As always, there’s lots on to keep kids entertained throughout the school holidays including sports camps, outdoor cinema, surf school, giant inflatables and so much more. We’ve done a round-up of the best activities locally and further afield to make school holidays as fun as possible!

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/

Camp Blue, Manly

No more parent guilt about dropping your child at a holiday program. Give them the experience of a unique and enriching Day Camp at Camp Blue, where they go beyond ordinary vacation care to create a dynamic and immersive environment for children to explore, learn, and thrive.

The Day Camps are more than just a way to pass the time during school breaks; they are vibrant communities fostering a sense of belonging, personal development, and pure enjoyment for every child.

Available for children in Kindy through to Year 9, the Camp Blue Manly program will be operating for two weeks these school holidays based out of Stella Maris College Benedict Campus. Combining the incredible facilities of Stella Maris with nearby Keirle Park, Lagoon Reserve and the iconic Manly Beach, the Camp Blue school holiday programs are diverse, unique and never boring!

Activities for Autumn Camp include Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, Art, Drama Club, Makerspace, Beach Games, Rockpool Swim, Just Dance, Glee, Surfing, Curiosity Lab and much more. All are facilitated by our amazing team of staff in a supportive and vibrant atmosphere.

Dates: 15 – 26 April (Closed Anzac Day). Standard daily hours 8.30am – 5.00pm, with extended care available.

Location: Stella Maris Manly, PIttwater Road.

Cost: $147 – CCS available (cost with max % CCS per day –   $44.83 )

Phone: 9400 9413 Email: manly@campblue.com.au

Website: https://campblue.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/campblueaustralia

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/campblue/

Website/booking link: www.campblue.com.au

The Young Chefs Kitchen, Manly

Hey there, Culinary Connoisseur!

Remember the sizzle of the pan from “The Young Chefs Kitchen”? We’re firing up the burners again at Roving Larder Cooking School, and we want YOU to join the feast! Strap in for “The Young Chefs Kitchen” program, where your taste buds will embark on a global flavour expedition. It’s not just about recipes; it’s about embracing the art of cooking with a dash of adventure and a sprinkle of fun.

Dive into the  “Flavours of Mexico” Fiesta, where tacos aren’t just food; they’re edible art. Get your hands doughy making tortillas from scratch, and chill out with frappes that’ll make you say, “More, por favor!” Take a “Stateside Eats” Adventure and create sliders (yes! buns too!!!) that’ll have you feeling like a gourmet giant. Mix up a storm in our Smoothie Lab and indulge in doughnuts that are a round trip to heaven.

Say “Ciao” to Bella Italia” Extravaganza and roll pasta like the pros. Fill cannoli with dreams, and sip on hot chocolate that’s a hug in a mug. Whisper “Bonjour” to sophisticated flavors with a French twist. Master the art of the quiche and flip tarte Tatins like a Parisian patissier.

It’s a “Pizza Party” Showdown where you’ll toss dough higher than your ambitions. Create saucy masterpieces and shake up milkshakes that dance in your mouth. Embark on an “Asian Bites” Odyssey. Fold gyoza like origami and discover the joy of making bubble tea.

And for the sweet-toothed chefs, our  “Sweet Temptations” Delight is a sugar-coated journey through brownies, macaroons, and cookies that’ll have you baking for more. Rise and shine with our “Breakfast Special” where eggs and pancakes aren’t just made—they’re crafted with love and flair.

So, are you ready to whisk, flip, and feast your way through another culinary adventure? Our kitchen is your canvas, and the world’s cuisines are your palette. And because we’d love to see you in action, we’re slicing 10% off the price! Just use the promo code THELIVINGCOLLECTIVE when you sign up.

Also, we know it’s not as fun without our friends, so we’re giving your friends 10% off too! Just tell them to use the promo code TEENSFRIEND. Don’t let this gourmet journey pass you by. Book here or email us now to secure your spot in the most flavourful program around! Happy cooking!

Location: Roving Larder Cooking School, 2 Gunner Road, MANLY NSW 2096

Dates
: Monday April 15 through to Thursday April 18

Times
: Morning sessions from 9am to 1pm, Afternoon sessions from 9am to 1pm
Cost: $79 (get 10% OFF with either THELIVINGCOLLECTIVE or TEENSFRIEND promocode)
How to book: Follow this link : https://rovinglarder.com.au/teens

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

Crockd Studios Clay Camps, Neutral Bay

Let’s get our kids out of their heads and into their hands with this all-inclusive 2-hour immersive pottery workshop. Designed for kids aged 6-12 years old, they’ll enjoy the thrill of wheel throwing and create masterpieces with our expert WWCC certified teachers. This workshop also includes a complimentary glazing class so you they can custom glaze and fire their masterpiece in our hot to trot kiln.

Locations: Crockd Studios – Neutral Bay (Shop 5, 81-91 Military Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089)

Dates: Tue / Wed / Fri (Starting 16th April – Until Wed 24th April)

Times: Half Day (10am -12pm, or 1pm – 3pm), Full Day (10am – 3pm, incl. 1 hour lunch break)

Cost: $69 per session

Link: https://studios.crockd.com/products/kids-school-holiday-claycamp

How to book: Booking is easy peasy! To book a half-day session, just find the available date / time and add you tickets to the cart and checkout. To book a full-day or more than one date, complete the same process so they’re all in the cart to checkout under 1 order.

Tuff Nutterz Giant Obstacle Course, St Ives

The world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course is setting up at St Ives Oval these school holidays. “The event features Australia’s biggest inflatable obstacle course (300m long), 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: St Ives

When: April 16th – 21st • 9:00am – 4:45pm • All ages welcome

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/

Screen Printing Workshop & Basketball Clinic, Dee Why

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As part of Northern Beaches Council’s Youth Week 2024 we are offering a screen printing workshop on April 13th at PCYC Northern Beaches where participants can design and screen print their own shirt.

  • The screen printing is free to players/teams registered for the 3×3 tournament with the aim being that teams will design, print and then compete in their shirts.
  • For the general community (i.e. people not booked in for the 3×3 tournament) the cost is $10 per participant and the cost includes both the workshop itself and a t-shirt for participants to print their design on.
  • There will be two timeslots for the workshop 18+ from 1:30-3:30pm and under 18 from 3:30-5:30pm.
  • The basketball clinic will focus on individual skills and 3×3 concepts, with approximately 45 minutes of individual skills, 45 minutes of 3×3 skills and 45 mins of scrimmages/live play. Coaches have experience in both high-level play (NBL1, overseas) and coaching as well FIBA 3×3 experience.
  • The clinic has two timeslots 1:30-3:30pm for under 18 and 3:30-5:30pm for 18+
  • No cost to attend the basketball clinic but bookings are required.

Limited spaces – for more info and to book your spot now

When: Saturday, 13 April 2024 – 01:30 pm to 05:30 pm

Where: Warringah Aquatic Centre, Aquatic Drive

Link: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/wac-inflatable-fun-and-diving-boards-school-holidays-0

Car Maintenance Workshop

Galmatic Car maintenance workshop

Want to learn basic car maintenance skills and feel confident to do tasks such as opening the bonnet of the car to check the oil, coolant, fluid and battery? Gain essential car maintenance skills in our interactive, hands-on and fun workshop, helping you feel more road ready.

This workshop is hosted by Galmatic. Galmatic, or as they call themselves themselves “Educators with difference”,  are about empowering women and teenagers to equip themselves with essential ‘automotive-know-how’ skills. They hold 17 years of experience in teaching car mechanic workshops to over 100,000 Australians a year. Learn more

Special requirement: All participants of the workshop must wear closed-in shoes. Light refreshments will be provided for all.

When:
Tuesday, 16 April 2024 – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 – 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm

Where: PCYC Car Park Dee Why – Level 2 Civic Parade

Link: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/car-maintenance-workshop

Open Air Cinema Fairlight – Wonka

Wonka Movie OAC Fairlight

The popular Open Air Cinema is returning to Fairlight this April!

Join Northern Beaches Council at LM Graham Reserve these school holidays for a free Open Air Cinema, screening the new Wonka (2023). Gates will open at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm movie start. Rated PG.

Bring your picnic rug and enjoy a night under the stars for the whole family! Pack your own snacks or treat yourself to dinner from a variety of local food trucks.

Important details:

  • Camping chairs are NOT permitted on the grass. Only low lying chairs with bar legs are permitted.
  • This is a glass and smoke free event.
  • Dogs are NOT permitted at this event. Assistance animals are permitted, please contact the Events team.

Food vendors: 

  • Authentic Turkish Gozleme
  • Fire and Flames Catering
  • Serpento Swirl

Cost: This is a free event! Please register for your free ticket – one ticket per person (including children). You will be required to present your ticket on the night (mobile preferred) to gain access to the event. The first 1,000 people through the gate will receive a free bag of popcorn!
When: Friday, 19 April 2024 – 05:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Where: LM Graham Reserve

Link: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/open-air-cinema-fairlight-wonka

Battle for the Beaches: 3×3, Dee Why

Battle for the Beaches: 3×3 is a youth-focused and inclusive single-day 3×3 basketball tournament held as part of Northern Beaches Council’s Youth Week 2024.

All games will be played on April 20th 2024 at PCYC Northern Beaches.

Games will run from 9.00am to 6.00pm, estimates are:

  • U14 & U16 Boys 9:00am to 12:00pm,
  • U14 Girls, U16 Girls & U19 Boys 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • U19 Women, U24 Women & U24 Men 3:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Note – exact category times determined by total nominations in each category

Teams can design their own uniforms FREE as part of their team entry, we are offering a session on 13 April at PCYC Northern Beaches to design uniforms for teams and a second session on April 20th.

Uniforms will be cotton t-shirt and teams can screen-print their own designs on to the shirt so each team can create a unique uniform for themselves with the help of our screen printing team!

When: Saturday, 20 April 2024 – 09:00 am to 06:00 pm

Where: 40 Kingsway Dee WhyLink: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/battle-beaches-33

Open Air Cinema Fairlight – The Super Mario Bros Movie

The Super Mario Bros Movie OAC Fairlight

The popular Open Air Cinema is returning to Fairlight this April!

Join Northern Beaches Council at LM Graham Reserve these school holidays for a free Open Air Cinema, screening The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023). Gates will open at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm movie start.

Rated PG.

Bring your picnic rug and enjoy a night under the stars for the whole family! Pack your own snacks or treat yourself to dinner from a variety of local food trucks.

Food vendors: 

  • Authentic Turkish Gozleme
  • Fire and Flames Catering

When: Saturday, 20 April 2024 – 05:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Where: LM Graham Reserve

Link: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/open-air-cinema-fairlight-super-mario-bros-movie

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

Sonic Neon, Luna Park

Dust off your hypercolour t-shirt, get some colourful gear for the kids and make your way to Sonic Neon, a playful experience where music is transformed into captivating visuals.

Located within Luna Park Sydney’s iconic fantasy palace on the water’s-edge of Sydney Harbour, this family-friendly experience showcases innovation, turning light and sound into an immersive, breathtaking spectacle.

This is a self-led walk-through immersive experience that spans over 150 metres and includes eight meticulously crafted rooms for you to explore!

For tickets and more information visit:

https://tickets.lunaparksydney.com/calendar_events/event/view/id/285/

Balmoral Watersports, Mosman

“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.

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

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

DATES:

1 day of your choice from Mon 15th to Fri 19th & Mon 22nd to Wed 24th April 2024

3 days: Mon 15th to Wed 17th & Mon 22nd to Wed 24th of April 2024

5 days: Mon 15th to Fri 19th of April 2024

Book here

Three Little Pigs The Musical, NORTHS Cammeray

An exciting and adventurous experience for kids and grown-ups too! More than a musical, the show promotes friendship, personal safety, well-being and resilience. The Story and award-winning songs feature healthy lifestyle habits and positive social skills. It’s entertainment the whole family will enjoy, and there’s a moral too.
Join Busy Izzy and all her friends, including Popcorn, Pinetree and Practical Pig, as they deal with their foe from long ago, the villainous Mr. WP Wolf.

“The performers were brilliant – professional, strong characters, great voices and storytellers. Inspiring on many levels – it is great to see some new Australian talent out there that has performances telling stories that cross cultures and hopefully nations to bring us all together in a positive and thoughtful way protecting our
kids and their future.” Teri Hobbs – Mum and General Manager, APAC at Deluxe

*Please note guardian must be present during the show

When: 21 April, 10am

Where: Norths Cammeray

Link: https://norths.com.au/events/busy-izzy-and-friends-meet-the-three-little-pigs-the-musical/

The Magical World of Crazy Science, NORTHS Cammeray 

A unique mix of Science, Magic, Humour and the Arts!

Take a wild ride with your host Richard Scholes through his “Magical World of Crazy Science” & witness…. giant columns of Elephant Toothpaste, Rockets Zooming, massive Smoke Rings, Toilet Paper flying, giant Bubbles and billowing Concoctions.

Have you ever seen someone’s head growing before your very eyes?

Add to this a hilarious mix of comedy & interactive ‘Scientrific’ magic from an Award Winning Entertainer and you have one very engaging Science Show not to be missed!

When: 24 April, 10:30am

Where: Norths Cammeray

Link: https://norths.com.au/events/the-magical-world-of-crazy-science/

Zoo Adventures at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Kids learning about iconic Australian animal, the Echidna

Children will be amazed and excited on this unique school holiday program, as they join in animal themed activities and meet our wonderful keepers who care for the animals that live at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

When: 15 April – 19 April and 22 April – 26 April

Where: Taronga Zoo

Link: 
https://events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/events/art-now-kids-holiday-workshop-future-play

The Children’s Opera Project, Chatswood

It was Mulga Bill from Eaglehawk that caught the cycling craze, and when he turned away his good old horse, everything fell apart. He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen, hurried off to town and bought a shiny new machine.

Banjo Paterson’s delightful poem, Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, has been delighting readers since its first publication in The Sydney Mail in 1896. Now, Mulga Bill has a back story (and a few good tunes) in a new adaptation composed and conducted by Lachlan Massey.

Musgrove Opera is joined by over 200 young singers from schools across Sydney to present Mulga Bill’s Bicycle as the culmination of the 2024 Children’s Opera Project. The young singers fill the exciting surrounds of The Concourse Concert Hall alongside a stellar cast led by soprano, Brianna Louwen. Join us for a joyous celebration of music, and the world premiere of a brand-new children’s opera. You won’t want to miss it!

Musgrove Opera’s Artistic Director, Lachlan Massey, says “I’ve loved Mulga Bill’s Bicycle for a long time…it’s a highly rhythmic text full of percussive oomph! Finding the right musical setting for Mulga Bill was like trying to pair cheese and chocolate…when it matches it’s brilliant, but it takes a long time to find the right combination of flavours! I’m thrilled that our new Children’s Opera project will bring together hundreds of school children to form the children’s chorus who are truly the stars of the show.”

When: 09 April 2024 07:00 PM

Where: The Concourse

Link: https://www.theconcourse.com.au/event/the-childrens-opera-project/

360 ALLSTARS, Chatswood

SOLD OUT ON BROADWAY * SOLD OUT IN EDINBURGH * SOLD OUT AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE* SEEN BY OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

BMX, basketball, breakdancing, beatboxing, acrobatics, drumming and more, the international smash hit returns to Australia. Experience a phenomenal physical performance for the whole family to enjoy these April School Holidays. Exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. Boasting a stellar cast of World Champion & World Record holding artists & athletes, 360 ALLSTARS is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture.

“Supercharged urban circus” – Scenestr ★★★★★

When: 3pm & 6pm on 23, 24 & 25 April 2024 at The Concourse Theatre.
Workshop & Show Packages also available

Where: The Concourse

Link: https://www.theconcourse.com.au/event/360-allstars/

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

WebsiteRamses & the Gold of the Pharaohs – The Australian Museum

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

For more family fun, check out our Easter Events Guide: https://northernbeachesliving.com.au/easter-events-2024/

Have we missed any great local school holiday activities? If you know of any, or are a provider please get in touch via northernbeaches@thelivingcollective.com.au 

Main image credit: Camp Blue, Manly

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