With yet another school holiday rolling around, and with our travel options still restricted, it’s great to know that there are some fantastic local activities for kids. Check out our guide below for some great options – from drama, art and craft, sailing, swimming and rock school… there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Kids with Cameras Photography Workshop, Balmoral & Taronga Zoo
If your child, tween or teen, has a love for photography bring your camera or mobile phone and join us for 2 days of adventure learning how to take great photos with international award-winning Australian photographer Jarrod Castaing. For children aged 9-16 years, suitable for all levels of experience and parents are welcome to attend.
This workshop will show you how to use your camera and get creative with your photography. The class will cover a range of topics from composition, lighting and exposure in a practical way. You’ll also learn technical aspects from aperture and shutter speed to focal length. If you love taking photos or want to pursue a career in the creative arts, this is a great class to break into the creative industry.
Date: October 7-8 (this is a two-day activity)
Location: Day 1 Balmoral Beach, Day 2 Taronga Zoo
Cost: $150 + zoo entry
Bookings: Visit jarrodcastaing.com/kids-with-cameras
Art Attack at Mosman Art Gallery
Mosman Art Gallery’s popular Art Attack series is back for the School Holidays. Workshops include Perfect Pets Printmaking, Natural Fabric Dyeing and Mindfulness Photography.
October 7 (Perfect Pets Printmaking and Natural Fabric Dyeing)
October 8 (Mindfulness Photography – two sessions)
Cost: $15-20 per child
Location: Mosman Art Gallery
To book visit: http://mosmanartgallery.org.au/whats-on
NIDA: TV Presenting @ Taronga Zoo for Grades 3–6
Let their creativity bloom this Spring with NIDA’s TV Presenting @ Taronga Zoo for grades 3–6! As they design and film a television lifestyle program set at Taronga Zoo, watch them develop skills in TV presenting and reporting, enhance their on-screen presence and increase their confidence. All participants will experience an ‘animal encounter’ presented by Taronga Zoo staff and receive a copy of their filmed segment.
Date: 29 Sep–1 Oct
Location: Taronga Zoo
To book: Click here
Indian Jungle Dance, via Zoom
Join Shyamla Eswaran via Zoom to explore the jungles of South India in this unique movement-based adventure. Through story-telling, fun facts, and first-hand experience, Shy teaches children how to move and act like Indian Animals in the wild. The link to the event will be emailed to all attendees the week before. Suitable for all ages.
Date: Wednesday 30 September 10:30 – 11:30am
Sailing Camps, Middle Harbour Yacht Club
Learn to Sail these Spring Holidays Sailing is the perfect way to get out in the fresh air, learn a new skill, meet new friends and participate in a satisfying and fulfilling sport that can be done in a team or as an individual. MHYC offers a simple training pathway through the Australian Sailing endorsed Tackers (7-12 years) and OutThere Sailing (12-17 years) programs. All courses are delivered by experienced accredited instructors. No prior sailing skills are necessary.
Week 1 – 29 September to 2 October – 0900 to 1530
Week 2 – 6 October to 9 November – 0900 to 1530
Cost: $495 for 4 days
NIDA Screen Acting Boot Camp for Grades 3–6, Mosman Art Gallery
Spring into action these school holidays with NIDA’s Screen Acting Boot Camp for grades 3–6 at Mosman Art Gallery! Watch your budding artist build their on-screen confidence and develop skills in improvisation, character development and script work in this three-day intensive workshop presented by the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Dates: Oct 6-8
Location: Mosman Art Gallery
To book: Click here
Beyond! Mental Health Workshop for Teens, Mosman Drill Hall
A free three-day workshop involving students aged 15-18 years and young people with lived experiences of mental health issues, as well as mental health experts. Beyond! is about tuning in to stigma and creating youth mental health community leaders who are empowered to support themselves and their peers.
On day one, hear from young people at Batyr discussing personal experiences and why it is important to break the stigma. On day two, join in the safeTALK nationally accredited training workshop presented by trained facilitators teaching what to do when warning signs of possible suicide are spotted. On day three, there will be an opportunity to tune in to relationships with our friends and peers, exploring how we can best relate to each other with positivity.
Bookings are essential as numbers will be limited to ensure safety of participants and allow the workshops to be immersive, dynamic and comfortable. Lunch will be provided.
Dates: Wednesday 7 to Friday October 9 October 10.00am – 2.30pm
Location: Mosman Drill Hall, 1 Cross St, Mosman
To book: events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/beyond
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 in 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 musical experience necessary, with a course to suit kids of all ages and any skill level! The emphasis of the camp programs is simply on fun and participation in learning to play popular music with other kids!
Good to Know: Due to Covid-19, we have modified our holiday camp programs to make them CovidSafe for our students, staff, parents and community. These measures include reduced class sizes, breaks between classes to allow time for studio and instrument cleaning and replacing the final concert with live streaming of student performances. Despite these important precautions, our holiday camps are still cool, fun, inspiring and the Ultimate Rock Experience!
When: Mon 28th Sept – Friday 2nd Oct, and Tues 6th Oct – Friday 9th Oct.
Where: 85 Alexander Street (Cnr Ernest Street), Crows Nest
Cost: $600 for five days, $480 for the four day week. (Early bird bookings prior to Sept 13 receive $60 off).
Camera Masterclass and Sing & Act Workshop: Bright Sparks Co. Performing Arts School, Crows Nest
The Brightsparks Performing Arts School offer a range of courses to focus on areas that inspire children’s imaginations and boost their confidence. The 3 day Camera Masterclass will be an incredible opportunity for young budding actors to experience a taste of a professional studio working with industry specialists. Cameramen, Photographers and Hair and Make up artists will work together to create a professionally shot and edited show-reel for each child with our in-house editor to create a truly winning video to showcase their talent. If your child is less of a behind the camera personality and prefers to shine on the stage, the ever popular Sing and Act course, is possibly more for them. It’s a fun filled two day extravaganza of singing and drama where children create scenes, dress up to create characters, sing songs from their favourite shows and musicals and perform in the gorgeous Citadel studio. Highly trained and experienced singing and drama teachers will really make their voices soar.
Camera Masterclass: 28th to 30th September
Sing and Act Workshop: 1st to 2nd October
Times: Singing: 9am-12:00pm Drama: 12:30-3:30pm
Location: Citadel Creative, 14 Hayberry St, Crows Nest
Cost: $200 per day (GST not included)
Kids Circle: Visual Arts, Dance, Cooking and more. Lindfield and Northbridge
We at Kids Circle, have organised super fun and well-rounded workshops for all tastes and interests! Ask your kids friends to come with them, they will love what we have on offer for them! Two workshops a day! Pick and choose, you can book from 1 workshop (half-day) to a full week if you wish! Timetable available on our website now! Don’t forget to redeem your $100 Creative kids voucher with us!
This Spring School Holidays we will offer:
International and Local Cuisine sessions with our fantastic Le Cordon Bleu Certified Chef: Pasta Making, Superheroes’ Cookies decorating, Bakers delight and Edible Terrarium workshops.
Arts and Crafts: Flowers creation and vase décor, Fantasy Garden and Pots decoration, DYI and decorate your own kite and fly it out!
Painting workshops: Funky Llama, Frida Kahlo inspired painting, Tutti Frutti fruits, 3D Flamingo and an Nature inspired Collage.
Kids will be able to take ALL their creations home on the day!
When: Week 1: Tuesday 29th September until Thursday 1st October 2020. Week 2: Tuesday 6th until Thursday 8th October 2020.
Times: 9am – 4pm. (workshops 9am-12pm & 1-4pm, bring your lunch: 12-1pm).
Northbridge Special Edition (2 days only): St. Marks Anglican church, 17 Tunks St, Northbridge NSW 2063.
Lindfield: Girl Guides Hall, Two Turnes Park Reserve, Gladstone Parade, Lindfield.
Cost: Early bird price (until 13th September): Half-day workshops from $55 (9am-12pm or 1-4pm), full day workshops from: $95 (9am-4pm).
Ages: Kindy – Year 4 (depending on the activity, children may be grouped by age)
Contact: www.kidscircle.com.au/enquiries Bookings: kidscircle.com.au/holiday-program
Carlile Swimming Intensive Holiday Program, Lane Cove West and Killarney Heights
Does your child need that extra boost with their swimming skills and confidence? Then Carlile Swimming’s School Holiday Swim Program is perfect for you. The daily repetition of classes helps children master skills and strokes, and can produce incredible improvements in just one week. This Program suits every age and ability, and is particularly useful for children who are new to swimming or needing some improvement to reach the next level.
Carlile Swimming is running their popular Swimvac program at Lane Cove West and Killarney Heights pools. To book your child’s spot, contact the pool today!
Mon 28th September to Friday 2nd October
Tues 6th October to Friday 9th October (Killarney Heights only)
Cost: $94.30 (5-day week) and $75.45 (4-day week)
Where: Carlile Swimming Killarney Heights 9451 3677, Carlile Swimming Lane Cove West 9188 1027
Luna Park 85th Birthday Celebrations
Dust off your party hat Sydney! Luna Park Sydney is preparing to turn 85 years young on 4 October, and throwing one big birthday bash throughout the NSW October school holidays. Between 26 September – 11 October, you’re invited to join in the fun at Luna Park Sydney for a festive-filled experience like no other. Guests can expect exclusive birthday entertainment from the Showtime team, birthday festivities and the chance to win amazing prizes in the Park’s Birthday Bonanza giveaway. Since 1935, Luna Park has been a source of shared laughter across many generations of Sydneysiders and visitors alike. Just like the rides, its history is one of twists and turns, and ups and downs; but always bringing smiles to the Harbour. Luna Park invites Aussies to take a trip down memory lane, and meander through a nostalgic time capsule with their digital 85-year tribute, online here.
School Holiday and birthday celebration tickets will be available to purchase at LunaParkSydney.com for a flat rate of $50 per guest, which provides guests access to Unlimited Rides for a specific date and time. Every guest must have a ticket to enter Luna Park during this period. Luna Park Sydney continues to take a highly precautionary approach to managing the spread of COVID19 and visitors can expect enhanced cleaning measures along with specific entry requirements for all staff and visitors including temperature and identity checks. In addition, it is essential that Guests understand that by entering Luna Park Sydney, they agree they are well and not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms as outlined in their Health and Safety Declaration Form.