NSM Essential Guide to Summer Holidays

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The school holidays aren’t too far away… and these are the big ones! You’ll soon be facing 6-8 weeks with the kids kicking around at home, looking for something fun to do. But no pressure, right? Well, if you need a little help with ideas, our Essential Guide to Summer Holidays is packed with a stack of awesome events, vacation care, tennis camps, performing arts workshops and more happening around the North Shore that will save you (and your sanity) these holidays!

Have a read through our list below and click on any links to quickly shoot to that listing in the guide:

All of these events will be incredibly popular, so book ASAP so you don’t miss out.


Performing & Creative Arts

Big Music (Crows Nest)

Special Offer: 10% off

600x400_big-music-holiday-campsMake the school holidays a hit! Big Music runs fun holiday rock music camps for kids aged 6-17 catering for all levels of musical experience (no prior experience required). The emphasis of the camps is fun and active participation in playing and performing popular music with other kids. Each camp runs for 4 days culminating in a performance for family and friends! Kids work in small groups lead by inspiring professional musicians and rotate through lessons on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. It’s a great way for kids to discover an instrument they love!

  • When: 2017 Camps: 5-8 Dec, 12-15 Dec, 19-22 Dec, 2018 Camps: 9-12 Jan, 16-19 Jan, 22 – 25 Jan. All camps run from 9.30 to 3.30pm Tuesday to Friday. Optional early drop off and late pick up (8.30am-5.30pm).
  • Where: Big Music 85 Alexander St (cnr Ernest St) Crows Nest
  • Suitable for: 6 to 17 years
  • Cost: $460 for 4 days + $25 per day for optional early drop off or late pick up
  • Book: Call 8622 6550 or email [email protected]
  • Website: bigmusic.com.au

Marian Street Theatre for Young People Drama Holiday Workshops (Gordon)

600x400_marian-street-theatreDrama develops confident, creative, resilient young people. These workshops are a great introduction to drama for the longer term or just creative inspiration over the holidays! Workshops include voice and movement skills, improvisation, character development, script work and plenty of fun, with a short performance on the last day. Tutors are qualified industry professionals and experienced teachers who introduce students to physicality, vocal techniques, improvisation and text work. Students work together in groups and pairs to create dynamic performances.

Applause Musical Theatre Workshops (Lindfield, Killarney Heights, St Ives, Chatswood and Willoughby)

NSM Offer: 10% discount. Use Code NSM10OFF

600x400_applause-musical-workshopsApplause Musical Theatre Academy is running some exciting holiday workshops this Summer aimed at increasing children’s confidence and creativity! Students will learn how to SING, ACT and DANCE to songs and scenes from a popular musical and will play some fun drama games. In WEEK 3, Applause is also holding workshops in collaboration with Maker’s Loft which will incorporate costume and prop design/making as well as learning songs from a musical.

There is a performance at the end of all workshops and solo opportunities!

  • When: Week 1, 8-12 January: Chatswood and St Ives (K to 12); Week 2, 15-19 January: Lindfield (K-6), Week 3, 22-25 January: Killarney Heights and Willoughby (K-6).
  • Times: 9.30am-3.30pm (K to 6), 10.00am-4.00pm (6-12). Free Before Care from 9am.
  • Where: Lindfield, Killarney Heights, St Ives, Chatswood and Willoughby
  • Suitable for: 5 to 17 years old
  • Cost: 3 day workshops $264 (inc GST); 2-day workshops $176 (inc GST), $240 ($220 early bird fee) for the Maker’s Loft/Applause Workshops.
  • Book: Online or email or call Ingrid on 0405 495 099
  • Website: applausemta.com.au

Public Speaking

Sydney Speaking School (North Sydney and Parramatta)

600x400_sydney-speaking-schoolThe ability to present is one of life’s most important skills, and one of those that is least developed in our children. Sydney Speaking School provides students with the confidence and skills they need to succeed in life through holiday courses for students between Years 1–9 in public speaking and debating. The classes are taught by an experienced coach and are designed with the mantra ‘learning by doing’ in mind.

  • When: 15-25 January
  • Where: North Sydney and Parramatta
  • Suitable for: Years 1 to 9
  • Cost: $180-$290
  • Book: Online, email or call 0404 107 372
  • Website: sydneyspeaking.com.au

LEGO Workshops

Bricks 4 Kidz (13 North Shore locations!)

Special Offer: Enrol your child in any participating School Holiday Workshop before 15 December 2017 and choose a BONUS six month subscription from a selection of Australia’s Favourite Magazines, valued at up to $59

bricks4kidz-sydney_600x400Summer means extra time for SUPER FUN activities and are the perfect time for a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® School Holiday Workshop. From the all new Transformation Creations and super fun Extreme Ninjas, to the fun Christmas Brick-tacular and cool Robotics workshops there’s sure to be a fun theme to inspire your child while they build, create and learn with LEGO®! The programs are designed to provide a blend of specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games, and plenty of time for free-play for kids from Kindergarten to Year 6.

  • When: Programs throughout the Summer Holiday from 1 December – 25 January. Dates and Times vary by location.
  • Where: Willoughby, Crows Nest, Mosman, St Ives, Gordon, Asquith, Balgowlah, Curl Curl, Forestville, Belrose, Mona Vale, Gladesville, North Ryde
  • Suitable for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: Varies by program and location
  • Book: www.bricks4kidz.com.au

Vacation Care

Kids Circle (Chatswood)

NSM Offer: Early bird discounts – morning workshops: $50, afternoon workshops: $40, full day workshops: $90. Visit website for weekly and siblings discounted rates. Offers ends 15 Dec 2017.

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Cooking, construction, sport, art and more! Kids Circle gives your child the opportunity to learn new skills, discover new passions and make new friends during the Summer School Holidays! With half day and full day programs your kids will enjoy a variety of different workshops.

Try cooking with a certified Le Cordon Bleu Chef Gene Cameron or book reading and cooking with author of Dinner Detectives Series, Yves Stening. Construction workshops with Young Engineers and Geomag, or the Amazing Young Warriors sports session. For Art lovers: a variety of art workshops with clay, mixed media on canvas and more! Plus a visit from Surf Life Saving NSW, dancing workshops, science experiments and much more! Book the workshop your children might like, or even the week so they can try them all!
  • When: 15 – 19 Jan, 22 – 25 Jan. 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm. Free extended hours 8am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm
  • Where: 28 Chatswood Avenue, Chatswood. Free private parking onsite
  • Suitable for: Boys & Girls 5-12 years old (Kids are grouped by age 5-7 yrs and 8-12yrs)
  • Cost: Morning $55, Afternoon $45, Full Day $95. Full week and sibling discounts also available.
  • Contact: Carolina 0468 354 372, Grace 0405 195 225 or email
  • Book: kidscircle.com.au

CRU® Camps

600x400_cru-campsWith 30 CRU Camp adventures to choose from, your child will have the best summer holidays yet! Whether you’re looking for the overnight or day camp experience, activities such as surfing, horse riding, abseiling, crafts, dirt bike riding, or sailing, there is a camp for everyone. CRU Camps are a great opportunity to make new friends, participate in outdoor activities and just have fun!

  • When: Camps start 10 December 2017 and run through to 26 January 2018
  • Where: Various campsites
  • Suitable for: 5 to 18 years
  • Cost: from $51 per day
  • Website: crucamps.com.au

Adventure Camp (Chowder Bay, Northbridge)

600x400_adventure-campAdventure Camp is a school holiday camp for kids aged 7-12 and encourages kids to get outside. It runs challenging outdoor and problem solving activities such as; rafting, snorkeling, art and discovery, group adventure challenges and group problem solving challenges. The kids will learn leadership skills and discover how to understand risk, make safe decisions and (most of all) have fun outdoors. Adventure Camp is run by fully qualified outdoor education specialists at all our locations.

  • When: 18-20 December (Chowder Bay and Northbridge), 15-17 January (Chowder Bay), 17-19 January (Northbridge)
  • Where: Chowder Bay and Northbridge
  • Suitable for: 7-12 years old
  • Cost: $274.95 for 3 days (plus booking fee)
  • Book: adventurecamp.com.au, Email or call (9960 5716

Sport

Perfect Placement Tennis Camps (Gordon)

Special Offer: 20% off the first week of tennis camp

perfect-placement-tennisStart your child’s tennis journey with Perfect Placement Tennis Camps! Perfect Placement tennis camps delivers specialised tennis programs for all abilities and age groups.  The camps help children’s aweness, self confidence and concentration. Practice technique and swing patters, rallying and single and doubles match play.

  • When: 18 – 22 December, 8 – 12 January
  • Time: 9am -3pm
  • Where: Gordon
  • Suited for: 5 – 12 years
  • Cost: $280 – $450
  • Enrol: pptc.com.au/enrol/
  • Website: pptc.com.au

Brewer Swimming Summer Intensive Holiday Program (Riverview)

Special Offer: 10% off . T&C’s: Only valid for new families to Brewer Swimming who mention North Shore Mums.

600x400_brewer-swimmingThe Summer holidays are a great time to progress swimming skills and prepare for school swimming carnivals. The Learn to Swim, Refine Technique and Squad programs are designed to cater for every individual, aiming to develop water confidence, facilitate water safety skills and challenge swimmers to achieve their goals.

Brewer Swimming is a boutique, family run swim school creating a personal, trustworthy and familiar experience. Qualified and enthusiastic instructors provide first class instruction, demonstrations and stroke correction

  • When: 8-12 January, 15-19 January, 22-25 January
  • Time: 8.30 to 11am
  • Where: The Gartlan Centre, Saint Ignatius College Riverview
  • Suited for: Parent & toddler classes through to Squad level
  • Cost: Week 1 & 2: $100 per week (Five 30-min group lessons/60-min squad), Week 3: $80 (Four 30-min group lessons/60-min squad)
  • Book: Email or call 0419 801 474

Humpty Sports Camps (Castle Cove)

humptysportsLooking for some holiday fun for your little ones? Enrol them into Humpty Camp! This multi-sport holiday program is designed specifically for children 2.5 to 6 years and is run by energetic and professional staff. It offers a wonderful opportunity for children to develop their sporting and social skills and to increase their self confidence in a safe, caring and fun-filled environment. Theme days, craft activities and lots more make for a great time.

  • When: Camp 1: 18-22 December 2017 Camp 2: 8-12 January 2018  Camp 3: 15-19 January 2018   Camp 4: 22-23 January 2018
  • Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm or 9:00am – 3:00pm. Drop off from 8:30am
  • Where: Willis Park, 325a Eastern Valley Way, Castle Cove
  • Suitable for: 2.5 – 6 years
  • Cost: Camp 1 to 3 – Half day (9am-1pm): $65 per day or $275 per week. Full day (9am-3pm): $85 per day or $335 per week. Camp 4 Half day (9am-1pm) $65 per day or  Full day (9am-3pm) $85
  • Book: lovendeuce.com.au, call 9417 7888 or email [email protected]

Love’n Deuce Tennis Holiday Camps (St Leonards, Naremburn and Castle Cove)

lovendeucetennisLove’n Deuce Tennis Holiday Camps run a brilliant program which focus on tennis skill development and game play, and other sport activities add to the fun. These camps are an excellent way for children to develop their tennis skills, make new friends and have some fun. Kids are placed in groups, from beginner to advanced, according to their age and playing experience.

  • When: Camp 1: 18-22 December, Camp 2: 15-19 January , Camp 3: 22-25 January
  • Where: Red, Orange & Green Ball – Talus Street, St Leonards; Willis Park, 325a Eastern Valley Way, Castle Cove. Top Gun/Yellow Ball – Wheatleigh Street, Naremburn
  • Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm. Drop off from 8.30am and after camp care from $10/hr available until 6pm
  • Suitable for: 5 – 17 years
  • Cost: $75 per day or $310 (5 day camp), $275 (4 day camp)
  • Book: www.lovendeuce.com.au or call 9901 3144 (St Leonards) or 9417 7888 (Castle Cove)

Special Events

Magpies Waitara

600x400_magpiesThese summer holidays head to Magpies Waitara for some school holiday entertainment.

SplashDance let’s Bop is on Wednesday 17 January at 11am. SplashDance presenters splash on colours and fun elements to create a unique and wonderfully special dance studio before launching into pop fused dance songs by John Field of Wiggles fame.

There are also two free movie screenings during holidays with $8 Kids meals. Come and enjoy Despicable Me 3 or Richard The Stork movie.

  • When: Despicable Me 3 movie 16 January. SplashDance 17 January, Richard The Stork movie 23 January 2018.
  • Times: All events start at 11am
  • Where: 11-37 Alexandria Pde, Waitara
  • Costs: SplashDance – Member’s Child $10, Guest Child $15. Movies are free
  • Suitable for: 3-10 years
  • Bookings: Call 9487 1066
  • Website: magpieswaitara.com.au

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