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School Holiday Fun: 12 Things To Do with the Kids

School’s almost out (well, for a couple of weeks at least). Tassie kids are chomping at the bit to bust free of the shackles of their education… and boy oh boy, does that energy have to go somewhere!

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a dozen fun things to do with the kids during the school holidays.

1. Head up the mountain

A classic Hobart excursion! Even in spring, there’s the possibility of snow, which means the whole family can build snow people and toss snowballs at each other. Even if there’s no snow, it’s fun to check out the view of Hobart from the summit of kunanyi. To burn more energy, explore some of the walks around Wellington Park (the kids can chase waterfalls while you chase them).

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2. Head to the farm

Give your little city slickers a taste of country life with a little getaway at Curringa Farm at Hamilton. The whole family will love the farm tour (watching the working dogs in action is a highlight), while the adults in particular will enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine, taking in the beautiful scenery.

Curringa Farm
Image: @alchersone/Instagram

3. Go round the twist

Tragically, the youth of today missed out on the iconic Round The Twist series (FYI still watching for extra fingernails, ready for the mermaid life). The good news is, they can visit a historic lighthouse with a lot of character on a Bruny Island Lighthouse Tour (founder Craig actually lived in the lighthouse as a child). Hearing stories about life in the lighthouse on rugged Cape Bruny will capture the imagination of young and old (kids need to be aged 5+).

Southern Trove Tasmania have a family pass to give away—enter here by 24/09/2018.

Cape Bruny Lighthouse
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4. Jump aboard a yellow boat

Make sure it’s a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Boat, though! They have a great range of thrilling tours to choose from, including a Tasman Island Cruise and a Bruny Island Cruise. Zip around epic sea cliffs and points of interest, and look for seals, dolphins, whales (still in season), and seabirds. The whole family will have a blast!

Southern Trove Tasmania have a family pass to give away—enter here by 24/09/2018.

Bruny Island Cruises
Image: @mattdavis_insta/Instagram

5. Learn about convict life

The Port Arthur Historic Site offers a captivating glimpse into our convict past, and is a fantastic (and educational) day out. Explore the ruins of the notorious penal colony and discover the compelling stories of the convicts, soldiers and settlers who lived there. Meet cunning and criminal characters on the Escape from Port Arthur Tour. Complete the free kids’ activity book and the characters will be vividly brought to life as your little historians search for answers, solve puzzles, and collect stamps.

Port Arthur Historic Site
Image: @leighmckay25/Instagram

5. Go underground in the forest

A family excursion to Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs is an unforgettable experience, millions of years in the making. Descend underground on one of the regular tours and be awestruck by the giant dolomite cave and its spectacular subterranean formations. Adults and kids alike will enjoy swimming in the 28 degree pool, fed by thermal spring water, surrounded by lush ferns and forest. Make use of the BBQ and picnic facilities, explore the forest walks, and keep an eye out for wildlife.

Southern Trove Tasmania have two family passes to give away—enter here by 24/09/2018.

Hastings Caves
Image: @lkckathy/Instagram

7. Spin out

Your little thrillseekers will have an absolute blast on a Huon River Jet Boats tour—it’s a high-speed high-giggle experience! The river is beautiful to look at, and you’ll have time to appreciate the mirror-like reflections and lovely scenery as you spin and zip around.

Huon Jet Boat Rides
Image: @huon_jet/Instagram

8. Enjoy our parks & reserves

We are spoilt for choice with all of the amazing parks and reserves in Southern Tasmania! There are loads of walks that are kid friendly (try the 60 Great Short Walks for inspiration). Grab a Parks Pass and explore the Tasman National Park, Mount Field National Park, the Hartz Mountains National Park, the Southwest National Park, or the Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park.

Russell Falls
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9. Spend spring in the garden

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are a staple outing of all Hobart childhoods. Spring is a wonderful time to visit, with the scent of new flowers wafting through the gardens. You might even spot some adorable baby ducks in the pond! Take a picnic and make a day of it.

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Image: @kat_earle/Instagram

10. Explore the Hobart waterfront

A walk around the Hobart waterfront is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Stop at the wharf and treat the family to some fresh fish and chips right from the source. Have a stickybeak at the boats, check out the interesting sculptures, then wander up to Princes Park for a play on the pirate ship. You could also pop into TMAG and get some culture (or catch the ferry out to Mona).

Hobart waterfront
Image: @katypotaty77/Instagram

11. Visit Richmond (& learn about poo)

A day trip to Richmond is a bit like stepping back in time. Wander the charming Georgian village and grab a bite to eat (and some supplies from the lolly shop). Pop into the newly opened Pooseum—a uniquely fascinating exhibition all about poo (it’s not taboo)! Next, head down to the river and admire the historic sandstone bridge. Say hello to the ducks and see if you can spot any eels in the water!

Richmond Bridge
Image: @ourcoalvalley/Instagram

12. Meet the local wildlife

Nurture your wildlife warriors with a day out to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. The kids will love getting up close and personal with the animals (fair warning, the kangaroos are pretty slobbery when you feed them). It’s very inspiring to see firsthand the amazing work that the team do and learn all about our unique Tassie wildlife.

Kangaroo and Joey at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Image: @miss.tnb/Instagram

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

Related posts:
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Convict Ruins: Walk the Coal Mines Historic Site
Wandering Richmond: History, Picnics, Shopping, Food and Wine
Eat & Drink Bruny Island: Three Gourmet Tours That Pack A Lot In

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Isabel Galloway


For more great events in southern Tasmania, be sure to visit our Events page.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

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