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If the forecast says rain and you have little ones with energy to burn, don’t despair! We’ve found a heap of fun indoor activities close by…

1. Simply Fun, Chatswood

We’re so excited to announce the opening of a beautiful new free play and activity space in the heart of Chatswood. Simply Fun has just opened its doors and is currently offering free trials for their classes that you can take advantage of this week during rainy school holidays. Designed for children from the ages of 6 months through to 7 years, there are daily classes for each age group. Parents assist with classes up to 3.5 years, and from then there are classes children can do on their own, including Jolly Jumpers, Cheerful Champions and Ninja! We also love the sound of their mixed-age class ‘Big Heroes’, which allows siblings to participate together. “Parents can allow siblings to interact with less assistance, with a focus on team building and peer encouragement, this mixed class will have your little ones learning how to treat others and help when they can!”

Along with the classes, there is also a complimentary half hour free play session offered in the multi-sensory space. Or you can drop in for free play for just $9 an hour (it’s a good idea to book though as spaces are limited). There will be a new free play set-up each week and parents will be happy to know the space is cleaned every two hours! Simply Fun is also the local area’s newest party venue – offering different party packages and themes, along with instructor-led games, songs, rides and unlimited fun activities (see https://www.simplyfun.com.au/birthday-parties/ for package details).

It’s currently Simply Fun’s soft opening, so book in for a free trial class and see what this exciting new space is all about. Food and coffee will soon be available as well!

Special offer for WL: Along with the free trials, Simply Fun is also offering the following deal: 10 class pass + 2 fun play passes + membership (including one t-shirt, one dinner set, one puff toy, birthday party discount and other event discounts) = $330  (Actual package worth $430).

See the website for class timetables and lots more information: www.simplyfun.com.au/


2. Other Indoor Play Centres

Kidz Connexion at Oxford Falls

Indoor play centres offer kids lots of fun and space to run off energy, and there’s usually a cafe on site for parents – perfect for wet weather days. There are a few not too far away:

NUBO at Chatswood Chase. This stunning new play space is better for quiet play, imaginative games, reading and sensory play. Usually by membership only, there is $10 entry during school holidays for free play, plus a range of classes and workshops www.nubo.com.au/chatswood/

Wannabees, Frenchs Forest. Designed like a small town – for kids! With a tiny supermarket, cafe, clothing store, hairdresser and more, kids can let their imaginations run wild. There is space to play and a great onsite cafe too. See the website for their school holiday program www./wannabees.com.au/

Kidz Connexion, Oxford Falls. It’s a short drive away to this little known but great play centre at the back of the C3 Church. Best suited for preschoolers, the giant multi-level Kidz Connexion play structure is made up of tunnels, slides, mazes, a ball pit and more!  A separate play area including trikes, cubby houses, mats, and enclosed trampoline keeps the fun coming while under 3’s play in their own secure area inside. www.kidzconnexion.com.au/


3. Kids’ Movies, Cremorne and North Sydney

A great line-up for kids at The Opheum

The Orpheum always offers great value during school holidays. They’re featuring a great line-up of kids movies including Johnny English Strikes Again, Christopher Robin, Paw Patrol Mighty Pups, Smallfoot, and on October 11 at 10.15am there’s a special Pyjama Party screening of Toy Story with tickets just $9 each. www.orpheum.com.au/


If you’d love some free movie entertainment for kids this week – North Sydney Library is having a ‘Popcorn and Film’ event, showing the recently released kids’ movie Early Man at 2pm on Tuesday October 9. No bookings necessary. www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Library_Databases/Kids_Youth/School_Holiday_Activities




4. Kids Theatre, Wahroonga, Castle Cove and Cammeray

The Velveteen Rabbit:
The nursery, ruled over by Nanna, is full of wonderful toys – a rocking horse, building blocks, a wooden lion, toy soldiers, and a beautiful wooden boat. The boy loves them all, but he loves his velveteen rabbit best of all. The Velveteen Rabbit will enchant children and adults alike with its enduring themes of love and friendship. Marian Street Theatre for Young People’s young performers bring the nursery to life on stage and introduce your children to new experiences in a relaxed theatre environment. There are two shows daily – 10.30am and 1pm (on Saturdays 1pm only. No performances Sundays). Prices: Children $22; Adults $27; Families of four $85. Bookings: www.outix.co/tickets/event/138902-the-velveteen-rabbit

Giggle and Hoot:
NORTHS Cammeray offers a brilliant theatre experience for children. This October kids can dance and sing along to all their favourite Giggle and Hoot songs. “Set off on a pirate adventure to find Mini Hoot, and witness the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Magician” … Magician Jimmy Giggle-ini. Giggle and Hoot invite you along for a Hootastic time and be sure to bring along your Giggle-icious Giggle Gallery pictures for us to look at. See you there … Hoot Hoot.”  Cost: $28.50 (Children under 18 months free) When: Thursday Oct 11. Doors 9.30am Show 10am Location: NORTHS, 12 Abbott St, Cammeray Contact: (02) 9245 3000 www.norths.com.au


Play School – Once Upon A Time:

Watch classic nursery rhyme characters magically come to life as the pages of the storybook are turned in this exciting new production, ‘Once Upon A Time’. Experience Little Miss Muffett, Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Der Glumph and Heads and Shoulders – with children encouraged to get up and dance and do all the actions. Come join the presenters Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and Humpty as they travel through an enchanting adventure filled with stories, songs and dance. Cost: $19.80 (Children under 12 months free). When: Sunday Oct 14. Doors 1.30pm Show 2pm; Doors 3.30pm Show 4pm Location: NORTHS 12 Abbott St, Cammeray. Contact: (02) 9245 3000 www.norths.com.au

Jeral Puppets:
Experience a real puppet theatre in our local area. The Jeral Puppets perform daily during the school holidays with The Three Little Pigs for 2-5 year olds (Tues 9, Thurs 11, Sun 14 October). The Octopus’s Garden for 2-5 years (Wed 10, Fri  12 October) at 10.30am. And The Sleeping Beauty and the Wizard of Oz for 4-9 years (Tues 9, Thurs 11 Oct0ber at 1.30pm.) Admission is $12.00 per child and $15.00 per adult and tickets can be booked on 93717328. www.puppeteria.com/


5. $25 Unlimited Play Bowling and Laser Tag, Chatswood

Something for the older kids! Strike at Chatswood (top of Mandarin Centre) is offering unlimited play. “All school holidays, we’ll take care of their entertainment needs with unlimited bowling and laser tag at Strike Chatswood for just $25 every weekday from 10am – 5pm! Whether they’re laying down the law in the laser tag arena or slammin’ strike’s down the lanes, there’s hours of good clean fun for everyone. Terms and Conditions: $25 per person. Excludes public holidays. Walk in only. For children under 15 years and accompanying adults. From 10am to 5pm every weekday during public school holidays. Offer is subject to availability.” www.strikebowling.com.au/landing-pages/school-holidays


6. Kindifarm, Artarmon and Chatswood

Children have an endless fascination with baby animals. Cuteness abounds at Artarmon HQ this week and the Mandarin Centre at Chatswood – both offering free baby animal fun. “You can come pat and play with your favourite farm animals these holidays at Artarmon HQ between 10am-2pm daily Mon-Fri.” There’s also a great book corner upstairs in the cafe where you can swap books, and don’t forget the pirate play ship at Ground level as well. www.homehq.com.au/whats-on/events/ The baby farm animals will be at the Mandarin centre on the 10th, 11th and 12th October between 11.30am – 2.30pm www.mandarincentre.com.au/whats-on/school-holiday-fun-for-the-kids


7. Splash Zones, Ryde, Willoughby and Lane Cove

Ryde Aquatic Centre boasts a super slide and a wave pool!

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about water fun when it’s raining outside – but our local pools are a great place for some fun on wet days:

Willoughby Leisure Centre http://www.willoughbyleisure.com.au/

Lane Cove Aquatic Centre https://lanecoveaquatic.com.au/

Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre https://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/RALC


8. Rock Climbing, Artarmon

What a great local activity where kids can literally climb the walls! You’ll need an adult to belay (hold the ropes) and will be given a safety lesson and instructions on arrival. There are 90 different climbs to try depending on the climber’s ability, and a very cute themed climbing wall for younger kids (4+). There’s also a ‘tread wall’ (vertical treadmill), ladders, monkey bars, and the wildly popular ‘Groove Tube’ (a dark tunnel for kids – and very small adults – to find their way out of with only a glowstick to guide them).  www.climbfit.com.au/


9. LEGO® Playzone, Chatswood

Chatswood Westfield has come to the rescue for rainy days with their LEGO Playzone. “Join us these school holidays for hours of FREE fun at our LEGO® City Play Zone! Battle it out in the LEGO® Speed Challenge or put your skills to the test at the LEGO® Height Challenge. LEGO® lovers can also immerse themselves in the Free Play Zone and let their imaginations run wild. Inspire creative learning and keep the little ones entertained for hours at our LEGO® City Play Zone every day between 11am and 2pm from Monday October 8 to Friday October 12. Where: Level 3, Centre Court When: Monday October 8 – Friday October 12. Time: 11am-2pm. Cost: FREE. Age: Children ages 5-12 years.

10. Local Workshops/Events

There are a host of amazing local workshops and activities for kids in the WL School Holiday Guide, including art, craft, martial arts, sports, gymnastics, science, music, public speaking, LEGO® and robotics, swimming, pottery, performance – and more! www.willoughbyliving.com.au/october-school-holiday-activities-book-now/

And don’t forget the daily WL Calendar as well! www.willoughbyliving.com.au/whats-on/