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Fun is free these school holidays at the Darwin Waterfront

Get the kids out of the house and down to the Darwin Waterfront these school holidays with an exciting three-week program of free activities offered every weekday from 10am.

The activities include; waterslides, sailing and nippers, soccer, giant bubble play, circus and balloon twisting workshops.

New to this school holiday program are activities with a focus on educating kids on the importance of preserving the environment through reusing, recycling and upcycling. Children can build a city and make their own robots and garden mobiles using upcycled materials.

Also new to the program is ‘sponge bomb wars’ where children can create their own sponge bombs before using them as ammunition to hit targets and each other in a delineated arena.

All activities are targeted towards primary school aged children from 5 to 12 years. The diverse program of activities range from sports to the arts, and enables children to get hands-on and learn new skills.

Parental supervision is required for the nippers program and encouraged for all other activities.

Patrons are reminded to be sun-smart and bring sunscreen, a hat and plenty of drinking water.

An undercover waterproof pavilion has been placed next to the playground and will be used for workshops as well as provide a shady spot for family and friends to rest over the school holiday period.

After the school holiday fun, families can stay a little longer and enjoy a picnic or lunch at a nearby café or restaurant.

The Wave Lagoon is open every day from 10am to 6pm. $18 gets a family of two adults and three kids all day entry, single entry is $5 for children and seniors, or $7 for adults. 

Alternatively, families can purchase a Darwin Waterfront Membership which includes unlimited entry into the Wave Lagoon and a minimum 10% off at over 30 businesses until 6pm daily for one year, cost is $125.

Families can also enjoy the free Recreation Lagoon, which is fully patrolled by lifeguards from 9am to 6pm daily.

Besides the water activities, families can also play beach volleyball and 3x3 basketball for free on full-sized courts seven days a week.

On Sunday 26 January 2020, kick-off your Australia Day celebrations with the Oz Run which starts at the Darwin Convention Centre and finishes in the parklands with live music, a sausage sizzle, beach volleyball in the recreational lagoon, and best dressed competition with giveaways and prizes.

For more information, or to download your school holiday calendar, visit or the Darwin Waterfront Facebook page.


Media contact: Paola McCarthy, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

January 2020 School Holiday Program