Keep the kids educated, entertained and inspired these school holidays! The Autumn break has one of the fullest calendars of fun activities and leisure. Most of the events are free but even the paid events are no more than $5 per child.

Registrations are open so read on to learn more! And don’t forget to visit our events page for other activities over the holidays. 

It’s always good to get some screen-free time in and embrace our inner adventurer.

Get Outside

Follow clues to how animals live in the bush on the Bush Detective School. Learn special techniques to Connect with Nature at Vineyard Creek or learn how to entice wildlife into your home garden on the Wildlife Welcome Here Walk. Be part of our River-Keepers program and learn that these slippery river-keepers might not be who you think they are! You can also dig up a new discovery and unearth the clues to what types of critters and creatures wondered around Parramatta thousands of years ago. And if all of that sounds too exhausting make your way to Parramatta Lake and enjoy a pleasant paddle around Lake Parramatta

Get your GEEK on

New miracles of modern technology emerge each and every day. The gamers in your family might enjoy learning about the best online games for kids around the world at Games Boy ’18 hosted by comedian and fun-hog Sean Murphy


There’s something hugely rewarding when you take a walk on the creative side and make something out of nothing. The team at Kids Love to Cook will be putting on a mobile cooking school for kids! Think it through….put your feet up; let the kids do the cooking; it’s free! And if the kids aren’t ready to cook get them started on creating their own Spinjoy hoop that can dress up the backyard and keep them entertained.

Anzac Day Poppy Workshops - Centenary Square, 16 – 27 April, 10am – 1pm (excluding Anzac Day and weekends)

Make a red poppy and add it to the Parramatta River of Poppies on the Memorial Gates at Centenary Square. In support of the Invictus Games, you can also make a yellow poppy to honour the servicemen and women who will compete in Sydney this October.

Our Culture & Heritage Stories

Few places are as culturally diverse as Parramatta. Younger generations would be fascinated to learn how the Darug people cared for the prized Burramatta land that saved the First Fleet from starvation.

Anzac Day Craft Making

Poppy making in Centenary Square 10am-1pm 16-27 April

Active & Healthy

The school holidays represent an opportunity for kids to try something new. Hit the mark with Archery at the Sydney Olympic Park archery centre. Kids can learn valuable self-defence skills with the reality based Krav Maga tactics in a fun safe environment. 

BYO BMX bike and learn how to conquer and enjoy laps of a BMX track or give skateboarding a go with boards, safety equipment and coaching included. Laser tag is always popular but have the kids every tried outdoor laser tag?  

Aspiring football players in your household can see what they’re made of at free AFL clinics and free Rugby League experience sessions. Your little human can cause a racket at The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program or they can try out a wide variety of sports to find out which they like best.

And if the weather doesn't cooperate every child loves to knock over a few pins bowling

Kids can try AFL Football or Break Dancing

Let your kids express themselves on the football field or the dance floor!


Your kids may learn to break dance with Joe Bananas for 8-11 year olds or 12 to 16 year olds. And if your kids would rather lay down the beat than dance to it they can learn some simple rhythms by drum at one of the free Junk Percussion sessions.   

Don’t forget that registrations open soon. Visit the Discover Parramatta events website for more events, activities and fun things to do these school holidays and beyond.