You may not be able to venture out, but these school holidays there’s a whole world of entertainment, activities and fun for kids – and all from the comfort of home.
Big Music Online: Local music-class legends Big Music are moving online for these school holidays with a Live & Interactive Music Camp for kids aged 5-12. No musical experience, or instrument, is required. The emphasis is on fun, creative musical activities including songwriting, singing and electronic music production. The camps run for 2 hours each day, 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm. All kids need is a quiet space and a device (preferably with a large screen – i.e. computer or tablet) with internet access.
Kids will rotate through three virtual classrooms with three different coaches at 35 minute intervals, with 5 minute breaks in between. At the end of each session the coaches will set the kids up with additional fun, creative activities they can carry on with until the next day.
The Camp Program is designed so that minimal parental involvement or supervision is required, other than to get the sessions set up (using the links we will send you) and switching to the next session / coach at 35 minute intervals, while the kids take a short break from their screens.
The 4 day camp for the first week is $180 and the 5 day camp the following week is $225. For bookings and further details: https://www.bigmusic.com.au/online-holiday-music-camps
Music Theory: For the young virtuoso, practice your music theory with free online resources at musictheory.net
Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
Teddies in windows, inspired by the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, have really taken off in the local area, making a family’s essential exercise for the day so much more fun. It doesn’t have to be a teddy – all sorts of stuffed animals have been spotted from tigers to monkeys. Just pop any stuffed animal into your window or hang up outside where passers by can see. You can also join the Bear Hunt Willoughby Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/568388857106783/
It has now also been suggested that people colour and cut out easter egg print-outs and decorate their houses with these so that kids can go on an egg hunt. https://innerchildfun.com/2020/03/social-distancing-egg-hunt-easter-activity.html
Other suggestions include colouring and cutting out positive messages to hang on your gate, and creating pictures and positive messages with chalk on the pavement outside your house. https://www.primarygames.com/print_zone/coloringpages/positivemessages/coloringpages/26-let-your-light-shine.php
Resilience Camp Online
There is no greater skill needed during the current crisis than resilience, so Resilience in Kids has moved all its popular school holiday camps online to give kids this critical skill. The camps are for children in years K-6 and take place via Zoom. They are fun, creative and play-based and explore concepts through drama, art, craft, storytelling and LOTS of games – kids LOVE them!
They’ve adapted their content to teach kids the skills they need to navigate this challenging time. Some of the topics they explore are emotions, the inner voice, gratitude, kindness, fear, worry and anxiety, staying socially connected and LOTS more. As a Creative Kids registered provider you can redeem your voucher with them!
13 Apr – Resilience Boot-camp – K-2 – 10am-12pm, Calm Camp – Y3-6 – 2-4pm
14 Apr – Superpower Camp – K-2 – 10am-12pm, Resilience Boot-camp – Y3-6 – 2-4pm
15 Apr – Resilience Boot-camp – Y3-6 – 10am-12pm, Calm Camp – K-2 – 2-4pm
16 Apr – Superpower Camp – Y3-6 – 10am-12pm, Resilience Boot-camp – K-2 – 2-4pm
17 Apr – Resilience Boot-camp – K-2 – 10am-12pm, Calm Camp – Y3-6 – 2-4pm
20 Apr – Superpower Camp – K-2 – 10am-12pm, Resilience Boot-camp – Y3-6 – 2-4pm
21 Apr – Resilience Boot-camp – Y3-6 – 10am-12pm, Calm Camp – K-2 – 2-4pm
22 Apr – Superpower Camp – Y3-6 – 10am-12pm, Resilience Boot-camp – K-2 – 2-4pm
23 Apr – Resilience Boot-camp – K-2 – 10am-12pm, Calm Camp – Y3-6 – 2-4pm
24 Apr – Superpower Camp – K-2 – 10am-12pm, Resilience Boot-camp – Y3-6 – 2-4pm
Gallery 307 ONLINE School Holiday Program: Stuck at home and wanting something fun and creative for the kids to do these school holidays? Gallery 307 is running their popular art classes online. Choose from mixed media, clay dragons, watercolours, draw a castle and more. Dates are from 14th April – 24th April, 2020. Cost is$25 for a one hour session, which is held via Zoom.
BOOK ONLINE : https://bit.ly/3dFTN7y MATERIALS PACK : purchase online $44 or use materials from home CREATIVE KIDS VOUCHER : apply for your $100 voucher. Then call or email us with your voucher number and classes you want to book into. https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher FOLLOW US : https://www.facebook.com/gallery307artschool/ https://www.instagram.com/gallery307artschool/
Online Classes with Gallery Lane Cove
The Artful Parent: https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent
Red Ted Art: https://www.redtedart.com
The Imagination Tree: https://theimaginationtree.com
Speaking Schools Australasia: If you’re looking for something fun, engaging and educational to keep the kids occupied at home, Speaking Schools is running a range of live online workshops for the next four weeks to help students build their confidence in debating and public speaking. With two years’ experience, small class sizes (8 student maximum) and a strong emphasis on practical experience, each of our programs are designed to help students flourish as public speakers and debaters in an interactive, supportive and risk-free environment. Check out the website to learn more! www.speakingschools.com.au
Adventure Camp at Home
Adventure Camp is famous for its outdoor school holiday camps, but they’re now offering some great activities via their Facebook Group to keep kids having fun at home. “We believe that no matter what’s happening in the world, kids still need to be kids. They need to keep active, engaged and challenged every day – it will really help with their mental health (and will no doubt help parents in this challenging time too).
Adventure Camp At Home is going to be sending out activities and games that you can do with your kids every week day. We hope that you’ll jump on board, share your successes with us and also give ideas out to other parents on what you’ve been doing with your kids to keep them energised and healthy. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/649287092569446/
Online Drama Classes with Kids Up Front
This popular local drama school is offering online performance workshops where kids can learn and gain skills in vocal technique, improvisation, characterisation, story-telling, film-making, dance and more!
Some of the workshops include:
‘Making a Play from Scratch’ for 7- 9 year olds and 10 to 13 year olds: After their daily warm-ups participants will brainstorm play ideas and then use their improvisational skills to create original scenes, monologues and characters. All participants will help write multiple vignettes daily that will then be devised into a script. On the final day, all participants will play a character in the play they have created together and perform their part.
Film- Making 101 ‘A Genie in a Bottle’ for 10 to 14 year olds. In this online interactive holiday workshop young people will explore film technique: how to set up lights at home, maximise sound quality etc. and use editing software to edit their product. The objective of the course is to devise a story line, act in and create a short film (3-5 minutes) using the techniques.
Funky Jazz and Hip Hop Classes For ages 6 to 13 years. Classes in age groups
In our online interactive holiday dance workshops children will collaborate with their teacher and learn some awesome choreography to a funky song!
More workshops will be added. https://www.kidsupfront.com.au/online-holiday-workshops
April Fun with Luna Park
If you’re missing your favourite amusement park these holidays, Luna Park is keeping the fun coming with themed games, colourings, puzzles, mazes and more. https://justforfun.lunaparksydney.com/activities/
Entertain the kids indoors and support a cause!
Looking for some new and exciting indoor activity toys and games to entertain the children ? The children’s cancer charity, Neuroblastoma Australia, is now stocking a great range of quality brands suited for children aged 3 to 8 years. Choose from fun card games, jigsaw puzzles or colouring in and craft kits and support a charity funding research into the leading baby and toddler cancer at the same time. Buy a gift that gives back. For the month of April, if you spend $100, you receive free shipping (enter FREESHIP promotional code at checkout). Check out the range here https://shop.neuroblastoma.org.au/collections/kids-activity
If you want to support a child affected by cancer currently in isolation, please support our Give A Gift Appeal. Children diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer usually spend many months in isolation during their treatment but are particularly vulnerable at the moment due to a lower immune system resulting from chemotherapy. Visit https://www.neuroblastoma.org.au/appeal/give-a-gift-to-a-child-with-cancer
Website www.neuroblastoma.org.au Facebook Neuroblastoma Australia Instagram NeuroblastomaAustralia
Killara Kids is a not-for-profit before, after & vacation care, and now they have put together fun online workshops and craft kits and activities which you can buy online for home delivery. Current workshops include:
The Rainbow Trail
Dream Space Creative Studio at Northbridge has has some great activities for kids on their Facebook page, and some at-home craft and activity kits to purchase on their website. These can be posted or there is contactless pick up from Willoughby. The option is at the check out. Best of all, they’re screen free, and really engaging! F: https://www.facebook.com/dreamspacecreative/ W: https://www.dreamspacecreative.com.au/
Ready SteadyGo: Tune in for free daily videos from Ready Steady Go across Australia to help our members stay active, engaged & entertained! Click on the link to join. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReadySteadyGoKidsNorthShore/
Get Fit Smiling: This local kids’ fitness school is holding some fabulous online fitness sesions on Mon, Tues and Wed at 6pm and Thursdays at 5.30pm. https://www.facebook.com/GetFitSmiling/
Little Speed Stars: Local running and fitness coach James has been offering free and fun kids’ physical activities for weeks. Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/littlespeedstars/
PE with Joe (pictured): The PE Teacher turned viral sensation. Offering daily 30 min workouts. Click here
GoNoodle: Hundreds of workout, dance, relaxation and mindfulness videos. Website: (Free to sign up for most content) https://family.gonoodle.com/
Sworkit: A collection of customisable at home workouts for kids. Free to sign up. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
Darebee: Thousands of free at home workouts from beginner to advanced. Can be downloaded/printed. https://darebee.com/
Fitness Blender: Hundreds of free ‘follow along’ at home workouts https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender/featured
Glenn Higgins Fitness: Superhero themed ‘follow along’ at home workouts. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCokO71NW3TgndaSNyHIqwtQ
Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga and mindfulness for kids. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Le Petit Ballet: This local studio is offering a complimentary ballet series over the school holidays. For more information say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northbridge Dance Studio:
Kidz Bop: Dance along videos to G-rated versions of popular songs. https://www.youtube.com/playlist…
Dance with Darcey Bussel: https://twitter.com/diversedance…/status/1241098264373592065
Coding and Computer Programming
Code Venture’s Online Coding Camp in conjunction with Robotics Masters Limited. Online coding games, kids engineering book readings, remote control robots! Please register so we can balance the groups (it’s free). Click here
Blockly computer programming games www.blockly.games
Scratch computer programming https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Harry Potter Activities
Wizarding World: Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home Hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied – including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world Click here
World Of David Walliams free audiobooks https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
Story Time From Space: Read a book with an astronaut from space: https://storytimefromspace.com/
Audible from Amazon: For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.
Karate Kids has locations all over Australia, and these holidays they are offering online martial arts courses. See the website for more http://www.karate-kids.com.au/
Visit a Virtual Zoo
Taronga Zoo: presents TarongaTV. “Welcome to Taronga TV! We’ll be bringing our two beautiful zoos directly into your living room! Tune in daily to see your favourite animals. Meet our friendly keepers and learn what goes on behind the scenes at Taronga while our zoos are temporarily closed.
We’ll be posting daily or check out https://taronga.org.au/taronga-tv for the unlimited action of Taronga’s Tigers, Elephants and Seals on Animal Live-Cams. https://www.facebook.com/tarongazoo/
Wildlife Sydney Zoo: presents Virtual Zoo. From animal live-streams, to school resources to fun activity sheets, you can find it all right here https://bit.ly/3dF6xv2 https://www.facebook.com/wildlifesydney/
National Geographic Kids: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com
Nature Detectives https.naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
Learn a Language
Duolingo learn languages for free: https://www.duolingo.com
Gardening and the Outdoors
The Great Outdoors: Lots of great ideas from the UK Scouts: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors
Rock Paint and Drop: if you’ve got some paint and a few rocks grab some inspiration from https://www.facebook.com/WilloughbyNSW/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/NSWROCKS/
Milkwood.net Has great tips and inspiration for gardening whether you have a garden or live in an apartment.
Mr Fothergills: suggestions for age appropriate gardening https://www.mrfothergills.com.au/gardening-with-kids
Kidspot: Has some brilliant ideas for getting out in the garden (or bringing one inside). There’s everything from fairy gardens to scarecrow making and more. https://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/collection/gardening-for-kids
Kids Pantry: https://www.kidspantry.com.au/
Get Kids Cooking: these local chefs are truly passionate about kids learning to cook good food. They’re offering live cooking demonstrations via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GetKidsCookingAustralia/
I Can Cook: pick an episode (and recipe) from the popular UK show on ABC https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b00w1ddl/episodes
(If you’re running a school holiday activity online or have any great ideas we can add to the list, please get in touch via: email@example.com)