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Published March 22nd 2017
The Best Things In Life Are Free
Karaoke at the Harry Jensen Centre (by City of Sydney)
Almost daily in March, sudden showers would drive us indoors for free fun. In April, we deserve blue skies to enjoy a free dose of vitamin D. While you're outdoors, enjoy the best of Free Sydney with this list of April's free events and activities.
Harmony Art Collective - daily until 25 April, 9am to 6pm
Over 300 of our most talented artistic youth, including many new migrants, from across Australia have created a series of large murals at 25 Harbour St, Sydney. The art project began 12 months ago, led by four of our best street artists and capturing the personal and cultural stories of this next generation of creatives. Visit the SBS website for details.
Social gardening project - Wednesdays, 4pm to 7.30pm
At the Ultimo Community Centre on 40 William Henry St, discover the fresh, delicious results from your own sustainable vegetable and herb garden. Join the project with other locals as you select plants then reap the rewards while learning to prune, water, feed and fertilise your new crop.Email Ultimo Community Centre for details.
House of Capricorn - weekdays, 11am to 2pm
In balmy climes between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, some of the world's most exotic plants thrive. See these rare and spectacular flowers, including orchids and hoyas, in the Latitude 23 Glasshouse at The Royal Botanic Garden. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden website for details.
Creator Workshop - 5 April, 4pm to 5pm
While drones are popular, they are grounded when the batteries go flat or a mistake with the remote control sees it plunge into a building. For creative kids aged 8 - 12, make your own flying machine at Glebe Library on 186 Glebe Point Rd, using recycled materials powered by the wind. Visit the Eventbrite website to book.
Morning Running Group - Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 6.30am
Every Sydneysider knows Heartbreak Hill isn't famous as a site of romantic break-ups but for the cardiovascular punishment endured by thousands during the City2Surf marathon in August. Start your preparation with the free running session beginning at the Barracks Museum in Queens Square, Macquarie St for 4 kilometres at a gentle pace. Visit the Eventbrite website to book.
Karaoke - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12.30pm to 3.45pm
Begin your journey to stardom (or at least an amusing audition on The Voice) as you sing your heart out, safe in the sound-proofed Harry Jensen Centre at 17 Argyle Street, Millers Point. You'll be guided by Jeff, the "Big Bopper" in the art of karaoke as you make new friends, learn new songs and develop the perfect 'singing in the shower' voice. Phone 02 9244 3696 for details.
Outside the King George V Recreation Centre at 15 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, wear your walking shoes and join the Heart Foundation group of ramblers on a 45-minute jaunt across the nicest spots in Sydney. Visit the KGV website for details.
Fusion Magic Club] - Fridays, 2pm to 5pm
Before you master Harry Houdini's straitjacket escape act, learn the art of magic, illusion, storytelling and stagecraft with the multicultural Fusion Magic Club. Guided by Thor Blomfield, (or should that be Thor Blomfield the Magnificent?), you'll have time between lessons to practise before experiencing the thrill of performing in front of an audience. The magic begins at the Cliff Noble Community Centre on the Corner of Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria. Phone 02 8512 8000 for details.
Joynton Park Market - Fridays and Saturdays, 9am to 3pm
At the dog friendly Joynton Park on Gadigal Ave, Zetland, browse the art and craft displays for prints, homemade cards, jewellery and scented candles after you enjoy brunch, organic tea or hot coffee from the food stalls. Visit the Joynton Park Market website for details.
Seva Dharma Yogic Meditation - Fortnightly on Saturdays, 10am to 12pm
Begin your weekend with blissful peace at the Redfern Community Centre on 29-53 Hugo Street during a Seva Dharma meditation session guided by a yogic monk. Experience the benefits of meditation and yoga, shown to reduce anxiety and blood pressure, boost levels of serotonin, the happy hormone, and ease tense muscle pain. Phone 0432 650 495 for details.
Cool Runnings - 3 April, 5pm
Before Steve Bradbury, the Jamaican Bobsled Team shocked the world as they competed in their first Winter Olympics. See the comedy unfold on the big screen with John Candy in Cool Runnings at the Soda Factory on 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills. Doors open at 5pm for an 8pm start time with free popcorn. Visit the Soda Factory website for details.
Afternoon Acting Class - Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm
To be or not to be? Perform your favourite scenes from contemporary and classic plays from writers including Shakespeare, Pinter and Chekov. At 50 MacLeay St, Elizabeth Bay, you'll learn the vocal, emotional and physical techniques to captivate an audience as you're guided by a founding member of the Bell Shakespeare Company. Phone 02 8374 6310 for details.
After you've mastered DIY with the tips for self-defence from the Karate Kid, learn more about karate in a free introduction session at the Redfern Dojo at 638 Elizabeth St. Suitable for women and men at any skill or fitness level, the lessons will deepen your knowledge of Japanese culture with principles to strengthen the body and the mind. Visit the Australian Kei Shin Kan Karate website for details.
Django Girls - Saturday 1 April 2017, 10am to 6pm
Join a workshop led by volunteers inspiring women with the power of programming. During the session at 2, 50 Bridge St, Sydney, up to 60 women will program their first web application using a mix of code in HTML, CSS, Python and Django. Will you program the next Angry Birds or Pokemon viral smartphone app? Visit the Django Girls website for details.
Spanish Press Club - Saturdays, 12.45pm to 1.30pm
Tired of the same old news? Get a Spanish spin on the day's events with a session discussing the news and current affairs about Spain and in Spanish. Hosted at the Instituto Cervantes on Sussex Street, Sydney, you'll gain an insight into Spanish culture while learning a new language. Visit the Instituto Cervantes Sydney website for details.
Royal Botanic Garden Guided Walk - daily, 10.30am and 1pm on weekdays
Explore 30 hectares of lush green gardens in the heart of Sydney, discovering the historical and floral highlights of our Royal Botanic Garden with a learned guide on a 90-min tour. Join the tour at the info booth in the garden shop. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden website for details.
ArtExpress - until 23 April, daily, 10am to 5pm
The best artwork by our promising next generation of Australian artists is an annual feature in the Art Gallery of NSW, returning in 2017 with the most outstanding 38 pieces of art, handpicked from the efforts of over 9,000 Visual Arts students who graduaedg high school in 2016. The selection ranges from paintings and photography to sculpture and film. Visit the Art Gallery of NSW website for details.
Geotour in the Rocks - throughout April
The sport of orienteering, where participants use a physical map and compass to find hidden treasure via waypoints, has been revolutionised in the 21st century with geocaching. In the Rocks, you can use your smartphone's smarts, connecting with GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) to find hidden containers or 'caches'. If successful, you'll discover colourful interpretations of our history created by local contemporary artists. Download the Geocaching app, choose a geocache from The Rocks website and sign the logbook once you've succeeded. You can also find plenty more geocaches throughout NSW at the Geocaching website. Visit the Geotour in the Rocks website for details.
A Fit Place for Women: NSW Parliament - until April 28, daily 9am to 5pm
In our state's parliament house on 6 Macquarie St, the significant contribution of women serving NSW in politics is explored. The efforts of politicians, campaigners, protesters and voters are highlighted for the positive changes resulting from civic involvement. After the NSW Womanhood Suffrage League campaigned for women to vote in state elections, historic change continued, as reforms were driven by bold leaders, including Millicent Preston Stanley, the first female in the Legislative Assembly, Catherine Green, one of the first females in the Legislative Council, and Janice Crosio, NSW's first female cabinet minister. Most recently, our first female premier, Kristina Kenneally, has continued the story of Australia's oldest parliament. Visit the NSW Parliament website for exhibition details.
A Million Things That Make Your Head Spin - until April 30
In the Customs House Atrium, marvel at the cloud of colour, created by American Megan Geckler, famous for colourful art installations. Her latest work dazzles visitors as they ascend into a rainbow of ribbons, transforming the view of each level of our library at Circular Quay as diffused sunlight streams through historic windows. Visit the A Million Things That Make Your Head Spin site for more info.
In the Ultimo Community Centre at 40 William Henry Street, grab a paddle for a hit and a chat at one of 6 table tennis tables. The games are open for all ages but watch out if Forrest Gump arrives. He's a pro. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Community Gardening - until April 13, Thursdays, 1pm to 3pm
At the Reg Murphy Community Centre 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point, get green thumbs as you help create create a delightful indoor community garden, making friends with the locals and relieving the stress of modern life. You'll learn about the best indoor flowers and plants and how to make them thrive with beautiful colours and fragrances.
Double Bay Market - Thursdays, 9am to 2pm
Rain or shine at Guilfoyle Avenue, Double Bay, browse the stalls of gourmet food, organic produce, flowers, gifts and arts and crafts. Visit the Organic Market Foods website for details.
Tudor Comedy - Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
At the Tudor Hotel, 90 Pitt St, Redfern, follow the laughter (or the heckling) to find the show, hosting a mix of seasoned comedians and new talents eager to test their jokes, skits, gags, satire and dry wit. Stay for drinks, dinner and the show or take the mic to try your latest knock knock jokes on an unsuspecting audience. Visit the Tudor Comedy FB page for details.
Cardio Boxing - Saturday 1, 8 April, 8am to 8.45am
Start the weekend with a punch in a boxercise workout at 100 Joynton Ave, Zetland where you'll learn boxing combinations and footwork and bodyweight resistance exercises as you hit mitts in a series of cardio drills. Designed for beginner and advanced participants, mitts and gloves are supplied. Call Stephen on 0422914420 to register.
Have we missed your favourite free activity in April 2017? Please let us know with a comment.