NSM Essential Guide to Winter School Holidays

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.

Kids Shows

Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark (Seymour Centre)

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.

  • When: 4-22 July
  • Time: Tuesdays to Saturday (10.30am), Friday to Sunday (2.30pm)
  • Where: Seymour Centre, Chippendale
  • Suited for: 5 years +
  • Cost: $29-$35 (plus booking fee)
  • Book: Online or call 02 9351 7940

Marian St Theatre for Young People presents Pearlie in the Park, Wahroonga

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.

  • When: 7-21 July, shows at 10.30am and 1pm
  • Time: Shows at 10.30am and 1pm
  • Where: Knox Cultural Centre, Wahroonga
  • Suited for: 3+ years
  • Cost: $19-$27 (discounts for families and groups 8+)
  • Book: www.mstyp.org.au (no booking fees online) or call 1800 068 849

Farmstay Accomodation

Family Farmstay Holiday at Chesleigh Homestead

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

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.

  • When: 7-22 June
    • Mondays, 5pm – 7pm, Seaside Cinema (9 July: Finding Dory, 16 July: Cars)
    • Tuesdays, 9.30am – 11am, Mothers Group & Music & Activity class
    • Wednesdays, 12pm – 2pm, Kids in the kitchen
    • Thursdays, 12pm – 2pm, Kindy farm
    • Fridays, Crafternoon with Little Lane Workshops
    • Saturdays, 1pm – 3pm, Face painting
    • Sundays, 12pm -2pm, The Reptile Man
  • Where: The Newport, 2 Kalinya Street, Newport
  • Suited for: 2-10 years
  • Cost: Free
  • Websitemerivale.com


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.

  • When: Open daily from 9.30am to 5pm
  • Where: Westfield Hornsby & Frenchs Forest
  • Suited for: 1-10 years
  • Cost: 1-3 years $15, 4- 10 years $20
  • Website: wannabees.com.au

Shopping Centre Activities

Artarmon HomeHQ

The Butterfly Experience School Holiday Fun at Artarmon HomeHQ is a fascinating & rare opportunity to watch, feed & learn about butterflies.

  • When: 9-13 July
  • Time: 11am to 2pm
  • Where: Home HQ, 1 Frederick St, Artarmon (Lower ground floor, opposite Adairs).
  • Website: homehq.com.au

St Ives Shopping Centre

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

  • When: 9-22 July
  • Where: St Ives Shopping Centre, Mona Vale Rd St Ives
  • Cost: Free except Code 4 Fun and Plaster Fun House
  • Bookings: Online or visit Concierge on Level 2 (Code 4 Fun and Science workshops)
  • Website: stivesvillage.com.au


Humpty Sports Holiday Camps (Castle Cove)

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.

  • When: Camp 1: 9-13 July, Camp 2: 16-20 July
  • Time: 9am-1pm or 9am-3pm. Drop off from 8:30am
  • Where: Willis Park, 325a Eastern Valley Way, Castle Cove
  • Suitable for: 2.5 – 6 years
  • Cost: 9am-1pm: $65/day, $275/5-day camp. 9am-3pm: $85/day or $335/5-day camp
  • Book: lovendeuce.com.au, call 9417 7888 or email [email protected]

Little Legends Fun Holiday Sports Camp (Willoughby)

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!

  • When: 9-13 July, 16-20 July
  • Time: 9am to 3pm (8am to 5pm extended hours available).
  • Where: Willoughby
  • Suited for: 2.5 to 12 years
  • Cost: $70 per day
  • Enrol: Register online
  • Website: littlelegends.net.au


Perfect Placement Tennis (Gordon)

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.

  • When: Week 1: 9-13 July, Week 2: 16-20 July
  • Time: 9am -3pm
  • Where: Gordon
  • Suited for: 5 – 12 years
  • Cost: Red & Orange Ball: Half day $50, Full Day $70, Full Week $280 Green Ball: Half Day $50, Full day $90, Full Week $450
  • Enrol: pptc.com.au/enrol/
  • Website: pptc.com.au

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

lovendeucetennisLove’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!!

  • When: 9-13 July, 16-20 July
  • Where: Talus Street, St Leonards (Red, Orange, Green & Yellow Ball/Top Gun); Willis Park, 325a Eastern Valley Way, Castle Cove (Red, Orange & Green Ball),
  • 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), $215 (3 day camp)
  • Book: lovendeuce.com.au or call 9901 3144 (St Leonards) or 9417 7888 (Castle Cove)

Primrose Park Tennis (Neutral Bay)

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.

  • When: 2-6 July, 9-13 July, 16-20 July
  • Time: 9.30am to 3pm
  • Where: Matora Lane, off Young Street, Cremorne
  • Suited for: 5 – 15 years
  • Cost: $250 for the week
  • Website: primroseparktennis.com.au
  • Enrol: Online or call 9908 2366


Turramurra Learn to Swim

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.

Holiday Camps

Kids Circle: Baking, Arts, Crafts, Dance (Chatswood)

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!

  • When: 9-13 July, 16-20 July
  • Times: Workshops 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm or full day 8am-6pm (free extended hours 8am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm)
  • Where: 28 Chatswood Avenue, Chatswood. Free private parking onsite
  • Suitable for: 5-10 years old
  • Cost: Half day Workshops: $55, Full Day Workshops: $99 (8am-6pm), full week and sibling discounts also available.
  • Contact: Carolina 0468 354 372, Grace 0405 195 225 or email
  • Book: kidscircle.com.au

LEGO Workshops

Bricks 4 Kidz (Willoughby, Crows Nest, Mosman, Gordon, St Ives, Forestville, Belrose, Balgowlah, Colloroy Curl Curl, Mona Vale and more)

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!

  • When: Programs throughout the July Holidays from 2 July to 23 July. Dates and Times vary by location.
  • Where: Willoughby, Crows Nest, Mosman, Gordon, St Ives, Forestville, Belrose, Balgowlah, Curl Curl, Collaroy, Mona Vale and more!
  • Suitable for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: Varies by program and location. Visit website for further information
  • Book: bricks4kidz.com.au

Public Speaking

Sydney Speaking School (North Sydney, Stanmore & Parramatta)

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.

  • When: 9-13 July, 16-20 July
  • Where: North Sydney, Stanmore and Parramatta
  • Suitable for: Years 1 to 9
  • Cost: From $180
  • Book: Onlineemail or call 0404 107 372
  • Website: sydneyspeaking.com.au


Cooking Around the World Camp N°7 (East Killara)

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!

  • When: 9-17 July (choose a single day or several days)
  • Time: 9am-1pm or 9am-4pm
  • Where: East Killara
  • Suited for: 5 to 14 years
  • Cost: $55 half day, $75 full day
  • Website: Natali’s SweetArt natalie.catering
  • Enrol: Online

Art & Craft Classes

Big Wild Imagination (Macquarie Park, Neutral Bay)

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.

  • When: 12-13 July (Macquarie Park), 16-19 July (Neutral Bay)
  • Time: 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Where: Kidsxpress, Macquarie Park and Whoosh Club Neutral Bay
  • Suited for: 5 to 12 years
  • Cost: $80 per day
  • Website: bigwildimagination.com.au
  • Enrol: Online

Workshop Arts Centre (Willoughby)

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.

  • When: 10-21 July
  • Time: From 10am
  • Where: 33 Laurel Street Willoughby
  • Suited for: 5-12 years plus High School students may join the Travel Sketchbook and Digital Drawing workshops.
  • Cost: $100 per workshop in the Children’s Program. $130 – $150 for Digital Drawing and Travel Sketchbook workshops for teenagers.
  • Enrol: Online or call  02 9958 654

Kids Classes & Activities

Mindchamps: Reading, Writing & Drama Holiday Workshops (Chatswood & Epping)

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.

  • When: 9-13 July (full day 9.30am-4.30pm, or half day 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-4.30pm), 9-10 July (9.30-12.30pm), 11-13 July (1.30pm-4.30pm). 5pm/6pm pick up is also available
  • Where: Chatswood and Epping
  • Suited for: 4-10 years
  • Cost: from $198
  • Enrol: Email  [email protected] or [email protected] or call  02 9868 5222 or 02 9413 1316
  • Website: au.mindchamps.org/mrw

Early Literacy Lift Off at Sydney Therapy & Co (Lane Cove)

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.

  • When: 2-day workshop: 11-12 July. 9:00am – 2:00pm. One hour registration screening appointment prior to the workshop on either Mon 9 or Tues 10 July.
  • Where: Sydney Therapy & Co.Unit 6, 46 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove
  • Suited for: Kindergarten to Year 2 students
  • Cost:$389 per student: inclusive of 1hr screening + 2-day workshop + summary report. Early Bird – $299 (book before 4.7.2018)
  • Enrol: Online
  • Website: sydneytherapyco.com.au

Creative Writing

Creative Writing Workshops for Teens with author Kirsty Eager (Crows Nest)

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.

Performing Arts

Bop Till You Drop (Lane Cove, Mosman, Gladesville, Waverley)

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.

  • When: 10-11 July (Gladesville), 11-12 July (Mosman), 17-18 July (Lane Cove & Waverley)
  • Time: 9am to 3pm
  • Where: Lane Cove, Mosman, Gladesville, Waverley
  • Suited for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: $75 per day
  • Enrol: Booking form Online, call 1300 13 03 13 or email [email protected]

Applause Musical Theatre Workshops for Kids and Teens (Willoughby, St Ives, Lindfield, Killarney Heights)

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.

  • When: 9-20 July
  • Time: 9.30am -3.30pm (K-6 workshops), 10am-4pm (Yrs 6-11 workshops)
  • Where: Willoughby, St Ives, Lindfield and Killarney Heights
  • Suited for: 5 to 17 years
  • Cost: 2 day workshops (K-2) $176; 3 day workshops (K-6 and 6-11) $264
  • Website: applausemta.com.au
  • Enrol: Online

The Jazz Factory ‘Christmas in July’ Winter School (Gordon)

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!

  • When: 17-20 July
  • Time: 9am to 3pm
  • Where: Gordon
  • Suited for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: $240
  • Website: jazzfactory.com.au
  • Enrol: Onlineemail  or call 0412100537


Big Music Holiday Rock Camp (Crows Nest)

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.

  • When: 2-5 July, 9-12 July, 16-19 July
  • Where: Big Music, 85 Alexander St Crows Nest
  • Suited for: 6-17 years
  • Cost: $460 for 4 days
  • Website: bigmusic.com.au
  • Enrol: Call 8622 6550

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