NSM Essential Guide to April School Holidays

It feels like we’ve only just gone back to school, but it’s just four weeks until the April School Holidays! To help you plan a fun-filled break with your children and to provide lots of great options for those days when you have to work, we’ve got lots of options listed in our Essential Guide to April School Holidays. It’s your ultimate guide to the best events going on locally.

Have a read through our list below and click on any links to quickly shoot to that listing in the guide:

Don’t leave it too late to book, and be sure to tell them that North Shore Mums sent you!


CODE4FUN Coding Camp (Mosman)

One day Coding Camps for Years 2 to 11 students. Children learn to code and build their own online computer games. Three levels of Coding Fundamentals, Game Development and Digital Art for children of all ages and levels of experience. STEM focused programs: computer science, maths, creativity and problem solving all are covered. All students will take home their own online account with projects developed during the workshops and with endless access to online study materials, hence they will be able to develop their coding skills outside the classroom.

  • When: 16-20 April
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Where: Mosman Art Gallery
  • Suitable for: Years 2 to 11
  • Cost: $100 per student, per camp
  • Book: code4fun.com.au


Aquabliss School of Swim (Thornleigh, Normanhurst, Pymble)

Try out Aquabliss’ School Holiday Intensive program at one of three North Shore swim centres. This program has been put together to refine a students’ swimming technique and to improve their swimming skills in a short period of time. This is a great way to not only keep the children active, but to also get them ahead in their swimming progression.

  • Where: Thornleigh: 16-20 April, 8.30am to 11am. Normanhurst: 16-20 April 7am-11am. Pymble: 16-20 April 8.30am to 11am.
  • Suited for: 3-12 years
  • Cost: Learn to Swim Levels (all locations) $80. Development Squads (Normanhurst & Pymble) $65.  Private Lessons Thornleigh $180. Private Lessons Pymble $224.
  • Book: Normanhurst 9473 7466, Pymble 9488 7397, Thornleigh 9484 8008
  • Website: Aquabliss

Turramurra Learn to Swim

Want to see your child make real progress with their swimming in just one week? Then book them in for an intensive four or 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.

  • When: 16-20 April, 23-27 April (no lesson 25 April)
  • Where: 48 Tennyson Ave, Turramurra
  • Suitable for: 3-11 years
  • Cost: $110 (5 days) $88 (4 days)
  • Book: Call (02) 9489 4771 or email [email protected]
  • Website: turramurralearntoswim.com.au

Public Speaking

Public Speaking and Debating Holiday Programs (North Sydney and 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: 16-27 April
  • Where: North Sydney and Parramatta
  • Suitable for: Years 1 to 9
  • Cost: From $180
  • Book: Onlineemail or call 0404 107 372
  • Website: sydneyspeaking.com.au

Vacation Care

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

NSM Offer: 10% discount. Use code NSM-001

Kids Circle has something for all tastes and interests, offering a range of amazing workshops to help unleash your kid’s creativity. These holidays there will be Kitchen Adventures where kids will have so much fun cooking with certified Le Cordon Bleu Chef Gene Cameron.  There’ll be Sing, Dance, Perform workshops with a disco party. For those who love Arts and Craft you can try Origami, canvas painting, decorating your own beautiful pot plant, hand make soaps and bath bombs or create a pretty dreamcatcher. Spoilt for choice? Book as many workshops as you like!

  • When: 16-20 April, 23-27 April. 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm. Free extended hours 8am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm
  • Where: 28 Chatswood Avenue, Chatswood. Free private parking onsite
  • Suitable for: 5-12 years old (Kids are grouped by age 5-7 yrs and 8-12yrs)
  • Cost: Morning Workshops: $55, Afternoon Workshops: $50, Full Day Workshops: $95,  Full week and sibling discounts also available.
  • Contact: Carolina 0468 354 372, Grace 0405 195 225 or email
  • Book: kidscircle.com.au


Inspire Tennis Camps (Killara, Chatswood, Terrey Hills)

Get kids active these school holidays with some great Tennis Hot Shots & Sports Camps. The camps will ensure your child has fun, stays active and improves their skills in a safe environment. Kids can learn how to play or improve their game and programs include Kids Tennis Hot Shots coaching and competitions, excursions and other activities including multi sport programs. Free bus shuttle service and before care available.

  • When: 16-29 April, 23-27 April. Full week, half days, full days available
  • Where: Killara, Chatswood, Terrey Hills
  • Suitable for: 2.5+ years
  • Costs: Varies by program and location. Visit website for more information
  • Contact: 1300 712 713 or email [email protected] 
  • Book: www.inspiretennis.com.au

FootGolf Clinics (Northbridge Golf Club)

FootGolf is a new, fun sport combining Golf and Football (Soccer). It is played the same way as golf on a golf course, but players kick a soccer ball towards larger sized holes on the fairway. The sessions consists of warm up games, fun games to develop skills  learning how to kick off, approach and putting, game time and a warm down. The program incorporates numeracy (adding scores), comparing actual scores with pars, relating hole pars and distances.

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: 16-20 April, Camp 2: 23-27 April (excluding 25 April)
  • 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, $275/5-day camp. Camp 1 (9am-3pm): $85/day or $335/5-day camp. Camp 2 (9am-1pm): $65/day, $225/4-day camp. Camp 2 (9am-3pm): $85/day, $280/4-day camp.
  • Book: lovendeuce.com.au, call 9417 7888 or email [email protected]

Perfect Placement Autumn Tennis Camps (Gordon)

NSM Offer: 20% off the first week

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. See you on the court,

  • When: Week 1, 16 -10 April (Red Ball & Orange Ball), Week 2 23-27 April (excluding 25 April) (Green Ball & Yellow Ball)
  • 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, Naremburn 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: Camp 1: 16-20 April, Camp 2: 23-27 April (exl 25 April)
  • Where: Talus Street, St Leonards; Willis Park, 325a Eastern Valley Way, Castle Cove (Red, Orange & Green Ball), 11 Wheatleigh Street, Naremburn (Top Gun/Yellow Ball). Transport from Willis Park and St Leonards to Wheatleigh St available for Top Gun Camp
  • 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)
  • Book: lovendeuce.com.au or call 9901 3144 (St Leonards) or 9417 7888 (Castle Cove)

Writing Workshops 

Step Up to Writing & Responding (Lane Cove)

NSM OFFER: Refer a Friend and receive 2 places for $500 saving $60! Book prior to 8th April 2018

Skills in writing & responding will enable your upper primary child to gain confidence in the whole writing process and is designed and run by Sydney Therapy & Co speech and occupational therapists. Step Up to Writing & Responding’s aim is to give your child skills for writing & responding to questions on their literacy journey & how to move them to their next step. They want to help your child leave feeling new confidence, with strategies for text types & ways to answer questions. Whether it is for Naplan or everyday classroom skills, the holiday program has been designed with your child in mind. The course is for all levels of ability in writing & skills for responding to questions.

  • When: 18 April 9am – 2pm, 19th April 9 am – 2 pm, 20 April 9 am – 12 noon
  • Where: Sydney Therapy & Co. Lane Cove
  • Suited for: Years 3-6
  • Cost: Early Bird $280 book prior to 8th April 2018 / $350 booking after 8th April 2018
  • Enrol: Online
  • Website: sydneytherapyco.com.au

Creative Workshops 

Workshop Arts Centre for Children & Teenagers (Willoughby)

Have a budding artist in the family? Workshop Arts Centre is running school holiday art classes for children and teenagers. A varied program led by experienced artists and educators, children can design their own t-shirt & hand print onto fabric, slow stitch a tote bag using a mix of old & new textiles. Create their own masterpiece inspired by great artists, like Van Gogh & Monet, create teapots by bringing a little bit of the farm home in the form of a clay tea set or using clay and making a few mysterious & scary monsters!

Performing Arts

Bop Till you Drop Performing Arts Workshop (Lane Cove and Mosman)

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.

Lego Workshops

Bricks4Kidz (Willoughby, Crows Nest, Mosman, Gordon, St Ives, Forestville, Belrose, Balgowlah, Curl Curl, Mona Vale)

The April School Holidays are the perfect time for a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® School Holiday Workshop. Programs are uniquely designed to provide a blend of specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games, and plenty of time for free-play. From the all new Transformation Creations workshop and super fun Brick City Engineers workshop, to the space-themed Galaxy Far Away and the AWESOME Robotics workshops there’s sure to be a fun theme to inspire your child while they build, create and learn with LEGO®! The programs are designed for kids from Kindergarten to Year 6.

  • When: Programs throughout the April Holidays from 16 April -27 April. Dates and Times vary by location.
  • Where: Willoughby, Crows Nest, Mosman, Gordon, St Ives, Forestville, Belrose, Balgowlah, Curl Curl, Mona Vale and more!
  • Suitable for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: Varies by program and location. Visit website for further information
  • Book: bricks4kidz.com.au

Shopping Centre Activities

Home HQ: Reptile Show

Looking for some free entertainment these school holidays? Then head to HomeHQ Artarmon for their free 30-minute Reptile Shows, where you can get up close and personal with slithery snakes, lizards and baby crocs! Shows are at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm daily from Monday 16 – Friday 20 April.

  • When: 16 – 20 April. Shows at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm daily
  • Where: HomeHQ Artarmon, Lower Ground, next to Adairs
  • Suited for: All ages
  • Cost: Free. No bookings required.
  • Website: homehq.com.au

St Ives Village School Holidays

ALADDIN – performed by Marian Street Theatre. 16 – 19 April. Two performances daily at 9.30am and 11.30am. No bookings required.

WANNABEES – Wannabees host their own TV Studio & Fashion Shop at The Village for kids to role play, dress up and let imaginations run wild! 20 April, 23 – 27 April (exc 25 April), 9.30 – 12.30 daily (not including Anzac Day)

  • When: 16 – 20 April, 23 – 27 April (excl 25 April)
  • Where: St Ives Village Shopping
  • Suited for: 2-10 years
  • Cost: Free. No bookings required. Call Village Concierge for further details on 8422 4009
  • Website: stivesvillage.com.au


Magpies Waitara

These April holidays head to Magpies Waitara for some school holiday entertainment.

Calling all little builders aged 4-10 years, Little Builders Fun & Games with LEGO® will be at Magpies or dress up as your favourite hero, villain or Disney princess and dance the afternoon away with DJ Deal at The Heroes of Cosplay Disco, there is also a chance to win some great prizes at Kids Bingo! Also there will be two free movie screenings so come and enjoy The LEGO® Ninjago movie and Captain Underpants!

  • When: Little Builders Fun & Games with LEGO® 17 April at 12.45pm, LEGO® Ninjago movie 17 April at 10.30am & 12.30pm, Heroes of Cosplay Disco 19 April at 4pm, Kids Bingo 24 April at 1pm, Captain Underpants movie 24 April at 11am 
  • Where: Magpies Waitara, 11-37 Alexandria Parade Waitara
  • Cost: From $10
  • Website: magpieswaitara.com.au

Chipmunks Macquarie Centre School Holiday Activities 

Come and check out the fun activities at Chipmunks these holidays, There’s story time, party games and dancing day as well as unlimited play in the huge 2 storey climbing structure. There’s a giant inflatable slide, a cannon ball battle zone and even a massive slippery dip. Mums can relax with a coffee or enjoy something delicious to eat from the gourmet café. View the schedule for activities each day. Make sure you arrive 10-15 minutes before the the start of the activity.

  • When: Monday to Friday
  • Where: Macquarie Centre
  • Suited for: 0-11 years
  • Cost: $11.90 1-2 year olds, $14.90 3-11 year olds, Adults are free (everyone must wear socks)
  • Contact: 9888 5275
  • Website: chipmunks.com.au

Still want more? Check out our dedicated School Holidays section in What’s On. 

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