Plenty for kids to do over Easter holidays

It will be easy for parents to keep boredom at bay these school holidays, with activities on offer for active, creative and curious kids.

There is, of course, the Royal Easter Show. Alongside the rides, animals, exhibits and showbags that delight the crowds, this year's show has a new interactive Dinosaur Adventures exhibition with life-size animated reptiles from the Jurassic age.

The Sydney Family Show at Moore Park is on a smaller scale but also features rides, showbags and an animal nursery, plus racing pigs and a ''dinosaur zoo''.

Sydney Olympic Park is home to the Kids in the Park program that has more than 50 activities, many of them low-cost or free. Children can try archery, the flying trapeze and other circus skills, sign up for a sports camp or tackle a bike trail.

Youngsters who like to be hands-on will love Game Masters at the Powerhouse Museum, which has more than 100 playable games.

At the State Library children can design bookplates, make art or join an illustrating workshop. The Art Gallery of NSW's exhibition of Afghani treasures has influenced holiday events. There are a treasure and jewels workshop, and musical and theatrical activities.

At the Opera House, Pinocchio has been revamped for ages 7 and above as a ''rocking music theatre spectacular'', and Oliver Jeffers' picture book, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, has been adapted for the stage.

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