School holidays are almost here and some of our favourite kids’ activities nearby and a short trip away are already taking bookings – choose from swimming, performance, rock music camp, ultimate martial arts, resilience, Harry Potter magic and more…

Carlile Swimming Swimvac, Freshwater and Killarney Heights

Get a month’s worth of lessons in just one week! The school holidays are a perfect opportunity to fast track the swimming skills of preschool and school age children. And Carlile Swimming has the credentials to do that with more than 60 years experience and world renowned expertise in teaching children to swim well.

Our holiday Swimvac program is designed to boost confidence and consolidate skills through the intensive, daily repetition of lessons. It can provide significant results, especially for new swimmers or those needing to master specific skills. Held in our warm indoor pools – it’s a great daily dose of fun and fitness!

Good to Know: This program is very popular, so please book early with our customer service team. We offer our intensive program between 1 to 3. For existing customers, we are also offering a variety of Specialised clinics for our Stoke and Squad swimmers  – please check with receptions for days and times. 

When: 
Week 1 Monday 6 January to Friday 10 January 
Week 2 Monday 13 January to Friday 17 January 
Week 3 Monday Monday 20 January to Friday 25 January
Cost: Swimvac $94.30 for 5 days of lessons Stroke Clinics $21.75 per Clinic
Location: 14 Tralee Ave, Killarney Heights, and Lower Ground Floor, Harbord Diggers 88 Evans St, Freshwater.
Contact: Website: www.carlile.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarlileSwimming 
Phone: (02) 9451 3677 and (02) 9137 4545

Luna Park, Milsons Point

School holidays are a great time to visit our very own iconic amusement park, Luna Park Sydney! This summer, cool off aboard a crazy new water ride, take a dip in North Sydney Pool and get access to Unlimited Rides all day long! Here’s how to make the most of a summer’s day at Luna Park Sydney…

Enjoy fun in the sun all day long with an Unlimited Rides Pas and ride every ride as many times as you like. Your pass includes access to Luna Park’s new summer ride: Pirate’s Revenge, an exhilarating water ride with two crazy drops at 80km/hr that will cool you off instantly.

Beat the heat with one (or two) scoops of tasty Gelato and finish off the day at North Sydney Pool just next door. Entry is free with your unlimited rides pass, valid on the same day only.

Good to Know: Entry is FREE, but an Unlimited Rides Pass is the best way to experience everything Luna Park Sydney has to offer. The best way to save on rides is to buy your Unlimited Rides Pass online for a discounted door price.

For current opening hours, visit: https://www.lunaparksydney.com/plan-your-day . For tickets, visit the website at: https://buyonline.lunaparksydney.com/

Big Music Holiday Rock Camp, Crows Nest

If your child has ever dreamed of being in a rock band, or just really likes music – Big Music in Crows Nest is the place to be these school holidays! Big Music has been running their Holiday Rock Camp program with great success, and all the staff are qualified musicians who are passionate about encouraging a love of music in their students. There’s no musical experience necessary, with a course to suit kids of all ages and any skill level! The emphasis of the camp programs is simply on fun and participation in learning to play popular music with other kids!

Good to Know: These popular Holiday Camps cater for all kids aged 5+ regardless of their prior musical experience. Each day runs from 9am to 3pm, culminating in a performance for family and friends on the last day. Places are limited and often sell out, so ROCK ENROL NOW!

When: Mon 9th Dec – Thu 12th Dec (9am-3pm)
Mon 16th Dec – Thu 19th Dec (9am-3pm)
Mon 6th Jan – Thu 9th Jan (9am-3pm)
Mon 13th Jan – Thu 16th Jan (9am-3pm)
Mon 20th Jan – Thu 23rd Jan (9am-3pm)

Extras: Optional 5th Party Day on Friday each week for an additional $120.
Optional extended care from 8am drop off -6pm pick up available each day for an additional $20 per hour.
Cost: $480 (Early Bird Price – $440 before 29th November)
Location: 85 Alexander Street (Cnr Ernest Street), Crows Nest
Contact: (02) 8622 6550 
Website / Signup: www.bigmusic.com.au/holiday-camp

Kids Up Front Drama Camp: Sing, Act, Dance and have fun! Manly

This January, Kids Up Front will be running performing arts holiday camps at Stella Maris College in Manly. Kids Up Front works with enthusiastic boys and girls to put on a fabulous musical show. These holidays, it’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’!

Good to Know: 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 perform for each other, showing what they have learned all the while developing their confidence in performing. The program culminates on the last day with a musical show for parents and friends to enjoy!  

When: 13th – 17th and 20th -24th January between 9am to 3pm. Free extended hours available from 8am to 5.30 pm.
Cost: Five Day Rate = $385 (or $365 if you book by 9 December 2019), Day Rate = $85 (or $80 if you book by 9 December 2019). Creative Kids Vouchers accepted
Bookings: www.kidsupfront.com.au

VT1, Hyper Summer Camp! Chatswood

Treat your child to an unforgettable experience this summer! Our 5 Day Hyper Summer Camp combines martial arts, tricking, parkour and sword skills – just like you see in the movies, to make the ultimate confidence building experience. No experience is necessary, everybody attending are complete beginners. Over 5 days they will make new friends, learn new self defence skills and finish with the Hyper Challenge. Drop your kids off under the supervision of world champion coaches and watch them transform. (While you enjoy a break)

When: 13th – 17th January 2020 (Full program)
Location: VT1 Martial Arts Academy, 19b/390 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood
Cost: $80 per day || $400 – 5 days || $350 Early Bird (15 December)
How to book: https://vt1mma.com.au/kids-holiday-camps/
Contact details: (02) 9417 1001 || info@vt1mma.com.au

Resilience in Kids, Collaroy Plateau & Neutral Bay

January school holiday camps! Resilience in Kids is now taking bookings for its popular 1-day Resilience Camps – book now to avoid disappointment! The 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!

Good to Know: They explore a whole range of topics, including confidence, friendship, emotions, the inner voice, the growth mindset, positive psychology and LOTS more, all in a safe and supportive environment. Your kids will have a great time AND learn important social and emotional skills! And as a Creative Kids registered provider you can redeem your voucher with them!

When:
6 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
7 Jan – Superpower Camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
15 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 5-8 – Collaroy Plateau
16 Jan – Calm Camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
20 Jan – Resilience Boot-camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
21 Jan – Superpower Camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
22 Jan – Calm Camp – Age 5-8 – Neutral Bay
Time: All camps run from 9am to 4pm
Contact: https://www.resilienceinkids.com.au/

Kids on the Coast Harry Potter Day, Narrabeen

The wonderful Coastal Environment Centre at Narrabeen is running more of their brilliant school holiday workshops this summer – including a magical Harry Potter day. “We have your ticket booked on the Hogwarts Express bound for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Join us for a day of Harry Potter themed activities and fun. We’ll be making potions, creating invisible ink, testing your Potter knowledge and much more.”
Good to Know: This activity is for kids ages 6-12 and it will book out super fast!
Cost $65
Bookings Essential: https://cec.intrac.com.au/school/login.cfm?return=schedule.cfm%3Flevel%3D290

Indoor Climbing, Umbrella Nine Co Brookvale

The newest attraction for kids has arrived on the Northern Beaches just in time for school holidays! 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.”

Good to Know: Coffee is available. It’s air conditioned – and there’s 25% off climbing until Christmas!

Cost: single pass for one hour: $20, family of three: $54. Shoe hire $5.

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

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/pg/umbrellanineco/about/ and website: https://umbrellanineco.com.au/

Kids’ Sailing Camp (plus Kayaking, Snorkelling and Windsurfing), Manly

Manly Sailing runs three and five day camps to introduce kids to all the fun and adventure of small boat sailing during the School Holidays. “Our Sailing & Adventure Camps are designed to provide a fun, safe and enjoyable introduction to small boat sailing as well as kayaking on our underwater viewing kayaks, snorkelling, Windsurfing and team building games.”

All courses include an introduction to boat handling skills, the basics of sailing and fosters confidence in boats and water safety, all while having a heap of fun with other kids! “Our aim is to have happy, confident sailors going home with excited tales of their sailing adventures at the end of each day.”

Good to Know: Complimentary early drop off starts at 8.30am – 9.30am with a selection of games  and activities before the camp starts, camps run from 09:30 till 3pm each day. In our camps we teach beginners, advanced and teen students who want to improve their skills over the holidays. Sailing camps are for kids aged 7 to 15 years of age.

Cost:
3 day Sailing Camp $430
2 day add on Adventure Camp $290
5 day Sailing & Adventure Camp $670

When: January 6th – 10th, 2020, January 13th – 17th, 2020, January 20th – 24th, 2020

Location: Ground Floor, Manly Yacht Club, East Esplanade Manly

Contact: https://www.manlysailing.com/kids-sailing-lessons/school-holiday-sailing-courses/

Tuffnutterz, ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour

The kids don’t have to climb the walls at home these holidays! With the arrival of Australia’s biggest inflatable in Sydney, they’ll be able to run off some energy while having the best bouncy fun around. It’s being held indoors at the ICC in Darling Harbour so the whole family can also beat the heat! Tickets give you unlimited access to both of their epic courses including the brand new giant play park which compliments the huge obstacle course. This course is 270 metres long and has over 30 individual obstacles, all joined to form one continuous course.

Good to Know: Suitable for 5 year-olds and up to go unaccompanied. Under 5’s require a non-paying accompanying adult. No under 3’s. Please bring socks and plenty of water.

Where: ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, 14 Darling Dr, Sydney (Darling Harbour).

When: 8-27 January, open 9am-5pm.

Cost:
Unlimited Rounds: 1-3 Tickets: ($35pp), 4-9 Tickets ($30pp); 10-19 Tickets (27.5pp); 20+ Tickets ($25pp)

2 laps: ($20pp) (Each lap takes on average 15 minutes to complete. You may upgrade to the full day pass on the day by paying the difference.)

Booking/contact: https://www.tuffnutterz.com/

Do you know of or run a fabulous local school holiday activity? We continue to update this Guide right up to and even during School Holidays so let us know about it! Please contact: naomi@thelivingcollective.com.au 

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