Parents of Sydney, Perth and Adelaide: the April school holidays are fast approaching and keeping the kids happy for two whole weeks can be a struggle. So where do you start? Here are our top picks of activities for kids during this time.
For the parents of Melbourne and the Gold Coast, the school holidays are coming to an end. But we have some last minute ideas for you to consider.
School holiday dates:
Sydney, Perth and Adelaide: 14 April 2018 – 29 April 2018
Melbourne and Gold Coast: 31 March 2018 – 14 April 2018
Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery of NSW is offering children different workshops over the April school holiday break, including:
Keeping Time is a workshop that gives kids the materials to design a working clock to take home and hang it up on the wall. This workshop will take place on 17 April 2018 at 10.30am to 12pm.
Price: $45 non-member and $35 member.
This free workshop involves playing with light and shapes to make a colourful pattern of petals and leaves. It’s on daily during the Gallery’s opening hours.
Drop in and make: Weave your magic
This is a free art making activity for the whole family. Create a woven artwork full of colour and different textures with all of the materials provided. This is on Sunday to Friday at 11am to 3.30pm between 15 to 20 April 2018.
Drop in and make: Rainbows and unicorns
Drop in and make: Rainbows and unicorns is another family-friendly art workshop where you'll make a unicorn head out of strips of cardboard and other colourful materials. This is on Monday to Friday at 11am-3.30pm on 23 to 27 April 2018.
Address: Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000, Sydney
Taronga Zoo in Mosman makes for a good day out with the family. But, they also offer a school holiday program, Wild Zoo Adventurers. It’s both fun and educational for children aged between 5 and 10. The kids are taught about animals and their habitats. The little ones will be be over the moon when they meet zookeepers and get up close and personal with animals like wombats and koalas.
Convict Escapades is an educational event held at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. This was the largest convict barracks in NSW and children will learn about the struggles by dressing up in broad arrow shirts and being ordered around by a pretend mean superintendent, a cook and a convict in a clown suit.
Date: Thursday April 26 2018 - Sunday April 29 2018
Family $60 (group of 4 people)
Member Family $45 (group of 4 members)
Luna Park and North Sydney Olympic Pool
Luna Park is fun venue for the whole family. Epic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and harbour are on display as you and your family enjoy the rides. Afterwards, walk next door to North Sydney Olympic Pool. With a backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it doesn’t get much better than this.
1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point NSW 2061
North Sydney Olympic Pool
4 Alfred St S, Milsons Point NSW 2061
Bike and horse ride in Centennial Park
Centennial Park is a great spot to take the kids for a bike ride with its safe bike track and the Children’s Learners Cycleway for beginners. You can bring your own bikes or hire them onsite at Centennial Park Cycles located on Grand Drive.
Horse riding is also available in Centennial Park. Sydney Horse Riding offers school holiday riding camps, private lessons and led rides for children with little or no experience.
Centennial Park, New South Wales 2021
Lego at the Library
Let the kids get creative at this free Lego at the Library session. At 10-11am on Friday 27 April 2018, children can build ghoulish Lego creations at Armadale Library.
Address: Armadale Central Shopping Centre, Shop, 64/10 Orchard Ave, Armadale WA
Proudies Foundation Inc - April School Holidays Football Clinic
If your children love to play football, make sure they get involved in April School Holidays Football Clinic. This event is happening on Friday 27 April 2018 from 10am-2pm at Centennial Stadium in Albany, WA.
This oasis is the ultimate relaxation spot for a day trip with the family, boasting 63 beaches and 20 bays. Sit back and relax as the kids splash about or watch them as they play on the floating waterpark or try out snorkelling or paddle boarding in the clear waters.
If you feel like getting a bit active, go for a walk and spot adorable quokkas in their natural environment, or go for a cycle along one of the bike trails.
Rottnest Island is located off Perth and is accessible by ferry.
Bike in the Valley
Enjoy a family day out with this leisurely bike ride event, taking place on Sunday, 29 April 2018. The fun cycling event starts and finishes at Chardonnay Park, The Vines and is suitable for all ages. There are 3 routes to choose from and are mainly on bike parks and quiet roads.
Ingle Farm Recreation Centre
Ingle Farm Recreation Centre has activities for kids these April school holidays, including:
· Public roller skating: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
· Mega Kindigym: 18 April 2018 (for ages 1-5)
· Learn to Skate: 20 April 2018 and 27 April 2018
Address: 56 Beovich Rd, Ingle Farm SA
Scoffed Cooking School
Learn how to cook with your kids Scoffed Cooking School. During the April school holidays, they are offering 3 different cooking classes. The best part is you get to eat your creations at the end, AND it’s free.
Address: 441/D, Magill Rd, St Morris SA
Bushwalking at Deanery Reserve
Get active with the kids and take them on a child-friendly bush walk. The Fairy Garden Walk, Heysen Trail, Bridgewater is a 2 kilometre return trail. It starts at the playground near the Bridgewater Mill on Mill Road. Take younger kids on the 500-metre return Mount Barker Summit Walk. There is also a scenic bushwalk look which is 2.4 kilometres return for older children which is accessible via car at the end of Mount Summit Road.
Explore the great outdoors and go on a fun bike ride. In Adelaide, there are number of tracks that are suitable for different ages and levels.
Here are our top picks:
- Eagle Mountain Bike Park
- Cudlee Creek Mountain Bike Loop Trails
- Encounter Bikeway
- Shepherds Hill Recreation Park
- Linear Park Trail
ArtVo (art gallery)
ArtVo is an immersive art gallery and is the first of its kind in the country. The unique experience involves interacting by touching and taking photos with the art and making yourself part of the artwork. There are over 11 themed zones and more than 100 large hand painted artworks painted on the walls and floors.
Address: The District Docklands, Level 1, 26 Star Crescent, Docklands VIC 3008
Mickey Mouse high tea
Treat the kids out to Mickey and the Roadster Racers High Tea at the Melba Restaurant in Southbank. Between now and Friday, 20 April 2018 on weekdays, the whole family can enjoy a high tea tailored to children. You can expect to macarons, biscuits, cupcakes, pizzas, sandwiches and more. All are Mickey Mouse themed and pricing for kids start at $39 and adults start from $59.
10am concluding at 11:30am or
12.30pm concluding at 2pm
Melbourne is famous for its artistic laneways. Children will be inspired by the electric bright coloured small streets that are tucked away off the roads. Make sure you take the kids to Hosier Lane, Central Place (Box Hill), Meyers Place and Tattersalls Lane. Read more.
Excitement levels will peak during a day out at one of the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks. Warner Bros. Movie World is full of themed rides and attractions featuring Superman, Shrek, Scooby Doo and more. Sea World is lets you get up close and personal with sea animals including polar bears, seals, dolphins and sharks. Dreamworld is great for thrilling rides, entertainment and animals as well as Wiggles World, Tiger Island, Flow Rider and an Australian Wildlife Experience. If it’s a hot day, Wet n’ Wild World is your go to as it's full of water rides and even has a synthetic beach and a wave pool.
Beaches and rock pools
Visit one of the Gold Coast’s family friendly beaches. Take a picnic down by the ocean and enjoy a nice day out, with minimal cost.
Tallebudgera Creek Inlet is a popular beach suitable for children with its shallow water and on duty lifeguards on certain parts of the beach.
Mermaid Beach has a lifeguard tower and flagged area. Take advantage of the gas BBQs and cook up a feast for the family. There are some picnic tables and a grassy beach reserve. There’s also a fenced play area with swings a slide and a volley ball court.
The Currumbin Rock Pools are a great alternative to the Gold Coast’s endless beaches. A day at the Currumbin Rock Pools will ensure everyone has a fun day out. Head to the main pool, the most popular rock pool for kids here. Enjoy a BBQ or picnic at the grassy area located next to the creek.
Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley QLD 4223