6 CRAZY things to try these holidays


The school holidays are a great chance to step out of your comfort zone and find something a little more unusual to entertain your family! Try one of these out-of-the-box experiences for a highlight these hols.


1. The Escape Hunt, Sydney

Escape Rooms are a new family-friendly activity that ‘lock’ guests in a themed room that’s littered with clues to help them escape! Escape Hunt in the CBD is one such place, with four mysteries to solve across six rooms. Choose from one of the Australian experiences that include Bank Heist and Robbery in a Cottage. Over the next hour to 90 minutes, you and the family tackle games, challenges, puzzles and clues that will need you to work together to escape!

  • Where: Level 4, 393 George Street, Sydney 
  • When: Open 10am to 10pm 7 days a week (last booking 8:30pm)
  • Cost: Children’s tickets start at $36
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Escape Hunt in the CBD offers four mysteries to solve across six rooms


2. Deep Sea Sensorium, Australian National Maritime Museum

Journey into the world of strange and wonderful deep sea life though this captivating and interactive physical theatre performance! You can explore ocean trenches at this interactive performance that explores the world underwater, starting with climbing aboard a submarine exploring the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. The experience features circus performers, puppets, and music.

  • Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
  • When: Friday 6 July to Sunday 22 July
  • Cost: Free with Big Ticket pass (includes unlimited access* to everything open at the museum on the day). Adult: $32 , Child (under 4): FREE , Child (4–15): $20,Family: $79
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Journey into the world of strange and wonderful deep sea life at the performance


3. Baby Boom at Taronga Zoo

These holidays Taronga Zoo Sydney is buzzing with baby animals of all shapes and sizes, including a François Langur baby, two Goat Kids, a Wombat Joey and a Koala Joey! Major recent breeding successes have added a new François’ Langur (one of the world’s rarest monkeys) named Didi, meaning little brother in Chinese, which reflects his Southeast Asian heritage. Plus, meet an adorable Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat joey!

  • Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
  • When: All throughout the holidays and beyond
  • Cost: Children’s tickets start at $23.50
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The new François’ Langur is named Didi

Meet an adorable new koala baby at the zoo


4. Experimentations @ Powerhouse Museum

It’s harder to imagine any exhibition could be more hands-on or interactive than this one! The Experimentations Room is about ‘scientific and technological breakthroughs and YOU become the scientist, engineer, thinker, artist and inventor.

Highlights for little bubs include two tables for kids to create their own ‘machines’ from cardboard construction shapes that mesh together, or from Lego shapes, and there’s an exhibition space (complete with spotlight!) where they can display their work for other patrons.

Bigger kids will love powering an ambulance siren by riding a bike or stacking giant foam cubs and generating electricity. The smiling staff are on hand to encourage kids to take part, and it’s all hands-on and nothing is ‘untouchable’! Highly recommended.

  • Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
  • When: Friday 6 July to Sunday 22 July and ongoing
  • Cost: Adult $15, Children 16 years and under FREE
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Highlights for little bubs include two tables for kids to create their own ‘machines’


5. Winterland, St Leonards Park North Sydney

Yep, right here on the North Shore! Winterland will host an air ice rink, spectacular amusement rides, a genuine ice slide, alpine food village. Walk through the extravagant ice forest filled with displays and amazing light shows – the kids will be enthralled.

  • Where: St Leonards Park, North Sydney
  • When: Friday 6 July to Sunday 22 July
  • Cost: Ice skating – Toddler $12, Child $18, Adult $22, Family $65. Ice Toboggan Slide – 1 ride $4, 3 rides $10. Ride tickets 30 tickets $25, 60 tickets $45 (online special)
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Winterland will host an air ice rink, amusement rides, a genuine ice slide and alpine food village


6. Chocolate School, Coco Chocolate Studios Mosman

Children from 8 to 16 can have a great time making chocolate in the school holidays!

A chocolatier will create a fun environment for everyone to see chocolate being hand tempered on marble. Everyone then gets involved in making chocolate freckles, bars, lollypops and other child-friendly chocolates. IIncludes a certificate for the fridge and goody bag to take home and show off!

  • Where: Coco Chocolate Studios, 21/1110 Middle Head Road, Mosman
  • When: Wednesday 18 July, or see their program for other kid-friendly fun
  • Cost: $80 for chocolate school, various prices for other workshops
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A chocolatier will create a fun environment for everyone


For more ideas of things to do on and around the North Shore, browse our Out & About section.


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