Crack the champagne ladies! Cheers to no more packing school lunches until 2022! That’s right – six (or seven) glorious weeks of school holidays! No more tying shoes, washing uniforms, searching the house for missing library books. They’re free which means we’re free!
Except…. they’re free. Which means we need to keep them entertained for the next, *gulp*…. six or seven weeks.
Regardless of whether you’re at home with them every day, using your nearest OHSC, relying on playdates and grandparents, or doing a combo of anything that works, we have some great outings to keep the kids occupied, regardless of what state you’re in!
Below are just a few ideas to take on board. Summer fun, all school holidays long!
Our top school holiday activities by state
New South Wales: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. FLY AWAY with iFLY Indoor Skydiving
LOCATION: Sydney (and Gold Coast too)
COST: $449 for the whole family!
Get their hearts pumping with a day at iFLY in Sydney or the Gold Coast! Indoor skydiving is a great choice for the whole family – especially teens – and is suitable for ages 3+ (how cool is that!?). There are heaps of offers to choose from including offers of up to $300 off!
If you are a fan of adrenaline-pumping activities, then this one is a must-do this summer! iFLY also has some great Christmas packages if you’re looking for an experience gift this year. Now that’s an experience to remember!
2. Discover Dinosaur Valley at Scenic World
LOCATION: Scenic World, Blue Mountains
COST: $49.90 for Adults and $27.90 for children
Dinosaur Valley is returning to Scenic World this summer, bringing the Jurassic rainforest to life with your kids’ favorite prehistoric pals from November 26 – February 27, 2022. This is such a fun experience for kids who love dinosaurs and a great way to take in the sights of Scenic World and the Three Sisters.
Scenic World’s Dinosaur Valley self-guided tour includes a return trip on the iconic scenic skyway, and a descend into the ancient Jurassic rainforest on the world’s steepest railway. Marvel at prehistoric dinosaurs, Fossil Alley and the Hatchery along the Scenic Walkway, wander the kilometres of elevated rainforest boardwalks and see the Dinosaur Rangers in action – the ultimate masters of fun.
Add Raptor Tales to your dino discovery for just $10. Get in quick before Dinosaur Valley dies out!
3. Kick some serious putt at Pixar Putt
COST: From $79.90 for a family of four, 9 holes
This immersive open-air mini-golf sensation is made up of interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Soul, The Incredibles, amongst others, and will feature a new hole from recent hit, Luca. Choose from 9 or 18 holes. The kids will love it (and we bet you will too!)
Queensland: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. Blow their minds at Ripley’s Believe It or Not
LOCATION: Surfer’s Paradise, QLD
Believe It or Not!… Ripley’s has recently had a reno and it’s looking amazing! A new attraction, new lobby, new galleries – a great outing if you’re on the Gold Coast.
Discover the Odditorium, one of Surfer’s Paradise’s BEST Indoor Interactive Attractions and museums! With over 1,000 square metres to explore, guests will discover more than 300 genuine artifacts, incredible illusions, fun interactive games, arcades and life-size figurines of unusual characters!
2. Enjoy a mini-break away from home with Discover Queensland
LOCATION: Sunshine Coast, Queensland
COST: $599 for three nights, 2 bedroom apartment for four people – that’s 40% OFF
Discover the beauty of Queensland with a few nights away from the house with this epic deal! If you’re heading to Mooloolaba (or live there), then check out First Light Mooloolaba – this hotel is STUNNING with its massive modern room, amazing views and heaps of facilities.
Discover Queensland has a great sale on 3 and 5 nights including a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, free Wi-Fi and loads more. Choose from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and enjoy a 4.5-star hotel experience in one of the most beautiful places in Queensland. Check out the deal in full below.
3. Snorkle on the Fraser Coast
LOCATION: Fraser Coast, Queensland
COST: $699 for five nights, eco-villa for four people – that’s 29% off!
Another option for families looking to discover Queensland is a trek to the Fraser Coast, only 4.5 hours away from Brisbane and teeming with beauty! Check out Discover Queensland’s current deal on Kelly’s Beach Resort and indulge in a slice of paradise in a sleek Eco-Villa. Split across two levels, you have your own kitchen, private balcony or courtyard and best of all, it’s beachside on Bargara’s Beach?
Discover extras like guarantees 12 pm late check out, VIP Drink Vouchers and kids 0-12 stay free! We say YES, please! Discover Queensland’s got a great deal at the moment too – save 29% and kids 0-12 stay free! Check out the travel dates and terms and conditions below.
Discover Queensland has heaps of deals on family hotels and apartments all around Queensland, in fact. And some well over 50% off! Definitely worth a look if you’re wanting to make an escape these summer holidays.
Victoria: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. Keep them buzzing with Fizz Kidz Holiday Programs
LOCATION: Malvern 3144, Balwyn 3103 and Essendon 3040.
COST: $40 per day
Think glitter, colour, science and fun… that’s what Fizz Kidz is all about! If you’re after something to keep the kids busy while you work (or just take a bit of a breather), we highly recommend Fizz Kidz! Fizz Kidz holiday programs are fantastic with a morning activity and an afternoon activity (stay for one or both).
Kids make all sorts of awesome activities – slime, fidget toys, science experiments, dream catchers and more! Each program includes three activities (kids take home their creations at the end of the day) plus games, prizes and dancing! We suggest you book early as Fizz Kidz holiday programs book out and have limited availability.
2. Full STEM ahead at Scienceworks
COST: $15 for adults, kids free
You can easily spend an entire day immersed in the STEM-based learning and exhibitions at Scienceworks. If you have little ones (under 5), check out Little Kids Day In, running in early 2022 – a great time to explore the museum without the crowds.
3. Build and create at Legoland Discovery Centre
COST: From $27.60 per person
Another must-do during the summer holidays is a trip to Chadstone Shopping Centre’s Legoland! They’ve got LEGO-themed rides, massive LEGO replicas and heaps of play areas for the kids to build their own masterpieces. Kids LOVE it here!
ACT: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. Splash the day away at Big Splash Waterpark
COST: From $28 per person
Canberra’s biggest and best water park is sure to keep the kiddies happy all day long! The mega park boasts 9 slides, a kiddy pool, splash island, pool inflatables and heaps more. Dive in!
2. Science fun at Questacon – National Science and Technology Centre
COST: $73.40 for a family of 3, kids under 4 are free and membership discounts are available
There’s so much to explore at Questacon including family attractions like The Mini Q lab, The Shed and FUNdamental. What we especially love about this place is that it lets kids explore the magic of science in so many interactive ways.
South Australia: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. Get climbing at Tree Climb Adelaide
COST: $35 for students
Get amongst the trees with this unique family adventure. Set in the heart of the CBD, Tree Climb Adelaide lets kids (over 100cm) and adults take on over 70 obstacles and 8 different routes. Great for active families and adventurers of all ages!
2. Let them go wild at Cirkidz Circus School
COST: Starting at $15
Cirkidz lets kids have a go at being part of the circus. They’ve got some great school holidays programs on offer including half and full-day sessions. Kids ages 5-12 can learn how to flip, fly, balance plates and tumble all while keeping cool in their indoor, air-conditioned and fully-equipped circus centre!
3. Hit the Beachhouse
COST: $25 for two hours of play including Play Castle, Carousel & Train
Dodgem cars, bumper boats, a massive carousel, mini-golf, a five-story play castle, and a mini train – what’s not to love at the Beachouse? It’s a definite must-visit during these school holidays.
Western Australia: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. Burn off some energy at Latitude
COST: $21 for one hour
Latitude is a giant aerial playground where kids can bounce, climb, skate, play – so much to do under one roof!
Check out the interconnected trampolines featuring a free jump area, dodgeball court, basketball lanes, performance trampolines and an Air Bag. The action continues in their climbing zone and 8 m high obstacle course. Be sure to also check out their mammoth ninja-warrior course The Grid, featuring a zip line, spider wall, bouldering, tight-rope and a warped wall.
2. Take the ferry to Rottnest Island
LOCATION: Rottnest Island
You really can’t go to Perth and not plan a trip to Rotty Island! Swimming, snorkeling, beaches, quirky quokkas – a family day of fun and only a ferry away. There are plenty of family places to stay and heaps of events during school holidays too!
3. Hit the Outback at Perth’s Outback Splash
LOCATION: Just outside of Perth
COST: $140 for a day family pass
More than just a waterpark, Perth’s Outback Splash also includes mazes, mini golf, playgrounds and animals too – what’s not to love?
Tasmania: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. Head to Hastings Caves
COST: $60 for a family cave tour
The magical underground world of Hastings Caves is just under two hours away from Hobart CBD and SOOOO worth the drive! Ladies, this place is stunning and gives kids a chance to explore the wonders of caves. There’s also a mineral-rich thermal spring to hop into afterwards. Bliss!
2. Walk the walk at Tahune Airwalk and Adventures
COST: Starting at $77.50 for the family
Enjoy spectacular views as you walk 50 metres above the riverbank at the famous Tahune AirWalk and Adventures. Located in the beautiful Huon Valley, it’s a scenic 90-minute drive south from Hobart to Tahune. There are a few different activities you can also add to your day – the Cable Eagle Glider and the Twin Rivers Adventure (kayak or raft down the rapids).
Northern Territory: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. Float on at Big Buoy Water Park
COST: $16.50 per hour
Head to Darwin’s waterfront and jump on board their inflatable obstacle course – located in the safe swimming area of the habour. They also do paddle board/kayak hire if you’re looking to really wear the kids out.
2. Go croc crazy at Crocosauras Cove
COST: Starting at $77.50 for a family
If you’re up north on holiday you really can’t go past Crocosauras Cove, located in Darwin. They offer all sorts of croc experiences including the cage of death where you can swim with crocs! A great day out for the whole family! During the school holidays the Crocosaurus Cove runs Junior Reptile Ranger Programs, so be sure to get in quick.
3. Take a camel ride
LOCATION: Alice Springs
COST: From $39
Crocs not your thing? If you’re in Alice Springs then you HAVE to hop on the hump of a camel and discover NT’s amazing landscape. The one-hour tour lets you ride a camel through the desert and take in the local wildlife. Definitely an experience you will all remember forever!
NATIONWIDE: Summer School Holiday Activities 2022
1. Jump for Joy at Bounce
LOCATION: Around Australia
COST: From $11.00
BOUNCE Australia is the go-to venue for bouncing, tumbling, leaping, and somersaulting fun. Kids can bounce off the walls (literally) and you can take a much-needed break and watch the craziness unfold from the cafe. Or, you can get your workout for the week in (okay, month) and join the kids on the floor.
2. Get their inflatable on at Inflatable World Australia
LOCATION: Around Australia
COST: Around $15 per child (depends on venue)
Another great indoor activity is a trip to Inflatable World Australia – home to the biggest indoor inflatable playgrounds in Australia. They’ve got holiday programs, general admission and so much more.
More summer activities to keep them busy
These are only a few of the countless activities to consider these school holidays. Regardless of where you are, you will most likely be surrounded by venues that offer school holiday fun.
Some more ideas to consider:
Indoor activities – laser tag, bowling, mini golf, trampoline parks, ninja gyms, climbing parks, roller skating and ice skating, indoor play centres, arcades, museums and science and tech centres, cinemas, escape rooms and more.
Outdoor adventures – Water parks and theme parks, outdoor laser tag or paintball (for older kids), white water rafting or kayaking, zoos, farms and aquariums and more.
And don’t forget about free activities too – libraries, playgrounds, skate parks, walks and hikes, etc.