Winter school holidays are just around the corner and Sydney’s kid-friendly events calendar is filling up with plenty of options the young ones will love. Here are 10 of the best in and around central Sydney. If you’re visiting from out of town and wondering where to stay, look no further than Rendezvous Sydney Central, perfectly located an easy walk – or a quick, rainy day train ride - away from all of them.
- Getting Hands-on at The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
Perfect for mini-sleuths and code-cracking families, this interactive exhibition puts you inside 221 Baker Street and gives you a mysterious case to crack.
- Hunting for Treasure at Paddy’s Markets
These sprawling markets in Haymarket are a Sydney institution, bustling with every kind of stall imaginable. They’re well known for their affordability so chances are the whole family will be able to find something fun to wear or great to eat for less than $10.
- Embracing Creepy Crawlies at Spiders: Alive and Deadly
Definitely not for arachnophobes but perfect for anyone with an interest in eight-legged critters, this exhibition at the Australian Museum gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with tarantulas, learn all about the art of venom milking and test their strength against spider silk, a surprisingly strong natural fibre.
The beautiful gardens are hosting different activities every day, including a garden disco, plant craft and monster hunt. While the kids are busy, parents can enjoy high tea in the garden’s beautiful Calyx, home to Australia’s largest and most spectacular green wall.
- Tackling the Museum of Sydney Scavenger Hunt
Spice up your visit to the Museum of Sydney by joining the daily scavenger hunt! Eight clever clues will guide your visit through the exhibitions, adding another layer of fun and friendly competition.
- Learning the Tricks of the Trade at AFTRS School Holiday Courses
The Australian Film Television and Radio School is hosting an excellent selection of courses these school holidays. If you have an aspiring actor, writer, animator or make-up artist in the family, this is the place to take them.
- Sightseeing on Sydney Ferries
Sydney Ferries traverse some of the most picturesque routes in the world, passing under Sydney Harbour Bridge, alongside the Sydney Opera House and into the picturesque harbor at Manly. Jump on one at Darling Harbour or Circular Quay and enjoy the ride.
- Foraging for Food at Carriageworks Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning Carriageworks fills up with over 100 producers selling everything from freshly ground coffee to handmade chocolates and fresh from the oven bread. Go for breakfast and stay for lunch, giving yourself ample opportunity to sample all the most enticing options.
Make sure you grab some delicious handmade Crumpets from Merna @dessertmakers tomorrow at CARRIAGEWORKS FARMERS MARKET from 8am til 1pm @carriageworks. We also have amazing fresh local NSW produce, delicious food, tasty coffee, beautiful fresh flowers, drinks, plants, entertainment and more. See you tomorrow at the market, cheers Mike @milkemcenearney. #CarriageworksFarmersMarket
- Discovering Life Under the Sea at Sealife Sydney Aquarium
Meet penguins, dugongs, sharks, rays and more species of fish than you can poke a stick at when you visit the Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour. Regular daily talks add to the fun and provide plenty of opportunity for learning about life in the ocean.
- Munching on Popcorn and Enjoying the Show at Event Cinemas George Street
Despicable Me 3, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, and Transformers: The Last Knight are all opening just in time for the school holidays, cementing a trip to the movies as a perfect rainy day option.