As always, there’s lots on to keep kids entertained throughout the April school holidays including sports camps, creative workshops, music, gymnastics, electrifying stage shows 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!

Junior Storytellers – Kids Creative Workshops

Our School Holiday Kids Creative Workshops, Junior Storytellers, are designed to spark imagination, nurture creative expression, and foster collaboration – all in a safe and supportive environment. Creativity and collaboration are essential skills for success in any field. Our workshops go beyond just fun activities, they equip participants with valuable tools for the future.

We invite children aged 9 to 12 to enrol in our 3-day Junior Storytellers creative sessions. These classes are specifically designed to accommodate all skill levels and are facilitated by experienced creative professionals. Participants will be organised into small groups to provide an intimate learning environment. The workshop includes activities such as crafting engaging narratives, podcasting, animation, design, using green screens, and building a new Lego window display!

Dates: 15th-17th April and 22nd-24th April 2024

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: Storytellers Australia, Ground Floor, 349 Pacific Highway, North Sydney NSW 2060

Cost: $375 per child

How To Book: Book using our website: https://juniorstorytellers.com.au/

Crockd Studios Clay Camp, 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.

 Flying Yogis, Willoughby

Let’s have some Flipping Fun this April School Holidays!’ 

Flying Yogis holiday camps are the ideal mix of acrobatics; gymnastics; games; yoga; dance; art; craft; talent shows; outdoor picnics and sporting events. And the Willoughby bowling club is the ideal location as we have access to huge indoor and outdoor spaces for the kids to gain skills and just have as much fun as possible. Acrobatics are taught by experienced acrobatics coaches and our art programs are taught by qualified art teachers. We have a no screens policy as your children’s mental and physical health and wellbeing is our priority.

Good to Know: We also offer 5 days for the price of 4- which can be shared between siblings. Please enter your active/ Creative voucher at the end of the booking for further savings.

Location: Willoughby Bowling Club: 13 Robert St, Willoughby East

Cost: $115 per day before 15th March; or $125 per day after. 5 days for the price of 4 (can be shared between siblings)

Dates: Week 1:  15- 18th April; Week 2 : 22nd- 24th April  . You can book single days or as many as you like
Times: 9am- 3pm

North Sydney United and Sydney FC Football Camps, Cammeray

North Sydney United have once again teamed up with Sydney FC to bring two three-day camps to Cammeray Park these April School Holidays, as well as their own two-day camps, providing non-stop football fun for children aged between 5-13.

Our holiday camps cater to children of all skill levels and are a fantastic way for them to stay active and have fun during the school holidays. We will provide all necessary equipment, including balls and cones, and our coaches will create a safe, supportive, and fun environment for all participants.

Please note that we do not accept Active Kids vouchers for this particular camp. However, existing DS squad members are entitled to additional discounts.

Dates: Sydney FC camps (featuring coaches from Sydney FC): Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th April, and again from Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th April.

North Sydney United-run camps: 18th and 19th of April

Location: Cammeray

Booking: Holiday Camps | North Sydney United FC

Big Music Crows Nest School Holiday Camps

Big Music runs 3 programs for different ages and levels of experience from beginner to advanced. All involve active participation in learning and performing popular music with other kids and culminate in an awesome live performance for family and friends. For further details for April School Holidays see our website.

Dates:

  • April 15-19
  • April 22-26 (4 day, excludes Anzac Day 25th)

Time: 9am – 3pm

Suited for: 5 – 17 years

Cost:  5 day program $625

4 day program $500

  • Early/Late Care $20/hr (8:30am-5pm)

Book: online – https://www.bigmusic.com.au/holiday-rock-campse– info@bigmusic.com.au;
ph (02) 8622 6550
Websitewww.bigmusic.com.au

Camp Blue 

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!

Camp Blue also understands the needs of busy families, offering an optional private return bus service from North Sydney to make drop-off and pick-up less of a juggle.

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 )

Bus: North Sydney Private Bus Service Pick-up/Drop-off: cnr Miller Street & Ridge Street, North Sydney. Additional $16 per day.

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

Family bush walk

Families are invited to join the Bushland Team for a guided walk around the Gadyan Track, Berry Island Reserve.

Please wear enclosed shoes & sun protection, bring a bottle of drinking water.

Toilets and bubbler available.

Berry Island Reserve is a 15 minute walk from Wollstonecraft Train Station.

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

Where: Berry Island Reserve, Shirley Road, Wollstonecraft

Please register: https://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/event/134/family-bush-walk-

Balmoral Watersports, Mosman

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

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/

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/

Three Little Pigs The Musical, NORTHS Cammeray

An exciting and adventurous experience for kids and grown-ups too these April School Holidays! 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.

*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 these April School Holidays!

When: 24 April, 10:30am

Where: Norths Cammeray

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

Onyx Gymnastics Holiday Club

Discover The Magic Of Onyx Gymnastics Holiday Club: Where Fun And Fitness Collide!

Onyx Holiday Club is for 4-10 year olds with or without previous gymnastics experience. In our safe, air-conditioned studios, children at holiday club can explore the gym and spend extra time perfecting skills they have almost mastered in class.

We play exciting games linked to the theme of the day, with a strong focus on teamwork and fun. We have two separate studios so run 4-6 year olds and 7-10 year olds in the other. Children enjoy fresh air at morning tea and lunch plus get to do craft projects every day!

Classes run from 9am-3.30pm, additional care hours available. Please email: contact@onyxgymnastics.com.au after booking to add one additional care. Additional Care hours include the option of add-on private gymnastics lessons.

When: April 2, April 15-19, April 22-26 (closed April 25), April 29
Where: Building 13A, 1110 Middle Head Rd, Mosman
Cost: Holiday Club is $110 a day. We offer 10% off every third day, 15% off every fourth day and 20% off every fifth day booked at one time.

Chatswood Tennis Centre

Our coaches engage the children in basic coordination skills and games to get them used to hitting with a racquet. Special tennis balls are used to assist development with larger and softer balls to improve skill level and confidence. Children will maximise their development by staying with their peers for the duration of the camp.

On each Friday, there is a complimentary BBQ provided for the Children to celebrate the end of tennis camp, and a round robin tournament with trophies and prizes.

  • Week 1 – Monday 15 – Friday 19 April 2024
  • Week 2 – Monday 22 – Friday 26 April 2024*
    • *Note there will be no tennis camp on Anzac Day 25 April 2024
  • Week 3 – Monday 29 April 2024

Location: 120a Fullers Road Chatswood 2067

Cost: Full week $299, day rate $85, half day $65,

How to bookhttps://chatswoodtennis.com.au/holiday-camps/

Contact details: 02 9411 1500 or info@chatswoodtennis.com.au

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 April 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/

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

Barista Foundations and Job Ready Workshop

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If you’re aged 14-24 and interested in working in cafes, restaurants or bars then you will need barista experience!

Day program

  • 10:30 am to 1:30 pm – Barista course
  • 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm – Lunch break
  • 2 pm to 3:30 pm – Resume and interview skills workshop.

Join this friendly introductory workshop to learn:

  • Espresso equipment and workflow.
  • What espresso is.
  • Espresso menu – for example, the difference between cappuccino, flat white and latte.
  • Milk texturing.
  • Hands-on service period which gives you the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt in a real life, live environment with the support of an experienced barista.

You will also learn transferable skills like customer service, communication and teamwork. Most importantly this will be a fun, engaging and positive experience offering you a taste of what it’s like to be a barista and work in the hospitality industry.

Willoughby City Council Youth Services is committed to supporting young peoples employment goals and have subsidised this workshop meaning you only pay 50% of the costs.

When: 17 April 2024 | 10:30 AM – 03:30 PM

Where: Chatswood Youth Centre, Cnr Albert Avenue and Victor Street, Chatswood

Link: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Eventbrite/Barista-Foundations-and-Job-Ready-Workshop-829813974937

School Holidays Bushland Adventure, Northbridge

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Celebrate ‘Bat Appreciation Day’ and have fun exploring the bush with kids.

It’s a chance to go ‘batty’ on a great adventure while learning the differences between bat species found in the Sydney area. Walk along the creek line all the way to Middle Harbour and play some ‘batty’ games.

Bring snacks, drinks, a hat and closed shoes. The track is steep and challenging in some sections, suitable for 5-year-olds and up.

Meet at the end of The Outpost, (off Kameruka Road) Northbridge.

When: 18 April 2024 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Warners Park, Warners Park, (Meet at the car park, end of The Outpost)

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

Art Now Kids Holiday Workshop: Future (of) Play

Crayons on paper

Looking for some all-day holiday activities for your children? Explore the Art Now: Future (of) Play workshop at Mosman Art Gallery, tailored for 5-8 year olds. In this interactive session, children have the opportunity to transform their playful drawings into 3D constructions using everyday materials, under the guidance of artist educator Emily Besser.

Bring a friend, a hat and some lunch for the break, we will provide light snacks and water.

Find out more on our website.

Mosman Council is committed to creating safer communities for children and young people.

When: 16 April 2024, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Where: Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre
Link: https://events.mosman.nsw.gov.au/events/art-now-kids-holiday-workshop-future-play

Art Now Kids Holiday Workshop: Sculpture and Clay

Hands sculpting clay

Looking for some all-day holiday activities for your children? Explore the Art Now: Sculpture and Clay workshop at Mosman Art gallery, tailored for 9-13 year olds. In this interactive session, children will have the opportunity to use clay and recycled materials to build worlds and create our own prints and patterns.

Bring a friend, a hat and some lunch for the break, we will provide light snacks and water.

Find out more on our website.

Mosman Council is committed to creating safer communities for children and young people.

When: 7 April 2024, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Where: Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre

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

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

360 ALLSTARS, Chatswood

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.

★★★★★ “The most thrilling stage show ever” Weekend Notes
★★★★★ “Blindingly talented” Broadway Baby
★★★★★ “Destined to be a sell-out” TV Bomb
★★★★★ “Electric” The Stage
★★★★★ “Breathtaking” The Advertiser
3pm & 6pm on 23, 24 & 25 April 2024 at The Concourse Theatre.
Workshop & Show Packages also available

Where: The Concourse

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

Looking for more family fun? Check out our Easter Events Guide by clicking here – filled with egg hunts, easter shows and more!

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