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Winter has arrived which means many parents are scratching their heads trying to figure out how they are going to entertain their kids on the weekends. As well as looking for ways to use those NSW Stay vouchers and Parents NSW vouchers you have forgotten about! We have done the hard work for you and rounded up some great ideas on how to keep the kids occupied without breaking the bank.


Be inspired by The ‘Young Archies’ The Archibald Prize for children


In case you weren’t aware, the famous Australian portraiture competition has now created a separate Archibald competition specifically for kids to submit their artworks into. The ten Young Archies finalists from each children’s age category are displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW from 5 June to 26 September 2021 and the honourable mentions are featured at the SH Ervin Gallery. It is a great opportunity for your budding artists to get inspired, or support their peers in their artistic endeavors. And the adults can enjoy our exclusive Archibald Stay Package with Luxury Club Sofitel Room and food & beverage exclusive deals. Take a look here.


Visit The Art Gallery of NSW for family fun


The Art Gallery of NSW is located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. The best part is that admission to the Gallery is free and their family art programs encourage childhood creativity and family bonding. A true playbox for the imagination, The Art Gallery allows families to look, think, create and play like an artist. On Wednesdays till Sundays the Gallery will hold Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art guided tour, to help your children learn about the traditional First Nations Peoples.


Relax at Observatory Hill Park


It is not only a great place for children to play and enjoy, but Observatory Hill Park’s beautiful view is perfect for parents who want to relax. A popular central spot not only with visitors but locals, Observatory Hill Park offers panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge for free. Only a quick walk from our luxurious hotel Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.


Discover the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia celebrates the work of living artists, bringing exceptional exhibitions of international and Australian art to over a million visitors every year. There are plenty of events happening year-round, perfect for families to discover contemporary art and have fun playful learning experiences. They have a mixture of free and ticketed events and programs for children aged 0 –12 years. There is truly something for every child!


Explore Green Square Library


The underground Green Square Library features a water play area in the outside plaza, public artworks, a dedicated kids’ area with books and DVDs, vintage game stations for rent, a piano for hire, a sunken garden, kid-friendly cafe and take-home makerspace kits for kids aged 5+. The library also runs school holiday workshops and story time sessions.


Take a pottery class in the city with the kids


This is a great one, as kids of all ages can participate and it lets them tap into their creative side. You don’t have to sit on the sidelines and can get involved as well. There are plenty scattered around the city and conveniently a short walk away from public transport. Click here for pottery classes nearby


Take an underwater journey at SEALIFE Sydney Aquarium


The Aquarium is the perfect choice in winter when you want to entertain the kids for hours but still stay warm indoors. The SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is home to over 13,000 aquatic animals in over 90 tanks. It's an experience the kids will remember forever and it is an educational one as well. Take your time strolling through the glass tanks (and the glass tunnel) or enjoy one of many shows held throughout the day.


We hope these tips have been helpful. We recommend using your NSW Stay and NSW Parents government vouchers at these events. Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, with its centralized Sydney CBD location and convivence due to proximity to sites like Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, makes it a perfect choice to stay for a staycation during the break. The break shouldn’t only be time off for your kids but yourself as well. Experience 5-star state of the art luxury and let us take the stress out of the school holidays with facilities like our customizable My Bed's and in-room dining.