Six awesome school holiday activities this winter

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Entertaining the kids in the winter months is always hard to do!

So with the school holidays upon us, we’ve rounded up a list of some fun activities that are guaranteed to keep the kids amused this chilly season – because let’s be honest, there’s only so many times you can visit the movies before the kids get restless!

Melbourne’s 15m-long ice slide

Check out The District Docklands 15m ice slide! Source: Supplied

Why not slide right into the fun this winter with a visit to The District Docklands giant ice slide. The shopping centre is set to be transformed into a complete Winter Utopia, where you can tube down the whopping 15-metre-long ice slide.

Even better, you’ll be sliding for a fantastic cause, with a gold coin donation collected from every slide donated to not-for-profit organisation, Kids Under Cover which aims to help combat youth homelessness.

The ice slide will be in the centre every day from June 30- July 15 between 11am and 5pm so make sure to stop by with your winter woollies to keep you warm. 

Bondi Winter Magic Ferris Wheel:

Can you imagine riding this ferris wheel and overlooking the iconic Bondi Beach? Source: Bondi Winter Magic

Just because it’s not beach weather doesn’t mean Bondi isn’t the place to be. The Bondi Winter Magic Festival is back for another year and it makes for the perfect winter activity to do with the kids.

The Bondi Winter Magic Festival is back for another year and it makes for the perfect winter activity to do with the kids.

Take a ride on the 22-metre-high Ferris wheel overlooking the iconic Sydney beach or enjoy some time skating on their outdoor ice rink which runs daily from daily from 10am to 9pm.

Not to mention there will be a giant, inflatable snow globe located in the Dolphin court and a range of street music and ice show performances for the family to enjoy.

Melbourne’s virtual plank walk:

Challenge yourself these holidays with a virtual plank walking experience. Source: Eureka Skydeck

If you’re looking for something different to do, why not challenge yourself with Eureka Skydeck 88’s ‘dare to walk the plank’ experience set up especially for the winter school holiday period.

This virtual reality test will challenge your balance and bravery as you walk the plank 285 metres above Melbourne city through a virtual simulation. And prepare yourself for unexpected distractions which make it even more challenging. 

The ‘dare to walk the plank’ experience will run from 30 June to 15 July, located at 7 Riverside quay, Southbank.

Perth’s Kids Wonderland: 

This one is for the thrill seekers at the Kids Wonderland festival. Source: Kids Wonderland

Perth’s biggest winter event is back these school holidays and it’s boasting with new attractions that are sure to get your kids excited. You can venture as a family through the Wonderland maze, which is essentially an Alice in Wonderland-themed treasure hunt or get an adrenaline rush with their newest 12m high Dream Swinger ride that also comes with a great view. 

This five-day festival is jam-packed with shows, activities and workshops that are perfect for entertaining kids aged 2 to 12 years old however you’ll want to make sure to book tickets early.

Kids Wonderland will run from July 4th to 8th July under the Big Top at Hertha Reserve in Stirling.



Hunter Valley’s Snow Time:

Snow Time at Hunter Valley Gardens is where the icy fun is at these holidays! Source: Hunter Valley Gardens.

Snow Time in the Garden is a festival all about embracing that winter chill. This year comes with an awesome selection of icy fun activities including ice-skating, tobogganing and even a man-made Snow Play Zone where you can build your own snowman. Another new addition this year is also a 9D immersive virtual reality, snow adventure that is set to take you on a journey like no other.

The garden festival runs from June 30th – 22nd July opening at 10.00am – 7.00pm on weekdays and 10.00am – 9.00pm every Saturday and Sunday. However, make sure to buy tickets in advance.

Adelaide’s pop-up science world: 

Source: Getty

Sciworld is hosting an epic SPACE Pop Up Science Centre to captivate the curious minds these winter holidays. In this out-of-this-world experience, kids get to learn about space in the new Digital Starlab before completing a range of workshops that will see them making space toys or their own rockets. 

As well as their Fire and Ice shows there is a range of space exhibitions where you’re guaranteed to learn something new.

Suitable for 5-15-year-olds, this event runs across the 17th and 18th of July at Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showground. 

There you have it, some of the awesome activities happening this winter that will help you entertain those kiddies!

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