School holidays don't need to be boring.
Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state. From Easter egg hunts and camps to performing arts classes and sporting days - there is something to suit every child and every budget.
You can also look through our Easter Holiday Extravaganza for a heap of Easter recipes, craft and activity ideas to download and print.
NEW SOUTH WALES
With more than 50 activities – including heaps of free and value options for less than $20 per person – there is heaps of fun to be had every day of the school holidays at Sydney Olympic Park. Check out their website for the extensive list of activities. Some require booking so get in early to reserve your place.
A South Sea adventure awaits you at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Discover the weird and wonderful tropical plants and uncover a treasure trove of excitement for children to learn how different cultures on the Pacific Rim use these plants for music, food and fun – they’re also taught how to make their own musical instrument to take home. There are two sessions daily and the cost is $15 per child. Bookings are essential, phone 9231 8134.
Sport and Recreation Kids’ Camps are a great way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays. Not only will they develop new skills but they will make new friendships in a fun and professional environment. Visit the NSW Government website for information on a kid’s camp near you. Booking is required so don’t wait.
The NSW Government website has some great family getaway ideas for the Easter school holidays. Emjoy a beach holiday, bayside retreat or country escape – they have a holiday destination to suit kids and families of all ages. Get in quick or miss out.
Looking for a fun, family day out? The Sun-Herald Family Day is on Sunday 22 April 2012 at the Archibald and will offer a private tour of the exhibition, kids art classes and other great activities! Book now and join in on the fun!
The Easter show can become an expensive family outing but there are always new experiences and discoveries to be had for kids at the show. The show is an iconic showcase of Australian culture, heritage and excellence. With entertainment for the whole family – including live music, extreme action performances, food, rides, shopping and of course showbags!
Hunter Valley Gardens:
Easter weekend will be full of fun, games, chocolate and even a visit from the Easter Bunny himself at Hunter Valley Gardens. Children can take part in the search for thousands of brightly coloured plastic eggs from 9am to 12:45pm on Easter Saturday and Sunday (runs every 45 minutes). Every child receives a gift of Cadburys Easter chocolate at the completion of the hunt. There is plenty more to do over the Easter holidays check out their website for more information.
The Sun-Herald Sydney Family Show has many exciting events, rides and attractions. The show kicks off on the 5th April and runs throughout the school holidays until the 22nd April. With free park entry you can afford to spend more on rides and showbags or just enjoy the animals, competitions and attractions.
For a great family treat take the whole family to see the range of kids' movies available in 3D at Sydney's Imax Theatre these school holidays. Disney's John Carter, Born to be Wild and many others are currently showing so whether you are after adventure, intrigue or a good laugh you can find it all on offer at the Imax.
With over 12,000 aquatic animals from 650 species in spectacular habitat displays your kids will be captivated by the underwater world of the Sydney Aquarium. From sharks and rare dugongs to seahorses, giant turtles and gigantic stingrays there is plenty to be discovered at the aquarium.
The AFTRS is offering short courses for kids and teens during the April school holidays. The Young Filmmakers Workshop for 9-12 year-olds will give kids experiences in a range of filmmaking skills such as claymation, filmmaking and screen acting over the course of five days. With many more courses on offer for kids of all ages and interests visit the website or phone: AFTRS OPEN 1300 065 281 for more information or to place a booking.
The 2012 April & May season of the Gasworks Kids Holiday program features two acclaimed kids performances, James & The Giant Peach and Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, along with their most popular workshops and a host of innovative new arts, craft and movement classes. Visit their website for more information.
These Easter school holidays, kids of all ages can enjoy a wide range of exciting activities at Phillip Island. Children can get up close to the island’s native wildlife with Phillip Island Nature Parks’ holiday program, decorate their own Easter Eggs at one of the many interactive cooking classes and learn about a delicious world at Phillip Island Chocolate Factory’s brand new exhibition - Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate! From festivals, to seal watching, to catching their own fish and chip lunch, children and their families can have loads of Easter fun whilst discovering the picturesque scenery and natural wildlife of Victoria’s holiday playground.
- Churchill Island Easter Fun Festival
- Grantville Pirate Festival
- Phillip Island Seal Watching Cruise
- Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm
- Kids Cooking Classes at Cleanskin Kitchenware
- Phillip Island Nature Parks Easter Holiday Program
- Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
For some creative fun and entertainment visit the Arts Centre Melbourne these school holidays. The kids can dance and sing-along with the live klezmer band in KlezKids, learn about the Melbourne stories of the Boon Wurrung through dance and song in the Boon Wurrung Ngargee, and laugh along with the adults in the totally spontaneous, totally improvised and totally hilarious! Random Musical. There is plenty more to see and do – find out more at their website.
Because ‘peek-a-boo’ is just so uncreative, because ‘Knock! Knock!’ jokes are totally kindergarten, and because ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’ has been asked over one hundred million times, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is coming to the rescue of all comedy appreciating youngsters with Comedy Club For Kids - providing quality chuckles for children aged 5-11. Bookings essential through comedyfestival.com.au or at the door or Ticketmaster 1300 660 013.
From April 2 to April 13, ARIA Bar & Lounge will be the site where some of magic’s much loved tools and tricks take the form of edible delights including Rabbit Cupcakes, Bow Tie Strawberries, Magic Pretzel Wands, Magic Potion Punch and Playing Card cookies. The ‘Abracadabra’ Afternoon Tea costs $29 per child and runs Monday to Friday from 10am – 1pm. For an additional $14.00, children can take home their very own magic ball gift for the day. For more information and to make a booking visit their website.
There is plenty to see and do for kids these Easter holidays at Westfield with The Lorax Land where kids can learn about the importance of caring for the environment, decorate an eco-friendly pot-plant and plant a baby tree to take home. The Easter Bunny will be hopping throughout the centre handing out special treats and you can even decorate an Easter Egg or build a bear. Visit the website for more information.
The Dr Suess inspired Lorax land will be at Westfield Southland and Airport West this Easter holiday and kids of all ages will learn about the importance of caring for the environment. They can even decorate their very own eco-friendly pot-plant and plant a baby tree to take home. For more information on this free activity visit the website.
Walk through Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Petting Zoo and be amazed by the puppeteers, dinosaurs, realistic noises and music. The Lorax will also make an appearance in the ‘Speak for the Trees’ live show to teach children how to go green and be friendly to the environment. For more information on these free activities visit the website.
The much-loved Dr Suess character the Lorax will make an appearance in the centre this Easter holiday teaching children how to care for the environment in an educational live show. For more information on this free activity visit the website.
Take a trip to the zoo these school holidays and get up close and personal with the animals. There will be heaps of fun free activities including meet a local native and their keeper, daily craft activities, daily competitions, tour of the Australian Bushwalk and an Edward and Edwina the Emu theatre show. Check out the website for more information before your visit.
The WA Museum always hosts a great selection of fun and educational activities that are usually free or cost next to nothing. The Love Your Local Wildlife program will discover the wonders of WA’s amazing animals by exploring their galleries to uncover which species are threatened, thriving or trespassing. With games, crafts and plenty of fun to be had this educational experience will leave your kids wanting more. Check out their website for many more school holiday events.
What happens when a balloon meets a fluorescent light? Does electricity go through everything? Find out the answers to these questions and much more at the Electricity in the Air program for kids these school holidays. The program includes water rockets, flying objects, Easter egg hunts and more. For more information visit their website.
April Filmbites Youth Film School Holiday Program
Award-winning Filmbites Youth Film School's holiday programme offers a range of workshops between 10-20 April. Beginners can learn how to make a movie for Tropfest Jr or complete a range of other courses and the program offers courses for every level of experience right up to advanced actors and filmmakers. For more information PH: 9209 2689 or email: INFO@FILMBITES.COM.AU
Peace Park Festival Markets
Saturday 7th-Monday 9th April (Easter Weekend) 2012 will bring Peace Park Fair Markets to York WA from 10am-4pm daily. Stalls will include arts, crafts, clothing, plants, foods, wines and everything in between. Includes free entertainment, a cuddly animal farm, hot & cold food & drinks and much more. For those looking for a family friendly day out you can’t go past the picturesque town of York settled on the banks of the Avon River a short drive from Perth. Entry Adults $6.00 Children under 12yrs free. Entry price includes entry to the York Antique & Collectors Fair as well.
A theme park full of fun and adventure for the young and old, and the extreme and the tamed adventurer – there is something for everyone. Located at the beautiful and picturesque Bibra Lake in the Beeliar Regional Park. Take the kids for a special treat these school holidays.
This Easter the brand new Madagascar Madness opens at Dreamworld. Discover a jungle where chimps hang from vines and penguins are on a wild mission and King Julien is in charge. Families will enjoy hours of fun with rides, shows and real-life characters. There are so many other attractions you are bound to have a fantastic day with the kids.
There are a number of fun and interactive exhibitions on at the Sciencecentre these school holidays. Solve crimes at the Whodunit? exhibit, get grossed out at the Gross Show, enter the mystery of the Body Zone or visit the Action Stations and see how science happens everywhere around you.
Visit the Queensland Museum Southbank to see this spectacular exhibition from the British Museum. Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb reveals the life and death of an Egyptian priest and tells his story through an extraordinary 3D film and an exhibition showcasing more than 100 ancient objects.
Zoo Keeper for a Day: Schools out and the real fun is just beginning at Australia Zoo! If you are aged between seven and twelve you can join the zoo crew to help feed the animals and clean enclosures, with exclusive behind the scenes access and plenty of hands on action with some of our gorgeous animals. Places are limited so bookings are essential. For more information and to secure your place visit the website.
Story time in the Gardens takes place every Tuesday in April under the big shady fig tree on Wedding Lawn 2. Kids can also explore the self-guided Hide ‘n’ Seek children’s trail before or after story time. Suitable for ages 10 and under. For more information phone Mt Coot-tha Library: (07) 3403 2550.
Concrete rabbits will be hiding within this living hedge maze during Easter. Count the number of rabbits hidden in the maze to receive a free Easter egg. The maze includes seating, fountains, twists, turns and dead ends to trick even the most committed explorer. Visit the website for more information.
Junior detectives can uncover the stories from South Australia’s past. Follow a winding trail through history and hunt for evidence of what life was like for people who have come to Australia from all over the world. The junior detective can have a lot of fun on their own or with friends. Parents and grandparents are also welcome to test their forensic abilities. For more information contact The Migration Museum on 8207 7580 or visit the website.
Discover the South Australian Museum's collections in this world-first theatrical puppet performance. Prehistoric creatures come alive before your child’s eyes. Discover cute baby plesiosaurs swimming in ancient oceans as teeth-gnashing dinosaurs roam the land. Meet these and other prehistoric creatures from sea to shore in this magical experience. For more information and to make a booking visit the website.
Clare Town Hall will host over 20 stalls with a large variety of mainly handmade crafts from wooden items to baking, crochet, sewing, cards, candles, badges & jewellery, as well as face painting for the kids.
Come along to Her Majesty’s Theatre and join the Hi-5 gang as they go on their special holiday with loads of singing, dancing and excitement. This brand new show will feature all your favourite songs plus some new ones as well. Children 12 months and under free on lap. For more information visit the Adelaide Festival Centre’s website. Have a sneak peek at the show below.
The Patch Theatre Company presents a gentle story of the fanciful escapades of a girl who finds a way to be friends with her shadow. Me and My Shadow is stunning theatre that tells its story using paper, light, shadow, colour, water, music, sound and words. With fantastical imagery, quirky physical performances and a beautiful score, Me and My Shadow, will ignite the imaginations of all children. A magical experience that explores the frustrations and joys of friendship. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the website.
Zoodoo is an exciting hands-on wildlife park in Richmond, Tasmania with a large range of native, agricultural & exotic animals including Bengal tigers and rare white African lions. Kids will love the interaction with the animals. For more information visit their website.
The 'Bush Kids' programs are designed for specific age groups from 2-10 years and include a variety of exciting nature based activities for kids attending with a parent or guardian. The kids will have fun dancing, playing games, enjoying art and craft activities and even going on bushwalks and fishing for tadpoles. All programs cost $5 per child for bookings visit their website.
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. For further information contact the Community Arts Officer - Phone (03) 6245 8740 or Email email@example.com.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
PLAY – the children’s gallery celebrates artists who look at the world with a smile. An exhibition for the young and the young-at-heart, come discover a fantastical fountain and a gleeful tower of toys; a wrapped enigma and an invisible bird.
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