I’m not quite sure how this happened so quickly, but it is nearly time for school holidays. Again. We are going to be taking a staycation in Sydney, ie, hanging out at home!
If permitted, Boyo would quite happily watch movies, read his book and play games on his various devices all day long for two weeks’ straight. Obviously, this is not going to be happening! Whilst I think it is important for kids to have downtime, and only boring people get bored, I don’t want to experience his cabin fever and he has absolutely no interest in experiencing mine.
We’ve come up with some fun activities to get us both out of the house. I’m sharing some of our school holiday ideas.
In the Christmas school holidays, we had such a great time having archery lessons at Sydney Olympic Park that we’ve rounded up the troops and we’re doing it again!
Check out our Archery Lessons review
Click here for details on how to book lessons for the Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre school holiday activities program.
Click here for maps and driving directions.
If you’re not located in Sydney, click here to visit Archery Australia to discover if something similar is held in your area.
Horrible Histories at Sydney Opera House
Oh, we do love a bit of Horrible Histories in this house. Love the learning whilst being entertained for the kids. Plus for adults and kids, it is just bloody funny. Pun intended – it really shows the warts and all version of history.
Last year, we saw Horrible Histories Awful Egyptians and absolutely loved it. Really looking forward to Barmy Britain!
Click here to get your tickets.
The rest of Australia, you won’t have to wait long as they are working their way around all the states. Check out your local theatres for kid friendly productions that you’ll probably love too!
If your little dude or dudette loves to kick push and roll, then have I got a deal for you! Skater HQ are offering holiday workshops.
Three hours at Moore Park EQ? Hey, that’s probably enough time for me to catch a movie! We’ll make a day of it and go out for lunch afterwards too.
Click here for details. There are events at Curl Curl, Moore Park, the Willoughby Leisure Centre. There’s even a Zombie Roller Disco at Frenchs Forest.
Rainy Day Activities
Of course, since it is actually winter, there’s a chance the weather might play against our plans.
I’ve got some rainy day activities up my sleeve.
There’s loom banding, a huge box of LEGO Castle to be created, Wii Just Dance championships and hanging out with friends. This is the new more socially acceptable term for “playdate”, apparently.
When all else fails, opt for a practically free activity. Get out in the fresh air and go for a scoot, skate, ride or walk.
I love my adult sized scooter – when I can convince Boyo to let me have a turn – and we love hitting the road for a scoot.
Take the kids to your local park for a bike ride. If they (and you!) are more confident on wheels, go for an adventure to the next suburb or even down the road for gelato.
As much fun as going to the movies is, there are also drawbacks. For me, these are mainly the other people in the theatre. The lack of pause and rewind buttons really irks me too. Plus it’s always cold!
If you’re taking a gaggle of kids, it can get very exy. We worked out recently we could get two new release DVDs at full retail price for the same price as it costs our three person family to go to the movies.
A great school holiday idea is to get the kids excited about a DIY movie theatre experience! You could create a craft experience by getting the kids to make their own tickets and decorating with homemade movie posters.
Get the kids into the kitchen and make microwave popcorn. Teach them maths by getting them to divide the sweets evenly into a bowl for every person.
Experience a mini version of Parliament with lobbying and voting as you decide which movie to rent or watch from your collection.
For the full movie experience, turn the lights down, draw the curtains and usher the kids into their seats with a torch. Make sure to check their tickets!
You can even create tiered seating by piling cushions on the floor in front of the sofa.
If you’re after a DVD recommendation, we were thrilled to attend a launch event for The LEGO Movie on DVD recently. So funny and released 3 July, just in time for the school holidays!
School Holiday Movie Reviews
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)
Did you love the first movie as much as we did? I’m happy to report that the next chapter in the trilogy escapes the dreaded second movie curse – plus sets up the third movie beautifully.
Hiccup and his Vikings have grown up and are young adults. Toothless the dragon returns in all his fabulousness. You can tell the animator had a cat as Toothless has feline grace and charm.
We wouldn’t recommend this movie for younger primary school children, as there are some scary and some sad scenes that may upset them.
We give How to Train Your Dragons 2 four and a half dragons out of five and can’t wait for the final chapter!
This came as a surprise to me but I’ve never actually seen the original 1959 Disney animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent tells the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villainess, the evil fairy who curses Aurora, and the betrayal that turned her heart to stone.
Don’t be fooled by Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent is not a kids movie. I’m not quite sure why it justified an M rating but it is certainly too scary for young primary school children. There is violence and betrayal along with fairies and beautiful princesses.
We loved the amazing cast and special effects. Angelina Jolie was born for this role and her wee daughter Vivienne is just adorable as baby Aurora. Angelina said that they had to cast her as her costume was so scary that she terrified the other potential child actors. But to Vivienne, it was just Mommy.
We give Maleficent four true love’s kisses out of five.
One thing we definitely won’t be doing is going iceskating. I’ve still got a bump on my head from the last time I went ice skating in April! Have you got school aged kids? Any fun school holiday ideas you’d like to share?