Summer holidays are here again! And we’ve rounded up some of the most fun activities both locally and around Sydney. Keep checking back in as we’ll keep adding more as we find them!

Evolve Sports School Holiday Camps

Evolve Tennis presents the ULTIMATE KIDS HOLIDAY CAMP

Evolve is bringing you the most exciting grassroots school holiday camps. 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 our Camps than any other location on the Northern Beaches and it comes as no surprise considering what’s on offer…

Extras: FREE Before & After Care (7.30am-9am & 3-5pm) Discounts for full week bookings…Free Pizza Lunch Fridays!!

Bookings: 1300 391 552

Website: https://evolvetennisacademy.com/book-now/

Kids on the Coast, Narrabeen

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Image: Northern Beaches Council

“The Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) 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. Fun filled, action packed school holiday programs are offered during the summer, autumn, winter and spring school holidays. This is a great opportunity for children to learn about our environment and how they can help preserve it.

Good to Know: The holiday program is suitable for children aged 6 (who have started school) to 12 years (unless otherwise advertised). Programs generally run from 10am-3pm (unless otherwise noted).

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

Website: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/environment/coastal-environment-centre/school-holiday-program

Tuff Nutterz Giant Obstacle Course, Mona Vale

The world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course is taking over the Flying Fox Cafe at Winnererremy Bay in Mona Vale these school holidays. “The event features Australia’s biggest inflatable obstacle course (300m long) and a 6m tall water slide, which are sure to provide an exhilarating experience for both kids and adults alike. Tuff Nutterz welcomes all ages to participate and enjoy the fun (Parents with kids under 5 years old can bounce for free!) So, whether you’re looking for a fun activity to enjoy with your little ones, or you’re a thrill-seeker looking for a new adventure, Tuff Nutterz has something for everyone!”

Where: Winnererremy Bay Mona Vale

When: Jan 9-14

Ticketshttps://www.tuffnutterz.com/tuffnutterznsw-act

PCYC Northern Beaches

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 Active and Creative Kids vouchers at all of our clubs.

Website: https://www.pcycnsw.org.au/northern-beaches/school-holidays

Major Fun Indoor Play Centre, Freshwater

Major Fun boasts a gigantic and fun-filled play space, with designated age-specific play areas for babies, toddlers and bigger kids to ensure the whole family loves their visit to Major Fun.

Don’t forget your socks! Bookings and further information here: https://www.majorfun.com.au/freshwater/explore

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

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.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/msguide/

Manly Waterworks

An iconic outdoor playground like no other located right in the heart of Manly where the kids can have fun sliding away while you watch on from the spectator deck with friends – or – join the fun yourself! We are so excited to be open again for sliding fun! We are open every weekend and everyday during NSW school holidays.

When: Open every day during NSW school holidays

Please note that bookings are required for groups of ten or more.

Fore more information visit http://www.manlywaterworks.com.au/

Jungle Float, Balmoral Beach and Clontarf Beach

It’s time to rock the boat at Jungle Float. Australia’s only floating waterpark comes to Balmoral and Clontarf beach this summer with three multi-level jumping platforms, a rope swing, high and low trampoline, diving board and waterslide. Jump on board and test out your flips and tricks or just have fun in and on the water.

Where: Balmoral Beach and Clontarf Beach

When: 19 November – February

Tickets: $30

Websitehttps://junglefloat.com.au/

Balmoral Water Sports Camp

“Have Fun – Be Safe – Learn New Skills – Make New Friends” these summer school holidays!

Our “Multi-activity” water-sports camp offers different activities throughout the day, including Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand up Paddleboarding, Kayaking and games on/off water, with a major emphasis on having fun, and gaining & improving water-sports skills!

Every day is a different day with changing weather conditions, new games and new challenges. We welcome kids with water-sports skills & abilities as well as total beginners. Our aim is to introduce kids to water sports, gain more confidence on the water, and learn sailing in a fun way. We also really encourage making new friends.

Kids can start from 7 yrs old to 15 years old, they must already be able to swim 25m confidently. We have 3 different age groups: 7 to 9yo; 10 to 12yo; and 13 to 15yo. We will also make sure they are put together with friends on the 1st day if required. Be prepared for a fabulous week of fun and learning. It’s exactly where your kids want to be, rain or shine!

Good to know: Children are to bring their own packed lunch. The program will continue in wet weather conditions. Please ensure you or your child are aware of the weather forecast for the day and have packed accordingly.

Cost: $169  for 1 day; $399 for 3 consecutive days (Monday to Wednesday); $569  for 5 days (Monday to Friday) 9am to 3pm

Location: Balmoral Water Sports Center, Balmoral Sailing Club, The Esplanade, Mosman

Sydney Dance Company Workshops

Dance with Sydney Dance Company this summer!

Young dancers aged 5-18 years will have fun, develop their dance skills and be taught by the best in the industry at our Summer School Holiday Workshops from 2-25 January 2024. We have workshops in a range of styles and levels available at our Wharf Studios in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct and seaside at Bondi Pavillion.

Wharf Studio Workshops:

 Beginner Ballet (5-7 years)
 Beginner Dance (7-9, 10-12 years)
 Beginner Jazz (5-7 years)
 Beginner Contemporary (5-7 years)
 Contemporary Dance (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years)
 Contemporary Masterclass (14-18 years)
 Commercial Dance (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 years)
 All Styles (10-11,12-13 years)
 Dance for Musical Theatre (8-11 years)
 Boys Hip hop (8-11 years only)

Bondi Pavilion Workshops:
 All Styles – (8-11 years) 4-5 Jan 2024
 All Styles – (12-15 years) 11-12 Jan 2024

Cost – $35 – $285 per workshop

Link: https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/classes/youth-program/school-holiday-workshops/

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden Bush Kids Activities, St Ives

Get your young ones to step into nature at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives and enjoy the great outdoors with adventure-based play activities these spring school holidays. The Bush Kids program is suitable for children aged 6 to 12. Depending on the session you choose, your kids could be learning bush survival skills, bushcraft and camping and so much more. Visit the Ku-ring-gai Council website for further details.

Location: 420 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives

Cost: $70 per child.

Book by clicking here

Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Sydney Olympic Park

The award-winning Jurassic World: The Exhibition is roaring into Sydney this Spring – just in time for the school holidays! Following its recent record- breaking engagements in cities around the world, this enormous and immersive experience celebrates 30 years of the franchise that began with the ground-breaking Jurassic Park film from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition is a family-friendly exhibit of massive proportions. Visitors walk through the iconic “Jurassic World” gates, explore richly themed environments, encounter a life-sized brachiosaurus, velociraptors, and the most fearsome dinosaur of all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Where: SuperLuna Pavilion, Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park.

Times:  Mon-Thurs: 10 am to 7 pm; Fri: 10 am to 8 pm; Sat & Sun: 9 am to 8 pm (Last entry 1 hour before the doors close).

Cost: Admission to Jurassic World: The Exhibition starts at $39 for children (ages three and up) and $49 for adults (ages 16 and up). Family, group, senior and student tickets are also available.

Booking: jurassicworldexhibition.com.au

Ramses & The Gold of The Pharoahs at the Australian Museum

Exclusive to Sydney, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs is an interactive museum experience that features 181 priceless artefacts and ornate golden treasures from the tomb of King Ramses II, including one-of-a-kind relics such as sarcophagi, animal mummies, magnificent jewellery, spectacular royal masks, exquisite amulets – many of which have never left Egypt before.

In cooperation with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Australian Museum blockbuster Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs will be the largest cultural exhibition to visit Australia in over a decade when it opens in Sydney on 18 November this year.

Where: The Australian Museum

Price: Free general entry

Website: Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs – The Australian Museum

Wicked the Musical

This blockbuster Broadway music is flying back to Sydney just in time for the school holidays. Wicked tells the untold stories of the Witches of Oz with spectacular visual effects, captivating storytelling and a memorable soundtrack. Bring the kids along to meet Dorothy, Elphaba and the Wicked Witch of the West as they sing and dance their way through Oz in this magical musical theatre production.

When: Sydney Lyric, Pyrmont

Where: August – December 2023

Price: TBC

Websitehttps://wickedthemusical.com.au/tickets/sydney/

Puppeteria Theatre, Castle Cove

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 spring school holidays details.

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times (please see program on the website)

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15

How to book: https://puppeteria.com/

Water Slide and Lazy River at the Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

Slip and slide your way through summer at Sydney Olympic Park’s Aquatic Centre. Found in the heated indoor leisure area, the Water Slide is the perfect addition to this water wonderland. Make your way up to the top and take a moment to look out over the pools before bracing yourself as you slide down.

Where: Aquatic Centre, Olympic Boulevard Sydney Olympic Park

When: Daily (School Holidays), 10:00am – 7:00pm

Tickets: Included in pool admission – from $6.60

Websitehttps://www.aquaticcentre.com.au/Things-to-Do/Water-Slide

Kids on the Coast – Natural Christmas Art and Craft

Join us for a day of designing and creating some beautiful Christmas craft, utilizing all that nature provides as resources. This will be an action-packed day for children with an interest in arts and crafts and a love of our environment. Designing, creating and having lots of fun! This event is for children aged 6-12 years. Kids on the Coast is a Northern Beaches Council school holiday program. Check out the full program. It is run at the Coastal Environment Centre and delivered by qualified education staff.

Where: Coastal Environment Centre Entrance Pelican Path, Lake Park Rd, North Narrabeen NSW 2101

When: Monday, 18 December, 10am-3pm

Tickets: $74

Website: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/kids-coast-natural-christmas-art-and-craft

Christmas Pantomime: Carol Claus

When a jealous Jack Frost makes it impossible for Santa to fly his sleigh out for Christmas; Santa must send Rudolph to find his long lost sister, Carol. She once wrote everyone’s favourite Christmas songs, but has since forgotten her love for Christmas. Will Rudolph and the children succeed in their mission to bring Carol back and help her believe in Christmas again?

Join us for a fun-filled show of catchy songs, costumes and characters.

  • Tuesday 19 December, 9.30 – 10.15am at
  • Tuesday 19 December, 11 – 11.45am at Glen Street Theatre, Sorlies Space
  • Tuesday 19 December, 2.30 – 3.15pm at Mona Vale Memorial Hall

When: Tuesday, 19 December, 9.30am-3.15pm

Where: Glen Street Theatre, Sorlies Space and Mona Vale Memorial Hall

Event: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/library/whats-on/all-library-events/christmas-pantomime-carol-claus

The Wind in the Willows, Royal Botanic Gardens

Image: Ben Fon via Australian Shakespeare Company

The Wind in the Willows is Shakespeare Australia’s beloved outdoor theatre production with plenty of songs, laughs and surprises for the whole family to enjoy. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and, of course, Mr Toad as they bring Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank to the stage. Pack your picnic rugs, plus snacks and drinks to enjoy throughout the show.

Where: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney | Harbourside side of the Main Pond Lawn

When: 5 January – 22 January 2023

Tickets: $25

Websitehttps://www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au/shows/the-wind-in-the-willows

Waterworld HQ, Moore Park

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Image: Waterworld Central

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!

Where: 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park

When: Jan 6 – 28

Tickets: $40 (2 hour pass)

Website: www.waterworldcentral.com.au

The Pop Squad

“Pop Squad” is a brand new, uplifting Kids’ Show paying tribute to three of the world’s most loved Pop Music icons: Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa. The 70 minute live show brings the hit music, flamboyant performances and outrageous costumes of these global superstars to local stages around the country. Sydney-based Pop Squad has all the glamour of these chart-dominating popstars, with astonishing live vocal and choreographed performances of their biggest songs, along with an impressive light and visual display.

Where: 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray NSW 2062

When: Jan 23

Tickets: From $18

Website: https://norths.com.au/events/the-pop-squad/

Possum Magic, Chatswood

Monkey Baa Theatre Company is delighted to bring the magical stage adaptation of Mem Fox and Julie Vivas’ Possum Magic to The Concourse, Chatswood in January 2024.

Possum Magic has captivated young readers for generations and this magical production has already enchanted over 170,000 audience members across Australia. Featuring spellbinding magic, puppetry and original music, Monkey Baa’s award-winning team has turned the whimsical world of the book into an exciting live experience for audiences aged 3-8 and their families.

Tickets are on sale now and are available here.

When: 10am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm.

Tuesday 9th January 2024 to Thursday 11 January 2024

For: Ages 3-8 and their families

Where: The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood

409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, 2067

Bookings: https://www.monkeybaa.com.au/shows/possum-magic

Kids Pizza Making Class

To celebrate the summer holidays we’re hosting our annual kid’s pizza making classes. Every participating child gets to enjoy their creation, an apron and a complimentary soft drink

When: 3pm Tuesday January 16, 2024

Where: The Waterfront Store & Café (1860 Pittwater Road, Church Point)

Bookings: https://www.waterfrontstore.com.au/event-tickets/kids-pizza-making-class

We’ll keep adding to the NBL School Holiday Guide as more activities pop up, so keep checking back in. If you know of or run a school holiday activity you’d like added, please get in touch via northernbeaches@thelivingcollective.com.au 

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