Autumn school holiday guide

Beat boredom these school holidays with our guide to holiday fun.
Beat boredom these school holidays with our guide to holiday fun. 

Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. Unlock the secrets of the carnival or learn the dance moves to Michael Jackson's Thriller -  there is something to suit every child and every budget.

NSW      VIC      WA      SA      TAS      NT      ACT

NEW SOUTH WALES

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Taronga Zoo 15 - 26 April 
Participate in daily animal experiences and learn about all the amazing creatures found in the zoo. Also, as a special treat Konira the Andean Condor, will be soaring and showing off her three-metre wingspan as she debuts at Taronga’s Free Flight Bird Show.

More information: Visit their website 

April school holidays at the Sydney Opera House
With two new theatre shows, free creative play activities and a special tour designed for kids, the Opera House is the place to visit these holidays.

Shows include: 

Room on the Broom 14 - 27 April 
The award-winning picture book Room on the Broom will be brought to life on stage for audiences aged under 8.

The Listies in 6D 16 - 28 April 
Kids comedy duo, The Listies, return to Sydney for School holidays at Sydney Opera House with a brand new show about the movies

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Kids’ discovery tours 13 - 28 April 
This special tour takes children (and parents) beneath the Sails and behind the scenes to discover a house of fun, magic and history.

Creative play 13 -28 April 
Enjoy the installations and participatory activities for ages 4 and up.

More information: Visit their website

Sydney Royal Easter show 21 March – 3 April 
There is a variety of entertainment for kids on at the show this year. From pony rides to a Moshi Monsters Music Rox Live Show. Children can also meet there favourite characters with the new meet and greet sessions available this year. 

More information: Visit their website

Creative activities at NIDA 15 – 30 April 
There are plenty of activities to inspire creativity, build confidence and make learning a blast at NIDA these autumn holidays. With more than 60 courses running across ten locations NIDA’s program’s cater for 2-18 year olds. Highlights include Triple Threat Training: 80’s style, A Dinosaur Discovery adventure and Reel Warrior Boot camp.

More information: Visit their website 

Hoopla 29 March - 1 April 
Australia's circus and street performance festival will be hitting Darling Harbour for three nights and four days over Easter. Featuring world record-breaking sword swallower Aerial Manx and performers from Cirque du Soleil, the whole family will enjoy this event. All outdoor performances are free.

More information: visit their website 

Alexander the Great: 2000 years of treasures until April 28
Teach your kids about one of the most fascinating figures in history, The Australian Museum is hosting an exhibition of Alexander the Great’s treasures. Kids can play on the free Pack’n Plunder game at the exhibition or discover Alexander’s adventures in a unique family theatre show.

More information: Visit their website 

Australian museum: what's on 13 - 28 April 
In conjunction with their Alexander the Great exhibition, the Australian museum is also running theatre and workshop activities inspired by the display. Workshops includes making your own mosaics, treasure and shield. Bookings are essential.

More information: Visit their website 

Wallace and Gromit at the Powerhouse Museum until May 26 
Join this classic duo as they guide you and your children through their home, a world of cracking interactive contraptions, hands-on activities, games and more.

More information: Visit their website

Kids in the Park 13 - 28 April 
Stimulate the kids this autumn with the biggest range of school holiday activities in one location. Sydney Olympic Park has a program to suit all interests and price ranges. New activities include, 'Fizzics' - where kids can make water rockets fly, Lego robotics and animal tours.

More information: Check out their activity schedule

Kids Camp 16 - 26 April 
For a fun, healthy and affordable school holiday activity book a Kids’ Camp at one of 11 Sport and Recreation centres across NSW. The packages are for children aged from seven to 16, choose from one, three, five or seven day camps including, 'campout for boys', 'adventure camp' or a 'girls empowerment' camp.

More information: Visit their website 

Bago Maze 
Not only is Port Macquarie home to some beautiful beaches, it can now boast about its very own maze. Bago Maze is the largest hedge maze in NSW, the maze features a series of bridges, boardwalks and musical instruments to lose the kids in for a moment or two.

More information: Visit their website 

Edens Gardens - North Ryde 
Get outside, get dirty and get green with one of Eden Garden’s programs for 5 to 12-year-olds. Workshops include games, craft and garden activities, such as teaching your kids how to grow their own edible plants.

More information: Visit their website 

Sydney Aquarium
After the unveiling of its $10 million renovation, you can now venture through 14 themed zones including a Shark Walk, a tropical Bay of Rays, Mangrove Swamps and a shipwreck.

More information: Visit their website 

Art Gallery of NSW 15 - 26 April 
Introduce young kids to the art world at the Art Gallery of NSW. There are free performances daily and workshops for different ages to choose from.  

More information: Visit their website 

Shutterbug Kids 23 & 24 April 
A digital photography workshop for seven to twelve-year-olds, designed to teach kids the basics of digital photography.

More information: Visit their website 

Golden Ridge animal farm
Pack a picnic and spend the day on the a farm. You and your kids can enjoy hands on experience with animals ranging from a mouse to a bull. Bookings are essential.

More information: Visit their website 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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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 

Aquascene 
A fish sanctuary that provides you with the opportunity to feed 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

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

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

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 

Turtle tracks tour 26 April (Full Moon) and 27 April 2013
Jump on a boat with Team Turtle and see sea turtles nesting nesting around the shores of Darwin Harbour.

More information: Visit their website.

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

More information: Visit their website.

Alice Springs - Desert Park 8 - 14 April
For the week of Easter, Desert Park will be running educational activities and Easter fun including desert survival skills and egg basket and painting.

More information: Visit their website

VICTORIA

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Carnival of Science until 31 October
Aimed at six to twelve-year-old kids, the Carnival of Science goes behind the scenes of a carnival and explores the physics, biology and psychology to the games and winning that bear. 

More information: Visit their website 

Highpoint shopping centre 28 March – 12 April
Highpoint Shopping Centre is hosting an array of activities to keep kids entertained this Easter. Say hello to the Easter bunny, get creative in the Lego fun zone or be taken on an exciting journey with the Ice Age pirate quest show.

More information: Visit their website.

Vegecation program  8 – 12 April
Centro Box Hill is transforming into a mini farmyard. Their vegecation program lets kids get up close with farm animals whilst learning about where they live and what they eat. As well as animals there will be a leaf decorating contest, a grain harvest activity and a free goodie bag to take home.

More information: Visit their website

Sovereign Hill Easter activities 29 march - 14 April
Sovereign Hill outdoor museum is holding Easter themed activities and events. Your kids can participate in Easter themed sports, craft and theatre performances. If you can't fit everything in one day, don't worry you can return the next day for free!

More information: Visit their website 

Eden Gardens - Mt Eliza
Venture outdoors for some creative garden crafts. Using natural materials from the Garden, kids can create their very own puppet.

More information: Visit their website 

Arts Centre Melbourne
With plenty of workshops and performances to encourage shared experiences, the Arts Centre Melbourne is a great place for parents and their children to play these holidays.

More information: Visit their website 

Gasworks kids holiday program
Creative and entertaining experiences for kids aged four to 14. Highlights include, magic classes and dance like Michael Jackson class.

More information: Visit their website 

Science kitchen rules
Combining cooking with science, Prime SCL have a range of education cooking activties on offer these holidays. Activties include, learning about bread making, the digestive system and chemicals found inside the kitchen cupboard.

More information: visit their website 

Sewing school and craft camp 2 - 12 April, Box Hill
The Thread Den is offering a range of sewing classes for kids aged six years and up. Bookings are essential. 

More information: Visit their website 

Zumbatonic 4 April 
Tire your little ones out with Zumba. Designed exclusively for kids, Zumbatomic classes are high-energy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines. 

More information: Visit their website 

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs until June 10
Before dinosaurs there were creatures of the Permian. Step back in time and learn all about these amazing creatures and the period in which they lived.

More information: Visit their website 

Collingwood children’s farm
Seven hectares of paddocks, gardens, orchards and shady trees, Collingwood children’s farm is open every day of the year. Kids can milk the cow at 10 am and 4pm, bottle feed lambs and help out with any other chore for the day. 

More information: Visit their website 

Phillip island
Visit Philip Island during the Easter break and participate in a range of educational activities for families. Highlights include their Easter fun festival, ‘rockpool ramble’ and ‘Koala Prowl’. 

More information: Visit their website 

Zoos Victoria
Kids who are wild about animals can get up close and personal with them these holidays at Melbourne Zoo’s Kids Go Wild holiday program. Your kids can visit secret areas, chat to a zoo keeper and meet other kids who are just as nutty about animals as they are.

More information: Visit their website

Federation square school holidays program
Federation Square is transforming into an entertainment area these autumn school holidays. Free activities include a showcase of comedy acts, scarecrow making and a giant screen for video games and family movies.

More information: Visit their website 

QUEENSLAND

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Australia Zoo
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. For kids aged 7-12 there is Australia Zoo's holiday program, Zoo Keeper For A Day! A five-hour program that typically includes six "jobs" in different parts of the Zoo.

More information: Visit their website  

Edens Gardens Carseldine
Show your kid show easy it is create their own food to much and crunch on. Practice in the eden display gardens and take home the start of your edible garden.

More information: Visit their website    

Kelly Sports
Despite the cooler weather your kids can still get active and outdoors. Kelly Sports provide a range of fun and stimulating programmes that develop children’s fundamental sporting skills in an environment that encourages them to give sport a go.

More information: Visit their website 

Children Arts Centre – Kids APT Until April 14
The children’s arts centre has 13 interactive projects and artworks on offer. The projects are displayed in spaces across both the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art buildings.

More information: Visit their website  

Museum of tropical Queensland
Join them for two weeks of insect and reptile displays with their Creepy Crawlies Alive Easter holiday program.

More information: Visit their website

Flipside circus 8 – 12 April
Flipside circus is offering workshops during the school holidays. Your little ring master can learn the tricks of the trade in a fun and social environment. Booking are essential.

More information: Visit their website 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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Questacon
Canberra is packed full of child-friendly places to visit during the cooler months including Questacon. The National Science and Technology Centre has hands-on displays including its Deep Oceans exhibition. This exhibition will take you on a journey through the secrets of the deep, what lives there and how we know what lives there.

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.

More information: Visit their website 

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

TASMANIA

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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 six 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 program
Kids can explore the mysteries of life under the river, learn the craft of clever camouflage or make some fabulous finger puppets. These exciting nature based activities are designed for kids aged two and up. Bookings are essential for all bush programs.

More information: Visit their website 

Zoodoo Wildlife Park
Zoodoo is an exciting hands-on wildlife park in Richmond, Tasmania, featuring a large range of native, agricultural & exotic animals including Bengal tigers and rare white African lions. Kids will love the interaction with the animals.

More information: Visit their website

Education at Rosny Farm
During each school holiday period the site hosts a range of popular and affordable arts based workshops. Activities in the past have included, drawing, acting, clay, silk painting, drumming and circus skills.

More information: Phone (03) 6245 8740 or email schoolhouse@ccc.tas.gov.au.

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 six 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

Tasmazia
Mazes don’t always have the best reputation, Alice in Wonderland finds herself trying to exit the Queen’s maze of hedges and things didn't work out so well for Harry Potter in the Tri Wizard tournament but these are different. See for yourself and explore the eight mazes that Tasmazia has to offer. Located near Cradle Mountain National park, featuring the great maze - the world’s largest maze - where your goal is to seek out the three bear’s cottage.

More information: Visit their website

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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The art of science: scientific illustrations 30 March - 9 May 
For bug lovers, the South Australian Museum's newest exhibition showcases digitised images of around 8500 insect holotypes and the best part is it's free.

More information: Visit their website 

The Old Timers Mine
Explore a 1916 underground opal mine and museum. The Old Timers Mine has free opal mining machine demonstrations daily at 9:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. After the tour, try your luck noodling the pit for opals.

More information: Visit their website

Adelaide Zoo - Zoo ventures 15 - 19 April
Adelaide Zoo has its own version of vacation care, your kids can join in on ZooVentures or a Zoofari. Drop them off at 9am for a fun-filled day that could include anything from feeding an otter to cleaing the hippos teeth.

More information: Visit their website

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

South Australian Whale Centre
Every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays The South Australian Whale Centre is offering a Sensational Science program. The cost is $8 and includes science experiements, activites and a little bit of magic. 

More information: Phone (08) 8551 0752 or visit their website

Adelaide international Kite Festival 29 March - 1 April
An event for the whole family, bring along a kite, participate in workshop or gaze at the amazing kite displays from around the world. There will also be a circus as well as kite battles and stunts.

More information: visit their website
 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Dinosaurs Alive March 30 - May 5
Fremantle will be home to nine life-like robotic dinosaurs as part of the Dinosaurs Alive! exhibition, including T-rex. As well as dinosaurs there will be loads of fun interactives and activities for the kids to enjoy.

More information: Visit their website

Scitech 27 March
Help the Easter bunny uncover clues and solve riddles with this Easter extravaganza activity at Scitech. 

More information: Visit their website

Dinosaurs Alive March 30 - May 5
Fremantle will be home to nine life-like robotic dinosaurs as part of the Dinosaurs Alive! exhibition, including T-rex. As well as dinosaurs there will be loads of fun interactives and activities for the kids to enjoy.

More information: visit their website

Whiteman Park
Whiteman Park have a fantastic lineup of school holiday shows this April. Join Fair pepermint with her Silly Billy Fairy Tales or Jolly Jim the Pirate sail a plastic boat in a bath tub. 

More information: Visit their website

Monkey Mia
Monkey Mia has the perfect blend of onshore and offshore activities to keep the whole family happy including daily cruises or sailing the crystal clear water and of course dolphins! Located in the heart of Western Australia’s Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Monkey Mia is one of the world’s premier natural dolphin sighting areas. Your kids can even ride a camel!

More information: Visit their website

The RSPCA
The RSPCA school holiday program is packed full of fun activities for your kids. From behind the scenes to kitty craft, it's a great way to entertain your little animal lovers. Booking open April 2.

More information: Visit their website

Penguin Island
Located on the beautiful waters of the Shoalbay Islands Marine Park, you and your kids can feel far away for a day while getting to feed penguins, bird watch and swim.

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

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

Museum of Western Australia
The museum is packed full of exhibitions to see these holidays. Highlights include Diamonds to Dinosaurs and their discovery centre.

More information: Visit their website