There’s so much on offer for these school holidays, from water adventures to new skills and sports, drama, craft and even dinosaurs and robots – and it’s all nearby!
Adventure Camp, Northbridge, Chowder Bay and Cockatoo Island
Adventure Camp is what parents and children dream of when it comes to a school holiday activity. With the tagline ‘No kids left inside’, there is also an amazing philosophy that runs through the core of the program. “We believe that kids learn through adventure and the best adventures are had outdoors. As parents we want our kids to be able to gain great life skills and learn to feel safe and have fun outdoors. That’s why we started Adventure Camp.” These holidays, there are three Camps to choose from, in three convenient locations around Sydney:
Chowder Bay Adventure Camp: Mon Jan 21- Wed 23; 8am-5.30pm
Based from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), Chowder Bay, there will be new activities, challenges and stories – but with plenty of outdoor adventure. With the weather warming up, water-based games are making a return – including rafting, snorkeling and swimming (wetsuits provided).
Northbridge Adventure Camp: Mon Jan 7 – Wed Jan 9 or Mon Jan 14 – Wed 16; 8.30am-5.30pm
Held at Northbridge Sailing Club, Bethwaite Lane, Northbridge. The 3-day camp will be action packed with plenty of outdoor fun and games – and no iPads in sight! With warm weather expected sailing is on, as well as swimming and water games – plus some new challenges.
Cockatoo Island Adventure Camp: Thurs Jan 10 – Friday 11 or Thurs 17 – Fri 18; 8.30am-5.30pm
Kids will explore tunnels, learn about the history of the Island and solve a mystery of 1920’s gangland Sydney… There will be plenty of water-based activities (and a short trip over to Greenwich Baths for swimming, snorkeling and rafting – wetsuits provided), plus team-work challenges and our trademark Prize Auction to finish up!
You can drop-off and pick up your kids at either Balmain Ferry Wharf, Greenwich Point Ferry Wharf, Woolwich Ferry Wharf or on Cockatoo Island.
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. There is also an Adventure Camp Rewards & Referral Program! When you buy a ticket, you’ll get a special referral code. You can share this code with your friends, and every time someone uses your code to buy a ticket, you earn either Cash Back, or credits towards the next Adventure Camp!
Cost: All camps are $289.95 for three days.
CIY Club Website Design, 3D Printing & Game Coding Workshops, Mosman
CIY.Club school holiday events are for kids aged 9-13. It’s a place for children to train to be creators of technology, from the beginner through to tech genius.
The first summer school holiday event is a two Day Website Design and 3D Printing Camp. Participants explore a mixture of exciting topics in digital technologies.
Website Design: Learn the basics of website design, a widely sought-after skill in today’s tech age! Kids will learn how to design a website from scratch utilising one of today’s most engaging and popular design systems. After just one day, their website can be fully functional and can be taken home where kids can continue to develop it.
3D Printing and Design: Learn the basics of three-dimensional design. Coders get an exciting opportunity to experience a new technology that is changing the way we view, imagine and interact with the world around us. Kids will be shown how to move and stretch shapes into bigger more complex objects. With a few tricks and tips, they’ll be creating amazing 3D things in just one day!
$264 for two days
Tues 22nd and Weds 23rd January 2019
8.30am to 5.30pm
Mosman Art Gallery, 1 Art Gallery Way
BOOK NOW: https://ciy.club/event/website-design-3d-printing-camp-2-day-event/
The second summer school holiday event is a two day Game Coding Camp.
Game Coding: Learn the basics of computer coding and game creation; kids will learn to put together different games including graphics and basic coding to make it interactive. Games can be taken home and continued to be developed. The two day Game Coding Camp is for beginners and those with prior experience. The content within will allow work on different games as kids progress, learning the foundations of the coding within!
$264 for 2 days
Thurs 24th and Friday 25th January 2019
8.30am to 5.30pm
4 Heydon Street, Mosman
BOOK NOW: https://ciy.club/event/game-coding-camp-2-day-event/
Action Adventure Holiday Camp, Mosman Martial Arts Academy
Has your child ever expressed an interest in Martial Arts? These Action Adventure Holiday Camps are a great place to start! Proud winner of the 2017 North Shore Business Awards for ‘Outstanding Fitness Services’, MMAA offers exciting action-packed Holiday Camps for kids aged 6 and up where children can learn new martial arts skills in a fun and inclusive environment, build confidence and above all have fun! Children will be introduced to Parkour, Jiu-Jitsu, Sumo wrestling, survival skills and more. They will learn awesome kicks, gymnastics and acrobatics moves, make friends and have fun with the multitude of activities and mini Olympic obstacle courses. Action camps are led by famous coach, actor and stuntman William Temm, trained by controversial Hollywood star Steven Seagal as featured in Mosman Daily’s recent cover story. A highly experienced Boxing, Karate, Classical Weapons and Self-Defence instructor, William has been involved in fighting arts and combat sport for more than fifty years with outstanding qualifications. All MMAA staff members hold current First Aid Certificates and Working with Children checks.
Good to Know: MMAA is an approved NSW Active Kids Provider. Program is a fun-filled 3-hour action packed session that emphasizes fitness, coordination, body control and athleticism open to all kids, beginner to advanced, aged between 6-15. Non-members are welcome! Please ensure that your child wears comfy clothes (or a martial arts uniform) and brings 2 bottles of water with them, as well as a snack (no nuts please) for a morning tea break. Spots are limited, so please contact Reception on 0451 364 885 or (02) 8283 9243 (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to secure your child’s spot!
Cost: Early Bird: $60 per day paid 1 week prior to first day or $65 per day after. Pre-paid early bird 10 days $550
When: December 24, 2018 to January 25, 2019. Monday to Friday 9am – 12pm except public holidays (drop off 9am; collection 12pm)
Location: 4, 121-123 Military Road, Neutral Bay 2089 (Corner of Bydown Street)
Contact: Mosman Martial Arts Academy
Rockpool Ramble, Balmoral Beach
Learn about life in the harbour by exploring Mosman rockpools. Led by a marine biologist, you will have the chance to discover some of the animals that are found along the Mosman foreshore. You will have the chance to get up and close with some of the animals that make up the rocky intertidal zone, and learn how the animals interact together.
“We go rockpooling regularly but still learned loads. And the kids loved it.”
“Great to see what we find in our ‘backyard’. Love doing anything outdoor educational with the kids.”
Good to Know: These wonderful events book out fast (the first two in January are already full!) so book quick. Suitable for all ages, although children must be accompanied by an adult and be comfortable walking on uneven rock platforms. All participants must be comfortable walking on wet and uneven surfaces (this includes children). Not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with walking aids.
When: Wednesday 23 January 2019 3.45pm – 4.45pm
Location: Meeting place disclosed on booking
Sydney Speaking School, North Sydney
Imagine a fun school holiday course that will not only assist children at school, but set them up with skills for life and increase their confidence. Sydney Speaking School uses their team’s combined skills and years of experience to create fun and engaging courses in Public Speaking, Debating and Presentation Skills. The courses are extremely popular and tend to book out quickly! Some of the past testimonials include:
“My daughter was hesitant to attend initially but just after attending the first day she totally loved it. She enjoyed the interactive games, learning tools for public speaking and making new friends.” Joyce
“My son is starting high school this year and it’s fantastic to have a school like yours, offering these courses to young people. About the course, he found it enjoyable and extremely useful. Well done guys!” Bea
Good to Know: The courses on offer are for children ages 6-15. Classes are kept small to ensure lots of practice in a welcoming atmosphere, and are taught by an experienced coach. Whilst classes normally run between 9am to 3pm, parents are able to leave their children at the venue until 5pm for a small fee.
Cost: The 2-day courses range from $200-$240. The 3-day courses are between $260-$300 (early bird specials are available).
When: 14-18 Jan
Location: Shore School, Blue Street, North Sydney
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 at 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 experience necessary with a course to suit all levels. The emphasis of the camp programs is on fun and participation in playing and performing popular music with other kids.
Good to Know: These popular Holiday Camps cater for all kids aged 6+ regardless of their prior musical experience. Each program runs for 4 days (9am-3pm) culminating in a performance for family and friends. Places are limited and often sell out, PLUS all kids are invited to our new Ultimate Rock Party so ROCK ENROL NOW!!
Cost: For the 4 days: $460, with optional early drop off/late pick up (8am-6pm) available each day for an additional $20 per hour.
When: see dates above
Location: 85 Alexander Street (Cnr Ernest Street), Crows Nest
Contact: (02) 8622 6550 W: www.bigmusic.com.au/
Primrose Park Tennis Camps, 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.
Good to Know: Primrose Park Tennis Camps begin early so private school children have a great option from Monday 10th-Friday 14th. The coaches are 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
Cost: Each camp is $250 per week (five days).
Camp 1 Mon 10th Dec to Fri the 14th
Camp 2 Mon 17th Dec to Fri the 21st
Camp 3 Mon 7th Jan to Fri the 11th
Camp 4 Mon 14th Jan to Fri the 18th
Camp 5 Mon 21st Jan to Fri the 25th
Location: Matora Lane, off Young Street, Cremorne
Contact: (02) 9908-2366 e: email@example.com
NIDA Workshops: Taronga Zoo, Mosman Art Gallery and locations around Sydney
Help your kids put their imagination into action these school holidays with Australia’s leading centre for performing arts education and training! NIDA is bringing their most popular short courses to Mosman this January for grades 3–10:
TV Presenting @ Taronga Zoo for grades 3–6 or 7–10
Design and film a television lifestyle program set at Taronga Zoo. Develop skills in TV presenting and reporting as you learn to enhance your on-screen presence and increase your confidence. Receive a copy of your segment.
Dates: Tue 8 Jan–Thu 10 Jan 2019, 10am–4pm
Location: Taronga Zoo
Auditions and Screen Tests for grades 3–6
Become confident in how to present yourself to a theatre or screen director, practice auditions for theatre, film and TV. Participate in a ‘mock audition’ and receive constructive feedback on your audition preparation and technique.
Dates: Tue 15 Jan–Thu 17 Jan 2019, 10am–4pm
Location: Mosman Art Gallery
As well as this exciting offering in Mosman, NIDA Open is running their summer holiday program all over Sydney! They have plenty of short courses available for all ages in acting, directing, writing, design, filmmaking, stand-up comedy and more! Book now to receive a 10% discount on all January short courses with their earlybird discount (4 weeks in advance for children and young people, 2 weeks in advance for adults).
View NIDA’s full summer program
Big Wild Imagination Art Play Workshops: Neutral Bay
The perfect school holiday activity held in Neutral Bay for children aged 5-12 years, our art play workshops are an invitation to get creative and experiment in a beautifully inspiring environment. Feed your child’s curiosity in our one-day workshops packed with art experiences and resources to ignite their senses. Think dough, paint, slime, lights, motion, sculpture, sand, clay, recycled materials and more, used in innovative ways to inspire open-ended creativity. And unlimited imagination!
The focus of our art sessions is on discovery and self-expression. Children work at their own pace with the freedom to explore ideas. Your child will gain leaps and bounds in problem solving, perseverance, experimenting, collaboration and confidence.
Summer 2019 dates: January 16-18 and January 23
Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm (but children can be picked up as late as 5pm)
Location: Whoosh Club. Level 1, 129/133 Military Road, Neutral Bay
The Ultimate Magic Show, NORTHS Cammeray
Legendary multi-award winning magician and illusionist Jonas Jost hits the stage these school holidays. Jonas performs in an action packed show, featuring hilarious comedy and mind blowing magic for kids and parents alike.
Time: Doors 10.30am Show 11am
Bookings: BOOK TICKET
Rise of the Tarongasaurs, Mosman
“Follow the Dinosaur Trail at Taronga Zoo Sydney and be amazed by our life-size, moving, roaring and even spitting Dinosaurs! From Triceratops to T-Rex, Brachiosaurus to the fearsome new Utahraptor, the whole family will be able to see their favourite Dinosaurs up close, and learn about the Dinosaurs that still walk among us.
Keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground as you go in search of our prehistoric friends in Zoo grounds. Follow the Dino Trail marked on the Taronga Zoo Sydney map, or simply follow the thundering roars!
Kids, are you ready to dig? At Taronga’s Fossil Dig, you’ll be able to pick your tool of the trade and make like a palaeontologist uncovering mysteries of the earth’s prehistoric past. You’ll also be able to get up close with the climbable Pachyrhinosaurus and hear from our special Dinosaur Keepers at their twice daily Keeper Talks.”
Cost: Free with zoo entry or Zoo Friends Annual Pass
When: Daily 9.30am-5pm until Sunday February 3, 2019.
Location: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
Battle Robots, Mosman
Mosman Library always offers great workshops for kids during school holidays – this summer kids can learn programming, then build robots and then battle them! “One, Two, Three, Four, now we start our Robot War! In this workshop participants will be taught fundamentals in programming and building robots. They will then be challenged to build combat robots of their own design to compete against each other to determine the victor.” Sounds amazing!
Good to Know: Participants must bring their own lunch and a water bottle. Suitable for ages 9 – 12
When: Wednesday 16 January 2019, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Location: Barry O’Keefe Library (Mosman Library Service), Library Walk, 605 Military Road, Mosman
Resilience Camps, Neutral Bay, Northbridge and Annandale
Could your children’s resilience do with a top up? Are you keen for them to do something fun and educational these school holidays? Send them to one of our popular Resilience Camps! We will be running our Calm, Confidence and Friendship Camps for kids in years K-6 from 8.30 – 3.30 at Northbridge Library, Whoosh Club Neutral Bay and Annandale Community Centre.
We do a range of activities in our camps, including drama, art, music, storytelling, movement, breathing and games. In our Calm Camp we give children a toolkit of skills to help them manage uncomfortable feelings. In our Confidence Camp we explore a range of tools to help build their sense of self-worth. In our Friendship Camp we teach kids how to make healthy friendship choices and navigate the playground.
Good to Know: It doesn’t matter if you have previously attended one of our camps as we will be exploring new and fresh content (but also keeping those favourites that kids love). You also don’t need to be attending our term-time workshops in order to benefit from attending. Wondering whether to do our camps and our term-time workshops? Absolutely! Children enjoy the mix of new and familiar games and activities.
Book in soon to guarantee your spot – our camps are popular and sell out quickly!
When: Northbridge Scout Hall – 10, 17 & 23 January
Whoosh Club Neutral Bay – 7, 9, 14, 15, 21 & 22 January
Annandale Community Centre – 8, 16 & 23 January
Cost: The cost per day per child is $95, including GST
Wannabees Family Play Town, Frenchs Forest and Hornsby
If you haven’t tried the imagination wonderland that is Wannabees Family Play Town, take the short drive to Frenchs Forest or Hornsby for a super fun day out these school holidays. “Enjoy our unlimited play and get the most of your day! We have set up a unique indoor theme park featuring a child size city, where children can dress up, role play & explore different occupations within our community. At Wannabees we love to see kids having fun, especially through imaginative role-play. We encourage all children to be what they ‘wannabee’.
All shops in our city are child size so kids will feel like they have walked into a beauty shop, hospital, fire station etc. that is just for them! We have so many activities to have the kids entertained the whole day: firefighting, fashion parade, TV studio, dancing, Radio Station. plus our awesome school holiday program with extra activities such as: scavenger hunts, talent show, cooking workshops , zumba, daylight discos and many more.
Good to Know: Parents can join the fun with the kids or enjoy our complimentary coffee and wifi. Our cafe has so many healthy snacks and lunch options for the whole family. There’s ‘Drop & Shop’ available in our Hornsby center and Rock climbing in Frenchs Forest!!”
Cost: Children 1 to 2 y.o: – $15.00. Children 3 to 10 y.o $20.00. Adults: $5.00 (Includes Coffee Voucher when entering with a paying child) Seniors: Free. (See website for Drop & Shop fees).
When: Open 7 days.
Location: Frenchs Forest: C1/1-3 Rodborough Rd and Hornsby: Shop 2042/236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield Hornsby)
Disco Ice Skating and Learn to Skate, North Ryde
How lucky are we to have an ice skating rink just a short drive away! Ice skating is always a super fun school holiday activity, and what a great way to stay cool in summer. Sydney’s largest rink (it’s a full size Olympic rink) is located in Macquarie Shopping Centre and is open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day. It’s been operating for over 30 years and underwent a major makeover just last year. These school holidays you can head along for fun Disco Skate sessions, or join in one of their school holiday ‘Learn To Skate’ programs.
Good to Know: Registration for the school holiday Learn to Skate is from 8:30am to 9:00am each day. Pre-bookings are essential and can be made by calling 9888 1100. General skating has session times too and these are subject to change during summer holidays, so make sure you check the website for dates and times.
Cost: Entry for skating: General Admission: Adult $22 Students $21 Child (U16) $20. Skate hire $5.00.
School Holidays Learn to skate: $40 per class or $170 for 5 classes (Price includes admission, skate hire, 45 minute lesson and practice time.)
Location: Macquarie Ice Rink is located on Level 1 Upper of the Macquarie Shopping Centre, Cnr Herring Rd & Waterloo Rd North Ryde
Contact: www.macquarieicerink.com.au P: 9888 1100
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