Don’t get us wrong, we love our kiddies, but finding enough to do to keep them occupied and happy week after week in the summer school holidays can be a downright nightmare.
While the toys your little ones get for Christmas might keep them amused for a few days, there’s nothing better than getting them out and about, away from screens and other distractions.
That’s why we’ve created this little guide to all the best activities across the nation so you and the family can enjoy a memorable (and, most importantly, fun) break, no matter what your budget!
1. It may be the bane of every parent’s existence (and their poor feet), but face it: Kids love LEGO, and that means they’re going to go crazy for Brickvention, Australia’s annual LEGO convention. It’s coming to Melbourne this January, and right now, you can grab tickets for $45!
2. Send your child on a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt at the Library at the Dock, courtesy of the City of Melbourne Council. This fun, free event will see them choose their own path through the library, collecting clues and perhaps even finding treasure…
3. They act like monkeys most of the time, so why not make it official with a one-hour rope course climbing pass at Melbourne Cable Park? Tickets are just $15 for kids, and Mum and Dad can even join them for just $29 each!
1. No pool? Beach too far away? Cool off this summer with two hours of unlimited aquatic fun at Waterworld Central, Australia’s first mobile inflatable water park, coming to Moore Park at the end of December! Get your entry tickets here for just $17.50 per child.
2. Teach the kids how to ride with this fantastic balance bike workshop run by the City of Sydney council. These interactive classes run every Saturday at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre in Alexandria and are perfect for children aged three to eight. Mum and Dad can come along, and all equipment is provided. Oh, and we almost forgot the best part – it’s totally free!
3. Give your little ones an experience they’ll never forget at Featherdale Wildlife Park, where they can get up-close-and-personal with koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and plenty more iconic Australian animals. Entry is just $13 for children and $24 for adults – check it out here!
1. Got a need for speed? Take the little rev-head in your family to Way2Fast in Mitchell for a one-hour slot car racing session for just $19, or get a whole group of car-obsessed kids together for a party package from $89!
2. Foster a love of learning and a passion for science (all while giving them the most fun day out a kid can have in Canberra) with a visit to Questacon! Whether you choose to simply take in all the wonders the National Science and Technology Centre has to offer or treat them to one of the incredible school holiday programs, they’re sure to have a blast.
3. Can’t seem to peel the littlies away from their screens? Get them moving with a three-day sports camp courtesy of Australian Sports Camps! Right now, you can pay just $9 for $120 credit towards the sports camp of your choice: Soccer, cricket, netball, basketball, tennis or hockey!
1. Keep them active with an indoor rock-climbing session at Exodus Adventures in Narangba, where they’ll get shoe and harness hire included, plus unlimited time to live out their jungle dreams! It’ll set you back just $10 for one person, $19 for two, and $35 for four.
2. Treat your little witch or wizard to a free Harry Potter-inspired robotics workshop run by Brisbane Square Library! They’ll build their own animatronic creature, craft an enchanted tool, or recreate their favourite scene. It’s free, but bookings are essential, so don’t wait!
3. If you’re tired of them bouncing off the walls at home, send them to Flip Out Strathpine, where they can do just that, since the walls are trampolines! At just $9 for a one-hour jumping session or $15 for a two-hour session, it’s a great value activity that’ll tucker them out in no time!
1. No matter what your age, it’s hard to beat a classic game of ten-pin bowling! And right now, you can head to Go Bowling Ashmore for one game (including shoe hire and a soft drink) for just $9. Bargain! Why not get a group together and make it a fun day out?
2. The City of Gold Coast Council’s Active & Healthy summer holiday program is jam-packed with free or cheap holiday activities, from arts and crafts workshops to self-defence classes and obstacle courses! Take a look at what’s on offer here.
3. Give your city kid a taste of the country life with a half-day pass to Gummies Farm in Canungra from $35, complete with horse riding, boomerang throwing, whip-cracking and hand-feeding the animals, plus morning or afternoon tea. Good luck getting them to go back to the big smoke!
1. Beat the searing summer heat with a one-hour pass to Aquatastic Water Park, Busselton’s inflatable outdoor water park! You and the little ones will have a blast on the huge range of inflatable obstacle courses, slides and more. Prices start at just $7, making it one of the cheapest (and most fun!) ways to cool off in Perth.
2. Feed their curiosity with a trip to the WA Maritime Museum, offering up a range of fun school holiday activities, including the spectacular Ningaloo Dome Experience and the Under the Sea program, where they’ll create a turtle or manta ray kite, make paper diving goggles, explore the galleries and more!
3. Go retro these school holidays with a roller skating package at Rollerzone in Malaga! A two-hour session complete with rollerblade hire is just $15 for two people, or you can upgrade to a 10-child party package with food and drink from $139. Trust us, it’ll be wheely fun.
1. Forget the Nintendo Switch! Give them a gaming experience unlike any they’ve ever experienced before at Virtual Reality Adelaide, where they’ll enjoy a one-hour virtual reality room experience for $59 for two people, picking from 80 awesome games and interactives.
2. Do your kids love stop-motion classics like Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run? Then they’ll adore this free claymation workshop run by GooRoo Animation at the City Library! They’ll learn how to make their own plasticine characters and how to bring them to life.
3. Take those little adrenaline junkies of yours to Waterworld Aquatic Centre this summer for a full day of water fun from $8 each. With gigantic slides, plenty of pools and BBQs for the perfect picnic, Waterworld has all the ingredients for a fantastic family day out!
For more great activities to keep little kids and big kids alike happy and healthy these summer holidays, head over to Cudo for a huge range of fun things to do for less.