OK, so the second week of the school holidays is coming up, you’ve already worn used glasses at the latest 3D movie, worn used shoes at the bowling alley and squeezed the budget on popcorn, candy and sanitizer (for the shoes and glasses).
Gone are the years when you could give them a cardboard box, strangely providing hours of entertainment. Now it’s a full time job as Fun & Education Events Co-ordinator and we know how hard it is to keep those ideas (and fun) flowing without breaking the bank.
We’ve done a hunt around for you and found a few cheap, even free, options and ideas that will keep you and your kids having a stack of fun for the rest of the holidays.
- Beach time. It’s the spring holidays, the weather’s getting warmer so its a great time to plan a day at one of our stunning world class beaches. Pick somewhere that is patrolled by lifeguards, grab some sun protection, picnic lunch and hit the beach. It shouldn’t cost a thing once you’re there, except of course you will have to grab a few ice creams, it’s just Aussie tradition.
- Discover the Deep Ocean. The Australian Museum has a breathtaking ‘Deep Ocean’ exhibition on at the moment, fascinating for both young and old. Entry is $5 per child and adults are free with kids (after museum entry).
- Visit Sydney’s leakiest house. Grab your raincoat (or borrow a used one when you get there!) for Sydney’s leakiest house. ‘I Wish You Hadn’t Asked’ is an art project as part of Art and About and involves a house where rain pours inside its walls.
- Budding Polticians? Head to the NSW Parliament for Open House Family Fun Day where budding future Premier can gain a look into the history and workings of the New South Wales parliament. Wednesday, 3 October, 10am-3pm.
Want more ideas? Check out http://goplay.nsw.gov.au/ for a great list of fun activities going on over the school holidays.
- Future rock star? The Art Centre Melbourne is the place to be these school holidays with a whole bunch of activities on to suit everybody. Events like ‘Instant Rockstar’ where for $22 dollars your budding pop star can get work in real studio and make their own CD.
- Front row seats. Also at the art centre is the Teensy Top Roll Up, bragging to be the smartest, sharpest and smallest show in town and just yourselves as the audience. The show guarantees to leave you awe but hurry, ends on Sunday, 30 September.
- Puppet show. Melbourne puppet company snuff puppets will be doing a range of roaming free performances at FedSquare. Daily 2- 6 October.
- Head back in time. Check out Explore-a-saurus at sci tech to get up close and personal with dinosaurus. Explore everything about these prehistoric animals and even test yourself against the pressure of a T-Rex jaw. It’s $14 for adults ($10 after 3pm), kids 4-15 years old it’s just $9 and free for kids under 3.
- Madagasgar madness. Harbour Town Adelaide has a range of activities for the holidays from free facepainting, jumping castle and a passport trail to tie in with Madagasgar 3.
- Green fingers. Learn how to grow a garden that you can utilise for your cooking needs to. It’s educational, outdoors and you’ll be growing your own delicious home grown food. Check out: Kitchen gardening in Brisbane.
- Young Robin Hoods? Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and target practice. Over 8 years. Murarrie Recreational Ground. Check out the The Brisbane city council website.
- Star gazers. Head to the Sir Thomas Brisbane planetarium. You’re bound to find something that suites your budget and schedule.
Still stuck for ideas? Also have a look at Weekend Notes a excellent website with a big choice of things to do. There’s the River Fireworks Spectacular , The City Of Lights Laser Show and plenty more fun family ideas.
- Spring to it. Australia’s biggest festival of spring, showcasing over 1 million flowers in bloom, you’ll definitely want to experience the Floriade and you can even check out the Floriade Night Fest if you have to work during the day.
There’s definitely no shortage of events to do these school holidays but of course there’s always the stay home option, bring out the board games, get painting or even cooking but most important have fun!