New South Wales
It’s time to start planning the Winter School Holidays! Whether you’re looking for a fun event to fill a day or a whole week, we’ve got you covered – vacation care, performing arts, multi-sports, tennis, public speaking, art & craft, dancing, literacy, cooking, kids shows, swimming intensives and more! Book early to get the days you want (or the best seats in the house), and don’t forget to mention North Shore Mums for the special offers.
Sydney Theatre Company brings you a blast of Shakespeare for kids. Plus zombies! The Listies, maestros of children’s entertainment, have pulled apart Shakespeare’s classic and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, loads of silliness and plenty of interactivity. Hamlet is already full of things kids love in a good story: ghosts, castles, sword fights, bodily fluids and spooky stuff. Add to the mix some supersonic gags and expertly timed stage magic unlike anything kids have seen before and you have a brilliantly disguised Shakespearean tragedy for everyone aged five and over. Book tickets now.
Magical Children’s Theatre right on your doorstep. The popular children’s book by Wendy Harmer comes alive on stage and is the perfect way to introduce your children to the magic of theatre. With audience participation, songs and a relaxed atmosphere, this is a quintessential Marian St Theatre for Young People production. Pearlie is the fairy who looks after Jubilee Park. But one day Pearlie wakes up to find everything topsy-turvy. Hurly-burly Pearlie! What can have gone wrong! Want more drama? Why not combine a drama workshop with the show! See more about the ‘Ultimate Drama Day’ online.
NSM Offer: Stay during the July school holidays and receive a free 1 hour trail ride for 1 child.
Chesleigh is a farmstay catering for all with warm and comfortable old fashioned hospitality. The animal farm includes free range Pigs, ducks, chickens and Alpacas. Expertly guided horse riding looks after all abilities on trails through high mountains, riversides and native forests. Experience bush life in relaxing comfort with huge campfires and delicious home cooked meals. The 3000 acre property is a sanctuary where abundant wildlife all live happily year round. Learn to pan for gold with expert tuition, and enjoy tennis courts, outdoor pool, hot spa, and a saloon style games room.
The Newport has you covered these School Holidays, with all the activities ready to go for you and the kids. Packed full of entertainment – from kids cooking classes, to reptile fun and all the way over to Finding Dory & Cars 2 movie showings by the sea. So pop in, grab a bite to eat and they’ll take care of the rest.
Escape the cold this winter and have some indoor play fun! Wannabees Family Play Town is an all year round play option to keep your kids warm and entertained all day. Plus, during the winter holidays, they’ve got lots of extra activities happening – from scavenger hunts to daylight discos, craft, cooking classes and food decorating. So get together with friends and organise a fun day with the kids! It’s great value, with all day play just $15-20.
The Butterfly Experience School Holiday Fun at Artarmon HomeHQ is a fascinating & rare opportunity to watch, feed & learn about butterflies.
CODE 4 FUN, 9-12 July: Create your own game in a 2 hour coding workshop. $10 + booking fee and includes a free kids milkshake. Workshop for Yrs 1 to 3, 10am to 12pm daily: Learn simple coding and create your own game. Workshop for Yrs 4 to 6, 12.30pm to 2.30pm daily: Build a more complex online game. Bookings Essential.
FREE SCIENCE WORKSHOP 16-20 July: Make your own slime. 3 session daily 9.30am, 10.30am 11.30am. Bookings Essential at Concierge.
FREE ROCK ART 11-13 July, 9.30am to 12.30pm: Kids can get creative with this classic and colourful nature craft at Nextra Newsagency. No bookings required
PLASTER FUN HOUSE, 9-22 July: Paint your own plaster mould. Plasters start from $6 with plenty of choice for both girls and boys. No bookings required
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.
Little Legends Holiday Sports Programs are the best way to entertain active kids during the holidays. It’s an environment where children can have fun with their friends, while playing some of their favourite sports and games. The program is designed for maximum enjoyment while teaching them some new skills along the way. It’s where LEGENDS begin!
NSM Offer: 20% off
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, starting with Hot Shots Pre-school 3 to 5 years+ . The camps help children’s awareness, self confidence and concentration. Practice technique and swing patters, rallying and single and doubles match play. All lessons are delivered by a Tennis Australia qualified coach who is focused on delivering a fun and dynamic lesson at a competitive rate.
Love’n Deuce Tennis Holiday Camps run a brilliant program which focuses 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. The Top Gun program, aimed at kids 10 to 17 years, provides a great mix of coaching drills, tactical play and tournaments. The singles tournament of the week has a $200 prize pool! Come and join in! Tennis, the sport for life!!
NSMs Offer: 10% discount for NSMs
The Primrose Park Tennis Camp is for children who are interested in learning and improving their tennis skills. All strokes are covered and during the camp there are team events, fun and games. Singles & doubles tournaments with trophies and awards at the end of the week.
Want to see your child make real progress with their swimming in just five days? Then book them in for an intensive 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.
NSM Offer: 10% discount. Use code NSM-001. Weekly and sibling discounts also available.
Kids Circle has something for all tastes and interests, offering a range of amazing workshops to help unleash your kid’s creativity. Pick and choose from 1 half day workshop to full days! These holidays there will be Kitchen Adventures where kids will have so much fun cooking with special guest and certified Le Cordon Bleu Chef Gene Cameron. Unleash their creativity with art of canvas, clay, beading and collage creations which you can take home! Be active and try mini Olympics, Zumba and Dancing or experience building with Kapla and Young Engineers!
Spoilt for choice? Book as many workshops as you like!
Looking for ideas for things to do in the School Holidays? Bricks 4 Kidz offers AWESOME, Engaging and Super-FUN workshops inspired by Star Wars , Superheroes, MineCraft and Ninjas, EXCITING Coding with Robotics , and MORE, there’s fun activities for every child! With convenient indoor locations across Sydney’s North Shore and Northern Beaches and programs from 2 July – 23 July, there is sure to be one near you. Check out the website for all the details! Get in EARLY and don’t miss out on a spot!
The ability to speak confidently is an essential life skill, important for developing socially and, for some students, a task that sometimes feels impossible. But it doesn’t have to be. Sydney Speaking School offers debating and public speaking courses for students in Years 1 to 9 that provide students with the confidence they need to succeed. Each class is kept small, taught by an experienced and passionate coach, and is designed with the mantra ‘learning by doing’ at its heart.
Cooking Camp offers a different gastronomic experience every day allowing kids to learn cooking skills, meet friends and enjoy new cuisines (European, South American, Italian, Mexican, Asian, Chocolate and cupcake decoration days). It’s a hands-on cooking experience exposing them to diverse tastes and textures. Taught by Natalie a school teacher and dessert caterer, children learn how to measure ingredients, follow recipes and study techniques. Empanadas, alfajores, potato gratin, Belgian waffles, lasagna, panna cotta, spring rolls, tacos, guacamole, tricolad are 10 of nearly 40 dishes that will be made!
NSMs OFFER: Use code bwi10 for a sibling discount or to book multiple days
Big Wild Imagination is excited to offer art play workshops at Macquarie Park and Neutral Bay. Spend the day engaging in various open ended creative experiences utilising a wide range of art mediums and creative resources. The children will be encouraged to problem solve, persevere, build, imagine and experiment in a social and engaging environment.
Join the July holiday activities at the Workshop Arts Centre at Willoughby. Program includes Ceramics, Painting, Self-Portraits /Inspirational stones, T-shirt design or warm up with Madcap Mime and Crazy Characters and fun script writing. For teenagers try your hand at digital drawing or create a travel sketchbook. Tutors are qualified industry professionals.
NSM OFFER: $100 discount (only applicable for 5 full days enrolment) or 15% early bird registration (by 20 June 2018)
Interactive, fun and educational workshop that will take your child on a journey to discover the wonders of reading, creative writing and drama! The MindChamps approach breaks down the barriers to reading & writing through multi-sensory learning using imagination, creativity and critical thinking in reading, writing and drama.
NSM OFFER: Bring a Friend and receive 2 places for $499 (save $279)
An intensive programme of literacy and handwriting held over 2 days so numbers will be limited to accommodate a small group. The aim of Early Literacy Lift-Off! is to encourage students to become constructive learners. It teaches them ‘how’ to problem-solve independently with strategies to apply when encountering spelling and reading patterns unfamiliar to them, plus developing age appropriate pencil grasp and fine motor control. Children will improve their skills for reading & spelling patterns, gain greater knowledge of using letter-sound relationships and learn appropriate pencil grasp.
The Faber Writing Academy at Allen and Unwin will have 2 school holiday creative writing workshops for Teens with author Kirsty Eager. Workshop 1: 10 July, Unlock Your Ideas! Learn how to harness the engine of a story and become a “finisher”. Workshop 2: 11 July, Craft Your Way Out of Any Situation! Think you can’t write a story at will? Get the tools to craft a creative response and build confidence.
NSM OFFER: $20 off per child, use discount code (NSMN17). Applies to 2 day bookings only, not available with any other offer.
A vacation care program with a difference! Bop till you Drop programs are educational with professional teachers who gently encourage and teach your child new skills in dancing, singing, acting, plus craft, cooking and science to break up the action packed day. There are 6 classes per day, each class runs for 45 minutes. This program is aimed at building self-esteem in your child. They will also perform in a concert and receive a certificate on the last day. The concert is an important part to building confidence and their public speaking skills. You will be so proud of their accomplishments.
Would your child or teen fancy a bit of royalty these winter holidays? Send him or her to one of Applause Musical Theatre Academy’s two-day (K-2) or three-day (Years 3-6 and Years 6-11) “Royal” holiday workshops! Budding performers will have a right royal old time singing and dancing to songs from fun, popular musicals fit for Kings and Queens. Script-work (from Year 3 and up) and acting games to improve confidence, focus and communication skills are included too. Trust us, after the performance on the last day each performer will leave singing happily ever after! Crowns & Tiaras permitted.
The Jazz Factory is the north shore’s most popular dance studio and has recently moved into its custom built studios at The Gordon Centre. Your child can spend 4 days this July at their “Christmas in July” holiday workshop, learning all styles of dance as well as singing, drama, arts and craft, with a showcase on the Friday for friends and family!
NSM OFFER: $40 off enrolment, mention NSMs
Fun-filled 4 day music program, kids work in small groups with professional musicians learning to play 5 instruments each day – guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. At the end of the week the kids put on an awesome performance with in front of family and friends. No musical experience required.