Aussie parents, Warcry has done your homework for you by finding some of the most unique activities our capital cities have on offer these school holidays.
The school holidays are here, and once again parents find themselves grappling with not only how to keep the kids occupied, but entertained. But our capital cities have some fabulous activities that will not only surprise you, but—just maybe—your offspring, too.
Thanks to a recent $3.55 million upgrade, the St Kilda playground offers a new castle tower with supersized slides, wooden fort, an old wooden ship overlooking the water and a volcano wave slide. Children will find a new twist or turn at each one. 45 minutes north of Adelaide.
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) offers an acting boot camp for years seven to 10. The fast-paced course builds skills in acting technique, including improvisation, character development and scene work. The course ends in a performance. The two-day course is $292.49. Go to: www.open.nida.edu.au/course/OHAB12.
The National Sports Museum is home to Australia’s finest collection of sporting heritage, such as Australian football, cricket, the MCG, Olympics and much more. Family $55, kids under five free. Go to: www.nsm.org.au.
Flying Fox Studios Workshops cover a wide range of creative topics such as visual arts, engineering, craft, science, music, coding, design and construction. Workshops typically run over a six-day schedule. Go to: www.flyingfoxstudios.com.au/holiday-workshops.
The National Arboretum Pod Playground features banksia cubby houses, acorn-shaped pods, rope tunnels and tube slides, discovery trails and climbing nets. Other highlights include the giant tree ring and multimedia displays in the Village Centre and the Canberra Discovery Garden. Free.
Dark Universe Planetarium provides spectacular scenes of recent spacecraft, such as the Galileo probe’s plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere, and detailed ‘visualisations’ of the Milky Way and exploding supernovas. Go to www.scitech.org.au/visit/whats-on/scitech-planetarium/1843-dark-universe.
The Imagination Playground is a mobile play system made up of big blue blocks in many shapes and sizes. It encourages creativity, social development, movement and, overall, fun. Free. Email email@example.com.
The Wave Lagoon is fun for all ages. There are long lounges and umbrellas for relaxation, and also a small pool for smaller children. Lifeguards are on patrol at all times. Family $18, children under 2 free. Darwin Waterfront, Kitchener Drive.