Spring School holidays starts this week for our Melbourne & Brisbane community and for our Sydney community from Friday 26 September.

We are bringing you some holiday fun, whether it is delivered to your door, to be created at home or you are able to get out and about, there is something to keep your little and not so little people busy and smiling this school holidays.

If you need help with planning a getaway, activities or play this school holidays our Lifestyle Managers are your support crew to book in activities, virtual workshops and experiences in your area, recommend the best parks to meet up with friends, family activities that are open and operating, arrange for family fun activities to be delivered to your door ready for the school holidays; especially if mum and dad are juggling work and activities.

Do you have a family member, friend or colleague that you think could really benefit from an extra set of hands this school holiday?  Purchase a gift of one of our casual solutions of time and our team will take care of them.

Visit our casual membership plans to find the best solution for your school holiday and end of year calendar planning.

Virtual Adventurer

  • Virtual Aquarium –  Join the Sydney, Sunshine Coast and Melbourne Aquariums for live streams of keepers, aquarists and star sea creatures. Get exclusive activity sheets, craft activities and downloadables!
  • See Make Play Camp Craft – Saturday the 26th of September LIVE, via Zoom to create their own Sushi Felt Bento Box, a Pizza Party Piñata and a deliciously yummy Ice Cream Wall Hanger!
  • Live Penguin TV – tune in to the live-streaming of Phillip Island’s world-class nightly Penguin Parade
  • Seal Spotter – Can you help our research scientists count Victoria’s fur seal populations?
  • Taronga TV – Spend some time with the animals at Taronga Zoo. 24/7 live streaming cameras have been set up so that you can enjoy your favourite animals at any time of day

Adventures and Exploring

  • Day trip to Zoo or Aquarium – Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Adelaide Zoo and the Australia Zoo are all open. To plan your visit speak to our team or visit their website for daily entry numbers, tickets and COVID safe practices.
  • Load the backpack and head out for a hike in your local area – visit out our Exploring Homeland Hiking blog for hikes and hikes with sleepover locations.
  • Questacon – get hands learning about science and technology (while having a whole lot of fun)

Craft & Creativity 

  • National Gallery of Victoria offer a ranged of free online creative experiences for young people and their families and sharing new ways to be creative
  • Van Gogh Alive produced by Grande Exhibitions, is the large-scale, multi-sensory experience. Don’t just admire Van Gogh’s paintings – immerse yourself in them in the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world.
  • See Make Play – MEGA-LICIOUS craft kit includes a mini booklet containing 6 projects
  • Colour Me Whiteboard Wallpaper – keep your kids entertained for hours upon end with a 1m x 1m colour in whiteboard wallpaper print and comes with a free 10 pack of markers. It is re-usable and removable.
  • Artventure Online art classes – Artventure provides everything you’ll need to grow your children’s skills and confidence in art.
  • Clay at Home – a super fun muddy making session, in the comfort of your own kitchen table! Classes range in skill/age levels, from 3 (with a little help from a big-person) all the way up to teens.

Family shenanigans

  • Pillow fights and blanket forts
  • Living Room disco
  • Design your own board game challenge
  • TikTok Challenge
  • Cooking Challenge
  • Theme days – get playful and spend the day as a super hero, ballerina or your favourite character
  • Movie Nights – Openair Cinemas has partners with Disney+ to bring the ultimate drive-in cinema experience to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Backyard Fun

  • Paint pet rocks for the garden
  • Hopscotch at home
  • Create a veggie garden project for the entire family
  • Backyard games – football target shot, obstacle course, water bomb wall, shooting hoops
  • Backyard Camping – backyard camping is a fabulous, stress free and say way to coax the kids outdoors, garden scavenger hunt, stargazing, torchlight treasure hunt, campfire cooking

Fun with friends 

  • Zoom dance party: Have our team organise a party pack including yummy goodies and games for all, delivered to their doorstep in time for the party
  • Picnics at the park: Our team can arrange a scrumptious lunch, all the delicious treats and even fun games, all ready for you to just turn up with your picnic blanket
  • Virtual Picnic: Can’t catch up in person with your friends? Why not have a picnic pack delivered to all your friends and catch up online.

School Holiday Slumber Party

 

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo

You will be just 15 minutes from Sydney CBD, but you will feel a world away, in a secluded, harbourside bushland setting.  This school holiday enjoy a family escape for two adults and two children in interconnected Bushland or an Animal view rooms with the best of inclusions for your Taronga Zoo sleepover.

  • An afternoon tour of the Sanctuary, the Australian native wildlife habitat exclusive to guests of the Wildlife Retreat home to Koalas, Wallabies, Echidnas and other unique Australian species
  • A Family Night Walk of Taronga Zoo with one of our expert guides
  • À la carte breakfast at Me-Gal restaurant, with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour
  • Complimentary access to Taronga Zoo for the duration of your stay
  • Free parking at the main Visitor Carpark
  • Optional: A two-course dinner is available as an optional extra for seatings at Me-Gal restaurant between 5.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Optional: Interconnected rooms can be configured to suit families of up to six people – please indicate additional bedding that may be required when booking
  • Bookings available from 26 September to December 2020.

A Wild Night Tidbinbilla 

Together as a family take part in one of a kind educational and interactive experiences designed specifically for this overnight stay including Welcome to the Park, Behind the Scenes at the Vet Centre, Fireside Culture Chat, Fire in the Forest, an in-camp ranger chat to prepare guests for their time at Tidbinbilla and Aboriginal Hanging Rock.

This unique wilderness camp also includes a child-friendly CSI inspired activity as well as a fun Hi-Tech Wildlife night vision scopes experience – a big favourite with past glamping families.

Each overnight family sleepover package includes three of the listed ranger activities as well as breakfast, dinner, campfire fun including stargazing, roasting marshmallows and 6-metre Emperor Bell glamping tent accommodation – and each tent includes real beds with quality bed linen.


Check out our recent blogs, Family Fun Day for more fun and activities and for our Melbourne friends, our regularly updated Dining at home blog

How the Essential Solutions team can help you, your team and your business navigate the school holidays.

  • Work with our industry experts to design a fun, engaging and creative program while mum & dad are working at home
  • Send craft kits to families
  • Send cooking challenge kits with aprons, recipes and ingredients to families
  • Gardening kit with gardening gloves, tools, herbs, pots and seedlings
  • Movie night kit with popcorn, sweet treats and adult treats
  • Art pack with art pad, no drip paint, fluoro washable paint, brushed and apron

Contact our team on [email protected].