Keep the kids entertained in Sydney these Christmas Holidays
Here’s a question for you: how is it that children have so much energy? Honestly, we may never know.
But one thing I do know for sure is having the right plans and activities up your sleeve to keep them occupied over the Christmas holidays definitely helps keep the whole family sane!
If you’re looking for some ideas, I’ve rounded up a few favourites that I’ve discovered in and around Sydney. Whatever your child is into, I promise there’s something for every little personality!
The Sporty Monkey
1. Play at All Sorts Indoor Sports
This is my two boys to a T! Always bursting with energy and keen to test out their sporting skills. If yours are the same, All Sorts holds amazing camp days over the school holidays for kids aged 5 to 12. There’s a huge variety of sports they can pick from, and I love taking the boys here because you don’t even have to book in advance, you can just walk in. How easy is that?
Where: Building 8, 190 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW. View map
2. Go fruit picking
This is the perfect idea if your child loves getting outdoors (or you want to encourage them to!). You would be amazed at how many beautiful farms there are just a short drive out of Sydney where you can take your little ones to pick their own fresh fruits. I also love this idea for helping kids get an appreciation for where their food comes from.
More: Find an amazing list of farms to try here: kidbucketlist.com.au
3. Play in the Everleigh Tree House
Interactive, public art is an excellent way to introduce children to the concept of art and creativity when they’re not yet old enough to enjoy a gallery with you! The Everleigh Tree House is an absolutely stunning installation you’ll find at South Everleigh. It’s designed to encourage exploration and play across all ages. Something adult will appreciate and kids will find super fun.
Where: Eveleigh Treehouse is located in Eveleigh Green on Henderson Road, South Eveleigh. View map
The Social Butterfly
4.Enjoy the Claris High Tea
This idea combines two things I just adore; Megan Hess and High Tea! Every Saturday until December 21, The Sofitel Darling Harbour is holding a High Tea themed around Megan’s children’s book, Claris, the Chicest Mouse in Paris. If you’re familiar with Megan’s work with Chanel, Dior, Cartier and countless other designers, the High Tea is just as chic as you would expect! This one really is a treat for mums as much as it is for the kids. In fact, I don’t think anyone would judge if you just went with your girlfriends… I certainly won’t!
Where: Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour. View map
The Christmas Lover
5. Explore the ICC Forecourt
This area of Darling Harbour is currently transformed into an absolutely magical Christmas wonderland. The kids will love exploring the giant Christmas bauble, the swinging bell and the mirrored tunnel (yes, they’re just as fun as they sound!). From December 18 until Christmas Eve, they also have craft activities to keep those little hands busy. If you want a more relaxing option, you can head to the outdoor cinema from December 20 to 22 and watch a Christmas movie with them.
Where: Various locations around Darling Harbour
When: Tues 12 Nov – Wed 25 Dec
6. Hit the Christmas Markets
The Darling Harbour Christmas Markets run from the 2nd to the 22nd of December at the Darling Quarter. This is a great one for any age, especially as they get older and are less keen on the usual festivities. The best part of this idea is you can multitask and grab some last-minute gifts at the same time! Love it.
Where: Darling Quarter Civic Connector, Darling Harbour
When: Mon 2 – Sun 22 Dec, 10am – 6pm
7. Watch Shrek the Musical
For the kids who love a giggle (and isn’t that all of them?) Broadway’s Shrek the Musical is coming to Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in January. Seeing a theatre show is a great idea if you want an alternative to simply going to the movies. It’s immersive, and extra-entertaining – I can’t think of a much better way to get young ones sitting still for a few hours!