Every mum knows planning ahead is the key to survival when it comes to parenting. And this is never truer than during the school holidays, two weeks which can strike fear into even the most organised of parents!
Thankfully, there are plenty of activities and experiences based in The Shire to keep your little ones occupied and entertained during these two (very long) weeks. Read on and make sure to book early if something tickles your family’s fancy!
Aevum Physiotherapy is offering a range of fun and supportive school holiday classes that aid the development of children with special needs. For children who require regular and ongoing physio support, Aevum provides daily goal-oriented intensive classes, or one-on-one hydrotherapy sessions that will help your little one to thrive. The holiday classes are offered during the September school holiday period.
Class options include:
Social dance: These classes are a great opportunity for your child to meet other kids while exercising. There will be a focus on games involving dance and music, along with some other fun activities.
Soccer/Ball skills: Children will develop ball skills, hand-eye coordination and agility through fun games that involve kicking and throwing. They’ll play a light soccer game and finish the class with a social activity like parachute games and dancing.
Bike riding: Whether your child is just starting out, learning to pedal, learning to ride without training wheels, or up to more advanced steering skills, this class is for everyone learning to ride a bike. The class will begin by breaking down components of riding, and then put it all together for a small group riding game. You can bring your own bike, or use Aevum’s training bikes and equipment.
Please note: These classes are for children with a disability, and they must be assessed by an Aevum Physiotherapist before attending classes.
When: September School Holiday period
Where: Aevum Physiotherapy Kirrawee
Suitable for: Children with a disability aged 4-16
How to book: Register interest online here
More than a mere mode of transport, ferries are a great way to take in the beautiful surroundings of the place you call home. Kids will love seeing things from a different perspective as they cruise by the second oldest National Park in the world, along the pristine waterways and beaches of Port Hacking.
A perfect day out for all ages, families and groups, the ferry service runs from Cronulla to Bundeena and back again, with plenty of activities and sites to see including beautiful beaches, delicious cafes and restaurants, and family-friendly walking tracks.
When: Ferries run every day, including public holidays. Please visit the timetable on the website for exact times
Where: Cronulla and Bundeena
Suitable for: All ages
Cost: Cronulla to Bundeena (each way)
Adults: $7.60 / Children (4-15yo): $3.80 / Concession (Pensioners / Seniors / Unemployed / Student): $3.80 / Family (2 adults, 2 children): $20 / Weekly: $50 / 10 Ride: $66 / Freight (surfboards, pushbikes, etc): $3.80
How to book: Tickets are purchased on the ferry
Join Motiv8sports during the September/October school holidays and experience Australia’s greatest multi-sports event designed for primary school children.
The scene will be set for the campers as they are taken to a future sports dreamland where the world’s best sports stars are split into four different battle teams, the All Star Nations: Northside, Eastside, Southside or Westside. Campers will compete for points over two days to be crowned champions of the Mega Camp Cup.
When: 26th & 27th Sep – 8.30am – 3.30pm
29th & 30th Sep – 8.30am – 3.30pm
4th & 5th Oct – 8.30am – 3.30pm
6th & 7th Oct – 8.30am – 3.30pm
Where: Woolooware, Jannali, Caringbah
Suitable for: 5-12 year olds
How to book: Book online here
Offer: Enter mots10 to receive a 10% discount when booking
Code Camp – The Best School Holidays Ever!
One of the most popular programs in the land returns for the upcoming school holidays, this time with the Minions! Kids will have an absolute blast coding games and apps, creating stop-motion movies, DJing, flying drones and producing their own YouTube videos!
With a wide range of programs suitable for kids aged 5-13 years, there really is something for everyone at Code Camp.
Kids can make their own movie starring their favourite characters at Minions Animation Camp, or code their own Minions game at Spark + Ignite coding camps! Choose from: Minions Animation Camp, Drone Camp, YouTube Creators, Animation Camp, DJ Camp and a range of Coding Camps (four levels from Beginner to Advanced).
When: 2-3 day camps, from Tuesday 27 September – Friday 7 October. Camp hours are 9.30am-3.30pm
Where: Hurstville, Lugarno, Woolooware, Carlton South, Jannali, Gymea Bay, Illawara
Suitable for: 5-13 years old
Cost: From $260
How to book: Book online here
Get the kids moving these school holidays with the Little Tennis Aces Spring Tennis Camp!
Little Tennis Aces are currently taking registrations for their supercharged Spring Camp for Kids aged 4-12 at the Miranda Tennis Courts.
This jam-packed six hour tennis camp (held across two mornings) involves group tennis lessons, team-based events and games designed to improve self confidence, gross motor skills and learning the rules and strokes of tennis in a fun environment.
When: Tuesday 27 September and Wednesday 28 September, at 9am-12pm
Where: Seymour Shaw Tennis Courts, 1 Parkside Avenue, Miranda
Suitable for: 4-12 year olds
Cost: $60 one day, $110 for both
How to book: Sign up now at the website or email [email protected]
Suitable for both boys and girls, DYNASTY camps aim to boost the confidence of all the kids that attend, as they work alongside experienced and patient instructors. Each day combines elements of dance, acrobatics, drama and singing. Kids can attend anything from one to five days and every student is given a chance to shine as they spend the week working towards a performance, which friends and family are invited to watch on the Friday.
When: 26th-30th September, 9am–3pm, with care available from 8am and until 5pm
Where: Grays Point
Suitable for: K-6 students
Cost: $65 for 1 day. Discounts available for attending multiple days (e.g. $165 for 3 days or $230 for 5 days)
How to book: Visit website
Families will have the opportunity to take advantage of fabulous family pricing to enjoy all the latest blockbusters during the September school holidays at all Event cinemas. For one week only, families can purchase five tickets for only $55 (only $11 a ticket!). Tickets can be purchased at cinemas only – get yours now to watch upcoming titles such as Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, DC League of Pets, Little Monsters and so much more.
Don’t forget the delicious popcorn and choc tops!
When: On sale from Wednesday 14 – Monday, 18 September 2022 and valid until 13 December
Where: All Event Cinemas, Sydney-wide
Suitable for: All ages
Cost: Book of 5 tickets for only $55
How to book: Can be purchased in cinema only
If you need something to occupy busy hands whilst you get on with the household chores, Creative Little Artists might have just the thing for you. Their themed craft boxes are filled with all things sensory, colourful and fun to allow your kids’ creativity and imagination to run wild. Craft boxes include activities, instructions and all materials needed to create their mini masterpiece.
Or, if you need more than a few minutes of respite, Creative Little Artists has teamed up with Belle Braids & Beauty to offer three hours of crafting, braiding and painting! Kids are supervised throughout the session as they craft and create miniature gardens, get their hair braided and adorn their little faces with a glitter tattoo.
When: Wednesday 28th September, 10am-1pm
Where: Studio Wildfire, Engadine
Suitable for: 5-10 year olds
How to book: Book online here
Give their little imaginations a workout at a Bricks 4 Kidz school holiday program with LEGO® and Robotics!
Thanks to the unique BRICKS 4 KIDZ models and Imaginative Play, kids will get a chance to problem-solve in a fun environment. Parents can relax knowing they are being trained by instructors with the best child to staff ratio around.
When: Monday 26th September – Friday 7 October, 9am-4pm.
Where: Sutherland, Caringbah
Suitable for: 5-12 years olds
How to book: Visit website to book
Introducing the Bangor Tavern’s new School Holiday Spring Kids Carnival! Between 12pm and 3pm every Sunday, The Tav will be the place for parents to unwind and the kids to have a ball with an array of free entertainment including an adventure tower, face painting, balloon artist, jumping castle and big screen TV.
All kids meals are $15 with a free ice-cream.
When: Sunday 25th September, Sunday 2nd October, Sunday 9th October
Where: Bangor Tavern, corner Menai and Yala Road, Bangor
Suitable for: All ages
How to book: Bookings encouraged via 02 9543 1866
Come along and join the fun at KRS Dance Parties’ Mini Disco. There will be 80’s party games, dancing, cooking, painting, piñata, pass the parcel, party bags and so much more!
Bookings close 30th September and tickets are non-refundable.
When: 7th October, 10am-12pm
Suitable for: 3-6 year olds
How to book: Visit booking form here
Offer: $5 discount when using the code MOTS5
Join the team from Super Sports Camps in Caringbah these school holidays.
Their cricket camp is designed for boys and girls aged 6-13 years covering fundamental and advanced techniques and skills. Whether your child is a beginner or an advanced cricketer, their coaches will guide them in picking up all they need to know to become a very competent batter, bowler, and fielder.
Their Multi Sports Camp is perfect for boys and girls of all abilities aged 6-13 years who want to participate in a range of sporting and fitness related activities during school holidays. With a focus on sport and teamwork, this camp is a great way to keep your kids entertained and physically active with other like minded children.
All of this takes place in a fun, safe and inclusive learning environment with children being taught and supported by qualified and professional coaches and school teachers.
When: Cricket Camp – 26 & 27 September (week 1 of holidays)
Cricket Camp – 4 & 5 October (week 2 of holidays)
Multi Sports Camp – 4 October (week 2 of holidays)
Where: Caringbah High School
Suitable for: 6-13 years olds
Cost: Cricket Camp – $150 | Multi Sports Camp $75
How to book: Online here
Offer: Cricket Camp – group bookings of 3 or more receive $10 off the regular price (discount applied at checkout).
Multi Sports Camp – group bookings of 3 or more receive $5 off the regular price (discount applied at checkout).