Children playing dress up at the Voyage to the Deep exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Get your thrills at the Royal Easter Show. Photo: Peter Rae
Dogs getting ready for Best in Show at the Royal Easter Show. Photo: Nic Walker
Suddenly, from nowhere, the Easter school holidays are here. While some families are jetting off to Hawaii or Fiji, or hitching the caravan to the tow bar and heading to the coast, many others are choosing to holiday at home instead.
The earliest reference to the word “staycation” was in 2003 and it didn’t take long to become firmly etched in the travel marketing lexicon.
Like any holiday, staycations need a little planning. Mix and match the physical and more cerebral activities. Visit galleries or museums that put some effort into providing kids’ trails and activities and use technology to your advantage.
Importantly, don’t fill every moment. Downtime and being bored is important for children as it gives them time for creative play and using their imaginations.
So if you forgot to book that holiday, here are five things to do in Sydney to entertain the kids.
Australian National Maritime Museum
Inspired by Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the Voyage to the Deep exhibition lets kids get lost in a forest of giant kelp and take the controls of a fantasy submarine. Budding animators can even book into a claymation class inspired by the exhibition.
Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica is a new exhibition devoted to the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. With a range of interactive displays, it looks at Shackleton’s fateful voyage on the Endurance and the story of survival that followed. anmm.gov419论坛
Royal Easter Show
The Sydney Royal Easter Show runs until next Wednesday April 8 at Sydney Olympic Park. Highlights still to come in the main arenas include the Whipcracking Championships (Sunday April 5), the Woodblock World Championship Standing Block (Monday April 6) and the Best in Show for dogs (Monday April 6). And Wednesday April 8 is Kids’ Day, when junior showgoers get half-price admission and two-for-one carnival rides. eastershow南京夜网419论坛
Royal National Park
Just under an hour’s drive from the CBD, the Royal National Park is the world’s second oldest national park is and has a wealth of natural and heritage attractions, marked walking trails and beaches. The 26-kilometre Coast Track from Bundeena to Otford is one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal hikes, but there are plenty of shorter walks which will lead you to secluded beaches or shaded spots, perfect for picnics. nationalparks.nsw.gov419论坛/royal-national-park
Art Gallery of NSW
Photography tends to be an art form the selfie generation can relate to, which makes the exhibition The Photograph and Australia especially good for families. It brings together hundreds of photos ranging from 19th-century daguerreotypes to contemporary digital images, and includes iconic works such as Max Dupain’s Sunbaker and David Moore’s Migrants Arriving in Sydney.
There’s an excellent children’s trail, and free workshops where kids can make their own retro cardboard camera. artgallery.nsw.gov419论坛
While most of us travel to the Blue Mountains for Instagram-worthy scenery and a breath of fresh air, others head up in order to head down, on two wheels, fast. The 30-kilometre Oaks Fire Trail from Woodford (altitude 607 metres) to Glenbrook (altitude 163 metres) is one of the best mountain bike tracks in the country. A reasonable level of fitness and cycling experience is essential as the first third includes plenty of uphill bursts. bluemountainbikes南京夜网419论坛
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