19 School Holiday Activities for Kids in Sydney

19 School Holiday Activities for Kids in Sydney

By Cassandra Hawkings
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Stuck on things to do these Sydney school holidays? Explore our colourful selection of over 100 kid-friendly activities in Sydney! Whether you’re in the western suburbs or in the heart of the CBD, there are plenty of fun things to do with kids in 2024 when they’re not at school.

From interactive painting classes to colourful mosaic workshops, your child is guaranteed to have a blast all while learning a new skill and exploring their creativity. Each workshop is designed to nurture your child’s imagination and creative side and ensure they feel ultra proud of the final piece they make.

If possible, consider getting a group of their friends together and signing them up for a short school holiday program! Alternatively, order one of our DIY craft kits and head to your local park with a picnic blanket for your very own crafternoon. Whether you're looking for things to do for teens or craft activities for preschoolers, we've got hundreds of fun ways to keep your family amused throughout the school holidays.

So don't wait any longer—browse our selection of creative workshops and craft kits today and book your kids into something special these Sydney school holidays!

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1. Introduce them to mesmerising resin art techniques

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The only thing better than painting for kids is fluid art classes for kids. It requires almost no complicated techniques, almost always looks good, and is all about experimentation which means they can totally relax and get creative learning how to mix paint and make beautiful artworks.

At Creative Corner Studio in Dulwich Hill, kids will paint pour colourful artworks and embellish them with glitter and sparkles. After the fun of paint pouring, they’ll also explore watercolour painting techniques, anime-style! This two-in-one workshop is perfect if you’re searching for creative kids activities.

2. Ditch the screens and learn to skate

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Are you having trouble getting your kids off the Playstation and out into the real world? Take your kids along to an outdoor class on Manly's iconic waterfront and watch them learn how to skateboard like a pro!

The talented team at nf!Henrietta Skate is passionate about getting kids onto the pavement for a safe and exciting skating session that will have them nailing the basics in just one hour. With safety protective gear and boards provided, it's the perfect way to learn how to skateboard for beginners. They'll learn how to push, turn, tick tack and even do a trick or two that they can perfect when they get home.

What's more, parental accompaniment isn't required, so you can grab a coffee, find a spot in the sun and watch your little ones' faces light up as they learn something new. The perfect combination of fun and physical activity, it's no wonder skateboarding lessons are one of our most popular school holiday activities for kids!

3. Make DIY natural skincare these school holidays

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If you have no idea what to do with your teenager these school holidays why not book them in for a natural skincare making workshop with Sage Cosmetic Coaching in Camperdown. They'll have some fun learning how to DIY their own skincare and leave with an array of products such as bath soaks, lip balms and botanical soap.

The best part? Kids will learn simple skills so they can continue to recreate their favourite skincare and bath products at home! These handmade products are perfect for gift ideas for friends and family. If you have NSW Creative Kids vouchers to use on older kids, you can’t go past this popular Sydney workshop suitable for ages eight and above.

4. Explore colour with a family-friendly mosaic workshop

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If your kids love getting crafty, why not teach them a new skill this school holidays with a fun Turkish mosaic workshop that the whole family can enjoy! At Art Masterclass’ vibrant studio in Darlinghurst, kids and parents will learn how to create beautiful lamps from colourful tiles and beads.

They'll be taught the basics of mosaic design before they get to work on their own masterpiece that they can take home and show off to family and friends. With plenty of colourful materials provided, it's easy to see why this is one of our most popular family activities in Sydney!

5. Get messy making DIY bath bombs

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Kids will be in their element at this fun bath bomb workshop that's perfect for a school holiday activity. At Kiss Ready Lips in Marrickville, kids will learn how to make colourful and fragrant fizzers from natural ingredients like coconut oil and essential oils.

They'll also get to experiment with different shapes and sizes, so they can make unique gifts for family and friends (or just keep them all for themselves!). With just the right amount of mess, this is one of our most popular workshops with kids! So if you’re after something unique to do with your little ones these school holidays, look no further than this exciting bath bomb making workshop.

6. Learn how to use a pottery wheel

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Is your child a fan of clay? Get their creative juices flowing with a hand building, wheel throwing and ceramic painting pottery workshop. Under the guidance of Bettina Stevanovic in her welcoming studio in North Willoughby, kids will explore the basics of pottery and learn how to use a potter's wheel.

They'll also get to make their own pieces out of clay which they can take home at the end of the class. The perfect way to get creative these school holidays, it's no surprise that this is one of the best things to do in Sydney with kids!

7. Paint and sing along at an interactive art class

Head to Kylie Johnson’s Bayview art studio and join her fun kids classes that combine painting and singing! Kids will get to express themselves through art and music as they learn about colour mixing and brush techniques. While painting a colourful masterpiece, they'll also have the chance to sing along to some of their favourite songs!

This interactive class is perfect for unleashing your child's creative side, so why not book them in for a fun-filled session these Sydney school holidays? Plus, you can redeem creative vouchers on these regular classes too!

8. Try finger painting with pastels

Introduce your kids to a new art form this school holidays with a fun finger painting class! At this art studio in Coogee, kids will explore the exciting world of Japanese pastel painting as they learn how to mix colours and use their fingers and hands to create amazing artworks.

The best part? There's no previous experience required—all they need is enthusiasm and a love for getting creative! With some messy fun guaranteed, it's the perfect way to keep your little ones amused over the school break.

9. Pour paint and craft a fluid art bear

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If your child loves TikTok trends and you’re looking for ways to break their screen habits, let them try this viral craft trend of 2024 and create a fluid art bear!

With kids as young as toddlers able to join in, adults can observe the class for free and watch their child tap into their creative side all while having loads of fun.

10. Needle felt your family’s furry members

If your kids are animal lovers and you're looking for something special to do with them these school holidays, why not book them into a needle felting workshop? At this sun-drenched studio in Ultimo, kids will learn how to make realistic-looking animals out of wool! They'll explore the basics of needle felting before they get to work on their very own creation.

Best of all, they can pick whatever animal they want to create—whether that’s your pet cat or dog, or even a unicorn or dragon. With plenty of space for parents or carers to stay and watch their little ones explore their creative side, it's the perfect way to spend some quality time together and use your child’s $100 Creative Kids vouchers.

11. Wrap and bind a funky Kokedama

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Kokedama is a Japanese gardening trend that's taken over the world and it's perfect for little hands! In this kid-friendly workshop at Reverse Garbage in Marrickville, kids will learn how to wrap and bind soil with moss, before adding their own personalised touches with vibrant succulents.

They'll also get to bring their creation home at the end of the class so they can show off their handiwork to friends and family. So if you’re stuck for ideas on what to do with kids these school holidays, look no further than this popular Sydney workshop!

12. Macrame a shooting star

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Perfect for little ones who love to create, macrame is a simple yet satisfying craft that relies on the age-old art of knot-tying to create a variety of intricate shapes and designs. In this one-and-a-half-hour workshop at PidegoArt in Surry Hills, kids will learn how to macrame a shooting star and take it home with them.

With all the materials provided, it's the perfect way to keep your little ones entertained and introduce them to this classic craft. So why not book them in for a fun-filled session these school holidays?

13. Decorate delicious cupcakes

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If you’re looking for a fun way to keep your kids busy these school holidays, why not take them along to an interactive cupcake decorating class? At The Classic Cupcake Co. in Mosman, kids will learn the basics of buttercream and fondant techniques as they decorate their own delicious cupcakes.

They'll also have the chance to get creative with colourful sprinkles, edible glitter and other decorations. With plenty of tasty treats included in the class, it's no wonder this is one of our most popular Sydney workshops for kids!

14. Learn eco-friendly weaving techniques

Weaving is a traditional craft that’s been around for centuries and it's perfect to let your little one’s creativity shine! In this two-hour workshop at  Reverse Garbage in Marrickville, kids will learn how to weave a beautiful wall hanging from 100 per cent reusable resources.

They'll explore weaving techniques and get to experiment with different materials such as wool, cotton and jute. They'll also be able to take home their very own creation—perfect if you’re looking for where to use creative vouchers in 2024.

15. Cook simple Italian dishes

Kids love getting creative in the kitchen and what better way to do so than with a fun Italian cooking class? At Salt Meats Cheese’s Circular Quay restaurant, kids will learn how to make pizza from scratch. While they’re mixing and kneading their dough, they'll also have the chance to decorate their own pizzas with colourful and delicious toppings.

With all the ingredients provided and plenty of yummy recipes to take home, it's no wonder this is one of our most popular Sydney activities for kids! The best part? The parents get to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while they watch their kids let their inner chefs shine! It’s certainly one of the best things to do in Sydney these holidays.

16. Roll homemade sushi for a lunchtime feast

Young foodies aged seven and above will have a blast in this fun Sydney workshop that's perfect for kids who love cooking! At Culinary Studio Dekura in Chatswood, kids will learn how to roll their own sushi and fill it with vibrant and tasty (plus, health too) ingredients. They'll also get to enjoy the fruits of their labour—by feasting on their very own delicious creations. With all the ingredients provided, it's the perfect way to introduce them to Japanese cuisine!

Fun indoor activities for kids these school holidays

17. Stitch, sew and embroider the afternoon away

Although this may seem tedious at first, learning to stitch, sew and knit is a fun way to pass the time and a particularly useful craft to learn when chasing fun things to do at home with kids. While knitting is normally reserved for the older generation, there are plenty of ways to make knitting and stitching exciting for kids.

Our live-streamed online classes for kids offer you and your little ones a chance to master several different types of knitting styles and make something amazing in the process. With a growing list of rainy day activities for kids, your child can learn all the intricate knots and ties required to become a macrame master. This is perfect for the little ones as macrame requires no knitting needles, so you can ensure your craft session doesn't descend into an all-out sword fight.

If you're looking for things to do with kids at home that are slightly older, our punch needle embroidery workshop offers a little bit more of a challenge. Punch needle embroidery is much faster than standard knitting and has more flexibility when it comes to creating your own unique designs, colours and styles. Nearly every house has a sewing kit, but even if you don't, our DIY craft kits will ensure that you'll have all the tools necessary! And of course, we'll send them straight to your door.

18. Get cosy and build a blanket fort

Yep, that's right! If you want to find indoor activities for kids that are both time-consuming and creative, learning how to build a blanket fort is a no-brainer. All you have to do is assemble a collection of sheets, quilts and pillows, a few chairs, some bulldog clips and, if possible, a solid base structure such as a couch or sofa, and you’re set.

Throw the quilt down as a base, attach a sheet to the highest point possible and run it parallel to the sofa, holding it down with bulldog clips. There are no formal qualifications for becoming a blanket fort architect, making it one of the best activities for kids at home. In fact, the sky (or, rather, the living room ceiling) is the limit!

Pro tip: set it up your fort in a way that allows you to host a movie night inside and add some fairy lights for a little more magic!

19. Make a comic book at home

If you're chasing fun activities for kids at home, our live classes online will help your little ones design and nf!craft their own comic book! This class is perfect for children between the ages of six and 10 who want to let their imagination run rampant during the school holidays! All you'll need for this immersive class is pencils, paper and mediums of colour (textas, pencils, paints etc.) so your little ones can create their own colourful hallmark moment from the living room.

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