Low-cost school holiday fun in your capital city
Parenting blogger Tahlia Mandie gives a capital-by-capital rundown of the best low-cost and free activities for kids these summer holidays.
With school holidays well under way, you may be wondering how to keep your kids entertained without blowing the family budget.
It can sometimes get rather expensive to keep the little ones happy, especially over the long summer break, but you can find fun activities for next to nothing with a little research and planning ahead of time.
Shopping centres and council parks and zones throughout Australia often run many small and simple school holiday activities for free or at little cost. These are a fabulous option for really young children, who can sometimes only manage shorter visits out.
Major cities also have many attractions and larger events that happen over the summer. These include:
- QV Outdoor Cinema – low cost.
- Alice & Peter Pan in Never Neverland show – low cost.
- Tangle weaving playspace – free.
- Arquitectura de Feria whimsical Ferris wheel – free.
- Horrible Histories Pirates interactive exhibition – low cost.
- Little Darlings Night Owls Kids Film Festival – free.
- ‘The Art of Dr Suess’ Retrospective Exhibition – free.
- Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular – free.
- Playing with light: Stained-glass window workshop – free.
- Port Noarlunga Playground – free.
- Mega Adventure Aerial Park – free.
- Botanic gardens walking tours and school holiday programs – free and low cost.
- Visit Fremantle.
- East Perth Public Art Walk and The Federation Heritage Art Walk – free.
- School of Puppetry: Body Puppet Workshops – low cost.
- Hobart International Kids Tennis Day – free.
- The Taste of Tasmania festival – free and low cost.
- Get lost in the Richmond Maze – low cost.
- 2016 Summer Sounds Concert Series – low cost.
- Snakes Alive! Reptile display and exhibition – low cost.
- Amusement Parlour – family space at The National Portrait Gallery – free.
- Ride a wave at Wave Lagoon – low cost.
- Experience Mindil Beach Sunset Market – free (except for shopping purchases).
- Take a day trip to Litchfield National Park – free.
Other places and activities you could include on your list are:
- theme parks
- Bunnings warehouse (you may be surprised by their amazing school holiday workshops)
- bush walks
- national park visits
- water play in the backyard.
The key to school holiday fun and preventing boredom while avoiding last-minute expensive decisions is planning. But don’t forget to plan your down days, too.