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10 School Holiday Activities in Sydney

Winter school holidays are just around the corner and Sydney’s kid-friendly events calendar is filling up with plenty of options that your children will love. Here are 10 of the best school holiday activities in and around central Sydney.

1. Let out your inner ninja

If you find your kids slugging around during the school holidays, take them to Ninja 101 in Wetherill Park to get them energised. With obstacle courses, a climbing wall and ninja fit classes, your kids will absolutely love this place!

2. Discover life under the sea 

Meet penguins, dugongs, sharks, rays and more species of fish than you can poke a stick at when you visit the Sealife Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour. Regular daily talks add to the fun and provide plenty of opportunity for learning about life in the ocean.

3. Learn about the night sky

Get your kid's heads out of their game consoles and into the night sky with activites at Sydney Observatory. They'll create their own woven star constellation and learn how to record weather. This one is for any kid who loves to learn. Find out more here.

4. Hunt for treasure at Paddy’s Markets

These sprawling markets in Haymarket are a Sydney institution, bustling with every kind of stall imaginable. They’re well known for their affordability so chances are you'll find a exciting toy for your kids or something delicious to eat for less than $10.

5. Explore The Royal Botanic Garden

The beautiful gardens are hosting different activities every day, including a garden disco, plant craft and monster hunt. While the kids are busy, parents can enjoy high tea in the garden’s beautiful Calyx, home to Australia’s largest and most spectacular green wall. Discover what's on during the school holidays.

6. Discover Sydney's hidden treats with a Scavenger Hunt

There's so much more to Sydney than the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Uncover Sydney's secrets with a scavenger hunt! Eight clever clues will guide you around the Sydney CBD, adding a layer of fun and friendly competition. Find out more here.

7. Learn about film and television

The Australian Film Television and Radio School is hosting an excellent selection of courses these school holidays. If you have an aspiring actor, writer, animator or make-up artist in the family, this is the place to take them.

8. Sightsee on Sydney Ferries

Sydney Ferries traverse some of the most picturesque routes in the world, passing under Sydney Harbour Bridge, alongside the Sydney Opera House and into the picturesque harbor at Manly. Jump on one at Barangaroo or Circular Quay and enjoy the ride.

9. Forage for Food at Carriageworks Farmers Market

Every Saturday morning, Carriageworks fills up with over 100 producers selling everything from freshly ground coffee to handmade chocolates and fresh from the oven bread. Go for breakfast and stay for lunch, giving yourself ample opportunity to sample all the most enticing options.

10. Munch on popcorn at Event Cinemas George Street

UglyDolls, The Angry Birds Movie 2, Dora & the Lost City of Gold and Abominable are all opening just in time for the school holidays, cementing a trip to the movies as a perfect rainy day option.

If you’re visiting from out of town and wondering where to stay, look no further than Rendezvous Sydney Central, perfectly located an easy walk – or a quick, rainy day train ride - away from all of them.

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