Summer is here and there is so much happening in Sydney this January for kids and families. Check out some of our favourites here;

  • The Sydney Festival is your one stop shop for culture this January with plenty of FREE events for the family to enjoy.
  • Get your splash on and head to Waterworld at Entertainment Quarter Showring this January. Splash your heart out in the giant inflatable pools or dare to take the slide of your life on the Dino Slide
  • Enter an immersive cityscape full of magical, tactile experiences in How Cities Work, a new children’s exhibition at Museum of Sydney open from 15 December! Created by Sydney Living Museums in collaboration with Lonely Planet Kids and illustrator James Gulliver Hancock.
  • Enter  a brand-new LEGO® brick exhibition focussing on some of the world’s greatest Cities, exploring their history with LEGO. Head to the Entertainment Quarter from the 4th Jan to catch this new LEGO exhibition.
  • Night Owls Kids’ Film Festival opens at Village Green Darling Quarter for 17 nights of free cinematic splendour tomorrow night! From Friday 4 to Sunday 20 January 2019, fun-loving film fanatics can zoom in on a wave of happiness and land the perfect perch from which to enjoy live entertainment each night from 6pm, followed at 6:30pm by local and international short films curated in collaboration with Little Big Shots, Australia’s major children’s short film festival.

  • Shakespeare Australia’s production of Wind in the Willows returns to the Royal Botanic Gardens this January. Be part of this beautiful summer tradition and join with Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly, and, of course, the famous Mr Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s timeless classic of life on the riverbank to life in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden.
  • Catch a family flick under the stars at Centennial Park when the Moonlight Cinema returns for another bumper season. See the full program here.
  • Flickerfest is heading to Bondi this January for the 28th International Short Film Festival. The Flickerkidsprogram is on the 15th January with a delightfully entertaining programme of shorts that will appeal to the kid in everyone.
  • Take the opportunity to book a Junior Tour at the Sydney Opera House and discover all this iconic building has to offer.Enjoy a jam-packed journey through the iconic Sydney Opera House filled with interactive activities and games for the whole family.
  • The Chatswood Family Festival returns for another year entertaining families with a silent disco, theatre shows, Aussie family films, arts and crafts and circus workshops. Premium children’s theatre performances include Storytime Ballet: Coppélia, The Gruffalo’s Child and the Willoughby Symphony’s Mini Maestros: Musical Opposites

  • Explore your own identity and learn about the forces that shape you through a series of interactive stations at the STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.
  • Learn about how to protect our planet at The King and Queen of Green Theatre show at the Royal Botanic Gardens this January. This interactive show explores the topic of landfill and the simple things we can all do at home to reduce the amount of waste. The King and Queen then lead a “Race to the Right Bin” – choose wisely!
  • Go on a colourful journey of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef at the new Sea Life Sydney Aquarium exhibition Day and Night on the Reef.  Day and Night on the Reef has been designed to convey several distinct ‘time zones’ which reflect various moments in time that are experienced on the reef during the day and night.

  • Movies by the Boulevard returns to Sydney Olympic Park with a great line up of FREE family movies over the summer period. Catch Peter Rabbit, Hotel Transylvania 3, Coco, The Greatest Showman and many more.
  • You’re invited to discover the history of the world’s greatest cities at the latest Brickman Exhibition; Brickman Cities. The brand-new LEGO® brick exhibition focuses on some of the world’s greatest Cities, explores their history with LEGO and then invites you to build them into the future with millions of LEGO® bricks!
  • Follow the Dinosaur Trail at Taronga Zoo Sydney and be amazed by life-sized, moving, roaring and even spitting Dinosaurs! From Triceratops to T-Rex, Brachiosaurus to the fearsome new Utahraptor, the whole family will be able to see their favourite Dinosaurs up close, and learn about the Dinosaurs that still walk among us.
  • Check out some live theatre with the kids around Sydney including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Capitol Theatre, The 91-Storey Treehouse, Deadly 60 Down Under and Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus at the Sydney Opera House and the Gruffalo’s Child at the Seymour Centre and The Concourse Chatswood.
  • Celebrate this fabulous country on Australia Day! Sydney always celebrates Australia Day in style with loads of events happening around the city and surrounding areas.  Whether you are staying close to all the colour and hustle and bustle happening on the harbour or looking for something more low key, there are plenty of events to choose from.
  • Dive into the immersive Whales | Tohorā exhibition that brings the incredible world of whales to life at the Australian Museum.

  • Feline lovers of all ages are invited to the purrfect evening out at Catmosphere as they screen some family friendly films with cat company at the cat cinema.
  • End your evening every Saturday evening at 8.30pm with a spectactular fireworks display at Darling Harbour.
  • It’s a party in the State Library – put on some headphones, turn up the music and dance like no librarians are watching. Families are invited to attend the Silent Disco on the 18th January for the all ages event.

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