Spring School Holidays are here….and with Christmas only weeks away, the festive spirit is already in the air. The weather is getting warmer and we can start peeling off the layers.

There is so much to do these school holidays. These are just a few of the highlights of school holiday fun per state. It certainly is NOT an exhaustive list – it’s rather activities that have caught my eye that I would love to take my kids to

Let us know in the comments below if you have any favourites we should add in.

NSW

‘Slimed’ at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

These September school holidays, up the slime factor as part of Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s all-new ‘Slimed’ interactive experience. In an attraction-first, guests will go on a slime-tastic underwater journey as they learn weird and wonderful facts about the slimy creatures of the sea including anemones, sea cucumbers, moray eels and ‘the most disgusting creature on earth’, the hagfish. For the daring, try your hand at ‘Black Box Challenges’ where guests can stick their hands in a mystery black box and guess what slimy creature the texture resembles!

For the creative, there will be daily slime-making workshops at 11:00am and 2.30pm where guests learn how to create their own slime at Darwin’s Lab (located between Shipwreck and Jurassic Seas).

Make like a slippery eel and ‘slime’ on in before the experience slips away on Sunday 14 October.

Where: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
When: Saturday 29 September – Sunday 14 October 2018
Cost:  Included in price of admission. Adults from $35.00 Children from $24.60. Book online and save.
Website: www.sealifesydneyaquarium.com.au

MEGA CREATURES At Hunter Valley Gardens

Venture into the Hunter Valley Gardens these school holidays and discover a spectacular display of giants that will thrill both parents and children alike! From 29 September  to 14 October, the  annual Mega Creatures event returns to Hunter Valley Gardens showcasing some of Australia’s largest animatronic bugs, dinosaurs and dragons. Get up close and personal with our infamous 8 metre T-rex, a giant Triceratops, the towering tarantula, a mega-sized snail and much more. Plus, see the new kids on the block – baby dinosaurs have arrived in the Gardens!

Kids of all ages will be delighted (or possibly terrified!) as they experience life-like sounds and movements of these giant dinosaurs, dragons and creepy crawlies. They may even learn a thing or two about our prehistoric friends.

Mega Creatures is a great fun-filled day out for the whole family – explore the amazing gardens, see the Mega Creatures and brave the Garden rides.

More details at www.huntervalleygardens.com.au

Marvel Create Your Own – Comic Workshops

In partnership with Tap Tap comics, Microsoft Store are hosting comic workshops for you to learn and get creative these school holidays.

Join us in-store with well-renowned Marvel comics artists, Patrick Brown and Sheldon Vella as they teach you how to illustrate famous Marvel characters. Watch on and learn different techniques and tips from the professionals in a step by step tutorial. You will also have the chance to get hands on with Surface to create, edit and share your very own comic art using the Marvel Create Your Own platform. Using your favorite Marvel characters, you can create new panels and write speech bubbles to craft an exciting Marvel comic adventure, created by you!

Places are limited, so register today to secure your spot!

Workshop recommended for 10-18 years. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult caregiver at all times throughout the event.

When: Monday to Sunday, October 8-14
Time: 2pm-4pm
Where: Microsoft Store, 188 Pitt Street Mall, Sydney

Mini Beasts at Wild Life Sydney Zoo

These October school holidays, guests can get hands on with all things creepy crawly at Wild Life Sydney Zoo! Get up close and personal with Giant Millipedes, Rainforest Snails, Scorpions and much more at the interactive hub, and discover fascinating features about these unique mini beasts of the wild! Up for a challenge? There’s even some bug-alicious treats for those who dare to taste!

Open daily from 12-3pm until 14 October, Wild Life Sydney Zoo’s interactive hub awaits its newest mini explorers!

Where: Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
When: Saturday 29 September – Sunday 14 October 2018
Cost: Included in price of admission. Adults from $35.00 Children from $24.60. Book online and save.
Website: www.wildlifesydney.com.au/

New Endurance Course for Kids & Grown-Ups At Sky Zone

Sky Zone has launched the ultimate endurance course at their state-of-the-art venue in Sydney, Alexandria. Aspiring Warriors from the age of 5 can climb, weave and swing their way around the course, challenging themselves and each other to come out on top.

Guests can bounce across the staggered steps, test their balance along the beam, fly on the trapeze and zip lines and climb across the monkey bars. The new cutting-edge facility is included in the normal jump price at Sky Zone Alexandria.

The Enduro Warrior course has been designed with families in mind, but it is also the perfect training ground for elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Sky Zone is the ultimate family entertainment venue, with an Enduro Warrior Course, wall to wall trampolines, Sky Climb, a climbing wall hub – it’s the ideal spot for kids’ parties, rainy day adventures and toddler tiring sessions.

Where: Sky Zone Alexandria –  75 O’Riordan St, Alexandria, NSW

For more details visit www.skyzone.com.au

Superhero Academy at Madame Tussauds Sydney

Calling all budding superheroes! These school holidays, Madame Tussauds Sydney is calling guests to come one and come all, to join their Superhero Academy and be a FORCE FOR GOOD!

For a gold coin donation, mini heroes can fly into fun craft activities at the Darling Harbour attraction and design their very own cape to help them take on the world! All proceeds raised will go to Merlin’s Magic Wand, a charity which provides magical experiences to ill disabled and disadvantaged children around the world.

Dressed in their new superhero gear, guests can also join the mission to save the world alongside Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash at the new Justice League: A Call for Heroes experience, an interactive adventure unlike any other.

Madame Tussauds Sydney’s Superhero academy is open all school holidays until 14 October, with cape making sessions between 11am-3pm and all other craft activities available all day. Hurry, capes are only available while stocks last!

Where: Madame Tussauds Sydney, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
When: Saturday 29 September – Sunday 14 October 2018
Cost: Included in price of admission. Adults from $35.00 Children from $24.60. Book online and save.
Website: www.madametussauds.com.au

Lost Picnic

Bohemian outdoor music festival, Lost Picnic, is the perfect family day out these Spring school holidays. Festival organisers have forayed into the world of theatre and art to bring on board a myriad of entertainment and performances to keep the young ones entertained, with the likes of La Petite Grande, The Nylon Zoo, Fizzics Science, Circus Playground joining the impressive food and music line-up.

Alongside the city’s best food vendors, Lost Picnic will feature a proudly antipodean music line up including Tash Sultana, Meg Mac, Marlon Williams, Odette, Sons of the East, Big Words and Hot Potato Band.

La Petite Grande, a 1920s art-deco inspired tent with a mirrored façade, is part song and dance, part circus. Run by the outrageously talented Kiki and Pascal, each show is mixture of interactive and inspiring antics designed to keep children laughing all afternoon.

Two jumping castles will be available for kids to jump themselves silly all day. It is free to jump with sessions for bigger children and smaller children held separately, so there is a chance for everyone to enjoy.

Little ones can try their hand at plate spinning, master the diablo (the juggling hourglass) or even create lit up artworks with a poi with Circus Playground.

There is a giant art and crafts workshop for budding artists of all ages can contribute to a huge art installation.

Lost Picnic have brought back their popular lawn games for the day – totem tennis, boules, tug of war, giant Jenga and giant connect four.

There will also be a myriad of roving performances like the Blue Tongue Brass, Gramophone Man and Morris Dancers to keep guests of all ages entertained in between music sets.

Lost Picnic is on at Sydney’s Domain on 13 October.

Family tickets are on sale now from www.lostpicnic.net.

What’s On At The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is putting the spotlight on storytime classics these Spring school holidays with charming, magical and much-loved tales leaping off the pages and onto its famous stages.

From 29 September – 6 October, the Helpmann Award-winning Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories will enchant children and parents alike with the story of an impossibly small man that loves to write. Reinhardt Jung’s internationally lauded novel is brought to life through delicate puppeteering as the lovable and tiny Bambert sets his stories free on miniature balloons. Will anyone return his call?

The perfect show for little ones with big imaginations, The Snow Dragon arrives in the Playhouse from 3 – 12 October in the form of a festive forest filled with fantastic creatures. This toe-tapping musical adventure that will have you humming for weeks after, follows Billy the goat on a New Year’s Eve adventure as he awaits the annual visit from the legendary Snow Dragon.

Retelling the story of the famous cow who jumped over the moon, Yo Diddle Diddle is a hilarious hip-hop infused adventure that explores resilience, determination and the power of friendship. Families can bust a mooo-ve with this guaranteed crowd pleaser in the Studio from 10 – 14 October.

Dumpling Delight at Sydney Tower Eye

Back due to popular demand, these school holidays the Sydney Tower Eye is your one-stop for food and views with a sky-high dumpling experience to celebrate Chinese Golden Week in partnership with the dumpling legends at New Shanghai.
From 1 – 7 October, the Observation Deck of the Sydney Tower Eye will transform into a Chinese kingdom, complete with festive decorations, inviting guests to celebrate the annual festivities with a-la-carte or unlimited lunch or dinner dumpling sessions available.

Best known for their delectable dumplings, the guys at New Shanghai are serving up a custom dumpling menu featuring all the favourites including chicken dumplings, vegetarian spring rolls and limited GOLDEN pan fried pork buns!

Following your exclusive dumpling session, be a tourist in your own city and amaze yourself with 360 degrees of the streets of Sydney and beyond from the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

Where: Sydney Tower Eye, Level 5, Westfield Sydney, Corner of Pitt St and Market St
When: Monday 1 October – Sunday 7 October
Cost: All-you-can-eat-dumplings (includes entry to Observation Deck) – Adults from $40. Children from $28.
General Observation Deck entry – Adults from $28. Children from $20. A-la-carte dumpling prices vary and sold separately on-site.
Website: www.sydneytowereye.com.au

Kids go FREE at Illawarra Fly

These school holidays, kids go FREE* to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures for outdoor action the whole family will enjoy!

The 500-metre elevated walkway takes visitors above the forest to offer views over the valley, from Lake Illawarra to the Pacific Ocean. The panoramic view from the crest of the walkway’s spiralling tower, 45 metres above the forest floor, also offers the ultimate backdrop for a winning Instagram selfie!
Equipped with their very own Rainforest Ranger booklet and lanyard, gusts can also follow an exciting trail of questions and learn all about the region’s diverse flora and fauna, as well as cool facts about Illawarra Fly’s Treetop Walk structure.
Daring explorers can also satisfy their need for speed by completing the attraction’s high flying Zipline Tour and enjoy 250m of flying fun! *Please note: Zipline Tour comes at an additional cost.

Where: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, 182 Knights Hill Road Knights Hill NSW 2577
When: Saturday 29 September– Sunday 14 October 2018
Cost: Adults from $22.50. Children from $13.50.
Zipline Tour (includes Treetop Walk): Adults from $60. Children from $36
Website: www.illawarrafly.com

*Kids Go Free with a full paying adult to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. Child (4-15) ticket and children under 3 are free of charge. Valid for the Treetop Walk only (not valid for the Zipline). Not valid with any other offer, group or combination tickets. Valid from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 14 October (included).


VIC

Jurassic Creatures

Did you hear a roar? A stomp? The Dinosaurs are here!
Jurassic Creatures, is an interactive walk through event that will captivate young and old alike. Explore an ancient world full of animatronic dinosaurs. Get ready to be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return and come alive before your eyes.

Marvel at the story of their 165 million year domination of life on earth. Watch them move. Hear them roar! Get up close with the most infamous prehistoric animals including everyone’s favourite, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Become a Palaeontologist for the day. Children will be provided with an expert digger outfit before chipping away to unearth their very own fossil in the digging area.

Plus there will be many more activities to take part in, including dinosaur sand art, fossil displays, 3D Jigsawland, walking live dinosaurs and jumping castles.

Jurassic Creatures will run at St Kilda Triangle (adjacent to Palais Theatre) until 14 October 2018.

More info and tickets at www.jurassiccreatures.com.au

ACMI’s Wonderland

ACMI’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece WONDERLAND is in its final days (closes 7 Oct). A must-see for Melbourne kids and families, it’s a perfect school holiday outing. As a final-days bonus kids receive a free pair of bunny ears upon entry.

To get to our show-stopping 360-degree Tea Party projection you’ll first enter the mysterious Hallway of Doors – a favourite for curious children. Parents will enjoy the stunning collection of costumes from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland as well as beautiful illustrations, behind-the-scenes photos from the much-loved Disney animation.

For more details visit www.acmi.net.au

Lost Picnic

Bohemian outdoor music festival, Lost Picnic, is the perfect family day out these Spring school holidays. Festival organisers have forayed into the world of theatre and art to bring on board a myriad of entertainment and performances to keep the young ones entertained, with the likes of La Petite Grande, The Nylon Zoo, Fizzics Science, Circus Playground joining the impressive food and music line-up.

Utilising story, dance, play, music, meditation and epic amounts of adventure, The Nylon Zoo will offer a variety of mostly magical, hilarious, sometimes surprising and all-round amazing interactive performances in and around their fabulous inflatable animal portals.

Create gigantic bubbles, flying toilet paper, hair-raising experiments, bubbling liquid nitrogen demos, levitating beach balls, fireballs, coloured shadows and much, much more with the Fizzics Science team who will wow, shock and entertain the whole family.

KaZaam creates weaves myth and storytelling into his magic creating a masterpiece of performance. He will be performing twice over the day to make sure no one misses the magic.

Here to delight audiences with their catchy songs and puppet dance moves, the Krazy Koala Puppet Show is full of fun and laughter for the entire family.

Since forming in 1994, Strange Fruit has established itself as one of Australia’s iconic outdoor theatre companies. They will showcase their signature performance style of theatre, dance and circus, using 5m high, flexible sway-poles.

Little ones can try their hand at plate spinning, master the diablo (the juggling hourglass) or even create lit up artworks with a poi with Circus Playground.

There is a giant art and crafts workshop for budding artists of all ages can contribute to a huge art installation.

Lost Picnic have brought back their popular lawn games for the day – totem tennis, boules, tug of war, giant Jenga and giant connect four.

There will also be stilt butterflies, living statues, giant lady bugs and a grand street organ.

Lost Picnic is on at Melbourne’s Flemington Nursery on 7  October

Family tickets are on sale now from www.lostpicnic.net.

See The Silvers Circus

Silvers Circus is a household name in Australia and after forty years on the road has evolved into one of the Top 10 Circuses of the World. Silvers maintains all the sparkle, glamour and death defying acts expected of Australia’s premier circus, dedicated to constant innovation and modernisation with extraordinary artists continually arriving from all parts of the world. Silvers circus presents a line up of stunning international artists, Las Vegas style illusions and captivating production techniques.

Silvers Circus continues to provide jaw dropping entertainment for the whole family and is coming to a location near you.

Richmond – Burnley Oval: Wednesday 5 September – Sunday 7 October, 2018

Melton – Woodgrove Shopping Centre: Wednesday 10 – Sunday 21 October, 2018

For all show details visit – www.silverscircus.com.au

Barbie High Tea at The Langham, Melbourne

Calling on all cupcake obsessed, lick-the-bowl kitchen helpers and P plate bakers and chefs in training, on weekdays until Friday 12 October, The Langham, Melbourne’s Aria Lounge will host a Barbie Cooking and Baking high tea.

Children are encouraged to dress up in their favourite Barbie themed character and tuck into a three-tiered high tea stand brimming with a stack of strawberry churros, meringue rings, a Neapolitan cupcake, pizza muffins, corn fritter balls, ham and cheese sandwiches, cream cheese pinwheel sandwiches and high tea essentials including cucumber ribbon sandwiches and fluffy, fresh-out-of-oven buttermilk scones served with fresh cream and strawberry preserve.

Plus, children will also be presented with a golden pastry box with a freshly baked party pie and sausage roll.

The cost is $49.00 per child, which includes raspberry cordial and hot chocolate AND a take home Barbie doll.

Accompanying adults can enjoy Aria Lounge’s signature Wedgwood high tea for $59.00 including an espresso coffee, loose leaf Wedgwood tea and a glass of sparkling wine.

Bookings can be made by contacting ariabar.com.au or by calling 1800 641 107


WA

Bricktober

Perth’s largest, fan built, dedicated Lego Show is on again this October School Holidays. This event showcases models built from LEGO by fans of the brick in Perth.

Activities at Bricktober include:

  • A Stadium full of LEGO models built by fans of LEGO® in Perth.
  • A “Brickpit” with over 20,000 LEGO bricks that you can play with
  • Animated LEGO films on the big screen – free
  • Building Competitions on the day. (please note numbers are limited – sign up on the day)
  • Appearances by LifeSize MR Brick – Have your photo taken with this amazing full-size Legoman!
  • Appearances by Superheroes, Princesses and Star Wars characters.
  • Plus you can drive a LEGO Drive a Lego Train, Control a Technic Vehicle, build and race a Lego car on our Racer Ramp.
  • Buy a raffle ticket to win cool LEGO sets.
  • Take a guess at the number of pieces in a jar of LEGO® and win the Jar of LEGO.

When: 6 & 7 October 2018, 9am – 4:15pm
Where: Curtin Stadium, Kent St, Bentley
Cost: $10 each or Family of 4 – $30, kids under 2 are free

Tickets can be pre purchased at www.bricktober.info/booking-2018/

Spring in the City

There are so many cultural, creative and free activities happening during Spring time in Perth.

For more information on Spring in the City events, visit visitperthcity.com

Shark Sleepover

Experience the excitement of sleeping under the sea! Discover more about our amazing marine animals with a night of exclusive tours, fun marine themed activities designed to educate and enthral, and a sleep over in Australia’s largest single aquarium surrounded by sharks, stingrays and hundreds of stunning fish! Suitable for kids aged 7 – 12 years

Where: The Aquarium Of Western Australia, Perth
When: 4 October 2018
Cost: Child – $125 ; Adult – $145
More Info: www.aqwa.com.au

Adventure World

Adventure World has recently opened for the summer season and we just can’t wait to take the family for a day of action-packed fun in the sun.

This adrenaline Theme Park includes world-class attractions such as the $12 million roller coaster “Abyss”, the $7 million dollar Kraken, the longest, tallest and steepest Funnel water slide on the planet, the enchanting “Dragon’s Kingdom” and popular Hawaiian resort themed “Kahuna Falls” (an aqua rain fortress) to name a few of the 25 attractions set in beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and lawns.

Visit adventureworld.net.au for more details.


SA

Cranky Bear

Inspired by the award-winning best-selling book, The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland. Zebra, Lion and Moose each think they know how to solve the Bear’s crankiness, but their shenanigans just make him even crankier! It takes a humble and empathetic Sheep with an open heart and listening ear to solve the Bear’s woes.

Cranky Bear is a rollicking cabaret-style show for 4 – 8 year olds packed with music, laughter and mayhem.

When: 9 – 13 October 10:30am and 1:30pm
Where: Dunstan Playhouse

Book at BASS: 13 12 46 or at www.bass.net.au/events/cranky-bear

Sci World

This is sure to be one of the highlights of the holidays. It’s a series of action-packed science workshops, with the them of World of Change.

Don’t miss the “It’s elemental” science show, learn something new in one of the workshops: “Chemistry Capers”, “States of Matter”, “Up Up and Away” and “Robotics”. Learn about the solar system in the new digital Starlab! Explore hands-on exhibits!

Where: Adelaide Showground (Thomas Edmond Studio), with access and loads of parking available off Rose Terrace, Wayville.
When: Tuesday 9th October: 10am – 1pm; or 2pm – 5pm ; Wednesday 10th October: 2pm – 5pm ; Thursday 11th October: 2pm – 5pm.
Cost: $15 for children aged 5 – 15 years, with younger siblings and accompanying adults completely FREE!

Book ahead here

A limited number of tickets may be available at the door, subject to online sales. Door tickets will be $20 per child aged 5 – 15 years.

The Big Wedgie

The Big Wedgie inflatable waterslide is back and it now has a new home at West Beach Parks!

This is the world’s tallest and most extreme waterslide. Standing at a whopping 18.2 meters tall and 82 meters long, The Big Wedgie is for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.

There are also two smaller slides –  The Just Right Wedgie and The Little Wedgie – 2 smaller slides that are less crazy.

When: Saturday, 29 September – Sunday, 14 October
Where: Military Road, West Beach

Get your tickets now on www.thebigwedgie.com.au.

Zoomagination At Adelaide Zoo

Let your little ones get creative with fun, unstructured play these school holidays at Adelaide Zoo.

Playing outdoors and getting messy is a great way to learn new skills and keep both humans and animals in tip-top shape!

Grab a copy of our school holidays Zoomagination booklet and learn how to create some amazing animal artworks using things found in the great outdoors.

Be sure to look out for our themed animal presentations explaining just how our incredible animal residents use nature in the wild to learn and play.

Then, join nature play experts Wild Imagination every weekday near Nature’s Playground and get messy with their range of nature-based activities. Activities will run from 11am-1pm on week days (excludes Monday 1 October).

More details at www.adelaidezoo.com.au

Sunken Secrets at the South Australian Maritime Museum

Are you ready to get down and dirty? The ocean holds many secrets hidden in the muddy sea bed. How do we find sunken relics, how do we know what they are, and what do they reveal about lost ships and past voyagers?

Sunken Secrets lets you get your hands on history- literally. Working with our archaeologists, you will handle real artefacts and learn how they help piece together the puzzles of our maritime past.

Equipped with your new skills, follow the museum trail and take the ‘Time Detectives Challenge’. Reward yourself with a climb up the lighthouse and imagine the Port River one hundred years ago. Will there be secrets there? You will soon find out!

When: 2 to 12 October 2018 | Weekdays 10am – 3pm
Where: SA Maritime Museum: 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide.
Cost: $6 per child includes the lighthouse (bookings not required).

For more details visit maritime.history.sa.gov.au


QLD

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Set on over three hectares the manicured, magnificent Gardens are positioned high in the mountains, an idyllic 45 minutes from the local airport, providing stunning views of the area. The privately owned gardens include a panorama of waterfalls, lakes, ponds and colourful plantings. The interactive Bird Encounter in the Bird Aviary brings kids up close and personal with colourful birds of the world, from Finches to Macaws while the miniature animal enclosure is a favourite with all ages. Enjoy chicken, ducks, geese, guinea fowl and pat the animals Ginger & Frosty the alpacas and cuddle Bah Bah the sheep and Snowflake the billy goat.

Where: 233 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny
When: Open daily from 9am – 4.30pm
Cost: Adults $16, children under 16 free
More Info: www.malenybotanicgardens.com.au

Queensland Maritime Museum, South Brisbane

Explore historic vessels of all shapes and sizes at the Maritime Museum. It is located on the banks of the Brisbane River at South Bank. You can take a complimentary audio guided tour to make the most of your visit. Kids will love the big exhibits such as the warship Diamantina. It is open daily from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Children cost $7.00

Where: Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets, South Brisbane
When: Mon-Sun 9.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: Adult $16, Child $7, Family $38
More Info: maritimemuseum.com.au

SparkLab at the Sciencentre | South Brisbane

Ignite your imagination in SparkLab, our new Sciencentre experience! You’ll be free to follow your curiosity and bring out your inner scientist as you question, investigate and wonder about the world around you.

Explore 40 interactive exhibits across three zones and discover how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) affect your everyday world.

Where: The Sciencentre is located on Level 1 of the Queensland Museum.
When: SparkLab is open daily from 9.40am to 5pm. Entry times commence at 9.40am, then hourly from 11am until last entry at 3pm.

See more details at www.sparklab.qm.qld.gov.au


TAS

Port Arthur Ghost Tour

Brave an after-hours visit to one of Australia’s most haunted locations on this spine-chilling 1.5-hour walking tour. Enjoy a lantern-lit tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site and uncover the harrowing history of the UNESCO-listed convict site. Hear terrifying tales of ghosts and paranormal activity that date back to the 19th-century and listen out for ghostly footsteps as you tiptoe around the former penal colony. Those brave enough to finish the tour are presented with a ‘Certificate of Bravery and Courage’!

Where: Port Arthur Historic Site, Arthur Highway, Port Arthur
When: Tours depart every evening. Current tour departure times are 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
Cost: Adults $26.50, children 7-17 $15
More Info: portarthur.org.au

Zoodoo Wildlife Park

Zoodoo is an exciting hands-on Wildlife Park with a large range of native, agricultural & exotic animals including Bengal Tigers and rare White African Lions. Zoodoo offers an exciting experience and enables all visitors to get up close and personal with amazing creatures. Zoodoo offers all day attractions and access including free rides for kids, safari bus tour, coffee shop, BBQ & picnic facilities. Zoodoo Wildlife Park is located just 6km from the historic township of Richmond.

For more details visit: www.zoodoo.com.au

Bush Adventures

The City of Hobart’s Bush Adventures program offers people of all ages the chance to explore the wonders of nature around Hobart. The program gives great opportunities to enjoy and learn more about Hobart’s Bushland Reserves.

Join us this spring to watch the pollinators dance on the breeze, experience new generation emerging and enjoy the bush in all its glorious colour.

Activities include:

Guided Bird Walk
Guided Night Walk
Nature Play at Government House
Bush Stories
Flora the Explorer
Nest box building workshops
Go Wild Go Solo bike and hike adventures
Introductory sessions to the best outdoor apps and more.
Join us as we explore Hobart’s incredible bushland reserves to help you appreciate their wonders.

Bookings are essential.


NT

Wave Lagoon, Darwin

One of Darwin’s coolest attractions is the Wave Lagoon: a palm-fringed swimming pool that turns into a tube-riding, boogie-boarding bucket of fun when the waves roll in every 20 minutes. The fully patrolled Wave Lagoon is two metres at its deepest point and slopes to a shallow area of still water, perfect for families. Bring your book: there are plenty of banana lounges, beach umbrellas and shady patches of lawn.

Where: Darwin Waterfront Precinct
When: Open daily, 10am – 6pm
Cost: 15yrs and over $7, under 15yrs $5
More Info: www.waterfront.nt.gov.au

Bush Tales Workshop

Enjoy these fun, interactive and conservation-based presentations which aim to ignite a passion in the next generation of environmental custodians.
Ages 5-12 years. No need to book. Spaces are limited, arrive early to avoid missing out.

10am-11.30am
Tuesday 2 October at Casuarina Library
Wednesday 3 October at Nightcliff Library
Thursday 4 October at Darwin City Library
Friday 5 October at Karama Library

Makey Makey Workshops

Have fun, be creative, and learn through exploring technology in this hands-on Makey Makey workshop.
Suitable for ages 9-14 years. Spaces are limited, book your ticket early to avoid missing out.

10am Monday 8 October at Nightcliff Library
10am Friday 12 October at Karama Library

NATIONAL

Let’s Go To The Movies

Event and BCC Cinemas are gearing up for a pint sized takeover this September and October with the introduction of their spring school holiday program. Jam-packed with the biggest family blockbusters and free arts and crafts activities, the school holiday program is an extravaganza of film themed fun, rolling out at cinema locations nationally*.

Little ones will be spoiled for choice with a stellar line up of fun films this spring. Hunt for honey pots in the Hundred Acre Woods with Pooh and friends in Disney’s heart-warming live-action adventure Christopher Robin; enter a world of warlocks and witches with Jack Black and Cate Blanchett in The House with a Clock in its Walls; discover the elusive Yeti in the animated adventure Smallfoot; or conquer supervillains with Teen Titans GO! To The Movies.

Families can save these school holidays with special Family Saver sessions, offering big savings on all four family films on select sessions daily. Check your local cinema website for your location’s ticket prices.

Adding to the excitement of these newest blockbuster films, Event Cinemas are offering loads of fun free art activities. Kids can let their creativity run wild before or after the film with some awesome movie themed colouring-in tables and jam-packed craft stations.

Join Event Cinemas for a school holiday filled with crazy and creative fun for the whole family. Screening and activity times are available at www.eventcinemas.com.au


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  • The Sydney sea life aquarium was amazing we went there recently and kids loved the 3 min free boat trip to c penguin on ice it was amazing

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  • Some great ideas and some are easily affordable. You have to take into consideration how many children you have and their ages’
    Hopefully it’s good weather and you can get out and about……and you aren’t told “I’m bored”.

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  • So many great options now that the weather is warmer. Get outside and go to parks, for walks, create imaginative play eg. treasure hunts, etc. The movies, shopping centre (free) activities… there’s so much to choose from.

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  • What a lot of lovely things to do, a pity the nice ones are so pricy.

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  • I wish there were more things for my baby

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