School holidays in Sydney

July School Holidays 2nd July – 17th July

Finding activities in Sydney for the winter holidays has been made easier with our top suggestions for kids and their carers. Holiday Inn Potts Point is in an awesome location to be able to access everything listed below.  

Throughout the holidays there are some pretty exciting things going on, including to the celebration of NAIDOC week (3-10th July). It is a week of celebration of the contributions that Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islander make to our country and society. 

Holiday Inn Potts Point have also outlined great places to eat as a family in Sydney.

Domain and Botanic Gardens

Open for the entirety of the holidays, The Winter Festival features open-air ice skating, rides and entertainment for the whole family.  Outside the beautiful St Mary’s Cathedral, there will be a traditional European market selling delicious meals and hot chocolates you can also play with Saint Bernards in the snow. There are different sessions every day so make sure you jump on their website and book early.

The last weekend of the school holidays is the start of this year’s Archibald. Although not typically an event you would think great for kids, this is one the carers can enjoy too. It is Australia’s favourite art award and there is no reason you can’t share this experience together. You could inspire your young ones with the Young Archie 2016 competition. Or create your own art scavenger hunt eg… Find a painting with: a dog, a person with red hair, your favourite artwork and why even bring a pack of pencils and get them to recreate an artwork. There are many ways to have a fun day out for you and your kids at the Gallery of NSW. Maybe next year they will enter in the Young Archie 2017!

NAIDOC kids will be held in the Learning Centre at The Royal Botanic Gardens. It runs for two weeks Mon 4th – Fri 8th and Mon 11th – Fri 15th July for children ages 6-12 years old. Kids and their carers will be given the opportunity to engage in Aboriginal – dancing, music lessons, arts and crafts and traditional tool making. Bookings are essential!


Dining out with kids:

The café’s and restaurants in the Botanic Gardens and the Domain are few and far between and can be expensive. If you are looking for somewhere nice to go here are our suggestions:

Jamie’s Italian

Burger Project It’s just a small walk from Martin Place but grab a burger from the Burger Project and take them down to either the Domain or Botanical Gardens:

Around Circular Quay and the Rocks

Museum of Sydney has an exhibition running – Sydney Harbour Icons with LEGO Bricks. It is time to reminisce on your childhood and step into the amazing world created by LEGO professional Ryan McNaught. Entry is by timed session and it is recommended to buy your tickets online first.

A trip to Sydney is not complete without seeing the world renowned Sydney Harbour  with The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. You can walk along the Quay from the steps of the Opera House to the steps of the Bridge and even across it to North Sydney. It is a great free activity to do with all ages.

The Rocks Discovery Museum where the entry is free and the amazing history of Sydney and it’s inhabitants is revealed. There are fun interactive touch screens, and audio visual elements to bring history to life.

Dining out with kids:

Most places around Circular Quay and the rocks can be overpriced as it is a haven for tourists and not really made for kids.

Holiday Inn Potts Point eating out with kids suggestions for Circular Quay and the Rocks are:

Opera Kitchen:

Munich Brauhaus all kids meals are under 10:

MCA Café & Sculpture Terrace has some of the most beautiful views in Sydney and a great bistro style menu :

Wynyard and Barangaroo

Barangaroo is Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park, the Reserve features lookouts, extensive walking and cycling trails, idyllic coves, picnic spots and places for quiet contemplation.

Just be warned there aren’t many places open on the weekend for food in Baranagroo.

Dining out with kids:

Vapiano Sydney is your best bet Located in the Grace Hotel it has a great kids menu all for $9.

Potts Point and Darlinghurst

Elizabeth Bay House is another venue from Sydney Living Museums. It was known as the finest house in the colony and gives visitors a great example of how wealthy families lived in the 1830s. Family Tours are run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Dining out with kids:

Sirocco has partnered with Nutrition Australia to create some of the best kids meals in Sydney. Located inside Holiday Inn Potts Point it is a meal not to be missed:

Haymarket and Darling Harbour

Chinese Garden of Friendship always has events kids will enjoy from dressing up in traditional Chinese costumes and take photographs around the garden to The Emperors Quest, where zodiac detectives hunt down the 12 animals of the Chinese New Year.     

Darling Harbour has so many options generally and over the school holidays. The Australian National Maritime Museum (link:, the IMAX theatre (link: and Darling Harbour Children’s Playground ( are some of the most enjoyable activities in Sydney.           

Dining out with Kids:

Mamak is an award winning Malaysian restaurant for the kids that love fried chicken, roti and chicken skewers.

If you kids like dumplings then Din Tai Fung is your go.               

Or go for a nice walk around to Cockle Bay Wharf where Bungalow 8 is tucked away at the end. It has a well priced kids menu

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