Kids in the Park

Sydney Olympic Park is running a program called Kids in the Park and there are loads of cheap and free options for play. Here is what they sent me about the program – all sounds good.

The Kids in the Park summer line-up boasts heaps of good-value activities at less than $20 per person, including Cookies and Craft at Lilies for little ones aged 2-5, Kids on Target – Archery for $16, and Mini Golf for only $6 for all ages.

For $5-$10 per person, visitors to the Armory Theatre at Sydney Olympic Park can sit-back and enjoy short films created by children from Cinewest Digital Filmmaking workshops and winners of international festivals, during the Kids in the Park – Film Fest on Wednesday 18 January.

For those seeking adventure that’s completely FREE of charge, The Amazing Chase bike race, Clue Trails, Crack the Code and on-foot self-guided Discovery Trails will be open daily until the final day of the school holidays on 29 January.

One of the most popular events on Sydney Olympic Park’s summer entertainment calendar, Movies by the Boulevard, is also sure to excite this season with FREE cinema under the stars on various night in January. The young and young at heart are also invited to share in FREE Australia Day Celebrations at beautiful Bicentennial Park, with live music, face-painting, amusement rides, arts and crafts and a big fireworks finish.

At Wentworth Common playground on 16, 19, 23 and 25 January, FREE AFL Clinics will get kids active, as will the NEW and FREE Rugby League Clinic hosted by NRL first-grade players on on Wednesday 18 January.

Kids under 16 will have a ball on Monday 9 January from 10am, when they’ll get to ‘access all areas’ for FREE at the Apia International Sydney Tennis Tournament featuring Grand Slam champions such as Sam Stosur, Li Na, Lleyton Hewitt and crowd favourites Marcos Baghdatis and Ana Ivanovic.

Popular and loveable characters Sports Star and Dancing Star are also set to shine at Sydney Olympic Park this summer, when they will entertain kids for FREE at Cathy Freeman Park. The big stars will teach kids groovy dance moves and team-sport skills from 9am-11am on 9-13 and 16-20 January.

Older kids considering a career in art or design can pick-up expert tips and tricks to jazz-up their portfolios at the FREE Designing Your Future – Portfolio Workshop at Newington Armory on 11 and 18 January. During the three-hour workshop, a team of design professionals will demonstrate mounting and presentation techniques and participants will even have the chance to win a $100 Eckersleys voucher.

With 430 hectares of natural parklands and 35km of FREE Bike Trails open daily, lovers of the outdoors will feel right at home at Sydney Olympic Park this summer. FREE entry to the Birds Australia Discovery Centre and Birds of the Armory FREE Saturday Walks on 21 and 28 January will also operate to acquaint nature-loving families with some of the Park’s most-treasured feathered residents.

Kids in the Park makes Sydney Olympic Park the ultimate hotspot for quality family entertainment, with the BIGGEST range of school holiday activities of any single location in NSW – and that’s a fact! The program operates EVERY school holiday period and the 2011-12 season will continue to buzz with boredom-busting activities right up until the end of the last day of the holidays on 29 January 2012.

For more information, visit or call the Sydney Olympic Park Infoline on 02 9714 7888. Also, check-out Sydney Olympic Park’s YouTube Channel, follow @olympicpark_syd on Twitter or visit

Author: Sharon Quill

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