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School holiday activities for under $30

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Autumn school holidays are about to begin in New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT, whilst the remaining states are about to head back to school on the 11th April.

The most difficult part of the school holidays for parents and carers is finding ways to keep the kids entertained without burning a hole in their pocket. This week we'll cover some activities for those living in Sydney and Perth.

So here's a list of activities for under $30 a day that will hopefully keep the kids and adults happy over the Autumn break.

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Sydney

Kids in the Park: Located at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, this school holiday program has been going since 2004 and offers all kinds of activities from bike riding to art and craft workshops. There is a large range of activities to choose from and some are free, whereas others have fees starting from $10 (Escape the Museum). Ideal for all ages.

Shakespeare by the Bay: Shakespeare company, Bard on the Beach, will be performing Hamlet under the stars at Robertson Park in Watson's Bay over two weekends. Opening night is Friday April 8 at 7.30pm and closing night is Sunday April 17, 2016 at 6.30pm. Children $15 and Adults $30. Take along a blanket and picnic. Ideal for all ages.

Convict Pirates: Head to Hyde Park Barracks to find out about the Greek pirates who were transported to New South Wales as convicts and the antics they got up to. Make your own pirate hat and help solve the mystery of the hidden treasure! Arrr, Matey! General tickets $15 and member tickets $10 (which includes one accompanying adult). Ages 5+

Kite- flying at Rouse Hill House and Farm: Grab some friends and get down to Rouse Hill and Farm for a tour of the house, a school lesson back in time and then some kite-flying. General tickets $8 Concession $4, Family $17. Members are free. Ideal for all ages.

Perth

What's 2 Eat?: Get the kids cooking these holidays using fresh whole foods at What's 2 Eat in Wanneroo. Single classes run from 10am and 1pm for 90 minutes, Monday to Friday over the school holidays. Cost is $25 per session. These classes are for ages 3-16, however parents with children aged 3 to 5 years will be asked to stay and assist.

Scitech School Holiday Programs: Catering for children aged 4 to 16, Scitech in West Perth opens up its CSIRO Lab over the holidays to offer a number of fun scientific workshops. Listen to a reading of the classic Dr Seuss story, "Green eggs and ham" before making your own slimy green eggs or learn the secret code that unlocks the mysteries of "Numbers in Nature". At the time of writing, workshops were filling up so hop to it if you want to secure a spot. Members $12, Non-members $15.

Whiteman Park: There's a whole range of holiday activities at Whiteman Park, just 22 km north of Perth. Become an artefact investigator and dig, document, display and discover. This will suit children aged 7 to 13 years old and costs $10 for children, $3 for adults. EnviroFEST 2016 is on Sunday, April 10 from 11am to 4pm. It's free and is suitable for all ages. Activities for kids include eco-craft activities, face painting, fairy fun and more!

Western Australian Museum: Take your pick from numerous activities on at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle or the WA Museum in Perth. Kids can explore "Treasure from Another Time" and make their own gold neckpiece at the WA Museum, which is suited to all ages. $2 per craft activity. For children aged 5 to 15, you might want to visit "Submerse yourself" at the WA Maritime Museum and make your periscope. Children $3, Adults $10. Children under 5 are free.

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