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School holiday activities – free & low cost

September 21, 2018

Looking for free school holiday activities for your toddler, child or teen? Here is a list of some fun events we have identified  to help keep your children – from toddlers to teenagers – busy at no cost or low cost in the school holidays. There are many more available, so do check out the Randwick Council and the Waverley Council websites.

Note that you may need to book ahead of time for some of these activities, and that some of the services offer paid activities as well.


Tuesday 2 October


Make your own flesh-eating plant!

Eastgardens Library, Westfield Shopping Centre, 152 Bunnerong Road, Pagewood

Book here

Tuesday 2 October

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Decorate your own reusable cotton bag

Malabar Community Library, 1203 Anzac Parade, Matraville

Book here


Wednesday 3 October

Kids learn Spanish (5+yrs)

9:30am – 11:00am

Cost- $5

Woollahra Library at Double Bay, 451 New South Head Rd, Double Bay

Join Spanish teacher Carolina Posadas from In Spanish for a one and a half hour session of learning some basic Spanish though playing games and fun activities.

Children under 10 need to be accompanied by a parent or carer who remains in the library during the session.  Details here


Thursday 4 October


Welcome Back, Butterflies

Make a butterfly tree.

Craft activity for primary school aged children.

Eastgardens Library, Westfield Shopping Centre, 152 Bunnerong Road, Pagewood

Book here


Thursday 4 October

Introduction to Mandarin

For children in years K-6

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra, at 669-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra

Join presenter Li Meng for a fun and fascinating introduction to the language and culture for kids

This is a free event. Bookings are essential online. Enquiries: 9093 6400

No prior knowledge is required for this journey into Chinese culture.


Friday 5 October

Dreamer in the Deep


10am – 10:50am

Randwick Literary Institute, 60 Clovelly Road, Randwick

Puppetry showcasing the life-forms, habitats and conditions that create such an amazing diversity of sea creatures, from very small to very large. We even meet an accordion-playing crab and an opera-singing shrimp.

Cost $10

Booking URL

More Contact Information 1300 722 542


Monday 8 October

Murder Mystery: ‘Mystery Room: Murder at the Disco’ for teenagers 13+ at Eastgardens Library Book here


Wednesday 10 October

“Ocean Adventure” Virtual Reality 

For children aged 9-12


Who would you like to swim with in the ocean? A dugong? A dolphin? A sea turtle? Choose your favourite sea creature and go for a virtual swim with them in the ocean.

This activity involves wearing VR head gear for several minutes at a time. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear such as sneakers. Parental supervision recommended.

Eastgardens Library, Westfield Shopping Centre, 152 Bunnerong Road, Pagewood

Enquiries: 9366-3888. Book here


Wednesday 10 October

Rockpool Ramble at South Maroubra

2:30pm – 4:30pm

Meet at South Maroubra Surf Lifesaving Club, 1R Marine Pde Arthur Byrne Reserve

Discover the marine animals on the South Maroubra rock platforms and inter-tidal zone with local, expert marine biologist Will Jones.

Bookings required
Call Helen Morrison on 9093 6223

The activity requires walking approximately 500 metres along the beach. Walking on unsteady and uneven surfaces. Minimum age 5 yrs. Children under 16 yrs must have a parent or adult guardian in attendance during the activity. Parents or adult guardians accompanying children must pay for the activity. Participants must wear closed footwear.


Thursday 11 October

Backyard Bugs

11am – 12pm

Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Road, Little Bay

Focusing in on the world of mini beasts, this show is totally interactive, allowing children to hold and touch many different bugs in a safe and exciting way.

Bookings required.
Phone Helen Morrison on 90936223

Focusing in on the world of mini beasts, we delve into the secret lives of our often well camouflaged backyard bugs. We’ll find out their amazing abilities and the role they play in environment. The show is totally interactive, allowing children to hold and touch many different bugs in a safe and exciting way. So get ready for a lot of laughing and screaming!


Sunday 21 October

National Children’s Week Picnic

The Children’s Fig. The Royal Botanic Garden. Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


Free event, which includes storytelling, roving entertainers, seed planting and a mud kitchen.  Families will also be able to participate in the fun nature trail experience to discover some of the delights of the garden for children. Families and friends are invited to put on their play clothes, pack a picnic lunch and bring their children for a relaxing day of fun, play and celebration.
Website: National Children’s Week Picnic Website


Waverley Council school holiday activities

See this link for a variety of activities


After the holidays

In the October school holidays, The Junction Neighbourhood Centre’s free playgroups and Community Kitchen will take the following breaks –

Transition to School Playgroup: Resumes Monday 22 October

Community Kitchen: Resumes Wednesday 17 October

Little Leaps Play Group: Resumes Friday 19 October

(For all these groups, ring us on 9349 8200 to book or make an enquiry).


We hope your family enjoy these free school holiday activities – and please let us know if you find out about any we haven’t listed here! Contact us