Darwin September and October School Holidays 2021

September and October holidays 2021

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Darwin September and October holidays 2021 break is fast approaching! We will have two weeks break for Darwin public schools.  Starting Saturday 25th September (Private and Independent school holidays may be slightly different – please check with your school).  Students will return to school on 11th October for Term 4!

Darwin Family Life has rounded up some of the fantastic options that are free (or affordable) activities to do with your kids these Darwin September and October School holidays 2021.

Darwin September and October School holidays 2021

We hope you get some great ideas to keep the kids busy with the great list of events and activities below, but also remember to check out our other blogs like the Top 10 Free things to do with kids in Darwin blog and the best walks and bike rides with kids in Darwin 

aqua park

Aqua Park at Darwin Waterfront Lagoon!

If you’re looking for a fun and challenging activity for the family, Aqua Park is the place for you! A great day out for the young (and the young at heart). The configuration of the park allows non-stop paths of entertainment and will always lead you in the right direction to run, jump and slide. Aqua Park will push you out of your physical and mental comfort zone. For ages 6+ Book your online tickets here

croc cove

Crocosaurus Cove – Junior Reptile Rangers Program

If you are also looking for something for your kids during the School holidays, check out the fantastic Junior Reptile Ranger program at Crocosaurus Cove! 
The Junior Reptile Ranger program is a fun behind-the-scenes tour designed specifically for kids between the ages of 7 and 12. This 2 hour program, led by our experienced reptile handlers, gives children the opportunity to meet, feed, and learn about the Top End’s most unique reptiles. Also included is a souvenir lanyard and colour photo with our baby croc! This is a fantastic program for kids who love animals and have a desire to learn more about the NT’s unique wildlife. More info and to book head here 
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Casuarina Square 

There will be loads of fun happening at Casuarina Square these September and October School holidays2021 with the Rainbow Fun Fest! Kicks off Friday 24th September to 10th of October, there will be daily craft activities, jumping castles on the weekends and the $5 meal deals across 8 stores! For more information head here


Top End Multi Sports

TEMS will have their popular sports holiday program back this October. Running for one week from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th of October. For ages 5 and over –  Daily program or book in for four days.  $70 per day or $230 for the four days.

Program consists of: Soccer, tennis, volleyball, pool time and more. Daily activities have flexibility to suit children. From 8am till after 4pm. (Earlier if required and half days available.) The holiday program will be held at Top End Multi Sports Centre at 110 Old McMillans Rd Coconut Grove.

For more details or to book in your child – head here  Spaces are limited!

hilton art classes

Hilton Darwin Art Classes

A Wholesome DIY Art Class brought to your little ones by Hilton Darwin and a Darwin-based art educator Moniba Malik, where your children can create their own pair of Japanese coasters, fine porcelain plates or bring home a self-painted cuddly cushion or a Farida Kahlo shirt. A great event to have fun and get creative. These events require no previous skills and is suitable for everyone. Parents are most welcome to attend and be the supportive audiences. Art classes will be run on various dates for more information and to book head here. For ages 5-14.

GO! Girls Only Nights

go girls only nights

VR Film lab – Tues 28th to Friday 1st October

Young film making enthusiasts are invited to join us for a this 4-day school holiday intensive, exploring the world of VR film making. Workshops will cover VR film production from scratch, including 360 video recording, video editing, audio refinement, creative writing and experimental filmmaking. This opportunity is open to young people aged 12-17 who live, work or study in Darwin. 18 year olds are welcome if still attending high school. For more information and essential bookings head here

Nightcliff Pool Party – Friday 1st October

There will be a Free Youth Pool Party at Nightcliff Pool on Friday 2nd of October from 3pm—6pm.

Roller Disco at the Ferris Wheel – Friday 1st October

Join our friends from Darwin Skate School and Darwin DJ Hire for a Roller Disco Skate night in front of the Ferris Wheel at Stokes Hill Wharf. If you can’t skate very well, that’s ok as Darwin Skate School are there to help you learn and have some fun.  A pop up roller rink to create an enclosed space will be set up for safety. Bring your own skates! Free event.

Family Fun Entertainment – Sunday 3rd October

At the Precinct Lawns (Darwin Waterfront) from 1:00pm – 4:00pm on Sunday 3rd, join the team from Tip Top Circus who will be bringing the fun of magic and games for the whole family to enjoy. Free event.

Farm Yard Fun – Wednesday 6th October

On Wednesday 6th from 10am till 12 noon at the Precinct Lawns at Darwin Waterfront. Build your own miniature farm yard with its very own miniature farm yard animals for FREE. You will get to take home what you make too! (Note: animals are not real!). Free event.

Tip Top Animals and Ponies – Friday 8th October 

On Friday 8th October from 10am till 1pm at the Precinct Lawns at Darwin Waterfront. Join in all the fun this school holidays at the Darwin Waterfront with Tip Top Circus Entertainment . There is be some Magical Moments in the petting zoo where you can meet lots of cuddley critters. Take a walk on the wild side and meet some Rad Reptiles and Pretty Parrots with the team from Party Animals Darwin. There will also be pony rides, free facepainting, and craft activities. With something for everyone this is one not too be missed. Free event.

Be-Inclusive Games – Community Fun day – Friday 8th October

Clubhouse Territory are proud to present the Be-Inclusive Games – Community Day – All Abilities Come-n-Try. A FREE Community Fun Day for all ages! Come and be part of an activity-loaded day on Friday 8th October 21 from 10am to 1pm. There will be come-n-try sessions, games & clinics, food & drink, & plenty of children’s entertainment. Get your free tickets here

Music at the Lagoon – Saturday 9 October, 1pm – 4pm

Darwin Waterfront Recreation Lagoon with will alive with tunes from 1pm to 4pm. Spend the afternoon having a swim in the Recreation Lagoon with your friends. There will be FREE live music to listen to while you chill out in the water or grab some take-away and kick back in the Beach Club furniture.

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Swim Dynamics – School holiday swim lesson intensives

Give your child’s swimming and water confidence a boost this April school holidays by participating in Swim Dynamics School holiday intensive program. They will build water confidence, skill development and keep the kids active & busy! Let’s face it, there’s no better place to be than in the water in this weather!

Choose from group classes or arrange private one-on-one sessions with one of their awesome instructors. ​Lessons are scheduled between 8.30am & 12.30pm (exact time dependent on level) at Nightcliff Pool. October Holiday Program dates will be 27th to 1st Oct (Wk 1), 4th to 8th Oct (Wk 2) and be 3 classes each wk (Mon, Wed, Friday)
For more information and to register here

paint and create

Paint and Create

Have you been to a Paint and Create session yet? My kids loved these last school holidays! Be guided through creating your own masterpiece to take home and keep! Sessions details and ticket bookings here

Rich Life Health & Fitness – Kids classes

Why not try out the various kids classes at the brand new gym in Cullen Bay? From Toddler ballet, Kids hip hop and dance fusion. Theres fun for everyone! Head here for more information on times and days.

Surf Life Saving NT

Have a whole host of activities and sessions available for kids at Leanyer Recreation park, Darwin Waterfront, Palmerston Skate park and Palmerston waterpark. They will host 3×3 basketball competitions, skateboarding lessons, children’s circus tricks and giant bubbles, pool party DJs, all the food vans and Malak Marketplace stalls, live music, sports activities and more! Check out their full 2 wk program here  

City of Palmerston Library

All activities are free and start from 2pm every day, there will be a range of FREE activities for school-aged children to enjoy. African drumming, beaded creations, nature collage sun catchers and more. No bookings required but make sure to collect a ticket from our front desk 15 minutes prior to a session starting to join in. Art and Craft Sessions limited to 25 children. See the daily activities here

Taminmin Community Library

Taminimin Community Library located at 70 Challoner Cct Humpty Doo. These holidays they will have lego club, paint and create sessions, fairy jill, movies and more! Check out their Facebook page for more information and to book your spots.

City of Darwin Libraries

City of Darwin Libraries will be hosting loads of FREE fun for the kids these holidays! From movies steam zone, story times, lego club, art and crafts and more, there is lots to see and do at City of Darwin in the September and October School Holidays 2021! Spaces to events will be limited. Events are ticketed and tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the sessions starting. Check out some of the program below. See the full program here

Youth NT

The Office of Youth Affairs publishes calendars to promote a wide range of activities and events happening across the Territory in the School Holiday. From Shak to the streets, heaps of sports, VR and more. Check out the full Darwin program here and Palmerston program here

Corrugated Iron

Want to see what Corrugated Iron is all about? Check out their FREE Come & Try sessions these school holidays! From circus and drama plus other classes available! Limited spaces head here to see their full school holidays program and to book.


leanyer water park

Leanyer Recreation Park

Another great option to keep the kids busy and cool these school holidays is to visit Leanyer Recreation park. It is a FREE water recreation park located at 215 Vanderlin Drive Leanyer. The Park consists of dry and wet recreational areas. The wet area includes a swimming lagoon (shallow in many areas – great for toddlers and young children).

There are three new massive water slides for the older kids and a wet playground that is great for all ages. There are large grassed areas for play, BBQ’s, a dry playground, skate park and basketball courts. The Park has lots of shaded areas including over the pool, the wet play area, the skate park and the grassed areas. There are toilets and change room facilities. 

Opening hours during the school holidays are:
9am to 8pm – grassed area and BBQ’s
10am to 6pm – wet play area
11am to 6pm – water slides

Palmerston Water Park

Palmerston Water Park is the second water park in Darwin. It also FREE and open seven days a week. Located at Cnr University Ave and Roystonea Ave (access via Roystonea Ave). The water park includes a 14 metre high – 100 metre long – six-line racer water slide, a wet play area for families and toddlers featuring sprays, water curtains and a shallow wading pool. Another wet play area for teenagers featuring more active water cannons, buckets and high intensity interactive play, a café, toilets and change room facilities, open grassed play area with BBQs, shaded areas and a skate park.
Opening hours during the school holidays are:
9am to 6pm – grassed area and BBQ’s
10am to 6pm – wet play area
11am to 6pm – water slide

Playshack Palmerston

Why not head into the Playshack located in the Hub complex Palmerston (Shop 7, 3 Maluka Drive). Let the kids run and burn their energy and you can enjoy a coffee or drink and a slice of Petra’s Raw cakes available for purchase. The Playshack have extended during school holidays. Their hours will be 8.30 am till 4 pm Monday – Friday. Plus the usual weekend times of Saturday 9 till 5 pm and Sunday 10 am till 4 pm. Entry is only $9.90 per child during the week and bubs under 1 are free. Please remember your socks! Closed Public holidays.

Darwin Ice Skating Centre – special offers!

Our friends at Darwin Ice Skating Centre have some great special offers always on for families! You can skate 1 Parent & 1 Child (5yrs and under) for just $24. Or a family pass of  2 Adults & 2 Children (between 6 Years & 14 Years) is $60.00.

If you buy a pre-paid pass for 10 sessions and receive a 20% discount off the total price. They also have loyalty cards where after 10 skating sessions, you’ll be able to skate for free on the 11th visit. Check out their school holiday ice skate session times here

We hope you enjoy the Darwin September and October School holidays 2021. Remember to check out our other blogs like the Top 10 Free things to do with kids in Darwin blog and the best walks and bike rides with kids in Darwin for some more great ideas to keep the kids entertained. You can even search the blog for topics you’re interested in.

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