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School Holiday Camps, Workshops & Vacation Care around Sydney

CRU Camps Summer Holiday Program
CRU Camps Summer Holiday Program

The Summer school holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to find some fun activities for the kids! If you’re looking for fun school holiday camps, vacation care or holiday workshops, our Summer School Holiday Guide has lots of options! Find out what’s happening around Sydney’s North Shore – Holiday Camps, Sports Holiday Camps, Tennis Camps, Vacation Care, Performing Arts, Public Speaking & Coding Workshops.

If you’re looking for school holiday camps, vacation care or holiday programs to book these Summer School Holidays… so you can work or have some time to get through the endless ‘to do’ list, there’s lots happening around the North Shore! Book your kids into day workshop or a whole week, and they’ll have the chance to make some new friends and develop some new skills!

Have a scroll down the list of Summer school holiday activities on Sydney’s North Shore below, and click the Quicklinks to go directly to the listing with all the event details!

Otherwise, if you’re looking for live shows, attractions and fun places to take the kids to, take a look at our guide to the Best Things to do with Kids these school holidays.

Outdoor Adventure School Holiday Camps

  • Adventure Camp (Balmoral, Northbridge, Greenwich & Balmain) – outdoor adventures
  • CRU Holiday Camps (Terrey Hills, Galston, Lake Macquarie, Kellyville, Oakville, Shellharbour & Gerringong) – day programs & residential camps
  • Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden (St Ives)- outdoor nature holiday program

Vacation Care & Holiday Programs

    Sports Holiday Camps

    Tennis Camps

    Performing Arts Workshops

    Public Speaking Holiday Programs

    • Speaking Schools (North Sydney & Wahroonga) – debating & public speaking workshops

    Education & Personal Development

    • Code Camp (Chatswood, Roseville, Wahroonga, Gordon, Lane Cove, Mosman & more)
    • TinkerTank (Brookvale + North Sydney)


      Outdoor Adventure School Holiday Camps

      Adventure Camp (Balmoral, Northbridge, Greenwich & Balmain)

      Adventure Camp

      Adventure Camp

      At Adventure Camp, they believe in “No Kids Left Inside” – and they want to help your kids experience the great outdoors these holidays! They’ve got four Camps running across the School Holidays, at four amazing locations on the harbour – in Northbridge, Balmoral, Greenwich & Balmain. Each Camp includes 3-days of action-packed outdoor games, challenges, teamwork and FUN.

      • When: 10 December 2023 – 24 January 2024
      • Time: All camps run from 8:00am – 5:30pm, for all three days (not overnight).
      • Where: Balmoral, Northbridge, Greenwich & Balmain
      • Suited for: 7-12 years
      • Cost: $324.95 per camp (3 days)
      • Email: [email protected]
      • Book: adventurecamp.com.au

        CRU Holiday Camps

        North Shore Mums Offer: Book by 12/01/24 for $30 off – use promo code NSM30*

        Give your child the ultimate holiday experience on a CRU Holiday Camp this summer! There are lots of camps to choose from:

        Activity Camps (Yrs 3-12): Action-packed residential camps with loads of activities: water skiing, sailing, tubing, surfing, rock climbing, canoeing, laser tag, archery and many more!

        CRU Day Camps (Yrs K-6): Enjoy fun-filled days on camp and return home at the end of each day.

        Study Camps (Yr 12): Help your child stay motivated and achieve their HSC or IB study goals.

        Campers have the opportunity to explore the Christian faith on all camps.

        • When: Various dates between Sunday 10 December 2023 and Friday 19 January 2024
        • Where: Terrey Hills, Galston, Lake Macquarie, Kellyville, Oakville, Shellharbour & Gerringong
        • Suited for: Kindy – Year 12 in 2023
        • Cost: Day Camps start from $58/day, Residential Camps start from $140/night. All accommodation and activities are included.
        • Book: crucamps.com.au
        • Website: crucamps.com.au
        • Active Kids Vouchers accepted

        Offer T&Cs*: Promo code can only be used for new camp bookings made by 12 January 2024. Promo code can be redeemed on activity camps or study camps during the summer camp season. Excludes Day Camps. Promo code must be applied at the time of a website registration in order to be valid – it cannot be applied after payment. $30 discount cannot be redeemed for cash.

        Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden (St Ives)

        North Shore Mums Offer: Use code ‘NSM10’ to receive $10 off a full-day program

        Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden (St Ives)

        Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden (St Ives)

        Step into nature with Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden’s fantastic program of activities for children during the Summer School Holidays! Full-day programs for primary-aged children include Animal Encounters, Survival Skills, Nature Art and Junior Keepers as well as Nature Play for the young ones and half day workshops for a variety of ages.

        Vacation Care & Holiday Programs

        Gowrie NSW Vacation Care

        The daily program at Gowrie’s North Sydney Community is an action-packed schedule of hands-on creativity, exploration, investigation, and fun! From art & drama to science and sports, music, environmental projects and more.

        Their program is built on positive interactions, enriching experiences, and provides a safe, happy and empowering environment.

            Sports Holiday Workshops

            Humpty Sports Holiday Camp (Castle Cove & St Leonards)

            Humpty Sports

            Looking for some holiday fun for your kids this summer? Join the Humpty Camp. Their multi-sport holiday program is designed specifically for younger children (pre-school to 7 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! They have theme days, craft activities and lots more make for a good time. It’s on rain, hail or shine. Come for a full week or just a day!

            • When: 18 – 22 Dec 2023 (Willis Park) | 3 – 5 Jan 2024 (Talus Street) | 8 – 12 Jan 2024 (Willis Park) | 15 – 19 Jan (Willis Park) | 22 – 25 Jan 2024 (Willis Park)
            • Time: Half day: 9am-1pm | Full Day: 9am-3pm Extended Day: 9am-5pm (drop off 8:30am)
            • Where: Willis Park, 325a Eastern Valley Way, Castle Cove | Talus Street, St Leonards
            • Suited for: 2.5 – 7 years
            • Costs: 
              • Half Day (9am-1pm): $70/day, $190/3-day camp, $250/4-day camp, $310/5-day camp
              • Full Day (9am-3pm): $90/day, $240/3-day camp, $315/4-day camp, $385/5-day camp
              • Extended Day (9am-5pm): $110/day, $295/3-day camp, $385/4-day camp, $475/5-day camp.
              • Weekly rate ONLY applies when the booking is made and retained for ALL days offered in that camp week
            • Book: Online, [email protected], (02) 9901 3144
            • Website: lovendeuce.com.au

            Motiv8Sports – Summer Splash Camp (Lane Cove North, Northbridge & North Sydney)

            North Shore Mums Offer: Use the code NSM20 to receive 20% off (valid for the first 20 tickets)

            The wettest, wildest, most insane camp of the holidays! Let them bring the beach to you.

            Each morning they beat the heat and campers experience their legendary array of hybrid sports as well as the opportunity to express themselves creatively in dance and choreography via their war cry and mega sessions.

            Once the heat kicks in, it’s all about keeping the campers cool! They finish each day with an amazing array of wet, wild and wicked Splash City water challenges.

            • When & Where: Lane Cove North – 15 & 16 January | Northbridge – 18 & 19 January | North Sydney – 22 & 23 January
            • Suited for: Kindy (2024) – Year 6
            • Cost: $75-$125
            • Book: Online, or [email protected]
            • Website: motiv8sports.com.au

            Tennis Camps

            Evolve Holiday Camps (Roseville, Belrose, Collaroy & Avalon Beach)

            Looking for an action-packed and engaging experience for your kids these summer school holidays? Enrol them at the Kids Tennis & Soccer Holiday Camp by Evolve Tennis Academy.

            With five convenient locations across the North Shore & Northern Beaches, the camp promises a perfect blend of tennis and soccer activities, ensuring a dynamic and enjoyable holiday for kids. From skill-building sessions to matches, our experienced coaches create a vibrant and inclusive environment that fosters both sportsmanship and fun.

            Parents can rest assured that their children will not only enhance their sports abilities but also make lasting memories in a safe and supportive setting.

            • When: 18-22 Dec | 8-12 Jan | 15-19 Jan | 22-25 Jan
            • Time: Half Day – 9am-12noon | Full Day – 9am-3pm | Free Before Care – 7.30am | Free After Care – 5pm
            • Where: Roseville, Belrose, Collaroy & Avalon Beach
            • Suited for: 4-14 years
            • Cost: $55 Half Day | $75 Full Day | $200 Half Day Full week | $275 Full Day Full Week. Enrol before 3/12/23 for 15% off.
            • Book: Online, [email protected], (02)9971 0644
            • Website: evolvetennisacademy.com
            • Active Kids Vouchers accepted

                Inspire Tennis Holiday Programs (Killara & St Ives)

                Inspire Tennis’ School Holiday Programs are fun, exciting and provide a learning pathway for every child. The Summer school holiday camps are held in a variety of convenient tennis club locations on the North Shore, in Killara and St Ives. It’s a brilliant way for kids to spend over 20 hours each week, improving their tennis skills. There is also flexibility with casual bookings, plus before & aftercare. The programs are held every week of the holiday period rain, hail or shine!

                • When: 7-8 Dec | 11-15 Dec | 18-22 Dec | 2-5 Jan | 8-12 Jan | 15-19 Jan | 22-25 Jan | 29 Jan
                • Time: Full Day 9:30am-3:00pm | Half Day 9:30am-12:30pm | Before & After Care 7:30am-6:00pm
                • Where: Killara Lawn Tennis Club & St Ives
                • Suited for: 4-15 years
                • Cost: $50 Half Day | $70 Full Day. Discounts apply when booking for a full week
                • Book: Online, [email protected], 9498 1902
                • Website: inspiretennis.com.au
                • Active Kids Vouchers accepted

                Queenwood Tennis Centre (Oxford Falls)

                Queenwood Tennis Centre located in scenic Oxford Falls, is open to the public and pleased to offer tennis camps for children ages 5-14 of all abilities. Their team of enthusiastic and experienced coaches take children through a variety of fun games and drills designed to improve their tennis skills and to encourage physical activity during the holiday break.

                Choose from full-day, half day or advanced match play sessions for competitive players.

                • When: December: Weekdays from Friday Dec 8 – Wed 20 Dec | January: Weekdays from Mon 8 Jan – Frid 19 Jan
                • Time: Full Day: 9am – 3pm | Half Day: 9am – 12pm | Advanced Matchplay/Hitting Squads 9am-12:30pm
                • Where: Queenwood Tennis Centre, 1110 Oxford Falls Rd, Oxford Falls
                • Suited for: 5-14 years
                • Cost: $90 per day | $65 half day | $85 match play. Discounts apply when booking five or more days.
                • Book: Online, [email protected], (02) 9452 2298
                • Active Kids Vouchers accepted


                      Performing Arts School Holiday Workshops

                      Bop till you Drop ‘Move It’ Performing Arts Workshop (Mosman, Gladesville, Castle Hill & Bondi Junction)

                      Are you looking to make the January holidays more exciting for your kids? Bop till you Drop’s Performing Arts School Holiday Program, “Move It!”, is just the thing! This themed & structured fun-filled experience will keep your kids entertained and comes with an abundance of bonuses:

                      • A two-day creative experience with age-appropriate sessions in performing arts plus STEM, craft & creative cooking.
                      • Sequential learning experiences that build confidence and creativity.
                      • All kids receive a cool Bop “Move It!” T-shirt to wear.
                      • Extended Care is included; simply register for and it’s yours.
                      • When: Mon 15 & Tues 16 Jan – Gladesville & Castle Hill | Weds 17 & Thurs 18 Jan – Mosman & Bondi Junction
                      • Time: 9am-3.30pm (FREE extended care: 8am-5pm)
                      • Suited for: 5-12 years
                      • Cost: $198 for 2-day program
                      • Book: Online, 1300 130 313, [email protected]
                      • Website: boptillyoudrop.com.au

                      Marian Street Theatre for Young People (Killara & Hornsby)

                      North Shore Mums offer: Every sibling gets 10% off the fee. Just enter the code ‘SIBLING10’ to redeem the discount on the second enrolment.

                      Marian Street Theatre for Young People is offering exceptional drama & public speaking programs these summer holidays, for kids of all levels of experience:

                      Christmas Drama Day | Thursday 21st Dec, 9:30am – 4pm – Make a Christmas play & perform it for family & friends, with public speaking & Christmas crafts. Great for families needing vacation care!

                      Make a Play Workshop | 8-12 January | 15-19 January, 9.30am-12.30pm – In this 5 day workshop, students will work with fellow young people to create a brand new play, and perform it at the end of the week!

                      Youth Shakespeare Residency | 8-12 January, 1pm-5pm with a performance on Friday 12 January at 7.30pm –
                      Join a professional director to explore Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and perform it for family & friends at the end of the week.

                      • When: Thursday 21 December | Monday 8 – Friday 12 January | Monday 15 – Friday 19 January
                      • Location: Killara & Hornsby
                      • Suited for: Kindergarten – Year 12
                      • Cost: From Starting from $100
                      • Enrol: Online, [email protected] or call (02) 9880 2356
                      • Website: mstyp.org.au

                        Big Music School & Studios (Crows Nest)

                        Big Music runs fun music programs for kids catering for all levels of musical experience and ability. It’s the perfect way for younger kids to start or continue their musical journey.

                        They offer three holiday camp programs, depending on your child’s age and musical experience.

                        Option 1: THE ULTIMATE ROCK EXPERIENCE – The perfect way for younger kids (age 5+) to start their musical journey, the URE program gives them a chance to try a range of contemporary instruments including guitar, bass, drums, vocals and piano/keyboard.

                        Option 2: HOLIDAY ROCK SHOW – Rock Shows are for kids who are ready to rock (age 9+ with at least one year’s musical experience). Working with inspiring professional musicians, kids join a real rock band and prepare for an awesome stage performance.

                        Option 3: JUNIOR ROCKERS – The Junior Rockers Holiday Show is designed for up-and-coming primary school-aged kids who either already play an instrument or have enjoyed the Ultimate Rock Experience and are now ready to take the next step.

                        • When: Mon 4 – Fri 8 December | Mon 11 – Fri 15 December | Mon 18 – Fri 22 December | Tues 2 – Fri 5 Jan | Mon 8 – Fri 12 Jan | Mon 15 – Fri 19 Jan | Mon 22 – Thurs 25 Jan |Mon 29 – Weds 31 Jan
                        • Time: 9am-3pm | Extended hours $20/hr (8.30am-6pm)
                        • Suited for: 5-17 years
                        • Cost: 5 day program: $625, 4 day program: $500, 3 day program: $375
                        • Book: Online, [email protected], (02) 8622 6550
                        • Website: bigmusic.com.au

                          Sydney Dance Company

                          North Shore Mums Offer: Enjoy 10% off any workshop using the code SUMMER24 at the checkout. Offer ends 1 December.

                          This summer, Sydney Dance Company will host its Summer School Holiday Workshops at its Wharf Studios in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct and the iconic Bondi Pavilion from 2-26 January.

                          Young dancers aged 5-18 years will have fun developing their dance skills while being taught by the best in the industry.

                          With various streams on offer from beginner jazz to contemporary, there’s a workshop for every age and experience level:

                          Beginner Dance (7-9 years, 10-12 years) 
                          Commercial Dance (8-9 years, 10-11 years) 
                          Contemporary Dance (8-9 years, 10-11 years) 
                          Contemporary Masterclass (14-18 years)
                          Boys Workshop (8-11)
                          All Styles (12-13 years, 14-18 years) 

                          • When: 2-26 January 2024
                          • Location: Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
                          • Suited for: 5 – 18 years old
                          • Cost: $35 – $285 per workshop
                          • Enrol: Online, email: [email protected] or call (02) 9221 4811
                          • Website: sydneydancecompany.com
                          • Creative and Active Kids Vouchers accepted

                          Education & Personal Development Holiday Workshops

                          Code Camp

                          Let Code Camp inspire your children to get creative with technology these holidays, learn some valuable new skills, have fun and make new friends. With a wide range of in-person camps and online programs available, there really is something for everyone. Choose from beginner to advanced coding camps, robotics, stop-motion animation, DJing, video production and so much more! Code Camp is launching two new camps for the summer holidays:

                          • At ‘Little Coders: Trolls Edition’, 5-7 year olds will take their first steps on their coding journey banding together with their favourite characters. At ‘Spark and Ignite’, kids 7-12 years can code and create an adventure game with Poppy, Viva, and Branch.
                          • Plus, AI Camp where kids embark on an exciting journey into the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the most important technology of a generation. Young minds discover the wonders of AI and its fun and practical applications in our everyday lives and create their own comic book using AI!

                          Other popular programs include Minecraft Engineers, Minecraft Minis, Roblox Legends, Robotics Camp and Drone Camp.

                          • When: Mon 18 – Fri 22 December | Tues 2 – Fri 5 Jan | Mon 8 – Fri 12 Jan | Mon 15 – Fri 19 Jan | Mon 22 – Thurs 25 Jan | Mon 29 – Weds 31 Jan
                          • Where: Chatswood, Roseville, Wahroonga, Gordon, Lane Cove, Mosman Terrey Hills, North Curl Curl, Collaroy Plateau, Manly.
                          • Suited for: 5-13 years
                          • Cost: Starting from $129 for online camps and $275 for 2-day camps
                          • Book: Online
                          • Website: codecamp.com.au

                          TinkerTank (Brookvale & North Sydney)

                          At TinkerTank Holiday camps you can expect lots of animating, robotics competitions, coding challenges and many more surprises for them to discover. Everyday is different!

                          Participants in the school holiday program with us will learn coding, robotics, 3d design and printing as well as animation! They are for beginners all the way up to expert.

                          Book now to reserve your holidays with them at TINKERTANK: A Creative, Collaborative and Constructive Experience.

                              Speaking Schools Australasia (Wahroonga & North Sydney)

                              North Shore Mums offer: Early Bird Discount available on website until Sunday 26 November – Save up to $20!

                              If you’re looking for a school holiday program that is not only educational but also helps your child find their voice whilst having fun, then the Speaking Schools Australasia school holiday programs are perfect for you.

                              With a range of fun and educational workshops in debating and public speaking for school students from Kindy to Year 9, students will improve their speaking skills and develop their confidence in a welcoming environment. In small classes with plenty of personal feedback from expert coaches, Speaking Schools Australasia will help every student bring their words to life.

                              • When: Mon 8 – Fri 12 January: The Shore School, North Sydney | Mon 15 – Fri 19 January: Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga | Mon 22 – Weds 24 January: Online via Zoom
                              • Time: 8:45am to 3:15pm (additional supervision available to 5pm)
                              • Where: North Sydney & Wahroonga
                              • Suited for: Kindy – Year 9
                              • Cost: From $230
                              • Contact: 0404 107 372 or [email protected]
                              • Book: speakingschools.com.au

                              Keeping the kids entertained over the school holidays is never an easy task. Good luck in your search for fabulous Summer school holiday activities on Sydney’s North Shore – we hope this guide has helped!

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