There are some great family activities for school children during the Summer holidays. But what if your house is full of preschoolers.  The playgroups are closed, the library stops it’s rhyme time sessions, and even a lot of the baby and toddler activity classes take a much needed break.

We’ve been to the beach a lot, run riot around our fantastic local playgrounds and parks and cooled down at the outdoor swimming pool which is great when the weather is good. But, it is looking a little unpredictable – so how am I to entertain my two kids? Here is our pick of the best preschool activities this holiday.

Wiggles exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
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In celebration of the Wiggles’ 20th anniversary, the Powerhouse museum is pulling out all the stops with with a large-scale exhibition. “The exhibition is aimed at two audiences,” explains curator Peter Cox. “Adult audiences will be intrigued by the history of the Wiggles and the entertaining and engaging activities are designed for young children. We’re using objects, images, video, screen-based multimedia, and lots of hands on interactive displays to salute the Wiggles themes and characters.”

Children can sing along to ‘Fruit Salad’ while generating their own version of the breakfast food in an onscreen game; take a virtual ride in the Big Red Car. The exhibition also features a life-size model of Captain Feathersword’s ship. The show is running for two years before setting off on a three-year national and international tour.

Further information: www.powerhousemuseum.com/wiggles/

 

Grand Opening, Livvi’s Place at Yamble Reserve, Ryde
Sunday 3rd February, 10am – 2pm

Ryde Council has teamed up with the Touched by Olivia Foundation to build an inclusive playground that is a place where children with and without disabilities can play together. The playground will encourage all children to explore, imagine, create, learn and just have fun playing with friends.

It opens with a special event on the 3rd of February with a guest appearance from actor and singer Jay Laga’aia – we know him from PlaySchool. But did you know he played Captain Typho in the films Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith!

 

Centennial Park Science of Toys
Friday 25th January

Centennial Park is running a program especially for kids aged 2-5. One of the highlights is the Science of Toys on Friday 25th January. It’s aimed at children aged 3–5 years. Children are encouraged to use their senses as they explore  engaging hands-on science toys. This course is run by Fizzics Education and is presented by a science educator. Price: $15

See the Centennial Park website for a huge range of one off activities for preschool and school aged children.  Bookings are essential, call (02) 9339 6699 or visit www.centennialparklands.com.au.

 

Kidspace at The Australian Museum
1 February 2013 to 22 February 2013, Fridays 10:30am – 11:30am

The Australian Museum has a permanent dedicated ‘mini-museum’ that stimulates young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the natural world. Kidspace is designed especially for inquisitive under-5s and their carers.

As well as the permanent exhibition, the museum is running Life’s a beach! A special programme for 1- 3 year olds. A simple and fun introduction to summer with our experienced museum staff. Enjoy learning with singing, movement and water and sand play with lots of opportunities for parents and carers to join in too!

Further info: www.australianmuseum.net.au/event/Kidspace

 

ImaginOcean, Sydney Opera House
03 JANUARY 2013 – 27 JANUARY 2013

A one of a kind, live, glow-in-the-dark puppet show direct from the US, ImaginOcean is a Broadway musical spectacular for the whole family! Although this show is recommended for children aged 4+, I think if your child likes Finding Nemo as much as my two-year old then it will be a hit with babies and toddlers too. It’s only 45 minutes but is jam-packed with toe-tapping original music ranging from swing to R&B to big band.

 

Kids in the Park summer 2012-13 at Sydney Olympic Park
Saturday 22 December 2012 – Monday 28 January 2013 (inclusive).

With MORE than 50 ACTIVITIES – including heaps of FREE and GOOD-VALUE options Sydney Olympic Park is a great place to visit this Summer. There is something for a child of any age to enjoy but to follow are a few highlights for children under 5.

Budding chef, ages 2-5, can celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bicentennial Park with a bake off! Little chefs can get have fun in this hands-on workshop at Lilies on the Park café, baking cookies and decorating a bag to take them home in; that is, if they last that long!.

Kids aged 3-12 will also find a lofty adventure on the FREE Clue Trail – ‘Flying High.’ Using a map to collect the clues and solve the hidden message on the elevated Brickpit Ring Walk, the self-guided activity has options for readers and for non-readers, and will operate from 9.30am-4.30pm every day of the school holidays

Visit  kidsinthepark.com.au for further information.