The last school holidays didn’t exactly go to plan – but thankfully restrictions are easing and the city of Sydney is your toy box. So pack some hand sanitizer, mask up and keep up the physical distancing as best you can because here’s your guide to entertaining the kids during the spring school holidays.
Go looking for Nemo at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
The Darling Harbour aquatic haven has opened back up to the public, so you and your family can get your fix of the briny deep. Featuring an abundance of unique marine animals showcased in multiple stunning exhibits, as well as a glass walk-through tunnel that lets you feel like you’re in the exhibit, you’ll be in for a treat at one of the best attractions in Sydney. New health and safety measures are being followed, and the daily ticketed capacity has been significantly reduced to allow for physical distancing – which means it’s important you book ahead. And if you’re a NRMA Member, kids go free with every paying adult. To book your tickets click here.
Restart and recharge this spring
Spring is a great time to grab the family and take a well-deserved break at one of NRMA’s holiday parks and resorts. All feature a range of accommodation options including self-contained cabins, as well as caravan and camping sites – which means you can camp beneath the stars, bring along the van or relax in a cabin with family and friends. Situated in picturesque locations, the availability of flexible refund and cancellation terms, as well as extra safety measures in place – what more could you really ask for? To book your spring getaway, click here.
Have a whale of a time
There was one event that wasn’t put on hold due to COVID-19; the epic whale migration. Each year between May and November, more than 30,000 whales make their way along the NSW coast from Antarctica’s icy cool waters. If you want to catch sight of the majestic creatures of the sea swimming with their newborn calves, Whale Watching Sydney has the finest fleet of custom built, modern and fast vessels that reach the open ocean in 10-15 minutes – meaning you spend less time travelling and more time whale watching. What’s more, NRMA Members save 20% off all Whale Watching Sydney cruises.
Take in the sights of Sydney Harbour
Enjoy breathtaking views of the world-famous Sydney Harbour on a City Sights and Sunset Cruise. Departing from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, you’ll be able to take in Sydney’s skyline from an outside viewing area while watching the sunset or admiring the harbour lights. Perfect for a family get-together, a romantic date or a fun catch up with friends, you’ll also get a free beverage and save 20% if you’re an NRMA Member.
Make some friends at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Keep your young explorers entertained these school holidays with a trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park. When it comes to cute native critters, the team at Featherdale have the cuddly, enchanting goods. The Western Sydney centre will introduce you to rare and endangered Aussie species like bilbies and Tasmanian devils, as well as more commonly encountered fellas like kangaroos and kookaburras. And if you’re dying for a pat, make the most of a hands-on experience by cuddling a possum, chilling with a dingo, chat with a baby crocodile or hang with a koala. But the good news doesn’t stop there, NRMA Members save 40% on general admission tickets.
Burn some energy at a playground
It’s been a while since we’ve been able to get out and about in fresh air, but since restrictions are slowly easing, Sydney’s playgrounds are open and are the perfect place to burn off all that iso-energy. Got a wriggly little one who has been allowed too much screen time in the last few months? Why not check out Western Sydney Parklands or Centennial Parklands? Let them run off some of that energy at these parks and playgrounds that know how to entertain the real bosses of the household.
Grab the popcorn and watch a flick
If rain has been forecast over the course of the school holidays, nothing keeps the kids entertained for a few hours in rainy weather like a movie. These spring holidays, there are some super exciting flicks for the whole family to enjoy at Event Cinemas. Find your happy place with Trolls World Tour, join the team in Paw Patrol: Jet to the rescue or discover the story of The Secret Garden. NRMA Members enjoy 35% off movie vouchers, and for $2.50 you can grab yourself a bucket of popcorn for a limited time. Event Cinemas have rolled out a range of new sanitisation and wellbeing initiatives in line with COVID-19 and the customer experience has evolved to include contactless booking and check-in via the Event Cinemas booking website and app. There are also cashless operations on site, including in the candy bar, staggered session times, hand sanitiser stations, social distancing measures in the foyer and theatre areas and increased frequency of cleaning.
Grab some teddy bears and go on a picnic
There's no better way to soak up some spring sunshine and fresh air than with a picnic at one of the city's prettiest places. Why not make some sandwiches with your little mate and head to one of these top places to enjoy a picnic. Remember to continue to practice physical distancing, be sensible, and a tube of hand sanitiser wouldn't go astray from your picnic pack.