Winter is here and so are lots of great school holiday options to keep the kids entertained. From nature play to theatre performances, art workshops to tennis and sport, there’s something to suit every family’s needs. But with places limited, book fast!

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

Winter School Holidays at the Wildflower Garden

Join us at the Wildflower Garden during the School Holidays for a variety of nature based activities for kids of all ages. We offer a full day program for primary aged children with a focus on fun and adventure, as well as our morning Nature Play sessions for children 0-5 and 4-6 years. This winter we’ll learn Aboriginal Bush Skills, explore Off The Beaten Track, cook over a campfire, learn all about Animalia, try our hand at Bushcraft and Camping, create Nature Art and become Nature Detectives!

Details and Bookings: https://www.krg.nsw.gov.au/Things-to-do/Ku-ring-gai-Wildflower-Garden/Kids-programs/School-holidays-at-the-Wildflower-Garden

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: Thursday, 8 July 2021, 6PM
Friday, 9 July 2021, 10AM
Saturday, 10 July 2021, 10AM, 12PM, & 3PM
Sunday, 11 July 2021, 10AM, & 12PM

Bookings: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=13STOREY21

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

S’mores at The Greens, North Sydney

Do a little campsite cooking in the School Holidays around the campfires at The Greens!

Step 1 -Melt the marshmallow to your liking over the fire

Step 2 – Make a sandwich using the biscuits on the outside and the chocolate on the inside

Step 3 – Place the warm, gooey marshmallow in between, and watch it all melt together ready for you to eat

$15 for a campfire S’mores Box for Two

Address: 50 Ridge Street North Sydney

Information: https://thegreensnorthsydney.com.au/

Inspire Tennis Camps, Roseville & Killara

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!

Dates and Times: June 21 to July 12 (Mon to Fri). Half Day 9:30am till 12:30pm OR Full Day till 3pm.Before Care and After Care available at a small fee.

Locations: Roseville (Kooroora Tennis Club) and Killara (Killara Lawn Tennis Club)

Cost: From $40-$65 per day

How to Book: https://www.inspiretennis.com.au/tennis-coaching-sydney/school-holiday-programs-sydney/ OR Call Roseville 9417 6667

The Owl & The Pussycat, Glen Street Theatre Belrose

Ahoy! Come set sail in a pea green boat with the Owl and Pussycat for a year and a day to fair Bong-tree Bay.

Adventure calls and love conquers all in this charming and nostalgic musical journey with an irresistible blend of romance and nonsense. Be swept away in this all-new opera, featuring stunning vocals, interactive theatre, puppetry and a troupe of musical puffins. Meet colourful and eccentric new friends including a honey-hooked Sea Bear, an itty bitty Kitty and a punky Piggy Wig as they are brought to life on deck.

Created by a national team of award-winning artists based on Edward Lear’s beloved poem, this interactive journey will inspire, educate and enthral children and their families.

Location: Corner of Glen Street & Blackbutts Road Belrose

Dates: July 14-19

Tickets: $28 or $100 for a family of four

Bookings: https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/owl-and-pussycat-0

School Holiday Fun at the Australian Museum

Image: Anna Kucera

Activities include archaeology workshops, theatre-making experiences, a prehistoric playground, exhibition tours and more.

For details visit https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/

Winter in The Domain

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Doman presents ‘’Winter in the Domain”, a festival experience showcasing music, culture and entertainment in the heart of Sydney

From June 25 to July 18, The Domain will transform into a winterland featuring two unique spaces – Big Top and Winterpark.

The Big Top will host a diverse range of live performances from some of the Australia’s best artists and include family-friendly concerts.

From June 26, the area surrounding the Big Top will be transformed into a free Winterpark with activities for visitors of all ages and heated outdoor spots to enjoy. Everyone is welcome to the Winterpark where you can glide along the ice rink, jump on the family-friendly rides and taste a range of delicious food and drinks these winter holidays.

Entry for the Winterpark outside of concert times is free! For hours of operation CLICK HERE. Ride tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Booth inside the event. For ice skating session times and pre-purchase please follow the Winter in the Domain Facebook and Instagram.

For more information: https://winterinthedomain.com.au/

Do you know of other great local school holiday activities? Email us at kuringgai@thelivingcollective.com.au and we’ll add them to our list!

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