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Willoughby Living

What’s On for Summer School Holidays

January 2, 2021

There are a heap of fun camps, workshops, stage shows and activities popping up to keep kids and families entertained these summer holidays…

Summer Holiday Tennis & Sports Camp, Killara and Roseville

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!

Date/s: December 4th to January 26th

Locations: Killara (Killara Lawn Tennis Club) and Roseville (Kooroora Tennis Club)

Cost: From $40 to $60 per day

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

Balmoral Watersports Multi-activity School Holiday Camp

Book your child in for 1,3 or 5 days of fun on the water and on the beach!!

Days are split into 3 sessions with morning tea and lunch break. We also have a range of sailing boats, kayaks, SUP and windsurfers to hire 7 days a week.

Age from 5 to 15yo. Must be able to swim.

Price starts at $177

When: December 7th for 6 weeks.

Book online: https://www.balmoralwatersportscenter.com.au/kids-teens 9960 5344 info@sailingchool.com.au

Carlile Swimming, Castle Cove, Killarney Heights & Freshwater

Jump into Carlile Swimming’s holiday program!

Looking for a fun, holiday activity that can boost your child’s confidence and swimming skills then you’ll find it at Carlile Swimming. The summer holiday swimming program is on weekly for three weeks from January 4.

  • A lesson every day for a week! If your child is currently in lessons, then there is no better way to help them progress with the skills they are trying to master. Cost is a discounted $100 for a week, you effectively pay for four lessons and get one FREE!
  • Specialised Clinics for Mastering Butterfly and Breaststroke, Dives and Turns or being Carnival Ready. Coaches work with your child on the specific areas they need to improve. These can be booked individually for $23.25 per clinic.

Sessions and schedules vary at each pool and you can book now at the Carlile pool which suits you:

Killarney Heights  (02) 9451 3677

Freshwater – (02) 9137 4545

Castle Cove – (02) 9417 2060

Debating and Public Speaking, Speaking Schools Australiasia

Speaking Schools Australasia will be running fun LIVE online and a limited number of face-to-face programs to help students build their confidence in Debating and Public Speaking over the Summer break. Come and join either a four-day online workshop, or head over to Southern Cross Vocational College, Burwood and choose one of the two or three-day workshops.

Online Programs:

When: 11-14 January or 18-21 January 2021.

Time: 9:30 am  – 1 pm with a half-hour break.

Cost: From $180

Physical Classes:

Where: Southern Cross College, Burwood (17 Comer St, Burwood)

18- 22 January 2021 at our  St Leonards Venue @  54 Chandos St, St Leonards.
12- 15 January 2021 at  Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park @ 556 Cleveland St, Moore Park.

When: 18- 22 January 2021

Time: Staggered Start and Finish Times

Cost: From $220 W: https://speakingschools.com.au/

Let’s Get Merry… And Go Round!, Luna Park Sydney

Christmas Season is here, and Luna Park Sydney wants to celebrate with you! Join Lunabob & Lunabelle and get your Santa photo!

“Spin, twirl and twist your way around the Park for the great price of $50 per person! You’ll receive park entry, unlimited rides, fantastic entertainment and MUCH more! Not to mention our latest rides Power Surge and Round Up! Don’t forget, Santa will be visiting through the day for that special photo and our elves will whirl up some merry-goodness at the X-mas Factor show. With special seasonal treats, there is no better way to spend your silly season!

Good to Know: Unlimited Rides includes our two new rides: Power Surge and Round Up!  Open Saturdays and Sundays until 19th December, then open daily until 24th December. Limited tickets available. Must book online in advance.

Dates: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Dec

Times: Day sessions – 10:30am – 4pm Every Sat/Sun (5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20) and 21, 22, 23, 24 Dec

Evening Sessions – 5pm – 10.30pm (Saturday nights): 5, 12, 19 Dec

Click here for more including booking

Gallery 307 Art School Holiday Program, Northbridge

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.

Some of the classes these school holidays are :

December – Keep the kids busy and creative before Christmas:
Clouds * Feather Design Painting * Sand Paper Art * Clay Christmas tea light holder * Christmas Bunting * Christmas Tag & Wrapping Paper * Reindeer Painting* And more …

January – Fun for everyone during the school holidays:
Clay Unicorn * Sailing on the Sea Painting with 3D Origami boats * Colourful Peacocks * Year of the Ox – Chinese Brush Painting * Seahorses & Seadragons * Reflections of Sydney Harbour

We offer High School Workshops : (suitable beginners to advanced):
Colours of Wildlife * Landscape * Flying Colours * Digital Comic Manga* The World of Cyberpunk 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.

Early Break Up Dates : 5th, 9th, 10th, 12th & 16th December

Dec Holiday Dates : 17th – 23rd December

Jan Holiday Dates : 11th January – 22nd January, 2021

Cost : Morning Session $65, Afternoon Session $65, Full Day $130.  Before & After Class Care is available if you need to extend your day

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

 

Willoughby Leisure Centre School Holiday Program, Willoughby

Willoughby Leisure Centre’s school holiday program is back! Loads of your favourite activities are on again from 4-22 January, with a few new activities for you to try.

Sign up for Ninja Warriors, Laser Tag or Skater HQ, as well as new activities – Mini Olympics and lego!  Each day also includes entry to the pool inflatable!

As it’s a COVID-safe program, there are less spaces, so book now to avoid missing out. http://willoughbyleisure.com.au/programs–events/school-holiday-program/

Stage Shows

Fuel your child’s imagination with a stage show that will immerse them into a multi-sensory world. Here are four productions you and the family can enjoy these holidays:

The Wind in the Willows

Image: Australian Shakespeare Company

From 6 to 24 January, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will host the critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production of The Wind in the Willows. Watch the Head Chief Rabbit transform the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ear and a wiggle of the nose. The ‘young rabbits’ will be encouraged to join in the action, scream and sing along all the way through the interactive adventure.

Address: Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Tickets: $20 to $30 per person over 12 months old.

Buy here

Room on the Broom on Stage

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

MINI MAESTROS – Mimi’s Symphony

Image: The Concourse Theatre

Children’s entertainer Justine Clarke and conductor George Ellis lead a beautiful children’s concert where a little magpie, blown from her nest, learns to survive in the suburbs, and brings all the animal gangs together in a joyous symphony.

It’s playing at Chatswood’s Concert Hall on 20 January between 10am to 11am and then again from 1pm to 2pm.

Address: The Concourse Theatre, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Ticket: $26.

Buy here

The 91 Storey Treehouse on Stage

Image: The Concourse Theatre

The CDP Kids presents The 91 Storey Treehouse, an adaptation of the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Follow the adventures of Andy, Terry and Jill in an engaging mix of song, physical comedy, puppetry and more. Kids between the age of 6-12 will absolutely love it!

The show runs from 20 to 24 January with multiple performances on most days. Find more info here.

Address: The Concourse Theatre, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Ticket: $36, $45.

Buy here

Wild Ropes at Taronga Zoo

Image: Tim Coulson courtesy of Taronga Zoo

Swing, step and climb at Wild Ropes in Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo and wave a big hello to the koalas, emus and kangaroos at the Australian Walkabout. It’s the perfect activity for kids who love a fun challenge. The course can take from 45 minutes to two hours depending on the type of package and path you choose. Wild Ropes is welcoming all visitors every Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 3pm. For more information and rules on COVID-Safety, visit Taronga Zoo’s website.

Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman

Tickets: From $22.

Book by clicking here

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 here

The Australian Museum

Image: James Morgan courtesy of the Australian Museum

After a massive $57.5 million building transformation that took 15 months, the Australian Museum reopens to the public on 28 November (10am to 5pm). To celebrate, for a limited time, Museum general entry is free!

These holidays, families can also travel back in time 66 millions years ago in a special interactive exhibition  “Tyrannosaurus – Meet the Family’.

“This summer the world’s most feared dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex, comes crashing out the Cretaceous and into the new blockbuster gallery at the Australian Museum. But watch out, the 13-metre-long, saw-toothed predator isn’t coming alone – the whole tyrannosaur clan will be roaring to meet you. Come face-to-face with a life-sized T. rex, run for your life in a virtual experience, you can even hatch a dino egg in this interactive exhibition.”

Please note the AM’s major exhibition, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family requires a paid ticket.

PCYC Multisports, Craft and Activities, North Sydney

The PCYC has a few school holiday workshops on offer before Christmas to give everyone time to wrap the last minute presents and a huge 3 weeks in January to get the kids active and interacting with kids within the neighbourhood.

To get booked in all you need is:

1. PCYC Junior Membership

2. A good attitude to have fun, meet new people and learn a bunch of new skills!

Good to know: Creative Kid vouchers = redeemable to cover 2 days of the program!
Contact: E northsydney@pcycnsw.org.au F: https://www.facebook.com/PCYCNorthSydney/

ArtarmonHQ Summer Holiday Event & Workshops

WORKSHOP: MAKE YOUR OWN MINI HANGING SUCCULENT TERRARIUM          


Cost: $5.00

Duration: 5 – 10 minutes

Day & Time:

Friday, 15th January 2021, 10.30am – 11.30am

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 10.30am – 11.30am

Location: Home HQ Library, Ground Floor

Description: Learn how to make your own hanging succulent terrarium. The cost includes a mini glass terrarium, a succulent plant and sand mixture.

All proceeds from the workshop will be donated to Royal North Shore Hospital.

Click HERE to book your spot.

 

NORTH SYDNEY BRICK FAIR


Cost: $8.00 per person, $25.00 per group of 4, Free for children under 3

Dates: 16 – 17 January 2021

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Location: Lower Ground Floor, next to Fantastic Furniture 

Description: Over 100 amazing brick-built creations on display. Rare, retired LEGO sets, minifigs and parts for sale.  250 tickets available per hour.

Click HERE to buy tickets.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door (credit card payments only).

 

WORKSHOP: HOW TO SET UP A FISH TANK


Cost: $20.00

Duration: 60 minutes

Presented by: PETstock

Day & Time:

Saturday, 16th January 2021, 10.00am – 11.00am

Saturday, 23rd January 2021, 10.00am – 11.00am

Location: Home HQ Library, Ground Floor

Maximum number of participants per session: 8

Description: In this interactive 1-hour session, learn about basic fish keeping and set up your Blue Planet fish tank. Take home your Blue Planet tank and fish* and start your pet parent journey. This is a fun yet educational program, combining fun facts about basic fish keeping with hands on learning.

The cost includes one Blue Planet 16L Tropical & Coldwater fish tank, filter, gravel, plastic plant, lid and one voucher for 2 small cold water fish.

*The fish can be collected from PETstock Artarmon once tank is established.

All proceeds from the workshop will be donated to Royal North Shore Hospital.

PETkids is an education-based program created to teach children about caring for animals as well as the social responsibilities of owning a pet. Presented by trained staff experienced in animal education and working with children, the program is designed for preschool and primary aged children roughly 4 to 10 years of age. It is aimed to be fun yet educational, combining fun facts about animals, interactive and hands on learning.

Click HERE to book your spot.

 

WORKSHOP: HOW TO SET UP YOUR KRABOOZ HERMIT CRAB KIT


Cost: $20

Duration: 60 minutes

Presented by: PETstock

Day & Time:

Sunday, 17th January 2021, 10.00am – 11.00am

Sunday, 24th January 2021, 10.00am – 11.00am

Location: Home HQ Library, Ground Floor

Maximum number of participants per session: 8

Description: In this interactive 1-hour session, learn how to set up your Krabooz Hermit Crab Kit and care for Hermit Crabs. Take home your Krabooz Kit with a hermit crab and start your pet parent journey. This is a fun yet educational program presented by PETstock, combining fun facts about Hermit Crabs with hands on learning.

The cost includes Krabooz Base Kit and one hermit crab.

All proceeds from the workshop will be donated to Royal North Shore Hospital.

PETkids is an education-based program created to teach children about caring for animals as well as the social responsibilities of owning a pet. Presented by trained staff experienced in animal education and working with children, the program is designed for preschool and primary aged children roughly 4 to 10 years of age. It is aimed to be fun yet educational, combining fun facts about animals, interactive and hands on learning.

Click HERE to book your spot.

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