There’s plenty of free things to do these school holidays. Hope 103.2’s Kim Wilkinson shares some fun activities that don’t have to cost much at all.
1. Harbour Bridge Walk
Our city’s most favourite icon is a bit pricey to climb but completely free to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
It not only provides a gorgeous view of Sydney harbour and the city, but you’ll get some great exercise walking from one side to the other and back again.You could even encourage a ‘re-creation of the bridge’ but having them closely look at the architecture of the bridge, and then making a replica out of ice cream sticks back at home.
2. Family Book Club
Have all the family read a children’s book and then discuss your thoughts. Depending on the age of the children, you can discuss everything from the colours in the artwork to how different characters made them feel, what part of the story surprised them, and whether they liked the ending.
3. Local Council Outdoor Playgrounds, Water Parks and Cycleways
You may already take the kids to your local council outdoor play areas on a regular basis, but have you looked at what’s available a bit further afield? Sometimes travelling a bit further and trying activities in different suburbs around Sydney can feel like a holiday in themselves.
Some of the bigger free cycleways include Sydney Olympic Park, Centennial Park, Sydney Park (St Peters) and Cooks River Cycle Path while great free waterplay areas can be found everywhere from Darling Harbour to Blacktown!
4. Mystery Box Cooking Creations
For the budding chefs in the family, you can have each family member create a Mystery Box for all other family members to produce a meal from. There might be some interesting combinations, and even some disastrous but you can have fun trying to create the next favourite family feast!
5. The ‘Original’ Selfie
Get out the paints, crayons, craft items and have the kids create a ‘selfie’ of themselves the old fashioned way – by drawing, painting, moulding artwork. While they’re there, they might like to keep creating by doing portraits of mum and dad too!