First published on 5 Mar 2009. Updated on 2 Jul 2009.
Best for: creative kids
Broadway Shopping Centre Kids' Workshops
The bright lights of Broadway spark up for the Easter holidays with this fun programme of arts, crafts and storytelling events for kids and parents. Each week there's a different workshop - budding artists can paint, small sculptors can mould dough and mini-scrapbookers can cut, clip and glue to their hearts' content. It's all done under supervision and within close proximity of cafes, making it a cool social experience for all ages without the costs of a crèche.
Lvl 3 (outside Priceline), Broadway Shopping Centre, Broadway.
SH Ervin Gallery Holiday Workshops
Are you the parent of the next Picasso or Van Gogh? If you think your kids would like to get expressive with canvas and charcoal then these art workshops might be the ticket. With a range of classes available for children from ages 5 to 14, kids can try their hand at self-portraits, landscape sketches, sculptural clay, or a collage with recycled materials. SH Ervin Gallery, The Rocks.
Plaster Painting Studios
A great activity for the whole family. More than 250 figurines are available, from Disney and The Simpsonsntertainment to the classic cat, dog or fish. Prices start from $1 and smocks and glitter are provided.Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park.
Best for: wet weather
Australian Museum's Ice Age exhibition
When Mammoths Roamed is an educational and fun exhibition opening on Good Friday. Stand next to a recreation of a woolly mammoth nearly four metres tall. Kids can take part in special workshops to learn about authentic Ice Age animals and how to draw like a caveperson – yes, on a wall! Australian Museum, Sydney.
Harbouring 22 permanent exhibitions and numerous temporary exhibitions, the Powerhouse Museum is a kid-friendly, interactive hub that spans the areas of science, technology, history and design. See how machines were built and run, step back in time, and enjoy the largest collection of oddities and innovations in the land. Stars Warsfans are in luck, with the feature exhibit housing full-size replicas, models and costumes from the six movies, and a chance to meet, greet and manipulate droids and robots. For just $5, kids aged 4-15 can enjoy hours of exploration, learning and fun. Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo.
Best for: sporty kids
Sydney Olympic Park
For those who want to make the most of the fresh air and get outdoors, Sydney Olympic Park is teeming with activities to keep the whole family busy. Have a BBQ at Wentworth Common while the kids scrabble in the giant sandpit and swing on the Flying Fox. Or maybe grab a bike and head to the Wetlands, the Parklands circuits, or cruise around the Cauldron. Or meet the ranger, learn some wildlife tips and navigate your way around the park with compass and clues. Or try the flying trapeze workshop. Or golf. Or - you get the point - get down there and see for yourself. Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Olympic Park.
It's as close as you can get to Marty McFlying on a hoverboard. Zip across the grass on a Xlider or mountain board (think over-sized skateboard), surf on the water or roller surf on the pavement with the kite and wind doing the hard work. Best of all, dash about in the three-wheeled buggy pulled along at 50kph with one little kite and a whole lot of wind. Kite Sports, Caringbah.
Best for: a day trip
Thomas the Tank Engine at the Zig Zag Railway
Jump aboard the Thomas the Tank Engine steam train at Clarence Station and journey through the Zig Zag railway with Thomas, the Fat Controller, and the beautiful landscape of Blue Mountains. Face painting, miniature train displays, amusements and rides await you in the workshops. Then why not have a wander around the Mountains area or mosey out to Jenolan Caves or the Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens? Clarence Station, East of Lithgow.
Royal National Park
Head 32 kilometres south of Sydney and you've landed in a treasure chest of natural beauty and activity. Occupying a space of 15,080 hectares, this park was the second national park in the world and has plenty to boast about. With a heap of activities from swimming, canoeing on Kangaroo Creek, fishing and more than 100 kilometres of walking tracks along the coast, woodlands or in the rainforest, there is more than enough to keep the whole gang happy. Royal National Park, Audley Heights.
Best for: an Easter treat
Royal Easter Show
The Royal Easter Show is on again and jam-packed with activities for the kidlings. Live shows with song and dance with get the youngsters grooving and learning a thing or two about Aussie wildlife. Feed baby dinosaurs at the dinosaur petting zoo - yes, you read right. See the pig diving and racing, and a whole host of stuff that just won't fit in here.Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Olympic Park.