Summer school holiday guide

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Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. From water parks to cooking classes - there is something to suit every child and every budget.

NSW   VIC   SA   WA   NT   QLD   TAS   ACT

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NEW SOUTH WALES

Nightowls kids film fest - January 10 -23
The third annual Little Darlings Night Owls Kids Film Fest hits the big screen at Darling Quarter. From the freshest new kids flicks to classic cinema moments, the festival offers not only a cracking outing for the little ones, but also a dazzling trip down memory lane for the adults. Following the off-screen entertainment, a stream of short films from Australia’s major children’s short film festival Little Big Shots, all before the Night Owl’s feature film.

More information: visit their website.

Summer smurf school - January 8
The Smurfs, along with world champion surfer Sally Fitzgibbons and Friendly Surf Life Savers will be joining you for a day of fun at the Summer Smurf School at North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club, to help children learn about surf safety.

Wollongong Art Gallery - January 14 -24
Wollongong Art Gallery is offering a variety of workshops this spring for children aged 5 - 14. Activities include jewellery, sculpture and print making. 

More information: visit their website.

Trainworks at Thirlmere
From creative photography workshops, free hands-on craft activities to engaging theatre performances, it’s all happening at Australia’s newest and biggest railway attraction this summer.

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More information: visit their website.

SantaFest 2013 - November 30 - December 25
A month-long program of Christmas celebrations across Darling Harbour until Christmas Day include Carols by the Tree and the Harbourside Fireworks.

More information:  visit their website

Meet a viking - December 27 to February 2
Dressed in authentic Viking-age clothing the resident Vikings, at the the Vikings - Beyond the legend exhibition, will eager to answer all your questions about Viking age life, culture, crafts, mythology and arms and armour.

More information: visit their website

Kids in the park - December 21 to January 21 
Keep the kids active this summer with the biggest range of school holiday activities in one location. With over 50 activities to choose from. There's 14 new boredom-busters, almost 20 free activities and more than 10 good-value options at less than $20 per person, from skating to circus skills and yoga. 

More information: visit their website

Wet' n 'Wild
Wet' n 'Wild is now open! For the younger children there is Wet' n 'Wild Junior, a whole zone dedicated to kids. Featuring 10 kid-friendly water slides including miniature versions of our larger thrill slides this amazing area will keep the kids entertained all day.

More information: visit their website

Christmas in the Sky at the Sydney Tower Eye - November 30 to December 24
Visit Santa’s Highest Grotto in Sydney, 250 metres above street level. Santa will be greeting children and adults from the Observation Deck at the Sydney Tower Eye from 4pm – 7pm during the week, and 12pm – 6pm on weekends. From 21st December, Santa will be greeting guests from 10am - 6pm.  

More information: visit their website

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk
This summer the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk is offering free guided tours at 11am and free Meet the Ranger sessions at 2pm. Kids can learn about the rainforest, local fauna and flora and of course and what it takes to be a Ranger at the Illawarra Fly. 

More information: visit their website.

One Direction at Madame Tussauds Sydney - October 24 to January 28
Fans will get a once in a life time chance to view and touch the life-like wax figures as they take a seat right next to the boys; Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. 

More information: visit their website.

Shark Mission at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
See ten species of sharks in the brand new shark nursery. Witness huge real life Lemon Sharks and Grey Nurse Sharks in the new Shark Valley tunnels. For the ultimate test of bravery, plunge into the Great Barrier Reef exhibit and snorkel amongst the various reef sharks, sawfish and tropical fish that call the aquarium home. 

More information: visit their website.

Australian Animal adventure
Head to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo for the ultimate Australian animal adventure. Visitors to Wild Life Sydney Zoo will come face-to-face with Rex, one of the world’s largest crocodiles, walk-about with kangaroos and wallabies, meet cuddly koalas for an amazing photographic moment, bravely hold a python, watch a butterfly hatch from a cocoon and more. 

More information: visit their website

Seahorse adventure at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Visit Manly Sea LIfe Sanctuary these school holidays and be one of the first see their new interactive adventure. Launching just in time for summer, the brand new seahorse safari, which includes the chance to search for fossils, a 3D find-the-seahorse landscape, a seahorse dance lesson and stamp stations where kids can document their fun and educational journey around the aquarium. 

More information: visit their website.

Movies by the boulevard - January
Movies by the Boulevard at Sydney Olympic Park, will run for its thirteenth season during January 2014 – and best of all, it's free!

More information: visit their website.

New Year's Eve at Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is putting on a string of  family-friendly entertainment this New Year's Eve from 7.30pm at Harbourside Amphitheatre, and on the barge stage at the southern end of Cockle Bay. Entertainment includes, Chinese Lion Dancers and an Electric Dragon and Fire-shows followed by spectacular Fireworks at 9pm.

More information: Visit their website.

VICTORIA

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Children's festival - January 18 -26
The National Gallery of Victoria is holding their first-ever Children’s Festival. Hands-on workshops will be led by some  of Melbourne’s most talented practitioners from the worlds of fashion, jewellery and shoemaking offering and encouraging engagement of art with kids. 

More information: visit their website

The Famous Maurice Flea Circus - January 23
A high-energy, comedy circus the whole family will enjoy. The performance combines two bumbling strongmen, egotistical acrobats, shadow puppetry, sly jugglers and death defying antics and is just one of the many activities on offer at Gasworks these holidays. 

More information: visit their website

Thread Den
The Thread Den offers a great range of sewing classes for kids aged six years and up.

More information: Visit their website.

Invent the word holiday programs
From 'Lego Robotics' to 'Game Programming', Invent The World holiday programs are for kids who are more interested in fixing a computer than kicking a footy.

More information: Visit their website.

Junior pizza making classes
Your kids can learn to make, and the eat,real pizza with a fun class at Ladro.

More information: visit their website.

Carnival of science - Until February 3
Discover the trick to winning your favourite sideshow carnival games. Children aged six to 12 can explore the physics, biology and psychology of the sideshow at Museum Victoria. 

More information: visit their website.

Spirit of the square - December 1 - 25
Take your kids along to Federation square these holidays. Spirit of the Square is one of Melbourne’s great December traditions. Kids will love playing ‘In the Pines’, an installation of over 100 Christmas trees that transform each week creating quirky patterns, mazes and secret hiding spaces. 

More information: visit their website

Kids in the studio
This one day workshop introduces kids to traditional animation using paper cut outs and stop motion techniques. Your kids will create cut-out characters and explore the principles of animation by making your very own short animation. 

More information: visit their website.

Scuba Santa at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium - until December 25
Don’t miss Scuba Santa delivering fishy treats to the huge stingrays, massive sharks and hundreds of multi-coloured aquatic animals, each day during the Dive Feed Presentation from 11am and 2pm. 

More information: visit their website

For more ideas on how to entertain the kids in Victoria these holidays visit vic.gov.au.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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Adelaide Children's Zoo
Adelaide Children's Zoo is a great place for children to get up close with over 120 different animals, including sheep, chickens and even rats. There is also a selection of tours to choose from that your kids are bound to get excited about.

More information: Visit their website.

Montaro Zoo
Take a full day tour through the Adelaide Hills to the Monarto Zoo, one of the largest open range zoos in the world. The keepers will introduce you to Rhinos, Cheetahs, African Wild Dogs, Lions and Chimpanzees. Plus, you will see Giraffe, Antelope, Ostrich and more including our Australian Wildlife such as Emus and Kangaroos that roam free throughout the 1500 hectares of Monarto.

More information: Visit their website.

The beachhouse
The Beachouse is a family entertainment centre packed with Australian-first and world-class attractions! From face painting to mini golf and even dodgem cars, this is a fun day out for the whole family.

More information: Visit their website.

Pirates on the Popeye -  5-26 January 2014
Join some scurvy pirates on the Popeye as they tell tales that will have your kids wide eyed with amazement. Part activity and part performance, children will engage in colouring activities, dancing, song and other fun interactive games as part of the script.

More information: visit their website

Art Gallery of South Australia - January 13 - 17
The Art Gallery of South Australia's Summer school holiday program, Little India, is a child-size spiritual journey of creativity. Working with practicing artists, children will cut, stick and sculpt a selection of glitzy and colourful materials to create their own personalised shrine. Activities begin with a tour of the exhibition Realms of Wonder. Supervision by a parent/carer is required.  

More information: visit their website.

School holiday cooking classes
Running daily during the school holidays, Homefresh cooking classes for kids are the perfect way to relieve some of the boredom.

More information: visit their website.

Cleland’s nature art workshop
These school holidays, Cleland Wildlife Park will be turned into an outdoor art gallery. Bring your little picasso along to meet their artists in residence, create their own masterpiece, or explore one of the self-guided tours. 

More information: visit their website.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Western Australia Museum school holiday program - December 19 - February 2
From 'Insect Adventures' to learning about life on the reef, there are loads of activities for kids at the Western Australia Museum these holidays.

More information: visit their website

Adventure World
The name says it all. Whether you want to dive in headfirst or just dangle your feet in the water, you can do it all at Adventure World.

More information: Visit their website

Whiteman Park
Whiteman Park have a fantastic lineup of school holiday activities to entertain the kids. Activities include 'Calico Bag Designs', 'Al Kazam The Magic Man', 'Kangaroo Flower Pot Craft' and more. Bookings can be made on 9209 6000.

More information: Visit their website.

Bushland nature trail
See Western Australia's famous wildflowers, trees and birdlife living in the wild. This nature trail is an easy 25 minute loop and a perfect activity for the whole family.

More information: visit their website.

The RSPCA
The RSPCA January school holiday program is packed full of fun activities for your kids. From pooch related activities to going behind the scenes at the RSPCA, it's a great way to entertain your little animal lovers these holidays. 

More information: visit their website.

Kidz n 'sport holiday programs
For kids aged three to 12, Kidz n 'Sport is dedicated to creating a fun environment for kids to develop skills and a love of sport. 

More information: visit their website

Learn to surf at Big Wave Surf School - December 17 - January 29
Enrol your family in the Big Wave Surf School these holidays for a fun, challenging family activity. 

More information: visit their website

Spare parts puppet theatre
A hands-on experience in the holidays that will encourage creativity, confidence and imagination. Children aged four - 12 are invited along to make their own puppet, watch the current show and talk to the cast and crew afterwards. 

More information: visit their website.

Taste bud's cooking studio - January 22
Drop the kids off for a four hour cooking workshop. For ages 6 - 16 years, Taste Bud's will teach your children how to decorate cupcakes, make bread and sausage rolls.

More information: visit their website.

Horrible Histories - January 3 to 9
Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, this astounding show is guaranteed to thrill you as historical figures and events come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. From pharaohs to the meanest mummies in history, this is an experience your kids will remember. 

More information: visit their website


NORTHERN TERRITORY

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Waterfront lawn activities
Join in the fun with ‘Life. Be in It’ activities on the Waterfront lawns these school holidays. There will be will soccer, giant snakes and ladders, toss mats, plus the Shark Attack waterslide. 

More information: phone 8999 5155.

Quad safari
For the adventurous family try exploring the expansive outback terrain on quad bikes at Kings Creek Station.

More information: visit their website.

Crocosaurus Cove
Crocosaurus Cove offers a hands on croc experience with saltwater and baby crocodiles. For the brave, bring your swimmers!

More information: visit their website.

Aquascene
A fish sanctuary that provides you with the opportunity to feed the fish from a far or hop right in and feel them tickle your feet as they swarm you for food. Due to large tidal movements the fish can only visit for a few hours each day.

More information: Visit their website

Berry Springs Nature Park
Cool down this summer by heading to Berry Springs Nature Park. Spend the day at the territory wild life park followed by a dip in one of their clear pools. Don’t forget your goggles!

More information: Visit their website

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QUEENSLAND

Australia Zoo - December 14 - January 28
There is no other zoo like Australia zoo, founded by Steve and Terri Irwin it is still offering visitors the same extreme wildlife experiences for all ages. As well as this, you can catch Bindi and the Jungle girls perform live or watch Robert feed the crocs.

More information: visit their website

Kelly Sports
It is the season to be jolly, and get your kids active and outdoors. Kelly Sports provide a range of fun and stimulating programes that develop children’s fundamental sporting skills in an environment that encourages them to give sport a go.

More information: Visit their website

Holiday science theatre shows - January 2 - 26
Over the holidays,the Sciencecentre will be putting on a variety of shows. Shows include, a light show, sound show and balloon show. 

More information: visit their website.

Mon Repos conservation park
Visit Mon Repos conservation park and hopefully see some turtles hatch. From November to March, visitors can see nesting and hatching turtles on the beach at night.

More information: visit their website.

Active kids park sessions - January 13 - 24
From ball sports and beach games to cricket and scooter lessons, Active Kids Park Session are a great way to keep the kids active during the summer school holidays. 

More information: visit their website.

Celebrating stories - January 2 to 25
Through workshop, performance and play, The Queensland State Library is celebrating stories. From reading clubs, to production workshops kids can act out and learn all about stories. 

More information: visit their website.

Beginner rockclimbing
Mt Barney Lodge offer beginner rock climbing for children 10 years and up. All equipment and training is provided.

More information: visit their website.

Underwater world
Underwater world has four new zones opening soon. Visit recovering turtles of all kinds in the Turtle Temple, come face to face with sharks at Shark Shipwreck, The Bay of Rays is home to a collection of gliding rays, and over at Coral Cove, brilliantly coloured fish swim in and around the shipwreck remains.

More information: visit their website

TASMANIA

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Cadbury factory
Show your kids exactly how the delicious Caramello Koala and other Cadbury delights are made. The best part is you can sample the raw materials along the way.

More information: Phone 1800 627 367 or visit their website

Little Agrarian cooking classes
For an educational cooking experience that teaches your kids exactly where their food comes from, the Agrarian Kitchen is now offering ‘The Little Agrarian’ cooking classes for children aged 6 to 11 years. The class includes tasting of fruit and vegetables while harvesting them from the garden, collecting chicken eggs, feeding the piglets, milking the goats, and after all that they get to return to the kitchen to cook a delicious lunch.

More information: Visit their website

Bush adventures summer program
Your kids can walk with the palawa people, embark on a eucalyptus odyssey and find out how to make native Tasmanian plants enviable features in your garden.
 

More information: visit their website.

Double Helix science club
From 'Rock Pool Rambling' to 'Chemistry Chaos', the CSRIO has some great activities to keep the kids entertained these holidays.

More information: visit their website.  

Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery Holiday program - January 20 to 24
Drop in anytime between 11 and 2pm for some free activities. Kids can Discover how convicts marked their bodies and explore and discover objects from Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture. 

More information: visit their website

Feed a Tasmanian devil
Tasmania Zoo, the largest wildlie park in Tasmania, has over 80 species of birds, Tasmanian devils, penguins, crocodiles, wombats, echidna's, kangaroos, quolls, reptiles, monkeys and much more for kids to enjoy. 

More information: visit their website.

Girl guides
The Australian Guide Program helps you learn life-skills and leadership while having fun, making friends and enjoying the outdoors. 

More information: visit their website.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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Canberra National Zoo & Aquarium
Trying to decide on land or sea adventures this school holidays isn't an issue with the Canberra National Zoo & Aquarium because you can do both! At Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium your kids can learn about sharks and lions all on the same day.

More information: Vist their website

Canberra Walk in Aviary
The name says it all, this privately owned walk in aviary allows you and your children to observe, photograph and feed a flock of friendly birds.

Grand Prix Carting
Settle any arguments these school holidays with some healthy competition and hire some go-karts. Your kids will love it!

More information: Visit their website

Kids Pantry - January 13 - 31
Kids Pantry is growing the next generation of cooks! As Canberra’s only cooking school and kitchen garden designed just for kids they aim to teach children how to grow and cook their own food. Their holiday program runs from 9am–4pm each day during the Summer School Holidays. Your kids will be making everything from cheesecake to Mongolian lamb. 

More information: Visit their website.

Questacon
Canberra is packed full of child-friendly places to visit during the warmer months including Questacon. The National Science and Technology Centre has hands-on displays including its newest exhibition, Measure Island. This interactive exhibits examine the concepts of good measurement, measurement systems and techniques and highlights the importance of good measurement in daily life.

More information: visit their website.