New South Wales
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!
NSM Offer: 10% discount. Use Code NSM10OFF
Applause 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!
Special Offer: 10% off for NSMs
Make 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!
Special Offer: 10% off for all NSMs. Sibling discounts
Does 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.
Special Offer: Free demo classes in December and get some great free song downloads!
Ladybug 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!
Presenting 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.
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
Summer 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.
The Jeral Puppets presents seven different programs during the Summer Holidays.
Special Offer: 20% off the first week of tennis camp
Start 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.
NSM Offer: 10% sibling discount.
Have 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.
Looking 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.
Love’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.
Cooking 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.
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.
The 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!
With 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!
Aquabliss 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!
Special Offer: 10% off . T&C’s: Only valid for new families to Brewer Swimming who mention North Shore Mums.
The 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
A 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!
Want 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.
This 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.
Action 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.
There 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
These 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.