School holidays are here again and there’s so much on to keep kids entertained, including pool fun, saltwater school, live shows, camping, drama, tennis and heaps of dinosaurs!

Evolve Tennis presents the ULTIMATE KIDS HOLIDAY CAMP, Roseville

Evolve is bringing 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 our Camps than any other location on the Northern Shore and it comes as no surprise considering what’s on offer…

Extras: FREE Before & After Care (7.30am-9am & 3-5pm) Discounts for full week bookings…Free Pizza Lunch Fridays!!
Bookings: 1300 391 552
Website: https://evolvetennisacademy.com/book-now/

Marian Street Theatre for Young People Drama Programs

Marian Street Theatre for Young People offers an exceptional drama program during the school holidays, catering for all levels of experience:

Action & Adventure Workshop: Young People in Kindergarten to Year 6 can create and perform brand new plays in the action and adventure genre!

Young Voices Public Speaking Workshop: Young People in Years 4-6 can spend the week training with an industry vocal coach developing their voice for performance, and enhancing their vocal confidence and public speaking skills!

Audition Masterclass: Students will learn about the audition process for both stage and screen and develop skills and techniques to set them up for success. For teens!

Public Speaking & Debating Holiday Workshops, Wahroonga

Speaking Schools Australasia (SSA) offers short, impactful holiday workshops for students from Kindy to Year 9. These two and three-day programs are designed to help students build their debating and public speaking skills.

At SSA, they believe that every student, regardless of their experience or personality, has a charismatic speaker within them waiting to be discovered. Their coaches, who are not only experienced in debating and public speaking but also excel at creating a connection with each student, aim to bring out this hidden talent.

Their workshops are engaging, fun and focus on boosting the confidence of our students. Whether your child is an introvert or an extrovert, a novice or experienced, they provide a supportive environment that caters to all.

Join them these holidays and watch your child transform into a confident speaker!

Where: The Shore School (North Sydney), Knox Grammar School (Wahroonga), Online and other locations

Good to know: Supervision available; Creative Kids Vouchers accepted; Students need to bring food & drink.

Dates: 25 September 2023 to 6 October 2023

Times: Approx 9:00am to 3:00pm

Cost: From $230

Land’s Edge Foundation, Chowder Bay

Uncover the mysteries of Chowder Bay this school holiday with Land’s Edge Saltwater School’s exciting 1, 3 or 5 day programs in Sydney Harbour! Based near Clifton Gardens, Mosman, NSW, we offer a blend of fun and learning in our activities for kids aged 7-15. Book three weeks ahead to enjoy a 10% early bird discount!

Our programs are packed with a diverse range of activities from 9am to 3pm daily, emphasising on water-based adventures and rotating every three days for variety. Our activities include stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, beach games, rafting, bush-walking, kite-making, sandcastle making, crafts and free play/swimming.

Our mission is to weave learning into our activities, subtly empowering children with new skills and perspectives. Our participants not only make new friends but also gain a deeper understanding of their surroundings, self, and their community. Children will be grouped with others of similar ages to ensure an engaging experience for all.

We ensure your child’s safety with experienced staff, all certified in first-aid and CPR. Booking confirmation will detail pick-up and drop-off specifics. Please note that children are required to bring their own lunch and snacks each day.

Join us for an unforgettable adventure these school holidays!

Dates: 25 – 29 September 2023; 3 – 6 October 2023

Timings 9am – 3pm daily

Locations Saltwater School – 11A Chowder Bay Road, Mosman, NSW

Cost Book 21 days in advance and receive 10% discount on the below prices:

  • 1 day = $125
  • 3 days = $360
  • 5 days = $575

How to book: Bookings will be accepted until 96 hours (4 days) before the program date. A medical and consent form for each child must be submitted 4 days in advance.

Book online: https://saltwaterschool.landsedge.com.au/school-holiday-programs/

Balmoral Water Sports Camp

“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: $149 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

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: https://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Community/Children/Vacation-Care

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: https://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Things-to-do/Ku-ring-gai-Art-Centre/Classes-and-workshops/School-holiday-classes

Room on the Broom, Chatswood 

Adapted from the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s books.

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand.

A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two!
When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

Following sell-out seasons across Australia, the team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up – and their grown-ups…

When: Friday, 29 September – Sunday, 01 October 2023

Where: Theatre at The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Website: (click here) 

The Gruffalo Live On Stage, Chatswood 

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups…

When: Monday, 02 October – Wednesday, 04 October

Where: Theatre at The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Website: (click here)

Hello Kitty Live in Concert, Chatswood

The musicians Hello Kitty, Daniel, My Melody and Badbadtz-Maru – who have performed in concerts around the world – are preparing an incredibly perfect show as a gift to all their Australian friends!

The Ribbon Kingdom Symphony Concert proudly presents signature musical instruments including piano, violin, viola, cello and flute. Performing classical music that people are in love with.

When: Thursday, 05 October – Saturday, 07 October

Where: Concert Hall, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Website: (click here)

Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Sydney Olympic Park

The award-winning Jurassic World: The Exhibition is roaring into Sydney this Spring – just in time for the school holidays! Following its recent record- breaking engagements in cities around the world, this enormous and immersive experience celebrates 30 years of the franchise that began with the ground-breaking Jurassic Park film from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is a family-friendly exhibit of massive proportions. Visitors walk through the iconic “Jurassic World” gates, explore richly themed environments, encounter a life-sized brachiosaurus, velociraptors, and the most fearsome dinosaur of all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

When: Opens Friday, 22 September 2023 (for a limited time)

Where: SuperLuna Pavilion, Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park.

Times:  Mon-Thurs: 10 am to 7 pm; Fri: 10 am to 8 pm; Sat & Sun: 9 am to 8 pm (Last entry 1 hour before the doors close).

Cost: Admission to Jurassic World: The Exhibition starts at $39 for children (ages three and up) and $49 for adults (ages 16 and up). Family, group, senior and student tickets are also available.

Booking: jurassicworldexhibition.com.au

Shrek the Musical, Belrose

The story of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and many other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is a Tony Award-winning musical comedy adventure that is guaranteed fun for the whole family!

Join Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, Dragon, the evil Lord Farquaad and all of your favourite fairytale characters as they show us that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

ALL PROFITS RAISED FROM SHREK THE MUSICAL WILL BE DONATED TO THE SYDNEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS FOUNDATION

Where: Glen Street Theatre

When: Sat 23 Sep – 30 Sep (see the website for times)

Cost: $40 – $59

Booking: https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/shrek-musical

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

 

 

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 

Websitehttps://www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/RALC/About/Opening-Hours

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

Websitehttps://www.aquaticcentre.com.au/Things-to-Do/Water-Slide

Paper Planet, Sydney Opera House

Kids and their carers can embark on a whimsical journey amidst a magical forest of cardboard trees at Paper Planet. Theatre and arts seamlessly blend in these 60-minute sensory play sessions, where creatures, plants, costumes and adventures spring to life. After exploring the space, kids can add to the strange and delicate planet using only paper, tape and their imaginations. 

When: 23 September – 7 October, 9.30am-3pm

Where: Sydney Opera House

Price: From $10

Website: https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/paper-planet 

Dinosaur Festival at the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is open every day of the school holidays with an exciting program of free educational activities for the young ones. From October 3-8, they’ll be running a Dinosaur Festival celebrating the Earth’s ancient reptilian beasts and the world they inhabited.

Bring the kids along for live science shows, performances by a singing palaeontologist, a T. rex autopsy, palaeo illustration workshops, as well as a brand-new Hologram Dinosaurs experience. Times vary for each session with the full program available on the Australian Museum website. 

When: 3-8 October, 10.30am-3.30pm

Where: The Australian Museum

Price: Free general entry

Website: https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/ 

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies

Tinkerbell is flying into the Royal Botanic Gardens for a magical quest with the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The fairies will embark on a quest to find Tinkerbell’s lost wings, guided by song and dance. You and your little ones are invited to join this sparkling adventure by dressing up as a fairy, elf, Jedi, pirate or superhero. 

When: The Royal Botanic Garden

Where: 23 September – 8 October: Tues and Wed 10am, Thur to Sat 10am + 1.30pm, Sun 11am

Price: $25-30

Website: https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/tinkerbell-and-the-dream-fairies 

Beauty and the Beast the Musical

Be Disney’s guest at the Australian debut of Disney’s Broadway hit, Beauty and the Beast. This tale as old as time has been reimagined with new sets, costumes and modern technology, yet still boasts all the spectacle and grandeur audiences know and love. Introduce the kids to Oscar-winning and Tony award-nominated scores including ‘Belle’, ‘Gaston’, ‘Human Again’ and ‘Be Our Guest’, with tickets starting from just $50. 

When: 14 June – 22 October

Where: Capitol Theatre, Haymarket

Price: $50-130

Website: https://www.capitoltheatre.com.au/beauty-and-the-beast-the-musical/

Wicked the Musical

This blockbuster Broadway music is flying back to Sydney just in time for the school holidays. Wicked tells the untold stories of the Witches of Oz with spectacular visual effects, captivating storytelling and a memorable soundtrack. Bring the kids along to meet Dorothy, Elphaba and the Wicked Witch of the West as they sing and dance their way through Oz in this magical musical theatre production.

When: Sydney Lyric, Pyrmont

Where: August – December 2023

Price: TBC

Website: https://wickedthemusical.com.au/tickets/sydney/

Disney Princess – The Concert

Dress up in your favourite royal attire for the Sydney debut of Disney Princess – The Concert. This enchanting performance brings the music of Disney’s princesses from Broadway, television and animated film to life on stage with larger-than-life animation and theatrical effects. Make your kids’ dreams come true by surprising them with tickets to one of the two exclusive Sydney performances.

When: 4 October, 7pm; 5 October, 3pm + 7pm

Where: Enmore Theatre

Price: $79-139

Website: https://www.disneyconcerts.com/princess/

Kids Climbs at Bridge Climb

Take the school holiday fun to new heights with 48% off Kids Climbs at Bridge Climb. Equipped with special suits and safety gear, they’ll scale the iconic arches while learning stories about its history and engineering. 

When: 23 September – 8 October

Where: 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks

Price: $99

Website: https://www.bridgeclimb.com/climbs-prices/whats-on/school-holiday-special-offer

Candyland at The Grounds, Alexandria

Dine in at The Grounds these holidays and experience the latest amazing installation – Candyland!

“Step through our gates and adventure into a world of pure sugary imagination at The Grounds where every corner is filled with something sweet.

Indulge in a confectionary journey bound to leave you with an ever lasting sugar high while surrounded by towering lollipop towers, glowing candy neons, cupcakes and even a giant gumball machine.

If that’s not sweet enough for you, join us in The Cafe and in The Potting Shed for limited edition sweet treats and drinks that are sure to leave your dentist asking you, what happened?

The sweetness won’t last forever though, so make sure you book your trip in advance to avoid missing out on all that candy!”

When: Until mid October

Where: The Grounds 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria

Website: https://thegrounds.com.au/candyland/

Manly Waterworks

An iconic outdoor playground like no other located right in the heart of Manly where the kids can have fun sliding away while you watch on from the spectator deck with friends – or – join the fun yourself!

We are so excited to be open again for sliding fun! We are open every weekend and everyday during NSW school holidays.

TRADING HOURS (FROM 16 SEPTEMBER 2023)

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm

Weekdays CLOSED (open everyday during NSW school holidays)

We can’t wait to welcome you back onto the slides or to host your birthday parties!

Please note that bookings are required for groups of ten or more.

Fore more information visit http://www.manlywaterworks.com.au/

We’ll keep adding to the KL School Holiday Guide as more activities pop up, so keep checking back in. If you know of or run a school holiday activity you’d like added, please get in touch via info@thelivingcollective.com.au 

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