Looking for some local fun activities for the kids for the upcoming holidays? We’ve uncovered everything from music to mini-beasts, and teen cooking to superhero yoga! There’s something for all age-groups as well as details on the Play World 2019 event happening at the ICC Darling Harbour which looks like an amazing day out! Book quick – especially for the free events…

Big Music Holiday Rock Camp, Crows Nest

If your child has ever dreamed of being in a rock band, or just really likes music – Big Music at Crows Nest is the place to be these school holidays. Big Music has been running their Holiday Rock Camp program with great success, and all the staff are qualified musicians who are passionate about encouraging a love of music in their students. There’s no experience necessary with a course to suit all levels. The emphasis of the camp programs is on fun and participation in playing and performing popular music with other kids.

Good to Know: These popular Holiday Camps cater for all kids aged 5+ regardless of their prior musical experience. Each day runs from 9am to 3pm, culminating in a performance for family and friends on the last day. Places are limited and often sell out, so ROCK ENROL NOW!

When: Mon 30th Sep – Thu 3rd Oct (9am-3pm), Tue 8th Oct – Fri 11th Oct

Cost: $480 (Early Bird Price -$440 before 6th Sep)
Optional 5th Party Day Fri 4th Oct for an additional $120 

Optional extended care from 8am drop off -6pm pick up available each day for an additional $20 per hour.

Location: 85 Alexander Street (Cnr Ernest Street), Crows Nest

Contact: (02) 8622 6550 W: www.bigmusic.com.au/

Playschool Live In Concert, NORTHS Cammeray

Humpty is putting on a surprise show! Join him as he gathers together the Play School Toys to help with the big spectacular. There are starring roles for Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and guest appearances from other Play School favourites along the way.  Filled with fun songs to sing and dance along with, this 45 minute show will delight the littler and bigger Play School fans.

Good to Know: Doors open at 11.30am for a 12pm show, and Doors open at 1.30pm for the 2pm show. If you live within 5km of the Club you’ll need to sign up for membership or have a member sign you in. Annual membership is $10.

Cost: $22 (Children under 12 months free_

When: Sunday October 13

Location: 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray

Contact: To book click here  P (02) 9245 3000 www.norths.com.au

Play World 2019, ICC Darling Harbour

Presented by Nintendo, this two-day event creates the most unique atmosphere for kids and allows them to play in a dynamic, fun and educational environment that is bound to get everyone excited! Play World will light up Sydney’s ICC this October school holidays where kids aged 4 to 12 can let their creativity and imagination run free. Get ready to play with the latest games from Nintendo, go on a musical adventure with The Beanies, laugh until your bellies hurt with The Listies, take part in drumming workshops and explore the world where kids’ imagination is the only limit. 

Good to Know: Play World Australia gives kids the opportunity to learn and educate themselves on some crazy skills; from intricate coding with the experts from Code Camp to creating beautiful flower crowns with Sydney Flower School. Play World Australia are proud to support Kids Helpline as the official charity partner.

Location: International Convention Centre, Sydney, Darling Harbour

When: October 5-6, 2019 Time: 9am – 5pm Saturday & Sunday

Cost: Tickets: Kids 4-12 years $19.95. General Admission: 13+ Years $24.96 Tiny Tots: 0 – 3 Years: FREE

Contact: Tickets are on sale now at https://www.playworldaustralia.com.au/en/Tickets.html. 

Cricket Appeal Holiday Clinics, Mosman

Cricket Appeal in Sydney’s North Shore runs its famous Holiday Clinics all over Australia. We invite boys and girls aged between 5yrs to 14yrs old that play our great game, to come and join in on the fun. The Cricket Appeal coaching team will provide your player with a week of cricket they will never forget.
Each day will involve:

  • Skills and fun activities
  • Net sessions
  • T20 Games
  • BBQ lunch (free of charge)
  • Structured coaching plans 
  • Guest appearances from superstar players.
  • Prize giveaways

Players will experience the best opportunity to enhance their games within the playing group. We now have 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 day options available for some clinics. Family passes are also an option for those with 2 or more family members attending.

There will be Big Bash Players, State cricketers and guest appearances from other superstars throughout the clinic. We also have prizes to be given away from our partners at 2Reds clothing and cricket gear available from JP Gavin. There will be sausage sizzle lunches and drinks available from the canteen on lunch breaks provided at no extra charge.

When: 30 Sept to 4 October, and 7-11 October

Location: Balmoral Oval, Mosman

Cost: 1 day pass $100, 2 day pass $180, 3 day pass $270, 4 day pass $330 OR 1 day family pass (2 or more player) $160, 2 day family pass $240, 3 day family pass $330 and 4 day family pass $390

Contact/Bookings: Click the link below to book your player in today!
https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=541538&

Learn to Sail Camps, Middle Harbour Yacht Club

MHYC has a proud tradition of developing young sailors, culminating in the success of Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page winning Gold in the 470 Mens at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. MHYC is now also the home base for the Australian Sailing Team (AST), with all of the the recent Olympians training and based out of the club. To continue this tradition, MHYC is dedicated to youth sailing through a range of programs and classes. These programs provide a fun environment to sail as well as strong pathways as our juniors develop as sailors.

Junior Sailing Program for 8-12 year olds, and Teen Sailing Programs both available.

When: October 1-4 and October 8-11, 9am-3.30pm

Cost: $495 for Youth MHYC members or $594 for Non members (includes one year membership)

Location: Middle Harbour Yacht Club, 75 Lower Parriwi Rd, The Spit

Contact: For more information see – https://www.mhyc.com.au/sailing/learn-to-sail
or bookings https://www.revolutionise.com.au/mhyachtclub/events/list/

Festival Oasis, Chatswood

The super fun Festival Oasis returns to The Concourse at Chatswood these school holidays providing free activities for kids. Parents can kick back and relax while the children are entertained in a special kids zone and a series of drop-in workshops.

October 3 – Fun Day

  • 10am – 4pm – Slime Making
  • 11am – 4pm – Glitter Station
  • 10am – 4pm – Get an early start on your Festive Flags entry (Entry forms and materials available to get creative on the day)
  • 10am – 11am – Circus Skills with Circus Akimbo
  • 11:15am – 12:15am – Breakdancing with Dance Central
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Taekwondo with Chungdo Taekwondo
  • 1:45pm – 2:45pm – Bollywood Moves with Dance Central
  • 3pm – 4pm – Martial Arts and obstacle course with VT1

Other Festival events include a Possum Science Workshop on 30 Sept, Lego Fun on Oct 3, a Silent Disco on Oct 4 and a special Dad’s Read: The Very Hungry Caterpillar event on Oct 10.
See the Emerge Festival Program for further details http://emergefestival.com.au/events-2019/2019-events/festival-oasis-2019/

The Toybox, The Independent Theatre North Sydney

Bring your children on a musical journey through Claude Debussy’s The ToyboxOpen their eyes and capture their imaginations as it reveals all the secrets of the toybox. From Sydney ensemble Thoroughbass, this 2019 interpretation of the 1913 children’s ballet is a magical entrĂ©e to classical music.  Inviting little bodies with big imaginations to join us in the round on the floor, and get up close to some of the earliest musical instruments.

Good to Know: The Toybox began as an illustrated children’s story that composer Claude Debussy then turned into a children’s ballet to amuse his 8 year old daughter Chou-Chou. In bringing this quaint story to today’s audiences, Thoroughbass has re-imagined and re-arranged Debussy’s music with the added charm of early instruments (and the odd pop-whistle!) and some very naughty and noisy toys. Suitable for ALL ages.

When: September 21 at 11 am
Location: The Arches, Independent Theatre, Miller St, North Sydney. 
Cost: $35 for adults. Children: free
Bookings: http://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=AUINDEPENDENT&event=TOYBOX19&killLogin=true

Free Superhero Yoga For Kids, Stanton Library

Kids can totally relax and unwind these schools holidays with free yoga sessions at Stanton Library.

On Thursday Oct 3 there’s Superhero Yoga for 2-5 year olds (with parents/carers in active attendance). Yoga mats and capes provided. Wear comfy clothing.
From: 9.30 – 10.15am Please book ONE TICKET PER CHILD attending. Bookings essential: https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=547339

Kids aged 5-10 can attend a Superhero Yoga session from 10.30am-11.15am . Bookings here https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=547341

Yoga for 11 – 14 years is on from 11.30am – 12.15pm. Bookings here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=547343&

NSCC Pop-up Teen School Holiday Program

You may have noticed the great pop-up workshop space North Sydney Community Centre has opened on Miller St, and these school holidays it’s dedicated to teenagers. Workshops include Pasta Making, Robotics, Drawing for Teens, iphone Photography, Soy Candle Making, Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation, Clay Animal Sculptures, Macrame, and Hand Sewing.

Good to Know: The workshops are run by expert tutors and are for teens aged 12-18 years.

Location: Pop Up Space, 246 Miller St North Sydney

Bookings: https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/courses/master/2077/pop-up-teen-school-holiday-program

The Maker’s Loft Craft Cafe, Cammeray

The beautiful Maker’s Loft is a cafe and craft space – and they offer wonderful school holiday activities for kids. For this spring, choose from ‘Messy Art & Craft’, Embroidery, Silk Screen Printing, Pottery, Beginners Woodwork or Resin, Ceramics and a Natural Body and Skincare Workshop for Teens and Tweens.

Good to Know: There are half day and full day workshops to choose from. All materials are included (unless otherwise stated). Lunch orders are available to order when booking.
Location: 205 Ernest Street, Cammeray
Contact: W https://www.makersloft.com.au/ E. hi@makersloft.com.au

Free Green Events, The Coal Loader Waverton

Kids can get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Image: North Sydney Council

Wildlife Show: Parents and children are invited to attend a Wildlife Show with Anthony Stimson – Australian Wildlife Displays and the Bushland Team these school holidays. Anthony will introduce guests to a variety of native animals, include a Flying-fox, Monitor Lizard and Tawny Frogmouth and speak about their particular habitat requirements and role in our environment.
When: Oct 9, 10.30-12pm.
Bookings essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wildlife-show-tickets-71015167277

Mini Beast Muster: “Parents and children are invited to join a survey of insects and other invertebrates in and around the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability grounds with the Bushland Team. We will use a number of devices to look at these mini beasts at close quarters and then release them when they have been identified.”
When: Oct 2 10.30-12pm.
Bookings essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mini-beast-muster-tickets-71009747065

Kids Bush Walk & Picnic: “Parents and children are invited to join the Bushland Team for a guided bushwalk from Smoothey Park to Gore Cove these school holidays. Points of interest include, a Sandstone Gallery Rainforest – towering Coachwood Trees with a shaded fern understory, interspersed by colourful fungus. Gore Cove is home to Powerful Owls, Superb Fairy-wrens and Bower Birds. You may wish to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the bush walk has been completed.”
When: Oct 4, 10am-12pm
Bookings essential: https://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Waste_Environment/Get_Involved/Green_Events/Kids_Bush_Walk

Shadow Puppets: “Parents and Children are welcome to join local artist Tamsin Salehian for a shadow puppets workshop at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. Tamsin will first discuss a topic related to environmental conservation, the children will then develop a script and make a puppet to perform a puppet show.”
When: Oct 11, 10.30-12.30pm
Bookings essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/shadow-puppets-tickets-71016786119

If you know of or run a school holiday activity and would like to add it to our Guide please get in touch. We will be updating the Guide right up to and even during the School Holidays. E: naomi@thelivingcollective.com.au


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