There’s lots of fun to be had these summer school holidays, both close to home and further afield – from surf lessons, to teens going wild, stage shows, tennis, tree climbing – and more!

Growing Wild Outdoors

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Growing Wild Outdoors runs holistic outdoor experiences for teenagers in the school holidays.  Now more than ever your teenager needs community, connection, opportunities to get outside and to have fun! 2021 has been a year of unexpected lockdowns, home learning and 24/7 screen time. Your teens need a break (and so do you!).  We have a lineup of cracker trips for your teenager these summer holidays. Our trips are holistic outdoor experiences that connect your teenager back to themselves, community, and the natural world.  Sign up with a friend or come alone! There is a place for every teen at Growing Wild Outdoors and you don’t have to be ‘outdoorsy’ to join the fun! We design our trips so that every teenager can feel part of a community and successful at Growing Wild Outdoors. We can’t wait to welcome you into the Growing Wild Outdoors family!


SOUTH COAST SUMMER Take five blissful days to disconnect from life in the city and reconnect to the natural world and a new community in the Mollymook Beach area. 

    • Dates: 12-16 December, 2021 
    • Length: 5 days, 4 nights
    • Year group: Year 10 + 11 (in 2022) 
  • Activities: Snorkelling, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, camping, bushwalking, meditation, yoga, conservation 
  • Cost: $1200 

SURF AND YOGA RETREAT Meditate, surf, yoga, repeat. Soak up the sun, sand and surf over four days in Gerroa at Seven Mile Beach National Park!  

    • Dates: 9-12 January, 2022 
    • Length: 4 days, 3 nights
    • Year group: Year 9 + 10 (in 2022)
  • Activities: Surfing, camping, bushwalking, meditation, yoga
  • $900

GOOD TO KNOW: All trips are capped at 10 participants. Book now so you don’t miss out. If COVID-19 government restrictions prevent trips from being run, we guarantee a full refund or credit transfer

Balmoral Watersports

Balmoral Water Sports and the Land’s Edge Foundation have joined forces to create the ultimate holiday program for your kids this summer. Come and explore the beautiful bays of Balmoral and uncover the historic secrets of Chowder Bay with qualified, experienced, and friendly staff. Groups will experience a journey in either direction from Chowder Bay to Balmoral. Two and a half days will be spent at each location participating in a range of exciting and engaging activities. 

Action-packed week including Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Sailing, Snorkelling, Rafting, Kite Making, Initiative Games, Beach Games/Sandcastle Competition, Bush Exploration to Taylor Bay, Sign Scavenger Hunt and many more fun activities. 

We have 3 age groups available: – 7 to 9yo – 10 to 12yo – 13 to 15yo

Price is $550 for 5 days Monday to Friday


Dec 6th to 10th // 13th to 17th // 20th to 24th

Jan 3rd to 7th // 10th to 14th // 17th to 21st


Balmoral Watersports Centre & Land’s Edge (Chowder bay/Clifton gardens)

Book here

Evolve Sports, Northern Beaches

Evolve Tennis Academy & Game Ready Football unite these winter school holidays to bring you the most exciting grassroots school holiday camps on the Northern Beaches. Our team of dedicated coaches across both codes aim to give an experience like no other, offering a structured program which is key to delivering your child/children a quality array of Tennis & Football activities they will want to visit each and every school holidays.

We cater for more children at Evolve Sports Camps than any other location on the beaches and it comes as no surprise considering whats on offer…

When: (7.30am-5pm)Week 1 – 16th, 17th + 20th – 23rd December
Week 2 – 3rd – 7th January
Week 3 – 10th – 14th January
Week 4 – 17th – 21st January
Week 5 – 24th, 25th + 27th, 28th January

Extras: FREE Before & After Care (7.30am-9am & 3-5pm) 

Discounts for full week bookings… 

Contact: (02) 9971-0644


Coastal Environment Centre ”Kids on the Coast”, Narrabeen

This would have to be one of the best resources in the area when it comes to helping kids be aware of how lucky they are to live by the coast! The Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) also offers a school holiday program with a difference. “With a unique theme for each day, your child will learn about our natural environment through a range of fun and interesting activities. This is a great opportunity for children to learn about our environment and how they can help preserve it. The holiday program is suitable for children six to 12 years. (unless otherwise noted).

Location: Coastal Environment Centre, 1 Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen


PCYC Winter School Holidays Activities, Dee Why

Looking for things to do in the upcoming school holidays? PCYC NSW runs a variety of safe, fun, creative and inclusive school holiday activities for primary and high school aged youth. Our structured programs have a selection of sport and creative based activities to ensure we offer something for everyone! From multi-sport, gymnastics and boxing to painting, dance and crafts. From pirate days and graffiti, to coding classes and skateboarding, we have lots on offer! PCYC Northern Beaches school holiday activities are run by qualified coaches that have a passion for working with young people in a sport and recreation environment. Our programs are designed to be affordable for the local communities that surround our clubs ensuring a cost effective school holiday option for all families. We also accept Creative Kids vouchers at all of our clubs.

Location: 40 Kingsway Dee Why
What to bring: Recess, Lunch, Water Bottle, Enclosed Shoes
Times: Drop Off – 8am-9am Program – 9am-3pm Pick Up – 3pm-4pm *Must be picked up by 4pm or $20 late fee will be charged.
Dates: 20 Dec – 28 Jan
Cost: $65 per day

Indoor Climbing, Umbrella Nine Co Brookvale

 Umbrella Nine Co is a family focused bouldering gym located in Warringah Mall. “We are keen on getting more kids into the climbing scene and wanted to create a space specifically for them and their families.” There is one main point of difference with this indoor climbing centre – no ropes! “The walls are obviously lower, and they are surrounded by soft padded mats (in case you fall). It’s fun, challenging and empowering. It is super social and best of all anyone can do it.”

UNCo Holiday camps are back these holidays by popular demand. ‘Our holiday camps blend climbing fun with a bit of relaxation too. Book now to grab your place as the groups are small. Head to our website, hit book now and put in the date you are looking for.

Location: Shop 6010, Warringah Mall, Pittwater Road, Brookvale

Contact: and website

The 13-Storey Treehouse, The Concourse Chatswood

Would you please welcome to the stage…. Andy and Terry!

Yes that’s right. Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant The 13-Storey Treehouse has been turned into a show for the theatre. AND YOU’RE INVITED!

Curtain up! Today’s the day. There’s just one problem. They forgot to write it! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla? Luckily the theatre has an extensive prop and costume collection and some very impressive stage technology.

Adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), The 13-Storey Treehouse has sold out at Sydney Opera House, and around Australia, and is brought to life with a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry.

Cost: Premium $45, A Reserve $36

When: 28, 29, 30 January 2022


Manly Surf Guide Surfing Lessons, Dee Why

What could be better for little locals? Manly Surf Guide has made teaching surfing their business and in the school holidays they run surf camps that operate from Dee Why Beach from 10am-2pm. On the camp kids will learn:

  • Ocean safety & surf etiquette
  • Ocean & wave positioning
  • Paddling & catching waves
  • Control, standing up & riding waves

Good to Know: Surf school is for beginners to intermediate levels, for kids aged 6 to 15 years old. What’s included: 2 x surf Lessons, use of surfboard and wetsuit, lunch and beach games, surf education

Operate every day all year round on Manly Beach.

9:00am-10:30am / 11:00am-12:30pm / 1:00pm-2:30pm / 3;00pm-4:30pm



Swoop Physical Theatre, Collaroy

Swoop Physical Theatre has been highly recommended in the NBL Facebook Group and it sounds like everything kids could wish for. School holiday activities include: hula hooping, juggling, static trapeze, silks, acrobalancing, stilt walking, tight-wire walking, acrobatic jumps and dynamic tumbling. “A guest tutor will be teaching aerials from 12-3pm each day. We also play lots of games and work with each participant at their own level.”

Good to Know: These workshops are for ages 6 and up. Existing Swoop students are also welcome. Circus works best with a wide range of ages! We have children aged 6-15 regularly attending.
– Please pack morning tea, lunch and an extra snack (circus is hungry work!) as well as a big bottle of water.
– Shorts, leggings, t-shirts/singlets are recommended. Please do not wear jeans or skirts.
– Kids will be given 20 minutes for morning tea and 45 minutes for lunch. The hall has kitchen facilities available (fridge etc) if needed.

When: 3rd – 5th Jan 
Location: Collaroy Masonic Hall
Cost: $200 for 3 days, $130 for 2 days or $68/day ​
​To book, simply email with your child’s name and age. You can also text Danielle these details on 0411 512 049

Puppeteria Theatre, Castle Cove

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Enjoy the art of puppetry with your young ones at the Puppeteria Theatre in Castle Cove. Each holidays there are new shows to enjoy so check the program for details. 

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times.

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15l

How to book:

St Ives Treetops Adventure + Playground

Families have a new experience to explore along the southern border of Ku-ring-gai National Park. St Ives is our newest Tree Ropes Course Park, hosting 95+ aerial obstacles and 10+ ziplines, all suspended between platforms to create a maze of activities in the treetops. Courses start at 1m for little climbers and jump up to 15 metres for bigger adventurers!

Sessions run for 2.5-hours to climb as many courses as you can during your session. You can choose to start on low easy courses or go straight up on a higher course. If you don’t feel like climbing up on a higher level, you are always welcome to complete a lower or same course again during your session. Your session includes harnessing, training and approx 2-hours of climbing.

When you’re done there’s a spectacular new playground to explore as well!

Address: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

Opening hours: School and Public Holidays Monday – Sunday 9am-5pm


Waterworld HQ

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Swap the beach for epic waterslides and huge inflatable pools at Australia’s first mobile waterpark, Waterworld Central. The family friendly affair will be taking over the Entertainment Quarter this summer and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before!

Come have a splash these school holidays from the 28th Dec. 2021 – 26th Jan. 2022 (Closed New Year’s Day)!

Race your mates on the multi-lane Epic Racer slide, go on an 80-metre water tubing ride or just relax in one of the chilled out wading pools. For the dare devils at heart, take a ride down the Wave Slide, surf’s up!

Of course, there’s a global pandemic to be mindful of, so pre-booking tickets is encouraged. You can book tickets and find more info at

Entry (non-participant) – $5
Little Dip n’ Slip 2hr Pass – $25 (Excludes Thrill Slides)
Extreme Splash n’ Slide 2hr Pass – $35 (ages 7+yrs – Adult & 120+cm) Includes Pool Slides and Thrill Slides (age, height, & weight restrictions apply)


We’ll keep adding to the list as we come across more great activities! Do you know of or run a school holiday activity that should be added to our School Holiday Guide – get in touch via

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