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Summer Holiday Fun in Sydney

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by Sue Hinchey (subscribe)
A freelance writer who loves photographing the beauty of nature, travelling, writing, swimming, and singing
Published December 3rd 2016
Aaahhhh it's summer holidays and oh so good to have a break from the school routine. But with it comes the challenge of how to keep the littlies, and almost biggies, entertained and amused. Here are a few ideas on how to fill the days and weeks before you're begging for school to go back in February:-


Kids in the Park
Where - Sydney Olympic Park
Ages - 4-10yrs

An amazing array of free events is on offer at Sydney Olympic Park - everything from bird-watching, sports star & dance, Super Hero Academy, bike trails, clue trail, disc golf, and when everyone is all tuckered out, there's always Free Movies by the Boulevard.

Darling Quarter
Where - Darling Harbour
Ages - all ages

The Darling Quarter, Sydney's FUN precinct, is right in the heart of Sydney. The CBD's largest and newest free children's playground, engineered with safety in mind, offers everything any family would want for a action-packed day out. Water games, swings, slides, balance ropes, and lots of new and innovative equipment guaranteed to promote learning and challenging experiences for all age ranges.

Darling Quarter Darling Harbour
Fun & Games at the Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour

Circus For Everyone
Where - Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church & Market Sts., Parramatta
Ages - 4-15yrs

Ten days of free workshops, January 12 - 22, but spaces are limited so jump in early here. Aerial antics, hula hoops, juggling, acrobatics, handstands, and plenty of thrills for all those budding performers.

Circus City Riverside Theatres
Free workshops at Riverside Theatres


Ages - 5-15yrs
Cost - $23 - $29
Learn to dive safely at the Aquatic Centre. For more information click here.

ARCHERY - 12-1.30pm on weekends, see here
Ages - 10 and up
Cost - from $18


Red Dog: True Blue - a coming-of-age story about a boy and a dog, set in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Screening at Centennial Parklands, Moonlight Cinema, click here for times and tickets.
Trolls - at around 90 minutes this animated comedy is filled with great characters and an upbeat theme. It's from the makers of Shrek so it has to be good.
Ballerina - a feel-good story about a young girl who loves to dance heads off to Paris to pursue her dreams (90 minutes).
Moana - a Disney animated feature about a teenager leaving her island home on a daring adventure (113 minutes).
The Secret Life of Pets - this animated dog-sharing-owner-with-another-dog story is only 90 minutes and should keep everyone entertained.
Storks - classic G-rated animation about storks delivering babies... be prepared for some post-movie conversations about where babies come from.

Red Dog: True Blue, Movie
Red Dog: True Blue, web image

Storks The Movie
Storks, The Movie, web image
The Secret Life of Pets Movie
The Secret Life of Pets, web image


Glenworth Valley, Gosford Area - set just off the M1 before the Gosford turn-off, this hidden valley offers a memorable experience for everyone. With over 200 horses to choose from, beginners to advanced are catered for. Free-range or guided trail rides for 2, 4, or 6 hours, plus camping is available on-site in cabins or riverfront tents. For more information click here. Also at Centennial Parklands, click here, and bookings are essential.

Horse riding Glenworth Valley
Horse riding in the pristine Glenworth Valley

South-side click here
North-side click here

From Dec 14 - January 25 at Castle Cove
Ages - 2 - 9 years
Cost - $12 - $14
See here.

Taronga Zoo is open every day. Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is open every day except Christmas Day.

Conservation projects at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, web image
Conservation projects at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, web image

Cruise up the M1, about an hour north of Sydney, for a fantastic day out. Throughout the summer holidays, this iconic slithering playground offers interactive dinosaur walks, alligator feeding, pat Hugo the Galapagos tortoise, see dingos, lizards, snakes and cuddly koalas. To check out this great list of amazing activities click here.

Australian Reptile Park Wildlife
Get up Close & Personal at the Australian Reptile Park, web image

I know I've only scratched the surface of the many, many wonderful things to do. So go be wild, have some fun, be amazed, learn, laugh, and stay safe. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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