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There’s lots of fun to be had these summer school holidays, both close to home and further afield – from sailing to stage shows, cupcake decorating, tree climbing, water slides – and more!

Brightsparks Performing Arts School: 10% off for Willoughby Living members!

Would your child love to spend their Summer Holidays Singing, Acting and performing Musical Theatre? Brightsparks Performing Arts School is thrilled to offer a full programme of Holiday Workshops for ages 8-15 years, running over 2 weeks in January 2022!

For the budding young actors: Our Shakespeare Workshop will take you to glory with the fights, the comedy, the laughter and the love with scenes from one the world’s most popular plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet. Be sure to also check out our Act & Improvise Workshop, where our experienced team of teachers will guide students through the art of Improvisation, learning how to create scenes, characters and situations in a fast-paced and fun workshop.

Attention singers! Do you dream of one day singing on your own album?  Highly trained and experienced singing teachers and industry professionals will really make your voice soar in your very own recorded track in our Sing & Record Workshop. Our Musical Theatre Workshop will provide students with the opportunity to sing and act the scenes and songs from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will also be performing with costumes and props for the ultimate holiday workshop fun!

Dates & Costs:

Sing & Record: $120 per day
Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 January

Shakespeare Workshop: $75 per day
Thursday 13 & Friday 14th January

Acting Workshop: $75 per day
Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 January

Musical Theatre: $75 per day
Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 January

Location: Creative Citadel, 14 Hayberry Street Crows Nest

Bookings: Head to the website for more info and mention Willoughby Living for 10% off

Balmoral Watersports Summer School Holidays Activities

Balmoral Water Sports and the Land’s Edge Foundation have joined forces to create the ultimate holiday program for your kids this summer. Come and explore the beautiful bays of Balmoral and uncover the historic secrets of Chowder Bay with qualified, experienced, and friendly staff. Groups will experience a journey in either direction from Chowder Bay to Balmoral. Two and a half days will be spent at each location participating in a range of exciting and engaging activities.

Action-packed week including Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Sailing, Snorkelling, Rafting, Kite Making, Initiative Games, Beach Games/Sandcastle Competition, Bush Exploration to Taylor Bay, Sign Scavenger Hunt and many more fun activities.

We have 3 age groups available: – 7 to 9yo – 10 to 12yo – 13 to 15yo

Price is $550 for 5 days Monday to Friday


Dec 6th to 10th // 13th to 17th // 20th to 24th

Jan 3rd to 7th // 10th to 14th // 17th to 21st


Balmoral Watersports Centre & Land’s Edge (Chowder bay/Clifton gardens)

Book here

Intensive Swim Holiday Program, Willoughby Leisure Centre

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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.

When: 20 Dec – 28 Jan

Booking: To register your interest to join our program, please ring the Swim School on 9958 5799

Website: http://willoughbyleisure.com.au/swim-school/learn-to-swim/intensive-holiday-programs/  

Willoughby Leisure Centre School Holiday Program, Willoughby

Willoughby Leisure Centre’s school holiday program is back! The program is fully supervised and packed with fun activities including Skateboarding, Flying Yogis (Yoga & Acrobatics), Laser Warriors challenge and of course water fun. We also have a range of activities aimed at engaging kids to bring out their creative side, like Make My Bear soft toy workshop, Outback Experience and Bricks 4 Kidz days.

Duration:  Program runs daily between Monday 10 January and Friday 28 January, excluding weekends.

Age: Designed for kids aged 5 to 12 years.

Time: 9am-3pm. Drop-off available from 8am.

Aftercare: Most days until 6pm. Extra charges apply.

Cost: $76 per day. Lunch order optional – available at WLC Cafe.

Booking: https://www.willoughbyleisure.com.au/Whats-on/School-Holiday-Program/Our-Holiday-Program

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Bush Kids Activities

Image: Ku-ring-gai Council
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. The Bush Kids program is suitable for children aged 6 to 12 with sessions running between 8 December to 21 January (9am to 4pm).
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.

Address: 420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives
Cost: $70 per child.
Book by clicking here

The Chatswood Family Festival on the Concourse


The highlight of the COVID-safe festival is the Mini Maestros Musical Superheroes symphony concert series. Conductor George Ellis and Play School’s Rachael Coopes, together with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, will captivate audiences with superhero themed music on Wednesday, 19 January at 10am and 1pm.

The kids will be entertained for hours and can improve their reading with the Summer Escapades Reading Challenge at the library. Children can read or listen to 10 or more books for the chance to win great prizes. Once registered, children can share drawings, book reviews, play online games and check out the Library’s reading recommendations.

After sell-out seasons around the world, The Gruffalo will delight audiences at The Concourse Theatre from 21-23 January. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this musical adaptation of the classic children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

And kids won’t want to miss The 13-Storey Treehouse on 28-30 January at The Concourse Theatre, after sell-out performances around Australia. Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s best-selling book is brought to life with a seriously funny cast.

Meanwhile, active kids will love the Chatswood adventure walk activity with clues to find Chatswood Library’s mascot hidden around 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 https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/FamilyFestival


Room on the Broom, The Concourse

Image: The Concourse Theatre

A cat and a witch sat on a broom,  grinning as they fly high in the air. But a strong wind blows and takes away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. Luckily, a dog, bird and frog find her lost things but as they sit on the broom for a ride, snap it breaks from the weight of five. That’s the high energy treat you and the young ones will be in store for with the Room on the Broom! There are two shows each day between 14 to 17 January with varied timings. Find more info here.

Address: The Concourse Theatre, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood 2067

Tickets: $36, $45.

Buy here

Christmas Cupcake Decorating Workshops, The Classic Cupcake Co.

Our holiday classes are the perfect opportunity for children who wish to create amazing treats to impress all their friends and family!

  • Monday 20th December 3pm – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 21st December 3pm – 4:30pm

Class Size: up to 10 students

Class Duration: 1.5 hours

Skill Level: Basic

Suitable for: Boys & Girls

Age: 7 – 15 (Parents can leave their young chefs for the duration of the class and are more than welcome to wait in our café or browse the local shops. Parents or guardians may also attend this class for the Junior Chef price of $65)

Price: $65 per child per class.

Website: https://theccc.com.au/collections/classes

The 13-Storey Treehouse, The Concourse Chatswood

Would you please welcome to the stage…. Andy and Terry!

Yes that’s right. Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant The 13-Storey Treehouse has been turned into a show for the theatre. AND YOU’RE INVITED!

Curtain up! Today’s the day. There’s just one problem. They forgot to write it! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla? Luckily the theatre has an extensive prop and costume collection and some very impressive stage technology.

Adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), The 13-Storey Treehouse has sold out at Sydney Opera House, and around Australia, and is brought to life with a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry.

Cost: Premium $45, A Reserve $36

When: 28, 29, 30 January 2022


Puppeteria Theatre, Castle Cove

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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 details.

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times.

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15l

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!

Address: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

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

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

Waterworld HQ, Moore Park

Image: Waterworld Central

Swap the beach for epic waterslides and huge inflatable pools at Australia’s first mobile waterpark, Waterworld Central. The family friendly affair will be taking over the Entertainment Quarter this summer and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before!

Come have a splash these school holidays from the 28th Dec. 2021 – 26th Jan. 2022 (Closed New Year’s Day)!

Race your mates on the multi-lane Epic Racer slide, go on an 80-metre water tubing ride or just relax in one of the chilled out wading pools. For the dare devils at heart, take a ride down the Wave Slide, surf’s up!

Of course, there’s a global pandemic to be mindful of, so pre-booking tickets is encouraged. You can book tickets and find more info at www.waterworldcentral.com.au

Entry (non-participant) – $5
Little Dip n’ Slip 2hr Pass – $25 (Excludes Thrill Slides)
Extreme Splash n’ Slide 2hr Pass – $35 (ages 7+yrs – Adult & 120+cm) Includes Pool Slides and Thrill Slides (age, height, & weight restrictions apply)

PURCHASE ONLINE NOW: www.waterworldcentral.com.au

School Holiday Creative Workshops, Ku-ring-gai Art Centre Roseville

Our fun kids classes include painting, pottery, wheel throwing, creative writing, fabric weaving, mixed media, charcoal drawing, collage, beaded jewellery, guitar workshops and more!

  • Morning, afternoon and full day workshops are available
  • All art materials are provided unless stated otherwise
  • All kids art classes are held at Ku-ring-gai Art Centre, Bancroft Park, 3 Recreation Avenue, Roseville 2069

Details and Bookings: https://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Things-to-do/Ku-ring-gai-Art-Centre/Classes-and-workshops/School-holiday-classes


We’ll keep adding to the list as we come across more great activities! Do you know of or run a school holiday activity that should be added to our School Holiday Guide – get in touch via naomi@thelivingcollective.com.au