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School Holiday Ideas

If you’re a parent, nearing the end of the school holidays has its pros and cons. You can start to see days without kids when you will be able to sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee; when your clean house won’t deteriorate within hours. However, you are also probably noticing that you are running out of activities that will keep the kids entertained. There are only so many times you can head to the local park, or play games in the backyard. Maybe your kids are turning into video game zombies and it’s time to get them outside.

Sydney School Holiday Ideas

Whatever the case, there are plenty of things to do in Sydney for the whole family. To help you survive the last weeks of the school holidays, we have put together this guide to some creative ideas that will not only pass the days, but will have everyone smiling. 

Visit Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a hive of activity where you can easily spend a whole day. There is a wide range of events happening over the school holidays for all age groups. Get up close and personal with some furry friends at the Wildlife Sydney Zoo. Or, if your little tackers are more interested in creatures of the underwater variety, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is showcasing sharks in its current program so they can explore what Sydney Harbour looks like below the surface. When everyone gets hungry, have a picnic at one of the many green parks and gardens. Then as the sun starts to go down, head along to the Nightowl’s Kids Film Festival which is showing loads of family favourite flicks up until January 25th.  

Consider a day of family boat hire

There’s nothing like a day out on the water, and Sydney Charter Boat has a vessel that is perfect for letting the kids play crew for a day. The Hoochie Mumma is a boat that is decked out for groups, and has a large and spacious deck for games and activities. There are two levels, and a BBQ on board, so let the kids bring their friends and create a day they won’t forget. The rear of the boat has a wide beam which gives easy access into the water for a refreshing dip. Everyone can go for a swim while staff prepare the BBQ. Then, sit back and watch the historical and picturesque sites of Sydney go by.  

Hoochie Mumma Boat Hire

Tackle the Bondi to Manly walk

If you are looking for something to tire the kids out, then you should consider the Bondi to Manly walk (although, probably not the whole thing). The entire distance runs 80 kilometres and is usually tackled over multiple days, but there are lots of sections that are friendly for little legs, and have stunning beaches dotted along the way. You might like to try walking from Bondi to Bronte, and stop for fish and chips at the end before heading back. Another option is the Barrenjoey lighthouse walk in Kuringai national park. This stunning headland walk is something everyone should do at least once. Be sure to take a camera. Whatever section you walk, you can be guaranteed that the kids will sleep well that night. 

Volunteer in the community

There are a number of opportunities families to get directly involved in a cause by volunteering together in Sydney. While many programs are only available to adults, some activities are well suited to kids and teens as well. We’ve listed a few ideas below –

Taronga Zoo
Do your kids have a genuine interest in animals? Throughout all school holidays and occasionally during the school term opportunities exist for energetic young people to learn about all aspects of Taronga zoo through volunteering.
https://taronga.org.au/get-involved/volunteers

Conservation Volunteers
No prior experience is necessary, just a love for the environment and reasonable health and fitness to get active outdoors.
http://conservationvolunteers.com.au/get- involved/volunteer/

RSPCA
Volunteers play an integral role helping to support RSPCA NSW work improving animal welfare and providing protection from cruelty and neglect.
https://www.rspcansw.org.au/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/

Inner West Council
The council has a number of student friendly volunteer options aimed at preserving local native vegetation and wildlife – bushcare, microbat monitoring, nursery operations and field surveying local birdlife.
https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/environment-and-sustainability/wildlife-and-natural- areas/volunteering

Landcare
Assist with tree planting and looking after the land.
https://landcareaustralia.org.au/landcare-get-involved/

School Holiday Volunteering Ideas

As you start to count down the final days of the holidays, make sure to get out and get involved in some of the beautiful scenery and activities that Sydney has to offer.  If you would like to know more about charter boat packages that will suit your family and friends during the school holidays or beyond, get in touch with the helpful team at Sydney Charter Boat today!