School Holiday Guide: Kids experiences, museum sleepover, cooking classes, arts & crafts at the movies and more!

Sydney is being turned into a giant playground this school holidays with some of the most thrilling activities set to entertain kids of all ages!  A great range of free activities and special pop-ups are planned around the city.   Here are just a few of the highlights:

ADRENALINE KIDS:  
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Did you know: Four-year-olds can swim with sharks? Five-year-olds can drive a race buggy? And 12-year-olds can skydive?

Since 1999, Adrenaline has given more than 3 million customers access to the best adventure sports and activities in Australia.   Founded on a pure passion for adventure, seeking out new trends and concepts to deliver incredible ‘heart pumping’ experiences for customers with a vision to ‘shift the way people experience life’.   850 thrill-worthy experiences across the country constitute  the new ‘Adrenaline Kids’ adventures set the stage for some memorable moments this school holidays.

Experience categories include: indoor skydiving, jet boating, zoos and animal encounters, theme parks, abseiling, horse riding, tree top adventures, quad biking, jet packs, kayaking, movie tickets, surfing, sailing and many more.

Adrenaline General Manager Julia Wilson said the range was designed to make life easier for parents who often struggle with ideas of things to do with the kids on weekends, on vacation and throughout extended school holiday periods.  “As a working mum myself I know how hard it is to keep the kids occupied during the holidays, and even on the weekend when you’re hearing the words ‘I’m bored’ at least ten times a day,” Ms Wilson said.  “We saw a trend emerging on the Adrenaline site where people were searching more and more for experiences for children, and we took that need and ran with it. Whether they’re mini daredevils, junior artists or just full of energy, the range boasts great experiences for all ages.  It’s great to see families wanting to do things together and create lasting memories.”

 

IMG_8716.JPGELEVEN 11 CAFE, WARRIEWOOD is the brainchild of Peter Cosentino and ex-Manly Sea Eagle’s player, Jack Elsegood.  The venue is famous for their Truffled Eggs Benedict, Buttermilk Chicken Burger and Ricotta Pancakes and this is their limited edition, ‘ Bunny Hop Hot Belgian Chocolate’.

 

2/270 Garden St, Warriewood NSW 2102
(02) 9997 4608

 

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENT PASSES:
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CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE:

Free LIVE Music series featuring some of the city’s up and coming bands, and weekly creative art workshops

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Headlinging Act, Bloods

After the smashing success of CPAC Live’s first showing which focused on hip-hop, the second installment promises to fill the Turbine Hall on Saturday 27 April from 5pm with the thumping beats and electric atmosphere of good old fashioned rock.

“Our fist CPAC Live event in February had hundreds of people head to the Powerhouse for than evening of outstanding hip hop performances and it proved that there’s a huge appetite for live music in Liverpool,” said CPAC Director Craig Donarski.  “We’re really excited to be following up the inaugural event with a night of exceptionally curated live rock, performed by the biggest up-and-coming local acts on the scene right now. We invite everyone to come down this April to join us for another colossal CPAC Live.”

The garage-punk-pop peddling Bloods will headline the night.  Since their inception, Bloods have maintained their place as one of the country’s most endearing bands. Whether it’s through their highly infectious, undeniably fun punk-pop-meets-riot-grrrl tunes or their live shows, Bloods are an ever evolving rock experience who recently inked a deal with US based record label Share It Music.

 

 

 

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Supporting Bloods will be: high school young guns The 902, funky five-piece The Elevator District, rock’n’roll radicals The Factory, roof-raising heart racers Avalanche and the soft and sweet duo Ash & Nic

Open Ceramic Studio – From 6-pm until July
Suitable for both beginners (every Tuesday) and more advanced students (every Thursday) 16+, the Open Studio is a delightful dive into the world of ceramics focusing on basic skills like pinching and slab rolling, to higher level techniques like glazing and wheel throwing.

Drawing on an Open Mind every Tuesday from
7 May to 2 July – 6 to 8pm 

Encouraging vibrantly new ways of looking at the world, this workshop will draw from modern and contemporary artists to develop a greater understanding of the world around us.

 

 

EVENT CINEMAS:

Interactive events and activities themed to this season’s family movies!

Pint-sized movie-lovers will be spoiled for choice with a stellar line up of fun films this autumn. Take flight with Tim Burton’s incredible remake of Dumbo

witness the world’s most out there amusement park come to life in Wonder Park; or join up with Emmet, Lucy and Batman as they go on another adventure to save the citizens of Bricksburg in The Lego Movie 2.  


To compliment these screenings, participating Event Cinemas across the country have programmed free art activities that’ll have kids using their minds, hands and flexing their creativity to make take-home artworks as a memory of their day out at the movies.   From making bookmarks, hats, masks and more, the arts activities are all themed to the family films showing during the school break.

Screen Shot 2019-04-13 at 2.46.43 PM.pngMini-artists can showcase their colouring abilities for the Dumbo colouring-in competition and get the chance to win a Dumbo prize pack!  The fun doesn’t stop at the cinema though!   Don’t forget to collect your interactive Watch & Play calendar from the box office or download a digital version online to start unlocking games and offers.

 

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM:

For budding marine biologists and explorers of marine life!

Explore the biggest habitat on earth in the Whales | Tohorā exhibition, check out the weird and wonderful animals that live in the deep oceans in their Mini-Makers program, find out about whale ‘snot’ in Scientist for a Day, exercise your body and imagination at Wild Yoga.

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MINI MAKERS – IN THE DEEP SEA
3-18 April & 22-28 April – 11.30am, 1pm ($10 Child aged 4-10  / accompanyied Adults FREE after General Admission)
Dive into the coolest underwater party where children and accompanying adults craft bioluminescent sea creatures and rock out, like a seahorse, at the silent disco.

shutterstock_1086993428DINOSNORE – Sleepover at the MuseumPrepare for a night of adventure!
12- 13 April,  6pm to 8am $150

The Museum is a very different place after dark, when the hoards of visitors have left and the lights go out. Join us for an unforgettable overnight experience at the AM.

Enjoy a buffet dinner and get up close to native Australian animals, such as crocodiles, before coming face-to-face with our resident Muttaburrasaurus – an Australian dinosaur that lived around 100 million years ago. Embark on a tour by torchlight to discover secrets and stories of our objects and collections before relaxing in the theatre to watch a family favourite film. The evening is topped off by sleeping next to some old dinosaur favourites including Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex. In the morning, you will wake to a continental breakfast at our rooftop cafe followed by an exclusive viewing of our current special exhibition.

shutterstock_246137965SCIENTIST FOR A DAY: MARINE BIOLOGIST
16–17 April – 9am to 4pm, $125 (8 to 12 year olds)
Did whales ever walk on land? Do they sleep? Why do whales beach themselves? Mini-marine biologists discover the latest research and meet real marine scientist, Dr. Vanessa Pirotta,  to help answer these fascinating questions. Includes exclusive access to the immersive exhibition – Whales | Tohorā, where children come face-to-face with the world’s largest animals. Jam-packed with fun activities, behind-the-scenes collection tour, science experiments, games, and more!

 

WET ‘N’ WILD SYDNEY:

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MACARTHUR SQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE – CENTRE COURT:

Easter Egg Decorating, Burger & Sushi making & more!

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Free events and installations include the Centre Court Lego Zone and visit from Lego 2 Movies’s, Emmet.   On Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Saturdy 20th April,  families can meet the Easter Buggy MEET THE EASTER BUNNY from 11am to 2pm.

GRILL’D MASTERCLASS – $12
Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th April Grill’d, Kellicar Lane

KIDS_MASTERCLASS_SOCIAL_DIGITAL_ASSETS_1080x1080px_01_FA.JPGLearn to make healthy burgers and eat them too. Grill’d Macarthur Square will
teach your little ones the tricks of the trade, and show them how to make our
famous burgers from the bun up. Book via email at macarthursquare@grilld.com.au

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN – FREE

Saturday 20th April, 9am to 12pm
Located near Cha Time, level 3 Macarthur Square Shopping Centre
Kids will have the opportunity to decorate a delicious Easter cupcake.

190221_SushiHub_KidSushiWorkshop_600x600px3SUSHI MAKING WORKSHOP – FREE
Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April FREE, 5 sesssions run from 1.30pm-5pm
Food Court, Level 3 near Sushi Hub
Join Sushi Hub for a FREE fun-filled and hands on sushi making workshop for kids.
Attendance is by booking only. Limited spots available (5-12 year old).

Contact Centre Management on (02) 4626 1466 to secure a spot.

 

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