School is out and spring is here ... let the fun begin.

School is out and spring is here ... let the fun begin. Photo: Getty Images

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

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NEW SOUTH WALES

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Wollongong Art Gallery - October 1 -4

Wollongong Art Gallery is offering a variety of workshops this spring for children aged 5 - 14. Activities include drawing, painting, print making and more.

More information: visit their website.  

Art and About Sydney September 20 to October 20

Art & About Sydney is a collaborative arts festival where every street, laneway, building site, intersection is a canvas for creation and art. Highlights for the kids include Snailovation, where 24 gigantic neon snails will slither into some of Sydney’s most iconic public spaces and Little Sydney Lives, an exhibition featuring 20 of the best images by kids aged 11 and under. 

More information: visit their website.

Nida school holiday courses - October 3 - 16
For the October school holidays NIDA will be offering some exciting courses for kids aged 6 -18. Send your kids on a time travelling journey with the Dr and his assistants as he battles evil robots, there's also film making, TV Presenting, screen acting to circus and magic. All of these fun courses will provide a huge variety for children who are interested in the performing arts.

More information: visit their website or phone NIDA Open on (02) 9697 7626.

Kids in the park September 21 to October 6
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. Boys and girls can cheer and dance during an exciting and energetic two-hour cheerleading class, learn some martial arts, or relax with the new kids' yoga class. Kids in the Park spring 2013 will run every day of the school holidays.

More information: See their Activity schedule or visit their website.

Luna Park Sydney: Hollywood Horrors - September 20 to October 7
Guaranteed to spook even the toughest of kids, Hollywood Horrors is not to be attempted by the faint-hearted. Prepare to come face-to-face with the likes of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees from Freddy vs. Jason, Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs, Chucky from Child’s Play and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre its Luna Park’s most terrifying attraction ever! Entry to Hollywood Horrors is free with an Unlimited Rides Pass or Annual Pass.

More information: visit their website.

Jamberoo Action Park
The water park is officially open for a new season on September 7, just in time for the school holidays. Attractions include Banjo’s Billabong, the largest interactive water play area in the Southern Hemisphere and the Funnel Web, the longest and biggest water ride of its kind in the world. Whether your kids are thrill-seekers or they just want to dip their feet in, there's something for everyone. For fast priority entry, guests can download Jamberoo Action Park’s smartphone app where they can access mobile ticketing and Park information.

More information: visit their website

Eden Gardens
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 about  the wonderful world of carnivorous plants. As well as these activities, Eden Gardens is encouraging everyone to take part in their annual Gnome Roam Competition. Head to Eden Gardens, adopt a gnome for $5, take it home and decorate it in the theme of Eden Gardens or Spring and return it by September 28 for judging. All proceeds go to Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets charity. 

More information: visit their website.

Australian Museum September 21 to October 6 
Enjoy a range of activities these holidays as the Australian Museum. Learn about sharks with their Sharks! From Scaring to Caring workshop, native animals or become a marine biologist for a day. 

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. Encounter some of the world's most incredible animals and don't forget to check out the world's biggest and most impressive Great Barrier Reef exhibit.

More information: visit their website.

Taronga Zoo
Zoo Adventures is a school holiday program for children between the ages of 5-10. Zoo Adventurers will spend the Spring holidays exploring the different jobs that Keepers must do each day to care for the animals of the Zoo. Each day includes a Meet a Keeper experience, seal and/or bird Show visit, sky safari ride, animal encounters, a photo to take home and a range of fun and educational activities for all Zoo Adventurers to enjoy!

More information: visit their website.

Art Yoga Plant at The Ground of Alexandria
For kids aged 5 - 12, the Grounds of Alexandria will entertain your children for three hours during the school holidays. Children will create a piece of art, plant their very own seedling and finish with some yoga on the grounds. Tickets are selling fast. 

More information: Visit their website.

Camping at cockatoo island
The world heritage-listed Cockatoo Island is the perfect destination for a family camping trip. Just 15 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay, choose from powered sites or bring your own tent for the night. 

More information: visit their website.

Object Gallery
For kids with a fascination for wiggly, slimy creatures, the Object Gallery will be holding Yum vs Yuk Worm School, teaching children aged 6-12 how to create their own worm farms at home. 

More information: visit their website.

Coastal environment centre
Situated on Narrabeen lagoon and a close walk to the surf, the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) is an ideal spot on Sydney’s doorstep for primary school-aged kids to learn about the marine environment in a hands-on outdoor and indoor school holiday program.

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 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.

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 September 5 -7, 14, 19, 20, 21 & October 5 -6
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.

Kakadu National Park
Take a walk and check out the Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr in Kakadu National Park, and then climb the summit to watch the sun set over the floodplains below.

More information: visit their website.

Alice Desert Festival September 11 - 15
Every September the Alice Desert Festival transforms Alice Springs into a cultural celebration. The program hosts around 40 performances and over 60 events, including a day dedicated just for the kids. Kids day features the latest Katapilla Kids production ‘Emily & the Dragon’, a special appearance by Yamba the Honeyant and storytelling with the Alice Springs Public Library, to name just a few of the highlights.

More information: visit their website.

Gayngaru Wetlands interpretive walk
You and your children can experience the world of East Arnhem Land on the The Gayngaru Wetlands Interpretive Walk. The walk circles a lagoon that is packed with over 200 species of birds. There are two separate viewing platforms, a bird hide and the opportunity to learn about the bush foods of the area. 

More information: visit their website.

VICTORIA

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Eden Gardens August 6 & July 9
Venture outdoors with one of Eden Gardens workshops for kids. Participate in some creative garden crafts or kids can discover the many aromas created by flowers and herbs found int he gardern. As well as these activities, Eden Gardens is encouraging everyone to take part in their annual Gnome Roam Competition. Head to Eden Gardens, adopt a gnome for $5, take it home and decorate it in the theme of Eden Gardens or Spring and return it by September 28 for judging. All proceeds go to Mornington Peninsula Youth Enterprises. 

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. Gasworks’ Spring Kids Holiday program includes Dance Like Michael Jackson as well as a host of new classes like Join the Circus, LEGO and some very special art classes by award winning artist Darin Frankpitt.

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.

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. 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.

Alice in Wonderland - September 18 to October 6
After its success in 2012, Alice in Wonderland is returning again as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival kids section

More information: visit their website

Avenel Maze
The Avenel Maze is the perfect place to lose yourself and the kids for a few hours of fun in the Strathbogie Ranges. Themed around the most notorious bushranger, Ned Kelly, the Avenel Maze pays tribute to the iconic legend while educating your children on his life. 

More information: visit their website

Royal Melbourne Show September 21 to October 2
Rides, food, show bags, animals the Royal Melbourne Show is a great family day out. 

More information: visit their website.

Bike Riding at the Royal Botanic Gardens
Take your kids for a spin around the new 4km bicycle track at the Royal Botanical Gardens. As well as stretching your legs, you might be lucky enough to see some koalas, wallabies, echidnas and bandicoots.

More information: visit their website.

Free Thai Chi classes
A free Thai Chi class is held every Tuesday morning in Federation Square. Suitable for all ages, get the whole family together to exercise the mind and body. 

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.

Pop Star Performing Arts Program
There is always something fun and different to do at the Pop Star Performing Arts Program, including dancing, singing and drama. 

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.

Kids, camera, action workshop 
Kids Camera Action! is a unique film making school, aimed at kids between the ages of 8 and 16. The Holiday workshops involve games, character development, story building exercises and film production, a great starting point for kids interested in the magic of movies.

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.

OzAsia Festival
Now in its seventh year the OzAsia Festival will run from 13 - 29 September and play host to 28 performances and 47 events featuring 195 artists and presenters from across the globe. Don't miss the free family Moon Lantern Festival on September 19.

More information: visit their website.

South Australia Museum
The South Australia Museum have come up with some ways to fill in your school holidays with plenty of workshops available all themed around animals with no backbone - the world of invertebrates.

More information: visit their website.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Whiteman Park
Whiteman Park have a fantastic lineup of school holiday activities to entertain the kids. Shows include the Ranger Roger Show, Billy Bushranger Show and Bizircus Show. Bookings can be made on 9209 6000.

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.

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.

Perth Royal Show September 28 to October 5
Enjoy a great family day out and get up close with animals, art & craft, food and of course show bags! Just head over the Perth Royal Show. With 10,000 animals expected at the Show there will be endless displays and competitions to enjoy.

More information: visit their website

Bunbury Kidsfest October 5-7
The Bunbury Kidsfest is the perfect place to shake off the term and have some family fun. Highlights include film, photo booths, storytelling, snakes, fairies and much more. 

More information: visit their website.

The RSPCA
The RSPCA school holiday program is packed full of fun activities for your kids. From volunteering to learning about caring for an array of animals from horses to rabbits, it's a great way to entertain your little animal lovers.

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.

QUEENSLAND

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Kite flying at Clontarf beach - first and third Sunday of every month.
The whole Family can enjoy flying a kite and the best part is it's free. 

More information: visit their website

Chill out
Chill Out is one of Brisbane's most popular youth programs with a great variety of free and low-cost recreation activities for kids and teenagers between 10 and 17 years old. Activities include fishing, skateboarding, pottery and more. 

More information: visit their website

Brisbane festival - September 7 - 28
Events including music, theatre, dance, circus, comedy, cabaret, visual arts, talks and more.

More information: visit their website.

Planetarium
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium features entertaining and informative programs for children and adults interested in learning more about our universe. 

More information: visit their website

CityHopper
The CityHopper service allows you to rediscover Brisbane for free with ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week.

More information: visit their website

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.

More information: Visit their website.

Edens Gardens Carseldine
Venture outdoors with the kids and uncover the wonder of Australian native plants or learn all about backyard veggies and how to grow them at home. As well as these activities, Eden Gardens is encouraging everyone to take part in their annual Gnome Roam Competition. Head to Eden Gardens, adopt a gnome for $5, take it home and decorate it. The theme is Eden Gardens or Spring, return your gnome by September 28 for judging. All proceeds go to Youth Outreach Services of the Salvation Army. 

More information: Visit their website.

Kelly Sports
Kelly Sports provide a range of fun and stimulating programs that develop children’s fundamental sporting skills in an environment that encourages them to give sport a go.

More information: Visit their website.

Whale watching
Grab some binoculars and take the kids whale watching at Stradbroke Island these holidays, more than 3,000 whales pass by Point Lookout annually.

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 
This season the Hobart City Council's Bush Adventure Program is searching for orchids, wandering with wildflowers, enjoying breakfast with the birds and Devonshire tea with the waratahs. 

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.

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.

Spring Community Festival October 5 & 6
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens first festival is overflowing with entertainment, activities, rides, food, wine and much, much more. Go along and be a part of a fun family day celebrating spring.

More information: visit their website.

Learn to surf
42 South Surf School presents Surfgroms 2013. This program is for 5-12 year old boys and girls, the price includes 8 hours of surfing tuition, surfboard and wetsuit hire.

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 school holidays, 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: Visit 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.

Kid Technic holiday program
Looking for a challenge? Kid Technic's program teaches kids how to design, build and program robots! 

More information: Visit their website.

Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Based on the all-time favourite book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is now a magically witty play for children produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Following a sold-out season at Sydney Opera House, The Cat in the Hat now comes to The Playhouse for a special October school holiday treat for all the family. 

More information: visit their website.

The Essential Kids school holiday guide is compiled by Livia Gamble. Send contributions to lgamble@fairfaxmedia.com.au.