WHAT’S ON / TOP THINGS TO DO THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS / SEPTEMBER 27th, 2019
Yep, its that time of term again, the school holidays! Personally, we are so excited for slower days, sleep-ins, sunshine book reading, and many a crafternoon. The school holidays herald a much needed exhale for all our little and not so little ones, a time to recharge, have fun and enjoy the freedom and possibilities that come with the holidays.
Whilst it is nice to have some family downtime (and to not pack school lunches for a minute) the school holidays are also a fabulous opportunity to get out and about in your community and partake in exciting new adventures, workshops, and experiences. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of a few of our favourite activities from all around Australia so that you and yours can be inspired to check out a little something new this holidays!
CASTLE & CUBBY MINI VILLAGE
If you happen to be in the Northern Rivers this holidays a visit to our sustainable Castle and Cubby mini village in Newrybar is a must! A community project for all the golden little people to play in and their parents to enjoy! Watch your kids learn through play as they serve you bread from the mini Harvest bakery and shopkeep busily at mini Newrybar Merchants. An extraordinary experience for all, if we do say so ourselves!
in Sydney is running some amazing workshops that are sure to keep all those curious little minds (and hands) busy!
Dates: 28 September 2019 – 13 October 2019
Tinkertoreum returns to the Powerhouse Museum these spring school holidays with a mission that will take you to the Moon and beyond!
Kids can take part in a series of tinkering challenges to help start new habitats in space and will love building Moon Buggies to race down the Moonscape terrain.
Journey through the various space features at the Museum, from Mars Yard and the Apollo 11 exhibition to the Museum of the Moon and the permanent Space exhibit — completing challenges (or space missions) along the way.
Dates: 3 Oct
This is a one-day workshop.
Let your imagination go wild. Use a variety of different materials and techniques to build your own cardboard constructions. Armed with a variety of tools learners will be guided and encouraged to express their creativity. Learners take their creations home with them.
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS SYDNEY
Why not spend a day in Sydney’s beautiful botanic gardens and partake in one of their amazing nature-based workshops?
Dates: 1st, 2nd & 3rd October 2019
Come on a magical journey through the gardens as we meet some mischievous and magical creatures from the hidden world of the fairies. They will lead you through the gardens and share secrets of the fairy world and how they live secretly amongst humans.
Find out about the different plants and animals that the fairies live and work with inharmony and learn how we can do the same. Come dressed as a fairy and make your own fairy nature wand from the treasures you find on your way.
Dates: 3rd 0ct -8th Oct
Kids have lots of creative and active fun in the Garden with our professional, enthusiastic educators!
This all-day school holiday program is full of fun and adventures in the Garden. Kids spend the day exploring the garden and connecting with nature!
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Immerse your family in the arts-based programs that the opera house has to offer these holidays. From Mozart to roaring dinosaurs, they have something for everyone!
Dates: Friday 4 October to Sunday 13 October 2019
Watch with delight as renowned Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi assumes the persona of the musical wunderkind himself, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on this journey into the music behind the man.
Joined by his wife and muse, Constanze for an introduction to Mozart’s music, from variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ to his major compositions. Little music lovers will meet all the instruments in the ensemble along the way, and discover some of Mozart’s best known and loved classical music.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo
Dates – Entire NSW school holidays
Journey back in time and meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet, in this uniquely entertaining and educational performance experience.
The amazing array of creatures from bygone eras are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly! Kids will have the opportunity to get up close and personal while connecting to the real science of paleontology and having loads of fun along the way.
ART GALLERY OF NSW
The art gallery of NSW offers some arty hands-on school holiday programs with eco-friendly themes. This Spring they are working with water, flowers, and clay – florals for spring, genius we know!
Dates: Wednesday 2 & 9 October 2019
Taking inspiration from works in the exhibition In one drop of water, let’s look at water and the creatures who live in water. We will add plants and flowers and the shapes of the ocean to create a fun watery themed clay frieze.
Family Portrait Fun
Dates: 15 JUN 2019 – 20 OCT 2019
GOMA is offering some portrait inspired fun this holidays via Ben Quilty’s “Family portrait” exhibition. This interactive exhibit encourages children and families to explore the art of portraiture in an artist studio setting. As part of ‘Family Portrait’, you can draw a portrait of a family member or a friend following an instructional video with tips from his daughter Olivia, play with colour and distortion to create a digital self-portrait, and experience Ben’s work in a new way through painting replicas that you can touch.
SIR THOMAS BRISBANE PLANETARIUM
Why not pack everyone up and head for a night viewing of the solar system and the world beyond. The planetarium has many interactive tours and experiences offered daily during the holidays including workshops about Aliens, dragons & the solar system.
BRISBANE BOTANIC GARDENS
This dreamy botanic garden is spectacular and the amazing opportunities they offer during the holidays are a must-do.This holidays they are offering a beautiful exhibition at their on site art centre that features the works of local children’s authors!
Children’s story art: an exhibition presented by book link
Dates: 9-13 Oct 2019
Held at the Richard Randal art studio within the botanic gardens.
The works of three prominent artists in the field of children’s literature will be on view. All three artists are renowned for their magical illustrations and their individuality of expression.
WHAM BAM THANK YOU FAM!
An indoor day party in a kewl Footscray venue that wants your kids to be kings and queens of the dance floor? Where you can have a beer and not worry about judgey looks from other patrons when your children run amok? Jerome Borazio of Laneway Festival and Castle and Cubby friend, Mikey Cahill, are putting on their second WBTYF Rocktober Event after the success of their first event last month.
There’s DJ lessons, pizza making classes, a kombucha bar, kids yoga, tattoos for youg rockers and the new boardgames and bangers room. Best of all, it’s done and dusted by 5pm for that all important get-the-tykes-home-for-dinner-bath-bed-routine.
Dates: Sunday 6th October
BOTANIC GARDENS VICTORIA
A perfect place to Embrace the warming sun in Melbourne. Here you will find many fun and family-focused nature play activities. These fun nature-based school holiday activities are designed to stimulate the senses and enliven the soul.
Flower Crown and Potion Making
Dates: Wed 2 Oct
Come ready to explore, play and create, and observe the delights of spring. Weave your own flower crown, concoct herbaceous potions, or relax in the designated quiet place away from the noise but not the fun.
MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL
Dates: 12 September– 20 October.
The Wonderland Spiegeltent, a vintage 19th-century Belgian traveling circus tent, will roll into Melbourne complete with a world-class line-up of family shows along with thrilling rides, nostalgic amusements and carnival-style treats for all ages. A dedicated Spring School Holidays program will be on offer featuring family-friendly circus, acrobatics, magic, and adventure shows.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART | HEIDE
Heides sculpture park is an immersive adventure for everyone but is particularly great for little ones! The museum of Modern art is sure to capture your heart and minds for a whole day!
Experience the SOLVE THE SCULPTURE MYSTERY walk.
Who doesn’t love to spend hours roaming the halls of the NGV big or little alike! This school holidays they have a particularly fun exhibit worth checking out, especially if you have older children.
Dates:20 September 2019 – 13 April 2020
PLAYTIME is a free and immersive exhibition for children featuring American artist KAWS’s signature character BFF and artwork referencing his popular toy-like figures. This exhibition encourages creativity and exploration through hands-on activities and interactive experiences.
LITTLE GREEN THUMBS WORKSHOP
Get your gardening gear on for the City’s Little Green Thumb Workshops in Forrest Place this school holidays. With a focus on everything green and nature-based, the little green thumbs workshops are a must.
Featuring various garden and spring-themed workshops, the little ones can learn about the Noongar six seasons, make their own terrarium mini-garden, get up close to some garden critters and much more.
Become king or queen of the garden by making your very own wearable flower crown!
Make and take home your own terrarium mini garden that can live indoors.
Get creative and create your own pet rock bug to take home.
Noongar Six Seasons
Learn about the Noongar six seasons, our amazing plants, animals and how they provide bush tucker and medicine.
Seed Saving + Origami Seed Packets
Learn how to save seeds from mature plants like basil, sunflower, and create simple origami from recycled paper to make a neat little pocket to store your seeds in.
Create your own recycled egg carton garden; take it home and watch it sprout!
Insects and Bee Hotel
Meet a range of friendly insects and learn about the vital roles our critters play in the foods we love! Create and take home your own bee hotel to hang in the garden.
RIO TINTO NATURESCAPE
Enjoy the Nature scape playground in Kings park.
Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park is a place for children to connect with nature and learn to appreciate the unique Western Australian environment.
Join us to brave the heights of The Bungarra and The Python, wade in the new Paperbark Waterhole, get caught in a web in The Tangle, disappear down The Burrow and build your best-ever cubby. Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park is the perfect place for kids to connect with nature and have fun outdoors.