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Summer holidays are here again! And we’ve rounded up a huge list of fun school holiday activities nearby and further afield to keep everyone having fun all summer long with the Willoughby Living Summer School Holiday Guide 2022…

Adventure Camp

At Adventure Camp, we are all about getting kids outdoors and our 3-day school holiday camps will be packed full of Adventure to get your kids outside and away from screens this Summer. 

If you believe the outdoors are important and are after something fun and action packed for your kids these school Holidays, Adventure Camp is just for you. We provide an active, fun outdoor experience in an environment that helps to fulfill your kid’s basic needs for freedom, experimentation, risk-taking, socialising and, of course, adventure. Kids have the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends, test their abilities and best of all, have awesome fun exploring nature. 

We will be building, swimming, sailing at Northbridge & Greenwich  stand-up paddle-boarding at Balmoral and bringing you some brand-new challenges at a brand-new location Balmain.   

Camps on Sale Now! We have multiple camps across 4 great locations this December and January.

Dates/ Locations:  

Balmoral: December 12-14, December 19-21, December 28-30, January 4-6, January 9-11, January 16-18, January 23-25

Greenwich: December 12-14, January 9-11

Northbridge: December 19-21, January 4-6, January 9-11                   

Balmain (NEW LOCATION): January 4-6, January 16-18

Cost:     $299.95 p/p for 3 days  

Where to book:

Book online via our website: https://www.adventurecamp.com.au/

Balmoral Watersports School Holiday Activities

“Have Fun – Be Safe – Learn New Skills – Make New Friends” these spring school holidays!

Our “Multi-activity” water-sports camp offers different activities throughout the day, including Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand up Paddleboarding, Kayaking and games on/off water, with a major emphasis on having fun, and gaining & improving water-sports skills!

Every day is a different day with changing weather conditions, new games and new challenges. We welcome kids with water-sports skills & abilities as well as total beginners. Our aim is to introduce kids to water sports, gain more confidence on the water, and learn sailing in a fun way. We also really encourage making new friends.

Kids can start from 7 yrs old to 15 years old, they must already be able to swim 25m confidently. We have 3 different age groups: 7 to 9yo; 10 to 12yo; and 13 to 15yo. We will also make sure they are put together with friends on the 1st day if required. Be prepared for a fabulous week of fun and learning. It’s exactly where your kids want to be, rain or shine!

Good to know: Children are to bring their own packed lunch. The program will continue in wet weather conditions. Please ensure you or your child are aware of the weather forecast for the day and have packed accordingly.

Cost: $189 for 1 day; $389 for 3 consecutive days (Monday to Wednesday); $559 for 5 days (Monday to Friday)

Location: Balmoral Water Sports Center, Balmoral Sailing Club, The Esplanade, Mosman

Book here

Martial Arts Ninja Training Camp

Treat your child to an unforgettable experience this school holiday!

Our VT1 Kids Ninja holiday camp is the perfect, fun, safe, and action-packed class for all children. It is a great way to introduce Martial Arts and self defence to your child, and is designed for complete beginners between the ages of 4 to 10 years old.

Your child will learn how to become a Ninja with activities including martial arts, acrobatics, tricking and parkour. Your kid also gets to make new friends and build up the foundations of becoming a team player.

Held at the VT1 Martial Arts Academy in Chatswood, the 3 Day Martial Arts Holiday Camp will be held from the Monday 16th– Wednesday 18th of January. Starting each day at 9am, you can drop your kids off for a fun-filled day supervised under the experienced VT1 coaches.
After the successful completion of the 3 day Ninja Camp, your child will get to walk away with new skills, new friends, and a BONUS ninja kit. Also, upon passing the final Ninja exam, they will receive their Ninja Diploma so they can show everyone that they are now a certified Ninja!

Dates: January Monday 16th– Wednesday 18th (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Location: VT1 Martial Arts Academy located in Chatswood Business Park, 19B/390 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood

Cost: 1 Day $80, All 3 days $230

How to book: To book: Email info@vt1mma.com.au or call 0294171001

For more information visit: https://vt1mma.com.au/martial-arts-chatswood/kids/kids-holiday-camps/

Onyx Gymnastics

Onyx Holiday Club is for 4.5 -10 year olds with or without previous gymnastics experience.

Learn to handstands, cartwheel & more! Fun filled days full of gymnastics and play in our current and brand new facility coming soon! With themes ranging from Tie-Dye, Slime to The Amazing Race, the kids will never be bored!

We have limited spaces with only 7 to 1 coach ratio ensuring each gymnast has a positive and rewarding experience.
Location: 1110 Middle Head Rd, Mosman 
1/8/15th Dec
21/22/23rd Dec
16-27th Jan
Time: 9-3:30pm additional care hours available for extra cost
Cost: $100-$110 a day
10% off 3rd, 15% off 4th and 20% off 5th day booked.
Booking link:

Primrose Park Tennis

After a long break for refurbishment, the tennis courts at Primrose Park are back and better than ever!

Enjoy Tennis Coaching, team events ,fun games ,singles and doubles tournaments

Winners trophies and a Friday BBQ. Minimum age 5  maximum age 16.

Dates: December 12-16, December 19-23, January 16-20, January 23-25

LocationPrimrose Park Tennis , Matora Lane, off Young Street Neutral Bay

Cost: 5 day camps $300, 3 day camps $200, 1 day camp $85

Bookings: Book online at www.primroseparktennis.com.au

Inspire Tennis and Sports Camp, Killara & Roseville (Ages 3-15yo)

Inspire Tennis’ School Holiday Programs are fun, exciting and provide a learning pathway for every child. School holiday camps are held in a variety of convenient tennis club locations on the North Shore. It’s a brilliant way for kids to spend over 20 hours each week, improving their tennis skills. There is also flexibility with casual bookings, plus before & after care. The programs are held every week of the holiday period rain, hail or shine!

The Multisports Holiday Program is designed to develop physical, emotional and fundamental skills for pre-school aged children.


Camp 1: Mon 5th December – Fri 9th December (Private Schools Killara Only – 5 days)
Camp 2: Mon 12th December – Fri 16th December (Private Schools Killara Only – 5 days)
Camp 3: Mon 19th December – Fri 23rd December (Killara and Roseville – 5 days).
Camp 4: Tue 3rd January – Fri 6th January (Killara and Roseville – 4 days).
Camp 5: Mon 9th January – Fri 13th January (Killara and Roseville – 5 days).
Camp 6: Mon 16th January – Fri 20th January (Killara and Roseville – 5 days).
Camp 7: Mon 23rd January – Fri 27th January (Killara and Roseville – 4 days).
Camp 8: Mon 30th January (Pupil Free Day Killara Only – 1 day)

Locations: Killara, Roseville, Terrey Hills

Cost: $40-$65 per day – Sibling discount available

Bookings: Online Registration System https://www.inspiretennis.com.au/tennis-coaching-sydney/school-holiday-programs-sydney/ OR Call Killara 9498 1902 or Roseville 9417 6667

Big Music Crows Nest School Holiday Camps

Big Music’s holiday camps run 9am-3pm daily in each week of the holidays, with two options:


The perfect way for younger kids (age 5+) to start their musical journey, the URE program gives them a chance to try a range of contemporary instruments including guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and piano/keyboard.


Rock Shows are for kids who are ready to rock (age 9+ with at least one year’s musical experience). Working with inspiring professional musicians, kids join a real rock band and prepare for an awesome stage performance.

When: Mon 5 – Fri 9 Dec / Mon 12 – Fri 16 Dec / Mon 19 – Fri 23 Dec / Tues 3 – Fri 6 Jan / Mon 9 – Fri 13 Jan / Mon 16 – Fri 20 Jan / Mon 23 – Fri 27 Jan

Time: 9am – 3pm

Suited for: 9 – 17 years

Cost: 5 day program $600; 4 day program $480

Book: online – https://www.bigmusic.com.au/holiday-rock-camps;  e- info@bigmusic.com.au; ph (02) 8622 6550

Website: www.bigmusic.com

Note: A 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT applies to bookings made before 20 November 2022.  

Motiv8 Sports 

Join Motiv8sports Willoughby North Sydney for our 2-day SPLASH CITY SUMMER CAMP and give your son/daughter one of the best experiences available. Let us bring the beach to you with our WILD WATER sports and activities.

Campers experience our usual trademark sports plus have the opportunity to express themselves creatively in dance, choreography, visual arts and song writing activities via our war cry and mega sessions. And of course, each afternoon is jam packed with wet & wild sports sure to cool campers down during summer.

At Motiv8Sports we create an atmosphere full of colour, culture, and energy like all Motiv8Sports events, there’ll be music, prizes, crazy competitions and non-stop entertainment! Don’t miss out!

Good to know:  For kids from Kindy to Year 6. All new campers receive their very own Rookie Jersey as part of their Milestone rewards program that they get to wear during camp

Location, Dates and Times: We have 3 camps running these holidays:

Location 1: SHORE School, North Sydney, 16th & 17th January, 8.30am- 3.30pm

Location 2: Mowbray Public School, Lane Cove North, 19th & 20th January, 8.30am- 3.30pm

Location 3: War Memorial Playing Fields, Northbridge, 23rd & 24th  January, 8.30am- 3.30pm

Cost: $0-$125 (Creative Kids voucher accepted)

To Book: https://motiv8sports.com.au/locations/willoughby-north-sydney/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/motiv8sportswilloughbynorthsydney

***Special Offer for Willoughby Living members: 20 FREE 2 Day tickets, valued at $125, to the first 20 people. Code to redeem is living20

Jungle Float, Balmoral Beach and Clontarf Beach

It’s time to rock the boat at Jungle Float. Australia’s only floating waterpark comes to Balmoral and Clontarf beach this summer with three multi-level jumping platforms, a rope swing, high and low trampoline, diving board and waterslide. Jump on board and test out your flips and tricks or just have fun in and on the water. 

Where: Balmoral Beach and Clontarf Beach

When: 19 November – February 

Tickets: $30

Website: https://junglefloat.com.au/

Live Family Theatre, The Sydney Opera House

Image: James Taggart.

It’s a memorable day out heading to the Sydney Opera House, and these school holidays there are several stage shows to choose from to suit all age Groups

Click on the below for details and booking:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Are We There Yet?

The Listies Make Some Noise

Hide The Dog

Wild City – Workshop * ($10 tickets!)

Operation Ouch

HyperkartingEntertainment Quarter

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and get set for a day at Australia’s longest indoor go-karting track (410m to be exact). You don’t have to be Lewis Hamilton to enjoy yourself at Hyperkating with circuits suitable for all ages and experience levels. The Main Track is open to drivers over 140cm, while young speedsters aged 3-7 years can go for a spin on their purpose-built Mini Track with Nano Karts.

Come rain or shine, Hyperkarting’s all-weather track is always open for a good time. Buckle your seatbelts and prepare to race!

Where: Level 5 Carpark, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

When: Monday – Sunday, 7:30am – Late


Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Bush Kids Activities

Get your young ones to step into nature at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives and enjoy the great outdoors with adventure-based play activities these spring school holidays.
The Bush Kids program is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Depending on the session you choose, your kids could be learning bush survival skills, bushcraft and camping and so much more. Visit the Ku-ring-gai Council website for further details.
Location: 420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives
Cost: $70 per child.
Book by clicking here

Puppeteria Theatre, Castle Cove

School holiday
Image: Puppeteria Theatre

Enjoy the art of puppetry with your young ones at the Puppeteria Theatre in Castle Cove. Each holidays there are new shows to enjoy so check the program for spring school holidays details.

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times (please see program on the website)

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15

How to book: https://puppeteria.com/

St Ives Treetops Adventure + Playground

Families have a new experience to explore along the southern border of Ku-ring-gai National Park. St Ives is our newest Tree Ropes Course Park, hosting 95+ aerial obstacles and 10+ ziplines, all suspended between platforms to create a maze of activities in the treetops. Courses start at 1m for little climbers and jump up to 15 metres for bigger adventurers!

Sessions run for 2.5-hours to climb as many courses as you can during your session. You can choose to start on low easy courses or go straight up on a higher course. If you don’t feel like climbing up on a higher level, you are always welcome to complete a lower or same course again during your session. Your session includes harnessing, training and approx 2-hours of climbing.

When you’re done there’s a spectacular new playground to explore as well! Perfect for spring school holidays!

Location: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

Opening hours: School and Public Holidays Monday – Sunday 9am-5pm

Website: https://treetopsadventure.com.au/location/st-ives/

Sharks Exhibition at the Australian Museum

Image: Andrea Venegas via the Australian Museum

Submerge yourself in Sydney’s newest hands-on family exhibition, Sharks. In this immersive 360 degree blockbuster experience, visitors go back in time to meet sharks’ ancient ancestors, come face-to-face with over 10 life-sized shark models, including an 8 m-long Whale Shark, and uncover their extraordinary adaptations with interactive displays and touchable specimens. Dive in – there’s plenty of jaw-some stuff for kids and families.

Where: Australian Museum
When: 14 November – January
Tickets: From $17.50

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Image: Deep feelers © Laurent Ballesta (France) via Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Maritime Museum for its 57th year. Direct from the Natural History Museum in London, this exhibition features over 100 exceptional images that capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world. The images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
When: Daily, 10am –  6pm until 5 March 2023
Tickets: From $15

Darling Harbour Fireworks

Image: Henry_Li via www.darlingharbour.com

Watch the Sydney sky above Darling Harbour come to life this summer school holidays at one of our city’s most glorious waterfront locations. This free firework display is the perfect way to end dinner or entertainment and make the most of these long and warm summer nights. There are lots of family-friendly dining options nearby at Cockle Bay Wharf, King Street Wharf and Barangaroo, plus fun activities like bowling and laser tag at Harbourside Shopping Centre.

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
When: Saturday, 9pm – 9:10pm until 24 June 2023
Tickets: Free

The Wind in the Willows, Royal Botanic Gardens

Image: Ben Fon via Australian Shakespeare Company

The Wind in the Willows is Shakespeare Australia’s beloved outdoor theatre production with plenty of songs, laughs and surprises for the whole family to enjoy. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank to the stage. Pack your picnic rugs, plus snacks and drinks to enjoy throughout the show.

Where: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney | Harbourside side of the Main Pond Lawn
When: 5 January – 22 January 2023
Tickets: $25

Van Gogh Alive, Entertainment Quarter Moore Park 

Van Gogh Alive returns to Sydney this summer school holidays in a spectacular new location at the Entertainment Quarter’s Grand Pavilion. One of the most successful and loved events of the last two years, this is an immersive journey through Van Gogh’s life and revered artworks. The 2022 season of Van Gogh Alive is delivered on a grander scale, offering new rooms and experiences that will take visitors on a multi-sensory experience through Van Gogh’s world like never before.

Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
When: 5 January – 22 January 2023
Tickets: $25

Water Slide and Lazy River at the Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Slip and slide your way through summer at Sydney Olympic Park’s Aquatic Centre. Found in the heated indoor leisure area, the Water Slide is the perfect addition to this water wonderland. Make your way up to the top and take a moment to look out over the pools before bracing yourself as you slide down.

Where: Aquatic Centre, Olympic Boulevard Sydney Olympic Park

When: Daily (School Holidays), 10:00am – 7:00pm

Tickets: Included in pool admission – from $6.60


Alice in Wonderland

For one day only, the streets of Sydney will turn into a giant, escape room. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and enter a virtual world of adventure, intrigue and impossible things at this immersive Alice in Wonderland team event. Solve clues which just get curiouser and curiouser, take on mad and mischievous challenges, and uncover a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wonderland. There are epic prizes to win, such as best fancy dress, top team name and best mini player (under 16’s prize).

Where: Secret starting location emailed 2 weeks prior to event
When: 21 January 2023
Tickets: $60 for team ticket (2-6 adults, kids play free)

The Inflatable, Wave Pool and Giant Slide at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

Summer is the best time of the year at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre with the opening of their Giant Slide and Inflatable obstacle course. Whether you’re swimming laps or want to splash around with the kids, there’s plenty of room for everyone. Don’t miss the 40m wave pool, giant blow-up obstacle course, water slides and more.

The Wave Pool operates on School Holiday and Public Holidays from 10.15 am until 4.40 pm.
The Giant Slide operates on School Holiday and Public Holidays from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.
The Inflatable operates every day during school holidays from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Note: These times are subject to change without notice.

Conditions of Use: A swimming assessment must be successfully completed and a wristband provided by the assessor before being permitted on the obstacle course.

Where: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

When: Daily (School Holidays), 10:00am – 3:00pm (The Inflatable) and 10:00am – 5:00pm (The Giant Slide)

Tickets: From $7.10 


Paint & Sip Mocktails, Chatswood

Chill out with the Willoughby City Council these school holidays at this kid-friendly Paint & Sip Event. The little ones will make a simple and easy acrylic painting on a mini canvas titled ‘red blossoms at night’ and enjoy some yummy mocktails and snacks.

Where: Chatswood Youth Centre

When: 11 January 2023, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Tickets: $10

Website: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Paint-Sip-Mocktails-449091413507 


Main image credit: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.


We’ll keep adding to the Willoughby Living School Holiday Guide for Summer 2022, so check back in for more ideas. And if you know of or have a school holiday activity to add to the list please get in touch via info@thelivingcollective.com.au