School holidays are fast approaching and the burden of finding things to fill the itinerary and keep the young ones entertained is looming. By now the kids have most likely been to the zoo, aquarium and museum, so why not mix things up this time and take them on an adventure they’ll love and enjoy bragging about come the new school year or term.
Check out our top 10 out of the box school holiday activities the whole family can enjoy this coming school break!
5. The Escape Room
The lessons don’t have to stop once the final bell rings. With a visit to the Escape Room you can get the kid’s brains ticking to work together to escape from this frustratingly amazing puzzle room. Working in teams of three to five or on your own, and with 60 minutes to complete all puzzles, you’ll have to work hard to find clues, solve the puzzles and mysteries and successfully escape.
An ideal activity for kids who enjoy a mental challenge, The Escape Room will test a number of different cognitive abilities testing their smarts and quick wit. There are various different Escape Hunt rooms around the country and around the world, including the Gold Coast, Sydney, and Melbourne.
4. Treetop Challenge
These activities aren’t only reserved for leadership camps in high school; tree top challenges are a great way for the whole family to get active while having fun. Navigating ladders, platforms and wires, treetop challenges are suitable for kids and adults, and feature a number of different challenges throughout.
Combining adventure with sightseeing this acts as the perfect day trip for families looking to mix up their family holiday these coming school holidays. Some locations including Launceston, Gold Coast, Gold Coast Hinterland, Beech Forest, Sydney, Central Coast, and Newcastle.
3. Surf Lessons
If your kids can’t get enough of the beach during the summer school holidays, then why not teach them how to surf? With a number of different surfing schools spread around the country at some of Australia’s best beaches, mum and dad can enjoy the sun and the sand while the younger ones learn how to catch a wave.
Suitable for kids of various ages, this is a fun adventure for the whole family to enjoy and the perfect way to spend the school holidays on the Australian coast. You can learn to surf on the Sunshine Coast’s Noosa Beach, Rainbow Beach and Coolum Beach, the Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise Beach, Main Beach, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, New South Wales’ Byron Bay and Bondi Beach.
2. Indoor Skydiving
If the kids are a little too young to take the leap from 14,000 feet in the air but are craving that adrenaline rush skydiving gives, then indoor skydiving is a great compromise. Giving you the feeling of free falling, iFly offers you the chance to suit up in a jumpsuit, helmet and goggles and be pushed into the air by a barrel of wind.
First timers are usually limited to a basic flying adventure however you can also experience flipping, spinning and rising in the wind tunnel. There are numerous iFly centres located around the country, including Penrith in New South Wales and the most recent opening in the heart of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.
1. Dolphin or Seal Swim
Forget about a basic aquarium visit, immerse yourself and the kids in the natural environment of wild dolphins and seals with a cruise or swimming tour. Letting you jump into the water and interact with these playful and curious creatures, this is an adventure of a lifetime and one the kids are sure to never forget.
The close-up encounters are suitable for kids that can swim, however if they are too young or can’t swim you’ll have just as much fun watching the animals play about in the waters from the boat.
You can swim with seals and/or dolphins in Sorrento and Queenscliff from Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, you can feed dolphins at Tangalooma on Moreton Island, kayak with them at Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Adelaide, Perth, Hervey Bay, and Moreton Island, or just enjoy a dolphin watching cruise from the Sunshine Coast, Port Stephens, and Kangaroo Island.
If you’re looking for more things to see and do during school holidays check out all of our top picks!