school holidays. Hopefully you too will find some affordable fun in your neck of the woods. Good Luck!