Summer school holidays

Summer school holidays

School holiday fun

Children looking for fun these holidays will be spoilt for choice. The City of Sydney has some of the best parks, playgrounds and community facilities in the state.


The City has over 80 playgrounds.

Favourites include:

  • Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
  • Sydney Park, St Peters
  • Victoria Park, Camperdown
  • Redfern Park, Redfern
  • Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills.

We are constantly upgrading our playgrounds to make sure they are innovative and exciting places to play.

Jubilee Park playground in Glebe will soon be reopened with two new double swings, a new slide, a nature play-hill with logs, planks and twig paths, toddlers’ sandpit, boardwalk, climbing ropes, cubby house and slide.

Fitzroy Gardens playground in Kings Cross is being upgraded with new equipment, a pole forest, labyrinth game and chalk drawing wall.

Check out our playground map to find out more.


Rushcutters Bay Park Tennis Courts has tennis camp from 9am to 3pm with tennis tuition, activity games, arts and crafts, nature walks, and soccer/touch football and tennis tournaments. Before and after camp care is available. For more information, call 02 9357 7332.

The KGV Centre in The Rocks has two indoor basketball courts open until 11.30pm every Friday night. There’s also an early bird basketball session from 3pm to 8pm. The sessions are open to all ages and skill levels. For more information, call 02 9244 3600.

Swimming pools

Summer is a great time for inner-city kids to make use of our fantastic swimming pools, which are open every day these school holidays except Christmas Day.

All have free entry for kids up to three years.

There are two-week intensive swim programs in January at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Pyrmont, and Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre.

Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, Chippendale

Children from five to eight years can get started in the basics of printmaking, colour paper collage, poster art and ceramics. Nine to 12 year olds can explore creative techniques in more depth with classes in pastels and paint, ceramics, digital art and printmaking. Classes book out quickly, so check the Pine Street website for details


The City has nine libraries in Circular Quay, Glebe, Green Square, Haymarket, Kings Cross, Newtown, Surry Hills, Ultimo and Waterloo.

Each host a range of fun activities for children of all ages during school holiday period. Highlights include a summer reading club, movie nights, art and craft workshops, interactive storytelling and much more. Visit the web page for more information.

The City also has toy libraries at Glebe, Waterloo and Surry Hills libraries, which will be open over the Christmas period. Check the branch details on our website.

Children’s vacation care program

The City’s community centres have started organising excursions for children aged five to 12 years. Activities include swimming at Botany Pool, Cook+Phillip Park and Prince Alfred Park pools. Other programs include urban jungle high-rope courses, bowling, movies, cooking workshops and sporting programs including archery, skater HQ and boot camp.

Contact your local community centre to find out more information about booking.

Prince Alfred Park Pool makes a splash

The City’s newest outdoor public pool has attracted more than 50,000 visits in its first five months of operation – and a handful of awards.

Prince Alfred Park Pool in Surry Hills won a major architecture award at the 2013 Sydney Design Awards and was highly commended at the World Architecture Festival Awards.


The 50-metre heated outdoor pool, with accessible entry, is the first major building designed by Potts Point-based Neeson Murcutt Architects.

The new $20.5 million pool completes the most extensive upgrade to Prince Alfred Park in 50 years. It includes five new, international-standard tennis and basketball courts, an exercise circuit and two children’s playgrounds.

Last updated: Wednesday, 27 November 2013