The focus on Sydney's multicultural heritage, seniors and children in March paves the way for Anzac commemorations and school holidays activities in April. Kids can have loads of fun at the Sydney Olympic Park and catch a movie at the State Library of New South Wales; gain a new perspective of the ANZACs through photographs and paintings; celebrate Youth Week in Sydney; chill to home-grown music at Cockatoo Island; tickle the funny bone with an evening of comedy readings; and view outstanding works of local art from students. Whatever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE this month in Australia's most cosmopolitan city.
In addition to hosting sporting events, the Sydney Olympic Park is also a family venue for the school holidays. This year Kids in the Park program features 54 activities of which 11 are FREE. They range from the adventurous and sporty to creative and nature-friendly. So grab the kids and make your way to the sporting, cultural and leisure complex in western Sydney which boast the biggest range of school holidays activities in NSW. Phone 02 9714 7888 for more information orvisit the website for the detailed schedule and to reserve your spaces.
Head over to the Art Galllery of NSW for ARTEXPRESS 2015 before it closes in April. This annual exhibition is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education and Communities and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW in association with the Gallery. This year's exhibition showcases 37 students who have produced outstanding works during the 2014 NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Visual Arts examination. The range of medium include painting, drawing, graphic design, photomedia, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, time-based forms and sculpture. You and your family can enjoy FREE admission to the exhibition. Phone 1800 679 278 or visit the website for more information.
Head over the Customs House Library for a FREE exhibition that explores the unique relationship between the Anzac and Turkish soldiers who fought in 1915 Gallipoli campaign during World War I. Featuring photographs by Mine Konakci, this project documents the direct descendants of the Anzac and Turkish soldiers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Eack work couples the descendant with a projected image of his or her ancestor in an attempt to highlight the connection and create a dialogue. Phone 02 92428593 or visit the website for more information.
Where: Level 2, Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
Head over to Sydney Harbour's largest and most impressive island for music therapy this month. Only minutes by ferry from Circular Quay, Cockatoo Island will be hosting some of Sydney's best home-grown music. Programmed by underground music venue 505, you can relax around the fire pit and enjoy FREE interactive sessions with artists including Damien Wright, Abuka Trio, Rosie Henshaw, Alex Gibson, Johnny Nicol and many more.
There are regular Sydney Harbour Ferries services from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and other inner harbour wharves. Harbour City Ferries also operates services to Cockatoo Island via the Parramatta River service. Phone 02 8969 2100 or visit the website for more information.
Where: Campground Firepit, Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour 2000
When: 6pm - 8pm Thursday to Saturday & 5pm - 7pm Sunday
Youth Week in the City – 10 to 19 Apr
Photo courtesy of NSW Department of Education and Communities
The NSW Department of Education and Communities has partnered with the local councils across the state to celebrate National Youth Week 2015. As part of youth Week, the City of Sydney is hosting a series of FREE activities in various venues for young people age 12 to 25.
Youth Symposium at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 10 Apr, 6pm to 9pm.
17th Fernside Annual Skate Competition at Waterloo Skate Park, 10 Apr, 2pm to 7.30pm.
Live Hip Hop event in celebration of Youth Week at GOODGOD Small Bar, 11 Apr, 12pm to 4.30pm
Phone 02 9265 9333 or visit the website for more details.
The Descendants Project - 10 Apr to 3 May
Photo courtesy of Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
The Rocks Discovery Museum is best known for telling the story of The Rocks from pre-European to the present day. In support of the ANZAC Centenary, the Museum is hosting a unique portrait exhibition by Turkish-Australian artist Mertim Gokalp. You and your family can enjoy FREE entry and potraits of 10 ANZAC and 10 Turkish Gallipoli war descendants. Each is also accompanied by personal stories and memories. Phone (02) 9240 8680 or visit the website for more information.
Where: The Rocks Discovery Museum, Kendall Lane, The Rocks 2000
When: Daily 10am - 5pm
Kids Movie at State Library of New South Wales - 13 & 17 Apr
Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales
Grab the kids and head over to the State Library of New South Wales for a FREE screening of the family movie 'Babe', which follows the story of a young pig. The movie will run from 1pm to 2.30pm on 13 April and 10am to 11.30am on 17 April at the Metcalfe Auditorium. This is part of the Library's school holiday program for children aged 3 to 14 years. Phone (02) 9273 1414 for more information or visit the website to book your space.
Where: Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Comedy Readings - 28 Apr
Photo courtesy of City of Sydney
If you're looking for some FREE comedy then head over to Newtown Library for a session with four of the best local funniest emerging writers in Sydney.
Co-hosted by Better Read than Dead Bookshop, the comedy readings feature 2014 Scribe Non Fiction Prize-winner Oliver Mol, Bridget Lutherborrow, Patrick Lenton and Zoe Norton Lodge. Phone 9265 9333 for more information or visit the website to book your seat.