Easter 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 the Easter show to creative dance classes there is something to suit every child and every budget.

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NEW SOUTH WALES

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Hi-5 House Hits Australian tour
After finding out what Australia’s favourite Hi-5 hits were they put them all together to create an interactive sing-a-long, dance-a-long concert to get the whole family moving and dancing to their favourite songs. Tickets are on sale now.

More information: Visit their website.

The Royal Easter Show

Let your sense run ride at the Royal Easter Show. Families can go back in time with the new 'Dinosaur Adventures' exhibition and be entertained by the new 'Goin' Ape' Gorilla performers.

More information: Visit their website.

Mr Peabody & Sherman to perform at Westfield - April 14 to 26
Characters from new Dreamworks movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman will appear at selected Westfield centres to take kids through an international dance workshop from the four corners of the globe. Performances will run at 11:00am and 1:00pm, with a meet and greet at 12:00pm at Westfield Hurstville, Chatswood and Parramatta.

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More information: Visit their website.

Star Wars at Westfield Penrith – April 14 to 19
At Westfield Penrith, kids can live out their dream of becoming a Jedi Knight, engage with Jedi Masters, don a Jedi robe and use the Force to master the art of the lightsaber. Young Jedi Knights will be inserted into a Star Wars scene and receive a complimentary Star Wars photo frame on completion of their training. Sessions will commence every 30 minutes from 11:00am to 2:00pm. 

More information: Visit their website.

The Circus Skate-a-rama program – April 7 to 22
Families are invited to Medibank Icehouse for a circus inspired school holiday experience. Providing free skating lessons, music and face painting for under 8’s, the Circus Skate-a-rama program also offers a variety of fun and exciting family-friendly activities for all ages.

More information: Visit their website.

Kids in the Park
Keep the kids active this summer with the biggest range of school holiday activities in one location. The action-packed school holiday program includes more than 50 activities, with many free and good value options for under $20 to suit children of all ages. There’s something everyone from budding chefs to scientists.

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 among the various reef sharks, sawfish and tropical fish that call the aquarium home. 

More information: visit their website.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo - 12 to 27 April 
The Furry and Feathered Friends event gives visitors the chance to get up close with fuzzy and flying native animals like never before.

More information: Visit their website.

Madame Tussauds Sydney
Give your kids an education in music these holidays at Madame Tussauds. For a limited time, take part in the ‘Traveling Michael Jackson’ experience and visit 'Elvis Presley' in his Las Vegas-style Chapel of Love.

More information: Visit their website.

Seahorse Safari at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary - 12 to 27 April
Take a trip to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and go on a seahorse safari these school holidays. Visitors will be encouraged to put on their pith helmet and go exploring for seahorses. The safari includes the chance to search for fossils, a find-the-seahorse landscape and an activity book for kids, not to mention lots of fun seahorse facts along the journey.

More information: Visit their website.

School Holiday Fun at Illawarra Fly - 12 to 27 April
Take the kids and experience one of Australia’s best treetop views. Take in everything from the rainforest floor into the canopy and out to the Pacific Ocean.

More information: Visit their website

Pinocchio at the Sydney Oprah House – April 11 to May 4
The classic tale is given a 21 century spin and retold as a rockin’ theatre spectacular.

More information: Visit their website.

Recycled art for kids – 14 & 28 April
In conjunction with Sydney’s Waste Not Want Not Workshops, kids can make artwork every day recyclable materials.

Keep Learning April School Holiday program –14 to 16 & 24 to 25 April.
Held in Leichardt, The Keep Learning school is offering cooking, crafts and activities for the kids these holidays.

More information: Visit their website.

VICTORIA

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Easter weekend activities at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
The Yarra Valley’s most delicious destination is staging Victoria’s largest, free Easter Hunt. Children under 12 can search for tokens among the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie’s landscaped grounds and orchard to redeem for delicious hand crafted eggs at special hunts staged every day throughout the Easter long weekend. And it’s free.

More information: Visit their website

Hi-5 House Hits Australian tour
After finding out what Australia’s favourite Hi-5 hits were they put them all together to create an interactive sing-a-long, dance-a-long concert to get the whole family moving and dancing to their favourite songs. Tickets are on sale now.

More information: Visit their website.

Bellissimo!
Learn how the landmark federation bells work and create your own musical masterpiece.

More information: Visit their website.

Instant Rockstar
Send your kids along to a fun and easy music video workshop where they will become an instant star.

More information: Visit their website

The 13-Storey Treehouse
Adapted by the book, tree house is come to flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla? Luckily the theatre has an extensive prop and costume collection and some very impressive stage technology.

More information: Visit their website.

Bindu Creative Dance
Led by Mangala Studios of Yoga & Creative Dance teacher, Lisa Sommerlad. The studio offers expressive and imaginative creative dance for kids 18 months to ten years.

More information: Visit their website.

Gasworks school holiday program
Gasworks are offering creating and entertaining experiences for kids aged four to 14. Gasworks’ Autumn Kids Holiday program will kick off with a controlled falling project and finish with some cooking.

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.

Little Acrobats Ballarat's
Enrol your kids in circus school these holidays. They will be given the opportunity to learn a wide range of exciting, age-appropriate circus skills in a safe and supportive environment.

More information: Visit their website.

Moving into music rhythm workshops
Whether it’s playing seriously or for pleasure, playing solo, in a group or band, your kids will need rhythm. Offering three 90 minute workshops full of games and activities designed to improve rhythm.

More information: Visit their website

Music theatre boot camp
The five day program explore the skills of music theatre. By the end of the week everyone is playing a part in a scene performed to family and friends.

More information: Visit their website.

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.

Melbourne Museum – AZTECS exhibition
Enter the temple to uncover the mysteries of the Aztec afterlife. With over 200 cultural treasures from Mexico’s major museums discover the fascinating and tragic story of the AZTECS.

More information: Visit their website.

St Peters Fair – 12 April
The annual event is set to offer the whole family a day of enjoyment featuring over 60 market stalls, children’s rides, entertainment and a selection of tasty food and refreshments.

More information: Visit their website

START at the Gallery
The Art Gallery of South Australia offers an exciting introduction to visual art for children and families through START at the Gallery. Held on the first Sunday of every month, the free START program includes art activities, tours, trails, live music and entertainment for kid aged five to ten years.

More information: Visit their website

Australian Alpaca farm week experience – 29 March to 6 April
During Australian Alpaca week your kids are invited to meet these gentle and fascinating animals up close, learn about their unique ways, and have the opportunity to run their hands through that silky soft fine fleece alpacas wear so well.

More information: Visit their website.   

The Junior stampede – 5 April
Junior Stampeders aged from 5 years to 11 years of age can experience an awesome, mud-filled 2km obstacle course designed especially for kids.  All Junior stampeders receive a real STAMPEDE finisher’s medal.

More information: Visit their website.

The Magic Chicken
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, The Magic Chicken is a hilarious mix of magic, mime and music with slapstick humour and puppetry. The Magic Chicken will be a riot for both kids and adults alike.

More information: Visit their website.

Art Gallery of South Australia - 22 to 24 April
Kids can make a sculpture using clay, paint and found objects as part of the gallery's Autumn School Holiday Program, BUST UP.

More information: Visit their website

Homefresh’s School Holiday Cooking Program for Kids
A 90 minute cooking class for kids aged 4 to 14, running daily during the school holidays for just $14. Children will learn about healthy food choices, cooking skill and strengthen their self-confidence through fun and educational teamwork.

More information: Visit their website.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Barking Gecko Holiday Workshops
Take children aged seven to 14 on a fun and creative journey. They'll work with industry specialists, from directors to stage combat choreographers, to build their skills in a social and fun environment. 

More information: Visit their website.

The Fairies school holiday program - Joondalup and Rockingham
Send your children along for three hours of fairy fun. Activities include Easter craft, kids can join in on an Easter Hunt, learn dances, play games and eat yummy food.

More information: Visit their website

What’s 2 Eat? Kids cooking classes
Kids can learn about good food while having fun. Recipes are designed to develop a range of cooking skills while making delicious and healthy food.

More information: Visit their website.

Rock Climbing
The City Summit is holding a three day rock climbing course. Their three day course teaches your child valuable skills in team work, navigating graded climbs, belaying competency and bouldering techniques.

More information:  Visit their website.

Whiteman Park
With the onset of some cooler weather and the prospect of chocolate, the April school holidays is a fantastic time to visit Whiteman Park. Activities range Easter crafts to learning about tractors and pottery classes and are sure to keeo the kids entertained these holidays.

More information: Visit their website.

Tiny Tots tennis
Using mini nets, low compression balls, hoops, footwork ladders and cones Tiny Tots Tennis works to promote coordination and fast movement. Children as young as three will be able to develop their tennis skills in a safe and fun environment.

More information: Visit their website.  

Perth Zoo
Leave your monkeys with the Zoo Crew for a day. Zoo Crew is a new Perth Zoo educational adventure day for kids aged 8 to13. Drop your kids off at the Zoo and they will get up close and personal with zoo animals, make special animal treats and go into restricted access areas of Perth Zoo.

More information: Visit their website.

Western Australian Museum’s Cretaceous Carnival
Celebrate the opening of blockbuster exhibition Dinosaur Discovery. Kids and adults alike are invited to join in the fun with a day of dinosaur activities for the whole family. Explore the world of dinosaurs through art and craft. Create fossils and footprints, or squash, squeeze and shape your very own prehistoric pal at our play-doh sculpting station. Make your own piece of dinosaur sand art to take home and treasure.

More information: Visit their website.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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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.

Alice Springs Public Library
Alice Springs Public Library are holding a range of activities for the kids over the Easter break. Your children can make one house from the 'Three Little Pigs' or test their skills in Wii Sports tournament.

More information: Visit their website.

Mini Golf
Challenge each other on their 18-hole mini golf course for a fun outing the whole family can enjoy.

More information: Visit their website.

Pyndan camel tracks
Explore the outback from the hump of a camel. A sunset camel ride against the backdrop of the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. See unique Australian animals like kangaroos and other native wildlife as you experience the true beauty of the Red Centre.

More infotmation: Visit their website 

Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia, Alice Springs Reptile Centre has daily shows at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm where your little lizard lover can get involved in a fun and informative talk followed by a supervised handling session.

More information: Visit their website

Turtle tracks tour 12, 16 & 30 April.
Jump on a boat with Team Turtle and see sea turtles nesting nesting around the shores of Darwin Harbour.

More information: Visit their website.

QUEENSLAND

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Australia Zoo – 5 to 21 April
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.

Queensland Museum
As part of their The Lost Creature Exhibition, the Queensland Museum in South bank has created their own museum version of a scavenger hunt with the exhibition. The Museum is also offering behind the scene tours for families; create your own sea creature workshop and the Deep Oceans exhibition.  

More information: Visit their website.

Paintball
One for the older kids, paintball is a fun outdoor activity children 15 and over can participate in.

For more information: Visit the Brisbane Kids 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
Inspire your kids these holidays with Underwater World's Ocean Ranger program. The program gives kids the exclusive opportunity to feed, touch and meet some of our amazing Underwater animals.

More information: Visit their website.

Out of the Box festival - 25 June to 2 July
Designed for children and monster-sized imaginations. Out of the Box provides a remarkable line-up of the country’s best artists and companies in a rich program that incorporates a range of free events and activities. From plays and dancing to design and exhibitions for children eight years and under.

More information: Visit their website.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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Thredbo's Easter Adventure Eggstravaganza – 17 to 26 April
Thredbo is hosting a long weekend of celebrations and action-pocked adventures. On Easter Sunday, lucky little ones will be treated to a giant Easter Egg Hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny.

More information: Visit their website.

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

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

More information: visit their website.

National Dinosaur Museum
With 23 complete skeletons, and over 300 displays of individual fossils, the museum hold a plethora of knowledge for kids that are fascinated by dinosaurs.

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

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.

Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery – 29 April to 3 May
The popular school holiday program returns, offering a wide range of activities from discovering the life cycle of a tadpole to printmaking and storytelling for kids of all ages.

More information: Visit their website.

Kids in the Park – 20 April
Kids in the Park, is purely a day focused on old fashioned family fun and participation. It’s a free entry event and is especially aimed at creating a magical day for children under 12.

More information: Visit their website.