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I thought I would try to consolidate your search and list some things here that might be worth considering these school holidays.

I hope this provides some inspiration for you and your family to enjoy these holidays both in and around the Blue Mountains!

Exploring Outdoors

Search here for many child friendly bush walks, including maps for you to try.

There are 55 Playgrounds in the Blue Mountains. Search Here for my Top 10 favourite Playgrounds including links to where you find the others.

Check out the Explorer Bus too


Gardens and Outdoor Adventure that are Open

Many of these sites need to be booked for time ticketed entry in order to keep to restrictions so check before turning up.

Aquatic Centres (including some outdoor pools opening)

Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens

Everglades Gardens

Scenic World

Trees Adventure in Yarramundi (currently closed)

High and Wild Mountains Adventures

Adventure Park at Fairmont Resort Leura

Mayfield Gardens in Oberon– Autumn Festival is on now and it is worth the drive

Aqua Golf in Penrith

Cables Water Park Penrith


Horse Riding: check out these sites for their offerings

 Centennial Glen Stables,

Hawkesbury Valley Equestrian Centre,

Blue Mountains Horse Riding

Frog Hollow Stables


Museums- Blue Mountains and Sydney

Museum of Fire Penrith

And if you feel like a bit of a day trip, there are some interesting exhibitions for kids at these Sydney Museums:

Powerhouse Museum in Sydney– (currently closed)

Museum of Sydney

Australian National Maritime Museum



United Cinemas Katoomba

Hoyts Cinema Penrith

Mt Vic Flicks

Glenbrook Cinema



Not local to the Blue Mountains, but always worth a day trip.

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Sydney Zoo

Koala Park Sanctuary


Sydney Aquarium

Wildlife Sydney Zoo



Wacky Workshops in Glenbrook, also has great inspiration on their Facebook page.

Kids can Act workshops in Springwood

Blue Mountains City Council Library- Online and in person workshops


Home Inspiration

A few sites that I find inspiring when I am looking for activities to do things with my kids at home.

Living Learning from Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens

The Imagination Tree

Cooking with kids- Kidspot

Download Borrow Box app for access to books for reading and listening digitally

Penrith Library- activity packs


I hope this helps you find some inspiration.

Remember to be Kind to yourself. Our kids do not need a full program of activities, and our blue mountains backyards are full of sticks and stones to create magic with.

Hope we all get a mixture of respite and recreation.


Rachel xx


Author Rachel

I am Mum to 3 little ones, aged 6,3 and almost 1, Wife to my high school crush, Midwife at our local hospital and Creator of 'Out of the Nest'. I hope more than anything to do all these things well and maybe empower and encourage others along the way. Though its quite the juggling act, and balls do drop ALOT, so I am happy to talk about that too. xx

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