12 fun things to do in NSW during the Autumn school holidays

Travel 10 Apr 24 By

Autumn/ Easter school holidays

These holidays are going to be action-packed!

As the school holidays in New South Wales approach rapidly, it’s time to line up some amazing activities to keep the kids entertained.

New South Wales is spoilt for choice when it comes to family-friendly options. From a Alice in Wonderland-themed high tea to pamper workshops and a new trampoline centre, there’s plenty of fun to be had at every price point.

With affordable activities and plenty of fun on offer, there’s something for every family on this list.

Australian Autumn school holiday dates 2024

NSW: 15 April to 26 April 2024
Victoria: 28 March to 14 April 2024
ACT: 13 April to 29 April 2024
Tasmania: 13 April to 28 April 2024
South Australia: 13 April to 27 April 2024
Western Australia: 29 March to 14 April 2024
Northern Territory: 6 April to 14 April 2024
Queensland: 2 April to 14 April 2024

What’s on in NSW in the Autumn school holidays

Move Groove Darling

Get down to Darling Harbour for Move, Groove, Darling

Move, Groove, Darling is a 5-day festival held at Darling Harbour, Sydney and will feature a jam-packed schedule of free activities, workshops, events, and parties.

From hula hooping, to 80’s aerobics, body percussion, to mastering the hottest K-Pop moves, there’s fun for every little body (and maybe even a grown-up or two!).

The Wiggles, will also be bringing their Wiggle Groove Tour to the precinct.

Cost: Free  

Dates: 13 – 17 April, 2024   

See DarlingHarbour.com for more details.

Featherdale Wildlife Zoo

Get up close to animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park

From cuddly koalas munching on eucalyptus leaves to playful kangaroos hopping around, our park offers an immersive experience into the unique behaviors and habitats of Australia’s diverse wildlife.

Join us with your family and friends for a fun-filled day of exploration, learning, and unforgettable encounters with some of the most iconic creatures on the planet. Come and discover the magic of Australian wildlife at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park!

Cost: Up to 2 kids (3-15 years) can visit for free with every paying adult. Adult: $37.80      

Click here for tickets and more information.

Marvel Universe Live!

Super heroes unite at Marvel Universe Live!

Get ready for Marvel Universe LIVE! – an epic show where your favourite Super Heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, and Black Widow team up against super villains.

With cutting-edge special effects and thrilling aerial stunts, this live adventure promises fun for fans of all ages.

The action-packed excitement is touring nationally around Australia in April.

Cost: $79 per adult, $74 per child (11 and under)

Sydney dates: April 19-22, 2024 at Qudos Bank Arena

Find out more details at Marvel Universe Live.

The Dinomaniacs tickets

Have a roarsome time at The Dinomaniacs 

A lively and interactive dinosaur adventure for the whole family. Join Razor The Raptor, Trixi Triceratops, Ozzi & Oi!, Tara (Dino Queen), Shaun (The Dino Doctor), and more on a journey back to prehistoric times.

Kids will love getting down to songs like Rock & Roar and Dance with the Dinosaurs. With surprises, jokes, and close encounters with seven dinosaurs.

Touring regional NSW in April.

Cost: $22.60

For more information click here.

Alice in Wonderland high tea

Indulge in the Alice in Wonderland High Tea buffet Shangri-la Sydney

Step into the pages of this beloved classic and prepare your taste buds for an adventure of their own with a sweet spread including ‘Shrink Me and Grow Me’ cheesecakes, the Caterpillar’s caramel apple bars, and the regal flavours of the Queen of Hearts raspberry opera cake.

Of course, delight in Tweedledee and Tweedledum’s popcorn cart, plus, a wide selection of sandwiches and hot canapes sure to please even the Mad Hatter himself!

Did we mention towering trees, a whimsical light display and free flowing tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and juices?

Cost: $84 per adult, $64 per child (11 and under)

Available dates: April 18 – April 28, 2024

Find out more details at Shangri-la.com.

Luna Park Dream Circus

Visit Luna Park’s world-first immersive attraction, Dream Circus

Dream Circus is one of a kind immersive attraction, combining 360-degree visual and audio projections, stagecraft and classic storytelling to make the audience feel like they have stepped into a Hollywood movie. 

As one of the most intact art-deco amusement parks in the world, Luna Park Sydney’s transformation will find harmony between the best of the old and the best of the new, elevating the Sydney icon onto the world stage. 

Tickets for the Dream Circus experience are priced at $35 for children and $45 for adults, click here for tickets and more information.

Mega Creatures, Hunter Valley 2024

Get up close with Mega Creatures in the Hunter Valley

Experience MEGA fun at Hunter Valley Gardens this Easter. Explore a prehistoric world filled with giant dinosaurs like the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, and more.

Encounter crawling insects and mythical creatures for an immersive adventure. This event is truly MEGA, combining our larger-than-life creatures with thrilling rides for an unforgettable day out!

Date: 6 April to 5 May 2024 at Hunter Valley Gardens
Cost: Kids $30, Adults $40, Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children) $122

To find out more visit Mega Creatures.

Ma Petite Cherie school holiday workshops

Pamper workshop at Ma Petite Cherie

Your little lady will love indulging in a pampering school holiday workshop at Ma Petitie Cherie in Kiama, south of Sydney.

Enjoy a foot spa with massage, a chocolate facial, and beautifully painted nails. Wear a spa robe throughout the workshop and sip on sparkling pink lemonade on arrival.

Relax with magazines take part in activities like Just Dance and colouring. Lunch includes hot dogs and sandwiches, and indulge in snacks like lollies, popcorn, fairy bread, chips, and donuts.

When: 18 April, 2024 at Ma Petitie Cherie, Kiama

Cost: $49

To find out more visit Ma Petite Cherie.

Harry Styles Madame Tussauds

Meet your idols and heroes in person (sort of) at Madame Tussauds Sydney, Darling Harbour

Harry Styles has arrived at Madame Tussauds Sydney. If you need another reason to visit you can also hang out with the Hemsworth brothers or take a photo with Spider-Man. Madame Tussauds features 11 zones of famous faces and legends including movie stars, Marvel heroes, world leaders, sporting legends and much more.

To find out more visit Madam Tussauds.

Australian Reptile Park

Get up close to reptiles at Australian Reptile Park

The Australian Reptile Park is Australia’s original hands-on zoo. Only 60 minutes north of Sydney, it is home to over 2,000 animals and located in a natural bush setting on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

These spring holidays the park will be celebrating its 75th Birthday with animal meet and greets, live shows and more!

Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) tickets, $134.99; Adult ticket, $47.99; Child ticket (3-15), $30.99.

Visit reptilepark.com.au for more information.

Bounce Cromer Northern Beaches

Bounce Cromer: The Ultimate Trampoline Park In Northern Sydney

Get ready for ultimate fun at BOUNCE Cromer, the new trampoline park in Northern Sydney.

With activities like dodgeball, wall climbing, and more, it’s perfect for kids, teenagers, and adults. Enjoy the Free-Jump Arena with 50 interconnected trampolines, tumble tracks, and wall running, catering to all skill levels.

For added excitement, try full-height basketball rings above runway trampolines. From High-Performance Trampolines to Dodgeball and a special area for preschoolers, there is fun for all ages.

Cost: From $12.

Fina out more details at Bounce.

Be at the Hive Art Gallery of NSW

Buzz into ‘Be at the Hive’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Enjoy free, daily art-making workshop for kids and families at the Art Gallery of New South Wales during the first week of the school holidays.

Kids can help build immersive cardboard structures and contribute to a larger ‘hive’. The cardboard structures are inspired by shapes created by native bees in their hives and by what different pollens look like under a microscope.

Cost: Free.

Dates: Saturday 13 April – Friday 19 April, 2024.

Find out more details at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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