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Keep the kids entertained these school holidays with your choice of events around Australia.

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

NSW      VIC      QLD      WA      SA      NT     ACT

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

Alexander the Great: 2000 Years of Treasure - 24th November until 28th April
Teach your kids about one of the most fascinating figures in history at The Australian Museum, it will be hosting 2000 years 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

Waterworld
Some kids were born to slide, from the 26th December to 26th January they can do what they do best at Australia’s largest inflatable water park. Attractions include The Dragon Twin Slide, Shark pool and 10 metre high Colossal Dino Slide.

More information: Visit their website

The Sydney Festival
The Sydney Festival is on again from the 5 – 27 January. Highlights include Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duckie at Darling harbor and The Megaphone Project.

More information: Visit the Sydney Festival website

Dinosaurs at Taronga Zoo - 2nd November until 3rd February
Sydney’s version of Jurassic Park will be hitting Taronga Zoo these holidays. Dinosaurs in the Wild features 16 life sized dinosaurs including Australia’s own dinosaur, the Muttaburrasaurus.

More information: Visit Taronga Zoo's website

The Sydney Opera House
For a fairground atmosphere with entertainment, great food and free activities for children, Sydney Opera House is the place to go these holidays. Highlights include Charlie and Lola, The Cat in The Hat and the Kids Discovery Tour.

More information: Visit their website

Wallace and Gromit at the Powerhouse Museum
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
Stimulate the kids this summer with the biggest range of school holiday activities in one location. Sydney Olympic Park has a program to suit all interests and price ranges. Highlights include movies by the boulevard and the urban Jungle Adventure Park.

More information: Check out their activity schedule

Kids Camp
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 and include accommodation, meals, 24-hour supervision and all activities like horseriding, surfing, fishing and cooking.

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

Carols in the Domain – 22nd December
Carols by candlelight is the one time of year it is acceptable to sing at the top of your lungs in public, so grab your blankets, pack a picnic and head over to Carols in the Domain. Leave your candles at home and purchase a candle bag at the venue to help raise money for The Salvation Army Oasis Youth Support Network.

More information: Visit their website

Phineas and Ferb - Friday 11th – Sunday 13th January
Discover the spirit of fun and adventure these school holidays with the Disney Channel and Phineas and Ferb’s Brilliant Backyard events being held at Westfield Parramatta. Get zapped by Phineas and Ferb’s latest invention, the Photo-Inator, plus kids can build their own platy-plane and watch the latest shows from the Disney Channel. Every kid will receive a free Phineas and Ferb photo frame, and the best part is it’s free!

Eden Gardens – North Ryde
These summer holidays get outside, get dirty and get green with one of Eden Garden’s programs for 5 to 12-year-olds. Your kids can appreciate and learn about summer flowers, native plants and take home and make their own seed bomb to start a beautiful ‘top secret’ garden.

More information: Visit their website

Dangerously Fit
Dangerously Fit's kids’ boot camps are the perfect way to get your kids active and outdoors this summer. For children 4 to 10-years-old, workouts are put together by qualified and creative trainers who work games and fun into the boot camp to keep kids active and interested. 


More information: Visit their website

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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

More information: Visit their website

Jamberoo Recreation Park

Slip slop and slap while you slide around the beach and down the waterslides at Jamberoo Recreation Park these holidays, open every day from 10am – 5pm.

More information: Visit their website

Art Gallery of NSW

Introduce young kids to the art world at the Art Gallery of NSW. They have new guided tours designed for your little ones. Continue on the creative path and sign up for one of the galleries workshops for kids.

More information: Visit their website

Hunter Valley Lights Spectacular
In the lead up to Christmas it is the lights that we get excited about. With exciting new displays of over a million lights plus festive food, beverages, children’s entertainment and Santa! This is a great event that the whole family will enjoy.

More information: Visit their website

Body Science Great Australian Swim - 26 January
The final in the series takes place in Farm Cove, right outside the opera house, where people of all ages can join in. There are several races on offer including the Junior Kids 300m event where entrants swim along-side some of open waters best swimmers and sports stars.

More information: Visit their website

Treetop Adventure Park
Located in Sydney, The Central Coast and Newcastle, the Treetop Adventure Park offers climbing ventures for all ages.

More information: Visit their website

The Rocks' family ghost tour
For kids aged 8 and up The Rocks have a family ghost tour that everyone will remember. Explore the lanes and alleyways while listening to true stories.

More information: Visit their website

Science at Randwick – December 20
Randwick public school are offering a fun day of science activities where kids can learn the science to a range of mysteries.

More information: Visit their website

Pirates! Children's Adventure Land - 22nd September until 31st January
From landlubbers to buccaneers the Australian Maritime Museum’s children adventure land gives kids the opportunity to play pirates for a day, complete with their own hat.

More information: Visit their website

Summer Nights Cinema - 3rd to 9th January
Move your family movie nights from the living room to the stars. For seven nights in January Sydney’s Northern Beaches will be transformed into a movie and food lover’s paradise with the first Summer Nights Cinema. Don’t forget your sleeping bags and blankets.

More information: Visit their website

The Future Vet Kids Camp
The Future Vet Kids Camp is a program for aspiring young veterinarians aged 9-16. Held at Waverley College Junior School, each of the five-day camps aims to educate, inspire and promote responsible pet ownership through veterinary medicine. The camp also involves a trip to Taronga Zoo and the University of Sydney's Camden Clinic Veterinary Hospital. 

More information: Visit their website 

New Years Eve at Hunter Valley Gardens
From 6.30pm–10pm the Hunter Valley Gardens will be bringing in the New Year with festivities your kids will love. The celebrations will begin with an incredible lights display, amusement rides and fireworks from 9 pm. 

More information: Visit their website 

Luna Park Sydney - Sky Pirates high-diving shows
Arch-rivals Captain Skylark and Captain Vallo have long been battling for control of the high-seas. Their latest quest for the ocean’s hidden treasure has erupted at the famous Sydney icon and live high-diving action will take place daily from the 26th December to 29th January at Luna Park Sydney.

More information: Visit their website 

VICTORIA

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Geelong Adventure Park
Victoria's first water theme park featuring 22 rides and attractions to entertain adults and children of all ages.

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

Phineas and Ferb
Discover the spirit of fun and adventure these school holidays with the Disney Channel and Phineas and Ferb’s Brilliant Backyard events being held at Westfield Fountain Gate. Get zapped by Phineas and Ferb’s latest invention, the Photo-Inator, plus kids can build their own platy-plane and watch the latest shows from the Disney Channel. Every kid will receive a free Phineas and Ferb photo frame, the best part is it’s free!

Australian Treasure Walk
Explore Melbourne in an exciting new way. Australian Treasure Walks are fun, self-guided walks that are part treasure hunt, part puzzle. Follow the directions and map looking for answers to clues and then solve a final puzzle!

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

Cinema Nights at Piazza Italia
Take your dinner and movie nights to the street, Lygon street! Every Saturday night there will be free family movies and cartoons screening in the piazza.

More information: Visit their website

Junior Rangers - Summer Program - 22 December 2012 - 31 January 2013
Your little adventurer can climb mountains, hunt for treasure and discover what lies beneath crystal clear rock pools. Suitable for children aged six to 12 years this program is a great way for kids to find out about the environment.

More information: Visit their website

Summer Fun at Harbour Town 1st - 31st January
Harbour Town has a jam-packed line-up of activities and entertainment for the whole family. Activities include Lego and Thomas the Tank Engline workshops, an animal farm and live music.

More information: Visit their website

Carols at Docklands - 23rd December
Get jolly and take the whole family to the Carols and Docklands. The kids carnival begins at 5:30pm with entertainment, face painting and rides. Carols begin at 8pm with special guests Stan Walker and Evermore.

More information: Visit their website

Langham Christmas Light Show 7 - 28 December
Visual installations will be portraying a classic winter wonderland this Christmas against the backdrop of the Langham's elegant fountain.

More information: Visit their website

McDonald's Holiday All-Stars: Sporting Style 7 - 18 January
McDonald's Holiday All-Stars program offers great sporting style themed activities for kids. Challenge sporting superstars in the interactive activities or join in daily drawing classes with noted children's author and illustrator Paul Harvey.

More information: Visit their website

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Exhibition 22nd November - 2nd February
Jump through the wardrobe into the world of Narnia where visitors can come face to face with props and set dressings from the magical Narnia films. The exhibit includes a replica of the White Witches Throne, an interactive waterfall and a model of King Miraz’s castle.

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

Eden Gardens – Carseldine
These summer holidays get outside, get dirty and get green with one of Eden Garden’s programs for 5 to 12-year-olds. Your kids can appreciate and learn about summer flowers, native plants and take home and make their own seed bomb to start a beautiful ‘top secret’ garden.

More Information: Visit their website

Mad Surf Camp
From 9.30am – 3pm your kids can surf, body board, fish and jetty jump to their hearts desire with East Coast Surf School Camp.

More information: For all enquires, call Helene on 02 66 515 515 or visit their website

Kiah Park Horse Riding Camp
Kiah Park offers 7-Day Riding Camps every school holidays for children six years to teen. Each child is given its own horse to look after and appreciate for the week.

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 programmes that  develop children’s fundamental sporting skills in an environment that encourages them to give sport a go.

More information: Visit their website

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

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Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre
The summer holidays are the perfect time for your children to be one with nature. Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre are offering five kids camps, providing activities such as horse riding, ropes courses and camping.

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, Deep Oceans. 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

Brora-Farm - 21st to 25th  January
Brora-Farm are offering a program designed for young children, teens and young adults, including those at risk or with disabilities, to learn positive skills for life through horsemanship and horse riding.

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

Kids Pantry - 14 January to 1st February
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. Christmas classes will run every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays through December up until Christmas. They will be making everything from ice cream to croquembouche, Christmas cake and gingerbread houses through to Christmas trifle and Christmas lollies.

More information: Visit their website

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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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

Crocodylus Park
There are over 1,000 crocodiles at Crocodylus Park for you and your kids to smile at, but don’t let the crocs steal all of your attention, there are also monkeys, lions, leopards and more to see.

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
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

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

Desert Park - Nocturnal Tour
Find out what really goes on in the desert after dark with the Desert Park Nocturnal Tour. Journey with a professional guide for a one hour discovery tour through the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges. Bookings are essential.

More information: Visit their website

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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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 pet photography, 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

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

Big Wave Surfing School
It’s finally summer time; school’s out and the kids just want to go to the beach. So why not give them something constructive to do while they are there. Perth Surf School use advanced systems of coaching and their instructors are fully accredited. Your kids will be standing in no time.

More information: Visit their website

The Fairies
The fairies school holiday program is three hours of fairy fun. For $30 your little one can dance, sing and celebrate being a fairy.

More information: Visit their website

West Coast Gymnastic holiday program
Pop your kids into the West Coast Gym during January for a fun day of team building activities including parachute games. For $40 a day your kids will leave bouncing and come home ready for bed.

More information: Visit their website 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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South Australia Museum
Have some fun in the sun on the South Australian Museum front lawns. Kids can handle collection items, splash in rock pools and try their hand at Roman games as part of their summer exhibition, Built Tough: The Awesome Roman Empire.

 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
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

Mount Gambier Library
Mount Gambier library have a selection of old-fashioned school holiday fun on offer for you and your kids to enjoy. Activies include lego, board games and craft.

More information: Visit their website

Haviana Australia Day challenge
The thong challenge returns in an attempt to break the world record for the longest line of floating havianas at The Foreshore, Glenelg. The cost of participating is $30 with $10 from every ticket going towards the local Nippers club.

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

TASMANIA

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Zoodoo Wildlife Park 
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.

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 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

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