School holidays are here again and there are so many brilliant activities, live shows, sports and adventures to keep kids entertained. Here’s our biggest guide yet on what’s happening locally and a bit further afield…

Evolve Sports School Holiday Camps, Northern Beaches

Award WinningEvolve Tennis Academy are bringing you two weeks of action packed camps these holidays. Our team of dedicated coaches 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 & fundamental sports 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 & North Shore 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… & much more

Locations:Avalon, Collaroy, Belrose, Roseville

Bookings:(02) 9971-0644

Website:https://evolvetennisacademy.com/camps/holiday-camps/

Easter Fun at Harbord Diggers

Hop into the diggers for the extra long weekend of family-friendly Easter activities, live entertainment and hot cross buns. The Easter bunny is making a celebrity appearance on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April from 12pm – 3pm and will bring mini easter eggs to treat the kids. On Monday 10 April, there’s face painting in the Seaview Lounge from 11am – 2pm and a DARE2Trick Roving Magician from 12pm – 3pm. Families can also enjoy a seafood feast on Good Friday or share a classic meat board on Easter Sunday. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere with your loved ones.

Where: Harbour Diggers, Freshwater

When: Friday 7 April – Monday 10 April

Cost: Various

Booking: https://www.harborddiggers.com.au/easter

Sticker Workshop at Warringah Mall

Get creative!
Draw and colour your own designs, and then learn how to scan, format and print sets of your stickers! Make a variety of designs to take home – perfect for school folders, notebooks, or share with friends and family. All materials provided. Aimed at children and youth, 8 years and older Bookings essential.

Cost:$5.00 + booking fee

Date and Time: Tuesday, 11 April 2023 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Warringah Mall Library

Website:https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/library/whats-on/all-library-events/sticker-workshop-warringah-mall

Create with Clay at Mona Vale

Let your imagination run wild these school holidays as you create and decorate your own individual creature or crazy clay masterpiece. At the end of the workshop you can take your masterpiece home with you or leave it on display for the rest of the school holidays for everyone at the Library to enjoy! Workshop is suitable for students from kindergarten to year 6, with guardian supervision/participation required. All materials provided. Wear clothes that can get dirty!

Cost: $5.00 + booking fee

Date and Time: Wednesday, 12 April 2023 – 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Mona Vale Library

Website: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/library/whats-on/all-library-events/create-clay-mona-vale

3D Digital Animation & Design Workshop

For Ages 9 – 14 yrs Spark your creative design thinking and expand your digital literacy in this fun 3D Animation and Design workshop using Block 42. Starting with the basics of three dimensions, you will learn how to create a world for your characters, and how to bring those characters to life through animation. Block 42 is a 3D design platform that empowers young people to make simple 3D models and animations, the first step towards the world of 3D. What to bring: Your own laptop or ipad (fully charged)

Cost: $55.90 General $50.30 Friends of MAG&M

Date and Time: Wednesday, 12 April 2023 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Website: https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/3d-digital-animation-design-workshop

Balmoral Watersports School Holiday Activities

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

Dates: April 10th to 14th 2023 and April 17th to 21st 2023

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

Book here

Creative Writing at Mona Vale

Brush up on your creative writing skills prior to entering this year’s Young Writers’ Competition! Award-winning children’s author Belinda Murrell will lead a one hour workshop of brainstorming games, lively writing activities and experimenting with ideas from her writing toolbox.

Animal Antics – Suitable for students in Kindergarten to year 2

Create your own amazing animal characters, adventurous plots, and magical settings

Tuesday 18 April, 9.30 – 10.30am

$5.00 + booking fee. Bookings essential.

Magic and Mystery – Suitable for students in years 3 to 6.

Unleash your creativity and create your own adventurous plots, vivid settings and characters who leap off the page.

Tuesday 18 April, 11am – 12pm.

$5.00 + booking fee. Bookings essential

Enquiries: 8495 5028 or libraryprograms@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

The Midday Mix, Dee Why

Looking for something to do during the school holiday’s or to brighten your weekly grocery shop?

Join us at Meriton Square Dee Why this April.

Wednesday 19 April – Live music @kookamungacollective
Thursday 20 April – Children’s entertainment @djkitkat_entertainment, face painting and bubble party
Friday 21 April – Live music @kookamungacollective
Saturday 22 April, 11am to 1pm – Children’s entertainment including face painting and bubble party

Date and Time:

Wednesday, 19 April 2023 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday, 20 April 2023 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Friday, 21 April 2023 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, 22 April 2023 – 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location:
Meriton Square
888 Pittwater Road

Dee Why NSW 2099

Website:https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/midday-mix

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Chatswood

Immerse yourself in the magical world of one of the most read children’s books The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller and presented by CDP Kids, this theatrical production features an ensemble of over 75 magical puppets and an Australian cast who bring this beloved book to life on stage. Alongside The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the show features three other Eric Carle stories – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Ten Little Rubber Ducks, and The Very Busy Spider. It will excite, educate and entertain children 18 months+ and their adults!

Where: The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood

When: Wednesday 19 April – Sunday 23rd April, multiple sessions

Cost: $41

Booking: https://www.theconcourse.com.au/event/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-show/

360 ALLSTARS

360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary physical production that will leave kids dizzy with excitement. Featuring a stellar cast of World Champion and World Record holding artists and athletes, this performance seamlessly blends street style with elite talent. The addition of a live soundtrack and spectacular video projections turns this urban circus into a visually astounding experience for all.

Where: The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

When: Wednesday 19 April, 2pm & 7pm + Thursday 20 April, 2pm

Cost: Starting at $40.30

Booking: https://www.theconcourse.com.au/event/360-allstars-10th-anniversary-tour/

Land’s Edge Foundation

Come and explore the historic secrets of Chowder Bay, above and below the water, these School Holidays with Land’s Edge! Our school holiday camp provides exciting, action-filled adventures in Sydney’s Chowder Bay, and is suitable for ages 7 to 15.

We offer an immersive experience with a range of activities for all interests, including:

  • Stand-up Paddleboarding
  • Rafting
  • Snorkelling
  • Beach games/sandcastle competition
  • Bushwalking
  • Kite-making and crafts

Dates: 17th – 21st April 2023 We have 1, 3 and 5-day booking options available.

Location: Clifton Gardens, Mosman.

Cost per person:

1-day = $125

3-day = $360

5-day = $575

How to book: To book a spot, visit experiences.landsedge.com.au/school-holiday-programs/

Magic World of Crazy Science, NORTHS Cammeray

Take a wild ride with your host, multi-award winning entertainer, scientist and teacher Richard Scholes through the ‘Magical World of Crazy Science’. Crazy Science is a unique show that incorporates science, magic, comedy mime and music. Chemistry and Physics dominate the shows as the audience witnesses giant columns of elephant toothpaste, toilet paper flying high, smoke rings zooming, the incredible magic of polymers and gigantic bubbles which have to be seen to be believed. Add to this the hilarious mix of world class interactive magic from an award-winning magician, cool music and sound effects from the D.J. and you have one of the world’s most engaging science shows!

Time: Doors 10:30am – Show: 11:00am

Cost: $10

Website: https://norths.com.au/events/magic-world-of-crazy-science/

Sydney Family Show, Moore Park

Get ready for an electrifying experience like no other! The Sydney Family Show is back and better than ever, bringing you Australia’s ultimate family event that will leave you breathless with excitement. Get ready to indulge in all your favourite show traditions and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones!

Experience the thrill of live stage entertainment, heart-stopping carnival rides, challenging sideshow games, and immerse yourself in the massive Easter weekend markets. Be prepared to be blown away by the sheer variety of showbags on offer and don’t miss the adorable dachshund festival, jaw-dropping reptile shows, and thrilling fishing and bike stunt shows.

Get up close and personal with the cutest animals in the animal nursery, marvel at the fascinating exhibits, and bask in the good old-fashioned family fun that awaits you every day. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event that promises to deliver fun, adventure, and excitement for the whole family!

Head to the Sydney Family Show website, www.sydneyfamilyshow.com.au, to find out more and get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

Alice in Wonderland, The Royal Botanical Gardens

This school holiday, tumble down the rabbit hole as the Australian Shakespeare Company presents Lewis Carroll’s absurd & wickedly clever classic – Alice in Wonderland.

Brought to life beautifully in Glenn Elston’s highly acclaimed production, this familiar tale is stunningly lifted right from the pages.

Your favourite assortment of curious characters are all waiting for you… meet the skittish, constantly late White Rabbit, sing along with the Dodo and other birds in the Caucus race and meet the pepper-obsessed Duchess and her extremely crazy cook. The Cheshire Cat will leave you with a grin and you can’t fail to miss Humpty Dumpty on his way to meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee. And what might seem slightly silly, becomes downright absurd as the Mad Hatter arrives with the March Hare and Dormouse to have a grand old time with Alice at the tea party.

This enchanting world of song, dance & interactive games will have the whole family dizzy & giddy with nonsense!

NOTE: All children and adults over 12-months of age require a ticket.
Children under 12-months admitted FREE.

Dates: 8 – 23 April 2023

Website: https://www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au/productions/alice-in-wonderland-sydney-2023

Puppeteria Theatre, Castle Cove

School holiday
Image: Puppeteria Theatre

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/

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! Perfect for spring school holidays!

Location: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

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

Website: https://treetopsadventure.com.au/location/st-ives/

Sharks Exhibition at the Australian Museum

Image: Andrea Venegas via 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: until April 25

Tickets: From $17.50

Website: https://australian.museum/exhibition/sharks

Brickwrecks: Sunken Ships in LEGO® Bricks

Explore the stories of shipwrecks like never before at this Australian National Maritime Museum exhibition. Brickwerks combines real shipwreck artifacts, hands-on interactives and audio-visual experiences with LEGO® models designed by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught. (He’s one of 14 LEGO® Certified Professionals in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere). At the exhibition, kids can try different archaeology techniques, sink the Vasa warship, rebuild the portico from the Batavia wreck, see if they’d survive the Titanic sinking and build their own LEGO® models.

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum

When: Until late 2023

Cost: Starting at $12

Booking: https://www.sea.museum/whats-on/exhibitions/brickwrecks

Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney Olympic Park

What would Easter school holidays be without the Easter Show! For over 200 years, the Sydney Royal Easter Show has brought country charm to the city with the very best Australian agriculture, food and entertainment. Plan your outing at Australia’s largest annual ticketed event with daily Bluey Live Interactive Experiences, farmyard animals feeding sessions, woodcutting competitions, drone shows, carnival rides and more. Plus, remember to pick up some show bags to take home.

Where: Sydney Olympic Park

When: Thursday 6 April – Monday 17 April

Cost: Starting at $15

Booking: https://www.eastershow.com.au/

Harbord Hotel April School Holiday Program

Let Harbord Hotel entertain the kids this April school holidays, while you unwind with a cup of coffee and catch up with friends. Along with daily face painting, they’ve organised a kindy farm on Tuesday 18 April, STEM and Lego on Wednesday 19 April, and Easter crafts plus an egg hunt on Thursday 20 April. Tickets are only $10 with all proceeds going to The Kids Cancer Project. Plus, every booking receives a free kid’s meal with all main meal purchases.

Where: Harbord Hotel, Freshwater

When: Tuesday 18 April, Wednesday 19 April + Thursday 20 April, 10am

Cost: $10

Booking: https://harbordhotel.com.au/event/september-holiday-program/

The Snow Queen – Victorian State Ballet

The Victorian State Ballet proudly presents ‘The Snow Queen’ in a beautiful ballet story performance!

Outstanding skill, artistry and technique will be on show in this visually inspiring and highly entertaining performance.

Enjoy a magical experience delighting in the beauty and splendour of stunning sets, costumes, music and icy magic lighting. Pure delight!

Based on the well-known classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen, ‘The Snow Queen’, is a beautiful ballet that portrays the heart-warming story of the young Gerda and her struggle against an evil and icy foe. ‘The Snow Queen’ is full of magical imagery, intrigue, drama and suspense. This performance is suitable and enjoyable for all ages.

Where:The Concourse Theatre

When: 

  • Friday, 14 April 2023 | 07:30 PM – 09:30 PM
  • Saturday, 15 April 2023 | 07:30 PM – 09:30 PM
  • Sunday, 16 April 2023 | 02:30 PM – 04:30 PM

Cost: $51.20

Booking: https://www.culturebites.net.au/Events/The-Snow-Queen

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