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Aliens, dinosaurs and adventures: Top 5 things to do in Sydney for the school holidays

School holidays

There’s little chance of hearing the words “I’m bored” over the summer, with a huge range of activities for kids to get stuck into during the holidays. There’s crafty fun, sporty thrills, the chance to tackle the performing arts and smart-thinking science-themed workshops to keep young minds occupied until school starts again.


  1. Star Wars Identities

The Powerhouse Museum is running a Star Wars-themed interactive exhibition featuring 200 objects including costumes, props and artworks, and invites visitors to imagine themselves as their very own character from the beloved franchise. Alongside this are school-holiday workshops where kids can build their own droids, learn stop-motion animation and create sound effects that would be a match for a galaxy far, far away. Activities run December 17­ – January 24 and are free with exhibition admission. For ages 5-13.


  1. Tuff Nutterz

With a name like that, you know this is going to be a rough-and-tumble affair. Tuff Nutterz is a 270-metre obstacle course featuring many twists and turns to thrill – and wear out – the kids. For ages 8 and above, the sites will also have jumping castles for younger kids, and food trucks and picnic tables. It’ll be at Nolan Reserve, Manly, January 4-6 and Centennial Park over January 18-20.


  1. Rise of the Tarongasaurs

Taronga Zoo is home to whole host of amazing animals – including the addition every summer of some certain prehistoric characters. There will be 10 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs roaming the park, including the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex and Raptor, and kids can follow a special Dino Trail, hear twice-daily dinosaur keeper talks and take part in a fossil dig. Free with zoo admission. Runs until February 3. 


  1. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre workshops

Youngsters can embrace their creative flair with a number of imagination-sparking workshops running across January. There’s crafty playgroups for littlies aged 2-5, clay, art and drawing workshops for older kids, dance camps for 6-9 year olds and drama camps for 10-12 year olds. Most activities are two-day workshops, prices vary. For full details, see 


  1. Sydney Olympic Park Kids in the Park

There’s a whole heap of fun and fascinating things to do across Olympic Park’s many venues. As well as sporting feats such as diving clinics, gymnastics, archery, basketball, soccer school and trapeze lessons, there’s also activities focused around learning. Its Fizzics Education program is running a number of one-day workshops exploring areas such as engineering, and “gross and gory science”, where kids get delve into making some yucky stuff. Ages and prices vary, for full program details see



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