The school holidays are almost here again, so it’s a good time to start planning how you’ll keep the family entertained.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of local activities, day trips and weekend getaways that will help you and the kids bust the boredom this summer break.
Thankfully, there are plenty of local activities to keep everyone busy, including the thrill seekers.
Indoor skydiving at iFLY could be for you, if you’re looking for an exhilarating experience for kids as young as three-years-old.
Located in the Panthers Entertainment Precinct, there is also a range of impressive dining options that caters to all ages and budgets, once your feet are back on the ground.
To book, visit www.ifly.com.au.
You don’t need to break the bank to prevent the dreaded phrase – “I’m bored”.
And better yet, there’s no need to drive to Bondi this school holidays, because our very own beach will be opening later this month. Penrith Beach will be open seven days a week from 7am to 7pm, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Beach-goers of all ages will be able to take a free shuttle bus from Penrith Station, or apply for a permit to park on-site.
Games for older teens
For the older kids, Penrith City Library is holding an ‘Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons’ on Monday, January 15, 2024.
A group of teens will band together to play out a one-shot game over a single session, led by Games Master Ian Zammit.
They will learn the basic rules, tailor their own character, connect with fellow gamers, and dive into the world of role-playing games.
Tickets are $15. To reserve your spot, visit www.visitpenrith.com.au/events/workshops.
There’s plenty to do outside of Penrith too, especially if you’re looking for all-day fun.
Sydney Zoo should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a day out with the family this summer break.
It is home to over 4,000 animals, including awe-inspiring and endangered species from all around the world.
Visitors can get up close with the animals in one of the many encounters on offer.
And if you’re planning on visiting the zoo with younger children this month, Christmas Animal Kingdom is a must!
To buy your tickets, visit www.sydneyzoo.com.
There is so much to do if you’re planning a trip to the city these school holidays, that caters to all ages and budgets.
From Luna Park to Madame Tussauds, Sydney Tower, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and the National Maritime Museum, the possibilities are endless.
City-goers will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to eateries, with takeaway, hatted restaurants, and everything in between.
If you’re looking for a change of pace, a day trip to the Blue Mountains is a good option.
If you want to ride the world’s steepest railway, take in the iconic views from the cable car or explore kilometres of elevated rainforest boardwalks, Scenic World is a must.
If you’re after a more affordable option, there is an infinite amount of walking tracks for families to visit. Afterwards, you can relax and enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafés that line the streets of Katoomba and Leura.
For more information, visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/blue-mountains-national-park.
A few days away might be just what the doctor ordered across the holidays.
Wollongong, affectionately known as ‘The Gong’, offers a wide range of family-friendly activities.
Whether you want to catch a few waves, go horse riding on the escarpment, or visit Jamberoo Action Park, or walk among the treetops, Wollongong is the perfect destination for your next trip south.
There are also a myriad of events this month if you’re heading down for Christmas.
If one day just isn’t enough, there are plenty of options for a short getaway this festive season.
The Christmas Lights Spectacular is on again at the Hunter Valley Gardens this summer.
Until January 28, visitors will be able to stroll through magical themed light displays created with over four million lights, plus enjoy amazing amusement rides, roving entertainment, hearty food and beverages.
For more information, including accommodation packages, visit www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/events/christmas-lights-spectacular.
There are plenty of family friendly options on the Central Coast.
With the Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, TreeTop Adventure Park, Amazement Farm and Fun Park and Aquafun, there are plenty of fun kid-friendly attractions and activities to keep the whole family happy.
Formerly with the ABC, Makayla is a graduate of Western Sydney University. She covers a variety of news topics for the Weekender, including courts.