What to do in Sydney these school holidays

There's plenty to keep the kids entertained.

Keeping the kids entertained in the school holidays can be tricky business, so we’ve done the hard work for you.

We’ve rounded up everything you need to keep your kids occupied in the summer holidays. School is out for most NSW kids from Thursday 20 December to Monday 28 January 2019.

Kids at the Library

Summer Reading Club

The free annual program for kids 3 to 17 years inspires imaginations and instils a love of libraries and reading.

Get reading and join club members from more than 1,000 libraries around Australia.

Until Thursday 31 January

Drop-in activity room, Australian Museum: Wild About Whales

Weave whales and other sea creatures using recycled materials including ghost nets and marine debris. The activity held at the Australian Museum is part of the Whales | Tohorā exhibition.

Wednesday 2 January to Friday 25 January 2019

Sydney Dance Company workshops

Spend this summer on the dancefloor. Workshops are for beginner to intermediate dancers and cover a variety of different styles.

Wednesday 2 January to Friday 25 January

The Wind in the Willows

Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly, and, of course, the famous Mr Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s timeless classic to life. Held at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, this critically acclaimed outdoor production has been a favourite with Sydney audiences for 16 years.

Saturday 5 January to Sunday 27 January

Riding at Sydney Park

Balance bike clinics

Get your child cycling with confidence.

Every Saturday (excluding 29 December). Additional school holiday dates: Monday 14 January, Tuesday 15 January, Wednesday 16 January, Monday 21 January, Tuesday 22 January and Wednesday 23 January 2019

The Jungle Book: The Next Chapter

A brand-new production of Rudyard Kipling’s children’s classic is on at Vaucluse House. The concert-style show features original songs, interactive fun and multimedia.

Thursday 10 January to Saturday 27 January

Cooking workshop

Got a mini chef on your hands? Take them to a cooking workshop taught by a professional chef. Kids will learn the basics of cooking, eat what they prepare and take home a cookbook with recipes.

Tuesday 15 January to Thursday 17 January

Creative Kids Code

Develop problem solving skills and creative confidence in your kids. The course offers <2 days of coding, constructing and creating. Kids will explore STEAM education through hands-on design and digital challenges.

Monday 14 January to Tuesday 15 January

Augmented Reality Sandbox

Head to Customs House to experience a sandpit like no other. Build mountains, valleys, rivers and even volcanoes using real sand and 3D visualisation technology. The interactive experience is part of the Cartographica – Sydney on the map exhibition.

Wednesday 16 January, Saturday 19 January, Tuesday 22 January, Saturday 2 February and 16 February

Victoria Park Pool

Visit an aquatic centre

Cool down these summer school holidays at a City of Sydney aquatic centre.

Open everyday, excluding Christmas Day.

Urza and the Song in the Dark

City of Sydney libraries will host a special performance combining shadow puppetry and live music. Discover the story of a mysterious song that leads a young girl, Urza, on an adventure into the depths of the earth.

Wednesday 23 January to Friday 25 January

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