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Get set for winter wonderlands and super cool activities these school holidays, with bush adventures, s’mores cooking, kids’ shows, billy-kart making, pottery, ice skating and so much more. Some activities are free and will need to be booked fast! 

School Holiday Bushland Adventures, Lane Cove

These winter school holidays kids can experience ‘Survivor – The Bushwalk!’ Get out into the urban wilderness that runs along the Lane Cove River. Join together and practice outdoor survival skills. Kids will need a snack and a drink, hats and suitable clothing for the weather and bushwalking. This event is run by Willoughby Council. 

Cost: Free

When: Tuesday, 29 June 2021 | 09:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 | 09:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Meet at Mowbray Park, Meet in the Rotary Athletic Field Car Park, western end of Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North., Lane Cove North

Bookings essential: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/School-Holiday-Bushland-Adventures-For-primary-aged-children-156981534997#

Inspire Tennis, Roseville & Killara


Discount for Willoughby Living members: Full week bookings 10% off, Sibling discount 5% off

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!

Dates and Times: June 21 to July 12 (Mon to Fri). Half Day 9:30am till 12:30pm OR Full Day till 3pm.Before Care and After Care available at a small fee.

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

Cost: From $40-$65 per day

How to Book: https://www.inspiretennis.com.au/tennis-coaching-sydney/school-holiday-programs-sydney/ OR Call Roseville 9417 6667

Speaking Schools Australasia Debating and Public Speaking, St Leonards

* EDIT: all our programs are running online and there are spots available for next week!
If you’re looking for something new, fun and educational these winter school holidays, that will give your child skills and confidence to last a lifetime, it’s worth booking them into one of Speaking Schools Australasia’s range of online Public Speaking and Debating programs. But do it fast because these tend to book out quickly!


S’mores at The Greens, North Sydney

Do a little outdoor cooking in the winter school holidays around the campfires at The Greens! Step 1 -Melt the marshmallow to your liking over the fire Step 2 – Make a sandwich using the biscuits on the outside and the chocolate on the inside Step 3 – Place the warm, gooey marshmallow in between, and watch it all melt together ready for you to eat!

Cost: $15 for a campfire S’mores Box for Two

Location: 50 Ridge Street North Sydney

Contact: https://thegreensnorthsydney.com.au/  


VT1 Action Movie Camp, Chatswood 

Treat your child to an unforgettable experience this school holiday! Our camps combine martial arts including Jiu Jitsu & Muay Thai, learning Mandarin Chinese and movie making – just like you see in the Bruce Lee movies, to make the ultimate confidence building experience.

No experience is necessary, everybody attending are complete beginners. Over the week they will make new friends, learn new self defence skills and finish with their very own martial arts movie. Drop your kids off under the supervision of world champion coaches and watch them transform. (While you enjoy a break). 

Where: VT1 Martial Arts Academy in Chatwood

When: Mon 28th June – Wed 30th June 2021 – 9am to 3pm

Ages: 5-10 years old

Contact: For more information, contact our team on info@vt1mma.com.au

More Information: https://vt1mma.com.au/martial-arts-chatswood/kids/kids-holiday-camps/

Gallery 307 Art School Holiday Program

These holidays our Art Program is starting EARLY in conjunction with the Independent School holidays offering fun classes on the 18th, 21st & 25th June. Followed by ALL DAY classes 28th June – 9th July. Fun and creative classes. Suitable for all ages, students are taught real art skills in a fun way, with freedom to explore their creativity.  Come along and join us!

Some of the classes these school holidays are :-

  • Who’s in my Web
  • Winter Wonderland Landscape
  • Cozy Hot Chocolate
  • Cats or Goldfish Oriental Painting
  • Printmaking Calico Bag
  • Clay Polar Bear
  • Japanese Star Festival Origami
  • Ski Slop Sculpture
  • Drip Painting Flowers
  • And so much more …

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.


18th, 21st & 25th June – Independent School Early Break Up

28th June – 9th July, 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 https://www.facebook.com/gallery307artschool or Instagram to see what we get up to: @gallery307artschool

Plastic Free July Trivia For Kids 

Bring the family along and join the fun at our trivia event for children for Plastic Free July. Be ready to have some laughs and to get your knowledge tested on topics like waste, plastics and recycling, and you will get the chance to win some great eco-prizes! The quiz is perfect for 7-12 year old children, but the whole family is welcome to attend. All children are to be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Bookings are essential for everyone attending the event, including children and adults. Spaces are limited so priority will be given to local residents if the event becomes fully booked.

Willoughby Council is proud to be a Council Member of Plastic Free July, supporting our community to choose to refuse single-use plastics directly, and doing our part to alleviate the recycling crisis, reducing landfill waste, and mitigating the effects of climate change.

For more on Plastic Free July, click here for the WL feature story: https://willoughbyliving.com.au/take-the-plastic-free-july-challenge/

Cost: Free

When: Tuesday, 06 July 2021 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood

Bookings (essential): https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Plastic-Free-July-Trivia-for-children-154344214701#

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, Billy Cart Bonanza, Laser Warriors challenge and of course water fun. There’s also a range of activities aimed at engaging kids to bring out their creative side, like Build My Bear soft toy workshop and Bricks for Kids days. 

Duration: Program runs daily between Monday 28th June and Friday 9th July, 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/Make-a-booking-School-Holiday-Program

Intensive Swim Holiday Program, Willoughby Leisure Centre

Image: www.timbauerphoto.com

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: June 28 – July 9

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/  

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

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 details. 

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times.

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15l

How to book: https://puppeteria.com/

Winter School Holidays at the Wildflower Garden, St Ives

Join us at the Wildflower Garden during the School Holidays for a variety of nature based activities for kids of all ages. We offer a full day program for primary aged children with a focus on fun and adventure, as well as our morning Nature Play sessions for children 0-5 and 4-6 years.

This winter we’ll learn Aboriginal Bush Skills, explore Off The Beaten Track, cook over a campfire, learn all about Animalia, try our hand at Bushcraft and Camping, create Nature Art and become Nature Detectives!

Details and Bookings: https://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Things-to-do/Ku-ring-gai-Wildflower-Garden/Kids-programs/School-holidays-at-the-Wildflower-Garden

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

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: Thursday, 8 July 2021, 6PM
Friday, 9 July 2021, 10AM
Saturday, 10 July 2021, 10AM, 12PM, & 3PM
Sunday, 11 July 2021, 10AM, & 12PM

Bookings: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=13STOREY21

The Owl & The Pussycat, Glen Street Theatre Belrose

Ahoy! Come set sail in a pea green boat with the Owl and Pussycat for a year and a day to fair Bong-tree Bay.

Adventure calls and love conquers all in this charming and nostalgic musical journey with an irresistible blend of romance and nonsense. Be swept away in this all-new opera, featuring stunning vocals, interactive theatre, puppetry and a troupe of musical puffins. Meet colourful and eccentric new friends including a honey-hooked Sea Bear, an itty bitty Kitty and a punky Piggy Wig as they are brought to life on deck.

Created by a national team of award-winning artists based on Edward Lear’s beloved poem, this interactive journey will inspire, educate and enthral children and their families.

Location: Corner of Glen Street & Blackbutts Road Belrose

Dates: July 14-19

Tickets: $28 or $100 for a family of four

Bookings: https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/owl-and-pussycat-0

Winter in the Domain

Image: https://www.facebook.com/WinterInTheDomain

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Doman presents ‘’Winter in the Domain”, a festival experience showcasing music, culture and entertainment in the heart of Sydney that’s on during the winter school holidays. 

From June 25 to July 18, The Domain will transform into a winterland featuring two unique spaces – Big Top and Winterpark.

The Big Top will host a diverse range of live performances from some of the Australia’s best artists and include family-friendly concerts.

From June 26, the area surrounding the Big Top will be transformed into a free Winterpark with activities for visitors of all ages and heated outdoor spots to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to the Winterpark where you can glide along the ice rink, jump on the family-friendly rides and taste a range of delicious food and drinks these winter holidays.

Entry for the Winterpark outside of concert times is free! For hours of operation CLICK HERE. Ride tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Booth inside the event. For ice skating session times and pre-purchase please follow the Winter in the Domain Facebook and Instagram.

For more information: https://winterinthedomain.com.au/

School Holiday Fun at the Australian Museum

Image: Anna Kucera

The Australian Museum offers a great day out during the school holidays. This winter they have several school holiday activities include archaeology workshops, theatre-making experiences, a prehistoric playground, exhibition tours and more.

For details visit https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/

Meet the Animals, HomeHQ Artamon

Week 1 of the School Holidays includes lots of tips and tricks from the team at PETstock, plus an animal farm on the weekend. Workshops include Dog Tricks & Tips, How to Look after Hermit Crabs, Learn the Basics of Owning a Bird and more.

Visit https://homehq.com.au/winter-holiday-events-workshops/ for more information and bookings.

Plaster Painting & Succulents Workshops, HomeHQ Artarmon

In Week 2 of the Holidays get creative with plaster painting or learn how to make your own succulent terrariums. All proceeds are donated to Royal North Shore Hospital.

For Plaster Painting bookings visit: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=775909&
For Succulents Workshop bookings visit: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=775923&


We’ll keep adding to the Winter School Holiday Guide, so check back in right up to and during the holidays for more great activities.

If you know of or run a school holiday activity and would like to add it to the list, please email naomi@thelivingcollective.com.au