Summer school holidays can be a time for your family to rest and recuperate after a hectic year. They also allow you to spend quality time with your family and friends away from the hustle and bustle of the school term.
Sydney is a remarkable place, full of great nature, events, food and culture. There are a myriad of activities available to keep your children entertained without punishing your wallet.
We have compiled seven free holiday activities to enjoy as a family.
1. Get into the spirit
Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate as a family. Attending a Christmas church service gives you the opportunity to reinforce the true meaning of Christmas with your children, and many churches offer nativity services that bring the story of Jesus’ birth to life. Carols in the Domain is another way to get into the spirit and feel part of a much wider community while experiencing the joy of music.
2. Lake Parramatta Bush Walk
The Lake Parramatta Bush Walk will give your family a chance to get back to nature. There are a variety of family friendly bushwalking paths for all experience levels, and plenty of great spots to stop for a relaxing picnic. Your bush walking adventure could also be turned into a learning experience by encouraging your children to map their adventure or make a movie while exploring the great outdoors.
3. Kids in the Park at Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park offers a host of activities for children of all ages throughout the school holidays, providing great opportunities for your children to learn, meet new friends and discover new interests or hobbies. Activities include Operation Art (a free exhibition by school-aged students), Clue Trails, Crack the Code, Disc Golf, The Amazing Chase and lots more. Visit the Sydney Olympic Park website to view all free activities.
4. Take a tour of Sydney’s best playgrounds
Climb, swing, slip and slide your way through some of Sydney’s best playgrounds. Start your tour at Domain Creek Playground where there are mazes, water pumps, sand diggers and a flying fox; before moving onto Wulaba Park, Fairfield Adventure Park, Bungarribee Park and Blaxland Riverside Park, all which provide opportunities for your child to investigate their surroundings, get active outdoors and enjoy time with other children.
5. Get active at the beach
Visit your local beach and test out your surfing or sandcastle building skills. The beach offers a variety of fun ways to keep your children entertained for hours. Search for sea creatures in rock pools, participate in a game of beach cricket or volleyball, snorkel, swim or brave the waves on your surfboard. Just remember sun safety and to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
6. Be of service to others
It is particularly important at Christmas time, to recognise those that are less fortunate than us. Others may be struggling financially, suffering illness or just lonely. It’s a good time to discuss with your children their understanding of how God may wish them to use their talents in service to the community. Volunteering as a family can be rewarding and will teach your children some valuable lessons about service to others, humility, empathy and caring. Anglicare is a great organisation for which you can volunteer as a family. The organisation offers many support services where you could help out by running a bingo night, doing some gardening, helping out in the kitchen or café, or working in the library. Anglicare provides training and support for all volunteers, so you may even pick up some new skills.
7. Enjoy the sites of Sydney
It can be easy to grow complacent and familiar with your own home town, especially when rushing around during the school term and in the busyness of everyday life. Go on a walking tour around the city of Sydney and rediscover its many wonderful features. Start by walking across the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the markets at The Rocks and the iconic Opera House. Stroll up to the Royal Botanic Gardens for a picnic, before visiting the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art – both of which offer free holiday activities for kids.
Involve your children in your holiday planning and put together a collection of action-packed holiday fun, but don’t forget to allow for downtime too. The time together will provide your family with lasting memories, bring you closer as a family and bring out everyone’s sense of fun.
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