Best Winter Activities For Kids In And Around Sydney 2022

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From festivals and exhibitions to ice skating and snowman building, Sydney and its surroundings will once again sparkle with wonderful winter events for the whole family this year!

Here are ellaslist’s top picks for things to do with families this winter.

Best Winter Activities For Kids and Families

1. Escape to a YHA Eco Property

Blue Mountains YHA Eco Escape
Enjoy a cosy, green getaway at the award-winning Blue Mountains YHA.

If you're planning a family getaway this winter, make it a green one! YHA has a collection of incredible eco-friendly escapes dotted all along the east coast helping to make travel sustainable and affordable for families.

From the ancient caves and scenic railways of the Blue Mountains to the stunning Morning Bay in the Ku-ring-gai National Park to Australia's eco-conscious heartland of Byron Bay, get inspired by YHA's East Coast Eco Properties and reduce your ecological footprint this winter.

2. Calmsley Hill

Calmsley Hill winter activities
A trip to the farm promises plenty of fun for the whole family this winter!

An ultra-engaging and interactive day out, there is so much to do at Calmsley Hill City Farm. You can try your hand at cracking a stock whip, look at the adorable baby animals, take a rocky ride on a tractor! You can bring your own picnic lunch, or use our free electric BBQs to cook your own lunch while you enjoy our beautiful grounds. Take-away food can be purchased at the Farm House Cafe. There are plenty of daily shows, including cow milking and working dog shows - with extras taking place on busy days to help spread the crowds.

Where:        31 Darling Street, Abbotsbury
When:         Open 7 days a week | 9am - 4:30pm              
Cost:           Kids – $15.50 (3-16 years) | Adults – $27.50 | Family - $82.50 (2 adults, 3 children) | Under 3s – FREE

3. Snow Time in the Garden returns to Hunter Valley Gardens

Snow Time at Hunter Valley Gardens
Experience snow just 2 hours from the city at the Hunter Valley Gardens!

Hunter Valley Gardens celebrates the return of their coolest event - Snow Time in the Garden, where the whole family can enjoy icy activities surrounded by beautiful display gardens!

Hunter Valley Gardens transforms into an icy adventure full of fun and frosty activities for children of all ages. Kids will glide on the giant ice-skating rink, slide down the mega ice toboggan and build a snowman in the man-made Snow Play Zone. There's also the 25-metre Ferris Wheel, speedy Swing Chair, traditional Venetian Carousel and the new twisty Tea Cups to experience for thrillseekers throughout Snow Time. Plus, you can warm up with a delicious range of hearty food and beverage options from the Garden Terrace café and various food stalls afterwards! 

Where:    Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
When:      Saturday 25 June to Sunday 24 July 2022
Cost:        Adult (16yrs+) $35; Child (4-15yrs) $26; Family passes from $90.

4. Bondi Winter Festival

Bondi Winter Festival
Indulge in some serious winter vibes at the world's most famous beach this winter!

Bondi Festival transforms the iconic beach into a winter playground by the sea - brimming with colour, activities, fun, arts and a whole lot more. The festival is an all-ages adventure zone that bursts into life every winter at the world’s most famous beach.

The event brings families and culture vultures to experience local delights and international sensations! The arts program is set alongside epic things to do like the Bondi Festival Ice Rink and Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel. Get your tickets.

Where:       Bondi Beach
When:        Friday 1st - Sunday 17th July 2022 | 10am – 9pm daily
Cost:          FREE with some paid events

5. Bathurst Winter Festival

Bathurst Winter Festival
Escape the city and soak up some serious winter charm at the Bathurst Winter Festival this year! 

Promising tonnes of fun for all ages during the winter school holidays, Bathurst Winter Festival truly has something for everyone—both day and night! Entertainment will range from light shows, rides, ice skating, signature food events, market stalls, live music and more. There's also the highly exciting Kids' Day, with its daytime disco and cool activities, and Pets' Day, where you can bring your furry friends along for pet-friendly activities!

Where:    Bathurst town centre - Kings Parade, Russell Street
When:     Saturday 2 - Sunday 17 July 2022
Cost:       Children 3 - 14 years: $8 | Adults (15+) $12 | Skating aids $8.

6. Sydney Living Museums

Museum of Sydney Songline
Experience the immersive multi-sensory Songline at the Museum of Sydney.

Sharing history and culture across 12 intriguing historical venues, Sydney Living Museums will come to life this winter with a dynamic and diverse schedule of activities. A program of fun and fascinating events, including a multi-sensory digital installation at the Museum of Sydney, Mobile MESS workshops at the Hyde Park Barracks, NAIDOC week celebrations at Rouse Hill Estate and a collection of kids trail adventures, will take you on a unique journey through Sydney's past.

Where:      Sydney Living Museums has 12 historic houses, gardens and museums.
When:       Sydney Living Museums are open all year. Check venues for winter activities.
Cost:         Admission costs vary | SLM Membership provides free entry for one adult and up to four children for $75.

7. Holey Moley and Strike Bowling Winter School HoleyDays Offers

Holey Moley and Strike Bowling Winter School HoleyDays Offers
Have a ball with these Holey Moley and Strike Bowling School HoleyDays Offers!

Let the good times roll at Holey Moley and Strike Bowling with these heartwarming  Winter School HoleyDays Offers. Rally the troops and tee up for a multi-sensory game of putt-putt at one of the craziest mini golf courses you have ever seen! The unique Holey Moley Golf Clubs are vibrant labyrinth full of their famous pop culture-inspired holes for you to putt your stuff and beat the cold weather boredom! Every day before 4pm during the school holidays, kids can get 9 holes for just $10. Better still, bring the whole family for just $40. Then, lace up your shoes and keep the kids warm, dry and entertained by hitting the lanes at Strike Bowling. Score $10 bowling per child before 4pm all school holidays, or take the family for $40.

Where:  Holey Moley and Strike Bowling venues throughout NSW
When: Saturday 2 - Sun 17 July 2022 | Before 4pm daily.
Cost: Kids mini golf - $10 per child for 9 holes; Family mini golf - $40 for 9 holes | Kids bowling deal - $10 per child; Family bowling deal - $40.

8. Sydney Harbour Heritage Tours

Winter Fun At Heritage Destinations on Sydney Harbour
Camp out overnight on a world-heritage-listed island in Sydney Harbour

History buffs can discover another side to Sydney at some fascinating heritage sites that are right here on our doorstep, waiting to be explored. Enveloped by natural beauty, the Harbour Trust's visitor destinations, including Manly's North Head Sanctuary, Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney, Headland Park in Mosman and Sydney Harbour's own Cockatoo Island, are iconic landmarks with heritage buildings, layered histories and rich culture. The program of Sydney Harbour Heritage Tours at North Head Sanctuary and Cockatoo Island will transport you back in time.

Where:   Sydney Harbour Heritage Sites
When:    Check the Harbour Trust website for individual site opening hours and tour days.
Cost:      General admission is FREE. Tour tickets from $16.

9. The New Hijinx Hotel Alexandria

Hijinx Hotel and Holey Moley Alexandria
Score points in the adult-sized ball pits at Hijinx Hotel.

A brand, spanking new interactive game experience has just launched in Alexandria set within a quirky New York-style hotel where you play, but don't stay! Hijinx Hotel is a theatrical wonderland housing a myriad of challenge room sets, with each set consisting of 5 immersive rooms and making up a 30min experience. Each room within a set is designed for 2-6 players, and your group must score as many points as possible within 4 minutes, before moving on to the next room within your allocated set. Rubik's cube, Hoops and giant piano musical games are just the beginning of this quick-play adventure! Whether you're trying to score points from the adult-sized ball pits, or scrambling to make up words from giant lettered cubes, these rooms will require teamwork to get as many points as you can in a short amount of time.

Alongside Hijinx Hotel will be an all-new Holey Moley Golf Course with 27 mini golf holes across three incredible courses including some never before seen MEGA holes!

Where:  75 O'Riordan St, Alexandria
When:   Opening 17 June 2022
Cost:     Adults: $25 per person, per set | Under 18s: $20 per person, per set.

10. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Get up close to the animals at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park.

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park is an animal adventure playground, perfect for a winter's day! Home to the largest collection of Australian native wildlife in the world, they offer a range of exciting and memorable encounters where you can get closer than ever to some of Australia’s most unique and amazing wildlife, including koalas, wallabies and kangaroos, dingoes and more. Snap a selfie with a quokka, meet Max on the Croc Deck or help feed a penguin family. Get a Featherdale passport on arrival and stamp your passport at all the native animal destinations.

Where:     Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside
When:      Open every day | 9am - 4pm daily
Cost:        Adult (ages 16+) $35; Child (3-15 years old) $22 | Annual Family Three-Park Pass from $130.

11. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium: Winter Holiday Fun!
Enter the underwater world of sharks, stingrays, turtles and jellyfish at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

Staying warm and dry these winter holidays doesn't make them any less exciting! Discover a magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium where you can get up close to Sydney’s only sub-Antarctic penguins, snap a selfie with a shark and meet Pig the Dugong. Plus, the Ultimate Kids Pass will also unlock access to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney for hours of family fun. Visit not one but three iconic attractions and you've got a full day of adventure without leaving the city.

Where:    SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour, Sydney
When:     Open 7 days a week during the school holidays |  9:30am - 5pm (last entry 4pm). 
Cost:       Less than $16 per attraction with the Ultimate Kids Pass.

12. Entertainment Quarter

Entertainment Quarter
The Entertainment Quarter is bursting with family-friendly activities all winter.

The Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park will be abuzz with fun things to do throughout the winter holidays. The family-friendly precinct has everything you need for an action-packed day out including a host of venues kids love! Hit the track at HyperKarting or catch a flick at Hoyts EQ. Have a ball at Strike Bowling or raid the arcade at B Lucky & Sons. Get crafty at Plaster Funtime or hit the slopes at Off-Piste. Plus, there's a range of dining options, the weekly EQ markets, two outdoor playgrounds and so much more.

Where:    Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park
When:     Open 7 days a week during the school holidays
Cost:       Various | See individual venues for prices.

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