Family school holidays in Sydney

From the beautiful spring blooms to the mild and comfortable temperature, Sydney begins to blossom come September. Whether your looking for a family staycation or passing through overnight onto your central or southern coast favourite locale, there’s an array of activities that will be sure to please kids and adults alike. Enjoy your school holiday activities in Sydney in a covid safe environment.

Explore space shuttles and the zero gravity space lab at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum 

Spacewalk Exhibition┃Sydney Powehouse Museum

Credit: Destination NSW

The Ultimo Precinct remains the housing home to the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. Take the little ones to the Space exhibition, including the Zero Gravity Space Lab where you can experience the illusion of weightlessness. Imagine what it would be like to travel and live on an International Space Station? Understand how these dynamic artificial objects are developed for future long missions to the Moon and Marks alike. Furthermore families will be able to take a closer look into the astronauts habitation modules, which include how they clothe, sleep, eat, wash and maintain a workable living environment. The Powerhouse Museum is located at 500 Harris St, Ultimo, which is a short 15 minutes from Potts Point. Whilst tickets to the exhibition are free of charge. The Museum will be open daily throughout the school holidays between 10am – 5pm.

For families looking to multitask on the day, look at a guided-walk through tour, where you will be able to explore multiple highlights of the Powerhouse Galleries. See two new exhibitions opening this month. Namely Hybrid: Objects for Future Homes showcasing nine commissions that consider the needs of the future (opens 12 September) and Design for Life celebrating the critical role of design in saving and improving human life (opens 26 September). Music appreciators can also view the over 130 guitars in the largest retrospective of Australia’s leading guitar manufacturer Maton.

Spring kids programs in Centennial Parklands

Spring OOSH programs for Vacation Care at Centennial Parklands

Credit: Centennial Parklands


Spring in the Park is a time of renewal and growth. Looking to drop the young ones off for the morning? The Centennial Parklands are running a special kids program across the school holidays. Kids will enjoy bug-hunting, a treasure hunt, a swamp walk to visit a bat colony and a bush tucker bash. The program is adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines at the The WILD PLAY Discovery Centre. For enquiries email The parklands are only a short 10 minutes from the hotel, with easy access via uber or walking directly down Darlinghurst road onto Oxford Street. Grab a coffee and a delicious pork sandwich on the way via Ortnek, a tiny kid friendly Darlinghurst cafe at Shop 3 113-115 Oxford Street.

Enjoy the Australian Wildlife

School holidays at Taronga Zoo Sydney


Another great activity to enjoy with the family is a trip to one of the many zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in Sydney. Meet your favourite animals, learn more about them, while nurturing a love for the planet with your family. Some of our favourite places include Taronga Zoo, Sealife Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife Sydney Zoo, and Featherdale Wildlife Park.

School holiday activities in Sydney don’t come much bigger than Taronga Zoo. It’s impressive diversity of 4000 animals, including some rare and endangered species of animals are memorable moments to capture. Take a Journey to Africa this September via a special African Savannah experience. Lions have returned to Taronga to take their rightful place as Kings of the African Savannah! Across the Savannah plains in a stunning new habitat known as ‘The Waterhole’, families can get up close and personal to five iconic species of animals that call the African Savannah home. These include Lions, Giraffes, Zebras, Meerkats and the small distinctive featured Fennec Fox.

To ensure safety across the zoo, visitors must register before visiting the Zoo. Family ticket prices, includes a 20% ‘booking online’ saving. 2 adults + 2 children: $124.80, 2 adults + 1 child: $101.60 or 1 adult + 2 children: $85.60.

Do a Treetop Walk with your adventurous children

Illawarra Fly Treetops Adventures

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Enjoy a good thrill? Looking to take a day trip? The Illawarra Fly Treetops Walk in the Australian rainforest is a great activity for thrill-seekers. Immerse yourself in the native rainforest on this 1.5 km trail as it builds up the excitement when you switch to the 500 meter-long track that is elevated 20-30 meters off the ground. Though the trail seems tough and dangerous, the highest level of safety protection is taken which means you can enjoy the trail without worry with the whole family. The best thing about this trail is that it’s perfect for all ages and fitness levels. The attraction is located on Knights Hill Rd and is a couple of hours south of the hotel. Opening hours are between 10am – 5pm daily throughout the spring school holidays. Tickets for the Fly Treetop Walk and Zipline Tours range between $22.50 – $67.50 for adults and between $13.50 – $40.50 for children  For all inquires, email 

Enjoy a whale watching experience

South Head Heritage Trail at Vaucluse, Sydney

Credit: National Parks NSW


For those looking for a casual day out with their family, look no further than the South Head Heritage Trail. The short trail is excellent for catching a glimpse. The trail will take you from Camp Cove, along an 1870s cobblestone road past Lady Bay Beach, before reaching historic Hornby Lighthouse.  The lighthouse offers spectacular views from the city of Sydney to the ever-expanding Pacific Ocean on the horizon. Just make sure to keep your eyes open for an opportunity to catch a glimpse of a whale, one of nature’s most magnificent beasts. Next to Camp Cove lies the popular vantage point of Watsons Bay. Grab a take away lunch from the take away menu from Doyles Bistro on the Wharf. Enjoy family favourites including calamari & chips, fish packs, grilled barramundi and flathead. Enjoy your school holiday actives in Sydney by soaking up the sunset along one of the city’s most prestigious locations.

Holiday Inn Potts Point is offering a special ‘Family Picnic Package’ as a seamless base for your school holiday getaway this spring. Enjoy overnight accommodation, complimentary secure parking and a tailored picnic hamper when you book by 30 September 2020. Enjoy staying in a quieter enclave east of the Sydney city, filled with seasonal markets and delicious family friendly eateries. The local charm of Potts Point is also highlighted with its marvelous boutique fashion outlets and unbeatable vantage lookouts over Sydney Harbour.

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Children under 12 years old stay and eat for free at Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney

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Holiday Inn Potts Point-Sydney

203 Victoria Street Potts Point,
NSW, 2011,

+61 (2) 9368 4000