Sensational Summer School Holiday Guide 2019/2020December 9, 2019
Summer is here! And there’s lots of fun for kids these school holidays – including rock music camp, Harry Potter magic, edible science, cooking, spy training, tennis, swim school, arts and craft, ultimate martial arts, resilience, multi-sports, adventure camp, skate and scooter camp, LEGO – and an unveiling of the new water ride at Luna Park!
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 in 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 musical experience necessary, with a course to suit kids of all ages and any skill level! The emphasis of the camp programs is simply on fun and participation in learning to play 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!
Mon 9th Dec – Thu 12th Dec (9am-3pm)
Mon 16th Dec – Thu 19th Dec (9am-3pm)
Mon 6th Jan – Thu 9th Jan (9am-3pm)
Mon 13th Jan – Thu 16th Jan (9am-3pm)
Mon 20th Jan – Thu 23rd Jan (9am-3pm)
Extras: Optional 5th Party Day on Friday each week for an additional $120.
Optional extended care from 8am drop off -6pm pick up available each day for an additional $20 per hour.
Cost: $480 (Early Bird Price – $440 before 29th November)
Location: 85 Alexander Street (Cnr Ernest Street), Crows Nest
Contact: (02) 8622 6550 Website / Signup: www.bigmusic.com.au/holiday-camp
Resilience in Kids, Neutral Bay, Cammeray, East Roseville, Collaroy Plateau, Annandale, Lilyfield
January school holiday camps! Resilience in Kids is now taking bookings for its popular 1-day Resilience Camps – book now to avoid disappointment! The camps are for everyday K-6 children experiencing everyday challenges. They are fun and play-based and include drama, art, craft, storytelling and LOTS of games. Kids LOVE them!
Good to Know: They explore a whole range of topics, including confidence, friendship, emotions, the inner voice, the growth mindset, positive psychology and LOTS more, all in a safe and supportive environment. Your kids will have a great time AND learn important social and emotional skills! And as a Creative Kids registered provider you can redeem your voucher with them!
6 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
7 Jan – Superpower Camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
14 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 9-12 – East Roseville
14 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 5-8 – Cammeray
15 Jan – Friendship Camp – Age 5-8 – East Roseville
15 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 5-8 – Collaroy Plateau
15 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 9-12 – Lilyfield
16 Jan – Calm Camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
20 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
20 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 5-8 – Lilyfield
21 Jan – Superpower Camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
21 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 9-12 – East Roseville
22 Jan – Calm Camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
22 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 9-12 – Lilyfield
23 Jan – Superpower Camp – Age 5-8 – Annandale
Time: All camps run from 9am to 4pm
Kids Circle: Baking, Arts, Science, Sports, Dance (Chatswood). Special Edition in Spanish (Gordon).
Kids Circle has something for all tastes and interests. Offering a range of different and fun workshops every day to help unleash kids’ creativity whilst making friends during the school holidays. There are two workshops a day!
Good to Know: You can book from 1 workshop (half-day) to a full week. Timetable available on our website now! Redeem your $100 Creative kids voucher with us! For ages 5-9 years old (depending on the activity, children may be grouped by age).
What’s on offer (Chatswood):
STEM and SCIENCE:
Harry Potter Muggle Magic
Edible Science – Tantalising tastebuds
Master Chef sessions with our fantastic Le Cordon Bleu Certified Chef:
Cinnamon Scrolls & Doughnuts Decoration.
Carnival food: Brownies and Pretzels.
Sweet tea: Cupcakes and Fruit Tarts.
Chinese New Year: Money Bags and Fortune Cookies.
Arts and Crafts; Some of our workshops include: Circus, Harry Potter and back-to-school themed crafts, Under the sea and Chinese New Year craft workshops. All your creations will be taken home on the day!
Crazy fun: The invention convention, Spy training and Juggling and Magic Workshops.
When: Chatswood week 1: 13-17 January 2020 and week 2: 20-24 January 2020.
Also for the first time: Kids Circle Spanish Immersion Program at Gordon Library: 14, 15, 16 January 2020.
Times: 8am – 6pm. (workshops 9am-12pm & 1-4pm, bring your lunch: 12-1pm). Free extended hours: 8-9am and 4-6pm).
Location: Kids Circle School Holiday Program (Chatswood): 28 Chatswood Avenue, Chatswood (with free and private parking).
Spanish Immersion Program: Gordon Library: 799 Pacific Hwy, Gordon (2 min-walk from train station, parking available just in front, at the train station and at Shopping Centre.)
Cost: Early bird price (until 15 December): Half-day workshops from $59 (9am-12pm or 1-4pm), full day workshops from: $110 (8am-6pm). Free extended hours: 8:00-9:00am and 4:00-6:00pm. Spanish Immersions: 1 full- day: $130 each / 2 full-days: $120 each / 3 full-days: $110 each. (Suitable for 5-10 years)
Cockatoo Island School Holiday Program, Cockatoo Island
Between Saturday 21 December 2019 and Sunday 26 January 2020, there will be an exciting program of activities including vacation care, immersive tours and historic crane demos. Children will have opportunities to learn outdoors, make friends and tap into their creativity as they discover one of Sydney’s most extraordinary places. Plus, families can pick up free Convict Clues or Ship Shape Challenge activity books from our Visitor Centre.
Location: Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour
Dates: Saturdays during School Holidays
Cost: From $5 per child, $16 per adult (prices vary per tour selected)
How to book: https://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/en/see-and-do/whats-on/school-holiday-program/
Primrose Park Tennis Camp, 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. All camps run from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day Monday to Thursday and Friday is a tournament day and finishes at 2pm
Good to Know: Primrose Park Tennis Camps begin early so private school children have a great option. The coaches at 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
When: Christmas Tennis Camp No1: Monday the 9th of December to the 13th
Christmas Tennis Camp No2: Monday the 16th of December to the 20th
Summer Tennis Camp No1: Monday the 13th of January to the 17th
Summer Tennis Camp No2: Monday the 20th of January to the 24th
Cost: $250 for five days.
Location: Matora Lane, off Young Street, Cremorne
Contact: (02) 9908-2366 e: [email protected]
Carlile Swimming, 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 Carlile Swimming customers, there are new stroke clinics (breaststroke, butterfly) and Dives & Turns Clinics now available – please check with receptions for days and times. We are also offering our intensive program across more times; between 9 to 12 and between 1 to 3.
Week 1 Monday 6 January to Friday 10 January
Week 2 Monday 13 January to Friday 17 January
Week 3 Monday Monday 20 January to Friday 25 January
Cost: Swimvac $94.30 for 5 days of lessons Stroke Clinics $21.75 per Clinic
Location: 2b Holly Street, Castle Cove and 4 Sirius Rd, Lane Cove West.
Maker’s Loft, Cammeray
The beautiful Maker’s Loft is a cafe and craft space – and they offer wonderful school holiday activities for kids. For this summer choose from Messy Art and Craft, Natural Body and Skincare Workshop, Modern Embroidery, Pottery, Macrame, Woodwork, Sewing, Ceramic Painting and more!
Good to Know: There are half day and full day workshops to choose from. All materials are included (unless otherwise stated). Lunch orders are available to order when booking.
Location: 205 Ernest Street, Cammeray
Luna Park, Milsons Point
School holidays are a great time to visit our very own iconic amusement park, Luna Park Sydney! This summer, cool off aboard a crazy new water ride, take a dip in North Sydney Pool and get access to Unlimited Rides all day long! Here’s how to make the most of a summer’s day at Luna Park Sydney…
Enjoy fun in the sun all day long with an Unlimited Rides Pas and ride every ride as many times as you like. Your pass includes access to Luna Park’s new summer ride: Pirate’s Revenge, an exhilarating water ride with two crazy drops at 80km/hr that will cool you off instantly.
Beat the heat with one (or two) scoops of tasty Gelato and finish off the day at North Sydney Pool just next door. Entry is free with your unlimited rides pass, valid on the same day only.
Good to Know: Entry is FREE, but an Unlimited Rides Pass is the best way to experience everything Luna Park Sydney has to offer. The best way to save on rides is to buy your Unlimited Rides Pass online for a discounted door price.
Chatswood Tennis Club Holiday Camps, Chatswood
Our holiday programs run during all school holidays (including private school holidays) and staff development days so you can leave your kids with us for a day, week or a few weeks and rest assured they will play lots of tennis, sport and have lots of fun!! Our Camps are divided into three different camps: Red (5 to 7 years old), Orange & Green (8 to 12 years old) and Yellow (11+ years old).
Our Multi sport program runs after lunch, or participants can choose to book into the Art & Craft program which runs Monday – Thursday for their afternoon session. On Friday afternoons (or the final day of the camp week), the whole camp participates in our Finals Day, where everyone has the opportunity to play our end of week tournament, win prizes from a variety of games or win our end of week trophies.
Tennis conducted by professional coaches in graded groups, plus an excursion of your choice and round robin tournament on the final day
- Camp 1: Monday 9th December – Friday 13th December 2019
- Camp 2: Monday 16th December – Friday 20th December 2019
- Camp 3: Monday 23rd December – Tuesday 24th December 2019
- Camp 4: Monday 6th January – Friday 10th January 2020
- Camp 5: Monday 13th January – Friday 17th January 2020
- Camp 6: Monday 20th January – Friday 24th January 2020
- Camp 7: Tuesday 28th January 2020
Location: 120a Fullers Road Chatswood 2067
Cost: Day rate $70, 2-day camp $110, 5-day camp $275
How to book: https://chatswoodtennis.com.au/holiday-camps/
Contact details: 02 9411 1500 or [email protected]
VT1 Hyper Summer Camp! Chatswood
Treat your child to an unforgettable experience this summer! Our 5 Day Hyper Summer Camp combines martial arts, tricking, parkour and sword skills – just like you see in the movies, to make the ultimate confidence building experience. No experience is necessary, everybody attending are complete beginners. Over 5 days they will make new friends, learn new self defence skills and finish with the Hyper Challenge. Drop your kids off under the supervision of world champion coaches and watch them transform. (While you enjoy a break)
When: 13th – 17th January 2020 (Full program)
Location: VT1 Martial Arts Academy, 19b/390 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood 2067
Cost: $80 per day || $400 – 5 days || $350 Early Bird (15 December)
How to book: https://vt1mma.com.au/kids-holiday-camps/
Contact details: (02) 9417 1001 E: [email protected]
Little Legends, 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: December: Thursday19th, Friday 20th
January: Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th
Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd
Cost: $70 per day, 9am to 3pm. NEW Extended hours, 8am to 6pm additional $20.
Location: Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Ave, Willoughby
Adventure Camp, Greenwich and Northbridge
Offering amazing adventures that ensure kids are having fun outside and staying active, Adventure Camp is one of the most popular school holiday activities in our area – so book fast! Greenwich is the newest Adventure Camp, and will be based at Greenwich Sailing Club. “We’ll be using this as a base to explore Cockatoo Island, take a trip to the Greenwich Baths for some fun in the water and an all new Sailing Activity!” You can also book in to the Northbridge venue.
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. Sign up now to escape the screens and join an Adventure!
Greenwich: Mon 6th – Wed 8th Jan 2020
Northbridge: Mon 16th-18th Dec 2019
Northbridge Mon 6th-8th Jan 2020
Northbridge Mon 13th-15th Jan 2020
Time 8:00am to 5:30pm
Cost: $279.95 (includes all ferry tickets) Payment can be made by Credit Card
Gallery 307 Art School Holiday Program
December 19-23 2019 and January 8-24 2020
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. As well as our normal classes, for the first time ever we will be running 3 preschool / kindy only age group classes, and an Adult Card Making session, running at the same time as the Childrens Art Classes. The kids can’t have all the fun!
Some of the classes these school holidays are :-
December – Keep the kids busy and creative before Christmas
- Origami Christmas Wreath
- Christmas Bunting
- Elfie Selfie
January – Fun for everyone during the school holidays
- Face Collage
- Australian Mythical Animals
- Colours of Summer – Tote Bags
- Origami Lion
- Minecraft Landscapes
We offer High School Workshops for 12+yr olds : (suitable beginners to advanced)
- Scrap Machine
- Drip & Paint Flower Painting
- Gargoyle Heads
- Paint Like the Masters
- Dogs on the Go
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 : December 19-23 2019 and January 8-24 2020
Location : 307 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge
Website : Visit our website for more information and book online today! www.gallery307artschool.com.au
Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see what we get up to @gallery307artschool
Warehouse 11 Holiday Skate and Scooter Camp, Artarmon
The Warehouse 11 Holiday Camp experience is about unlimited fun from 8:30AM until 5PM. We provide morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, snacks and a whole lot of fun! Campers are assigned to a coach who assists their trick development and supervises them. Each day we use our Camper Transport Vehicles to run a skatepark tour, allowing campers to test their skills and experience different parks across Sydney.
Good to Know: Drop-off in the morning is from 8AM – 8:30AM and pick-up in the afternoon is from 5PM – 5:30PM. We have three drop-off and pick-up locations
- Warehouse 11 Indoor Skatepark – 11 Campbell St Artarmon
- Mona Vale Skatepark – 1604 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale
- Monster Skatepark – Sydney Olympic Park, Grand Parade
Cost: It is $99 for one day, $270 for three days or $400 for five days.
Bookings: This can be booked online by clicking here
Kids Klub Program, Willoughby Leisure Centre
Pool games, skating, indoor inflatable, laser warriors and more! Kids Klub Willoughby is an absolute favourite amongst parents and kids and is a great way to keep your children active and busy.
Good to Know: The Program runs daily during school holidays and kids can pick and choose which activities appeal. There is usually an organised activity in the morning and supervised pool play in the afternoon (see Program for details). Early bird and sibling rates are available.
When: Monday 06 January and Friday 24 January 2020, excluding weekends.
Age: Designed for kids aged 5 to 12 years
Time: 9am-3pm -*drop-off available from 8am
Aftercare: Most days to 5.30pm (extra charge of $19 applies)
Cost: $70.50 per day (average). Lunch order optional – available at WLC Café.
Intensive Swim Holiday Program, Willoughby Leisure Centre
Held for 30 mins every day from Monday to Friday, Holiday Intensive Classes are an excellent way to improve your child’s swimming abilities. Classes focus on water confidence and swimming technique. These programs often assist children who are new to a level and for those who need to refine technique in order to progress.
Good to Know: All children are assessed at the end of the program. A feedback report and certificate of completion will be issued.
Week 1: 6-10 Jan
Week 2: 13-17 Jan
Week 2: 20-24 Jan
Booking: To register your interest to join our program, please ring the Swim School on 9958 5799
Free event!: Lego Mania, Home HQ Artarmon
Come and let your imagination run wild in our LEGO pit these school holidays!
Date: 6 – 19 January 2020
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Lower Ground, opposite PETstock
Cost: Gold coin donation for Royal North Shore Hospital
Tuffnutterz, ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour
The kids don’t have to climb the walls at home these holidays! With the arrival of Australia’s biggest inflatable in Sydney, they’ll be able to run off some energy while having the best bouncy fun around. It’s being held indoors at the ICC in Darling Harbour so the whole family can also beat the heat! Tickets give you unlimited access to both of their epic courses including the brand new giant play park which compliments the huge obstacle course. This course is 270 metres long and has over 30 individual obstacles, all joined to form one continuous course.
Good to Know: Suitable for 5 year-olds and up to go unaccompanied. Under 5’s require a non-paying accompanying adult. No under 3’s. Please bring socks and plenty of water.
Where: ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, 14 Darling Dr, Sydney (Darling Harbour).
When: 8-27 January, open 9am-5pm.
Unlimited Rounds: 1-3 Tickets: ($35pp), 4-9 Tickets ($30pp); 10-19 Tickets (27.5pp); 20+ Tickets ($25pp)
2 laps: ($20pp) (Each lap takes on average 15 minutes to complete. You may upgrade to the full day pass on the day by paying the difference.)
The Chatswood Family Festival, The Concourse Chatswood
A huge family fun day, theatre show, sports workshops and arts and crafts are just some of the highlights of the Chatswood Family Festival on The Concourse when it returns in January 2020. There’s a world of fun to be had!
Enjoy a fun and informative day out for the whole family at the Child and Family Expo on 22 January. Have a ball with entertainment, arts, craft, face painting, rides, a jumping castle and more. Find out what’s on offer for children and families in the area from a range of services, clubs and classes exhibiting and browse the child friendly retail and food stalls.
Could you be Australia’s next rugby star? NSW Rugby League unearths new talent with its Try League program on 16 January. Get a taste for the sport with fun activities and games for boys and girls and find out how you can get involved.
Drop into Artspace at The Concourse for an afternoon of fun arts and crafts presented by globalart from 17 – 20 January. Enjoy a great range of art activities using different materials, colours, textures and tools then take home your creation.
Premium children’s theatre performances include Room on the Broom Live on Stage from 18 – 23 January and the Willoughby Symphony’s Mini Maestros Singalong on 22 January when children can take a journey through the orchestra with hits from musical theatre and film classics.
Go out of this world with spaced themed activities at Chatswood Library all January including a reading club, movies, talks and craft.
As you enjoy the fun, why not tuck into something delicious at one of the many restaurants and cafes on The Concourse or enjoy the extensive world class shopping in Chatswood CBD? The Chatswood Family Festival on The Concourse is presented by Willoughby City Council. Many events are free or are low cost. For more information on the program and to book visit http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/events/the-chatswood-family-festival-on-the-concourse/.
Keep checking in as we’ll be adding more wonderful school holiday activities to our Guide soon. If you run a school holiday activity or know of one that should be in our Guide please email: [email protected]