Kids In The Park – 50 School Holiday Activities in Sydney (Updated)

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Sydney Olympic Park isn’t just one of the most geographically central suburbs in Sydney, it’s also THE central suburb for school holiday activities for school aged children every school holidays.

Each school holidays, Sydney Olympic Park outdoes itself by offering more than 50 activities to keep the kids busy, and fit and healthy too.

And even better, many of them are free or very low cost.  

Urban Jungle Adventure Park

The Urban Jungle Adventure Park – fun in the trees.

Myself and my kids have done a fair few of the activities on offer, including, the amazing flying trapeze run by Circus Arts in the grounds of the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

But before I tell you that story, I want to just list every activity that your kids can try over at Sydney Olympic Park. 

Take a deep breath, and here goes:

All Day Vacation Care

ANZ Stadium Explore Tour

BirdLife Discovery Centre

BirdLife – Kids Go Birding

Birds of the Armory – Free Saturday Walks

Brickpit Ring Walk

Clue Trail

Crack the Code

Discovery Trails

Lodge ‘Sailing the High Seas’ Holiday Camp

NEW! Mangroves – More Than Just Mud

NEW! Riding the Rails

Segway Fun Rides

Urban Jungle Adventure Park

Cookies and Craft at Lilies

Digital Filmmaking Workshop

Disney on Ice presents Princesses and Heroes NEW!

Fizzics Education – Lego Robotics

Fizzics Education – Chemical Concoctions NEW!

Fizzics Education – Gross and Gory Science NEW!

Kids on Canvas – Christmas in July Canvas Workshop NEW!

Kites and Cake at Lilies

Painting Unleashed in the Park NEW!

Pizza and Pasta Making at Lilies

Smart Art Social NEW!

The Writing Workshop – Kids in the Park Special

The Writing Workshop – Creative Writing Workshops

The Writing Workshop – Skilled Young Writers

The Writing Workshop – Poetry: Images and Forms NEW!

The Writing Workshop – Selective Schools Placement & ACER Tests

The Writing Workshop – Future Fiction NEW!

The Writing Workshop – Write Your Own Book

AC Milan Junior Soccer Camp

AFL Clinics

Archery — Aim For Fun

Archery — Kids On Target and Little Archers

AustCycle’s ‘Get Riding’ Program

NEW! Badminton – Beginners

Badminton – Skills Development

BMX and Mountain X

Circus Skills

Circus Solarus – Medieval Games

Disc Golf


Flying Trapeze

Gymnastics – Gym Fun

Gymnastics – Mini Gym

Holiday Camps @ Monster

iSkate @ Monster

Kick @ Monster

Mega Circus Mix NEW!

Mighty Woof Dog and Owner Fitness

Project Freeride @ Monster

Residential Camps @ Monster

Rugby League Clinics

Splasher’s Water Playground

Sport Star, Sing Star and Dancing Star

Swimming Lessons

Table Tennis – Beginners

Table Tennis – Skills Development

The Amazing Chase Bike Ride

More details on all of the activities at:

Olympic Park Infoline:  02 9714 7888

Youtube Channel: click here to see heaps of video of the activities available.


The Flying Trapeze at Circus Arts, Sydney Olympic Park

Circus Arts is in the garden at the rear of Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. You enter the garden via the main entrance of the Aquatic Centre.

This isn’t a cheap activity but it’s an amazing one. Lessons last one and a half hours and costs $55.

Flying trapeze can be done by children aged five – 15 years, and the maximum number of the group is 12.

Our Review

I took along Dexbox13 and twins Minnie the Minx and Rusty Rocket who are seven.  The twins had done some flying trapeze earlier this year when we were lucky enough to be sent to review Club Med Bali.  Dex had been very envious and was frothing at the mouth to have a fly around.

The safety briefing and putting on of harnesses takes a little bit of time and is done very carefully. Quite right.

3 Images Jamie

Then the kids had a try on a fixed trapeze to learn the basic moves.  The aim of the first lesson is to hang by the arms, then by the legs and to try to do a flying catch with an instructor.

I’ve edited my photos down and still have 82 good ones so I will pop some more up in a separate post.


My three absolutely loved this. They are bold and wiry little sprites and weren’t scared at all. They loved the teachers; circus people are so cool, are they not?

They especially loved chalking up before they tried some flying catches.


This was a HUGE treat for my three children and I’d like to thank Circus Arts and Sydney Olympic Park very much for hosting them.  They’re a very lucky trio.


My mum-fail that day was not to bring the swimming cossies as we’d have loved to go straight in for a splash at the excellent leisure pool, water slides at the Aquatic Centre.

Splashers Water Playground at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre

Splashers Water Playground


Do check out all the activities at Sydney Olympic Park these school holidays. There really is something for every type of school-aged child.

Wishing you a very happy and active time with the kids.

What are your plans for the school holidays?









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Posted on: March 27, 2015


  • Reply June 21, 2013


    This is fantastic information, Seana! Thank you! I’ve entered the Disney On Ice competition and had a look at the website to see what family activities we can do.
    I think we might try out the train ride around the Newington Armoury. The twinlets will love it!

    • Reply June 27, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Ah, we haven’t done that train ride either – so much good stuff over there. The pool is fab, it was a marvellous moment when the twins grew tall enough for the big water slide there.

  • Reply June 22, 2013


    So many fantastic ideas… we might have to take the kids to Sydney just to enjoy some of the fun 🙂

    • Reply June 27, 2013

      Seana Smith

      And stay close by there so less travel involved. Actually I bet we’d enjoy a weekend in a hotel over there ourselves too.

  • Reply June 22, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    This is great for the upcoming school holidays. I’ll have to take my little guy out to a few of these activities. Great post for the winter holidays, Seana xx

    • Reply June 27, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Thank you! Hopefully a few more ideas coming up too. My ambition for the nexy summer holidays is to do a ‘100 Ideas…’ post… Haha, well here are 50 already anyway.

  • Reply June 24, 2013

    Desire Empire

    And that is why I love your blog Seana. Such a great resource for the up coming holidays

    • Reply June 27, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Thank you duckie, it’s hike for you to get there but plenty of stuff worth doing and making a day of it.

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