The holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with your children. The break from school allows your child time to recharge, relax and spend more time with friends and family. Finding things to keep your kids occupied during the holidays can be challenging, even more challenging is finding things to do that don’t break the bank. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of free things to do these school holidays from art and culture, to nature and water play.
Here are five free activities to keep your family entertained these holidays and keep boredom at bay.
1. Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is Australia's leading museum dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art from across Australia and around the world. Exhibitions that are on during the holidays include Kader Attia - a French-Algerian artist who works across diverse media including collage, photography, video, sculpture and installation. This exhibition encompasses over a decade of the artist’s practice, focussing on key installations which are contextualised by video and sculptural works.
The other exhibition to explore is Jenny Watson – The Fabric of Fantasy - features works from the late 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings, and a number of key series of works on fabric.
2. Birds Australia Discovery Centre
Located next to the Newington Nature Reserve at Olympic Park in the heritage precinct Newington Armory, the Birds Australia Discovery Centre provides regular tours. Don't miss the free guided Bird Walk on the last Sunday of every month from 10am to 11am. The Centre provides education about biodiversity and the value of birds and their habitats.
3. Red Hands Cave walking track
Combine exercise, history and art by visiting the Red Hands Cave. Located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park this easy bush track takes you to rock art of the Aboriginal people of the Guringai Nation. Arriving after a short walk through the red gums, you’ll discover the cave with ochre hand-prints. Pause for a moment to reflect on the lives of the people whose palms are now immortalised. Retrace your steps, or if you’re inspired to experience more, continue on the Aboriginal Heritage walk.
4. Darling Quarter Kids Playground
The Darling Quarter Kids Playground at Darling Harbour is one of the most spectacular ever built in Australia, featuring an array of fun activities that promote learning and imagination for all ages. Water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides, and a flying fox will keep the kids entertained for hours.
5. Federation Cliff Walk
The Federation Cliff Walk is a five kilometre clifftop walk with postcard views out to the Pacific Ocean from Dover Heights to Watsons Bay. The sandstone cliffs that guard the approaches to Sydney Harbour are one of the city’s most dramatic features, and this walking track offers spectacular sea views at every step. Beginning from Raleigh Reserve in Dover Heights admire the Macquarie Lighthouse, marvel at the dramatic views of The Gap and take a close look at the 80-metre sandstone cliffs at Raleigh Reserve along the way.
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