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Published April 6th 2013
A Comprehensive List Of Fun Things To Do During Holidays
I admit I like lists and even more so, I love ticking things off. Ticks gives me a sense of achievement, even when my lists seem endless. I also like having lots of options when it comes to school holiday activities, without having to spend hours researching where to go and what to see.

So if you are trying to decide what to do during the next school holidays, here is a list of great adventures to embark on with your kids. It is in no particular order, but provides you with the most important information about each place, so you can plan according your schedule, budget and your kids' preference.

If I have missed some fun places, please post them in the comments section below, so I can include them on my future to-do list.

Museums

1. Powerhouse Museum
Address: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Opening Hours: 10am 5pm
Cost: Adult $12, Child $6

2. The Rocks Discovery Museum
Address: Kendall Lane, The Rocks
Opening Hours: 10am 5pm
Cost: Free

3. The Australian Museum
Address: 6 College Street, Sydney
Opening Hours: 9.30am 5pm
Cost: Adult $12, Child $6

4. Australian National Maritime Museum
Address: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Opening Hours: 9.30am 5pm
Cost: Adult $25, Child $15 (Entry to galleries & exhibitions only - Adult $7, Child $3.50)

5. QStation Tours
Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Opening Hours: Day and night, depending on the tour
Cost: Varies depends on tour

6. Museum of Fire
Address: 1 Museum Drive, Penrith
Opening Hours: 9.30am 4.30pm
Cost: Adult $10, Child $6

7. Cockatoo Island
Address: Cockatoo Island, Sydney
Opening Hours: 24/7, but check website for ferry timetables
Cost: Free
Read more about Cockatoo Island

8. Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Address: Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Opening Hours: 10am 5pm
Cost: Adult $10 Child $5
Read more about Hyde Park Barracks

9. Justice and Police Museum
Address: Cnr Phillip & Albert Street, Circular Quay
Opening Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10am 5pm
Cost: Adult $10 Child $5

Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island


Powerhouse Museum
Powerhouse Museum


Gardens

10. Royal Botanic Gardens
Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
Opening Hours: 7am 5pm
Cost: Free
Read more about Royal Botanic Gardens

11. Chinese Garden of Friendship
Address: Darling Harbour, near Sydney Entertainment Centre
Opening Hours: 9.30am 5pm
Cost: Adult $6, Child $3

12. Eden Gardens
Address: 301 Lane Cove Road, North Ryde
Opening Hours: 9am 5pm
Cost: Free
Read more about Eden Gardens

Attractions

13. Sydney Tower
Address: Pitt Street, Sydney
Opening Hours: 9am 10.30pm
Cost: Adult $26, Child $15, but cheaper deals are available online
Read more about Sydney Tower

14. Sydney Entertainment Quarter
Address: 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
Opening Hours: 9am 5pm
Cost: Various activities are available at different prices
Read more about Sydney Entertainment Quarter

15. Sydney Observatory
Address: Watson Road, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Day Session: 10am 5pm Night Session: From 8.15pm
Cost: Day Session: Adult $8 Child $6, Night Session: Adult $18 Child $12

16. Sydney Luna Park
Address: 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point
Opening Hours: Various please check their website
Cost: Free entry, cost rides depend on the height of the visitor
Read more about Sydney Luna Park

17. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Address: King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour
Opening Hours: 9am 8pm
Cost: Adult $38 Child $22, but cheaper if you buy online
Read more about Madame Tussauds

Sydney Luna Park
Sydney Luna Park


Sydney Entertainment Quarter
Sydney Entertainment Quarter


Sporty Kids

18. Macquarie Ice Rink
Address: Waterloo Road, North Ryde
Opening Hours: 8.30am 6pm (2 hour sessions) also some nights
Cost: Adult: $22, Child $20
Read more about Macquarie Ice Rink

19. Monster Skate Park
Address: Grand Parade, Homebush
Opening Hours: 9am 10pm (check website for bike/skate session times)
Cost: $10 per session or $25 for all day pass
Read more about Monster Skate Park

20. Ryde Aquatic Park
Address: 504 Victoria Road, Ryde
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 5.30am 8.45pm, Friday 5.30am 7.45pm, Saturday 6.30am 5.45pm, Sunday 8am 5.45pm
Cost: Adult $7.10 Child $5.40

21. Splasher's Water Playground
Address: Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park
Opening Hours: 10am 6pm
Cost: Adult: $7 Child $6 Spectator $3.50

22. Cables Wake Park
Address: Mulgoa Road, Penrith
Opening Hours: 10am 7pm
Cost: Adult $39 Child $34 for 1 hour
Read more about Cables Wake Park

23. Manly Water Works
Address: Corner West Esplanade & Commonwealth Parade, Manly
Opening Hours: 10am 5pm (closed in winter)
Cost: $21 for all day pass

24. Avalon Skate Park
Address: Barrenjoey Road, Avalon
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

25. Bondi Skate Park
Address: Campbell Parade, Bondi
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

26. Andrew Boy Charlton Pool
Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, The Domain
Opening Hours: 6am 7pm
Cost: Adult $5.80, Child $4.40

27. Kingpin Bowling Lounge
Address: 2-10 Darling Drive
Opening Hours: 10am - late
Cost: Adult $14 per game, Child $12 per game discount on multiple games

28. Sydney Trapeze School
Address: 1/3-7 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters
Opening Hours: 10am 7pm, check website for class schedule
Cost: $60 for off peak class

Bondi Skate Park
Bondi Skate Park


Cables Wake Park
Cables Wake Park


Macquarie Ice Rink
Macquarie Ice Rink


Animal Lovers

29. Taronga Zoo
Address: Bradley's Head Road, Mosman
Opening Hours: 9.30am 5pm
Cost: $44, Child $22

30. Koala Park Sanctuary
Address: 84 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
Opening Hours: 9am 5pm
Cost: Adult $26, Child $15
Read more about Koala Park Sanctuary

31. Sydney Sea Life Park
Address: 1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Opening Hours: 9am 8pm
Cost: Adult $38, Child $22 but cheaper if you buy online

32. Wild Life Sydney Zoo
Address: 1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour
Opening Hours: 9am 6pm
Cost: Adult $36 Child $20

33. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary
Address: West Esplanade, Manly
Opening Hours: 10am 5.30pm
Cost: Adult $24, Child $12 but cheaper if you buy online

34. Featherdale Wildlife Park
Address: 217 Kildare Road, Doonside
Opening Hours: 9am 5pm
Cost: Adult $28, Child $15.50

35. Calmsley Hill City Farm
Address: Darling Street, Abbotsbury
Opening Hours: 9am 4.30pm
Cost: Adult $23, Child $14
Read more about Calmsley Hill City Farm

36. Symbio Wildlife Park
Address: 7/11 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Helensburgh
Opening Hours: 9.30am 5pm
Cost: Adult $26 , Child $15

37. Marine Discovery Centre
Address: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach
Opening Hours: Wednesday Sunday 10am 4.30pm
Cost: Adult $10, Child $5

Calmsley Hill City Farm
Calmsley Hill City Farm


Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo


Wild Life Sydney Zoo
Wild Life Sydney Zoo


Parks & Playgrounds

38. Cook Park
Address: The Grand Parade, Brighton Le Sands
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

39. Centennial Park
Address: Lang Road, Centennial Park
Opening Hours: 6.30am 5.30pm
Cost: Free

40. Winnererremy Bay
Address: Mona Street, Mona Vale
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

41. The Basin
Address: Ku-ring-Gai Chase National Park
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Nominal fee

42. Parsley Bay Reserve
Address: Hopetoun Avenue, Vaucluse
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

43. Manly Dam
Address: King Street, Manly Vale
Opening Hours: 7am 8.30pm
Cost: Free

44. Bicentennial Park
Address: Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush
Opening Hours: 6am 7.30pm
Cost: Free

45. Darling Quarter Playground
Address: 25 Harbour Street, Sydney
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

46. Clifton Gardens
Address: Morella Road, Mosman
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

47. Clontarf Reserve
Address: Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

48. Carss Bush Park
Address: Carwar Avenue, Blakehurst
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

49. Pirrama Park
Address: Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

50. Cathy Freeman Park
Address: Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

51. Little Manly Point Park
Address: Stuart Street, Manly
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

52. Bronte Park
Address: Bronte Road, Bronte
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

53. Robertson Park
Address: Military Road, Watsons Bay
Opening Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free

Read more about Sydney's Best Parks

Bicentennial Park
Bicentennial Park


Bronte Park
Bronte Park


Sydney has so much to offer families during the school holidays. The question is how many of these places will you visit during the next holiday.

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What a great list! Lots of useful information!
by romica (score: 1|75) 2049 days ago
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