Essential Guide to Summer School Holidays: Part 2

Summer is here, and the second instalment of our ever-popular NSM Essential Guide to Summer Holidays has been updated with even more events! So whether you’re looking for vacation care, sporting camps and day workshops, or simply some fun casual activities, we’ve got a stack of fun options!

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. Don’t forget to tell them that North Shore Mums sent you!

Performing & Creative Arts

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

NSM Offer: 10% discount. Use Code NSM10OFF

600x400_applause-musicalApplause 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. From 22-25 January, 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 The Lion King. 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: 5-17 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:

Big Music (Crows Nest)

Special Offer: 10% off for NSMs

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: 6-17 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:

Famous Performing Arts Workshop (Thornleigh)

Special Offer: 10% off for all NSMs. Sibling discounts

300x200_famous-performing-artsDoes your child love to sing, dance and perform? Famous Performing Arts 3 Day Holiday Performance Workshop features classes in singing, jazz, drama, musical theatre, hip hop and songwriting taught industry professionals who have worked with stars such as Delta Goodrem and Guy Sebastian. 1 and 2 day options also available.

  • When: 9-11 January. 9am to 3pm
  • Where: Suite 7, 293 – 299 Pennant Hills Rd Thornleigh
  • Suitable for: 7-12 years
  • Cost: $70-$190
  • Book:, email [email protected] or call 0478 197 111

Ladybug Music (Neutral Bay, Forestville, Mosman)

Special Offer: Free demo classes in December and get some great free song downloads!

600x400_ladybug-musicLadybug Music 2-week Mini-Session are held in the January summer holidays and it’s a great way to try out Ladybug Music before committing to a full term or they are just a great holiday music activity with fabulous music the whole family will enjoy!

  • When: Neutral Bay and Forestville: 9 &16 January. Mosman: 10 & 17 January, 11 & 18 January. Balgowlah 12 & 19 January.
  • Suitable for: infants to 4 years
  • Cost: $40. Tuition includes 2 classes (45mins) and 3 song downloads.
  • Contact: [email protected] or call 0432 922 727 (Clare)
  • Book:

Public Speaking and Debating

Sydney Speaking School (North Sydney and Parramatta)

300_200_sydney-speaking-schoolPresenting to audiences represents one of life’s big challenges, but also one of life’s biggest opportunities.  Sydney Speaking School helps children develop the confidence and skills they need to succeed with their public speaking and debating school holiday programs for students in Years 1 to 9.

With courses to suit everyone from the very nervous to the incredibly loquacious, every student is placed in a small class where they are able to develop their skills at their own pace through repeated practice, and receive plenty of individual feedback from an experienced coach.

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

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:

Kids Shows

Jeral Puppets, Castle Cove

The Jeral Puppets presents seven different programs during the Summer Holidays.

  1. PIXIES AUSTRALIAN XMAS: Ho Ho Ho Santa rides again in a fun filled Christmas program feature the story of Pixie
  2. MR SCROOGES XMAS CAROL plus SANTA’S XMAS PUDDINGS: A Puppet version of Charles Dickens classic plus a fantasy about Santa’s favourite food. Suitable for 4 to 9 years.
  3. PINOCCHIO plus CINDERELLA: featuring the story of the wooden puppet who came to live, plus Cinderalla who leaves the drudgery of life with her ugly sisters to marry the handsome prince. Suitable for 3 to 9 years.
  4. THE DINOSAUR SHOW plus THE LITTLE MERMAID: Featuring the story of Deana the baby dinosaur plus Hans Andersen’s story of the Little Mermaid who wanted to become a real princess. Suitable for 3 to 9 years.
  5. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY plus THE JUNGLE BOOK: The story of the enchanted princess who sleeps for 100 years and the story of Mowgli and his jungle friends as they battle the evil tiger, Shere Khan. Suitable for 4 to 9 years.
  6. GINGERBREAD MAN plus CATERPILLA’S PICNIC: Run Run Run as fast as you can! you can’t catch the Gingerbread Man in this pacy show featuring stories and songs! Suitable for 2 to 5 years.
  7. THE MAGIC TOY jlpuppeteriaROOM: A pacy show, featuring toys that come to live as well as favourite storybook characters. Suitable for 2 to 5 years.
  •  Where: 12H Denawen Ave, Castle Cove
  • When: Visit website for dates and times
  • Cost: $12 Children, $15 Adults
  • Book: Call 9371 7328
  • Website:


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 awareness, 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: $450
  • Enrol:
  • Website:

Little Legends Holiday Sports Camps (Willoughby)

NSM Offer: 10% sibling discount.

600x400_little-legendsHave fun and make lots of new friends at Little Legends Holiday Sports Camps playing games and activities and learning fun sports skills. The program is designed for maximum enjoyment regardless of athletic ability and there is a large inside area if the weather gets too hot and lots of space outside to play team games.

It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids during the holidays, you can even get the Christmas shopping done at nearby Chatswood stores! Age groups and friends are kept together. The program continues rain, hail or shine.

  • When: 18-22 December, 22-25 January
  • Time: 9am to 3pm. Extended hours available 8am to 4.30pm
  • Where:Club Willoughby 26 Crabbes Ave, Willoughby
  • Suitable for: 4-12 years
  • Cost: $65 per day.
  • How to book: Register online
  • Website:

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:, 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: or call 9901 3144 (St Leonards) or 9417 7888 (Castle Cove)

Holiday Program

Cooking Around the World Camp (East Killara)

cooking-camp_600x400Cooking Camp offers the kids a different gastronomic experience every day allowing them to learn some new cooking skills, meet new friends and enjoy new cuisines (This January, French, Italian, Mexican, Asian, chocolate and sweet baking days are available).

It’s a hands on cooking experience exposing kids to different tastes and textures. Children learn how to measure ingredients, follow recipes and study techniques. Morning tea is included and the kids will make their own lunch and desserts.

  • When:15-23 January (choose a single day or several days)
  • Time: 9am to 1pm or 9am to 4pm.
  • Where: East Killara
  • Suitable for: 5 to 14 years
  • Cost: $55 half day, $75 full day
  • How to book: Online
  • Website:

Kids Circle (Chatswood)

NSM Offer: 10% discount using this code NSM-001. Morning Workshops: $50, Afternoon Workshops: $40, Full Day Workshops: $90.  Visit website for weekly and siblings discounted rates.


Cooking, construction, sports, 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 Young Warriors obstacle course based 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:

Kids OT (Frenchs Forest)

600x400_kids-otThe outstanding occupational therapists at Kids OT have developed a unique holiday program that incorporates a broad range of activities to help children to kickstart the next term, in and out of school! Each day includes 8 classes with activities like handwriting, social skills, working memory exercises, focus & attention groups, muscle tone & sports skills and core strength. All classes are fun and the camp is also a great opportunity for your kids to make new friends!

  • When: 18-21 December, 8-12 January, 15-19 January, 22-25 January.
  • Time: 8am to 5.30pm
  • Where: Kids OT, Level 1, Forestway Shopping Centre, Cnr Warringah Rd & Forestway, Frenchs Forest
  • Suitable for: 3-12 years old
  • Cost: $165 a day, full week $620 (4 day week), $760 (5 day week)
  • How to book: call 9451 5735 or email
  • Website:

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:


Aquabliss (Normanhurst, Pymble, Thornleigh, Wenona)

600x400_aquablissAquabliss is a boutique swim school focusing on water safety and teaching kids to swim well. Holiday Intensives are a great way to consolidate their skills, improve strokes and even get extra training to prepare for the school carnival!

  • When: Normanhurst & Pymble: 8-12 January, 15-19 January. Thornleigh: 15-19 January, 22-25 January. Wenona: 19-25 January
  • Suited for: 3-16 years
  • Cost: Learn to Swim Levels $80, Development Squads $65. Thornleigh short week Learn to Swim $64, Development Squads $52.
  • Book: Normanhurst 9473 7466, Pymble 9488 7397, Thornleigh 9484 8008, Wenona 9409 4419
  • Website: Aquabliss

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

Tanya’s Travelling Tadpole Tuition

600x400_tanya-tadpoleA week of daily swimming lessons in your home pool will see huge improvement in your kids’ swimming skills. Instructors come to you so you don’t have to rush the kids out the door. Benefits of holiday swimming include greater continuity in the learning process, frequent reinforcement helps kids retain key concepts, the outdoor environment is ideal for swimming at this time of year and it is a fun activity for the holidays and kids often have more energy than during term time!

  • When: 18-22 December, 2-5 January (4 days), 8-12 January, 15-19 January, 22-25 January (4 days)
  • Suited for: 3-12 year olds
  • Cost: From $300 per week and can be shared by up to 4 kids
  • Book: Call 0402 002 902 or email: [email protected]
  • Website:

Turramurra Learn to Swim

300x200_turramurra-swim-schoolWant to see your child make real progress with their swimming in just one week? Then book them in for an intensive four or five-day swimming course with Turramurra Learn To Swim. The 30-minute morning lessons are structured according to ability and age to ensure children have the best learning environment while also having fun! With only one class at a time, distractions are reduced. A comfortable air-conditioned area is provided for parents and the pool is indoors and heated to 33C.

  • When: Mon 18 – Fri 22 Dec (5 days), Tues 2 – Fri 5 Jan (4 days), Mon 8 – Fri 12 Jan (5 days), Mon 15 – Fri 19 Jan (5 days), Mon 22 – Thurs 25 Jan (4 days) OR Saturdays in January: 6, 13, 20, 27 (you need to book at least 3 out of 4 Saturdays). Water Baby classes also available on Saturdays in January
  • Where: 48 Tennyson Ave, Turramurra
  • Suitable for: 3-11 years
  • Cost: $110 (5 days), $88 (4 days)
  • Book: Call (02) 9489 4771 or email [email protected]
  • Website:

Art & Craft

Workshop Arts Centre (Willoughby)

600x400_workshop-artThis summer, learn to paint outside like a real artist or design your own T-Shirt. Create your own masterpiece inspired by some of the greatest artists of our time. Build mythical creatures from clay and hear stories of ancient legends. Using clay and a bit of science, make a real exploding volcano! After School & Weekend Classes during Term time.

Fun Destinations

Inflatable World Mt Kuring-Gai

600x400_inflatable-worldAction Indoor Sports at Mt Kuringai-Gai is home to Inflatable World, a huge play zone filled with a huge range of inflatable bouncy toys. Sessions are for two hours, and adults are welcome to join in on the bouncy fun too. Supervisors ensure that everyone stays safe and gets a fair go. There’s a cafe on site too for snacks and refreshments. No bookings required.

  • When: 16-23 December, 8-28 January.
  • Time: Monday to Friday + Sunday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 12.30 to 4.30pm
  • Where: 7 Gundah Road, Mount Kuring-Gai
  • Cost: 4 yrs and under $10, Over 5 years and adults $10, spectators free
  • Website:

Special Events

School holiday fun at St Ives Shopping Village

600x400_st-ives-shoppingThere is so much going on for kids at St Ives Shopping Village these Summer holidays! Activities include:

CROCODILE ENCOUNTERS REPTILE SHOW-  Get up close with lizards, snakes, turtles, a saltwater crocodile & more! Plus have your photo taken with the animals. Wednesday 17 January to Saturday 20 January. Shows at 10am, 11.30am & 1pm

BRICKS 4 KIDZ – Build unique creations, play games and have fun using LEGO Bricks. Monday 22 January – Thursday 25 January, 9.30am to 12.30pm

PLASTER FUN HOUSE – Paint your own plaster mould! Plasters start at $6 with plenty of choice for both girls and boys. Tuesday 2 January – Sunday 21 January

  • When: 2-25 January. No bookings required.
  • Where: St Ives Shopping Village, Mona Vale Rd.
  • Cost: Free, except Plaster Fun House (prices start from $6)
  • Website:

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:

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