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Crazy stuff to do these winter school holidays

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School holidays are a chance to break out of your routine and make some amazing memories that will last forever, while experiencing events the kids will talk about at least until school goes back! Here are some out-there events to try, from baby gorilla spotting to a French Bastille Festival!


1. Peppa Pig Playdate, Darling Harbour

Peppa Pig is coming to Sydney from this Saturday, in this super-sized, interactive experience called Peppa Pig Playdate. Fans can visit Peppa’s house, jump on bouncy puddles, or sit on a picnic rug and watch a live show starring the Pig and George. Visitors can also sing, dance and clap along to the Bing Bong Song and select from a host of merchandise available for purchase.

Peppa Pig Playdate brings to life the show’s characters, locations and adventures that Australian families love and adore. Fans will be able to explore Peppa Pig’s house, play on the pond, jump on bouncy muddy puddles and even hang out with the cheeky little piggy herself!

There’s also a huge line-up of free and ticketed shows on across Sydney for the holidays, from puppetry to pantomime and everything in between! Read more here with our NSM Kids Show Guide for the Winter School Holidays.


2. Visit the new baby girl gorilla at Taronga Zoo

A rare baby gorilla was born on Thursday 6 June to experienced mother Frala (who now has 9 children!), and was sired by Kibali. Both mother and baby are doing well despite the cold weather, with Frala nursing her newborn both in the gorilla exhibit and the dens which she has access to.

Want to see her? Frala and her baby can be spotted throughout the day, with a Gorilla Keeper Talk scheduled every day at 2:30pm.

To help reduce the pressure on Gorilla habitat, Taronga is working with the Jane Goodall Institute Australia and encourages guests to recycle their old mobile phones at Taronga Zoo Sydney during their experience, or by signing up at Taronga.org.au.

Frala’s baby joins other adorable baby animals at Taronga Zoo Sydney ahead of the winter holidays, including the three playful Sumatran Tiger cubs who have become more confident and playful in the months since their debut.

Frala and her baby can be spotted throughout the day

Frala’s baby joins other adorable baby animals at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Frala nurses her newborn both in the gorilla exhibit and the dens which she has access to

  • What: Baby gorilla at Taronga Zoo
  • Cost: Tickets range from around $25-$45
  • Where: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
  • More info: Taronga Zoo

With so much to learn about wildlife conservation from the cute ambassadors in our care at Taronga Zoo Sydney, parents have the option to become a Zoo Friend for $99 online, A Zoo Friends annual pass enables one parent to bring two kids aged up to 15 years old for unlimited entry 365 days of the year. Taronga Zoo Sydney is open 365 days of the year, 9:30am-4:30pm.


3. NSM Event Guide to Winter Festivals, Ice Rinks & Snow Fun!

Winter is here, so embrace it! There’s lots of fun events happening around Sydney – pop up ice skating rinks, inflatable igloos, toboggan runs, snow tubes, ice slides & more. From a pop-up Ice Rinks at Bondi and St Marys Catherdral, to Winerfest at Luna Park, strap on your skates and slide onto the ice at the outdoor ice rinks. Or explore winter markets, entertainment and more.

Read more details about the incredible winter experiences in the NSM event guide here.

Skate by the sea at Bondi WInter Magic’s annual outdoor rink

Do you want to build a snowman? The Hunter Valley Gardens offer a full snow field

Rug up for a night spent under the stars at Parramatta Winterlight festival


4. Bastille Festival

2019 is set to become Bastille’s biggest Festival experience to date, across a 4-day experience with Sydney.

Formally known as ​The Bleu Blanc Rouge Festival​ (which references the colours of the French flag: Bleu/blue, Blanc/white, Rouge/red), the event premiered this celebration of French culture and food to coincide with Bastille Day, launching it in front of Sydney’s Customs House.

This year, the Bastille Festival has announced  ambitious plan to become the greenest Food & Wine festival in Australia. The 10-point plan includes banning non-recyclable packaging from the Festival; encouraging the use of public transport, with the help of Transport NSW; and only having reusable glasses and compostable cutlery and plates at the Festival. Additionally, each Bastille Festival Village features a dedicated “​Green Team”​ to help our Festival visitors and exhibitors achieve our green goals. The Festival has grown to include another new Festival Village area (called ​The Family-Friendly French Village​), located in front of the Overseas Passenger Terminal!

 

The event premiered this celebration of French culture and food to coincide with Bastille Day

  • When: Thursday 11 July – Sunday 14 July
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Circular Quay, The Rocks, Sydney
  • More info: Bastille Festival

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