Sydneysiders, we’ve rounded up a crop of fun things to do with your kids over the summer holidays! They won’t be bored and your sanity will be saved with this great array of activities. It’s impossible for us to cover all areas of this large and lovely city so we welcome all your suggestions to help others in your area find things to do.
The Messy Spot
The Messy Spot in Maroubra (above) makes art accessible to the little ones, allowing them to explore different mediums in ways that would have you on edge if it were happening in your home. Mess is not a problem and best of all, you don’t need to make a booking; just drop in from Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm for a 2pm close. Entry starts at $15.50 per child – see The Messy Spot‘s website for specific details about the wide array of activities.
Future Vet Kids Camp
I too have a kid who wants to be a vet and has even gone vegetarian to prove his commitment to animals, so the Future Vet Kids Camp is top of his list for this summer holidays. With programs running from January 9 to 20 for ages six to eight and nine to twelve, there is a jam-packed schedule for little animal-lovers intent on becoming vets.
Bunnerong Gymnastics runs holiday camps for boys and girls aged five to twelve right through the six weeks of the NSW summer break. Qualified instructors guide children through gymnastic circuits – looks like a fantastic way for the kids to burn energy and have a great time.
Sydney Trapeze School
I have two very active little boys who would just love a lesson at Sydney Trapeze School. Catering for kids from age four, there is a five day Super Kids program ($220) during the holidays which runs for two hours a day, or alternatively do one class ($45) on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Macquarie Ice Skating Rink
Take them to Macquarie Ice Skating Rink – a lovely icy cold place to be during summer and some good fitness training for all! Check the website for session times and more information about the Tuesday and Thursday morning holiday camps.
Bread baking classes for kids from age five to fourteen will keep them busy, training them up nicely to make bread for the family in the years to come! There are free one hour classes on Saturdays, as well as 1.5 hour classes during the week in school holidays for $35 per child.
The Entertainment Quarter
There is an amazing amount to do at The Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park so look up the events or just turn up and take advantage of the fabulous fenced playground and brand new parent room. I have always loved that there is something for every age of child at EQ. It suited my kids when they were toddlers and it still suits them now.
Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park currently has sixty-four activities for kids listed on its website. From writing workshops for older kids to Railways Discovery tours at Newington Armoury and archery and fitness camps.
The Art of the Brick
Be amazed at Nathan Sawaya’s work with Lego then participate in a workshop! The Art of the Brick will be held at Sydney Town Hall (enter from Druitt Street) with entry from 10am to 6pm and tickets are available now from Ticketmaster. See more details in our recent editorial.
Happy holidays to everyone and please let us know of other interesting things for kids that are happening during the summer!