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Can you believe that Summer is here and the kids are soon to be footloose and fancy free? We know that local families are looking for great activities to keep kids occupied and entertained these holidays.

Check out our fantastic list of options nearby and around Sydney below, and if you have anything to add please email us at willoughby@thelivingcollective.com.au

Big Music Crows Nest School Holiday Camps

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

Option 1: THE ULTIMATE ROCK EXPERIENCE

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 keyboard.

Option 2: HOLIDAY ROCK SHOW

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.

Option 3: JUNIOR ROCKERS SHOW

The Junior Rockers Holiday Show is designed for up-and-coming primary school-aged kids who either already play an instrument or have enjoyed the Ultimate Rock Experience and are now ready to take the next step. A short audition is required for first-timers. Working with inspiring professional musicians, kids join a real rock band and prepare for an awesome stage performance.

Dates:

  • Dec 11-15
  • Dec 18-22
  • Jan 2-5 (4 day)
  • Jan 8-12
  • Jan 15-19
  • Jan 22-25 (4 day)
  • Jan 29-31(3 day)

Time: 9am – 3pm

Suited for: 5 – 17 years

Cost:  5 day program $625

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

Website: www.bigmusic.com.au

Chatswood Tennis Centre

Our coaches engage the children in basic coordination skills and games to get them used to hitting with a racquet. Special tennis balls are used to assist development with larger and softer balls to improve skill level and confidence. Children will maximise their development by staying with their peers for the duration of the camp.

On each Friday, there is a complimentary BBQ provided for the Children to celebrate the end of tennis camp, and a round robin tournament with trophies and prizes.

December 2023

  • Monday 11 – Friday 15 December 2023*
  • Monday 18 – Friday 22 December 2023
    *Note – Tennis Camp WC 11 December will be held at Tennis World North Ryde, 16-18 Epping Road North Ryde NSW 2113

January 2024

  • Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 January 2024
  • Monday 8 – Friday 12  January 2024
  • Monday 15 – Friday 19 January 2024
  • Monday 22 – Thursday 25 January 2024
  • Monday 29 – Tuesday 30 January 2024

Location: 120a Fullers Road Chatswood 2067

Cost: Full week $299, day rate $80, half day $60, before care $10, after care $10

How to bookhttps://chatswoodtennis.com.au/holiday-camps/

Contact details: 02 9411 1500 or info@chatswoodtennis.com.au

Evolve Tennis presents the ULTIMATE KIDS HOLIDAY CAMP, Roseville Park & Kooroora 

Unleash the Excitement! Evolve Presents Thrilling Grassroots School Holiday Camps at Two Premier North Shore Locations – Kooroora Tennis Club & Roseville Park Tennis!
Embark on an unparalleled journey with Evolve as we redefine school holiday fun at the heart of the Northern Shore. Our dynamic team of devoted coaches, versed in both tennis and football, is geared up to create an extraordinary experience for your child. With structured programs meticulously crafted, we guarantee a holiday camp that stands out, becoming a must-attend tradition every school break.
Why Evolve? We promise a top-tier blend of Tennis & Football activities, ensuring every moment is packed with learning, skill-building, and, most importantly, heaps of fun!! More Smiles, More Kids!!
**Book Your Spot Now! Don’t Miss Out on the Ultimate School Holiday Adventure

Extras: FREE Before & After Care (7.30am-9am & 3-5pm) Discounts for full week bookings…Free Pizza Lunch Fridays!!
Bookings: 1300 391 552
Website: https://evolvetennisacademy.com/book-now/

Balmoral Water Sports Camp

“Have Fun – Be Safe – Learn New Skills – Make New Friends” these summer 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: $169  for 1 day; $399 for 3 consecutive days (Monday to Wednesday); $569  for 5 days (Monday to Friday) 9am to 3pm

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

VT1 Kids Holiday Camp

Enter a world of excitement and adventure at the VT1 Kids Holiday Camp! For all little warriors aged 5-11, this action-packed camp is designed to unleash your inner ninja and take your skills to new heights. Each day is packed with learning martial arts, sports, arts and crafts and many more fun activities!

There will be a lot of physical activity and running around so wear comfortable clothing. Also bring your food and drinks needed for the day.

Location:

VT1 Martial Arts Academy
19b/390 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood NSW 2067

Cost:

$99 per day. Book 5 days or more and receive 10% off.

Dates and times:

Monday 18th December – Friday 22nd December 2023
Monday 8th January – Friday 12th January 2024
Monday 15th January – Wednesday 17th January 2024

8.30am – 3.30pm

How to book: Register via email to info@vt1mma.com.au or by calling 9417 1001

Lil SipsnStrokes Kids Creative Holiday Art Program

Say bye-bye to screen time and hello to creativity these school holidays with the Sips n
Strokes kid’s art program! Guided by qualified working with children female artists, the focus of these 3 hour studio sessions is to have fun with expression and creativity, each budding artist will create their very own subject pieces to take home.

With a maximum of 15 kids per group each with one of our talented, female artists to assist, the groups will focus on developing and stretching skills across various mediums and techniques such as drawing, painting and cut out collage. Please have your child bring lunch and a drink for a midway break in a secure under cover outdoor area, with all the kids together along with our staff.

Mini Matisse: 5-8 year olds
Drawing, painting and cut out characters, animals, dragons, monsters all kinds of imaginative creative ideas.

Primary Picasso’s: 9-14 year olds
We will be creating by drawing and painting fun subjects, like landscapes, flower arrangements, characters with story and imagination.

Dates: January 2024 (all 10am to 1pm)
Mondays 8th, 15th & 22nd
Wednesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
Fridays 5th, 12th & 19th

Costs: $65 per session, $175 for 3 sessions

Location: Naremburn Community Centre 7 Central St Naremburn

Bookings: Click the QR code or visit www.sipsnstrokes.com.au

Onyx Gymnastics

Onyx Holiday Club is for 4.5-10 year olds with or without previous gymnastics experience. In our safe, air-conditioned, environment, children at holiday club can explore the gym and spend extra time perfecting skills they have almost mastered in class.
 

We play exciting games linked to the theme of the day, with a strong focus on teamwork and concentration. Children also enjoy fresh air activities and craft projects every day!

BOOKINGS ARE OPEN! Classes run from 9am-3.30pm, additional care hours available. Additional Care hours include the option of add-on private gymnastics lessons.

This Christmas we have s special visitor! Santa is coming to Onyx!   Join us for a special Holiday Club  A day full of gymnastics, holiday festivities, crafts, a Santa visit including presents & photos, plus much much more!
Dates: December 11, 12 & 15, December 18-22 (includes movie night on December 18), January 8-12, January 15-19, January 22-25, January 29-31
Location: Building 13A, 1110 Middle Head Road Mosman
Cost: Holiday Club is $110 a day. We offer 10% off every third day, 15% off every fourth day and 20% off every fifth day booked at one time.

Primrose Park Tennis Camps

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 11-15, December 18-22, January 15-19, January 22-25

Location: Primrose Park Tennis , Matora Lane, off Young Street Neutral Bay

Cost: 5 day camps $300, 4 day camps $250, 1 day camp $85

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

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

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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 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/

Sydney Dance Company Workshops

Dance with Sydney Dance Company this summer!

Young dancers aged 5-18 years will have fun, develop their dance skills and be taught by the best in the industry at our Summer School Holiday Workshops from 2-25 January 2024. We have workshops in a range of styles and levels available at our Wharf Studios in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct and seaside at Bondi Pavillion.

Wharf Studio Workshops:

 Beginner Ballet (5-7 years)
 Beginner Dance (7-9, 10-12 years)
 Beginner Jazz (5-7 years)
 Beginner Contemporary (5-7 years)
 Contemporary Dance (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years)
 Contemporary Masterclass (14-18 years)
 Commercial Dance (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years)
 All Styles (10-11,12-13 years)
 Dance for Musical Theatre (8-11 years)
 Boys Hip hop (8-11 years only)

Bondi Pavilion Workshops:
 All Styles – (8-11 years) 4-5 Jan 2024
 All Styles – (12-15 years) 11-12 Jan 2024

Cost – $35 – $285 per workshop

Link: https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/classes/youth-program/school-holiday-workshops/

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
Websitehttps://www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au/shows/the-wind-in-the-willows

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

Websitehttps://www.aquaticcentre.com.au/Things-to-Do/Water-Slide

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 

Websitehttps://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/RALC/About/Opening-Hours

Waterworld HQ, Moore Park

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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!

Where: 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park

When: Jan 6 – 28

Tickets: $40 (2 hour pass)

Website: www.waterworldcentral.com.au

The Pop Squad

“Pop Squad” is a brand new, uplifting Kids’ Show paying tribute to three of the world’s most loved Pop Music icons: Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa. The 70 minute live show brings the hit music, flamboyant performances and outrageous costumes of these global superstars to local stages around the country. Sydney-based Pop Squad has all the glamour of these chart-dominating popstars, with astonishing live vocal and choreographed performances of their biggest songs, along with an impressive light and visual display.

Where: 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray NSW 2062

When: Jan 23

Tickets: From $18

Website: https://norths.com.au/events/the-pop-squad/

Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Sydney Olympic Park

The award-winning Jurassic World: The Exhibition is roaring into Sydney this Spring – just in time for the school holidays! Following its recent record- breaking engagements in cities around the world, this enormous and immersive experience celebrates 30 years of the franchise that began with the ground-breaking Jurassic Park film from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is a family-friendly exhibit of massive proportions. Visitors walk through the iconic “Jurassic World” gates, explore richly themed environments, encounter a life-sized brachiosaurus, velociraptors, and the most fearsome dinosaur of all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

When: Opens Friday, 22 September 2023 (for a limited time)

Where: SuperLuna Pavilion, Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park.

Times:  Mon-Thurs: 10 am to 7 pm; Fri: 10 am to 8 pm; Sat & Sun: 9 am to 8 pm (Last entry 1 hour before the doors close).

Cost: Admission to Jurassic World: The Exhibition starts at $39 for children (ages three and up) and $49 for adults (ages 16 and up). Family, group, senior and student tickets are also available.

Booking: jurassicworldexhibition.com.au

Wicked the Musical

This blockbuster Broadway music is flying back to Sydney just in time for the school holidays. Wicked tells the untold stories of the Witches of Oz with spectacular visual effects, captivating storytelling and a memorable soundtrack. Bring the kids along to meet Dorothy, Elphaba and the Wicked Witch of the West as they sing and dance their way through Oz in this magical musical theatre production.

When: Sydney Lyric, Pyrmont

Where: August – December 2023

Price: TBC

Websitehttps://wickedthemusical.com.au/tickets/sydney/

Manly Waterworks

An iconic outdoor playground like no other located right in the heart of Manly where the kids can have fun sliding away while you watch on from the spectator deck with friends – or – join the fun yourself!

We are so excited to be open again for sliding fun! We are open every weekend and everyday during NSW school holidays.

TRADING HOURS (FROM 16 SEPTEMBER 2023)

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm

Weekdays CLOSED (open everyday during NSW school holidays)

We can’t wait to welcome you back onto the slides or to host your birthday parties!

Please note that bookings are required for groups of ten or more.

Fore more information visit http://www.manlywaterworks.com.au/

Ramses & The Gold of The Pharoahs at the Australian Museum

Exclusive to Sydney, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs is an interactive museum experience that features 181 priceless artefacts and ornate golden treasures from the tomb of King Ramses II, including one-of-a-kind relics such as sarcophagi, animal mummies, magnificent jewellery, spectacular royal masks, exquisite amulets – many of which have never left Egypt before.

In cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Australian Museum blockbuster Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs will be the largest cultural exhibition to visit Australia in over a decade when it opens in Sydney on 18 November this year.

Where: The Australian Museum

Price: Free general entry

Website: Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs – The Australian Museum

Possum Magic, Chatswood

Monkey Baa Theatre Company is delighted to bring the magical stage adaptation of Mem Fox and Julie Vivas’ Possum Magic to The Concourse, Chatswood in January 2024.

Possum Magic has captivated young readers for generations and this magical production has already enchanted over 170,000 audience members across Australia. Featuring spellbinding magic, puppetry and original music, Monkey Baa’s award-winning team has turned the whimsical world of the book into an exciting live experience for audiences aged 3-8 and their families.

Tickets are on sale now and are available here.

When: 10am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm.

Tuesday 9th January 2024 to Thursday 11 January 2024

For: Ages 3-8 and their families

Where: The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood

409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, 2067

Bookings: https://www.monkeybaa.com.au/shows/possum-magic

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