Out of holiday activity ideas? Here’s help

Out of holiday activity ideas? Here's help
Posted on Thu 11 Jan 2018

Christmas and New Year have come and gone, therapy sessions may be scaled back and there is still a while before school goes back. Mother of two Susan Williams has you covered with these free, or almost free, ideas.

These outings and activities will entertain the whole family but remember to do a little research so that you can be sure any excursion meets the accessibility requirements of your family.


Everyone has their favourite local parks, but why not try a new one further afield these holidays? Increasingly parks are being designed to be inclusive for all. Most Local Council websites will have a list of parks and playgrounds, including their location and what facilities are available.

Accessibility tip:

  • Visit Touched by Olivia for a list of inclusive play spaces around Australia.
  • Visit Playground Finder (or download the app) and search for playgrounds by location. You can also filter by All Abilities to find one that meets the accessibility requirements of your family.


As with parks, if you’re anything like my family, you probably visit the same handful of beaches each summer. I mean, once you know where you can get a decent car park and your favourite fish ’n’ chips, it can be easy to stick with the familiar. This summer consider visiting a beach in a different area, and perhaps you’ll find a new favourite.


Water play park

Water parks are a huge favourite with my family. On days when you want to cool off but getting to the beach isn’t an option, head out to visit one of Sydney’s water parks. Popular options include James Ruse Reserve, Putney Park and  Darling Quarter.



There really is something special about escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and getting lost in nature. NSW has many botanic gardens and National Parks waiting to be explored. Consider packing a picnic and enjoying a day in nature. Or keep it local and look into getting involved with your area's community garden. If this isn’t possible then how about a gardening day at home?


  • Search online for the accessibility features (entrance gates, indoor venues, toilets and parking) of your chosen destination.


When you live in a town or city it's easy to overlook activities or attractions for which the places we live are renowned. Are there museums or similar activities which you have never been to or haven’t been to in a while? Why not check them out these school holidays? Many will also have school holiday activities to try.


  • Check individual museums for details.


If you are in Sydney, did you know there is a Sunday travel cap of $2.60 when you use your Opal Card on trains, buses, ferries and light rail? So you can catch the train or bus into the city and then catch that ferry to Manly or Rose Bay, take a stroll along the water and see a different part of the city.


  • Visit Transport NSW to determine the accessibility options for your family.


Libraries really are a great place to enjoy a free outing. From books, music, DVDs, magazines and newspapers, there will be something for the whole family. Some libraries also have a school holiday program of activities which are available for free or a small charge.


  • Visit your local council website.

Stay-at-home day

Sometimes we all need a quiet day. With a little planning a fun day at home can be one memories are made of. Get out some Christmas presents that may have been overlooked. Go “camping” in the lounge room. Let your imagination go wild. Search the internet for some simple colouring templates or craft ideas. Bake together. Just have a fun day at home and don’t worry about the mess!

Family movie night

Each night from 5-21 January 2018 there will be a Kids Film Fest, Night Owls, held at the Darling Quarter. The program includes short kids’ films and a family feature each night. So pack a picnic, throw down some blankets and secure your spot for the best family-friendly summer experience Sydney has to offer.

If you can’t make it out then organise a movie day/night at home? You can put on a family favourite and cook some popcorn together. Simple family fun.


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