Top 10 Summer Holiday Activities for kids in Sydney (with an educational twist!)
As much as we love holidays, it can be a bit of a challenge to find things to do that the whole family will enjoy, especially the kids. Holidays are a great time to take learning outside the classroom and participate in live and interactive events that are exciting and educational. We have compiled a list of 10 super activities for children and parents to attend in Sydney these holidays (in no particular order). Check out the list, complete with times, dates and websites below. Happy holidays!
1) Lego Murals on the Opera house
Where: WESTERN FOYER, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
When: 3 JAN – 25 JAN 2014, 10AM – 4PM
More info: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/kath2012/creative_play.aspx
Imagine your children were given free rein to create a Lego artwork using two walls of our beautiful Sydney Opera House as their blank canvas.
This summer that extraordinary scenario will become a reality. Over three weeks from January 3 – 25 two key walls inside the House will be turned over to kids for Creative Play, a free project that will see children and artists working together to build two gigantic Lego murals on the walls of the Playhouse foyer. More than 200,000 pieces of Lego in different colours and sizes have been ordered from Denmark so that children as young as four can work with the artists to create two large-scale 3-D installations, with a platform ensuring the mural can reach as high as 3.5 metres.
2) Hairy Maclary And Friends
Where: PLAYHOUSE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
When: 17 DECEMBER 2013 – 19 JANUARY 2014
After a sell-out international tour Hairy Maclary and Friends returns to the Sydney Opera House in this interactive stage adaptation of the much-loved Hairy Maclary children’s books, by celebrated writer, Lynley Dodd.
This magical production features much-loved characters, Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse, Bottomley Potts, covered in spots, Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town.
3) Glow In The Dark – All Day Science Workshop
Where: SYDNEY POWERHOUSE
When: 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 JANUARY 2014. 9.30am – 4pm (Booking essential)
More info: http://play.powerhousemuseum.com/whats-on/science-workshops/
In this hands-on workshop, budding young scientists will explore some of the scientific principles on how and why things glow! Included is some amazing glow-in-the-dark stuff to take home including slime, sun-changing beads, chalk and a UV torch!
4) Sydney Story Factory Christmas Pantomine
Where: 107 PROJECTS, 107 REDFERN ST, REDFERN
6pm, THURSDAY 12th DECEMBER
6pm, FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER
2:30pm, SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER
More info: http://www.sydneystoryfactory.org.au/join-us-for-a-christmas-pantomime-youll-never-forget/
Sydney Story Factory’s talented students have written a panto, which will be performed across the street from their home at Redfern’s 107 Projects. It’ll be witty, wicked and wildly creative. Kids and adult volunteers from the writing centre will be performing the show, with all proceeds from the event going to the not-for-profit centre. Tickets will be available on the door.
Want to know what it’s about? The horrors of your first day at school, of course. There will be forgetful fairy-tale characters, torturous NAPLAN tests and the villainous Mr Sinister.
5) We’re Going On A Bear Hunt! Live On Stage
Where: DRAMA THEATRE, OPERA HOUSE
When: 11-29 DECEMBER, 2013.
More info: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/were_going_on_a_bear_hunt.aspx
The classic, award-winning book by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury comes to life direct from London’s West End.
Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog as they wade through swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and thick oozy, squelchy mud, on their quest to find a bear.
6) Babies Proms: The Little Drummer Boy
Where: CONCERT HALL, OPERA HOUSE
When: 29 NOVEMBER – 21 DECEMBER, 2013.
More info: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/kath/the_little_drummer_boy.aspx
Since its publication in 1941, The Little Drummer Boy has been counted among the most popular Christmas carols. The story of a young boy who offers baby Jesus the gift of music reminds us all that simple gifts are often the best!
This unique concert offers an introduction to rhythm and percussion, exploring a number of classic Christmas carols. Children will learn about different percussion instruments, and even have an opportunity to play along with the Babies Proms ensemble on a drum of their own!
7) Kids In The Park
Where: SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
When: 21 DECEMBER 2013 to 27 JANUARY 2014
More info: http://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/whats_on/kids_in_the_park
Kids in the Park is massive fun for kids of all ages, whatever their passion. School holiday activities happen every day from 21 December 2013 to 27 January 2014 at Sydney Olympic Park. Kids in the Park offers the largest range of school holiday activities in NSW and is your one-stop shop to keep the kids happy and entertained. Best of all there are heaps of FREE and affordable things to do for $20 or less.
8) Meet The Family: Tyrannosaurs
Where: AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, 6 COLLEGE ST, SYDNEY
When: 23 NOV 2013 TO 27 JUL 2014
More info: http://australianmuseum.net.au/landing/tyrannosaurs/
Tyrannosaur, exclusive to the Australian Museum in Sydney, is the first exhibition in the world to shine a light on this legendary dinosaur family. If you thought you knew tyrannosaurs, think again.
9) Lego Acropolis
Where: NICHOLSON MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
When: EXHIBITION OPEN
More info: http://sydney.edu.au/museums/exhibitions-events/lego-acropolis.shtml
Following on from the extraordinary success of the LEGO Colosseum in 2012, the Brickman, Ryan McNaught, has turned his hand to one of the most iconic architectural monuments of Ancient Greece – the Acropolis!
The LEGO model displays the Acropolis both as it was in the fifth century BC and as it is today, as one of Greece’s most popular tourist attractions. Captured in LEGO are some of the Acropolis’ more famous visitors including Pericles, Lord Elgin, Dame Agatha Christie, and even Elton John.
Also on display is the museum’s 19th century plaster model of the Acropolis, which captured the building as it stood in 1895.
10) I Can Read – Creative Writing, Drama And School Readiness
Where: I CAN READ, 255 ENMORE RD, ENMORE
When: WEEK 1: 13 to 17 JANUARY 2014, WEEK 2: 20 to 24 JANUARY 2014
More info: http://www.kidsizeliving.com.au/members/schoolholidayicanread
For the literate student who wants to advance his or her creative writing knowledge and technique.
This will make a difference for any child wanting to start school with a serious advantage. Intake is by assessment or for current students.
Speech and Drama programme
Motivating children to think, listen and speak creatively. Organising their ideas and thoughts before assembling them to form coherent sentences.