Essential Guide to Spring School Holidays

Spring is in the air, and we can’t wait to embrace some warmer weather! The countdown is on until the Spring School Holidays, which start on 28 September, so it’s time to get organised! Our Essential Guide to Spring School Holidays is packed with events and activities to keep your kids entertained and having fun every day. So whether you’re after vacation care, performing arts, public speaking, cooking, resilience or anything in between, we’ve got your holidays sorted.

We’ve got so many sporty options these holidays, we’ve created a dedicated Sports edition of the North Shore Mums Essential Guide to Spring Holidays  for soccer, tennis, swimming intensives and multi-sports programs. Click here to browse the sporting events.

Performing Arts

Bop till you Drop Performing Arts Workshop (Lane Cove, Mosman, Castle Hill, Gladesville, Waverley)

North Shore Mums Offer: $20 off per child, use discount code (NSMN17). Offer applies to 2 day bookings only. Not available with any other offer, except the Creative Kids Voucher.

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Bop till you Drop

Bop till you Drop have been running these educational and fun programs for 15 years. The professional teachers will 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 six classes per day, each class runs for 45 minutes. This program is aimed at building self-esteem in your child. You will also get to see them 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 achievements in such a short time.

  • When & Where:
    • 1-2 October – Mosman & Waverley
    • 2-3 October – Gladesville
    • 8-9 October – Lane Cove & Castle Hill
  • Time: 9am to 3.30pm (extended 8am – 5pm optional extra)
  • Suited for: 5-12 years
  • Cost: $65 per day (for $20 off use discount code NSMN17); Siblings $60 per day ($30 off if booking two days).
    • *NSMN17 offer applies to 2-day bookings only, not to be used with any other offer, except Creative Kids Voucher.
    • You can redeem your $100 Creative Kids Voucher
  • Enrol: Online, call 1300 13 03 13 or email [email protected]
  • Website:

Kids Up Front Performing Arts (Castle Cove, Pymble, North Sydney, Manly, Epping North)

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Kids Up Front Performing Arts

Every school holidays, Kids Up Front works with enthusiastic boys and girls to put on a fabulous Musical Show. These holidays, it’s ‘The Lion Queen’! In the morning, the children rotate in their age groups 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: 30 September – 4 October, 8-11 October
  • Time: 9am-3pm (FREE extended hours 8am – 5.30pm)
  • Where: Castle Cove, Pymble, North Sydney, Manly, Epping North
  • Suited for: 5-13 years
  • Cost: $350-$385 for 5 days (Week 1), $275-$315 for 4 days (Week 2), or $75-85 per day (min. 2 days). Creative Kids Voucher accepted – $100 off
  • Enrol: Online or email [email protected]
  • Website:

The School at AIPA – Take Centre Stage (Artarmon)

North Shore Mums Offer: 10% when mentioning North Shore Mums

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The School of AIPA

Holidays are coming and it is time for the kids to have fun and take centre stage! Explore the arts, stay active, and make new friends. The program combines performing arts (drama, dance & singing) with creative arts (craft activities, storytelling). The programs are fun and all-inclusive for all involved. Options also available for High School Students.

  • When: 30 September – 4 October, 8 -11 October
  • Time: 9am-3pm (extended hours available)
  • Where: Artarmon
  • Suited for: Kindy – Year 6
  • Cost: $57 a day, Creative Kids voucher accepted – $100 off
  • Enrol: 9966 5013 or email [email protected]
  • Website:

Applause Musical Theatre: Design & Performing Arts Workshops (Lindfield, Willoughby)

North Shore Mums Offer: $30 early bird discount (Early bird will end on 9 September for The Lion King and the 17 September for Aladdin)

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Applause Musical Theatre: Design & Performing Arts Workshops

Once again Applause Musical Theatre Academy and The Maker’s Loft are collaborating to offer you not one, but two workshops this spring based on the popular musicals “The Lion King” and “Aladdin”!

In three action-packed, creative days your child will sing, act and dance to songs from your choice of musical (as mentioned above). Additionally your child will gain confidence plus important communication and interpersonal skills through acting games. Your child will also create costumes and props to be used in the performance to parents on the last day. These workshops fill up fast, so book now!

  • When: 
    • The Lion King Workshop (Lindfield): 30 September – 2 October
    • Aladdin Workshop (Willoughby) 9 -11 October
  • Suited for: 5-12 years
  • Cost:$360 ($330 early bird)
  • Enrol: The Lion King workshop or Aladdin Workshop

Public Speaking & Debating

Sydney Speaking School (North Sydney, Moore Park, Parramatta)

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Sydney Speaking School

North Shore Mums Offer: Early bird discounts available until 1 September

Public speaking may seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Sydney Speaking School offers a range of public speaking and debating holiday programs that provide students with the confidence they need to succeed in a safe, fun and welcoming environment.  With small classes, plenty of opportunities to practice and a team of 70+ enthusiastic coaches who are passionate about bringing out the best in every child, these programs are perfect for novice and experienced speakers alike.

  • When: 30 September – 11 October
  • Where: North Sydney, Moore Park and Parramatta
  • Suitable for: 6-15 years old
  • Cost: from $180 for 2 days
  • Enrol: Onlineemail or call 0404 107 372
  • Website:

Academy of Speakers (Normanhurst)

North Shore Mums Offer: Book before 5 September for $22 off. Use code: NSM

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Academy of Speakers

Do you want your child to love public speaking? Do you want to increase their leadership skills? Academy of Speakers is running Holiday workshops for Grades 2-7 to build leadership skills through the art of public speaking. These courses will give your child an added advantage while learning in a safe and reinforcing environment that is perfect to grow in! The classes are taught by TWO passionate professional speakers and a best selling author. Watch our founder’s TEDx talk!

  • When: 
    • Years 2 to 4: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 September, 9.30am – 3pm
    • Years 5 to 7: Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 October, 9.30am – 3pm
  • Where: Normanhurst
  • Suitable for: 7 – 14 years old
  • Cost: From $180 for 2 days
  • Enrol: Online, Email or call 0423 156 096
  • Website:


Resilience Holiday Camps (Roseville, Neutral Bay, Collaroy Plateau, Annandale, Lilyfield, Drummoyne)

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Resilience Holiday Camps

The holiday camps are for everyday K-6 children experiencing everyday challenges. They are fun and play-based and include drama, art, craft, storytelling and LOTS of games. Kids LOVE them! A whole range of topics are explored in the camps, including confidence, friendship, emotions, the inner voice, the growth mindset, positive psychology and LOTS more, all in a safe and supportive environment. Not sure whether your child should participate again? They absolutely should! No two camps are the same. Resilience is a skill like any other, it needs practice!
  • When: 
    • Mon 30 Sept: Whoosh Club Neutral Bay – Resilience Boot-Camp (K-2) and Lilyfield Community Centre – Resilience Boot-Camp (K-2)
    • Tues 1 Oct: Whoosh Club Neutral Bay – Superpower Camp (K-2) and Drummoyne Community Centre – Resilience Boot-Camp (K-2)
    • Weds 2 Oct: Whoosh Club Neutral Bay – Calm Camp (K-2) and Wheeler Heights Public School – Confidence Camp (K-2)
    • Thur 3 Oct: Annandale Community Centre – Superpower Camp (K-2)
    • Tues 8 Oct: East Roseville Scout Hall – Resilience Boot-Camp (3-6) and Drummoyne Community Centre – Calm Camp (K-2)
    • Weds 9 Oct: East Roseville Scout Hall – Friendship Camp (K-2) and Wheeler Heights Public School – Superpower Camp (K-2)
    • Thu 10 Oct: Whoosh Club Neutral Bay – Resilience Boot-Camp (K-2) and Annandale Community Centre – Resilience Boot-Camp (3-6)
  • Where: Collaroy Plateau, Roseville, Neutral Bay, Annandale, Lilyfield, Drummoyne
  • Suitable for: 5-12 years old
  • Cost: $105
  • Website:

Holiday Camps

CRU® Camps – Amazing School Holiday Experiences (Northern Sydney and surrounds) 

North Shore Mums Offer: Early bird specials available on selected camps, see website for details.

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Give your child a fantastic holiday experience on a CRU® Camp this spring! 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.

They have 10 awesome camp adventures to choose from this Spring – from sailing to laser tag, water skiing to giant swing, ice skating to Year 12 study.

Activity Camps: Action-packed residential camps with loads of exciting outdoor activities.

Day Camps: Campers enjoy fun-filled days on camp and return home at the end of each day to sleep in the comfort of their own beds.

  • CRU Craze (Yrs K-6) at Beecroft, Mon 30 Sep – Fri 4 Oct
  • CRU Bolt (Yrs K-6) at North Parramatta, Wed 9 Oct – Fri 11 Oct

Study Camps (Yr 12): Study Camps to maximise final prep to obtain the optimal HSC/IB result.


  • Suitable for: K – 12
  • Cost:Day Camps start from $41/day, Residential Camps start from $110/night
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Kids Circle: Baking, Arts, Science, Sports, Dance (Chatswood, Roseville)

North Shore Mums Offer: Early bird rates until 1 September

Kids Circle

Kids Circle has something for all tastes and interests! Offering a range of different and fun workshops every day to help unleash kids’ creativity whilst making friends during the school holidays!

2 workshops a day! Pick and choose. Book 1 workshop (half-day) to a full-week if you wish! Timetable available on the website! Workshops include:

  • STEM and Robots!
    • Science: Star Wars Science! The FORCE is strong with this workshop! Kids will learn how to make their own lightsaber, galactic milky swirls and funky balance tricks. Dressing up is encouraged!
    • Amazing Robot Games: A great experience into the world of robotic automation. The kids will be at the controls of these amazing robots to spice up their holidays!
  • Master Chef sessions with a fantastic Le Cordon Bleu Certified Chef:
    • French Delights workshop
    • Chocolate Bonbonniere workshop
  • Arts and Crafts:
    • Cherry Blossom, Galaxy and Adventure painting workshops.
    • Cats Paper collages
    • Yarn picture frames
    • Scratch Art Mandala and much more!
  • Music and Dance Workshops:
    • “The Voice” singing workshop and disco party, combined with fun craft activities.
    • Zumba workshops
    • Funky jazz workshops.
  • Sports – “Sports Crazy” workshops playing netball, soccer and athletics fun games.
  • Public Speaking “Special Edition”: 2-day workshop (1 & 3 Oct). Kids Circle has partnered with an amazing TED-Sydney speaker to teach kids about the mindset, body language, tricks and techniques to get them on the stage with confidence and a smile.


  • When:
    • Week 1: Tuesday 1 – Friday 4 October 2019 – 28 Chatswood, Chatswood
    • Week 2: Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 October 2019 – 83 Macquarie St, Roseville.
    • Public Speaking – Special Edition: Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 October – Chatswood.
  • Times: 9am-12pm & 1-4pm. Free extended hours: 8-9am and 4-6pm.
  • Where: Chatswood and Roseville
  • Ages: 5-9 years old (Depending on the activity, children may be grouped by age 5-7 / 8-9)
  • Cost: Early bird rates until 1 September. Early bird: 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. Redeem your $100 Creative kids voucher!
  • Contact:  Grace 0405 195 225 or email
  • Book:


Activities & Attractions

NUBO Play + Learn Centres (Alexandria, Chatswood)

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Nubo School Holiday Fun

Play + Learn + Connect these school holidays at NUBO. Inspiring today’s modern families with simple, purposeful and beautiful learning experiences is what NUBO does best. The options are endless in how you can spend your day:

  • Enjoy a sense of adventure in stunning explorative play areas, purposefully designed to grow confidence + gross motor skills
  • Taste your way through gourmet café treats
  • Unleash the brain’s creative powers in Montessori inspired workshops

Join the NUBO workshops these holidays for science experiments, Masterchef creations + mini Picasso masterpieces! View the website for more information


  • When: All September/October School Holidays
  • Where: Alexandria and Chatswood
  • Cost: Alexandria from $12.50. Chatswood: Various pricing from Punch Pass to Family Membership options
  • Suitable for: 6months to 5  years
  • Website:

Read the NSM Review: Play & Learn at NUBO Chatswood!

Australian Reptile Park (Somersby)

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Australian Reptile Park

It’s time to get wild and be active! These school holidays, get outdoors, run, jump, play and have a little adventure. Have the best family fun day out and experience the great outdoors with our Aussie animals! During the school holidays, kids can race through an inflatable obstacle course, bounce on a dinosaur jumping castle and jump on bungee trampolines! Adventure Zone activities included with the cost of entry.

PLUS, get a photo with our new Tasmanian Devil joeys or get up close and personal with an Animal Encounter.

  • When: 9am – 5pm, every day during the Spring school holidays – Saturday 28 September – Sunday 13 October 2019
  • Where: Somersby ,Central Coast (30 minutes drive from Wahroonga)
  • Cost: Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) – $105 | Adult – $39 | Child – $21 – tickets include entry to the Park & access to additional school holiday activities
  • Suitable for: All ages!
  • Website:

Park House Mona Vale

Park House Mona Vale

Park House Mona Vale has a fabulous calendar line up of activities to keep all the kids entertained! There’s arts and crafts, cooking lessons, the Taronga Zoo Mobile and more. All activities are free, apart from mini chefs cooking classes. Registrations for all school holiday sessions are essential to avoid disappointment. Plus kids eat free all day Monday to Wednesday.

  • When: Monday – Wednesday. 30 Sept to 9 October
    • Monday 30 Spet – Taronga Zoo Mobile, 1-2pm
    • Tuesday 1 Oct – Mini Chefs Class, 11 – 12.30pm
    • Wednesday 2 Oct – Little Lane Craft Workshop, 12-2pm
    • Tuesday 8 Oct – Arts and Craft, 12 – 2pm
    • Wednesday 9 Oct – Little Lane Craft Workshop, 12-2pm
  • Where: 2 Park St, Mona Vale
  • Cost: Free, apart from mini chefs cooking classes.
  • Suitable for: 3-10 years
  • Website:

Wannabees Family Play Town (Hornsby and Frenchs Forest)

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Wannabees Family Play Town

Need to entertain the kids these school holidays? Wannabees has you covered with indoor venues that have plenty of fun and keep entertained all day. From daylight discos, karaoke days and ball games, to workshops & extra activities.

  • When: Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Workshops at 11:30 am:
    • Monday, Wednesday & Fridays – Cooking Workshop – $7.00
    • Tuesday: Science Workshop $5.00
    • Thursday: Craft Workshop $5.00
  • Where: Hornsby & Frenchs Forest
  • Cost: $15 for 1-2 years, $20 for kids 3-10 years, $5 adults with free coffee. Grandparents Free.
  • Suitable for: 3-10 years
  • Website:

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 the 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: 30 September – 11 October
    • Mondays 5pm: Cinema by the Sea, showcasing all your favourite movies on our Big Screen on the deck!
    • Tuesdays 9:30am: Mother’s Group with Learn to the Beat
    • Wednesdays 12pm: Kids in the Kitchen
    • Thursdays 12pm: Little Creative Co. Party Time
    • Fridays 12pm: Crafternoons with Little Lane Workshops
  •  Where: The Newport 2 Kalinya Street, Newport
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: Not required
  • Website:

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: 30 September – 11 October
    • Mondays all day: Dress ups
    • Tuesdays 10am: Kids yoga
    • Wednesdays 11am: Little Creative Co. Party Time
    • Thursdays 10am: Parents & Bubs Breaky Club – Enjoy a coffee or breakfast at the Kiosk while you catch up with friends (and maybe meet some new ones) whilst the kids are entertained with our educational music & activity class.
    • Fridays 11am: Reptile Man
  • Where: The Collaroy 1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy Beach
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: Not required
  • Website:

Shopping Centres

St Ives Shopping Village

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St Ives Shopping Village School Holiday Activities

Robo Kids Robotics Workshop

Build different robots following a set of guided instructions.

  • When: Monday 30th September – Friday 4th October, 9.30am-11.30am or 12pm-2pm
  • Cost: $10 + Booking Fee
  • Book: Online

Marian Street Theatre Performance

Nelly the Curious Elephant

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 8-11 October, 9.30am, 10.15am, 11am
  • Where: No bookings required, limited seating

Cake Decorating Workshop

30 min session hosted by Rebecca Lauric Patisserie

  • Cost: $15 per child
  • When: Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October, 9.30am, 10.15am and 11am
  • Book: Online


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