5 of the best winter school holidays ideas
Posted on July 03 2019
The winter holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to think of some memorable, engaging activities you and your kids can enjoy during the break. Here are our top picks that both parents and children will find fun, entertaining, and hopefully will tire them out for bedtime!
1. Ice skating in a surprising location
This winter, Australia is channelling the Christmas movies of our dreams, with ice skating rinks popping up in countless unexpected locations. Whether you want to join your kids on the ice, or watch as they zoom around the rink, check out these exciting and unexpected ice skating rinks this winter:
- “Skating At” festival, Acland St & Barkly St, St. Kilda, Melbourne
- “Winterworld,” Fremantle's Esplanade Reserve, Perth
- Bondi Winter Magic, Bondi Beach, Sydney
- “Skating At” festival, Victoria Square, Adelaide
2. Disney on Ice Spectacular: Mickey and Friends are coming to Australia this winter!
Another ice skating event, but one where neither you nor your kids need to don skates and slip around the ice; the Disney characters will do that for you! Disney on Ice is an engaging activity for kids of all ages, so if your kids rage from pre-school age to upper elementary this is a great way to keep them all happy and entertained without splitting the group.
Your little ones will love the chance to see Moana slide along on a high seas adventure. They’ll join Dory as she explores the ocean, and to celebrate the new Toy Story 4, their favourite animated toys will be on the ice too. Finally, no ice event would be complete without Frozen characters Elsa and Anna, obviously! Learn more about Disney on Ice ticket prices and event dates here.
3. Trampoline parks are high energy, high fun, and will tire your little one out for bed time
Trampoline parks are just about the best way for your kids to have plenty of fun, learn a new skill, and get truly worn out for bed time this winter holidays. Whether your little one has never been on a trampoline before and wants to give it a go, or your teenager needs a thrill and wants to try backflips on the super tramp, great trampoline parks cater to all ages, with most even offering lessons. Several different trampoline park brands have popped up around the country, so jump on Google to find your nearest venue.
4. Head to the snow and go tobogganing or build a snowman
The prohibitive expense of a ski holiday doesn’t have to stop you and your family from enjoying the snow this winter. Head to your nearest ski hill, and instead of donning skis, try tobogganing! Any sheet of plastic or even a big baking tray will do for a sled! (or you can rent one)
If your little one enjoys more creative pursuits, they can make a snowman or snow castle. Cheap snow clothes and mittens for kids can be found at Aldi, and there are plenty of high street jackets to keep you rugged up and looking great while you join the children in the snow.
Plus! A resort pass isn’t required if you’re just playing in the snow, making adventures in the white stuff an affordable winter activity for the whole family.
5. Christmas in July
While we love our country’s warm Christmases, sometimes even the best of us long for a chilly Christmas, and now you have one!
If you’re Sydney-based, you can’t miss The Rocks this winter as it’s transformed into a giant French-style Christmas village. From authentic European chalets to snowfall machines, fairy lights and gingerbread houses, you and your family will love to pretend you’re in the northern hemisphere for Christmas, even though it’s July.
If you’re in Melbourne, the kids will love the Christmas in July themed Kids Can Cook workshop at The Sheraton Hotel. While your kids learn Christmas-themed cooking tips from the hotel’s pastry team, you can relax with afternoon tea and a glass of sparkling. Your kids will also enjoy chips, sandwiches and fresh veggie sticks.
With these exciting activities on offer, you and your kids are sure to have winter holiday to remember!
Which one will you try?