It’s almost Easter which means it’s also almost that time when you are tasked with figuring out what to do with your kids while they are off of school. This, typically, involves a whole lot of strategising how the heck to keep them off of their screens and out in the wild – or at least the backyard.
Thankfully, each state has a variety of fun activities that kids and parents can enjoy – and we’ve rounded up some of our favourites. Read on for some inspo that will make the Easter holidays a cinch, no matter where you are.
New South Wales
We’re sure you’re familiar, but The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a celebration of Australian culture, from rural traditions to modern day lifestyles.
Enjoy twelve days of non-stop entertainment, animal experiences and competitions, carnival rides and games, showbags, activities and more.
When: April 6th-17th
Where: Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park
This season the trend of recent years continues with individually prepared bags of chocolate Easter eggs being handed out to all children aged 4-12 years when they enter the park.
Be early! From 10 – 11am the Easter Bunny and Sammy the Shark will start handing out the eggs and they will be available for photos near the park entrance – so bring your camera and share the fun with #jamberooactionpark on Facebook and Instagram.
There will also be Shaunicus the Magician from 9.45am – 12.45pm, an Easter Hamper Guessing Competition, and other competitions and giveaways around Outback Bay all day long!
When: April 9th
Where: Jamberoo Action Park, 1215 Jamberoo Rd, Jamberoo NSW 2533
From 1 April – 23 April, little piggies are invited on an interactive adventure that includes meeting new animal friends, jumping in muddy puddles, as well as solving fun and informative challenges along the way. And of course, adventurers can meet Peppa herself at her live meet and greets!
At SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Peppa’s aquarium adventure will lead you to various interactive stations where you can help Peppa count all the starfish, find all the hidden seahorses, and help the clownfish find its way back home. Along the way, you will meet some incredible creatures and discover how to keep them safe in our oceans.
At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, follow Peppa Pig’s outback adventure as you journey through the zoo completing fun activities and making furry, feathery and scaly friends along the way!
When: April 1st – 23rd
Where: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo – both located in Darling Harbour
Students can learn everything from trapeze to tumbling, tight-wire to juggling! The days are filled with games, energy filled obstacle courses and FLYING (off the Giant swing).
The program is taught by experienced trainers and industry professionals, your child will enjoy 7 HOURS A DAY of supervised, spirited FUN.
Ages: 5-12 years
When: April 11th -21st
Where: Unit 3, 3 Princes Highway Fairy Meadow NSW
Easter Bunny and Dino Egg Hunt at Hunter Valley Gardens
One of the biggest family-friendly Easter events in Sydney is not to be missed this year!
Head to spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens for an Easter weekend full of fun activities and jaw-dropping displays, including the super popular Mega Creatures and Night Safari, plus the Giant Easter Egg Hunt over the long weekend.
Easter activities include:
- Meet the Easter Bunny
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Golden Egg Hunt
When: April 7th-9th
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
The Sydney Family Show is back for 2023 and will be descending upon the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park from April 6th-23rd.
Families can enjoy entertainment, amusement rides, showbags, games, food vans, interactive activities, experiences, and competitions, including the Rabbit Hopping competitions and Dogs in the Park feature.
When: April 6th-23rd
Where: Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park NSW 2021
With LEGO’s® unique BRICKS 4 KIDZ models and Imaginative Play, kids are always having fun at the School Holiday Programs with LEGO® and Robotics.
These school holiday activities are designed for kids ages 5–11, staffed by trained and screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ instructors, and have the best child : staff ratio around.
When: Multiple dates in School Holidays
Where: Available in multiple locations in each state across Australia
Easter High tea at the Brisbane Marriott
Celebrate every sweet-tooth’s favourite holiday with the Brisbane Marriott Hotel Easter High Tea, packed with sweet and savoury delights, a 3-hour beverage package and an Easter Egg Hunt for kids!
Cost is $149pp ($74.50pp for kids aged 2-12 years).
Ages: 2- 12
When: April 8th and 9th
Where: Brisbane Marriott, 515 Queen St, Brisbane, AU-QLD
Kids Collective Easter school holiday program takes place at Roma Street Parkland with free activities for children aged 5-12 years.
Pre-booking is not required, Kids Collective has returned to drop-in classes with no capacity limit to offer flexibility for parents and guardians.
You’re welcome to drop in any time between 9am and 1pm.
Ages: 5- 12
When: April 4th-14th
Where: Roma Street Parkland, 1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Alongside The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the show features three other Eric Carle stories. Audiences may meet the colorful characters of Brown Bear, Brown Bear; travel the ocean with Mister Seahorse; or try to keep up with The Very Bust Spider. These beloved tales and their messages of community, self-expression, and the power of creativity are brought to life by a captivating cast of storytellers, sweeping original music, and stunning puppetry.
Ages: 18 months +
When: April 5th to 9th
Where: Playhouse, Russell Street side of Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Collingwood Children’s Farm is a working community farm open year-round.
- Meet the Guinea Pigs
- Cow brushing in the barn
- Egg grading
- Watch the pigs feeding
Additionally, during the Victorian school holidays, children aged 8-14 can enjoy the farm’s Farmer for a Day program which gives them a behind-the-scenes tour to see what it takes to run a community farm, then get involved by getting up close with some of our animals and picking up the tools to do farm work and a workshop.
Ages: All (community farm), 8 – 12 (Farmer for a Day program)
When: Open everyday, except Christmas Day from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Farmer for a Day program during Victorian school holidays
Where: Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC, 3067
Grab your family and friends to experience all the food, fun and carnival you can handle over the Easter Long Weekend.
Experience the exhilaration of the reptile show, cuddle with the bunnies and goats, see the amazing Faery Emma and the roving entertainers. There will be a special Golden Easter Egg Hunt to win a bike. Grab a bucket , put your hunting goggles on and find as many Easter Eggs as possible to help Mr Easter Bunny unlock the special vault of eggs.
All your favorite carnival rides will be there , so enjoy a scenic ride on the ferris wheel or jump on a camel, there will be something for everyone.
When: April 7th -9th
Where: Dromana Estate Winery, 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong VIC
The Bendigo Easter Festival will take place between 7 – 10 April 2023 with a number of activities planned around the CBD area. Family activities and attractions include Farmer Darryl’s petting zoo, carnival rides, the Rotary Art Show, traditional Chinese performances and events at the Discovery Science and Technology Centre. There is a jam-packed roster of events taking place at the festival this year, meaning there’s something that’s sure to interest and engage every single member of the family!
When: April 7-10th
Where: Various locations throughout Bendigo (check website)
This festival celebrates the mythical creature of the Unicorn and offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of fantasy and magic.
Dress up and enjoy various interactive activities for all ages, including Unicorn petting, Unicorn-themed arts and crafts, live performances and festivities. Plus, Unicorn themed food, face-painting and show bags that bring the world of Unicorns to life.
Ages: All (children under 2 enter for free)
When: April 7th – 22nd
Where: Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek VIC 3352
Australian Capital Territory
Outdoor inflatable obstacle course will be back in the Parliamentary Triangle during the school holidays between 7th – 23rd April.
The obstacle course measures almost 300 metres in length, with 30 fun and challenging obstacles to complete including huge slides, climbing walls, hanging rails, balance balls and more. There are 4 sessions per day and tickets can be purchased at the event, although they strongly suggest booking online to avoid disappointment.
When: April 7th -23rd
Where: Parkes Place lawns King Edward Terrace Parkes, ACT 2600
The Canberra Miniature Railway is holding its Easter extravaganza, one of the most popular events of the year, this time with two nights to double the capacity.
Rides run between 5pm and 8pm so start in the daylight and end in the dark under lights, but the big hits are the two Easter egg hunts, at 5:30pm and 6:30pm each day, where there are 4000 Easter eggs to find! A great fun event not to be missed.
When: April 8th and 9th
Where: Canberra Miniature Railway – Southern end of Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston ACT 2609
Experience over 1800sqm of adventure-packed activities where you can unleash, learn new skills and be immersed in an atmosphere of fun with activities including free jump trampolines, dodgeball, wall climb, X-Park ninja course, cliff jump and even a dedicated miniBOUNCE Zone for junior jumpers.
Ages: All (miniBOUNCERs must be able to walk unassisted and must be under 110cms)
When: Open 7 days a week
Where: Belconnen ACT 2617, Giralang, Australian Capital Territory, 2617
There is room to spread a picnic rug, for children (and adults!) to run around and for all to enjoy the atmosphere and views. Please note no catering (other than the Easter eggs) is available on site – you will need to bring your own food and drinks.
When: April 13th
Where: Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
An action packed weeks of sports including:
+ Pool & Movie Time
Coaching staff will provide a safe environment for children to develop their sporting skills through games, skill sessions, drills whilst having bucket loads of fun.
When: April 11th – 14th
Where: Top End Multi Sports, 110 Old McMillans rd, Coconut Grove, NT 0810
Join the Easter Bunny along with friends from Tip Top Circus Entertainment, Fairy Jill’s Enchanted Entertainment and Giggling Gecko Jumping Castles for a morning of Easter activities, glitter face-painting, obstacle course and more.
Arrive early and start your day with an Easter egg scavenger hunt across the Waterfront, collecting chocolate eggs as you go, before hopping over to the Bunny Burrow for a photo with the Easter Bunny.
When: April 8th
Where: Darwin Waterfront, 7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin, NT
Alongside the artworks you can enjoy a program packed full of live talks, events and music by local and national musicians.
Come for the festival fun, but stay for the rich history, incredible sightseeing and an authentic, memorable experience. Registration is open now.
When: April 7th-16th
Where: 871 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, 0870, Australia
Larrakia Elder Aunty June Mills tells the story of the little owl, Witladla, and his lost necklace. Filled with original songs, puppets that reference traditional Larrakia designs and fun actions, your children are sure to be singing and dancing in no time!
Ages: This show is designed for pre-school and primary school aged children.
When: April 22nd
Where: Charles Darwin University Theatre, Ellengowan Dr, Casuarina, NT 0810
This egg and chick hatching education program is a great way to gain valuable experience and knowledge about the development and life cycle of a chicken. From incubation, to hatching and the chicks first days.
No need to register, just pop into the library during opening hours.
When: April 11th-21st
Where: Reverton Library, 67 Riley Road Riverton, WA 6148
Don’t miss Jurassic Kingdom, the first dinosaur theme park in Perth! It’s one of the best things to do in Perth with kids these April school holidays.
Encounter 20+ life-size dinosaurs. Exciting rides, games, crafts & interactive exhibits.
Food carts, showbags and chill zones to refuel.
When: April 7th-25th
Where: Burswood Park, Resort Drive, Western Australia 6100
It’s a Hoppin Kids Easter Disco, which means an evening full of fun and games!
As well as all the usual play centre fun there will be an Easter egg hunt, music, party/disco lights, exciting games, yummy treats, drinks, best dressed costume prizes for both the children and adults, followed with a special visit from the Easter bunny.
When: April 10th
Where: 4 Hubert St • Belmont, WA
Show Bags, Carnival Games, Petting Zoo, Food Trucks, Fairy Floss and more. There are also rides for all ages, from the thrill-seekers amongst you to the little kids.
When: April 7th-16th
Where: Hillarys Boat Harbour
Splash Town – Copper Coast features racer slides, kids slide, large tipping bucket, water mushrooms and more located on the Moonta Bay foreshore in the Copper Coast.
When: April 2nd -30th
Where: Splash Town, 167 Bay Rd, Moonta Bay SA 5558
There is a wide range of stalls to investigate as there are about 30 stalls within the various rooms of the hall and another 70 stalls outside in the bituminised car park.
When: April 7th-10th
Where: Meadows Memorial hall, Mawson Rd, Meadows SA 5201
This workshop is for all little ones.
The day starts with all our wonderful guests and their favourite teddy seated at the picnic. Our hosts welcomes all our friends and begins to share story time. Together, everyone gets up to learn a very special dance that is performed in front of our parents at the very end. We include loads of games, colouring in and even snacks + drinks! Invite your besties and get ready for CUTEST PICNIC EVER!
When: April 18th
Where: ACPA – Australian Company of Performing Arts, 37-39 Walsh Street, Thebarton South Australia 5031
Step back in time and encounter a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex and its dinosaur friends at DinoFest Dinosaur Festival at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. This exciting outdoor kid-friendly event will take children on a thrilling adventure through the gardens back to the ancient and lost world of the dinosaurs.
There will be an opportunity to meet life-size walking Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Carnotaurus as well as lots of cute baby dinosaurs. They also have a special VIP mystery guest dinosaur who’s making her first DinoFest appearance!
Quiet sessions are also available for Neurodiverse guests.
When: April 7th-30th
Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
The School Holiday Splash program operates during the Tasmanian school holidays.
Where possible, the program will run weekdays between 11.30am to 3.30pm.
Some of the activities may include; the large inflatable in the 50m pool, purple slide, play zones and the diving boards.
When: Open 7 days a week, except public holidays
Where: Hobart Aquatic Centre, 1 Davies Ave, Queens Domain TAS 7000
The perfect place to enjoy meaningful wildlife experiences through up close animal interaction, daily interactive keeper talks and walks, and a suite of unique animal experiences. Check out our Cafe menu for lunch or a snack on your visit.
- Indoor playland
- Walk-through aviary
- Hill Top Farm
When: Open every day (except Christmas)
Where: Zoodoo Zoo, 620 Middle Tea Tree Rd, Tea Tree TAS 7017
Special School Holiday Paint session – Tickets $45 (adults) and $35 (child) for a 2 hour session includes all materials and canvas. Licenced premised.
Family friendly. No skills needed in this step-by-step painting experience! “Paint the town Red” is a fun way to create memories and masterpieces.
When: April 18th
Where: Paint The Town Red, 34 Cameron St, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
The fun will begin from 10.00am and will continue until 2.00pm. Entertainment will be provided thanks to some of Hobart’s most engaging entertainers, face painters and communications providers.
This year kids aged between four to fourteen years of age will be given a set of clues that will lead them on an exciting egg hunt throughout the Botanical Gardens. Once the kids have solved their gardens quest, they will be led to a secret location to receive a special bag filled with plenty of chocolate Easter eggs!
When: April 7th
Where: The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart TAS 7000