If you are a Sydneysider or a visitor to the city during the summer school holidays you might be looking for some inspiration of school holiday activities Sydney. We have found 50 of the best places to go and check out with the kids over the January holidays.

  1. Join Andy and Terry at the Sydney Opera House for another jam packed adventure as they add another 13 storeys to their treehouse. Catch The 78- Storey  Treehouse until the 21st January.
  2.  See the Lewis Carroll classic ‘Alice in Wonderland come to life in SAND on the Showground Plaza at the Blacktown Showground!
  3. Centennial Parklands has a wonderful schedule of school holiday workshops from getting back to nature with WILD PLAY to using the mind with Lego Robotics.
  4. Join Harry the miller’s son and his best friend Puss – the smartest, cleverest cat that ever tasted cream – as they set off on the road to fame and fortune in Puss in Boots at the City Recital Hall.
  5. The Brickman returns to the ICC this Summer with his latest exhibition Brickman Awesome. The exhibition will be made up of 38 never-seen-before LEGO® models, totalling more than 1.5 million bricks and clocking up more than 4,500 hours of build-time! Brickman Awesome will also showcase the only life-sized LEGO® Harley Davidson ever made and the largest ever LEGO® Caterpillar 797 dump truck!
  6. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad, as they return to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney this summer, bringing to life Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story The Wind in the Willows.
  7. Catch a movie under the stars at one of the many outdoor cinema events happening over the Summer season.
  8. Get back to nature with one of the many school holiday nature workshops at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
  9. Enjoy the school holidays at the Australian Garden with plenty of fun workshops including Ecoart, Kid vs Wild, Fizzics Science Workshops and many more.
  10. Keep cool these summer holidays with plenty of water events and activities happening in Sydney.
  11. Jump down the rabbit hole for a performance of Alice in Wonderland at Riverside Theatre as a part of the Sydney Festival this January. Lewis Carroll’s whirling, fantastical masterpiece is faithfully and beautifully recreated theatrical adventure for the whole family.
  12. Go on an arctic adventure this summer at the Australian National Maritime Museum . Kids have a fun new world to discover this summer with a huge range of frost-tinged things to do for kids of all ages at the Arctic.
  13. Step back in time to when Mammoths roamed the earth at the Australian Museum. Discover fossils, life-size replicas and meet a 42,000-year-old real preserved baby mammoth, Lyuba. Investigate current theories about their DNA and extinction and unravel the biological and palaeontological mysteries of these awe-inspiring land mammals.
  14. Let your imagination run wild in a creative laboratory full of the sights and sounds of Sydney at Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab at the Museum of Sydney.
  15. Treat the kids to a beautiful Frosted High Tea at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Indulge in French delicacies such as Elsa’s frosted macarons, Anna’s Blueberry tartlet and gorgeous Olaf religieuse in a magical atmosphere, ideal for the entire family to enjoy these holidays.
    Kids High tea
  16. Explore the Hyde Park Barracks on our family tour and learn what life was like as a convict. Work as the convicts did, play a convict game and discover what the archaeology of the site tells us about the past.
  17. You will be put to good use at Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm these school holidays as you step back in time and work as a convict with designated convict jobs.
  18. Kids can construct moving creations, design their own cars and games, and get hands-on with technology these school holidays at the Museums Discovery Centre. From Scratch game design to Print Making to Photography…there is something for everyone.
  19. Escape the school holiday boredom at The Chatswood Family Fun Day!  Featuring a jam-packed program of activities and entertainment on The Concourse’s open space, this is a fantastic day out for the whole family.
  20. Join Hook, Tink and Smee for a hilarious adventure this summer at The Funatorium: Captain Hook’s Pirate Party at the Sydney Opera House this January.
  21. Immerse yourself in an interactive world of colour and light at the Learn & Play! team lab Future Park exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.
  22. Strap on your safety goggles and join the Brainiacs at the Sydney Opera House for Brainiacs Live!
  23. Get up close and personal to a spectacular colony of King and Gentoo Penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Jump in one of the boats that journey along the river, through the heart of the colony.
  24. Bust your best moves at the Sydney Dance Company school holiday workshops.
  25. Give your child a fun-filled day these school holidays at Camp Sixers! A high-energy, entry-level program that uses music and games-based cricket activities to ensure your child has a wonderful time learning to play like their T20 heroes.
  26. Tinkerers can take their creativity to new heights as they get hands-on with making in the Powerhouse Museum Tinkertoreum!
  27. Head to the Sydney Town Hall for the Jurassic Plastic exhibition, an art installation contemplating mass consumerism. Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji recycles and reinvents unwanted plastic toys into colourful ‘Toysaurus’ dinosaur sculptures and landscapes.
  28. You can guarantee you will be entertained at Monkey Baa Theatre company these January holidays with their latest production Slapdash Galaxy. This is a story of Sam and Junior, two brothers who must flee their planet and embark on an epic quest across the galaxy.
  29. Head out to Sydney Olympic park where your little scientists can join Fizzics Education in one of their many workshops from Lego Robotics to chemical concoctions.
  30. Get the kids in the kitchen at Brasserie Bread school holiday cooking for kids workshops.
  31. The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft invites all budding writers to attend one of their school holiday reading and writing workshops.
  32. The Grounds of Alexandria has kids covered these holidays from yoga classes for kids of all ages to cooking classes plus a gardening workshop.
  33. Take a free kids tour around the State Library of NSW and then pop in on the free Drop in Activity Centre where you will make some buggy craft.
  34. Do you have what it takes to win the MTV Best Newcomer Award? Take the mic and lay down a track in one of our recording booths, the channel your inner MJ when you bust out some moves on the dance floor at the new Madame Tussauds MTV Music Experience.
  35. Step aboard the Star of the Show Ferris Wheel at Darling Harbour these school holidays. Take a seat and be whisked away on an enchanting ride up into the sky, admiring sweeping views of the harbour.
  36. Kids are invited to get hands on at the Chinese Gardens these school holidays where kids will assist in building the Great Wall of Friendship with their own colourful brick they have created.
  37. Embrace the zen and take the kids down to the Northern Green at Darling Quarter for some free yoga!
  38. Work together to make a fun and colourful collage looking at works in the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection. Explore the Gallery for inspiration, then set to work with ideas and imagination to make a glorious still-life collage.
  39.  Drop in and make collars, cuffs and caps at the Art Gallery of NSW’s free art making for families.Create a stylish collar, cuff or cap using paper and a range of art materials to make your own 17th century Dutch-inspired couture, taking your cue from the work on display in the exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum.
  40. Head to your local Apple store for a fun range of school holiday workshops including; Programming Robots with Swift Playgrounds, Sphero Challenge, Making Movies and creating music with Garage Band.
  41. Be transported back in time to London in 1788. You’ll be tried for your crimes, and sentenced to life as a convict. Then you’ll be shipped to Fort Denison! You’ll play different roles and hear lots of stories. You’ll even take part in an absolutely wild ‘convict escape’ that takes you to a new environment. You’ll find out about how the early settlers lacked bush survival skills, contrasted with the excellent bush skills of Sydney’s Aboriginal People.
  42. The RSPCA’s school holiday program is perfect for any animal lover wanting to help out and assist with animals over the summer holidays.
  43. For free fun head to the Rocks Discovery Museum to create your own mini masterpiece which will be turned into a badge.
  44. Young artists and creative minds are invited to the MCA Contemporary Kids school holiday workshops where children will explore works in the two summer exhibitions Jon Campbell: MCA Collection & Word: MCA Collection that engage with language and text.
  45. Treat the kids to High tea at the Stamford hotel where they will dine on finger sandwiches and fluffy desserts.
  46. Book a Junior Adventure Tour at the Sydney Opera House where kids will uncover mysterious secrets and unusual facts with fun tour around the Opera House.
  47. Sleep next to dinosaur and measure up giants of the ice age at the next Mammoth Megasnore at the Australian Museum.
  48. Legs On The Wall bring their multi-level, outdoor trampoline playground to Circus City with Highly Sprung as a part of the Sydney Festival. Free performances of sky-high storytelling by these acrobat experts are followed by audience bounce-offs, where you get the chance to leap and bound.
  49. Book your little one into a AFTRS holiday workshop where they can learn all about film making, animation, TV presenting and many more courses to get them on their way to a career in TV, Radio or Film.
  50. Catch one of the limited performances of The Wizard of Oz at the Capitol Theatre before it moves on to its new home.