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Free & Affordable School Holiday Events at Sydney Olympic Park

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Published June 21st 2017
Kids in the Park budget friendly and boredom busting fun
Top ways to keep kids occupied this winter in Sydney

kid at Sydney Olympic Park
Photo courtesy of Sydney Olympic Park Authority

With the winter school holidays around the corner, parents in Sydney may be migrating into a panic mode with kids being underfoot all day. If you're trying to find things to keep your child occupied, Sydney Olympic Park has got you covered with its Kids in the Park program. There more 50 free and ticketed activities to keep school-going children active and entertained every day from 1 to 16 July. You can visit the website to download the complete guide and book your favourite programs. To get you started, here is a list of activities for a mentally and physically stimulating school holiday break away from the television and computer games.

1 to 9 July - Writing Workshops

Parents who want their kids to develop an interest in the written word or help their young writer improve their literacy skills can enrol them for creative writing workshops hosted by the Writing Workshop. It will be offering 10 different workshops for children age 6 to 15 years, including classes for poetry, fantasy, mystery, non-fiction (rhetoric and persuasion). Below are some workshop highlights. Visit the website for more details and bookings.

Future Inventions - Kids age 6 to 9 years can use inventions of their devising as the basis for inventive story-making.

Fabulous Beasts - Kids age 8 to 13 years can develop skills and structures for mythical and fantasy stories involving mythical creatures, fantastic places, epic journeys and heroic acts.

Strange New Worlds - Kids age 9 to 14 years can dabble in speculative fiction and stretch their imaginations across space and time to create truly amazing beings or to challenge future generations of pioneers.

Write Your Own Book - Kids age 8 to 13 years will pick up the skills and inspiration need to write their own books. They will learn to create atmospheric settings, memorable characters and gripping plots.

1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 July - Archery

Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre
Photo courtesy of Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Kids age 10 years and above looking to follow in the footsteps of DC Comic's Green Arrow can get a headstart at the Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre. The Aim for Fun archery program held on weekends is an excellent way to try archery. The 90 minutes lesson is led by an experienced instructor and all the equipment provided. Kids can learn the basic of archery and pick up the necessary skills to shoot a bow and arrow. Call (02) 9714 7502 or email to book the lesson.

Price: $24 per person
Hours: Sat & Sun 10am - 11.30am, 2pm - 3.30pm, 4pm - 5.30pm
Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre
Address: Bennelong Pkwy, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

1 to 16 July - ANZ Stadium Explore Tour

anz stadium
Photo courtesy of ANZ Stadium

Head over to ANZ Stadium for an exclusive on-hour tour where you can explore the premier sports venue of Australia. It's where many historic sporting moments took place. Kids will go behind-the-scenes and learn how the stadium can transform from an oval to a rectangular field, visit the changing rooms where players from Rugby League, Union and AFL warm up before their big games and watch a laser show. They can also run through the players' tunnel and pose for a photo on an Olympic medal dais. You may also want to catch the special matches by English Premier League giants Arsenal FC while you're there. Call (02) 8765 2300 or visit the ANZ Stadium website to purchase tickets.

Price: Child $18.50, Adult $28.50, YHA $22.80, Family (2A 4C) $70
Hours: 11am, 1pm & 3pm daily
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Address: Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

1 to 16 July - BMX & Mountain X

Monster BMX track
Photo courtesy of Monster Sydney Olympic Park

Grab your bicycles and head over to the Monster BMX track and Monster Mountain X for some riding fun this July. The course is FREE to use outside club event times and suitable for kids age 10 years and over. The 306-metre long Monster BMX track offers dirt jumps and bends for learning and practising. The Monster Mountain X facility is more challenging with fast turns and one of the best downhill tracks in Sydney. Long sleeve top, long pants, a full face helmet and gloves is essential for safe riding. No reservations are required. Call (02) 9714 7888 for more information and check availability.

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset daily
Venue: Monster at Sydney Olympic Park
Address: P5 Carpark, Hill Road, Sydney Olympic Park

1 to 16 July - Self-Guided Trails

Kids of all ages and their parents can explore Sydney Olympic Park's cultural, entertainment, and sporting attractions and discover amazing facts about the venue with downloadable guides and maps available here. Best of all, these activities are FREE.

Discovery Icons Walk - Learn more about the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Crack the Code - Use your compass to navigate around the Newington Armory or the Abattoir Heritage and crack the secret code.

Amazing Chase - Get on your bikes for an 'Amazing Chase' around the Park. Explore the historic venue for the annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition with its buildings dating back to the 1890s or transverse the Bicentennial Park, using a map to locate checkpoints and answering the questions or solving the puzzles set for you at each one.

Clue Trails - Select from 6 different Clue Trails to unscramble the message at the end of the trail and learn more about the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Sydney Olympic Park.

1 to 16 July - Splasher's Water Playground

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Photo courtesy of Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Who says you can't go swimming during winter? Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is home to indoor pools that are heated to a comfortable 26 degrees all year round. It's Splasher's Water Playground offers water play for the whole family. There are giant buckets that fill up and splash water in this fun and interactive indoor water playground. Entry tickets can be purchased directly at the best indoor water park in Sydney.

Price: Child $6, Adult $8, Family $27.50
Hours: Mon - Fri 5am - 9pm, Sat & Sun 6am - 7pm
Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Address: Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

1 to 16 July - Disc Golf

disc golf
Photo courtesy of NSW Disc Golf

Kids of all ages and their parents can have a go at the new sport of disc golf. The objective is simply to throw the frisbee and aim for the basket. Similar to golf, you start from the tee area towards the first "hole" which is actually a metal basket. Just complete the course with the least number of throws to win.

The game is located at the Armory Disc Golf course which features 18 baskets. The game is FREE but you will need to hire a disc from the Armory Visitor Centre for $10. It is a refundable deposit on equipment return. Call (02) 9714 7888 for more information.

Hours: Weekdays 9.30am - 4.30pm, Weekends 10.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: Newington Armory
Address: Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

2, 9 & 16 July - Riding the Rails

train at newington armory
Photo courtesy of National Trust

Take a short ride on board the Heritage Train around part of the Newington Armory. The 52 hectare heritage site was the former Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot. It contains more than 100 buildings dating back to the 1890s, including explosives storehouses and workshops, cottages and wharf. The train was once used to transport missiles, torpedoes and other WWII munitions.

Today the Heritage Train at Newington Armory is one of Sydney Olympic Park's popular attractions. The 30 minutes ride includes some commentary from the on-board tour guide. Tickets are available on the day at the Armory Visitor Centre located near the main entrance to Newington Armory. Call (02) 9714 7888 for more information.

Price: $5 per person, free for kids under 3 years if seated on adult's lap
Hours: Sun 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm
Venue: Newington Armory
Address: Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

3, 4 & 5 July - Fizzics Education

Fizzics Education
Photo courtesy of Fizzics Education

Fizzics Education will be taking over the Education Center in Bicentennial Park for 3 days with hands-on science activities for school aged children. Kids are required to bring their own food, drink, hat and wear appropriate clothing. No nuts are permitted on site. Visit the website for more details and to purchase your tickets.

Lego Robotics for Beginners - Kids age 8 to 14 years can learn to program Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots to do your bidding by teaching them using motors, sensors and more.

Lego Robotics for Intermediate - Kids age 8 to 14 years who are familiar with EV3 robot and the programming platform can widen their knowledge through a series of challenges aimed at advancing their programming skills and creativity.

Gross & Gory Workshop - Kids age 6 to 14 years will dress up in their old clothes and make exploding pimples, fake wounds, vomit bombs, fake snot and much more. All in the name of studying the human body. Biology was never so fun.

Extreme Engineering - Kids age 6 to 14 years can construct all sorts of contraptions in this workshop. They will learn about the design and structures of towers and bridges, create complex machines using common materials and make a spacecraft to survive a landing.

Maker Mayhem -Kids age 6 to 14 years can apply design thinking in a series of fun activities. They will learn how gear ratios and circuits work and use motors, wires, batteries and craft materials to make all sorts of contraptions. It includes creating a Scribble Bot drawing robot to take home

Use the Forces Workshop - Kids age 6 to 14 years can learn how push and pull forces act to move objects including friction, rotational forces and inertia by using rockets, bike wheels, science toys and weird contraptions. They will also make their own rubber band racer to take home.

Price: $45 - $49
Venue: Education Centre
Address: Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

3 to 14 July - Circus Skills

circus arts
Photo courtesy of Circus Arts

Kids age 5 to 15 years can experience the circus with Circus Arts Sydney. The organisation is the original and the best Flying Trapeze company operating in Sydney. The 1-hour class offers the opportuntity to learn juggling, hula hoops, plate spinning, diabolo, acro-balance and pyramid building. Kids can also add on a flight on the trapeze. Call (02) 6685 6566 or email for bookings.

Price: $25 or $35 with a swing on the flying trapeze
Hours: Mon - Fri 2pm - 3pm
Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
Address: Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
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Why? Where else can you find so many free and budget-friendly school holiday activities in one place?
Phone: (02) 9714 7888
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Cost: Free & Ticketed
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