Australian School Holiday Must-Do’s

We are very fortunate to be living in Australia. There are so many wonderful things to see and do in this fabulous country of ours, and it makes entertaining during the school holidays super easy and a lot of fun. Here are our must-see suggestions if you are looking for a way to spend some time with the family.

Visit a zoo or wildlife park
Visiting a zoo is a great way to spend the day, especially as many of them offer interactive close-up encounters with the animals, or even meet and greet with the zookeepers. Don’t forget to check out your local wildlife park or zoo’s website regularly, as they may also offer special school holiday activities to entertain and educate.

Wander the show or fair
Most large cities and towns offer a show or fair of some kind as part of their annual celebrations. They are steeped in tradition and are generally an event not to be missed. The Royal Melbourne Show always operates in the spring school holidays and this year is no exception. It runs from late September to early October with live entertainment, pavilions, animal exhibitions and rides. Check your area to see when the local shows and fairs are operating.

Plan a trip to a theme park
Luna Park, Melbourne, with the iconic smiling Mr Moon Face at its entrance, is the oldest theme park in Australia. It opened its door in 1912 and was closely followed by Sydney’s version in 1935. If you don’t live near Sydney or Melbourne, then you can visit one of the many other amusement parks scattered about the country. With a choice of Movie World, Dreamworld and Adventure World, we are spoiled for choice.

Tour the aquarium
Aquariums are a unique way for the family to explore the underwater world in more detail. With one-off displays and informative exhibitions, kids can learn a lot about the animals and fish which live near saltwater and freshwater habitats. Make sure you visit your local aquarium’s website for any up to date information on their temporary displays and school holiday entertainment.

Explore a museum or art gallery
History surrounds us at every turn and visiting your local museum is an interesting way for the whole family to explore and learn about the past. With their regularly changing expositions and events, you never quite know what to expect. It’s a wonderful way to while away an afternoon. Speciality museums such as sports museums and aviation museums can also help to foster your child’s love of a particular subject.

Stop by a science centre or planetarium
Show the kids that science can be enjoyable with a visit to your local science centre. Scienceworks in Spotswood, Victoria is high on our priority list, and we have heard many complimentary things about Questacon in Canberra, and the Science Centre and Planetarium in Wollongong. Like museums, many science centres offer a wide range of permanent exhibitions as well as special events and temporary displays. Providing an insight into both the past and the future, you can be sure that there are plenty of hands-on activities to keep both the parents and the kids occupied.

Dare to take a ghost tour
For those kids who like the thought of visiting locations where ghosts are said to inhabit, then a ghost tour may be just up their alley. Check your local ghost tour company or walk as there may be a minimum age limit to participate. Whether you take one in Adelaide or Tasmania, chances are your kids will be retelling the spooky tales for a long time to come.

Relax at the botanical gardens or park
All kids need a bit of encouragement to get outside and explore, and a botanical garden or park is the perfect way for them to burn off some energy. Consider packing a healthy lunch with everyone’s favourite snacks and spending the entire day there. We guarantee the kids will sleep well after an eventful day outdoors.

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