The Planner: Kids


Mini Einsteins can get their fix at a series of science workshops run by the CSIRO during the school holidays. Workshops are held all over Sydney, at North Ryde, Stanmore, Caringbah, Castle Hill, Hornsby, Oatley, Randwick, Concord, Crows Nest, Curl Curl and Parramatta, and are split into junior and intermediate programs. The activities include building a working propeller, making your own alarm clock, constructing and programming a Lego robot, experimenting with balloons and making a catapult. Until January 22, 9.30am-3.30pm, various locations, $95, 9490 8677,


Take your family to Sydney Observatory to view space through its giant telescopes while enjoying pizza, drinks and a Milky Way dessert. If the weather is overcast, a planetarium session and star map workshop are offered. Suitable for ages five and older. Tuesdays until January 22, 7.30-9.15pm, Sydney Observatory, Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, adults $30, children $25 (four years and older), family $85, 9921 3485,


The Art Gallery of NSW is running holiday drawing workshops in conjunction with the Dobell Prize for Drawing, the most respected award for drawing in Australia. Children get to tour through the exhibition and learn a range of drawing techniques using easels and a variety of different dry materials. Tuesdays-Thursdays until January 17, various times, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, five- to eight-year-olds $30, nine- to 13-year-olds $35, family (three- to five-year-old with adult) $30, 9225 1740,


Design and create your own mini raft or boat from materials you can find in the natural environment. You will have opportunities to test your boat ahead of the “float your boat” challenge — the person who keeps their boat afloat the longest is the winner. Suitable for ages five to 12. Today, 12.30-2.30pm, the Learning Centre, off Dickens Drive, Centennial Park, $19, 9339 6699,

This story The Planner: Kids first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.