So many fun activities have popped up in the local area for April school holidays – sailing, sports, drama, a magic show, public speaking, ninja warrior, craft, art, camping and more. Book quick, some of these fill up fast!

Balmoral Watersports Multi-activity School Holiday Camp

What an amazing school holiday activity to have on our doorstep! Book your child in for 1,3 or 5 days of fun on the water and sand on beautiful Balmoral Beach.

“During the day the kids will get up to various activities that includes sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and a selection of on-land games, all of which relate to the water.

Our main goal is to introduce kids to different water sports, develop their skills and water awareness and encourage them to gain more confidence on the water. Kids can start from 5 yrs up to 15 yrs, must already be able to swim confidently! Days are split into 3 sessions with morning tea and lunch break. We also have a range of sailing boats, kayaks, SUP and windsurfers to hire 7 days a week.”

When: April 5th-9th & 12th-16th 2021.

Cost: Starts at $177

Location: Balmoral Beach

Book online: https://www.balmoralwatersportscenter.com.au/kids-teens

Other Contacts: 9960 5344 or info@sailingchool.com.au

NIDA Open Performing Arts Classes, The Concourse, Chatswood

Unleash your creativity this Autumn with holiday courses for grades K–12 presented by The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

Running from 6–18 April, the NIDA Open holiday program gives children and young people a chance to explore new skills, nurture their imaginations and build confidence in a supportive learning environment, all while socialising and having fun!

From two-day tasters to five-day intensives, courses include acting, screen acting and drama skills.

With a focus on personal development and practical skill-based learning, all NIDA courses are run by professionally trained teaching artists with experience across TV, film and theatre in Australia and abroad.

Whether your aspiring artist is new to the performing arts or would like to level up on existing skills and abilities, there is a course for everyone – no matter their age or stage.

Autumn holiday courses at The Concourse, Chatswood include:

  • In the Picture for grades K–2
  • Monster Zoo for grades K–2
  • NIDA Drama School for grades 1–2, 3–6, 7–10
  • Stage and Screen School for grades 3–6, 7–10
  • Close-up: Screen Acting for grades 11–12
  • NIDA acting 101 for grades 11–12

Contact: To book: click here or call 1300 450 417.

Inspire Tennis April Holiday Tennis & Sports Camp, Roseville & Killara

Inspire Tennis’ School Holiday Programs are fun, exciting and provide a learning pathway for every child. School holiday camps are held in a variety of convenient tennis club locations on the North Shore. It’s a brilliant way for kids to spend over 20 hours each week, improving their tennis skills. There is also flexibility with casual bookings, plus before & after care. The programs are held every week of the holiday period rain, hail or shine!

Date/s: April 6th to April 19th.

Times: Full day form 9:30am to 3pm OR Half day from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Locations: Killara (Killara Lawn Tennis Club) and Roseville (Kooroora Tennis Club),

Cost: From $40-$65 per day. Before Care form 7:30am and After Care until 6pm available at a small cost – Booking is Essential.

Promotions: Siblings 5% and Full Week 10% Discounts

How to Enrol: Online Registration and More Information https://www.inspiretennis.com.au/tennis-coaching-sydney/school-holiday-programs-sydney/ OR Call Killara 9498 1902 Roseville 9417 6667

Speaking Schools Australasia Debating and Public Speaking, St Leonards

If you’re looking for something new, fun and educational these school holidays, that will give your child skills and confidence to last a lifetime, it’s worth booking them into one of Speaking School Australiasia’s range of online or in-person Public Speaking and Debating programs. But do it fast because these tend to book out quickly!

Online Programs:

Dates: Tuesday 6 April 2021- Friday, 9 April 2021; or Monday, 12 April 2021- Thursday, 15 April 2021.

Time: 9:30am – 1 pm

Cost: $180

In-person Programs:

Day and Dates: Tuesday, 6 April 2021- Friday, 9 April 2021.

Time: Staggered Start and Finish Times (see website for more details)

Location:  Northside Conference Centre, Cnr Oxley Street and Pole Lane, St Leonards.

(also offered at Pennant Hills – Mon 12 April April – Friday 16 April, staggered start and finish times – see website for more info.)

Cost: From $220 

**Early Bird Discount April Holidays 2021** $10 off for online programs, and $20 off for in-person programs. (Offer Ends Midnight, Sunday 14 March 2021)

Website: https://speakingschools.com.au/

Gallery 307 Art Workshops, Northbridge 

Gallery 307 Art School in Northbridge has fun and creative classes for the kids these school holidays. Suitable for all ages, students are taught real art skills in a fun way, with freedom to explore their creativity.

Some of the classes these school holidays are :-

  • Recycle Day
  • Mixed Media Sunflower or Lorikeet
  • Clay Elephant
  • Autumn Oriental Brush Painting
  • Farmyard Painting or Clay Sculpture inspired by William Robinson
  • Wolf – Friend or Foe
  • What do I dream
  • And so much more …

We offer High School Workshops : (suitable for beginners to advanced)

  • Landcapes with Ken Chu

Good to know: Wherever possible, students are grouped according to age. Class sizes are limited, in order to maximise teacher/child interaction. All materials are provided, Morning and afternoon tea are provided however, students bring their own lunch.

Cost : Morning Session $65, Afternoon Session $65, Full Day $130.
Before & After Class Care is available if you need to extend your day

Location : 307 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge

Website : Visit our website for more information and book online today! www.gallery307artschool.com.au Follow us on facebook or instagram to see what we get up to @gallery307artschool

Willoughby Leisure Centre School Holiday Program, Willoughby

Willoughby Leisure Centre’s school holiday program is back! Loads of your favourite activities are on again, with a few new activities for you to try.

Sign up for Ninja Warriors, Laser Tag or Skater HQ, as well as new activities – Mini Olympics and Make a Bear!  Each day also includes entry to the pool inflatable.

As it’s a COVID-safe program, there are less spaces, so book now to avoid missing out.

Booking and program details: http://willoughbyleisure.com.au/programs–events/school-holiday-program/

Wild Ropes at Taronga Zoo

Image: Tim Coulson courtesy of Taronga Zoo

Swing, step and climb at Wild Ropes in Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo and wave a big hello to the koalas, emus and kangaroos at the Australian Walkabout. It’s the perfect activity for kids who love a fun challenge. The course can take from 45 minutes to two hours depending on the type of package and path you choose. Wild Ropes is welcoming all visitors every Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 3pm. For more information and rules on COVID-Safety, visit Taronga Zoo’s website.

Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman

Tickets: From $22.

Book by clicking here

Jonas Jost – The Ultimate Magic Show at Norths Cammeray

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Image: North Cammeray

The legendary and multi-award winning magician and illusionist, Jonas Jost, will hit the stage over the school holidays to give you and the kiddies an action-packed show. You’ll be treated to hilarious comedy and spectacular magic to give all of you much to chatter about when the curtains close. You can check out Jonas’ tricks and comedy on his YouTube channel to get yourself in the mood!

Location: Norths Cammeray
Date and time: 12 April, 11:30am
Cost: $15
How to book: https://boxoffice.norths.com.au/WEBPAGES/EntaWebShow/ShowDatesCombo.aspx

Alice in Wonderland Sand Sculpture at The Mix Chatswood Place

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Image: The Mix Chatswood Place

Are you ready to watch a hefty 10 tonnes of sand be transformed into a stunning Alice in the Wonderland sand sculpture? Visit The Mix Chatswood Place (plaza level) to see the maestros at work over several days. The display will be around until Sunday, 9 May.

Location: The Mix Chatswood Place
Date and time: 31 March, 1 April, 3 April
Cost: FREE
How to book: No booking required

The Midnight Gang at The Concourse Theatre

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Image: The Concourse

The Concourse will be welcoming the story of The Midnight Gang to its stage this April – a play by Maryam Master based on David Walliams’ bestselling novel. It’s about a 12-year-old Tom who unexpectedly finds himself lonely and lost in the children’s ward of St Crook’s Hospital, without his family and in the throes of the evil Matron. But as soon as the clock strikes midnight, he and his fellow young patients realise they can momentarily escape feeling stuck – they use their imaginations to take them on amazing, dream-come-true journeys. The play is suitable for children 6+ and their families. 

Location: The Concourse Theatre
Date and time: 16 April (1pm & 3pm) – 17 April (10am, 12pm & 3pm) – 18 April (10am& 12pm)
Cost: From $36
How to book: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=MIDNIGAN21

Easter Long Weekend at The Greens

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Image: The Greens

Make sure you pop this one in the calendar for Easter break this year. Celebrate at The Greens where there’s a bunch of stuff planned for the long weekend. From Friday to Monday, there will be fish and chips’ special plus kids’ arts and crafts, loaded chocolate easter egg shakes and a guess the weight of the egg competition.

On Easter Sunday, you and the family will be treated to an Easter bunny visit from 12pm to 3pm while the famous The Greens’ Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 12:30pm sharp.

Location: The Greens
Date and time: 2-5 April
Cost: FREE to enter
How to book: Call 9245 3099 to book a table

Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

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Image: Puppeteria Theatre

Enjoy the art of puppetry with your young ones at the Puppeteria Theatre. From Little Red Riding Hood to Hooray for the Easter Bunny and Jack and the Beanstalk to Aladdins Lamp, your kids will be in for a treat. You can check out the full schedule here for March and April.

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove
Date and time: Various dates and times in March and April
Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15l
How to book: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=709479

Autumn School Holidays Program by Australian Museum 

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Image: Australian Museum

Do you have curious kids who love arts and science? Luckily for you, the Australian Museum has a fun and educational autumn program for the school holidays to inspire your budding stars (from six to 16 years) to take part in a variety of workshops that will thrill and expands their young minds. These include nature photography, being a scientist for the day and stomping around in a prehistoric playground for dinosaur buffs.

Location: Australian Museum
Date and time: 6-16 April at various times
Cost: A mix of FREE and pay-for activities from $80 onwards
How to book: https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/

Autumn Art Attack: Mindfulness Photography, Mosman Art Gallery

In this workshop, the participants will learn how to slow down and look carefully before taking a photograph. No previous knowledge needed. All cameras including D-SLR, compact system or smart phone/pad are welcome. Please bring morning tea and a bottle of water.

Date: Thursday 15 April
Time: 10am-12pm (ages 5-10 years) and 1.30-3.30pm (ages 9-13 years)
Venue: Mosman Art Gallery, 1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman
Cost: $20 per child
Bookingswww.trybooking.com/BPJOU (first session) and www.trybooking.com/BPOQZ (second session)

Movie Making Workshop, Mosman Performing Arts

MPA is a dynamic performing arts company for young people aged 7 -15. Our programs have been designed to successfully teach drama and dance skills to your child, in a fun and interactive manner. Whether your child is a beginner or highly skilled, MPA will cater for all abilities.  By the end of the week, children will have created a film for all parents and friends to watch in the privacy of your own home. This film will highlight all that the children have learnt throughout the week and the valuable experience of the cinematic process of storyboarding to rehearsals and then through to the final stages of filming under the bright lights!

Get in and register your child at MPA’s next 4-day Film Workshop (6th – 9th April).

For only $95 per day, your child will get:
– an immersive filmmaking experience where they will learn how to act and dance under the bright lights of a movie set
– gain confidence in performing and creating a film under the guidance of our expert teachers
– receive an official MPA shirt
– a professionally edited copy of the film that can be shared with family and friends
– a film viewing kit with popcorn
– a quality copy of an MPA cast photo
– a chance to be a part of something that is unique and hard to find anywhere else during these school holidays!

Location: St. Lukes Anglican Church, 4 Heydon Street Mosman
Date: April 6-9
Cost: $380 (sibling discounts available)
Bookinghttps://mosmanpa.wufoo.com/…/mpa-autumn-holiday…/
For more information, please visit: www.mosmanperformingarts.com.au

Autumn Art Attack: Fabric River Creatures, Mosman Art Gallery

Kate Dorrough
Kate Dorrough

Inspired by artist Kate Dorrough’s installation, Theatre of the Grotto, in Mosman Art Gallery’s The Cube space, children will work with the artist to draw their own river creatures on paper. Then they will make a soft, fabric sculpture of a creature before decorating it with sequins, wool and feathers ready to hang up at home.

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Ages: 5 to 8 years
Venue: Mosman Art Gallery, 1 Art Gallery Way, Mosman
Cost: $20 per child
Bookingsevents.mosman.nsw.gov.au/holidays

Ice Skating at Home HQ Artarmon


Show off your ice skating skills on our synthetic ice rink.

Cost: $10.00
Dates: 5 – 11 April
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Lower Ground floor, next to Fantastic Furniture and Barbeque Galore
Bookings: https://bit.ly/3vTU4N0

All proceeds will be donated to Royal North Shore Hospital.

AcreLand at Home HQ Artarmon


Come along to acre’s Family Fun Day on Sunday, 18th April from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Spit roast
Food stalls
Fresh baked goods
Live music
Free face painting
Kids activities
Petting zoo
Dog friendly outdoor terrace
Bookings: https://bit.ly/2OQ8Fsv

Succulents workshop at Home HQ Artarmon

Learn how to make your own hanging succulent terrarium.

Cost: $5.00
Dates: 17 – 18 April
Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm
Location: Home HQ Library, Ground floor
Bookings: https://bit.ly/3ccaicD

All proceeds will be donated to Royal North Shore Hospital.

North Sydney Brick Fair at Home HQ Artarmon

North Sydney Brick Fair is back at Home HQ Artarmon! Come and see over 100 amazing brick-built creations on display. Rare, retired LEGO sets, minifigs and parts also available for sale.

Cost: $5.00 per person, $20.00 per group of 4, free for children under 3 years old.
Dates: 17 – 18 April
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Lower Ground floor, next to Fantastic
Furniture and Barbeque Galore

Tickets can be purchased at the door or from www.trybooking.com

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