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8 FREE things to do in Sydney these school holidays

Get out, have fun and keep your wallet in your pocket!

With school holidays right around the corner, families across Sydney are searching for some new and exciting activities to keep the kids amused and to avoid the editable chant of: 'I'm bored'.
Luckily, Sydney is home to many experiences for children to enjoy these school holidays, with options to suit everyone. Ranging from exciting building competitions to outdoor excursions, parents won't even need to reach for their wallet. What's not to love?
Looking for some exciting activities to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Here are some of the best things to do for free this Winter in Sydney with kids.

Art Gallery Of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW hosts an impressive range of exhibitions for kids to enjoy. Many educational experiences are available, including 'artist experiences', 'art adventures', and 'art in action'. Otherwise, families can browse the many collections on display, including the Asian gallery, Australian gallery, and more. Head to the website to plan your visit.
Hours: Thursday to Tuesday (10 am to 5 pm) Wednesday (10 am to 10 pm)
Address: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Kawaii Koala Speed Building for Kids

For kids who enjoy building with Nanblocks, Kawaii Koala Speed Building For Kids is set to be hosted at Books Kinokuniya in late June. Kids between the ages of 8 and 12 years can sign up to the event to win various prizes. Participants can keep the model they build, while winners can get their hands on Nanoblock prizes and gift cards for Kinokuniya.
Booking is required for the event as spaces are limited. Get in touch with the store to make a reservation.
When: Saturday, 29th June
Where: Books Kinokuniya

Matjka-wuma (String Figures)

For one week only, the Australia Museum invites kids to celebrate NAIDOC Week with the Matjka-wuma (string figures) event. Children will create various animals and objects with their hands and string. The traditional activity was undergone by many Aboriginal groups in the past. Booking isn't required, though only 10 people can participate at a time.
When: Sunday, 7th July to Sunday, 14th July
Where: The Australian Museum
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Christmas Village

Kids can embrace Christmas in July with the help of the Bastille Festival's Christmas Village. From the 11th to the 14th of July, families can walk among vibrant Christmas lights, towering pines, white snow, festive markets, and so much more. The best part? Entry is free! Many other experiences will also be available, including a wine and cheese feast, the Alpine Ski Village, and more. Head to the website for more information on the Bastille Festival.
When: Thursday, 11th July to Sunday, 14th July
Where: The Rocks, Sydney
Kids can embrace Christmas in July with the help of the Bastille Festival's Christmas Village. Bastille Festival

Bungarribee Park

Sydney is home to many playgrounds and jungle gyms for children to jump and swing to their heart's content. Bungarribee Park is a stand out option, stretching over 200 hectares and featuring many engaging elements. This includes a colourful play area with slides, a climbing tower, a flying fox, swings, and more. Picnic shelters, off-leash dog walking, and running tracks are also available. Shelters can be hired for picnics via the Western Sydney Parklands website.
Hours: Monday to Sunday (8 am to 8 pm)
Address: Doonside Rd &, Holbeche Rd, Bungarribee NSW 2767

Powerhouse Museum

Families can enjoy an extensive list of exhibitions, free with admission, at the Powerhouse Museum. Kids with a passion for all things space have two activities to choose from, the first being Apollo 11. The showcase celebrates 50 years since the moon landing, with virtual reality experiences and more than 200 objects to admire.
Otherwise, the 'Space' exhibition is a popular option, with a zero gravity space lab, a space shuttle replica, flight suits, and more. For a full list of free with admission events, visit the Powerhouse Museum website.
Hours: Monday to Sunday (10 am to 5 pm)
Address: 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007

Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden is the perfect outdoor experience for families to enjoy, with plenty of activities to entertain the kids. Free guided walks are offered every day from 10:30 am, delving into the plant diversity and heritage of the gardens. On the other hand, 'Plants With Bite' is another interesting event, covering the topic of carnivorous plants.
Visitors can witness species such as the Venus flytrap. Entry is granted to the event with a small donation. Otherwise, sitting back and admiring the vibrant plant-life surrounding is a simple activity that's easy to appreciate.
Hours: Monday to Sunday (7 am to 6:30 pm)
Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Tiny Tots

It may not be free, though it's the next best thing! Every week, the Australian Museum offers their Tiny Tots program - a playgroup design for kids between the age of 9 months and 3 years. The event introduces the little ones to history, culture, and educational practices through music, games, and more. Tickets start from only $10. The event takes place every Friday morning from 9:45 am. It's recommended to book prior to visiting to avoid missing out.
When: Friday, 21st & 28th of June. Friday, 26th July
Where: The Australian Museum
For more inspiration when it comes to things to do with kids, Get Out with Kids shares reviews of kid friendly places to eat, play and travel around Australia and beyond!

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