School Holiday Activities

At Home: Inside 

  1. Make an ant farm.
  2. Bake cupcakes.
  3. Make a cubby house under the table.
  4. Invite friends over to play.
  5. Make homemade pizza.
  6. Dance to music.
  7. Have a theme day. This may be butterflies, pirates, princesses, fairies, dinosaurs or a particular colour.
  8. Make an inside obstacle course with cushions, pillows, boxes, chairs and blankets.
  9. Read books
  10. Play dress ups and do a play.
  11. Make a themed play space: in a large rectangle bucket or tray create your own play scene. For example: use a smaller container (like an empty margarine container) filled with water, and in the rectangle bucket place rocks, small twigs, bark or sticks from trees for an outdoor scene.
  12. Go on a colour hunt in your house. Collect objects of a certain colour and take a picture of your finds to make a collage. Also an idea by Picklebums.
  13. Buy a note book and get the child/ren to write a school holiday diary (or draw pictures every day for young children).
  14. Reorganise the children’s room (with their help).
  15. Make fruit Kebabs.
  16. Write a letter to someone.

At Home: Outside


  1. Hang a sheet from a tree to make an outside cubby house.
  2. Fly (cut to length) crepe streamers in the wind.
  3. Eat outside.
  4. Do general gardening or plant a vegetable or herb garden.
  5. Make an outside obstacle course. .
  6. Play Backyard games.
  7. Blow bubbles. Frills in the Hills has a great recipe for homemade bubble mixture.
  8. Do an outside treasure hunt.
  9. Create an outdoor play garden. Create a small space of dirt and fill with pots, small rake, bucket, spoons, utensils and solid plastic toys like animal figurines.
  10. Make a flower head wreath.

At Home: Arty and Crafty


  1. Make fairy wings.
  2. Make a Zorro mask out of a strip of black material with two eye cut outs.
  3. Create a family artwork on a large canvas.
  4. Make recycled paper.
  5. Collect flowers and press them inside book between baking paper.
  6. Colour-in. You can print a variety of colouring in sheets online.
  7. Face painting.
  8. Make Photo Paper Dolls.
  9. Make a robot out of cardboard boxes.
  10. Make a treasure map out of brown paper.
  11. Make a musical tree. .
  12. Be crafty at home: knit, paper craft, play dough, cooking or painting.
  13. Make up a travel drawing box.
  14. Paint toe nails. (Boys like this too!)
  15. Make boats out of milk bottle lids, a straw (for the mast), paper (for the sail) and blue-tack to stick the sail on to the boat.
  16. Make a leaf collage picture.
  17. Glue cut out pictures from a magazine or junk mail to a piece of paper.
  18. Make a photo book: take photos of your favourite things and collate them into a book.
  19. Make sock puppets by gluing wool on the top of an old sock and using a permanent marker to draw eyes, nose and a mouth.
  20. Do a self-portrait. Stick a large piece of butchers to the wall (or lay on the floor) and trace around your body.
  21. Make a long paper-clip chain.

Out and About


  1. Visit a museum
  2. Go hiking with friends.
  3. Go window shopping and have a special morning tea.
  4. Go see a movie.
  5. Eat a big ice-cream.
  6. Visit a library.
  7. Fly a kite.
  8. Have a picnic outside.
  9. Visit a park or playground.
  10. Look out for butterflies and birds for a day.
  11. Go fruit picking.
  12. Plan a day trip:
  • animal farm
  • new town
  • historical village
  • market
  • environmental centre
  • hiking
  • bush walking
  • drive up a mountain
  • visit the beach
  • the country
  • theme park
  1. Visit someone lonely.
  2. Collect shells on the beach.
  3. Go ten tin bowling.
  4. Visit a planetarium.
  5. Feed ducks at a pond.
  6. Go fishing.
  7. Look for organised school holiday opportunities at art schools, museums, shopping centres, national parks, libraries and councils.
  8. Go swimming. (If Winter, look for a heated pool).
  9. Visit and share something of your own childhoodwith your child/ren. This may be a home you lived in as a child, where you honeymooned or favourite place.
  10. Look for free activities at a shopping centre.
  11. Go for a walk.
  12. Visit Dad or Mum at work.



  1. Go Bike-riding
  2. Catch a train.
  3. Go Ice-skating or roller-skating.
  4. Catch a bus.
  5. Go on a bush walk or hike.
  6. Go on a nature hunt.
  7. Make a cubbyhouse from items from a second hand shop.
  8. Catch a ferry.
  9. Allow your kids to learn a new skill. Look for workshops in horse-riding, pottery, art, rock climbing and drama.
  10. Have a quest. This may be photographing butterflies for a day, hunting for cool letterboxes, looking for street signs for the names of the people in your family or tasting 3 different types of cookies and cream ice-cream.


At Night


  1. Look at the stars.
  2. Walk on the beach at dusk
  3. Go on a nature walk down your street with a torch.
  4. Have a movie night. You can make your own popcorn cups by making a cone shape with a piece of paper and taping it together.
  5. Toast marshmallows in the oven before threading them on to sticks (parent would do this).
  6. Eat at a family restaurant.


When It’s Raining (also see At Home: Inside)


  1. Go to an indoor play centre.
  2. Play with umbrellas in the rain.
  3. Collect rain in a bucket.
  4. Play inside games like hide and seek or duck, duck goose.
  5. Photograph the raindrops on the window and include them in a photo book.
  6. Go for a drive in the car.
  7. Visit a friend’s house (or invite a friend over to play at your place).


Quiet Time


  1. Play board/card games like Monopoly, Dictionary, Pictionary, Snap, Taboo, Hungry Hippo, Scategories, The Old Maid.
  2. Watch a DVD at home.
  3. Stay in your PJs all day.
  4. Make a “city” with cars, toys and boxes for buildings.
  5. Lie on the grass and watch the clouds.
  6. Have “rest” time where everyone plays quiet games like reading or puzzles on their own bed.

School Holiday Activities  

  1. Huge water fight with friends
  2. Crash at friends houses
  3. Movie marathon nights
  4. Mow the lawns
  5. Wash a car
  6. Go swimming
  7. Have a pool party
  8. Fishing
  9. Camping with friends
  10. Plan and hold a party
  11. Read a book
  12. Change bedroom around
  13. Play Wii, Playstation, Xbox
  14. Listen to ipod
  15. Design and make a website
  16. Have an outdoor basketball free-throw contest
  17. Make smoothies
  18. Bake a cake
  19. Paint fingernails and toenails
  20. Have a fun fashion show with friends
  21. Stay a night with family
  22. Help grandparents out for a day
  23. Work part time
  24. Make a cd of your favourite songs
  25. Take the dog for a walk
  26. Apply fake nails with crazy designs
  27. Go for a surf
  28. Go for a bike ride
  29. Turn up the music and dance
  30. Play basketball with mates
  31. Hang out at the beach
  32. Play mini golf
  33. Go rollerblading
  34. Cook dinner one night
  35. Have a make over party
  36. Take a long, hot bubble bath with candles and music.
  37. Run through the sprinkler with your clothes on
  38. Wash the dog
  39. Go motorbike riding (if you have one and your allowed)
  40. Rent and watch a whole season of your favorite television series
  41. Catch up with friends at the local park or shopping centre
  42. Check out the library
  43. Spend an entire day in your pajamas
  44. Plant a veggie garden
  45. Make a movie with a camcorder
  46. Get a facial
  47. Spend a whole day playing board games with friends
  48. Make up a treasure hunt for friends
  49. Make something that is on the back of a cereal box
  50. Learn a new exercise or go to a Zumba or Yoga class
  51. Make up a scavenger hunt for you and a few friends
  52. Go hiking
  53. Make popcorn the old-fashioned way
  54. Learn how to knit
  55. Make a friendship bracelet
  56. Buy a magazine at the store and read the whole thing
  57. Have a pj party
  58. Bake some cupcakes and make fancy icing
  59. Try not to complain for a whole day (this is really difficult – try it)
  60. Try to make a house of cards
  61. Offer to go grocery shopping for the week
  62. Dress up in random clothes(grandmothers dress and go for a walk, get friends to join in to)
  63. Apply a fake tan
  64. Hold a contest for best dressed with friends
  65. Plant some strawberries
  66. Learn how to some car maintenance, change tyres etc
  67. Do homework that needs to be done before the new year
  68. Blow bubbles and experiment with bubble mixture
  69. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  70. Do some stand up comedy in front of family/friends
  71. Cook breakfast in bed for your parents
  72. Clean the house
  73. Have a barbecue with friends
  74. Do a teen bake with friends, everyone brings ingredients to make something, and cook away together
  75. Babysit
  76. Take some photographs
  77. Turn old photo’s into a movie/slide and show them one night
  78. Play a game of tennis
  79. Write to a pen friend
  80. Go to the local museum
  81. Check out the local council, they may offer free activities to do
  82. Sit down and do a jigsaw puzzle
  83. Learn how to do the laundry
  84. Re-paint your bedroom
  85. Build a dog-house
  86. Take a computer course
  87. Learn how to cook a Chinese dish
  88. Start learning another language
  89. Start your own blog
  90. Attend a driver training course (if you have your learners!)
  91. Spend a few days on a property and learn how to do some farm work
  92. Start writing a business plan for your dream business when you grow up
  93. Understand what your Parents do all day and appreciate their hard work
  94. Write a book review and submit it online
  95. Go through Mum’s pantry and enter all the competitions on the back of packs
  96. Arrange your books/cd’s/dvd’s in a special order
  97. Make your own sausages from scratch
  98. Design your signature dish
  99. Explore the local landmarks
  100. Research your favourite actor/sports star!prettyPhoto

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