There’s lots of fun to be had these summer school holidays, both close to home and further afield – from watersports to water parks, stage shows to performance workshops, and tennis to tree climbing – plus more!

Brightsparks Performing Arts School: 10% off for North Sydney Living members!


Would your child love to spend their Summer Holidays Singing, Acting and performing Musical Theatre? Brightsparks Performing Arts School is thrilled to offer a full programme of Holiday Workshops for ages 8-15 years, running over 2 weeks in January 2022!

For the budding young actors: Our Shakespeare Workshop will take you to glory with the fights, the comedy, the laughter and the love with scenes from one the world’s most popular plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet. Be sure to also check out our Act & Improvise Workshop, where our experienced team of teachers will guide students through the art of Improvisation, learning how to create scenes, characters and situations in a fast-paced and fun workshop.

Attention singers! Do you dream of one day singing on your own album?  Highly trained and experienced singing teachers and industry professionals will really make your voice soar in your very own recorded track in our Sing & Record Workshop. Our Musical Theatre Workshop will provide students with the opportunity to sing and act the scenes and songs from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will also be performing with costumes and props for the ultimate holiday workshop fun!

Dates & Costs:

Sing & Record: $120 per day
Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 January

Shakespeare Workshop: $75 per day
Thursday 13 & Friday 14th January

Acting Workshop: $75 per day
Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 January

Musical Theatre: $75 per day
Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 January

Location: Creative Citadel, 14 Hayberry Street Crows Nest

Bookings: Head to the website for more info and mention North Sydney Living for 10% off

Balmoral Watersports

Balmoral Water Sports and the Land’s Edge Foundation have joined forces to create the ultimate holiday program for your kids this summer. Come and explore the beautiful bays of Balmoral and uncover the historic secrets of Chowder Bay with qualified, experienced, and friendly staff. Groups will experience a journey in either direction from Chowder Bay to Balmoral. Two and a half days will be spent at each location participating in a range of exciting and engaging activities.

Action-packed week including Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Sailing, Snorkelling, Rafting, Kite Making, Initiative Games, Beach Games/Sandcastle Competition, Bush Exploration to Taylor Bay, Sign Scavenger Hunt and many more fun activities.

We have 3 age groups available: – 7 to 9yo – 10 to 12yo – 13 to 15yo

Price is $550 for 5 days Monday to Friday


Dec 6th to 10th // 13th to 17th // 20th to 24th

Jan 3rd to 7th // 10th to 14th // 17th to 21st


Balmoral Watersports Centre & Land’s Edge (Chowder bay/Clifton gardens)

Book here

Christmas Cupcake Decorating Workshops, The Classic Cupcake Co.

Our holiday classes are the perfect opportunity for children who wish to create amazing treats to impress all their friends and family!

  • Monday 20th December 3pm – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 21st December 3pm – 4:30pm

Class Size: up to 10 students

Class Duration: 1.5 hours

Skill Level: Basic

Suitable for: Boys & Girls

Age: 7 – 15 (Parents can leave their young chefs for the duration of the class and are more than welcome to wait in our café or browse the local shops. Parents or guardians may also attend this class for the Junior Chef price of $65)

Price: $65 per child per class.

The 13-Storey Treehouse, The Concourse Chatswood

Would you please welcome to the stage…. Andy and Terry!

Yes that’s right. Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant The 13-Storey Treehouse has been turned into a show for the theatre. AND YOU’RE INVITED!

Curtain up! Today’s the day. There’s just one problem. They forgot to write it! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla? Luckily the theatre has an extensive prop and costume collection and some very impressive stage technology.

Adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), The 13-Storey Treehouse has sold out at Sydney Opera House, and around Australia, and is brought to life with a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry.

Cost: Premium $45, A Reserve $36

When: 28, 29, 30 January 2022


Puppeteria Theatre, Castle Cove

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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 details.

Location: Puppeteria Theatre Castle Cove

Date and time: Various dates and times.

Cost: Child: $12 – Adult: $15l

How to book:

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!

Address: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

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


Waterworld HQ, Moore Park

Image: Waterworld Central

Swap the beach for epic waterslides and huge inflatable pools at Australia’s first mobile waterpark, Waterworld Central. The family friendly affair will be taking over the Entertainment Quarter this summer and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before!

Come have a splash these school holidays from the 28th Dec. 2021 – 26th Jan. 2022 (Closed New Year’s Day)!

Race your mates on the multi-lane Epic Racer slide, go on an 80-metre water tubing ride or just relax in one of the chilled out wading pools. For the dare devils at heart, take a ride down the Wave Slide, surf’s up!

Of course, there’s a global pandemic to be mindful of, so pre-booking tickets is encouraged. You can book tickets and find more info at

Entry (non-participant) – $5
Little Dip n’ Slip 2hr Pass – $25 (Excludes Thrill Slides)
Extreme Splash n’ Slide 2hr Pass – $35 (ages 7+yrs – Adult & 120+cm) Includes Pool Slides and Thrill Slides (age, height, & weight restrictions apply)


We’ll keep adding to the list as we come across more great activities! Do you know of or run a school holiday activity that should be added to our School Holiday Guide – get in touch via





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