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You don’t have to go far for fun this July school break – there’s sports, craft, cooking, acting, public speaking, puppet shows, robot making, rock music camp, and the amazing Winterland Festival with ice skating, rides and more…

Winterland, North Sydney

It’s the local arrival everyone is talking about! This July, St Leonards Park is being transformed into a winter wonderland for the school holidays with a huge crystal outdoor ice skating rink and snow slide. There will be skating sessions throughout the day and evening, and learn-to-skate lessons at 9am on Saturday mornings.

The 17-day winter festival opens on the evening of Friday July 6 with an ice show, featuring some of Australia’s best skaters. There will also be an opportunity to see experienced skaters during the session changeovers. Off the ice, Winterland provides activities for the young and young-at-heart, including rides on traditional favourites such as a Ferris Wheel and carousel. An Alpine food village, with outdoor heaters, will sell traditional European treats, including German hot dogs, Dutch pancakes and hot chocolate.

North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson said Council was delighted to be partnering with Stars on Ice to bring the event to the local area. “Ice skating is a fantastic activity that people of all ages can enjoy and I am sure our local families will be keen to include it in their holiday schedule. But you won’t have to skate to enjoy Winterland, the lights, food and rides will make it a magical day or evening out for everyone.”

For more information, including details of how to book skating sessions or lessons, visit winterlandsydney.com.au

Event details:

When: Friday evening July 6 (see website for times) – Sunday 22 July

Where: St Leonards Park, North Sydney

Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri 11am – 11pm, Sat  10am – 11pm, Sun 10am – 10pm

Skating Prices (including use of skates):

14 years and over: $22, 5 to 13 years: $18, 4 years and under: $12.

Learn to skate class (including a free second session) $30 all skaters

Penguin Hire                 $8

Ice Slide and rides        $4 – $10

See the website for online specials winterlandsydney.com.au and check with Groupon for a huge discount on tickets: https://www.groupon.com.au/deals/winterland-north-sydney

Kids Circle: Baking, Arts, Dance and more! Chatswood

If you are looking for your kids to cherish amazing memories during School Holidays, Kids Circle offers a great range of workshops for all tastes and interests to help unleash your child’s creativity. These run every school holidays with different activities and workshops to have fun and learn!”

Kids Circle is fast becoming a local favourite due in large part to the amazing activities on offer and the convenience for parents. There is the option to book workshops for just a half-day from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm, or a full-day from 8am-6pm. (Extended hours from 8am-9am and 4pm-6pm at no extra cost!)

 What’s on the agenda for July?

  • Kitchen Adventures – Learn from the Chef! Discover kitchen tricks while baking with our amazing Le Cordon Bleu Certified Chef Gene Cameron
  • Explore working with clay, sheer joy while painting on canvas or creating your own wind chime to take home on the day!
  • Be active – challenge your moves with our Dancing and Zumba sessions
  • Experience building with Kapla, Young Engineers and much more!

Spoilt for choice?  Bring a friend and book as many workshops as you like but please do so early as they book out fast! Half-day workshops start from just $55. And if you’re impressed by what’s on offer, make sure you check out their after-school program which includes classes in Mandarin, Spanish, Martial Arts, Dancing, Cooking, Visual Arts, STEM Projects and so much more.

Kids Circle is located close to Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre. For any queries please contact Carolina 0468 354 372, Grace 0405 195 225 or email info@kidscircle.com.au

You can book classes here www.kidscircle.com.au/holiday-program and view the website here: www.kidscircle.com.au

Special offer for Willoughby Living: 10% OFF using the code: WL-001


Little Legends Sports Program, Willoughby

Little Legends Sports is legendary in the local area. They have been keeping kids fit, healthy and happy since 2004 with a variety of fun multisports programs, “As the parents tell us ‘it’s the best way to entertain active kids during the holidays'”. The program aims to build a lasting love of exercise by creating an environment where children can have fun with friends while playing some of their favourite sports and games. All activities are suitable for both girls and boys of all athletic abilities.

Good to Know: For ages 4-12. Age groups and friends will be kept together. The program continues rain, hail or shine, with a large indoor area used during the day in case of bad weather. Children should wear suitable clothes for running around, as well as morning tea, lunch, a drink bottle, and a hat for outside play.

Cost: $70 per day, 9am to 3pm. Extended hours, 8am to 5pm additional $20.

When: Week 1 – Monday July 9, Tuesday July 10, Wednesday July 11, Thursday July 12, Friday July 13. Week 2 – Monday July 16, Tuesday July 17, Wednesday July 18, Thursday July 19, Friday July 20.

Location: Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Ave, Willoughby

Website: littlelegends.net.au


Sydney Speaking School, North Sydney

Imagine a fun school holiday course that will not only assist children at school, but set them up with skills for life and increase their confidence. Sydney Speaking School uses their team’s combined skills and years of experience to create fun and engaging courses in Public Speaking, Debating and Presentation Skills. The courses are extremely popular and tend to book out quickly! Some of the past testimonials include:

“My daughter was hesitant to attend initially but just after attending the first day she totally loved it. She enjoyed the interactive games, learning tools for public speaking and making new friends.” Joyce

“My son is starting high school this year and it’s fantastic to have a school like yours, offering these courses to young people. About the course, he found it enjoyable and extremely useful. Well done guys!” Bea

The courses on offer are for children in years 1-9. Classes are kept small to ensure lots of practice in a welcoming atmosphere, and are taught by an experienced coach. Whilst classes normally run between 9am to 3pm, parents are able to leave their children at the venue until 5pm for a small fee.

Cost: The 2-day courses range from $180-$220. The 3-day courses are between $240-$290.

When: 16 – 20 July

Location: Shore School, Blue Street, North Sydney

Website: www.sydneyspeaking.com.au

Big Music Holiday Rock Camp, Crows Nest


If your child has ever dreamed of being in a rock band, or just really likes music – Big Music at Crows Nest is the place to be these school holidays. Big Music has been running their Holiday Rock Camp program with great success, and all the staff are qualified musicians who are passionate about encouraging a love of music in their students. There’s no experience necessary with a course to suit all levels. The emphasis of the camp programs is on fun and participation in playing and performing popular music with other kids.

“Our popular Holiday Camps cater for all kids aged 6+ regardless of their prior musical experience. Each program runs for 4 days (9.30am-3.30pm) culminating in a performance for family and friends. Cost for the 4 days is $460, with optional early drop off/late pick up (8.30am-5.30pm) available each day for an additional $20 per hour. Places are limited and often sell out, PLUS all kids are invited to our new Ultimate Rock Party so ROCK ENROL NOW!!

Location: 85 Alexander Street, (Cnr Ernest Street) Crows Nest

Website:  www.bigmusic.com.au/


Puppeteria Theatre, Castle Cove

An absolute local gem, the Castle Cove Puppeteria has been delighting young audiences for many years. With a cast of over 1080 puppet characters and a repertoire of 123 puppet plays ranging from “The Three Bears” to “Wizard of Oz”, the Jeral Puppets have presented their colourful and exciting puppetry everywhere from the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House, to film and television studios in Singapore and Malaysia. Adults will no doubt be familiar with their most famous characters Murgatroid and his dog Fleabag, which were both created over 40 years ago. They still introduce and compere all the shows. Says owner John, “People were always requesting us to find a centrally located North Shore location and our Puppeteria Theatre at Castle Cove is ideal because it’s next to a lovely children’s playground, and has lots of free street parking.” The program for July includes:

The JERAL PUPPETS are presenting three exciting programs during the July school holidays:

“GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS “.. If you go down to the woods today… you’ll meet the Three Bears in a show for ages 2-5 years. It will be performed  by the JERAL PUPPETS on Tues 3, Fri 6, Sun 8, Tues 10, Thurs 12, Mon 16, Wed 18, Thurs 19, Sun 22, Mon 23 July at 10.30am.

“OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM”.  We went to visit a farm one day…. All your favourite farmyard animals are at Old MacDonald’s Farm, in stories, and rhymes for ages 2-5yrs, performed  by the JERAL PUPPETS on Mon 9, Wed 11, Fri 13 ,Sun 15 Tues 17, Fri 20 July at 10.30am.

“WIND IN THE WILLOWS” plus “THE RELUCTANT DRAGON” Kenneth Grahame’s two most famous stories: Mr Toad and his friends, Ratty and Mole battle to save Toad Hall from the evil Wild Wooders, plus the story of the Dragon who did not want to fight! JERAL PUPPETS present this show for ages 4 – 9 yrs on Tues 10, Thurs 12, Mon 16,  Wed 18, Thurs 19  July at 1.30pm.

Admission is $12.00 per child and $15.00 per adult, and tickets can be booked on 93717328. The Puppeteria is located at 12H Denawen Ave, Castle Cove.

Please visit the website for more www.puppeteria.com

Applause Musical Theatre Academy, Willoughby, St Ives and Lindfield

Would your child or teen fancy a bit of royalty these holidays? At our “Royal” holiday workshops, budding performers will have a right royal old time singing and dancing to songs from fun, popular musicals fit for Kings and Queens! Script-work (from Year 3 and up) and acting games are included too. After the performance on the last day each performer will leave singing happily ever after! Crowns & Tiaras permitted.

Workshops from July 9 to 20 in FOUR convenient North Shore locations – Willoughby, St Ives, Killarney Heights and Lindfield.

Two-day workshops for kids from K-2 and three-day workshops (Years 3-6 and Years 6-12).

For more information and to book click here: https://www.applausemta.com.au/workshops1.html

Special offer for Willoughby Living members: use WL5OFF in the Promo Code to get 5% off!


Magical World of Crazy Science and Lah Lah 10th Birthday Party, NORTHS Cammeray


We’re so lucky to have NORTHS’ theatre on our doorstep, tickets are always kept at an affordable price and their beautiful family friendly dining space downstairs is so handy for lunch afterwards. These holidays there are two shows for kids. On Thursday July 12, there’s the Magical World of Crazy Science: “A unique mix of Science, Magic, Humour and the Arts! Take a wild ride with your host Richard Scholes through his “Magical World of Crazy Science” & witness…. giant columns of Elephant Toothpaste, Rockets Zooming, massive Smoke Rings, Toilet Paper flying, giant Bubbles and billowing Concoctions. Have you ever seen someone’s head growing before your very eyes? Add to this a hilarious mix of comedy & interactive ‘Scientrific’ magic from an Award Winning Entertainer and you have one very engaging Science Show not to be missed! Tickets are just $10 each. Doors open at 10.30am for an 11am show. Bookings can be made here: https://www.norths.com.au/events/magical-world-of-crazy-science/


On the following Thursday July 19, the very popular Lah-Lah and friends will be celebrating their 10th birthday. “Come and party with stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday in 2018. Lah-Lah and the band will be touring their 10th Birthday Party ‘best of’ album through SONY Music, following their 2017 ARIA nominated release Having Fun. It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs. And don’t forget everyone gets to meet the band, and the instruments, after the show. It’s going to be a great party, and you’re invited! Tickets are $26.50. Doors open at 9.30am for a 10am show. Bookings can be made here: https://www.norths.com.au/events/lah-lah-10th-birthday-party/

PROJECT ROBOT’s ‘Come Build a Robot’ Workshops, Chatswood

Did you know about this incredible tech wonderland for kids at Chatswood? Project Robot provides robotics + technology training for students from pre-primary to high school. They do birthday party packages and weekly school term classes, and this school holidays they will be running ‘Build a Robot’ workshops everyday of the week!

“Here at Project Robot, our programs are designed to be fun and to encourage play, creativity and curiosity. Our classes are aimed to educate and inspire future inventors! Our students learn to build and program their very own robotics projects, and develop important life skills along the way. We are located centrally in Chatswood, and our studio is a fantastic space that has been designed especially for learning. Come for a free trial class and experience our difference.”

Project Robot’s school holiday workshops (and classes) are for students between ages 4 to 14 (with all levels catered for). You can expect:

  • A tailored program created for each individual student – this means they can cater for beginners as well as advanced students.
  • All students will be working on their own projects that are suitable for their abilities.
  • The workshop program will either be project based with pre-planned robotics projects, or mission based with pre-planned individual challenges.
  • Come on any number of days/ any number of sessions.

Dates: 9 July (Monday) – 13 July (Friday)  9am to 12pm, and 16 July (Monday) – 20 July (Friday)  2pm to 5pm

They are now open for term 3 enrolment. Get in quick to take advantage of their Early Bird discount!

See the website for more information: http://projectrobot.com.au/courses-workshops/


NAIDOC Week, Chatswood

With 2018 NAIDOC Week falling in the school holidays, children have the unique opportunity to learn more about and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with the following school holiday events:

Legacy of Aboriginal Women and Aboriginal Culture:

Celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to our communities. Suitable for children aged 5 and over, this hands-on session will see children learning about tools, weapons and plants, face painting with okra, dancing and art work.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:00am

Address: MOSAIC Multicultural Centre, 12 Brown St, Chatswood

Cost: $5

Bookings are essential. To secure your booking, we appreciate your advance payment at the Centre. You can contact MOSAIC on 9777 7952 or email mosaic@willoughby.nsw.gov.au


Kinder Dreaming: Indigenous Story Telling

“Join us for this fun, interactive program with games, stories and live didgeridoo playing to celebrate and introduce little ones to Australian Indigenous culture. Suitable for children aged 3-6 years and their carers.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 11:30 am

Address: Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Cost: Free

Bookings essential: Bookings opens Monday July 2. Bookings are only required for each child attending, and not the accompanying adult. Contact Willoughby City Library on 9777 7900 or email library@willoughby.nsw.gov.au