Life with kids in Sydney's Inner West
Life with kids in Sydney's Inner West

FREE ideas for the holidays

Spring 2020

It’s been a long winter and everyone it seems is looking forward to the spring holidays! There are so many activities to choose from but we realise it can get costly, so maybe as well as that art class or gymnastics workshop, you can take advantage of some of the free activities around to help balance the budget!
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Free Activities @ Sydney Olympic Park

BIRD DISCOVERY TOUR, BMX TRACKS & THE BRICKPIT

Meet a Park Ranger and learn a bit about the birdlife at Sydney Olympic Park. Various times and locations are available for this free event.

Pack the bikes or scooters in the car and spend the rest of the day exploring the bike paths at Bicentennial Park or perhaps cool off at Blaxland Riverside Park. If you’re after some hardcore BMX tracks, check out the Monster BMX Track. It’s open to the public (some exceptions apply) and has wicked downhills and flying dirt jumps.

Sydney Olympic Park is also home to the Brickpit Ring Walk. It’s an award winning 18m high circular walkway over the brickbat pond. Discover the history of the pond and the frog’s that inhabit the area.

Strathfield scavenger hunt

Head to the Strathfield Library & Innovation Hub anytime these holidays (when the library is open of course) to take part in their QR Code Scavenger Hunt.

Bring your own device, scan the QR codes, solve the puzzles and follow the clues on a scavenger hunt around the library. Successfully complete the hunt and go into the draw to win a $75 JB HI FI voucher! Read the T&Cs here.

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Canada Bay Libraries

GAMES, TAKE-HOME KITS & CRAFT

Canada Bay Libraries have a heap of free stuff for kids this Spring. Apart from the obvious book borrowing they offer, did you know you can also borrow board games? Think Sushi Go and Boss Monster!

Decorate a planter pot and plant a sunflower in it to take home in their Storytime Craft & Spring Planting activity or the Storytime & Craft Teddy Bear’s Picnic event.

The library also has STEM kits, DIY Craft kits and Paper Circuit Kits available for collection at the library to complete at home.

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Cockatoo Island is a favourite of ours and you can do it for pretty much FREE! While it will cost you a ferry ticket, there is no admission fees to the island and the kids activity books are complimentary from the Visitors Centre.

Pack a picnic and spend the day or just the morning on the island enjoying the fabulous harbour views and learning about some convict history at the same time! While guided tours and the self guided audio tours have been suspended due to COVID, there are paid guided tours available during the School Holidays ($16/$12).

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Camp Quality’s Big Walk for Little Kids is on for the month of October! Why not enter as a family team and walk to raise money for Camp Quality?

The kids will really enjoy keeping track of their kilometres on your way to reaching 25km, 50km or 100km! They’re also useful for getting sponsorship. Such a great cause, enter your team now! It’s a great way to get fitter and maybe lose some of those COVID kilos?

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As the weather (hopefully) gets better, maybe it’s time to check out a new park or playground or even re-visit one you haven’t visited for a while?

While you’re there, if you take a fab photo in one of the Inner West’s great parks send it to us! We’d love to see it! For a comprehensive list of all the best parks and playgrounds in the Inner West – check our website!

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THERE’S A LOT GOING ON ONLINE!

Check out our Online Activities page, there are still a lot of free activities staying in the online space this Spring. We’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list!

We hope you enjoy your Spring break from making school lunches and ironing uniforms! Leave us a comment if you tried anything on our list, we’d love to hear from you!