Our Top 5 FREE October School Holiday Activities


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FREE October School Holiday Fun

As a parent School Holidays can bring with it a mix bag of emotions. From enjoyment, relief, stress and mayhem (depending on the day or hour really!) It can be a welcomed break to the routine. The early rises, having to be at school on time, lunch box packing and the busy weeks just flying by. The school holidays can welcome a more “relaxed” start to the day but also can be challenging to keep the kids entertained. The upcoming Darwin October school holidays are only a one week break (2nd October to 8th October) so they are pretty manageable. Although it is always handy to know what is happening and where to go. Darwin Family Life has rounded up our Top 5 FREE October school holidays activities for you to check out with your kids.

Darwin October School Holidays Guide

1) Darwin Waterfront

The Darwin Waterfront are great for catering for the older kids in the holidays. Their week of school holiday activities include building a solar car (Monday 2nd Oct), Circus Workshop (Tuesday 3rd Oct), Rock painting workshop (Wednesday 4th October), Miniroos soccer (Thursday 4th October) and Swim, save and survive with Royal Life Saving NT (Friday 5th October).

They also have a three free movies under the stars on their lawns from 7pm. Saturday 30th of September is the BFG and Sunday 1st of October they are showing the Race the Sun (ending the World Solar family festival). The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Family Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary at the Waterfront on Sunday 1st of October from 10am till 4pm. Inspired by the future of solar and renewable energy technology. This festival will include food, stalls, live music and more free family fun! Plus free kids science activities from Questacon.

Another free movie under the stars will be held on Saturday 7th October – Finding Dory! Enjoy the last few weeks of getting out and about before humidity and the wet weather kicks in!

2) George Brown Botanical Gardens Healthy Holiday Fun – Thursday 5th of October

It’s a fun filled jammed packed day at the Botanic Gardens on Thursday! Kicking off from 9am till 1pm there is something for kids of all ages to enjoy. There will be water tag with KJS Entertainment and waterslides, magician fun and magic workshop with Hyper the Clown, Prizes to be won from Darwin Ice Skating Territory Wildlife Park and Kingpin!

Other fun includes: Animal Encounters, Face painting, games with Healthy Living NT and Water Warrior Obstacle Course.

Balloon Making, Kids activities with NT Parks and Wildlife, Rock painting with NT Rocks, Magic photo booth, Hector the Cat, DJ Kevin and so much more!

Remember to bring your sunscreen, water bottles, food available (cash purchases only) or BYO picnic!

3) Public Libraries

City of Darwin Libraries

Get creative and at one of the FREE Arty Brellas workshops run at each of the four City of Darwin Libraries. Paint and decorate your own umbrella for ages 5 and over. Arty Brellas sessions will be run from 2.30pm to 4pm at each library throughout the week (except Friday). Monday – City Library, Tuesday – Karama Library, Wednesday – Nightcliff Library, Thursday Casuarina Library. Booking online here.

Movies – watch one of the free movies on their big screen at the Casuarina and Karama libraries. Bring your own bean bag. Movies showing include Zooptopia (Monday 2nd at Casuarina), Moana (Wednesday 4th at Karama) and Despicable Me 3 (Friday 6th Casuarina) all movie sessions commence at 2pm.

There is also a Where’s Wall Scavenger Hunt to celebrate 40 years of Where’s Wally!! Participate at any City of Darwin library and you could win a Where’s Wally prize pack! Very cool indeed!! We love find a books in our house!

Palmerston Library

Have Free workshops for kids aged 5-12yrs including the Picasso Inspired Cubism on Tuesday 3rd October, NT Rocks painting workshop on Wednesday 4th October and Rainmakers on Thursday 5th October. All sessions require bookings which can be made online here

4) Fun in the Parks and Fun Bus run by City of Darwin

The Fun in the Parks are FREE events put on by City of Darwin including a variety of activities aimed at children 5yrs plus from 10am to Noon.

Monday 2nd October – at Sunset Park Aralia Street Nightcliff (just down from the Jetty) there will be Fabric Bird making with Janie Andrews.

Wednesday 4th October – at the Sound Shell Mindil Beach near the playground. There will a fun activities in conjunction with Territory Child Care Group.

Friday 6th October – at Yanyula Park Anula behind the Anula Shops. Bugs and Beads with Janie Andrews.

Fun Bus is a mobile playgroup that is aimed at 0-5 year olds and operates 9.30-11.30am at various parks and playgrounds around Darwin. Monday (Bagot Community), Tuesday (Wanguri Park), Wednesday (Jingli Watergardens), Thursday (Yanyula Park Anula), Civic Park (Smith St Darwin City). Please bring a piece of fruit to share.

5) Bunnings Kids workshops

Palmerston and Darwin Bunnings have a variety of FREE kids workshops on 11am till 12 noon on various days. The activities including making a butterfly net, wood workshops and painting garden creatures. To make a booking and see all the dates click here for Palmerston and here for Darwin

We hope this gives you an idea of all the FREE fun activities coming up for the school holidays. You could also take your kids to visit a new playground you haven’t been to before. Check out our playgrounds page for some ideas.

Also sign up here for our Darwin Top 10 Family Fun Activities!

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