Step into the interactive, unusual and undeniably fun! We round-up the pick of the pack to keep everyone entertained these July school holidays.
Button up and buckle up! Two weeks of school holiday fun is peeping its head around the corner (calendar note: 7 July to 22 July) and there’s never been a better time to explore the wealth of seasonal gems on offer! From whale watching to the cultural beats of Ned Kelly and Co, we’ve done the research for you so all you need to do is unwind and relax.
1. Seaside Spectacular: Bondi Winter Magic
Perfect for the kids (and kids at heart!), escape the daily grind and join the fun as Bondi transforms the sea and sand into a sparkling winter playground. Bondi Winter Magic
blends the best of art, culture, history, food and entertainment from 28 June to 29 July, with an extensive line up of activities these holidays.
Strap on your skates in Australian’s only beachside ice rink, or encourage your budding artists on Sunday 8 July with the ‘Artist Trail
’ where you can pick up original artist works, stroll along sea murals and get the kids involved with chalk art throughout Roscoe Street Mall.
delight the kids with a spectacular 360-degree view of Bondi Beach! For just $7 (or $25 for 4 people), Bondi Vista
is a 22-metre-high Ferris wheel soaring the Bondi sights.
2. Water wonders: Whale Watching
Between May to November each year, thousands of whales begin to migrate north each winter, leaving their Southern Ocean feeding grounds in search of warmer waters. This means you have over 30 incredible vantage points – from nature reserves to adrenaline cruises – to spot the wonders these school holidays!
The Wild About Whales
website is the perfect place to start with a list of all the locations, per region across NSW. Pack the trail mix for an afternoon along Sydney’s most unbeatable coastal tracks, with Cape Solander
in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
among one of the best vantage points, while Bondi to Coogee also offer windows of opportunity for whale sightings.
Prefer the adrenaline of a close encounter? Zoom into the heart of the action with an organised cruise tour (we’re talking mere metres from these beauties!) with regular cruises departing from Circular Quay
, Darling Harbour
and Manly. Manly Ocean Adventures
is the only high speed boating adventure in Manly, while Captain Cook Cruises
, Fantasea Cruising
and Whale Watching Sydney
all offer knowledgeable, fun-filled adventures.
if you do opt for one of the sea cruises, make sure you email the company following your trip (include your name and tour time) and most organisers will happily send you snaps from the afternoon. That means you can relax and enjoy the ride!
3. Theatrical days: Explore Kids Theatre
Opt for a different kind of drama these holidays and open the play books for a memorable matinee!
Adventurers delight! Ned Kelly and Co
promises to be one of this season’s most interactive theatre experiences outdoors in Centennial Park as your little rangers learn about our country’s notorious bushrangers. Adventure-packed, engaging and brought to life in the natural surrounds, kids will also have the chance to get involved! There’s two shows on Monday 16 July, tickets $16.
Nothing reignites your childhood quite like Disney – and now, the skating extravaganza is celebrating its 100-year anniversary of Disney on Ice
. Prices range from $23-$63 and this year you can expect the spectacular return of 14 Disney favourites as the ‘Mouse-ter of Ceremonies’ Mickey Mouse leads the gang on stage for over 30 of Disney’s cult classic tunes.
If Disney and Ned don’t meet the theatrical palate this season, TimeOut
has put together an extensive list of winter theatre experiences these holidays.