school holidays : kids in the park

posted on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

This post is sponsored by Kids in the Park and Digital Parents Collective.

How are your holidays shaping up? Do you get excited for them or dread them? I must confess I tend to not realise they're approaching and then proceed to plunge into them totally unprepared.

Last holidays were the kiddo's first since starting big school. By 4pm on the first day he'd already asked me, "When does school start again?" Oh dear.

Luckily we're more prepared this time mostly because the Digital Parents Collective pointed us towards  Kids in the Park's 50 + activities (including loads of fabulous free ones) that are running throughout the holidays at Sydney Olympic Park. Hoorah!

Faced with the most extensive range of fun things to do in one locale in all of NSW, from archeryskateboardingpainting, writing classes, film making, and bird-watching, to soccer, swimming, gymnastics and baking I was a little overwhelmed for choice. I considered the kiddo's main interests: drawing, playing make-believe, running around pretending he has weapons then pretending he isn't pretending this. Hmm.

Medieval Games? Flying Trapeze? Painting in the Park? He'd love them all! But we decided to kick off the hols with the Mini Gym class for ages 5-8.

If your kid is like mine (or me) they like to know what to expect before doing something new, thus the Mini Gym preview on the Sydney Olympic Park's YouTube Channel went down a treat. The kiddo and the lady watched this over and over on the morning before his class.

We then headed across town to Sydney Olympic Park. After getting completely lost (give yourself extra time if you're navigationally challenged like yours truly) we walked into the very impressive Sports Centre, through the Hall of Champions no less, to the gymnasium.

For two hours, three very patient gym instructors took a group of around 30 kids through a series of beginner's gymnastics activities that included walking along the high beam, jumping on mini trampolines, swinging off high bars and -- the kiddo's fave -- leaping into foam pits.

The parents watched from a balcony above which was also blessedly next to a coffee counter.

When the mister asked Max if the class was good, the kiddo replied, "It wasn't good, it was FANTASTIC! It was the most fun class I ever did!"

So yep, it was a hit.

I think he's going to be equally excited when I tell him we're off to see Disney On Ice presents Princesses and Heroes next Friday (a grandma-sponsored activity this time). If you'd like to pop along to the show too, Kids in The Park are giving away four tickets! Just head over to their site to enter.

Or if you fancy booking into any of the other 50+ activities you can check out the impressive list of fun things running until 14th of July (including many free activities and options under $20) at or call the Olympic Park info line within Australia on 02 9714 7888.

Happy Holidays!


  1. So cool!
    And I love the YouTube idea...I sometimes wish my entire life came with a YouTube video to tell me what to expect!

    1. I would subscribe to that channel too! ha.

  2. Wow!! I am so jeoulous- I've been past and looked into that gym a few times..,.,but never been in. I want to be in there running and bouncing around!

  3. great to see him having so much fun! good on you B :) shauns x

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