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School Holiday Camps, Workshops & Vacation Care around Sydney

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The Winter 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 school holiday camps, vacation care or holiday workshops, our Winter 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 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 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.

Vacation Care & Holiday Programs

Outdoor Adventure School Holiday Camps

Education & Personal Development

  • Code Camp (Chatswood, Roseville, Wahroonga, Gordon, Lane Cove, Mosman & more)

Sports Holiday Camps

Tennis Camps

Performing Arts Workshops

Public Speaking Holiday Programs

  • Speaking Schools (North Sydney & Wahroonga) – debating & public speaking workshops
  • Talent Club (Chatswood, Epping, Waitara, Burwood, The Ponds, Parramatta)


                    Performing Arts School Holiday Workshops

                    Big Music School & Studios (Crows Nest)

                    North Shore Mums offer: Early Bird 10% discount for North Shore Mums, book online by 16 June and enter code EARLY10 at checkout. 

                    Big Music School & Studios (Crows Nest)

                    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 (Ages 5-12) – The perfect way for younger kids to start their musical journey, the URE program offers a fun and supportive environment where they can explore a range of contemporary instruments including guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and piano/keyboard.

                    Option 2: JUNIOR ROCKERS (Ages 8+) – Junior Rockers is for aspiring rock stars who have been playing for at least a year, introducing them to playing in a rock band and rehearsing with new friends and expert coaches for an awesome live performance at the end of the week.

                    Option 3: HOLIDAY ROCK SHOW (Ages 12+) – Rock Shows are a one-of-a-kind experience for musicians who are ready to rock! Working with inspiring professional musicians, they’ll join a fully-fledged rock band and prepare a setlist of songs for an epic live performance on the final day.

                    • When: July 1-5, July 8-12, July 15-19
                    • Time: 9am-3pm | Extended hours $20/hour (8.30am-5pm)
                    • Suited for: 5-17 years
                    • Cost: 5 day program: $625
                    • Website: bigmusic.com.au
                    • Email: [email protected]
                    • Phone: (02) 8622 6550

                    Bop till you Drop ‘Lost in Space’ Performing Arts Workshop (Mosman, Gladesville)

                    Bop till you Drop Performing Arts Workshop

                     Are you looking for a School Holiday Program with a difference? Bop till you Drop is launching their brand new ‘Lost in Space’ Performing Arts Workshop.

                    This themed & structured fun-filled experience will keep your kids entertained and comes with an abundance of bonuses:

                    • A 2-day creative experience with classes in singing, dancing, drama, plus STEM, craft & cooking.
                    • Sequential learning experiences for the children that build confidence and creativity.
                    • All kids receive a cool Bop T-shirt to wear.
                    • FREE Extended Care till 5pm on the first day and early morning drop off from 8am.
                    • Children will perform in a concert at the end so you can witness all their new talents. Every child will be awarded a Graduation Certificate.

                    Don’t miss out! Book your children into this amazing performing arts holiday workshop.

                    • When: Tues 9 & Wed 10 July @ Mosman & Bondi | Tues 16 & Wed 17 July @ Gladesville & Castle Hill
                    • Time: 9am-3.30pm (FREE extended care: 8am-5pm)
                    • Suited for: 5-12 years
                    • Cost: $99 per day ($198 for 2-day program). Active Kids & Creative Kids vouchers accepted.
                    • Website: boptillyoudrop.com.au
                    • Phone: 1300 130 313
                    • Email: [email protected]

                    Marian Street Theatre for Young People (Killara & Hornsby)

                    North Shore Mums offer: $50 off workshop fees until 24 June 2024.

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

                    MAKE A PLAY WORKSHOP: In this epic & beloved workshop, young people will work as a team to develop their acting skills, create a brand new play, and perform it at the end of the week for friends and family!
                    TEENS ACTING MASTERCLASS: In this 5-day intensive, students will work with a professional actor and theatre practitioner to develop the craft of acting.

                    No prior experience necessary for students.

                    • When:
                      • Make A Play: Mon 8 – Fri 12 July OR Mon 15 – Fri 19 July, 9:30am – 12:30pm
                      • Teens Acting Masterclass: Mon 15 – Fri 19 July, 1pm – 4pm
                    • Location: Killara & Hornsby
                    • Suited for: Kindergarten – Year 12
                    • Cost: From $275
                    • Website: mstyp.org.au
                    • Email: [email protected]
                    • Phone: (02) 9880 2356

                    Sydney Dance Company

                    Sydney Dance Company

                    Sydney Dance Company will host its Winter School Holiday Workshops at its iconic home in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct these holidays.

                    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, 12-15 years)
                    Commercial Dance (8-9 years, 10-11 years)
                    Contemporary Dance (8-9 years, 10-11 years, 12-13 years)
                    Contemporary Masterclass (12-14 years, 15-18 years)

                    • When: 8 – 19 July 2024
                    • Location: Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
                    • Suited for: 5 – 18 years old
                    • Cost: $35 – $285 per workshop
                    • Website: sydneydancecompany.com
                    • Email: [email protected]
                    • Phone: (02) 9221 4811
                    • Early Bird Offer: Book before 14 June using the code “WINTER24” to receive 10% off.
                    • Creative and Active Kids Vouchers accepted


                          Code Camp

                          Code Camp

                          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!

                          Not sure where to start? Code Camp’s flagship coding programs are the perfect way to begin your child’s Code Camp journey. Choose Little Coders for ages 5-7 to take their first steps into the world of coding and Spark for ages 7-12 to use drag & drop coding to create an awesome arcade-style game.

                          Plus, their most popular creative camps are back this season including Minecraft Engineers, Roblox Legends, Robotics Camp, and YouTube Creators, offering the coolest few days of STEM learning and fun.

                          Head to their website to see the full range of fun and engaging holiday camps and check what’s on near you.

                          • When: Winter School Holidays
                          • 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

                              Public Speaking & Creative Arts

                              Speaking Schools Australasia (Wahroonga & North Sydney)

                              Looking for a workshop that will help your child find their voice? Speaking Schools is running a range of fun and educational holiday programs that aim to help students of all backgrounds build their confidence and speaking skills in a supportive environment.

                              With small classes – no more than 9 students per coach – plenty of practice, and lots of personal feedback, Speaking Schools Australasia will help every student bring their words to life.

                              • When: North Sydney – 8 to 12 July 2024 | Wahroonga – 15 to 19 July 2024
                              • Time: 9am to 3:15pm (additional supervision available to 5pm)
                              • Where: North Sydney, Wahroonga
                              • Suited for: Kindy – Year 10
                              • Cost: From $230. Creative Kids Vouchers accepted
                              • Website: speakingschools.com.au
                              • Phone: 0485 931 163
                              • Email: [email protected]

                              Talent Club (Chatswood, Epping, Waitara & more)

                              North Shore Mums offer: Early bird special $195 ends 16 June.

                              Dive into the world of confidence-boosting! Want your little one to shine with self-assurance? Getting kids to speak up can be a tricky task. Remember those sweaty palms from childhood speeches?

                              Enter Talent Club Australia’s SpeaksCraft Program! They’re here to turn speaking into a fun adventure. With a mix of drama, debates, public speaking, and creative writing, they guarantee kids will have a blast while mastering the art of speaking up.

                              From drama skits to persuasive speeches as the ‘Martian President,’ our program covers it all. Talking, debating, and writing their way to confidence!

                              • When: 9.30am-3.30pm 
                                • The Ponds & Burwood:
                                • Epping, Waitara & Westmead:
                                • Chatswood:
                                • Parramatta:
                                • Stanhope Gardens:
                              • Suited for: From Year 1 – Year 10
                              • Cost: $220. Creative Kids Vouchers accepted
                              • Website: talentclubaus.com.au
                              • Email: [email protected]
                              • Phone: (02) 7255 0802

                              Outdoor Adventure School Holiday Camps

                              Adventure Camp (Balmoral, Northbridge, Greenwich & Balmain)

                              Adventure Camp (Balmoral, Northbridge, Greenwich & Balmain)

                              Adventure Camp was born with a simple goal – to leave no kids inside. They provide fun, active and healthy school holiday activities to kids aged 6-11.

                              Adventure Camp programs are built around challenging outdoor and problem-solving activities. These will teach your kids to appreciate diversification in one another’s personalities and skill sets. They will learn leadership skills and discover how to understand risk, make safe decisions and (most of all) have fun outdoors.

                              CRU Holiday Camps (Mosman, Castle Hill, Galston & more)

                              North Shore Mums offer: Use promo code NSM30 to get $30 off your camp fee. T&Cs apply.

                              Give your child the ultimate winter holiday on a CRU Camp. With 20 exciting camps to choose from, there’s something for everyone!

                              • Activity Camps (Y3-12): Action-packed residential camps with exciting activities: snowboarding & skiing, rock climbing, archery tag, gaming & tech, abseiling, laser tag and more!
                              • Study Camps (Y11 & 12): Students are equipped with effective study skills and an ideal study environment to help them achieve their HSC and IB study goals. (Students may be able to tick off their Duke of Ed Gold Residential Project!)
                              • CRU Day Camps (K-Y6): Fun-filled days on camp followed by returning home each night to sleep in the comfort of their own beds.

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

                              • When: Various dates between Saturday 29 June and Friday 26 July 2024
                              • Where: Mosman, Castle Hill, Oakhurst, Galston & Lake Macquarie (transport available from North Parramatta)
                              • Suited for: Kindy – Year 12
                              • Cost: Day Camps start from $50/day, Residential Camps start from $120/night. All accommodation and activities are included.
                              • Offer: Use promo code NSM30 to get $30 off your camp fee. T&Cs apply.
                              • Website: crucamps.com.au
                              • Phone: (02) 9874 8933
                              • Email: [email protected]

                              T&Cs: Promo code can only be used for new camp bookings made by 26 July 2024. Promo code can be redeemed on activity camps or study camps during the Winter camp season. Excludes Day Camps, Snow Camps, CrossTrain and WA 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

                              Step into nature with Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden’s fantastic program of activities for children during the Winter 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

                              Balancing work and family during school holidays can be a challenge, but Gowrie NSW’s Vacation Care program is here to help. Their program provides quality and engaging care, ensuring your child enjoys a safe, enriching environment filled with diverse activities.

                              From hands-on crafts and interactive workshops to exciting outdoor excursions, they have something for everyone. This winter season, your child can look forward to ice skating, cinema excursions, archery fun, rock/wall climbing, meeting fascinating reptiles and farm animals and so much more!

                              Their dedicated and experienced staff ensure that every child is well looked after, making memories and learning new skills. With Gowrie NSW’s Vacation Care, you get peace of mind while your child enjoys a fulfilling and memorable holiday experience. Join them for a holiday packed with fun and discovery!

                              Sports Holiday Workshops

                              Humpty Sports Holiday Camp (Castle Cove & St Leonards)

                              Humpty Sports Holiday Camp (Castle Cove & St Leonards)

                              Humpty Sports Holiday Camp (Castle Cove & St Leonards)

                              Looking for some holiday fun for your kids? Have them join us at Humpty Camp. Our multi-sport holiday program is designed specifically for children 2½–7 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 good time. On rain or shine! Come for a full week or just a day!

                              • When: CAMP 1: 8 – 12 July 2024 | CAMP 2: 15 – 19 July 2024
                              • 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
                              • Suited for: 2.5 – 7 years
                              • Costs: 
                                • Half Day (9am-1pm): $70/day, $310/5-day camp
                                • Full Day (9am-3pm): $90/day, $385/5-day camp
                                • Extended Day (9am-5pm): $110/day, $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 – THE MOTIV8 GAMES (Lane Cove North, Northbridge & North Sydney)

                                North Shore Mums Offer: Receive 20% off (valid for the first 20 tickets) with code nsm20.

                                The Motiv8 Games are held only once every year and provide campers the chance to win Gold! The Motiv8 Games is a futuristic version of the Olympics with a rock concert atmosphere. This multi-sports event provides campers the opportunity to participate in a long list of team sports, individual events, showdowns and team-building challenges.

                                Like all Motiv8sports events, their primary focus is to create a sporting arena that teaches children about teamwork, sportsmanship and resilience all while motivating them to be extraordinary versions of themselves.

                                • When & Where: 8 & 9 July – Northbridge | 11 & 12 July – Lane Cove North | 15 & 16 July – North Sydney
                                • Suited for: Kindy – Year 6
                                • Cost: $75-$125
                                • Active & Creative Kids vouchers accepted
                                • Book: Online, 0450 646 878 & [email protected]
                                • Website: motiv8sports.com.au

                                Ninja Kids (Brookvale & Hornsby)

                                Your kids will love Ninja Kids camps. They’re all about building strength, agility and self-confidence … all while having a blast! Ninja Kid’s provides a safe environment for your child to find their inner “Ninja Warrior”.

                                Their school holiday program is for children 5 to 12 years and runs from 8.30am – 3pm with pick up available until 3.30pm.

                                The children will spend the day swinging from the monkey bars, rings and cannon balls, negotiating the quintuple steps, testing the ring slider and challenging themselves.

                                • When: 8 – 19 July (excluding weekends) | Half-day sessions (8.30am-12pm) offered on selected days
                                • Suited for: 5-12 years
                                • Cost: $40-$70
                                • Website: ninjakids.com.au
                                • Email: [email protected]
                                • Active Kids vouchers & Creative Kids vouchers accepted

                                Justfootball Academy (Lane Cove West)

                                North Shore Mums Offer: 10% Early Bird discount with code CAMP15. 20% North Shore Mums special offer available until 14 June with code NSM20.

                                Got a football lover? Justfootball Academy School Holiday Camps are always fun, technical and player attentive. They place importance on social activities as well as football for our camp format.

                                ‘The Justfootball Academy Training Method’ – They will combine technical breakdown, 1v1 and tactical game to achieve session objective.

                                ‘Fun Games’ – They will have a great time playing a variety of fun football, and social games. Player interaction, social behaviour and team work is a very important aspect to the Justfootball culture and environment.

                                ‘Tournament Games’ – They design competition games for the kids to look forward to each day.

                                • When: Mon 8 July – Weds 10 July, 9am-1pm
                                • Where: Blackman Park, Lane Cove West
                                • Suited for: 4-14 years
                                • Cost: $286 for the 3 days
                                • Phone: 1300 724 189
                                • Email: [email protected]
                                • Website: justfootballacademy.com.au
                                • Active Kids vouchers & Creative Kids vouchers accepted

                                Black Belt Martial Arts Hornsby

                                North Shore Mums offer: FREE Karate Gi and Karate White Belt
                                *For attendees who are not current students of BBMA Hornsby only. 

                                Enjoy a full-day Karate & Life Skills Camp at Black Belt Martial Arts Hornsby. This is so much more than your average Kids Camp!

                                Nourish, engage and support your child these school holidays. Your child will learn practical self-defence & non-violent anti-bullying strategies, traditional Karate, personal safety and mindfulness skills – while having fun (with classes, games, craft & movies) relaxing and meeting new friends.

                                • When: Thursday July 18, 8:30am – 6pm
                                • Suited for: 8+ years (7 year olds welcome if attending with an older sibling). 
                                • Cost: $80 per person – Includes morning & afternoon tea, a FREE Karate Uniform and Karate belt!
                                • Website: bbmahornsby.com.au
                                • Email: [email protected]
                                • Active Kids vouchers accepted

                                Tennis Camps

                                    Inspire Tennis Holiday Programs (Killara & St Ives)

                                    North Shore mums offer: Bring a friend and family/sibling discount available.

                                    Inspire Tennis Holiday Programs (Killara & St Ives)

                                    Inspire Tennis Holiday Programs (Killara & St Ives)

                                    Inspire Tennis’ School Holiday Programs are fun, exciting and provide a learning pathway for every child. The Winter 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: Daily from Friday 28 June to Monday 22 July inclusive
                                    • 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
                                    • Suited for: 4-15 years
                                    • Cost: $50 Half Day | $70 Full Day. Discounts apply when booking for a full week and for multiple siblings. Active Kids Vouchers accepted.
                                    • Website: inspiretennis.com.au
                                    • Email: [email protected],
                                    • Phone: (02) 9498 1902

                                    Evolve Tennis (Roseville, Collaroy, Belrose & Avalon)

                                    North Shore Mums offer: 15% early bird discount from 10-23 June. 10% early bird discount from 24-30 June. Bring a friend + sibling discount

                                    Evolve Tennis Academy is bringing you the most exciting school holiday camps in Northern Sydney, with five locations on offer.

                                    Their team of dedicated coaches aim to give an experience like no other, offering a structured program which is key to delivering your child/ren a quality array of Tennis & Soccer fundamental sport activities they will want to visit each and every school holidays.

                                    They cater for more children at Evolve Tennis than any other local holiday camp offering, and it comes as no surprise considering what’s on offer.

                                    • When: Monday 8 – Friday 12 July | Monday 15 – Friday 19 July
                                    • Time: Full Day: 9am – 3pm | Half Day: 9am – 12pm | Free Before & After Care from 7.30am-5pm
                                    • Suited for: 4-15 years
                                    • Cost: $75 per day | $55 half day | $275 Full Day, Full Week
                                    • Book: Online, [email protected], 1300 391 552

                                    Queenwood Tennis Centre (Oxford Falls)

                                    Queenwood Tennis Centre (Oxford Falls)

                                    Queenwood Tennis Centre located in scenic Oxford Falls, is pleased to offer tennis camps during the July school holidays.

                                    Their enthusiastic team of experienced coaches take players through a variety of fun games and drills designed to keep them active and improve their tennis skills. All coaches have WWC clearance and CPR/First Aid qualifications.

                                    Choose from half days or full days. Discounts apply when booking five or more days.

                                    • When: Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July | Monday 8 July – Friday 12 July | Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July
                                    • 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: 5-16 years
                                    • Cost: $90 per day | $65 half day | Discounts apply when booking five or more days
                                    • Website: queenwood/qtcholidaycamps
                                    • Email: [email protected],
                                    • Phone: (02) 9452 2298

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

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