NSM Essential Guide to Easter School Holidays

Hip hop, the Easter School Holidays are bouncing closer and closer! And, as usual, we’re coming to the rescue with our Essential Guide to Easter School Holidays, which is packed choc-a-block (excuse the Easter punn) with dozens of activities and events – performing arts, public speaking, swimming intensives, sporting camps, vacation care, free events, plus a few fun attractions you must visit! So pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, or crack a Cadbury Creme Egg, and scroll through all the options. 

Performing Arts

Applause Musical Theatre Academy & Maker’s Loft (Cammeray, Lindfield)

NSM Special Offer: For a chance to win a future holiday workshop, put NSMGUIDE in the Add Promo Code section on the booking form.

Applause Musical Theatre Academy

Applause Musical Theatre Academy and the Maker’s Loft are collaborating these Easter holidays to offer your children, not one but TWO possible musical movies to explore over three fun and action-packed days – Mary Poppins Returns & The Greatest Showman. Children will sing, dance and act (learning songs from these movies and playing drama games too) plus make their own costumes, props and backdrop through innovative craft activities. Then on the last day of the workshop, the children will astound you with a polished performance! Last holidays these workshops booked out within a few weeks, so book now to secure a spot for your child!
  • Where & When:  
    • Mary Poppins Returns (Cammeray): 15 – 17 April; 9.30am-3.30pm (free before care from 9.00am)
    • The Greatest Showman (East Lindfield): 16 – 18 April; 9.30am-3.30pm (free before care from 9.00am)
  • Enrol:  The Greatest Showman or Mary Poppins Returns
  • Suitable for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: $330 (early bird) or $360 per workshop
  • Website: Applause Musical Theatre and Makers Loft

Kids Up Front Drama Academy (Lindfield, Pymble, North Sydney, Manly, Epping North)

NSM Special Offer: $20 off Lindfield bookings

Kids Up Front Drama Academy

Every school holidays Kids Up Front works with enthusiastic boys and girls to put on a fabulous Musical Show. These holidays, it’s The Magical Faraway Tree’! In the morning the children in their age groups rotate around the specialist tutors and complete a 45 minute session each of singing, dancing and drama. Each day after lunch the children come together and perform for each other and show what they have learned and build their confidence in performing. The program culminates on the last day with a wonderful musical show for parents and friends to enjoy.

  • When: Monday 15 – Thursday 18 April
  • Where: Lindfield Public School, Pymble Public School, The Independent Theatre in North Sydney, Stella Maris Theatre in Manly, Epping North Public School, Leichhardt
  • Time: 9am to 3pm (extended 8am – 5.30pm optional extra)
  • Suited for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: $295-$310 for 4 days, or $80-85 per day (min. 2 days). Creative Kids voucher accepted – $100 off.
  • Enrol: Call 9953 4040, email or online
  • Website: www.kidsupfront.com.au

Bop till you Drop (Lane Cove, Mosman, Waverley)

NSM OFFER: $20 OFF per child, use discount code (NSMN17). Applies to 2 day bookings only, not available with any other offer, except sibling. $30 off per sibling.

Vacation Care with a difference! Bop till you Drop run a 2 day singing, dancing and acting workshop. These workshops have been running for over 15 years; with the self esteem building workshop perfected over this time. The professional program is run by qualified teachers who will gently encourage your child while building self confidence through structured 45 minute classes and fun activities such as craft, science and cooking to break up day . Best of all the children perform in a concert on the last day to show off their new talents and will be awarded with a performance certificate.

  • When & Where:
    • Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April – Lane Cove Country Club, Lane Cove
    • Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April – St Clement’s Church Hall, Mosman
    • Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April – Bronte Bowling Club, Waverley
  • Time: 9am to 3pm (extended 8am – 5pm optional extra)
  • Suited for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: $75 per day (for $20 off use discount code NSMN17)
  • Enrol: Online, call 1300 13 03 13 or email [email protected]
  • Website: boptillyoudrop.com.au

Lego & Robotics

BRICKS 4 KIDZ School Holiday Workshops with LEGO & Robotics (Collaroy, Balgowlah, Forestville, Crows Nest, Willoughby, Mosman, Gordon)

Bricks 4 Kidz

Looking for a fun and engaging activity for Easter School Holidays? Join a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Holiday Workshop and Create Something Great! From fun Brick City Engineers, and awesome Amusement Park Mayhem, to cool Remote Control Mania and exciting Coding with Robotics, there’s fabulous activities for every child from 5 – 12 years. Offering convenient North Shore and Northern Beaches locations with extended hours at Collaroy for later pick up.  Plus with your Creative Kids Voucher, you can save up to $100 per child on ANY workshops.

  • When: Monday 15 April – Monday 29 April (except public holidays), times vary by location
  • Age: 5-12 years
  • Cost: Varies by workshop and location
  • Enrol: Online
  • Website: Bricks 4 Kidz


Carlile Swimming  School Holiday Intensives (Lane Cove West, Castle Cove)

Carlile Swimming

The school holidays are a perfect opportunity to fast track the swimming skills of preschool and school age children. Carlile Swimming has more than 60 years of world renowned expertise in teaching children to swim well. The school holiday Swimvac is designed to boost confidence and consolidate skills through intensive tuition. It can provide significant results, especially for new swimmers or those needing to master specific skills. It’s a great daily dose of fun and fitness! Swimvac is very popular, so book early with your local customer service team.

  • When: 15-18 April, 23-26 April 2019 (no lesson 25 April)
  • Where: 2B Holly Street, Castle Cove and Unit 1, 4 Sirius Avenue, Lane Cove West
  • Suitable for: Preschool and school age
  • Cost: 4 days $72.80, 3 days $54.60
  • Contact: Castle Cove 9417 2060 and Lane Cove West 9188 1027
  • Website: carlile.com.au

Turramurra Learn to Swim

Turramurra Learn to Swim

Want to see your child make real progress with their swimming in just three or four days? Then book them in for an intensive holiday swimming course with Turramurra Learn To Swim. The 30-minute 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.
  • When: 15-18 April, 23-26 April 2019 (no lesson 25 April)
  • Where: 48 Tennyson Ave, Turramurra
  • Suitable for: 3-11 years
  • Cost: $88 (4 days), $66 (3 days)
  • Book: Call (02) 9489 4771 or email [email protected]
  • Website: turramurralearntoswim.com.au


Resilience Holiday Camps (Neutral Bay, East Roseville, Cammeray, Lilyfield, Annandale)

Resilience Holiday Camps

Could your children’s resilience do with a boost? Keen for them to do something fun these holidays? Send them to a Resilience Camp – kids love them! There’s lots of new and fresh content these holidays – Resilience Bootcamps for 5-8 and 9-12 year olds, Superpower Camps for 5-8 year olds and Chill-out Camps for 5-8 year olds.  There’s also an old favourite for 9-12 year olds – the Confidence Camp. All play-based, your child will learn important social and emotional skills through art, drama, games, storytelling, movement and breathing.

  • When: Monday 15 – Wednesday 24 April
  • Where: Neutral Bay, East Roseville, Cammeray, Lilyfield, Annandale
  • Suitable for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: $105 (9-4 camps), $75 (12.30-5 camps)
  • Website: resilienceinkids.com.au/bookholidayworkshops

Public Speaking & Debating

Academy of Speakers (Normanhurst)

NSM Offer: 10% off when you use the code: NSM

Academy of Speakers

Would you like your child to gain confidence and resilience through the art of public speaking? A person’s ability to command a room is a predictor of long term success. Unfortunately, 78% of people suffer from speech anxiety which hinders their growth. Learning how to be courageous, resilient and influential at an early age will increase the probability of future success in any career.

Taught by 2 Tedx presenters, the Academy of Speakers uses a unique system to teach vital skills to children at an early age. Classes focus on fun while stretching children to get out of their comfort zone to realise their full potential.

  • When: 
    • Years 3 & 4, 13 – 14 April 9.30am – 3pm
    • Years 5 & 6, 15 – 16 April 9.30am – 3pm
    • Years 7 – 9, 4 – 5 May 9.30am – 3pm
  • Where: Normanhurst Boys High School
  • Suitable for: 9 – 15 years old
  • Cost: $200 – $220
  • Website: academyofspeakers.com

Sydney Speaking School (North Sydney, Parramatta)

Sydney Speaking School

Would your child love to be a more confident public speaker? The ability to speak confidently is an essential life skill, and these holiday courses make a huge difference in such a short time. Sydney Speaking School offers debating and public speaking courses, and provides 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: 15-26 April
  • Where: North Sydney and Parramatta
  • Suitable for: 6-15 years old
  • Cost: from $180 for 2 days
  • Register your interest: Onlineemail or call 0404 107 372
  • Website: sydneyspeaking.com.au


Next Step Writing & Responding with Sydney Therapy & Co (Lane Cove)

NSM Offer: Book by 12 April to receive a  discounted rate of $250 for 2 Day Workshop. Regular price $320

Sydney Therapy & Co

Help your child reach their next step on their literacy journey! How does your young person approach planning a writing task? Does your child need a new level of confidence?

Hosted by a multidisciplinary team of Speech & Occupational Therapists, this workshop is designed to give your child skills through explicit instruction in writing & responding to questions on their literacy journey & how to move them to their next step. The program is based on Seven Steps to Writing Success, providing everyday classroom skills & timely NAPLAN preparation.

  • When: Monday 15 to Tuesday 16 April from 9:30am – 2pm
  • Where: Lane Cove
  • Suitable for: For students in Year 3 – Year 7 (8-12 years)
  • Cost: $320
  • Website: sydneytherapyco.com.au

Holiday Camps

Adventure Camp (Balmoral)

Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp is all about getting kids outside, away from screens and enjoying the great outdoors! Adventure Camp believe that adventure is not only good fun for kids, but is essential to their healthy development.

The camps involve lots of water games, teamwork challenges and various problem-solving relays – it’s aim is to help kids build confidence, increase their connection with the outdoors and nature, help them improve their social skills and interact with new people, and most of all, have FUN!

  • When: 3x Day Camp – Norhtbridge Sailing Club – April 15-17 (SOLD OUT)
    2x Day Camp – Balmoral Park, Sea Scouts Hal – April 23-24
    2x Day Camp – Greenwich Sailing Club – April 23-24
  • Where: Balmoral Park Sea Scouts Hall
  • Suitable for: 7-12 years
  • Cost: from $184.95
  • Enrol: [email protected]
  • Website: adventurecamp.com.au

CRU Camps 

NSM Offer: Early bird specials available on selected camps, see website for details.

CRU Camps

Give your child a fantastic holiday experience on a CRU® Camp! There are 10 awesome camp adventures to choose from, for children in Years K-12. So whether it’s sailing or horse riding, cooking or abseiling, theme park rides or studying, there’s a camp your child is sure to enjoy! With nearly 90 years of experience, CRU Camps is the largest provider of Christian holiday camps in NSW, welcoming around 4,000 campers a year on over 80 camps. On a CRU Camp, your child will grow in self-confidence, make new friends and participate in loads of exciting outdoor activities in a safe, fun and caring environment

Kids Circle: Baking, Arts, Science, Sports, Dance (Chatswood)

NSM Offer: Use the code NSM-001 to access a special discount

Kids Circle

Kids Circle has something for all tastes and interests! Offering a range of fun workshops to help unleash your kids creativity while making friends during this school holidays! Pick and choose: Book from 1 workshop (half-day) to full-week if you wish! Timetable with workshop details available on the website.

  • Science: Palaeontology Lab- Frozen dinosaur chambers. This is literally one of the coolest workshops around!
  • Master Chef sessions with our fantastic Le Cordon Bleu Chef
  • Creativity unleashed – Design your own Seed Mosaic, paint your own Canvas, make a flower candle holder with Clay, decorate and personalise your own bedroom door sign and make colourful Yarn Flowers to take them home on the day!
  • Experience building with Kapla!
  • Be active – Enjoy our Zumba sessions

Spoilt for choice! Book as many workshops as you like but please do so early as they book out fast. There is also a new location in Castle Hill opening these holidays. Visit the website for more information.

  • When: Monday 15  Thursday 18 April
  • Times: Pick and choose any half-day or full-day workshops. Workshops: 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-4:00pm. Free extended hours: 8:00-9:00am and 4:00-6:00pm.
  • Where: 28 Chatswood Avenue, Chatswood
  • Suitable for: 5-10 years old (Depending on the activity, children may be grouped by age 5-7 / 8-10)
  • Cost: Early bird rates applied until 18 March. Half-day Workshops from $55 (9am-12pm or 1-4pm), Full Day Workshops from: $99 (8am-6pm). Free extended hours: 8:00-9:00am and 4:00-6:00pm.
  • Contact: Carolina 0468 354 372, Grace 0405 195 225 or email
  • Book: kidscircle.com.au

Kool Kidzz Holiday Program (St Ives & Randwick)

Kool Kidzz

Kool Kidzz Holiday camp provides exciting and innovative programs for primary school children in the school holidays! Based at Masada College St Ives, a festival of experiences is offered from the arts, sports, drama, cooking, movement, incursions, and excursions. A hearty Morning and afternoon tea is provided. All teachers are fully qualified and experienced Educators and Kool Kidzz is a Department of Education approved service providing the government rebates with fees as low as $16 per child.

  • When:  15-25 April, 8.30am – 5pm
  • Where: Masada College, 9-15 Link Rd, St Ives
  • Suitable for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: $16 per day with max. childcare subsidy
  • Website: koolkidzz.com.au


Aussie Gems Holiday Program (Frenchs Forest)

NSM Offer: $10 sibling discount

Aussie Gems Cheerleading and Fitness

Let your kids get active this school holiday at Aussie Gems Fitness Academy! Every day of the holiday program is packed with nerf battles, fitness games & testing, tumbling fun and a special craft activity each day at the state-of-the-art multi-sport facility.

The first week will be focused on Easter crafts: making Easter slime or baskets, decorating your Easter cupcake or painting Easter plaster. The second week you will make ninja stress balls, kites, slime and plaster painting. Check out the full program to find out what’s on each day!

  • When: Monday 15 – Thursday 18 April, Tuesday 23 April, Wednesday 24 April, Friday 26 April
  • Time: Regular day: 8.30am-3.30pm or extended day: 8.00am-5.00pm
  • Where: Frenchs Forest
  • Suitable for: Full Day Program – 5 years and older
  • Cost: Regular day $65 (includes morning tea + lunch) / extended day $80 (also includes afternoon tea) . $10 sibling discount
  • Booking: aussiegems.com.au

Humpty Sports Holiday Camps (Castle Cove)

Humpty Sports Holiday Camps

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: 15-18 April, Camp 2: 23-26 April (excl Anzac Day)
  • 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: Camp 1 (9am-1pm): $65/day, $230/4-day camp. Camp 1 (9am-3pm): $85/day or $295/4-day camp. Camp 2 (9am-1pm): $65/day, $175/3-day camp. Camp 2 (9am-3pm): $85/day, $225/3-day camp.
  • Book: lovendeuce.com.au, call 9417 7888 or email


Love n Deuce Tennis Camp (St Leonards and Castle Cove)

Love n Deuce

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 yrs, provides a great mix of coaching drills, tactical play and tournaments. The singles tournament of the week has a $200 prize pool! Come for a full week or just a day! Come and join! Tennis, The sport for life!!
  • When: Camp 1: 15-18 April (4 day camp), Camp 2: 23-26 April (excluding ANZAC Day – 25 April) (3 day camp)
  • 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 3.30pm – 6pm
  • Suitable for: 5 – 17 years
  • Cost:Camp 1: $75/day, $275/4-day camp.  Camp 2: $75/day, $225/3-day camp
  • Book: lovendeuce.com.au or call 9901 3144 (St Leonards) or 9417 7888 (Castle Cove)

Kids Activities

Park House (Mona Vale)

Park House Mona Vale

Park House will be offering a variety of fun filled kids activities during the school holidays including craft workshops, Taronga Zoo mobile, mini chefs cooking classes and more. Parents can enjoy a spot of lunch whilst the kids and entertained.

    • When: 
      • Monday 15 April, 2.00-3.30pm –  Kids Bingo
      • Tuesday 16 April, 1.30-2.30pm – Taronga Zoo Mobile
      • Wednesday 17 April, 12-2pm –  Little Lane Workshops
      • Thursday 18 April, 12-1.30pm – Mini Chefs Pizza Class ($15pp)
      • Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday open all weekend
      • Tuesday 23 April, 12-1.30pm – Pizza Making ($15pp)
      • Wednesday 24 April, 12-2pm Little Lane Workshops
      • Thursday 25 April – Anzac Day OPEN
      • Friday 26 April, 12-2pm –  Arts and Crafts
    • Where: 2 Park Street, Mona Vale

Wannabees Family Play Town (Hornsby and Frenchs Forest)

Wannabees Family Play Town

This Easter Holidays, have some indoor fun at Wannabees! From daylight discos, karaoke days, ball games to cooking workshops and craft activities. There is something for everyone! Admission to Wannabees starts at only $15 for a full day of play, you can also have lunch in the restaurant which offers a variety of options from the gourmet or regular menus. Save with the annual membership option!

  • When: 12 April – 28 April, 10am to 5pm
  • Where: Hornsby & Frenchs Forest
  • Cost: $15
  • Suitable for: 3-12 years
  • Cost: Check website for details
  • Website: wannabees.com.au

The Collaroy

The Collaroy

With a beachside backdrop, The Collaroy is the perfect spot to entertain the kids these school holidays. With something to do every day, why not grab a coffee, a glass of wine or a bite to eat with your friends, whilst the children are entertained.

  • When: 15 – 26 April
    • Mondays, all day, dress ups
    • Tuesdays, 10am, kids yoga
    • Wednesdays, all day, The Collaroy colouring competition
    • Thursdays, all day, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal
    • Fridays, 11am – 1pm, Reptile Man
    • EASTER SUNDAY: Chocolate eggs + visits from the Easter Bunny
  • Where: The Collaroy 1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy Beach
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: merivale.com/thecollaroy

The Newport

The Newport

The Newport’s waterfront location and stunning Pittwater views, have made it a northern beaches go-to for decades. With an alfresco marketplace feel, you can choose your own adventure within their variety of food outlets and experiential areas; each with their own style and personality. There’s lots to offer for the kids over the school holidays, so you can relax while they have fun!

  • When: 15 –  26 April
    • Mondays, 6pm, Cinema by the sea for kids: Ralph breaks the internet (*Not on Easter Monday)
    • Tuesdays, 9.30am – 11am: Mother’s Group with Learn to the beat; 12 – 1.30pm: Superhero Training
    • Wednesdays, 12pm – 2pm, Kids in the kitchen
    • Thursdays, 12 – 2pm, Slime Workshop (*Not on ANZAC Day)
    • Fridays, 12 – 2pm, Crafternoons with Little Lane Workshops (*Not on Good Friday)
    • Saturdays, 1 – 3pm, Face Painting
    • Sundays, 12 – 2pm, Reptile Man (*Not on Easter Sunday, see below)
    • Easter Sunday, 12 – 2pm: Easter basket making; 2 – 3pm: Easter egg hunt
      with visits from the Easter Bunny

Shopping Centres

Meet the Easter Bunny at The Mix at Chatswood Place

The Mix at Chatswood Place

The Mix at Chatswood Place is having a special visit from the Easter Bunny these school holidays! Visit the new Centre, located at 260 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood on Wednesday 17 April, Thursday 18 April or Saturday 20 April. Bring the kids along to say hello to the Easter Bunny, snap a photo and pick up a yummy Easter egg from 10am, 11am and 12noon each day. Appearances will be for 40 minutes. With ALDI and 10 specialty stores to choose from, it’s the perfect location for morning tea or lunch too. Choose from Albert & Moore, Eat Fuh, Fishbowl, Kellys Bar & Grill, Ramen Zundo, Saikyo or SHUK.

  • When: Wednesday 17 April, Thursday 18 April, Saturday 20 April
  • Where: The Mix at Chatswood Place, 260 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
  • Cost: free
  • Website: chatswoodplace.com.au

St Ives Shopping Village

St Ives Shopping Village

FREE – Marian Street Theatre presents Three Billy Goats Gruff live show. Don’t miss this exclusive 45 min performance.

  • When: Monday 15 – Thursday 18 April
  • Time: 9.30am & 11am
  • Where: Level 1. Seating is limited, no bookings required

FREE – Kids Art Class. Create a simple & fun artwork

  • When: Tuesday 23 April, Wednesday 24 April & Friday 26 April
  • Time: 9.30am-12pm
  • Where: Level 1. No bookings required

Sand Art with Sandtastic. Create your own Sand Art from $5 per card.

  • When: Monday 15 – Saturday 27 April
  • Time: Open Centre Trading Hours. No bookings required
  • Where: Level 2, near The Copper Pan

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