It’s summer school holiday time again! Here’s the Northern Beaches Living Summer School Holidays 2022 bumper guide of SUPER activities nearby and further afield to keep everyone having fun all summer long.
Evolve Sports School Holiday Camps, Northern Beaches
Evolve Tennis Academy & Game Ready Football unite 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…
Extras: FREE Before & After Care (7.30am-9am & 3-5pm) Discounts for full week bookings…
Locations: Avalon, Collaroy, Belrose, Roseville
Bookings: (02) 9971-0644
Jungle Float, 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: Clontarf Beach
When: 19 November – February
Balmoral Watersports School Holiday Activities
“Have Fun – Be Safe – Learn New Skills – Make New Friends” these spring 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: $189 for 1 day; $389 for 3 consecutive days (Monday to Wednesday); $559 for 5 days (Monday to Friday)
Location: Balmoral Water Sports Center, Balmoral Sailing Club, The Esplanade, Mosman
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
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
Major Fun Indoor Play Centre, Harbord Diggers
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.
Live Family Theatre, The Sydney Opera House
It’s a memorable day out heading to the Sydney Opera House, and these school holidays there are several stage shows to choose from to suit all age Groups (click on the below for details and booking):
Wild City – Workshop * ($10 tickets!)
Hyperkarting, Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and get set for a day at Australia’s longest indoor go-karting track (410m to be exact). You don’t have to be Lewis Hamilton to enjoy yourself at Hyperkating with circuits suitable for all ages and experience levels. The Main Track is open to drivers over 140cm, while young speedsters aged 3-7 years can go for a spin on their purpose-built Mini Track with Nano Karts.
Come rain or shine, Hyperkarting’s all-weather track is always open for a good time. Buckle your seatbelts and prepare to race!
Where: Level 5 Carpark, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
When: Monday – Sunday, 7:30am – Late
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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/
Treetops Adventure + Playground, St Ives
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! Perfect for spring school holidays!
Location: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives
Opening hours: School and Public Holidays Monday – Sunday 9am-5pm
Intensive Learn to Swim Summer School Holiday Program, Warringah Aquatic Centre
Fast track your child’s swimming ability with our intensive learn to swim program. The daily reinforcement of these skills can significantly accelerate their progress. Held each school holidays, lessons run for 30 minutes each day from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
Classes are 30 minutes. December/January school holiday program will be 19-22 December, 3-6 January, 9-13 January, 16-20 January and 23-27 (not 26) January. Bookings open 28 November.
Sharks Exhibition at the Australian Museum
Submerge yourself in Sydney’s newest hands-on family exhibition, Sharks. In this immersive 360 degree blockbuster experience, visitors go back in time to meet sharks’ ancient ancestors, come face-to-face with over 10 life-sized shark models, including an 8 m-long Whale Shark, and uncover their extraordinary adaptations with interactive displays and touchable specimens. Dive in – there’s plenty of jaw-some stuff for kids and families.
Where: Australian Museum
When: 14 November – January
Tickets: From $17.50
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to the Maritime Museum for its 57th year. Direct from the Natural History Museum in London, this exhibition features over 100 exceptional images that capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world. The images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
When: Daily, 10am – 6pm until 5 March 2023
Tickets: From $15
Darling Harbour Fireworks
Watch the Sydney sky above Darling Harbour come to life this summer school holidays at one of our city’s most glorious waterfront locations. This free firework display is the perfect way to end dinner or entertainment and make the most of these long and warm summer nights. There are lots of family-friendly dining options nearby at Cockle Bay Wharf, King Street Wharf and Barangaroo, plus fun activities like bowling and laser tag at Harbourside Shopping Centre.
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum
When: Saturday, 9pm – 9:10pm until 24 June 2023
The Wind in the Willows, Royal Botanic Gardens
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
Van Gogh Alive, Entertainment Quarter Moore Park
Van Gogh Alive returns to Sydney this summer school holidays in a spectacular new location at the Entertainment Quarter’s Grand Pavilion. One of the most successful and loved events of the last two years, this is an immersive journey through Van Gogh’s life and revered artworks. The 2022 season of Van Gogh Alive is delivered on a grander scale, offering new rooms and experiences that will take visitors on a multi-sensory experience through Van Gogh’s world like never before.
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
When: 5 January – 22 January 2023
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
Alice in Wonderland
For one day only, the streets of Sydney will turn into a giant, escape room. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and enter a virtual world of adventure, intrigue and impossible things at this immersive Alice in Wonderland team event. Solve clues which just get curiouser and curiouser, take on mad and mischievous challenges, and uncover a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wonderland. There are epic prizes to win, such as best fancy dress, top team name and best mini player (under 16’s prize).
Where: Secret starting location emailed 2 weeks prior to event
When: 21 January 2023
Tickets: $60 for team ticket (2-6 adults, kids play free)
The Inflatable, Wave Pool and Giant Slide at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
Summer is the best time of the year at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre with the opening of their Giant Slide and Inflatable obstacle course. Whether you’re swimming laps or want to splash around with the kids, there’s plenty of room for everyone. Don’t miss the 40m wave pool, giant blow-up obstacle course, water slides and more.
The Wave Pool operates on School Holiday and Public Holidays from 10.15 am until 4.40 pm.
The Giant Slide operates on School Holiday and Public Holidays from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.
The Inflatable operates every day during school holidays from 10.00am to 3.00pm.
Note: These times are subject to change without notice.
Conditions of Use: A swimming assessment must be successfully completed and a wristband provided by the assessor before being permitted on the obstacle course.
Where: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
When: Daily (School Holidays), 10:00am – 3:00pm (The Inflatable) and 10:00am – 5:00pm (The Giant Slide)
Tickets: From $7.10
Main image credit: Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
We’ll keep adding to the Northern Beaches Living Summer School Holiday Guide 2022, so check back in for more ideas. And if you know of or have a school holiday activity to add to the list please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org