Summer is coming! Get out and have some fun in the sun with the entire family with this ultimate summer school holiday guide. From paint and sip mocktails to giant waterslides and an incredible line up of shows and exhibitions, here’s what’s happening these school holidays.

Evolve Sports School Holiday Camps, Roseville

Evolve Tennis Academy & Game Ready Football unite to bring you the most exciting grassroots school holiday camps. Our team of dedicated coaches across both codes aim to give an experience like no other, offering a structured program which is key to delivering your child/children a quality array of Tennis & Football activities they will want to visit each and every school holidays. We cater for more children at Evolve Sports Camps than any other location on the beaches and it comes as no surprise considering whats on offer…

Extras: FREE Before & After Care (7.30am-9am & 3-5pm) Discounts for full week bookings…
Bookings: (02) 9971-0644

Inspire Tennis and Sports Camp, Killara & Roseville (Ages 3-15yo)

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!

The Multisports Holiday Program is designed to develop physical, emotional and fundamental skills for pre-school aged children.


Camp 1: Mon 5th December – Fri 9th December (Private Schools Killara Only – 5 days)
Camp 2: Mon 12th December – Fri 16th December (Private Schools Killara Only – 5 days)
Camp 3: Mon 19th December – Fri 23rd December (Killara and Roseville – 5 days).
Camp 4: Tue 3rd January – Fri 6th January (Killara and Roseville – 4 days).
Camp 5: Mon 9th January – Fri 13th January (Killara and Roseville – 5 days).
Camp 6: Mon 16th January – Fri 20th January (Killara and Roseville – 5 days).
Camp 7: Mon 23rd January – Fri 27th January (Killara and Roseville – 4 days).
Camp 8: Mon 30th January (Pupil Free Day Killara Only – 1 day)

Locations: Killara, Roseville, Terrey Hills

Cost: $40-$65 per day – Sibling discount available

Bookings: Online Registration System OR Call Killara 9498 1902 or Roseville 9417 6667

Marian Street Theatre for Young People

Marian St Theatre for Young People are running their bespoke summer holiday workshop program, crafted from 50 years experience, with small class sizes and a faculty of theatre industry professionals. We are a not-for-profit charity so these workshops are an affordable opportunity for your young person!

For Kindergarten to Year 6 we are running our ever popular MAKE A PLAY workshops. Create, develop and perform! Work with other young people to make a play to perform to family and friends at the end of the week. What appear like fun games are important drama exercises that teach the fundamentals of performance as well as building confidence, creative thinking and skills for working with others. The course also includes:
– acting skills: characterisation, listening and reacting
– storytelling: story arc and story building
– stagecraft
– collaboration, group work and team building
– vocal techniques: the basics of voice projection, diction and clarity
– movement skills: the basics of stage physicality
-confidence building through performance in a fun and safe environment
9:30am – 12:30pm daily for 5 days in either Killara or Hornsby. 
9th – 13th January 2023 OR 16th – 20th January 2023.
For Teens we are running our SHAKESPEARE RESIDENCY exploring Macbeth. In this week, join a professional director to examine the world of Macbeth, the characters and themes of the play. The residency culminates in a 1hr performance of the play for friends and family.
9th – 13th January 2023
Or Teens can dive into a MASTERCLASS on Absurdist Theatre. Delve into the style and writings of the theatre of the absured with a professional director. A 3 day blitz of rhinoceroses, chairs and missing persons!
The course will also include:
– learning skills and techniques around spontaneity, accepting and extending character, emotion and status and how these can be applied to any scene
– practical application of improvisation techniques through short-form scene work with other students
– a short showing to family and friends
Venues: Killara – St Martin’s Church, 9B Arnold Street, Killara; & Hornsby – Storey Park Community Centre, 12 Old Berowra Rd, Hornsby

Ku-ring-gai Council Vacation Care: West Pymble, St Ives, East Lindfield

Vacation Care offers children a variety of arts, crafts, games, sports, excursions and educational experiences during school holidays. We offer age-appropriate programs and activities in a safe, secure and caring environment with staff supervision at all times. Spitfire Go Karts, Luna Park, Sydney Cooking School, Stardust Circus, Koala Park, Hot Potato Band and more this winter school holidays.
Whether you’re with us for one day or the whole holidays, you’ll have such a great time, you’ll want to tell all your friends!

The four venues tailor programs to different age groups. They also provide healthy fruit for an afternoon snack around 3.30pm.

Details and Bookings:

School Holiday Creative Workshops, Ku-ring-gai Art Centre

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:

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Bush Kids Activities

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 these spring school holidays. The Bush Kids program is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. 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.
Location: 420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives
Cost: $70 per child.
Book by clicking here

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! Perfect for spring school holidays!

Location: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

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


Balmoral Watersports School Holiday Activities

“Have Fun – Be Safe – Learn New Skills – Make New Friends” these spring school holidays!

Our “Multi-activity” water-sports camp offers different activities throughout the day, including Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand up Paddleboarding, Kayaking and games on/off water, with a major emphasis on having fun, and gaining & improving water-sports skills!

Every day is a different day with changing weather conditions, new games and new challenges. We welcome kids with water-sports skills & abilities as well as total beginners. Our aim is to introduce kids to water sports, gain more confidence on the water, and learn sailing in a fun way. We also really encourage making new friends.

Kids can start from 7 yrs old to 15 years old, they must already be able to swim 25m confidently. We have 3 different age groups: 7 to 9yo; 10 to 12yo; and 13 to 15yo. We will also make sure they are put together with friends on the 1st day if required. Be prepared for a fabulous week of fun and learning. It’s exactly where your kids want to be, rain or shine!

Good to know: Children are to bring their own packed lunch. The program will continue in wet weather conditions. Please ensure you or your child are aware of the weather forecast for the day and have packed accordingly.

Cost: $189 for 1 day; $389 for 3 consecutive days (Monday to Wednesday); $559 for 5 days (Monday to Friday)

Location: Balmoral Water Sports Center, Balmoral Sailing Club, The Esplanade, Mosman

Book here

Puppeteria Theatre, Castle CoveSchool 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 spring school holidays details.

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times (please see program on the website)

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15

How to book:

Jungle Float, Balmoral Beach and Clontarf Beach

It’s time to rock the boat at Jungle Float. Australia’s only floating waterpark comes to Balmoral and Clontarf beach this summer with three multi-level jumping platforms, a rope swing, high and low trampoline, diving board and waterslide. Jump on board and test out your flips and tricks or just have fun in and on the water.

Where: Balmoral Beach and Clontarf Beach

When: 19 November – February

Tickets: $30


Live Family Theatre, The Sydney Opera House

Image: James Taggart.

It’s a memorable day out heading to the Sydney Opera House, and these school holidays there are several stage shows to choose from to suit all age Groups

Click on the below for details and booking:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Are We There Yet?

The Listies Make Some Noise

Hide The Dog

Wild City – Workshop * ($10 tickets!)

Operation Ouch

HyperkartingEntertainment Quarter

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and get set for a day at Australia’s longest indoor go-karting track (410m to be exact). You don’t have to be Lewis Hamilton to enjoy yourself at Hyperkating with circuits suitable for all ages and experience levels. The Main Track is open to drivers over 140cm, while young speedsters aged 3-7 years can go for a spin on their purpose-built Mini Track with Nano Karts.

Come rain or shine, Hyperkarting’s all-weather track is always open for a good time. Buckle your seatbelts and prepare to race!

Where: Level 5 Carpark, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

When: Monday – Sunday, 7:30am – Late


Sharks Exhibition at the Australian Museum

Image: Andrea Venegas via the Australian Museum

Submerge yourself in Sydney’s newest hands-on family exhibition, Sharks. In this immersive 360 degree blockbuster experience, visitors go back in time to meet sharks’ ancient ancestors, come face-to-face with over 10 life-sized shark models, including an 8 m-long Whale Shark, and uncover their extraordinary adaptations with interactive displays and touchable specimens. Dive in – there’s plenty of jaw-some stuff for kids and families.

Where: Australian Museum
When: 14 November – January
Tickets: From $17.50

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Image: Deep feelers © Laurent Ballesta (France) via Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Maritime Museum for its 57th year. Direct from the Natural History Museum in London, this exhibition features over 100 exceptional images that capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world. The images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
When: Daily, 10am –  6pm until 5 March 2023
Tickets: From $15

Darling Harbour Fireworks

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Watch the Sydney sky above Darling Harbour come to life this summer school holidays at one of our city’s most glorious waterfront locations. This free firework display is the perfect way to end dinner or entertainment and make the most of these long and warm summer nights. There are lots of family-friendly dining options nearby at Cockle Bay Wharf, King Street Wharf and Barangaroo, plus fun activities like bowling and laser tag at Harbourside Shopping Centre.

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
When: Saturday, 9pm – 9:10pm until 24 June 2023
Tickets: Free

The Wind in the Willows, Royal Botanic Gardens

Image: Ben Fon via Australian Shakespeare Company

The Wind in the Willows is Shakespeare Australia’s beloved outdoor theatre production with plenty of songs, laughs and surprises for the whole family to enjoy. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank to the stage. Pack your picnic rugs, plus snacks and drinks to enjoy throughout the show.

Where: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney | Harbourside side of the Main Pond Lawn
When: 5 January – 22 January 2023
Tickets: $25

Van Gogh Alive, Entertainment Quarter Moore Park 

Van Gogh Alive returns to Sydney this summer school holidays in a spectacular new location at the Entertainment Quarter’s Grand Pavilion. One of the most successful and loved events of the last two years, this is an immersive journey through Van Gogh’s life and revered artworks. The 2022 season of Van Gogh Alive is delivered on a grander scale, offering new rooms and experiences that will take visitors on a multi-sensory experience through Van Gogh’s world like never before.

Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
When: 5 January – 22 January 2023
Tickets: $25

Water Slide and Lazy River at the Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Slip and slide your way through summer at Sydney Olympic Park’s Aquatic Centre. Found in the heated indoor leisure area, the Water Slide is the perfect addition to this water wonderland. Make your way up to the top and take a moment to look out over the pools before bracing yourself as you slide down.

Where: Aquatic Centre, Olympic Boulevard Sydney Olympic Park

When: Daily (School Holidays), 10:00am – 7:00pm

Tickets: Included in pool admission – from $6.60


Alice in Wonderland

For one day only, the streets of Sydney will turn into a giant, escape room. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and enter a virtual world of adventure, intrigue and impossible things at this immersive Alice in Wonderland team event. Solve clues which just get curiouser and curiouser, take on mad and mischievous challenges, and uncover a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wonderland. There are epic prizes to win, such as best fancy dress, top team name and best mini player (under 16’s prize).

Where: Secret starting location emailed 2 weeks prior to event
When: 21 January 2023
Tickets: $60 for team ticket (2-6 adults, kids play free)

The Inflatable, Wave Pool and Giant Slide at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

Summer is the best time of the year at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre with the opening of their Giant Slide and Inflatable obstacle course. Whether you’re swimming laps or want to splash around with the kids, there’s plenty of room for everyone. Don’t miss the 40m wave pool, giant blow-up obstacle course, water slides and more.

The Wave Pool operates on School Holiday and Public Holidays from 10.15 am until 4.40 pm.
The Giant Slide operates on School Holiday and Public Holidays from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.
The Inflatable operates every day during school holidays from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Note: These times are subject to change without notice.

Conditions of Use: A swimming assessment must be successfully completed and a wristband provided by the assessor before being permitted on the obstacle course.

Where: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

When: Daily (School Holidays), 10:00am – 3:00pm (The Inflatable) and 10:00am – 5:00pm (The Giant Slide)

Tickets: From $7.10 


Paint & Sip Mocktails, Chatswood

Chill out with the Willoughby City Council these school holidays at this kid-friendly Paint & Sip Event. The little ones will make a simple and easy acrylic painting on a mini canvas titled ‘red blossoms at night’ and enjoy some yummy mocktails and snacks.

Where: Chatswood Youth Centre

When: 11 January 2023, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Tickets: $10



We’ll keep adding to the Kuringgai Living School Holiday Guide for Summer 2022, so check back in for more ideas. And if you know of or have a school holiday activity to add to the list please get in touch via 

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