summer school holiday guide

There’s lots of fun to be had these summer school holidays, both close to home and further afield – from sailing to stage shows, tree climbing, water slides – and more! Check out some great local options in our annual Summer School Holiday Guide.

Christmas Creative Kids Workshops, Marian Street Theatre for Young People

Want to try drama? Haven’t used your AUD100 Creative Kids Voucher?

Need some time to finish Christmas shopping? (Or relax, or wrap presents.)

Many kids who are interested in drama are often so busy during the term time – it’s just too hard to fit in another class! These 2.5 hr workshops are an ideal way to have a taster, especially for those who have never tried drama before.

Workshops for Kindy – Year 2, Year 3 – Year 4, Year 5 – Year 6 and Year 7 – Year 9.

Dates: Starting on Saturday the 11th of December then from Saturday the 18th of December to Wednesday 22nd of December.

Locations: They will be held in Gordon, Lane Cove, Hornsby and West Pennant Hills.

Cost: $100 or free using Creative Kids Voucher

Bookings: Visit

Balmoral Watersports

Balmoral Water Sports and the Land’s Edge Foundation have joined forces to create the ultimate holiday program for your kids this summer. Come and explore the beautiful bays of Balmoral and uncover the historic secrets of Chowder Bay with qualified, experienced, and friendly staff. Groups will experience a journey in either direction from Chowder Bay to Balmoral. Two and a half days will be spent at each location participating in a range of exciting and engaging activities.

Action-packed week including Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Sailing, Snorkelling, Rafting, Kite Making, Initiative Games, Beach Games/Sandcastle Competition, Bush Exploration to Taylor Bay, Sign Scavenger Hunt and many more fun activities.

We have 3 age groups available: – 7 to 9yo – 10 to 12yo – 13 to 15yo

Price is $550 for 5 days Monday to Friday

Dates: Dec 6th to 10th // 13th to 17th // 20th to 24th Jan 3rd to 7th // 10th to 14th // 17th to 21st

Location: Balmoral Watersports Centre & Land’s Edge (Chowder bay/Clifton gardens)

Book here

Intensive Swim Holiday Program, Willoughby Leisure Centre

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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: 20 Dec – 28 Jan

Booking: To register your interest to join our program, please ring the Swim School on 9958 5799


Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Bush Kids Activities

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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

Room on the Broom, The Concourse

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.

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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: 28, 29, 30 January 2022


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 details.

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times.

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15l

How to book:

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!

Address: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

Opening hours: School and Public Holidays Monday – Sunday 9am-5pm


Waterworld HQ, Moore Park

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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! Come have a splash these school holidays from the 28th Dec. 2021 – 26th Jan. 2022 (Closed New Year’s Day)! Race your mates on the multi-lane Epic Racer slide, go on an 80-metre water tubing ride or just relax in one of the chilled out wading pools. For the dare devils at heart, take a ride down the Wave Slide, surf’s up! Of course, there’s a global pandemic to be mindful of, so pre-booking tickets is encouraged. You can book tickets and find more info at

Entry (non-participant) – $5 Little Dip n’ Slip 2hr Pass – $25 (Excludes Thrill Slides) Extreme Splash n’ Slide 2hr Pass – $35 (ages 7+yrs – Adult & 120+cm) Includes Pool Slides and Thrill Slides (age, height, & weight restrictions apply)


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:

We’ll keep adding to the list as we come across more great activities! Do you know of or run a school holiday activity that should be added to our School Holiday Guide – get in touch via

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