Spring has sprung in Sydney, and we are not only overflowing with colour and life in the natural world, but overflowing with fun and activities for visitors. Here are the ten best activities to do in Centennial Parklands this season.
#10: MasterChef Live!
Tickets are now on sale!
This ultimate foodie event turns Moore Park into a festival of cooking for three delicious days and features an all-star line-up of top chefs including George Calombaris, Matt Moran, Maggie Beer, Adriano Zumbo, Darren Robertson, Vincent Gadan, Kylie Kwong, Miguel Maestre and many more.
5-7 October 2012. Find out more.
#9: Kids vs Wild
In keeping with our development of opportunities for kids to learn and play outdoors, this survival session features the survival priority of foraging and tracking for wild food. Learn about some of the types of animal evidence left behind to help track a prey item and investigate the types of “bush plants” that may be eaten. For the 5-12 year olds.
4 October 2012. Find out more.
#8: Peter Solness Night Magic Workshop
Night Tree in the Park – by Peter Solness
Now an institution in Centennial Park. Imagine creating your own visually spectacular night photos. You can, and you need little to no knowledge before you try! Renowned night photographer, Peter Solness, developed these workshops as a result of much interest from visitors to his exhibition, ‘Illuminated Landscape’ at the Superintendents Residence at Centennial Park.
21 September, 26 October, 30 November 2012. Find out more.
#7: Cirque du Soleil – Ovo
Cirque du Soleil returns to Australia with a spectacular production for the whole family, presented under the trademark blue-and-yellow Big Top. OVO is a headlong rush into a colourful eco-system teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. If you’ve never experienced Cirque du Soleil, don’t miss this one!
13 September to 25 November 2012. Find out more.
#6: Springtime Spotlight Prowl
Spotlight Prowl in Centennial Park
Returning for spring! Centennial Parklands is home to a variety of nocturnal creatures, from Brush-tail possums, to one of Sydney’s largest colonies of grey headed flying fox. Join our experienced Rangers for a night time walk who use a powerful but harmless spotlight to point out our nocturnal residents and tell stories about their night-time adaptations. This is one of Centennial Parklands most popular programs so book early to avoid disappointment.
5 October 2012. Find out more.
#5: Tiny tots horse camp
You’re never too young to expeience the wonders of riding a horse…well, for the 4-6 year olds, this is their chance! Tiny tots are invited to a 2-day camp run by Centennial Stables, a riding school located in the Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre. First time offering in the Parklands.
24 to 25 September, 1 to 2 October 2012. Find out more.
#4: CP Bush Rangers Day Camp
Another firm favourite that encourages outdoor learning and exploration through the ‘wild play’ program. Kids enjoy a day of wildlife, bushcrafts, outdoor challenges, games and free play all in the great outdoors of Centennial Parklands. All programs are led by experienced staff who specialise in introducing nature and the outdoors to school age children in a safe, fun and challenging environment. Activities are designed to allow children to play outside, to take part in problem solving and cooperative challenges. For parents who want an alternative to screen time!
3 October 2012. Find out more.
#3: The Biggest Comedy Show on Earth
A firm favourite returns – don’t miss it this year! A show for those of short attention span. 10 comics take to the stage for about 10 minutes each over 2 hours in a fast paced showcase of non stop laughs. A traditional comedy club show featuring a variety lineup of the best Australian & international talent, plus Australia’s brightest rising stars.
6 to 22 September 2012. Find out more.
#2: Spooks in the Park
Be very, very, careful. It’s Spook season! Centennial Park will be overrun with ghosts, goblins and ghouls on our newest Halloween event. Follow a map to find lots of ghostly games to play, climb through the nightmare spider’s web and get chased by zombies! Starting out from the Education Precinct in Centennial Park this event is all shivery fun.
27 October 2012. Find out more.
#1: AFTRS Open Young Filmmakers Bootcamp
A new joint initiatve
The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) Open Young Filmmakers Bootcamp is for young people aged between 9-12 years. In five days teams of young filmmakers will write, plan, shoot, edit and screen a short film. This fun and engaging program will enable young people to create a story of their own and apply the skills and knowledge learnt to create their film. The Bootcamp will be held in the Learning Centre of one of Australia’s most iconic filming locations; Centennial Parklands which has been proud to be the location for many high profile films including Wolverine and the Great Gatsby. The outdoor setting of the Parklands will inspire the young filmmakers on their quest to emulate some of the world’s most famous directors when they shout “Action!”.
24 to 28 September 2012. Find out more.
Bookings now being taken!
So, there you go. Ten great activities and events to be part of this spring. There are many, many more available – just download our brochure (PDF, 2.7MB) to learn more, or visit our online What’s On section on our website.
What has been your favourite event or activity in Centennial Parklands? Post your recommendations here.