Are you starting to panic because school holidays are just around the corner and you haven’t yet figured out what to do with the kids? Either you can run and hide and hope for the best or you can start planning ahead. It’s always a good idea to have a back up plan if the weather is cold or rainy. It also helps to adjust your mindset and make everyday chores into a fun adventure.
Here are some fun things you can do during the next school holidays.
Beach Treasure Hunt
No matter what the weather does, you can always pack a picnic lunch and head down to the beach. If it’s sunny … perfect … the kids can run around, build sandcastles or make sand art from shells and sticks they find on the beach. But even if the weather is cool or rainy, there is no reason you can’t go to the beach … just bring an extra layer of clothing, wet weather gear and some hot chocolate! Kids love to play in the rain and if you give them some containers, they can still collect treasures which they can bring home for arts and crafts and if they are bundled enough, you don’t need to worry about them getting sick.
Visit a Museum
Sydney has many great museums, some of which you may not have heard of. Most of these run special school holiday programs and fun kids activities, so check out their websites for school holiday schedule.
Australian Museum: College Street, Sydney
Powerhouse Museum: 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Maritime Museum: 2 Murray Street, Sydney
The Rocks: Discovery Museum, Kendall Lane, The Rocks
Hyde Park Barracks: Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cockatoo Island: Cockatoo Island, Sydney
Get a few friends together and take the children to your local indoor swimming centre for a day of splashing and racing. The children will burn off their energy and you can either join in or relax by the pool with a nice cuppa.
Goofy on Ice
Sydney has several great ice rinks – Macquarie Ice Rink at North Ryde, Canberbury Olympic Ice Rink at Canberbury and Sydney Ice Arena at Baulkham Hills. If you or your kids have never skated before, just make sure you bring a change of clothes, warm socks and be prepared to become Goofy on ice. Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself … with a bit of practice, you will soon become a master skater. Check out the ice rink websites for their special school holiday skating sessions and programs.
Why not go exploring beyond your local hang out. Sydney has some fantastic playgrounds, which will not only keep your children entertained, but allow you to relax and unwind. The following are Sydney top playgrounds with excellent play equipment, café/kiosk, toilets and plenty of green spaces for kids to play on:
Darling Harbour, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney
Carss Bush Park, Carwar Avenue, Blakehurst
Clontarf Reserve, Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
Cook Park, General Holmes Drive, Kyeemagh
Peter Depena Reserve, Russell Avenue, Dolls Point
Maroubra Beach Playground, Marine Parade, Maroubra
Dee Why Beach Playground, The Strand, Dee Why
Parsley Bay Reserve, Hopetoun Avenue, Vaucluse
Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay Drive, Homebush Bay
Winnererremy Bay Playground, Mona Street, Mona Vale
If your children love animals, then why not take them to one of the following great locations
Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Manly Oceanworld, West Esplanade, Manly
Sydney Wildlife World, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Koala Park Sanctuary, Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
Calmsley Hill City Farm, Darling Street Abbotsbury
Featherdale Wildlife Park, 217 Kildare Road, Doonside
If you have boys who love planes, why not visit Sydney airport. Either head to domestic or international terminal and spend a few hours watching planes take off and land. You are guaranteed to make their day and there are plenty of places for you to eat, so you don’t have to worry about packing a lunch. The other option is to go to Brighton Le Sands Beach or Cook Park, which are located opposite the airport and you can watch the while being outdoors.