School Holidays in NSW: Our Favourite Activities - Parent Approved!

By: The ellaslist Team, 24 June 2024

Get ready to supercharge your school holidays in NSW with a smorgasbord of awesome activities that are guaranteed to bring giggles, gasps, and jaw-dropping fun! Whether you're flying high like a superhero, diving deep like a marine explorer, or cracking codes like a master sleuth, there's a wild adventure waiting for everyone.

School Holidays in NSW: Our Favourite Activities - Parent Approved!

It's that magical time when kids get a break from the books for a fortnight of fun. If you're wondering how to keep the little ones entertained we’ve got you covered. From thrilling indoor skydiving and arcade escapades to jaw-dropping wildlife encounters, here are some of our favourite parent-endorsed activities that will have both kids and grown-ups grinning from ear to ear. 

Sydney Whale Watching Cruises

Sydney Whale Watching Cruises
Sydney Whale Watching Cruises.


Get ready to be amazed as Sydney’s whale watching season brings the ocean to life with spectacular sights of humpback whales. Sydney becomes a prime location for spotting these majestic creatures as they migrate along the coast. Whale Watching Cruises offer families the chance to witness humpbacks at play and kids will be wide-eyed with wonder as the whales breach and splash in the ocean, right before their eyes! It’s a mesmerising experience that combines nature’s grandeur with an educational twist – perfect for a family day out on the water that creates waves of excitement.

Scenic World

Scenic World
Scenic World.


Unleash your inner explorer and head to the iconic Blue Mountains! Scenic World is a must-visit destination for adventurous families, where breathtaking views and thrilling rides are the order of the day, every day. It offers an array of unique attractions, including the Scenic Railway, Scenic Skyway, and Scenic Cableway, making it an ideal school holiday day trip. Kids and grown-ups love the thrill of riding the world’s steepest passenger railway and gliding across the sky, exploring the lush rainforest and stunning scenery of this World Heritage-listed region.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Penrith

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Penrith
iFLY Indoor Skydiving Penrith.


Ever dreamed of flying? At iFly Penrith, you can turn that dream into reality with an exhilarating indoor skydiving experience! Experience the exhilarating sensation of freefalling in a wind tunnel, feeling like superheroes soaring through the air. Parents can join in the fun or cheer from the sidelines, knowing their little daredevils are safe with professional instructors in a controlled environment. It’s a confidence-boosting, adrenalin-pumping activity that brings the thrill of skydiving to all ages, making it a high-flying hit during school holidays.


iFLY Indoor Skydiving Penrith

We took our 4 girls and their friends for a birthday party at iFly. How exhilarating! It literally takes your breath away and feels like you're flying high up in the sky! Loads of fun but not for the faint-hearted.


Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq.


Step right up to Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq! This arcade wonderland in Alexandria features everything from bowling and laser tag to vintage arcade games and bumper cars. Kids go wild for the lively, carnival-like atmosphere, and parents enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane with classic games. With state-of-the-art virtual reality games and favourites including Dance Dance Revolution, NBA Hoops and a life-size Mario Kart race car driving game, It’s the ultimate destination for family fun. Plus, you can win awesome prizes and indulge in delicious snacks from the onsite café.


Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq

Our day at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq exceeded all expectations. The range of games and activities catered to every age group and interest, ensuring everyone had a blast.  We're already planning our next visit!

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq

It's sensory overdrive at Archie Brothers. The kids loved the classic arcade games like Claw Grab, Mario Cart and Air Hockey as well as virtual reality cars. We had so much fun. It's great for kids and adults alike!


TreeTop Adventure Park Western Sydney

Treetops Adventure Western Sydney
TreeTop Adventure Park Western Sydney.


For families craving some fresh air and an adrenaline rush, TreeTop Adventure Park Adventure Park in Western Sydney is the place to be. Swing through the treetops like Tarzan, tackling a variety of zipline courses that cater to all ages and skill levels. Feel the freedom of flying through the air and soaring through the treetops, and embrace the challenge and camaraderie as you navigate the courses together. It’s an action-packed adventure that lets you escape to the great outdoors, but off some energy and bond with your family in a truly exhilarating way.


Treetop Adventure Park

Looking for a screenfree day out? Treetop Adventure Park always delivers for our 10 and 5 year old girls. The zip line is brilliant!


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum.


Ahoy, mateys! Get nautical and set sail on a voyage of discovery at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. This treasure trove of maritime history offers fascinating (and educational...shh!) interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that captivate young minds. Explore over 140,000 cool objects in the National Maritime Collection and 13 historic vessels including navy vessels, tall ships and a submarine, and dive into the world of sea exploration. Plus there are loads of activities on during the school holidays to keep kids and parents happy!


Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum is a favourite school holiday place to go for our family. The girls love roaming about the museum taking in all the exhibitions and artifacts. They particularly love exploring the ships and pretending they are out at sea! 


Port Stephens Shark, Ray, and Reptile Encounter

Port Stephens Shark, Ray and Reptile Encounter
Port Stephens Shark, Ray and Reptile Encounter.


Skip town and head North for an unforgettable wildlife experience in Port Stephens. The Shark, Ray, and Reptile Encounter is an interactive attraction that allows kids to get up close with the resident marine life at the Port Stephens Animal Adventures Wildlife Refuge. Curious kids can touch and feed sharks, rays, eels, and fish in a safe, aquatic environment, then venture onto dry land to play with snakes, lizards, and farmyard critters. Learn all about these rescued animals with a hands-on animal adventure.

Escape Hunt Sydney

Escape Hunt Sydney
Escape Hunt Sydney.


Calling all super sleuths! Put your problem-solving skills to the test at Escape Hunt in Sydney. These themed escape rooms challenge families to work together, solve puzzles, and escape a themed room within a set time limit. Immerse yourself in the mystery and intrigue of the game, while flexing your teamwork and critical thinking muscles. There are five different adventure rooms to choose from and a post-game dress-up photo shoot to celebrate afterwards. It’s a brain-teasing, heart-racing challenge that’s perfect for the school holidays. Get ready to unlock the fun and make your great escape!

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park.


For a wild day out with Aussie animals, head to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside. Home to kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and more, this park offers kids the chance to get up close and personal with our unique native wildlife. Little animal lovers will be enchanted by the interactive animal encounters, including feeding a kangaroo, wallaby or emu and meandering through the walk-through Koala Sanctuary. There are also free presentations throughout the day. It’s a delightful way to spend a day surrounded by nature and adorable critters. Little ones under 2 get in for free!


Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale is so much fun for families who love interacting with animals. It's also a great park for a child's first introduction to animals as the park isn't too big and the animals aren't too scary! 


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