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Holidays are here again and we’ve rounded up some amazing local activities including music, art, sport, scavenger hunts, cooking, swimming, resilience, performance and even a magic course. Plus there are early bird offers, giveaways and special deals for WL members!

Creative Sounds Music Camp, Willoughby

The Creative Sounds holiday camp is the perfect opportunity for kids of intermediate to advanced musical experience to meet and connect with other like-minded artists. Under the direct guidance of their own coach, they will form a band which works together in creating some awesome music!

Each day consists of a series of rehearsal sessions, with a focus on writing original music. There is also designated social time for the kids to hang out and enjoy their holiday!

At the end of the week they’ll have an opportunity to record and take home what they’ve created.

When: Week 1: July 8 – 11 Week 2: July 15 – 18

Good to Know: Each day runs from 9am to 3pm Monday to Thursday, with before and after care available. Snacks will be provided in the morning and afternoon break times. Kids will need to bring packed lunches, otherwise there are a number of reasonably priced cafes nearby on Willoughby Road. Drums, keyboards and amplification for guitars, bass and vocals are provided, and kids are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Ages 10+

Cost: $100 per day

Location: Creative Sounds Studios – 128C Mowbray Road Willoughby (opposite Willoughby Girls High)

Contact: Website: www.creativesoundsschool.com Email: info@creativesoundsschool.com Phone: 0425 256 347 – Jeremy


NUBO, Chatswood

The best School Holidays are spent at NUBO!

With a passionate team of educators and the BEST explorative play areas in town, NUBO is THE destination for school holidays!

We deliver the most engaging and creative workshops, where you can make anything from a mini Picasso mural to cooking up a storm of tasty treats!

These holidays are no exception – we have a hearty programme for bubs to big kids lined up including elastic painting, superfood red snowballs, collaborative murals and so much more! And after all that creative thinking you can burn off energy in our adventure play areas.

We hope to see you and your family soon!

Good to Know: There is a delicious and nutritious cafe inside the venue (no outside food allowed). Non-slip socks must be worn and can be purchased at NUBO.

When: Saturday 6th – Sunday 21st of July

Cost: Chatswood: 1 Workshop + 30min Play: $16. Alexandria: Under 2 y.o. – $12.50 (weekdays) / $15 (weekends) Over 2 y.o – $15 (weekdays) / $17.50 (weekends)

Locations: L213c Chatswood Chase Mall, 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood. and Unit 201, Building 2/160 Bourke Rd, Alexandria

Contact: Chatswood School Holiday Program: https://bit.ly/2Fkrxrp Alexandria School Holiday Program: https://bit.ly/2XqH96W

**EXCLUSIVE WILLOUGHBY LIVING GIVEAWAY: One lucky WL member will receive UNLIMITED access to School Holiday Fun! Just follow the link and sign up for NUBO updates! https://nuboplay.typeform.com/to/V0w0M6


Primrose Park Tennis Camps, Cremorne

Primrose Park Tennis is located on the northern side of Neutral Bay and Cremorne, at historic Primrose Park. Their popular school holiday tennis camps keep kids engaged and active, and they focus on fun as well as skills and drills. Each camp includes coaching, team events, games, and singles and doubles tournaments. There are trophies and sports awards and each child receives a cap.

Good to Know: Primrose Park Tennis Camps begin early so private school children have a great option from Monday 1sth-Friday 5th. The coaches are PPT are all very experienced – with many awards and titles – including world rankings. See the website for details: http://www.primroseparktennis.com.au/PPT-Coaches.aspx

Cost: Each camp is $250 per week (five days).


Private school Camp: Monday 1st of July to the 5th

Camp 1 Monday the 8th of July to the 12th

Camp 2 Monday the 15th of July to the 19th

Location: Matora Lane, off Young Street, Cremorne

Contact: (02) 9908-2366 e: primrose.park@bigpond.com


Resilience Camp

Could your child’s resilience do with a top up? Are you keen for them to do something fun these school holidays AND learn important social and emotional skills at the same time? Send them to one of our popular Resilience Camps!

We’ll be helping 5-8 and 9-12yo children make good friendship choices and manage conflict in our Friendship Camps, learn how to manage their emotions in our Calm Camps, build their confidence in our Confidence Camps and boost their all-round resilience in our Resilience Bootcamps. Fun and play-based, your kids will LOVE them!

We do a range of activities in our camps, including drama, art, craft, storytelling, movement, breathing and games, and all our activities are framed by a story or metaphor. Our camps are run by deeply experienced Resilience Coaches who are skilled at responding to the unique needs of the group they are working with and flexing their approach accordingly – no two camps are ever the same.

Good to Know: You don’t need to be attending our term-time workshops in order to benefit from our camps. Wondering whether to do our camps and our term-time workshops? Absolutely! Children enjoy the mix of new and familiar games and activities. Book in soon to guarantee your spot – our camps are popular and sell out quickly!

What Parents are Saying: “Simply fantastic! Big thanks to Erin. My son had a superb day.” and ” My daughter said this day was the best thing she did last holidays. She’s regularly using some of the tools she made, and it made a big difference for us. Thank you”

When: Cammeray Scout Hall – 11 & 15 July, Whoosh Club Neutral Bay – 8, 9, 10 & 18 July, East Roseville Scout Hall 16 & 17 July, Wheeler Heights Public School – 11 & 18 April. We also have camps at Jimmy Little Community Centre in Lilyfield – 8 & 15 July.

Cost: The cost per full day per child is $105 including GST.

Contact: Bookings: www.resilienceinkids.com.au/bookholidayworkshops
E: hello@resilienceinkids.com.au or Ph: 0406776800


Gallery 307 Art School, Northbridge

Gallery 307 Art School in Northbridge has fun and creative classes for the kids these school holidays. Suitable for all ages, students are taught real art skills in a fun way, with freedom to explore their creativity

Some of the classes these school holidays are :-

  • Newspaper Still Life
  • Abstract Design
  • Keep Sake Box
  • Sea Unicorns
  • Underwater Aliens
  • Butterflies Mixed Media Sculpture
  • Spikey Clay Sea Urchin
  • Screen Printing and so much more ….
  • We also offer special Junior Masterclass’s for 9+yr olds : (suitable beginners to advanced Tuesday 16th July)
  • Red Crabs Acrylic Painting – learn painting techniques and colour mixing skills necessary for painting vibrant seascape populated with dancing red crabs

Good to Know:

  • Wherever possible, students are grouped according to age
  • Class sizes are limited, in order to maximise teacher/child interaction
  • All materials are provided.
  • Morning and afternoon tea are provided however, students bring their own lunch.

Cost : Morning Session $65, Afternoon Session $65, Full Day $130.  Before & After Class Care is available if you need to extend your day

When : 8th July – 19th July

Location: 307 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge

Contact: Visit our website for more information and book online today! www.gallery307artschool.com.au Follow us on facebook or instragram to see what we get up to @gallery307artschool

SWIMVAC, Carlile Castle Cove and Lane Cove West

Get a month’s worth of lessons in just one week! The school holidays are a perfect opportunity to fast track the swimming skills of preschool and school age children. And Carlile Swimming has the credentials to do that with more than 60 years experience and world renowned expertise in teaching children to swim well.

Our holiday Swimvac program is designed to boost confidence and consolidate skills through the intensive, daily repetition of lessons. It can provide significant results, especially for new swimmers or those needing to master specific skills. Held in our warm indoor pools – it’s a great daily dose of fun and fitness!

Good to Know: This program is very popular, so please book early with our customer service team. For existing customers at Carlile Swimming Castle Cove, there are new stroke clinics (breaststroke, butterfly) and Dives & Turns Clinics now available during the July school holidays.

When: 8-12 July and 15-19 July

Cost: Swimvac $91 for 5 days of lessons, Stroke Clinics $21 per Clinic

Location: 2b Holly Street, Castle Cove and 4 Sirius Rd, Lane Cove West.

Contact: Website: www.carlile.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarlileSwimming Phone: (02) 9417 2060


Applause Musical Theatre Academy and the Maker’s Loft are once again collaborating this holidays to offer your children a Design and Performing Arts Workshop! Your children will sing, dance and act (learning songs from these movies and playing drama games too) plus make their own costumes, props and backdrop through innovative craft activities. Then on the last day of the workshop, the children will astound you with a polished performance, wearing the costumes and using the props they have made!

Good to Know: These workshops are for ages 5-12. Last holidays they booked out within a few weeks, so book now to secure a spot for your child!

Where: East Lindfield Community Hall (Wellington Road, East Lindfield)

When: 9.30am-3.30pm (with Free Before Care from 9.00am)

Cost: $330 (EARLY BIRD)/ $360 per workshop

Contact: To book please click: https://makersloft.weteachme.com/classes/1029790-design-and-performing-arts-star-the-greatest-showman Email: craft@makersloft.com.auingrid@applausemta.com.au

**Special Offer for WL: For a chance to win a future holiday workshop, put WLGUIDE in the Add Promo Code on the booking form.


Kids Circle: Baking, Arts, Science, Sports, Dance, Chatswood

Kids Circle has something for all tastes and interests! We offer a range of fun workshops to help unleash your kids’ creativity while making friends during this school holidays! Book from one workshop (half-day) to a full-week if you wish.

What’s on offer:
STEM Projects to learn and enjoy:

  • Science: Mesmerising Magnets! Create a fun magnetic game for you to take home- hours of endless fun!
  • Engineering: Experience building with Kapla!
  • Magic Workshop

Master Chef sessions with our fantastic Le Cordon Bleu Certified Chef:

  • Candy making workshop
  • Cheese, Yogurt and Butter making workshop
  • French Baking workshop

Creativity Unleashed: Create, enjoy and take your creations home on the day:

  • Make Handcrafted Botanical Soaps
  • Create your own winter Beanie.
  • Paint your own Canvas
  • Make a stunning scarf
  • Get crafty with our Superheroes workshop

Dance – Enjoy our Latin Dance and Zumba sessions!

Sports – Enjoy our Superheroes sports circuit.

Good to Know: For ages 5-9 years old (depending on the activity, children may be grouped by age 5-7 / 8-9). These programs are really popular, so please book early. Click the link and follow the prompts: www.kidscircle.com.au/holiday-program

When: Week 1: Monday 8th to Thursday 12th July. Week 2: Monday 15th to Thursday 19th July. Workshops run from: 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Free extended hours: 8-9am and 4-6pm.

Location: 28 Chatswood Ave, Chatswood.

Cost: Early bird rates applied until 16th June: Half-day Workshops from $55 (9am-12pm or 1-4pm), Full Day Workshops from: $99 (8am-6pm). Free extended hours: 8:00-9:00am and 4:00-6:00pm. (Redeem your CREATIVE KIDS Vouchers with us!)

Contact: www.kidscircle.com/holiday-program.com or Ph: Carolina 0468 354 372 or Grace 0405 195 225 (Kids Circle Directors), or email: info@kidscircle.com.au

**Special Offer for WL:  Use the code WL-001 to access a special discount after Early Bird is finished.


Little Legends Sports, 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 bring morning tea, lunch, a drink bottle, and a hat for outside play.

When: July 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18

Cost: $70 per day, 9am to 3pm. NEW Extended hours, 8am to 6pm additional $20.

Location: Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Ave, Willoughby

Registration: littlelegends.net.au


Adventure Camp, Northbridge and Balmoral

This year, we’re excited to be hosting our first ever Winter Adventure Camps – with new activities & challenges!

Our winter camps won’t be featuring any water activities or sailing (it’s going to be a bit chilly!), but instead, we’re putting together an “Amazing Race meets Survivor” style program for the 3 days.

The groups will have to navigate to various locations around Balmoral or Northbridge, and at each location they’ll be presented with a new challenge to complete. These challenges will involve building shelters, compasses, stretchers, and completing various navigation tasks and teamwork games.  Once completed, they’ll get the instructions to head to the next location.

At the end of each day, the groups will get the chance to come together for a series of Team vs Team games also.

When: Northbridge Sailing Club: 08 Jul, 8:00 am – 10 Jul, 5:00 pm; 17 Jul, 8:00 am – 19 Jul, 5:00pm 1st Balmoral Sea Scouts, Balmoral Park, The Esplanade, Balmoral.

Cost: 3x Day Camp $289.95

Contact: https://www.adventurecamp.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.

Good to Know: These popular Holiday Camps cater for all kids aged 5+ regardless of their prior musical experience. Each day runs from 9am to 3pm, culminating in a performance for family and friends on the last day. Places are limited and often sell out, so ROCK ENROL NOW!

When: Mon 1st – Thurs 4th July (9am-3pm), Mon 8th – Thurs 11th July, Mon 15th – Thurs 18th July (4 days with optional 5th day Friday)

Cost: $460 (Early Bird Price -$420 before June 14)
Optional early drop off/late pick up (8am-6pm) available each day for an additional $20 per hour.

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

Contact: (02) 8622 6550 W: www.bigmusic.com.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

Good to Know: The courses on offer are for children ages 6-15. 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 $200-$240. The 3-day courses are between $260-$300 (early bird specials are available).

When: 15 – 19 July

Location: Shore School, Blue Street, North Sydney

Website: www.speakingschools.com.au/sydney

Big Wild Imagination, Neutral Bay


Feed your child’s curiosity in workshops that are packed with creative experiences and resources to ignite their senses. Think paint, tools, sculpture, re-used and recycled materials, markers, pastels, watercolours, ink, wire, beads and so much more, used in innovative ways to inspire open-ended creativity and unlimited imagination!

Big Wild Imagination is offering 1/2 day workshops and full day workshops at Whoosh Club in Neutral Bay and now Mobile workshops that come to your place for a 3-hour workshop – consider this the best play date going around! So these school holiday, gather some friends and let’s get creating!

When: Workshops at Whoosh Club – 9am – 4pm – Thurs 11th, Fri 12th July, Wed 17th and Fri 19th July. Workshops (3hrs) at your place 9am – 12noon / 1pm – 4pm – Mon 8th, Tues 9th, Weds 10th July, Mon 15th, Tues 16th and Thurs 18th July.

Cost: Workshops at Whoosh Club, Neutral Bay – 1/2 day $45, Full day $90. Workshops at your place – Minimum $160 for 4 children, $20/extra child (6 children max.)

Location: Whoosh Club, Neutral Bay. Level 1, 129-133 Military Road. Or at your place! Big Wild Imagination comes to you. Let us know your address in the booking form.

Contact: https://www.bigwildimagination.com.au/school-holidays

Lah Lah Stripy Sock Club Show, NORTHS Cammeray

Here’s your chance to Join Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they perform LIVE in concert. The Stripy Sock Club is for every girl & boy (and mums & dads too!) So grab your stripes and get ready to dance! If you’re looking for the best musical experience for your child, this is it. Up close, no stadiums, 100% live, every Lah-Lah show includes a free full cast meet and greet session after the show. Meet Lah-Lah and the band, touch and try the real musical instruments, have your photo taken with the stars, and collect their autographs – it’s all included in your ticket.

When: Thursday 18th July. Doors open 9.30am Show 10am

Cost: $27.50 (Under 12 Months Free)

Bookings: https://www.norths.com.au/events/lah-lah-stripy-sock-club/


NAIDOC Holiday Activities

Willoughby Council has put together some great school holiday activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019. These include:

Bushland Adventures: Celebrate NAIDOC week by being in the bush. Kids will have fun preparing for an imaginary camping trip in the wilderness. Dress for bushwalking and bring a snack and water bottle. This walk is suitable for 5 year olds – 12 year olds only. Click here to book for Monday 8th July or here to book for Tuesday 9th July. This is a free event so book fast!

Preschool Storytime at Chatswood Library – Celebrate Aboriginal Culture: Join us for preschool storytime celebrating Aboriginal culture, with stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft activity. Suitable for children aged 3-6 years and their parent/carer. Numbers are limited – admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. On July 10 and July 11 at 11.15am. See here for further details

Aboriginal Games and Storytelling for Children: Come along and play Indigenous games and learn some words in Indigenous Australian languages. Suitable for primary school aged children (K-6). Friday 19th July, 10am-12pm. $5 per child. Click here for bookings.


Do you know of or run a fabulous local school holiday activity? We continue to update this Guide right up to and even during School Holidays so let us know about it! Please contact: naomi@thelivingcollective.com.au