14 free (or almost free) school holiday activities for all ages

School holidays can be super expensive, what with the locust-like swarm that clears your kitchen cupboards and fridge in less than a day and laying out for movies and other big-ticket entertainment options. When boredom kicks in, it’s a great idea to have some free activities ready to go. Here’s a guide to get you started.


Bioblitz at Sydney Park

The City of Sydney is offering a range of daytime activities, including a water bird survey, urban jungle bike safari, a reptile survey, an Aboriginal cultural tour and a pollinator survey within Sydney Park these school holidays. It’s an ideal day out for budding scientists, who will have the chance to learn about local water bugs, the secrets of feathers, fascinating fungi and where the lizards hide. There’s also stalls on the day, a free BBQ, and Taronga Zoo are hosting nature play activities.

• When: April 14, 2018 from 10am to 4pm
• Where: Sydney Park Road, Alexandria
• Cost: Free
• More info: (02) 9265 9333 

Get up close with nature at Bioblitz

Makerspace school holiday workshops

Select libraries across Sydney will be offering free hands-on creative workshops for kids aged five to 14. What’s on the menu? Projects incorporating recycling and robotics, exploring motion, electronics and robotics - for example, there’s Vibro bot racing at Kings Cross Library, and LittleBits electronic building at Green Square, Waterloo and Haymarket libraries.

• When: Check the site for specific event details, as they vary.
• Where: Across various Sydney branches.
• Cost: Free
• More info: (02) 9265 9333 

For more Sydney inspo, check out City of Sydney’s school holiday events.


ACT Permaculture Festival

With demonstrations, tours of Canberra City farm, workshops, presentations, music, markets and community stalls, and kid’s activities on offer, the Permaculture Festival will make for a full day out of fun. You’ll find loads of inspiration for adopting a low-impact lifestyle, from helping grow your own food to lowering your energy use. Bring your own bags and water bottles.

• Where: Canberra City Farm, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick
• When: April 15, 2018 10am - 4pm
• Cost: Free
• More info: 0406 375 150, actpermafest2018@gmail.com

There's something for everyone at Permaculture.

Adventure Playground in Kambah

Not your average playground, the Adventure playground has been designed with toddlers, juniors and teenagers in mind. You’ll find a tree house, junior and senior flying foxes, giant swings, space net and wheelchair accessible liberty swing. Skateboarding and BMX enthusiasts can hit the half pipe, and there are several hectares of irrigated grass to run around on. Bring a picnic or barbecue food and make a day of it.

• Where: Springbett Street, Kambah, ACT
• When: Between 7am and 8pm every day.
• Cost: Free
• More info: 13 22 81

For more ideas, check out Visit Canberra.


Me, Myselfie and I
Exploring the way we represent ourselves through digital technology, ‘Me, Myselfie and I’ is a collection-based exhibition featuring video works by Takahiko Iimura, Phil Dadson, Miloš Tomic and a series of digital prints by Gordon Bennett. There are interactive displays and multimedia artist projects that invite children to consider different ways of creating their own portraits.

• Where: GOMA, Children’s Art Centre
• When: Daily, from 10.00am – 5.00pm, until April 22, 2018
• Cost: Free
• More info: (0)7 3840 7303, gallery@qagoma.qld.gov.au

Cute as a button! Badge making workshop

A popular event, these hands-on badge-making workshops invite kids to come along (selfie optional) and create a badge that tells the world who they are, which they can then take home. Staffed by artists, it’s a great way to combine learning and creativity.

• Where: The Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
• When:  April 11, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
• Cost: Free
• More info:  07 3339 0800, info@museumofbrisbane.com.au

For more Queensland school holiday ideas, click here.


Whiteman Park’s school holiday programming

Head out to Whiteman Park for a range of free and cheap workshop and events aimed at edu-taining the whole family. From super sleuthing at the Revolutions Transport Museum, to pottery, Scitech sponsored science shows, commemorative banner making to exploring the local mussel pools, the school holiday period is well covered – and it’s a great spot for a picnic and play when you’re done! Bookings are essential on 9209 6000 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm).

• Where: Whiteman’s Park
• When: various dates throughout April school holidays.
• Cost: Varies, visiting the park itself is free.
• More info: Whiteman Park’s website.

Whiteman Park is the perfect spot for a family day out.

Kids Kerfuffle

City of Stirling is transforming Rickman Delawney Reserve into the ultimate kids' obstacle course and free family fun day out. Children aged 6-12 will have 30 minutes to climb, jump, crawl, slide and run their way through the obstacle course, which features slip and slides, climbing walls, tyre runs, monkey bars, and inflatables. There will also be free performers, hands-on art and crafts, music shows, bubbles, games, activities for kids under 6, food and more.

• When: April 21, 2018, 9.00am – 1.30pm
• Where: Rickman Delawney Reserve, Balcatta
• Cost: Free Entry & Family Activities | $10 for Obstacle Course (bookings essential)
• More info: Get obstacle course tickets via Eventbrite

For more Perth based events, visit City of Perth’s whats-on guide.


City of Marion’s Virtual Reality Experience

Presented by Edge VR, City of Marion is offering a free, fully immersive virtual reality environment at the Cove Civic Centre. Using the latest headsets and some of the fastest computing power available, each participant will spend a full 30 minutes exploring distant worlds and playing video games in a mobile VR laboratory pod. This one is for children aged 12+

• When: April 17, 2018, 10am–5pm  (1-hour bookings)
• Where: Cove Civic Centre, 1 Ragamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove
• Cost: Free, but bookings are essential
• More info: (08) 8375  6755, City of Marion Libraries website.

SA Museum Dinosaur rEvolution

South Australian Museum in Adelaide is bringing the touring exhibition from Gondwana Studios, Dinosaur rEvolution to town. The exhibition explores the thrilling world of dinosaurs and their ancestors and features animatronics, 3D models, close-to-life sized murals and fossil casts kids can touch. There’s also a ‘Pyjama Party’ and a ‘Night at the Museum’ sleepover experience, in conjunction with event experts Sleepee Teepee.

• Where: South Australian Museum, Adelaide
• When: February 2018 - May 6, 2018
• Cost: Adult $15 / Children aged 3-15 $5
• More info: 08 8207 7575

Find more ideas at Tourism South Australia



Join the rEvolution. Photography by Sia Duff.


Nepal Festival

Celebrate Nepalese culture with your children at this touring festival featuring exhibition stalls, cultural shows and Nepalese parade with different authentic customs, and kids activities. There are stalls from local community groups and business, and plenty of food on offer.

• Where: Darwin waterfront, 19b Kitchener Drive, Darwin City
• When: April 14, 2018, 3pm to 9:00pm
• Cost: Free
• More info: Visit Eventbrite.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Educational and entertaining displays and exhibitions featuring the history and culture of the Northern Territory are always on offer, which runs alongside their school holiday program bursting with a range of activities suiting different ages and interests. You can find the full program of events – including arts and crafts, interactive tours and storytelling sessions online.

• Where: 19 Conacher Street, Darwin
• When: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays.
• Cost: Free
• More info: 08 8999 8264, info@magnt.net.au

For more school holiday fun in the NT, visit Do the NT.


Trek through Mount Misery

Lace up your walking shoes and take the kids for a trek through five kilometres of well-constructed walking tracks. Along the way, you’ll wander through a rainforest, sub-alpine heathland, a mountaintop and waterfall – if you’re keen to do the entire walk! Starting at Huon Bush Retreats, the walkway also passes 30 interpretive panels examining Aboriginal and natural values. There are barbeques onsite or pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

• Where: 302 Browns Road, Ranelagh, Huonville,
• When: Open all holidays from 8.30am to dusk
• Cost: Free, though a donation is appreciated.
• More info: (03) 6264 2233, info@huonvalleyescapes.com.au

Take a walk on the wild(erness) side in Mount Misery

Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery Children’s Festival 2018

The theme of this year’s festival is creativity, and there will be plenty of family-friendly special events, displays, programs and activities suitable for children of all ages. Get creative with chalk, listen to a tale, jump up and down at an energetic exercise session or relax and draw in the chillout station. The six-day festival has a packed program full of fun that you can download online.

• Where: Dunn Place, Hobart
• When: April 17-22, 2018
• Cost: Free
• More info: (03) 6165 7000, tmagmail@tmag.tas.gov.au

Check out Discover Tasmania for more ideas and inspiration.


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Today is 17th April, school holidays are over, your email is too late.