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School holidays are here again and there’s so much on to keep kids entertained, including saltwater school, rock music camp, live shows, camping, pool fun, and heaps of dinosaurs!

Balmoral Water Sports Camp

“Have Fun – Be Safe – Learn New Skills – Make New Friends” these spring school holidays!

Our “Multi-activity” water-sports camp offers different activities throughout the day, including Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand up Paddleboarding, Kayaking and games on/off water, with a major emphasis on having fun, and gaining & improving water-sports skills!

Every day is a different day with changing weather conditions, new games and new challenges. We welcome kids with water-sports skills & abilities as well as total beginners. Our aim is to introduce kids to water sports, gain more confidence on the water, and learn sailing in a fun way. We also really encourage making new friends.

Kids can start from 7 yrs old to 15 years old, they must already be able to swim 25m confidently. We have 3 different age groups: 7 to 9yo; 10 to 12yo; and 13 to 15yo. We will also make sure they are put together with friends on the 1st day if required. Be prepared for a fabulous week of fun and learning. It’s exactly where your kids want to be, rain or shine!

Good to know: Children are to bring their own packed lunch. The program will continue in wet weather conditions. Please ensure you or your child are aware of the weather forecast for the day and have packed accordingly.

Cost: $149 for 1 day; $389 for 3 consecutive days (Monday to Wednesday); $559 for 5 days (Monday to Friday)

Location: Balmoral Water Sports Center, Balmoral Sailing Club, The Esplanade, Mosman

Book here

Chatwood Tennis Centre Holiday Camps

Our coaches engage the children in basic coordination skills and games to get them used to hitting with a racquet. Special tennis balls are used to assist development with larger and softer balls to improve skill level and confidence. Children will maximise their development by staying with their peers for the duration of the camp.

On each Friday, there is a complimentary BBQ provided for the Children to celebrate the end of tennis camp, and a round robin tournament with trophies and prizes.

September dates

  • Monday 18 September – Friday 22 September
  • Monday 25 September – Friday 29 September

October dates

  • Tuesday 3 October – Friday 6 October
  • Monday 9 October

Location: 120a Fullers Road Chatswood 2067

Cost: Full week $299, day rate $80, half day $60, before care $10, after care $10

How to book: https://chatswoodtennis.com.au/holiday-camps/

Contact details: 02 9411 1500 or info@chatswoodtennis.com.au

Land’s Edge Foundation, Chowder Bay

Uncover the mysteries of Chowder Bay this school holiday with Land’s Edge Saltwater School’s exciting 1, 3 or 5 day programs in Sydney Harbour! Based near Clifton Gardens, Mosman, NSW, we offer a blend of fun and learning in our activities for kids aged 7-15. Book three weeks ahead to enjoy a 10% early bird discount!

Our programs are packed with a diverse range of activities from 9am to 3pm daily, emphasising on water-based adventures and rotating every three days for variety. Our activities include stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, beach games, rafting, bush-walking, kite-making, sandcastle making, crafts and free play/swimming.

Our mission is to weave learning into our activities, subtly empowering children with new skills and perspectives. Our participants not only make new friends but also gain a deeper understanding of their surroundings, self, and their community. Children will be grouped with others of similar ages to ensure an engaging experience for all.

We ensure your child’s safety with experienced staff, all certified in first-aid and CPR. Booking confirmation will detail pick-up and drop-off specifics. Please note that children are required to bring their own lunch and snacks each day.

Join us for an unforgettable adventure these school holidays!

Dates: 25 – 29 September 2023; 3 – 6 October 2023

Timings: 9am – 3pm daily

Location: Saltwater School – 11A Chowder Bay Road, Mosman, NSW

Cost: Book 21 days in advance and receive 10% discount on the below prices:

  • 1 day = $125
  • 3 days = $360
  • 5 days = $575

How to book: Bookings will be accepted until 96 hours (4 days) before the program date. A medical and consent form for each child must be submitted 4 days in advance.

Book online: https://saltwaterschool.landsedge.com.au/school-holiday-programs/

Big Music Crows Nest School Holiday Camps

Big Music’s holiday camps run 9am-3pm daily in each week of the holidays, with three options:


The perfect way for younger kids (age 5+) to start their musical journey, the URE program gives them a chance to try a range of contemporary instruments including guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and keyboard.


Rock Shows are for kids who are ready to rock (age 9+ with at least one year’s musical experience). Working with inspiring professional musicians, kids join a real rock band and prepare for an awesome stage performance.


The Junior Rockers Holiday Show is designed for up-and-coming primary school-aged kids who either already play an instrument or have enjoyed the Ultimate Rock Experience and are now ready to take the next step. A short audition is required for first-timers. Working with inspiring professional musicians, kids join a real rock band and prepare for an awesome stage performance.


  • 25th-29th September
  • 3rd-6th October

Time: 9am – 3pm

Suited for: 5 – 17 years

Cost:  4 day program $500; 5 day program $625

Book: online – https://www.bigmusic.com.au/holiday-rock-camps;  e- info@bigmusic.com.au; ph (02) 8622 6550

Website: www.bigmusic.com.au

VT1 Martial Arts Ninja Holiday Camp

Enter a world of excitement and adventure at the VT1 Martial Arts Kids Ninja Camp! For all little warriors aged 6-12, this action-packed camp is designed to unleash your inner ninja and take your skills to new heights. Each day is packed with learning martial arts, performing acrobatics and mastering the use of different weapons.
There will be a lot of physical activity and running around so wear comfortable clothing.
Also bring your food and drinks needed for the day.
VT1 Martial Arts Academy
19b/390 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood NSW 2067
$95 per day or $270 for all 3 days
Dates and times:
Monday 25th Sept – Wednesday 27th Sept
9am to 4pm
Bookings: Register via email to info@vt1mma.com.au or by calling 9417 1001

BrightSparks Co Holiday Workshops, Crows Nest

School Holiday Workshops led by leading industry professionals are not to be missed. These ever-popular Singing and Acting workshops are a fun-filled, creatively inspired, performance-loving time! Don’t miss out!

Holiday Workshops, located in the uber cool and highly professional studios of Citadel Creative, 14 Hayberry St, Crows Nest. The workshops are an amazing opportunity, geared towards students who would like to dip their toe into the professional world of singing and acting.

Make a Play – Acting Workshop (7-10yrs)
When: Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th September
Time: 9am-3:30pm daily
What: Students spend 3 days being inspired and creative to come up with their very own play with costumes and a performance to boot!
Cost: $80 (plus GST) per day
To Book: https://www.brightsparksco.com/enrol-now/

Singing Masterclass – (9-13yrs)
When: Thursday 28th – Friday 29th September
What: Two fun-filled days of singing solos, and in harmonies, along with some groovy dance moves and drama games. This course develops solo and ensemble skills, vocal range and tone, musicality, stage craft and expression. Explore a range of genres from
pop, to rock, to musical theatre and allow our professional singing teachers to make your
voice soar!
Cost: $80 (plus GST) per day
To Book: https://www.brightsparksco.com/enrol-now/

Beauty and the Beast Musical Theatre Workshop (8-12yrs)
When: Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th October
Time: 9am-3:30pm daily
What: Be our guest and have the time of your life these holidays singing and acting the scenes and songs from Beauty and The Beast. Learn the songs and scenes and perform with costumes and props for the ultimate holiday workshop fun!
Cost: $80 (plus GST) per day
To Book: https://www.brightsparksco.com/enrol-now/

Public Speaking & Debating Holiday Workshops

Speaking Schools Australasia (SSA) offers short, impactful holiday workshops for students from Kindy to Year 9. These two and three-day programs are designed to help students build their debating and public speaking skills.

At SSA, they believe that every student, regardless of their experience or personality, has a charismatic speaker within them waiting to be discovered. Their coaches, who are not only experienced in debating and public speaking but also excel at creating a connection with each student, aim to bring out this hidden talent.

Their workshops are engaging, fun and focus on boosting the confidence of our students. Whether your child is an introvert or an extrovert, a novice or experienced, they provide a supportive environment that caters to all.

Join them these holidays and watch your child transform into a confident speaker!

Where: The Shore School (North Sydney), Knox Grammar School (Wahroonga), Online and other locations

Good to know: Supervision available; Creative Kids Vouchers accepted; Students need to bring food & drink.

Dates: 25 September 2023 to 6 October 2023

Times: Approx 9:00am to 3:00pm

Cost: From $230

Onyx Gymnastics, Mosman

Get ready for a fun filled themed day of awesome gymnastics, outdoor games, and cool crafts at Onyx Holiday Club!  Is your kid all about handstands, cartwheels, and flips? This is the place to be! They’ll be flipping into action and fine-tuning their moves on our equipment. Plus, they’ll dive into exciting games tied to each day’s theme, making friends and having a blast.

But that’s not all – there’s fresh air fun with outdoor activities, and every day brings a new craft project. Themes ranging from Cupcakes & Cartwheels to Halloween bash. Join us at Onyx Holiday Club for an epic time and unforgettable memories every day of the school break!

When: Monday 25th September – Friday 6th October

Where: 13A/1110 Middle Head Rd, Mosman , NSW 2088

Suited for: 4-10 years

Cost: $110 per day

Evolve Tennis presents the ULTIMATE KIDS HOLIDAY CAMP, Roseville

Evolve is bringing you the most exciting grassroots school holiday camps. Our team of dedicated coaches across both codes aim to give an experience like no other, offering a structured program which is key to delivering your child/children a quality array of Tennis & Football activities they will want to visit each and every school holidays. We cater for more children at our Camps than any other location on the Northern Shore and it comes as no surprise considering what’s on offer…

Extras: FREE Before & After Care (7.30am-9am & 3-5pm) Discounts for full week bookings…Free Pizza Lunch Fridays!!
Bookings: 1300 391 552
Website: https://evolvetennisacademy.com/book-now/

Netball Fun Skills Clinic (5-12 years old) Willoughby

Come and join the fun and learn some new netball skills at our one-day only holiday program for 5-12 year olds at Willoughby Courts run by experienced coaches from The Netball Crew and Cammeraygal Netball Club.  There is a half day or full day option and we offer a day filled with fun, netball skills and games with friends.  Places are limited so be quick to not miss out on this popular program. Bring your own lunch, snacks, drinks.  Meet some professional players too!

Date : Friday 6 October

Time : 9 am to 3pm or 9am to 12pm half day option.

Cost: $95 full day.  We accept Active Kids Vouchers.

Location: Northern Suburbs Netball Association, Small St Willoughby.

Booking link: Click to book in for our 5-12yrs Clinic!

Kids’ Disco, NORTHS Cammeray 

“Our kids disco is the perfect place for your children to let loose and have a blast. Our professional entertainer will be hosting and dancing the entire duration of the disco, ensuring that your kids stay entertained and engaged throughout. The entertainer will conduct a disco and popstar party where the children get to be POP STARS, teaching funky dance moves and encouraging them to do their own freestyle dance moves to the latest top 40 songs. Your child could even be picked to come up on stage or down the front to sing on real microphones! We also include a variety of musical activities.”

When: Oct 4.

Where: NORTHS, 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray

Time: Doors: 5.30 | Show: 6.00

Cost: $15 + $2 Booking fee

Booking: https://norths.com.au/events/kids-disco-bop-till-you-drop/

Please note: Parents or guardians are required to be present throughout the entire event – no ticket required.

Come & Try Orienteering, Willoughby

Orienteering is a navigation sport anyone aged 8 to 80 (or older) can get into. It combines a love of the outdoors with the challenge of finding your way with just a map and compass. It’s something anyone can do as it’s suitable for casual walkers to the superfit runner. Go it alone, or get a group together – it’s a great activity for families, and could be quite an adventure if you let the kids read the map (we’ll have experienced orienteers on hand to get you through). Courses range from 2km for beginners and young children right up to an 8km course for fit adults. Most courses take about an hour.

When: Saturday, 23 September 2023 | 09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: Willoughby Leisure Centre and surrounding parks, bush and suburbs, 2 Small Street, Willoughby

Website: https://www.emergefestival.com.au/Events/2023-Program/Come-Try-Orienteering

Patti The Pig – It’s Not All Rubbish Show

Teach your children about the importance of recycling from an early age! This fun, interactive show is a perfect way to learn about which household waste goes in which bin. Through age-appropriate story, song and dance, our activities will encourage children to understand the important role they play in looking after the environment.

This is a free performance. Spaces are limited and priority is given to Willoughby City Council residents. Please book tickets for the number of children attending (maximum 4). Parents and/or guardians do not need to book a ticket for themselves.

When: Monday, 25 September 2023 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: Chatswood Library, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Bookings: click here

School Holidays Bushland Adventure

A fun bushwalking challenge for primary aged children. Enter the wilderness and discover what the wildlife is saying. Learn how some of the species we rarely see are communicating and why this reserve was once so explosive! Kids will need snacks and a drink, a hat and suitable clothing for the weather and bushwalking.

When: Wednesday, 27 September 2023 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Meet opposite 42 Cammaray Road, Castle Cove.

Bookings: click here

Barista Foundations Course 

If you’re aged 15-24 and interested in working in cafes, restaurants or bars then you will need barista experience! Join this friendly introductory workshop to learn:
  • Espresso equipment and workflow.
  • What is espresso.
  • Espresso menu (For example, the difference between cappuccino, flat white and latte).
  • Milk texturing.
  • Hands-on service period which gives you the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt in a real life, live environment with the support of an experienced barista.

You will also learn transferable skills like customer service, communication and teamwork.

When: Wednesday, 27 September 2023 | 10:30 AM – 01:30 PM

Where: Chatswood Youth Centre, Cnr Victor Street and Albert Avenue, Chatswood

Website: click here

Room on the Broom, Chatswood 

Adapted from the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s books.

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand.

A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two!
When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

Following sell-out seasons across Australia, the team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up – and their grown-ups…

When: Friday, 29 September – Sunday, 01 October 2023

Where: Theatre at The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Website: (click here) 

The Gruffalo Live On Stage, Chatswood 

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups…

When: Monday, 02 October – Wednesday, 04 October

Where: Theatre at The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Website: (click here)

School Holiday Fun: Mike and Teddy’s Litter Awareness Show (4-7 years)

Join Mike the Lifeguard and special guest Teddy the Turtle as they use story, song and dance to teach us where our litter ends up! Litter travels from our parks, to our rivers and then to our oceans. This show will help children understand the impact litter has on the environment. Children are engaged with interactive activities and encouraged to share their stories on how to reduce their litter, especially with single use plastics.

This is a free performance. Spaces are limited and priority is given to Willoughby City Council residents. Please book tickets for the number of children attending (maximum 4). Parents and/or guardians do not need to book a ticket for themselves.

When: Thursday, 05 October 2023 | 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Where: Chatswood Library, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Bookings: (click here) 

Hello Kitty Live in Concert

The musicians Hello Kitty, Daniel, My Melody and Badbadtz-Maru – who have performed in concerts around the world – are preparing an incredibly perfect show as a gift to all their Australian friends!

The Ribbon Kingdom Symphony Concert proudly presents signature musical instruments including piano, violin, viola, cello and flute. Performing classical music that people are in love with.

When: Thursday, 05 October – Saturday, 07 October

Where: Concert Hall, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Website: (click here) 

Where is the Green Sheep Scavenger Hunt, North Sydney

Follow the clues to find the sheep around North Sydney in this scavenger hunt based on the popular children’s book by Mem Fox.

The Where is the Green Sheep? Scavenger Hunt is a great September-October school holiday activity for children and families.

From 25 September to 6 October, nine coloured sheep will be grazing around North Sydney, but can you find the green sheep? Scan the QR codes next to the sheep, and use the clues to work where the next one is located. Keep looking until you have the final clue and arrive at the last destination. Children will receive a free craft pack and sheep cookie when they reach the end.

It’s free to participate, and all locations are within walking distance of Stanton Library. Bookings are essential to join in.

When: 26 September – Oct 6

Where: Around Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street North Sydney

Register: (click here)

Family Spotlight Walk, Balls Head

Join the Bushland Team for a spotlight walk around Balls Head Reserve.

Join Anthony Stimson for an intimate wildlife show and tell to be followed by a spotlight walk around Balls Head Reserve with the Bushland Team to observe these animals in their natural habitat.

This is a free event. Bookings essential.

When: Sept 28 5.30pm

Booking: (click here) 

Fart books. Fart jokes. Fart sounds. It’s guaranteed to be a real stinker!

Join us for this informative — and smelly! — holiday session. Then make your very own whoopie cushion that’ll definitely blow you away.

Have a real stinker of a time as you learn all about bottom burps and natural gases. For 6-12 years.

Please book one ticket for each child attending.

When: Thursday 5 October 2023 11am – 12pm

Where: Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street North Sydney

Bookings: (click here

Sydney Fringe Festival’s Fringe Kids Program

Sydney Fringe Festival will present a vibrant line-up of shows across three spaces for Fringe Kids this September, including two weeks of school holiday programming at ARA Darling Quarter Theatre, in partnership with the Monkey Baa Theatre. Plus, the brand new Spiegeltent Festival Gardens at the Entertainment Quarter and the Hello Darling Tent at Darling Quarter are bringing high-energy entertainment in the daytime tailored for families and kids.

Tickets are on sale for the full program of events, with highlights spanning immersive theatre experiences, circus performances, dance, music and storytelling.


ARA Darling Quarter Theatre:

Wilbur the Optical Whale (29 – 30 September) will see audiences transported to an underwater world full of stunning circus tricks, digital imagery, lively music, and interactive play. Based on the book by Karen Lee Roberts, Wilbur the Optical Whale is an enchanting story where children are taken on an immersive journey to engage with the environment around them.

101 Ways to Annoy Your Parents and Other Really Old People (23 – 29 September) sees multi award-winning kids comedian Matty Grey bring his hilarious new show to Sydney.

A Wonderfully Wacky Wizard (24 – 25 September) is a hilarious high-energy show full of songs, dances and comedy. Let Winni Wizard take you on a journey as she tries to remember the true meaning of magic and prove that she’s still Wizard worthy.

Hello Darling Tent, Darling Quarter:

CaBox (24 September) is a free, sustainable and hands-on family event, encouraging creative recycling. Participants craft unique creations using cardboard, which they bring to the Boxwars battlefield. In a spirited frenzy, these creations are gleefully destroyed, resulting in a cardboard chaos that highlights the impermanence of their work.

Piccolo Ponies (23 – 24 September) will see Fairy Erin and Unicorn Piccolo sing and dance their way through Fairyland. Unicorn Piccolo, a real miniature pony, will showcase his tricks as the magical team discover how imagination can create endless possibilities of fun.

KABOOM! (23 September – 1 October) is a 60 minute science spectacular full of explosions, experiments and hilarity, brought to you by mad scientist Magnus Danger Magnus.

A Pocket Sized Circus (16 – 30 September) is a hilarious choose-your-own-adventure show featuring multi-award-winning showman Morgan James.

CIRCUS The Show (28 September – 1 October) is the latest trailblazer in children’s entertainment featuring world-class illusions, tumbling acrobats, highly skilled jugglers, breath-taking and elegant aerialists, and an endearing clown with his gigantic 6ft balloon.

Spiegeltent Festival Gardens, Entertainment Quarter:

Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Hall (9 September – 1 October) is a multi award-nominated high-energy dance session for under-fives. Join DJ Monski Mouse and her dancers as she plays retro hits and remixed nursery rhymes.

PreHysterical (2 September – 8 October) is a hilarious show for all ages following three foolish Neanderthals as they struggle to survive in a harsh world, featuring incredible circus tricks and tongue-in-cheek humour.

Dinosaur Time Machine (23 September – 1 October) is a unique theatrical production incorporating circus, puppetry and imaginative play for kids aged 3 – 9. Get up close and personal with a life-sized T-Rex and learn up-to-date science and fun dinosaur facts.

KABOOM! (3 – 8 October)

A Pocket Sized Circus (9 – 10 September)

CIRCUS The Show (3 – 8 October)

Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Sydney Olympic Park

The award-winning Jurassic World: The Exhibition is roaring into Sydney this Spring – just in time for the school holidays! Following its recent record- breaking engagements in cities around the world, this enormous and immersive experience celebrates 30 years of the franchise that began with the ground-breaking Jurassic Park film from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is a family-friendly exhibit of massive proportions. Visitors walk through the iconic “Jurassic World” gates, explore richly themed environments, encounter a life-sized brachiosaurus, velociraptors, and the most fearsome dinosaur of all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

When: Opens Friday, 22 September 2023 (for a limited time)

Where: SuperLuna Pavilion, Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park.

Times:  Mon-Thurs: 10 am to 7 pm; Fri: 10 am to 8 pm; Sat & Sun: 9 am to 8 pm (Last entry 1 hour before the doors close).

Cost: Admission to Jurassic World: The Exhibition starts at $39 for children (ages three and up) and $49 for adults (ages 16 and up). Family, group, senior and student tickets are also available.

Booking: jurassicworldexhibition.com.au

Shrek the Musical, Belrose

The story of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and many other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is a Tony Award-winning musical comedy adventure that is guaranteed fun for the whole family!

Join Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Dragon, the evil Lord Farquaad and all of your favourite fairytale characters as they show us that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.


Where: Glen Street Theatre

When: Sat 23 Sep – 30 Sep (see the website for times)

Cost: $40 – $59

Booking: https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/shrek-musical

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Bush Kids Activities

Get your young ones to step into nature at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives and enjoy the great outdoors with adventure-based play activities these spring school holidays. The Bush Kids program is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Depending on the session you choose, your kids could be learning bush survival skills, bushcraft and camping and so much more. Visit the Ku-ring-gai Council website for further details.
Location: 420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives
Cost: $70 per child.
Book by clicking here



The Inflatable, Wave Pool and Giant Slide at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

Summer is the best time of the year at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre with the opening of their Giant Slide and Inflatable obstacle course. Whether you’re swimming laps or want to splash around with the kids, there’s plenty of room for everyone. Don’t miss the 40m wave pool, giant blow-up obstacle course, water slides and more.

The Wave Pool operates on School Holiday and Public Holidays from 10.15 am until 4.40 pm.
The Giant Slide operates on School Holiday and Public Holidays from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.
The Inflatable operates every day during school holidays from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Note: These times are subject to change without notice.

Conditions of Use: A swimming assessment must be successfully completed and a wristband provided by the assessor before being permitted on the obstacle course.

Where: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

When: Daily (School Holidays), 10:00am – 3:00pm (The Inflatable) and 10:00am – 5:00pm (The Giant Slide)

Tickets: From $7.10 


Water Slide and Lazy River at the Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Slip and slide your way through summer at Sydney Olympic Park’s Aquatic Centre. Found in the heated indoor leisure area, the Water Slide is the perfect addition to this water wonderland. Make your way up to the top and take a moment to look out over the pools before bracing yourself as you slide down.

Where: Aquatic Centre, Olympic Boulevard Sydney Olympic Park

When: Daily (School Holidays), 10:00am – 7:00pm

Tickets: Included in pool admission – from $6.60


The Coal Loader Kids Trail

The Coal Loader
Image: The Coal Loader

If you’re searching for something fun (and free!) to do with the kids, have a look at the kids’ trail on The Coal Loader website. It’s a mobile-friendly, self-timed way for your kids to explore the great outdoors whilst finding listed items and answering fun questions. They’ll uncover the site’s history, all its sustainability features, native planting, food gardens, bats, chickens and more. All you have to do is head to their website and use your mobile to navigate the trail. Easy!

Paper Planet, Sydney Opera House

Kids and their carers can embark on a whimsical journey amidst a magical forest of cardboard trees at Paper Planet. Theatre and arts seamlessly blend in these 60-minute sensory play sessions, where creatures, plants, costumes and adventures spring to life. After exploring the space, kids can add to the strange and delicate planet using only paper, tape and their imaginations. 

When: 23 September – 7 October, 9.30am-3pm

Where: Sydney Opera House

Price: From $10

Website: https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/paper-planet 

Dinosaur Festival at the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is open every day of the school holidays with an exciting program of free educational activities for the young ones. From October 3-8, they’ll be running a Dinosaur Festival celebrating the Earth’s ancient reptilian beasts and the world they inhabited.

Bring the kids along for live science shows, performances by a singing palaeontologist, a T. rex autopsy, palaeo illustration workshops, as well as a brand-new Hologram Dinosaurs experience. Times vary for each session with the full program available on the Australian Museum website. 

When: 3-8 October, 10.30am-3.30pm

Where: The Australian Museum

Price: Free general entry

Website: https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/ 

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies

Tinkerbell is flying into the Royal Botanic Gardens for a magical quest with the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The fairies will embark on a quest to find Tinkerbell’s lost wings, guided by song and dance. You and your little ones are invited to join this sparkling adventure by dressing up as a fairy, elf, Jedi, pirate or superhero. 

When: The Royal Botanic Garden

Where: 23 September – 8 October: Tues and Wed 10am, Thur to Sat 10am + 1.30pm, Sun 11am

Price: $25-30

Website: https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/tinkerbell-and-the-dream-fairies 

Beauty and the Beast the Musical

Be Disney’s guest at the Australian debut of Disney’s Broadway hit, Beauty and the Beast. This tale as old as time has been reimagined with new sets, costumes and modern technology, yet still boasts all the spectacle and grandeur audiences know and love. Introduce the kids to Oscar-winning and Tony award-nominated scores including ‘Belle’, ‘Gaston’, ‘Human Again’ and ‘Be Our Guest’, with tickets starting from just $50. 

When: 14 June – 22 October

Where: Capitol Theatre, Haymarket

Price: $50-130

Website: https://www.capitoltheatre.com.au/beauty-and-the-beast-the-musical/

Wicked the Musical

This blockbuster Broadway music is flying back to Sydney just in time for the school holidays. Wicked tells the untold stories of the Witches of Oz with spectacular visual effects, captivating storytelling and a memorable soundtrack. Bring the kids along to meet Dorothy, Elphaba and the Wicked Witch of the West as they sing and dance their way through Oz in this magical musical theatre production.

When: Sydney Lyric, Pyrmont

Where: August – December 2023

Price: TBC

Website: https://wickedthemusical.com.au/tickets/sydney/

Disney Princess – The Concert

Dress up in your favourite royal attire for the Sydney debut of Disney Princess – The Concert. This enchanting performance brings the music of Disney’s princesses from Broadway, television and animated film to life on stage with larger-than-life animation and theatrical effects. Make your kids’ dreams come true by surprising them with tickets to one of the two exclusive Sydney performances.

When: 4 October, 7pm; 5 October, 3pm + 7pm

Where: Enmore Theatre

Price: $79-139

Website: https://www.disneyconcerts.com/princess/

Kids Climbs at Bridge Climb

Take the school holiday fun to new heights with 48% off Kids Climbs at Bridge Climb. Equipped with special suits and safety gear, they’ll scale the iconic arches while learning stories about its history and engineering. 

When: 23 September – 8 October

Where: 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Price: $99

Website: https://www.bridgeclimb.com/climbs-prices/whats-on/school-holiday-special-offer

Candyland at The Grounds

Dine in at The Grounds these holidays and experience the latest amazing installation – Candyland!

“Step through our gates and adventure into a world of pure sugary imagination at The Grounds where every corner is filled with something sweet.

Indulge in a confectionary journey bound to leave you with an ever lasting sugar high while surrounded by towering lollipop towers, glowing candy neons, cupcakes and even a giant gumball machine.

If that’s not sweet enough for you, join us in The Cafe and in The Potting Shed for limited edition sweet treats and drinks that are sure to leave your dentist asking you, what happened?

The sweetness won’t last forever though, so make sure you book your trip in advance to avoid missing out on all that candy!”

When: Until mid October

Where: The Grounds 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Website: https://thegrounds.com.au/candyland/

Manly Waterworks

An iconic outdoor playground like no other located right in the heart of Manly where the kids can have fun sliding away while you watch on from the spectator deck with friends – or – join the fun yourself!

We are so excited to be open again for sliding fun! We are open every weekend and everyday during NSW school holidays.


Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm

Weekdays CLOSED (open everyday during NSW school holidays)

We can’t wait to welcome you back onto the slides or to host your birthday parties!

Please note that bookings are required for groups of ten or more.

Fore more information visit http://www.manlywaterworks.com.au/

We’ll keep adding to the WL School Holiday Guide as more activities pop up, so keep checking back in. If you know of or run a school holiday activity you’d like added, please get in touch via info@thelivingcollective.com.au