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Keep the kids busy this summer in Sydney

City of Sydney 3 mins read
credit City of Sydney/Abril Felman

From craft to coding, and parks to painting, there is lots happening in the city to keep kids busy during the summer school holidays.


City of Sydney libraries have a full program of activities in January for children aged 8 to 12. Kids can try out new board games and sample a range of art and design pursuits like laser cutting and pixel art. Prices range from free to $40 a session.


Pine Street Creative Arts Centre in Chippendale is hosting ceramics and jewellery making classes in January for young people aged 6 to 17. Small workshops with experienced tutors start at $90 and cover all materials and equipment. Concessions are available.


A holiday program for high school students runs throughout January. Spots are still available for swimming, movies, and trivia days. Book a place at


City of Sydney parks, playgrounds, pools and recreation centres are also great places to visit over the break.


Free balance bike clinics at Sydney Park for 3 to 8 year-olds will take place throughout January while the learn to swim holiday program for kids aged 3 and up is on at Cook + Phillip Park Pool from 2 to 19 January.


“Sydney has so much to offer over summer,” Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore AO said.


“Besides the Christmas events, New Year’s Eve celebrations and summer festivals, our local community spaces offer a range of activities to keep young people busy.


“Our libraries and creative arts centre in Chippendale is hosting creative workshops and our fabulous pools, parks and playgrounds are great for burning off energy.


“Sydney Park is just one of many great places to visit with wetlands, cricket nets, Sydney City Farm, balance bike clinics, riding track and skate park to explore.”


Visit to find out more about what’s happening in the local area.


Library events:


Tabletop games taster, 8 to 11 years

An introduction to modern board games and a chance to try of some of the library’s tabletop games in a fun and relaxed environment.

Tuesday 16 January, 10am to 12pm, Glebe Library

Thursday 18 January, 10am to 12pm, Kings Cross Library


Paint for fun, 8 to 11 years

Let your imagination run wild during this free expression painting workshop. We supply the paint, brushes and space.

Wednesday 17 January, 10:30am to 11:30am, Green Square Library


Manga comic book workshop, 9 to 12 years

Kids will create sketch characters that reflect their personalities and use page layouts to tell their story.

Friday 19 January, 10am to 1pm, Darling Square Library

Laser cut keyrings and bag tags, 9 to 12 years

Create a personalised keyring or bag tag using templates in Adobe Illustrator.

Monday 22 January, 10:30am to 1:30pm, Darling Square Library

Science and nature maker day, 9 to 12 years
Embark on a fascinating journey into the natural world, with laser cutting, photography and printmaking.
Tuesday 23 January, 10am to 12:30pm, Darling Square Library

Creative coding for kids, 8 to 12 years

Beginner level workshop using the magic of code to create printable artwork to take home.
Tuesday 23 January and Thursday 25 January, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Darling Square Library

Pixel art maker day, 9 to 12 years

Craft your very own pixel-art masterpiece using Piskel and Adobe Illustrator.

Wednesday 24 January, 10.30am to 1.30pm, Darling Square Library


Pine Street Creative Arts Centre events:


Ceramics – fantastic beasts, 6 to 9 years  

Beginning with imagination exercises and time to sketch ideas, kids will be free to invent fantastic creatures or fearsome foes.

Friday 19 January, 9am to 12pm


Silver jewellery making, 12 to 17 years  

Students will get to design and make their own one-off jewellery pieces.

Monday 22 January and Tuesday 23 January, 9am to 12pm


Wheel throwing for kids, 9 to 12 years  

Students will have the opportunity to create a cup, bowl or other ceramic vessel and learn some basic decorating techniques.

Monday 22 January, 9am to 12pm


Wheel throwing basics, 12 to 17 years

Create a cup, bowl or other ceramic vessel then learn to decorate your piece.

Tuesday 23 January, 9am to 12pm


Hand building for kids, 9 to 12 years  

Explore the medium of clay with a focus on creative play and process.

Wednesday 24 January, 9am to 12pm


Sydney Park cycling clinics:

Free interactive balance bike classes for kids aged 3 to 8 throughout January.


Learn to Swim at Cook + Phillip Park Pool:


For media enquiries contact Roxanne Macara. 0438 554 640 or email


For interviews with Clover Moore AO, Lord Mayor of Sydney contact Paul Mackay. Phone 0436 816 604 or email


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