Summer Guide to Super Cool Activities

Keeping the kids entertained for 6 whole weeks sounds daunting... but we’ve got the lowdown on what’s happening across our nation.
Need to keep the kids busy over the summer break? We’ve put together a guide to all the family-friendly, totally fun activities happening all over Australia!


1. NYE Session of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Your kids have permission to go nuts this New Years Eve! Selected Hoyts Cinemas are hosting a special screening of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature with a post-show broadcast of the Sydney fireworks and Harbour of Light Parade. The whole event finishes at 9.30pm so you'll still have plenty of time to get the kids in bed and enjoy a cheeky bevvie before midnight. You’ve earned it. 

COST: Tickets are $12 each or $20 including a small popcorn and choc top.

Book tickets to The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, in cinemas January 11. 

2. Buy 2 Kids Titles & Get a Free Kids Movie Ticket

The Wiggles

If you know your ABCs, you know they have kids entertainment covered! When you buy 2 selected ABC Kids titles before 31 Jan 2018, you’ll also receive a free kid’s movie ticket. 

Entertain them at home one day with their favourite friends including The Wiggles, Fireman Sam and Duggee - then treat them the next with a trip to the movies!  

COST: Titles start at $9.95rrp

Visit the website to redeem the offer.


1. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne


Everything is awesome at the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground in Chadstone! It’s the first LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Australia and features 12 family attractions and activities, including a 4D cinema and creative workshop. Create an ultra-fast LEGO® racing car at the Build & Test zone then take the Kingdom Quest ride and save the princess. 

As an added bonus, when you buy THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE on DVD, you’ll receive free entry for kids. Not to mention, you’ll have an awesome stocking filler for Christmas. 

COST: From $32.50 per person 

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne | Chadstone Shopping Centre | Malvern East
Available year round
Visit the website for more information.

2. Escape the Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol 
Source: Old Melbourne Gaol

This is the only time you’ll be happy to see your kids in jail – and they’re bound to have a blast there!  Send them off to Old Melbourne Gaol for an all-new school holiday experience where they become inmates trying to make a great escape. This immersive, educational activity aimed at kids six and up, will see each ‘prisoner’ moving through the jail armed with riddles and clues, foiling the prison guards and, ultimately, pulling off a foolproof escape plan!

COST: Tickets are $28 for Adults and $15 for Children. Discounts apply for families. 

Old Melbourne Gaol | Melbourne CBD
26 December 2017 - 26 January 2018
Visit the website for more information.

3. The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood

This might be one for the grown-ups – although it’s never too early to teach your children about fashion. You can experience the glory of Hollywood in beautiful Bendigo at the exhibition of famed Academy Award winning costume designer Edith Head. 

Even if you don’t recognise her name you certainly will know the stars she created incredible costumes for - Shirley Temple, Gloria Swanson,  Grace Kelly, Veronica Lake, Olivia De Havilland, Jane Russell, Fred Astaire – just to name a few. You’ll see more than 70 outfits from the genius couturier. Many of the costumes have rarely been on public display or seen outside the U.S.

COST: Tickets are $15 for Adults and $6 for Children. Kids under 5 go free.

Bendigo Art Gallery | Bendigo
Until 21 January 2018
Visit the website for more information.


1. Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum 

Gladiator School

Source: Queensland Museum

Forget Russell Crowe’s Maximus – you can encounter the real gladiators of the Colosseum at Queensland Museum! It’s a fascinating exhibition where the whole family can immerse themselves in the everyday lives of Ancient Rome’s gladiators. The exhibition features more than 110 original artefacts including pieces of the Colosseum. 

For some truly authentic fun, kids aged 7-12 can enrol in Gladiator School and undergo training just like the ancient fighters themselves! 

COST: Exhibition tickets for Adults are $18 and Children are $12. Discounts apply for families.

Queensland Museum | Southbank, Brisbane
Exhibition runs until 28 January 2018; Gladiator School 8-19 January 2018. 
Visit the website for more information.

2. Da Vinci Challenges 

When Leonardo wasn’t busying himself creating history’s most famous painting, The Mona Lisa, Da Vinci was applying his genius to some significant inventions - like the helicopter and parachute. 

These school holidays at Cobb+Co Museum, kids can take part in some Da Vinci challenges including testing their rocket building skills and sending wind tubes flying. Your little genius could actually be a modern day Da Vinci!

COST: Exhibition tickets for Adults are $12.50 and $6.50 for children. Discounts apply for families. Da Vinci Souvenir Activity Books are $10 each.

Cobb+Co Museum | Toowoomba City
11 – 22 December 2017 & 2 – 19 January 2018 (week days only) 
Visit the website for more information.

3. MegaMix Circus Workshop 

Mums and Dads, you’ve done enough juggling this past year. Time for the kids to do their own – and it will be a lot more fun for them!  At Circus Arts on the Gold Coast, they’ll juggle, learn acro-balance, pyramid building, even staff twirling!  It’s 2 hours of circus fun topped off by a swing on the high trapeze. Perfect for kids aged 5-15years and of all skill levels. Roll up, roll up now!

COST: $30 

Circus Arts | Nerang
Until 21 January 2018 (Sundays only)
Visit the website for more information.


1. Titanic: The Exhibition

It’s the ship that never fails to fascinate and this exhibition will not disappoint. It’s the world’s largest and most comprehensive touring exhibition about Titanic featuring over 375 artifacts - plus memorabilia from James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film, including the famous “Heart of the Ocean” necklace. You’ll receive a boarding pass containing the details of an actual passenger – and discover your fate later in the exhibition. Immerse yourself in the incredible tale of Titanic as you experience the sights, sounds and smells of the journey, including an encounter with an iceberg! 

COST: Prices vary. All tickets are at off-peak prices on Tuesdays during school holidays. 

Entertainment Quarter | Moore Park, Sydney
Until 4 February 2018
Visit the website for more information.

2. Tree Top Adventure Park

If you’re holidaying on the Central Coast of NSW, you can spend your days swimming, surfing, lying on the beach and putting your feet up – way up in the tree tops! At Tree Top Adventure Park in Ourimbah State Forest, your feet will soar high above the ground on flying foxes and the world’s longest zip line! There are ropes courses catering to all skills – even as young as three. With ninety challenges to choose from, everyone in the family will find something they’ll enjoy here.

COST: Tickets are $48 for Adults and $28 for Children. Discounts apply for groups and families. 

Ourimbah State Forest | Wyong Creek, Central Coast
Available year round
Visit the website for more information.


1. The Discovery Zone: Australian War Memorial

Textbook history comes to life in this excellent interactive space for kids. They’ll dodge sniper fire in a WWI trench, peer through a periscope of a Cold War submarine and take control of an Iroquois helicopter. Children can touch, jump, climb, crawl – even dress up in Navy and Army gear! It’s free, hands-on and fun for kids (especially grown up ones)!

COST: Free 

Australian War Memorial | Campbell, Canberra
Available during ACT school holidays
Visit the website for more information.


1. Moonlight Cinema 


The Botanic Gardens in Adelaide are worth a visit on their own but when you can take the family there for the Moonlight Cinema too, that’s great Summer value. Let the kids run around and burn off their Christmas stocking treats, then stretch out a picnic blanket and take in a fabulous, new release family movie like Wonder

COST: Tickets are $19 for Adults and $14.50 for Children. Family passes are available for $50.

Botanic Park | Adelaide
Available year round
Visit the website for session dates and times.


1. Splash Island 

Ready for some H2whoa fun these school holidays? When the mercury heads skyward this Summer, head down to Sorrento Quay Boardwalk to Splash Island! It’s a pop-up amusement park with water-based bumper cars, water slides, water balls, climbing frames and rides. 

COST: Admission is free; rides cost from $6-9. 

Sorrento Quay Boardwalk | Perth
21 December 2017 - 23 January 2018
Visit their Facebook Page for details

2. Gnomesville

Source: Gnomesville Instagram

Once upon a time in a land not far from Bunbury, in an area near rich farmland and picturesque valleys, a garden gnome appeared. It was circa 1990 and soon after, gnomes from all over the world started migrating to this place now known as Gnomesville. It’s quite the fairytale... and all the more special because it’s true! 

Head for the Ferguson Valley outside of Bunbury and out in the bush you’ll find thousands of gnomes going about their business. It’s cute, quirky and quite a sight! Take a picnic and snap a selfie with the residents. Bring your own gnome if you’d like him to meet new friends! 

COST: Free
Gnomesville | Wellington Mill 
Available year round
Visit the website for details

3. Stunning Shells and Creatures of Coral

This school holidays The Great Barrier Reef will be in Albany! It’s part of a beautiful exhibition at the Museum of the Great Southern focusing on the South Pacific. You’ll enter the world of a South Pacific Islander, spend time in a tiki hut and immerse yourself in the Polynesian culture and craft. Create a beautiful shell pendant or build a mini outrigger canoe. Kids who dare can even put their head into the jaws of a shark!

COST: Free admission. Costs apply for creating items in the Discovery Centre.
Museum of the Great Southern | Albany 
16 December 2017 – 28 January 2018
Visit the website for details


1. Street Eats @Franko

For a great night out with the family that is authentically Tasmanian, head to Franklin Square in Hobart for Street Eats. Together with the fine food offerings, you’ll be entertained by roving artists, light shows, film and art.  This night city market showcases exclusive menus and craft beverages not available elsewhere. It’s local food and drinks served up in a fab atmosphere every Friday night during the warmer months. 

COST: Free admission

Franklin Square | Hobart
Every Friday 5pm – 9pm, December 2017 - April 2018
Visit Street Eats @Frank's Facebook Page for details

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