There’s only so many times you can take the kids to the beach and movies during the six-week school holiday break. Thankfully there’s plenty happening around town to keep them engaged and entertained. They might even learn something.
Plants With Bite at the Royal Botanic Garden
Explore the fascinating world of carnivorous plants at the Royal Botanic Garden with 45-minute educational workshops on the last Sunday of every month during summer. Kids will learn about the evolution of these plants, how they catch their prey, and how to care for them – which is handy, as they’ll get to take home their very own Venus flytrap at the end of the workshop. General admission is $35 and $18 for kids under 13.
Taste of Bush School at Centennial Parklands
There’s no better time of year for being outdoors, and attendance at Centennial Park’s Taste of Bush School is a great excuse to get the kids unplugged and actively engaged with nature. Join the education rangers in Centennial Parklands for a day of climbing trees, building cubbies, and outdoor exploration in this one-of-a-kind program. There are two sessions happening, on Monday January 13 and Friday January 24. For kids two-and-a-half to five years. Tickets are $35 and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Outdoor Cinema at Sydney Olympic Park
Catch a whole bunch of kids’ movies for free at the Outdoor Cinema at Olympic Park these school holidays. Watch Pixar hits such as Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2, or get nostalgic with the live-action remakes of Disney films including Aladdin and Dumbo. Pre-register for a free spot on the lawn, where you can BYO beanbags or hire one when you get there. The Outdoor Cinema runs from January 4 to 19.
Kids Workshops with ClassBento
Online portal ClassBento is offering hundreds of classes and workshops that’ll teach your kids hands-on skills, to inspire and get them moving. Help your little one perfect their kick-flip by booking them into a skateboarding class, or burn up extra energy at a hula-hooping workshop. There are also chocolate-making lessons, superhero-themed craft parties and even drumming courses. Plus, if you have a group of kids, some providers will come to you so you can avoid dragging big groups across the city.
Sydney Dance Company Workshops
Get your kids pirouetting, pivoting and popping across stage with workshops from Sydney Dance Company. Its courses are suitable for all skill levels and are held at the Ultimo studio and the Pavilion at Bondi Beach. Aspiring dancers can learn contemporary, jazz and hip-hop styles, and will be taught an original routine over the course of two days. Workshops cost $180.
Cosplay Principles at the Powerhouse Museum
Let your child show their love for their favourite book, movie, TV show or game, with a prop-making course at the Powerhouse. Whether they love Harry Potter or Game of Thrones, Frozen or The Incredibles, your kids will get to take home a prop they’ve made themselves, based on their favourite pop culture universe. During the workshop they’ll learn some pretty nifty tricks from the museum’s educators, including how to shape thermoplastic using heat guns. Tickets are $110 and you can throw in lunch for an extra $11. There are two workshops for kids aged 10 to 12, on Friday January 10 and Monday January 20, 10am–4pm.
Free Kids Tours at The State Library
The State Library is running free 90-minute tours for kids every weekday at 11am, from Monday January 13 to Friday January 24. Library guides will show off their favourite spots in the building, along with cool and interesting artefacts. No bookings required.
Opera House Junior Adventure Tour
In this behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House, kids will be guided through the building’s theatres and backstage areas. They’ll learn a bit of history, take part in interactive activities and dress up in theatrical costumes to pose with stage props. The one-hour tours run Janu-ary 6 to 26 and cost $22.