We’ve searched the local area for the best and most varied school holiday options to keep kids happy this April… and just look what we found!
Aqua Park, Northbridge Baths
When Aqua Park first popped up at beautiful Northbridge Baths last year it was a local sensation. Returning to the Baths these school holidays by popular demand, the inflatable obstacle course promises splashtastic fun for the whole family. Designed for ages 6 years and over, the course offers physical challenges whilst promising the ultimate in water play enjoyment. There are slides, climbing wall, jumping pillow, multiple dive, swing and jump points, and much more. Participants can make a day of it and enjoy all the Northbridge Baths has to offer. Onsite facilities include netted bathing area, hot showers, a coin operated BBQ and free parking. And the water temperature at this time of year is at its warmest!
Good to Know: Children aged 6-9 years need to have an adult accompany them on the Park – an adult can accompany up to two children. Aqua Park’s friendly staff and fully qualified Lifeguards will ensure you experience the ultimate in Aqua adventure whilst providing a safe environment. Spaces are limited for each session so to avoid disappointment, book online and reserve your space via the website. All participants are also required to complete the Ride agreement before going on the Park which can also be done ahead of time on our website. Be sure to allow plenty of time on the day – aim to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the session time. For group bookings or any further enquiries, please contact Aqua Park on 1300 AQUA PARK or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: Tickets are $20 for children, $25 for adults, and combo tickets are available for adults accompanying children. Each session starts on the hour and includes life jacket, safety briefing and 50 minutes on the Park.
When: April 14-29, 10am-4pm
Location: Northbridge Baths, 2 Widgiewa Rd, Northbridge
Kids Circle: Cooking, Arts, Crafts, Dance and more!, Chatswood
Kids Circle offers an amazing range of workshops for all tastes and interests to help unleash your child’s creativity these school holidays.
What’s on the agenda?:
- Kitchen Adventures – have some fun cooking with certified Le Cordon Bleu Chef, Gene Cameron.
- Sing! Dance! Perform! – singing and dancing workshops including ‘The Voice’ and ‘Disco Party’.
- Explore Origami and the joy of painting on canvas.
- Bath Time Bliss – have fun making hand-made soaps and bath bombs.
- Sweet Dreams – challenge your crafty skills by creating your own dream catcher.
- Beading, clay, mandalas, garden art and much more!
Good to Know: Workshops are for ages 5-12. If you’re spoilt for choice, you can book as many workshops as you like but please do so early as they book out fast. You can also book workshops for a full-day (8am-6pm) or just half a day (either 9am-12.30pm or 1pm-4pm). If you love the sound of what Kids Circle has to offer, please see their after-school program on the website which includes classes in Mandarin, Spanish, Martial Arts, Dancing, Cooking, Visual Arts and so much more. For any queries please contact Carolina 0468 354 372, Grace 0405 195 225 or email: email@example.com
Cost: Morning 9am-12.30pm $57, Afternoon (1pm-4pm) $52, Full Day (8am-6pm) $99 – extended hours 8am-9am and 4pm-6pm are FREE at Kids Circle! All materials and ingredients are included.
Location: 28 Chatswood Ave, Chatswood. Kids Circle is located close to Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre and offers free onsite parking.
Sydney Speaking School: Public Speaking and Debating,
If you’re looking for something new, fun and educational these school holidays, that will give your child skills and confidence to last a lifetime, it’s worth booking them into one of Sydney Speaking School’s range of Public Speaking and Debating programs. But do it fast because these 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, and include:
- Early Primary Presentation Skills
- Beginners Speaking Camp
- Continuers Speaking Camp
- Continuers Public Speaking
- Introduction to Debating
- Debating Club
- Foundations of Public Speaking
- Foundations of Debating
- Practice Debates
Good to Know: 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. Please click here for details.
When: Various days on week one of the April school holidays – Monday 16th-Friday 20th. Please click here for specific course dates.
Location: Shore School, Blue Street, North Sydney
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 – Daily from Mon 16th-Fri 20th April. Week 2 – Mon 23rd, Tues 24th. Thu 26th, Fri 27th. 9am to 3pm (with extended hours available).
Location: Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Ave, Willoughby
Adventure Camp, Northbridge and Mosman
Adventure Camp is what parents and children dream of when it comes to a school holiday activity. With the tagline ‘No kids left inside’, there is also an amazing philosophy that runs through the core of the program. “We believe that kids learn through adventure and the best adventures are had outdoors. Studies agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. As parents we want our kids to be able to gain great life skills and learn to feel safe and have fun outdoors. That’s why we started Adventure Camp.”
There are two, three and four day camps to choose from. On each day, there are challenging outdoor and problem solving activities, and a storyline for the duration of the camp. At the end of each activity the kids discover a clue. On the last day these clues come together so the kids can solve a mystery. Activities are on land and water, and can include sailing, rafting, snorkelling, water games, building something, scavenger hunts, map reading, beach games, and more.
Good to Know: Adventure Camp is for boys and girls in primary school, aged 7-12. The day is generally broken up into four separate periods of activity – and plenty of rest is provided for lunch, morning & afternoon tea and drinks. Each Adventure Camp is run by highly experienced staff and instructors who work with children on a daily basis. All staff hold current First Aid certificates, and have completed a ‘Working with Children’ check.
Cost: 2 Day Camp -$194.95, 3 Day Camp – $289.95, 4 Day Camp – $369.95
When: Northbridge Camp 1 23-24th April (Almost Sold Out), Northbridge Camp 2 – 26-27th April, Chowder Bay Camp – 18-20th April.
Location: Northbridge Sailing Club, Bethwaite Lane, Northbridge, and Chowder Bay, Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman.
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.
- The Ultimate Rock Experience. An “entry level” program for kids with little or no prior musical experience, or who are keen to try a few new instruments. Participants are typically 6-12 years old.
- Holiday Rock Show: For kids who have been learning an instrument for at least one year. A short audition may be required for first timers. Participants are typically 10+ years of age. Students work hands-on with their pro musician coach to prepare for a live rock show in front of family and friends at the end of the week. Along the way they’ll spend time developing their musicianship, rehearsing, songwriting, learning stagecraft and interacting with other young musicians. It’s the coolest and most authentic rock star experience any kid could have!
Good to Know: Each program runs for 4 days (9:30am-3:30pm) culminating in a performance for family and friends! All coaches have Working with Children certification and students are supervised by first aid certified staff at all times. Optional early drop off / late pick up is available for $20/ hour.
Cost: $460 for four days.
When: Monday April 16 – Thursday April 19, and Monday April 23 – Friday 27 April (excluding Wednesday April 25).
Location: 85 Alexander Street, (Cnr Ernest Street) Crows Nest
Whoosh Club: Create and Perform Workshop, Neutral Bay
Whoosh Club is a recent and welcome addition to local children’s activities options. During the term their after-school service delivers a fresh approach as an activity ‘hub’ with several exciting activities to choose from. In their beautiful and convenient bespoke space, they pride themselves on ensuring that your child is entertained, stimulated, challenged and kept safe. These school holidays they are partnering with Big Wild Imagination, who are well-known in the local area for encouraging children to explore their creativity through amazing art play experiences, while promoting positive social interactions, problem solving skills, independence and instilling confidence. The collaboration has produced a wonderful opportunity for children to participate in a two day workshop creating their very own production – complete with sound and visual design. It will be led by March Churchill, who is formerly from NIDA.
Good to Know: The workshop is open to primary school children. The cost for the workshop includes attendance at both days and delicious, healthy meals. A family performance will be held at the conclusion of the workshop. This workshop sold out last school holidays so please book quickly.
Cost: $160 for both days.
When: April 23/24, 8.15am-5.30pm.
Location: Level 1, 129-133 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Watt Park Treasure Hunt and More!, Lavender Bay
Join Stanton Library’s Children’s and Local History teams for a fun-filled school holiday activity celebrating the history of the local area.
There will be stories, songs, artefact show and tell, and a treasure hunt in Watt Park, one of North Sydney’s most beautiful green spaces, just next door to Lavender Bay and Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden.
Good to Know: Best suited to ages 5+ and bookings are essential.
When: Thursday April 19, 11am-12pm.
Location: Watt Park, Lavender Bay.
Website: click here for bookings.
Games Boy ’18 Comedy Workshop, Chatswood
“Sean Murphy is a young comedian who is a gifted entertainer and knows how to cleverly combine creative thinking and a sense of humour into his show.” Children five years and over are invited to attend this comedy workshop followed by an interactive workshop.
Good to Know: This event is being held at the MOSAIC Centre in Chatswood, which hosts other school holiday activities, including cooking, craft, and kids’ yoga. You can view the program by clicking here. All bookings can be made by contacting MOSAIC on 9777 7952 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Wednesday 18 April, 12.30-2.30pm.
Location: MOSAIC Multicultural Centre, 12 Brown St, Chatswood
Cinderella’s Dance Party, Chatswood
Cinderella’s Dance Party is a highly interactive show with lots of singing, dancing and special characters that will enchant children these school holidays as they help Cinderella recover her silver shoe so that they can all go to the Royal Dance Party!
Learn some funky dance routines from Cinderella, boo the Wicked Step Sisters, and play funny, royal games, as characters like the Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming and the Great Kazoo leap to life in flashy costumes accompanied by catchy music and fun interactive activities.
Good to Know: You can pre-purchase tickets by clicking here. Children are invited to come dressed as a prince or princess for the dance party and bring along a toy or book for the Children’s Hospital Toy Appeal.
When: Thursday, April 26, 10:30am – 11.30am.
Location: Zenith Theatre, Railway St, Chatswood.
Website: Zenith Theatre