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Summer 2016 School Holiday Activities
These School Holidays we have found some great local activities for your children.
Make sure you also check out the calendar HERE for many more great local events and activities in your local area. And don’t forget to sign up to our Weekly Newsletter for regular information about what’s happening across the Northern Beaches delivered to your inbox.
A LEGO Robotics workshop! Collaborate with others to design an autonomous machine. Use LEGO EV3 kits to explore, experiment, and create unique machines. Kids iterate through the design process to build and improve their bots, and then code them to complete simple challenges.
Ages: 10 – 16
Dates: Jan 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Time: 8am – 4pm
To book visit tinkertank.com.au
In this workshop kids are challenged to invent their own Robots, creating machines that can move independently using littleBits modules, and LEGO EV3 . Children will develop an understanding of the basics of circuits, motors, and motion while at the same time using creativity and collaboration skills to iterate through the design process and create their own unique solution.
Ages: 8 – 12
Dates: Jan 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 34
Time: 8am – 4pm
To book visit tinkertank.com.au
Young coders will make their first small but important leap from consumers of technology to creators of it. The ability to code separates those who merely have an idea from those who can make their ideas a reality! Programming gives children confidence that they can be designers and builders. Using a range of iPad based coding tools to create games and apps, mixed with a healthy dose of activities to promote collaboration, creativity and teamwork, our Coding Camp is the perfect place to start your son or daughter’s programming journey.
Ages: 6 – 12 Beginner, 12 – 18 Advanced Jan 12, 19
Dates: Beginner Jan 11, 18, 25 and Advanced
Time: 8am – 4pm
To book visit tinkertank.com.au
This is a safe and fun learning environment for young minecrafters to explore their creativity and learn problem solving skills in new and exciting ways. Learn from local experts and collaborate with friends to create a whole new craftverse on the TT Server.
TinkerTank Kids will be able to: Navigate the world of Minecraft and build their own content Collaborate and communicate with peers to design and solve puzzles. After completion, they will be ready for more complex assignments, core subject-specific challenges, and open-ended play.
Ages: 6 – 18
Dates: Jan 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29
Time: Mondays 8am – 4pm and Sundays 1pm – 3pm
To book visit tinkertank.com.au
NumberWorks’nWords Dee Why and Mona Vale are once again running our Summer Kickstart Program!
This is a great way to hit the ground running when school begins. The course will run in the final week of the summer holidays.
**3 DAYS ONLY!**
Monday 23 January
Tuesday 24 January
Wednesday 25 January
DEE WHY 10am – 12pm
MONA VALE 9am – 11am
Sessions are 2 hours for both junior and senior students
1. Full Day Fun 9.30 – 3.30
2. 2 Hour Creative Fix 9.30 – 11.30
3. Friday Drop & Go Disco 5 – 6.30
Our light and airy Queenscliff space is a fun and relaxing environment for kids to be creative with arts, crafts and dance these holidays.
Offering 2 hour and full day workshops for children 3 yrs – 12 yrs. Kids will be inspired to create, dance and have so much fun with one of our trained dance teachers. From just $25 and siblings receive a 20% discount.
When: Various 19- 23 Dec & 9-27 Jan
Email: [email protected]
Cost: Disco $11 | 2 hr workshop $27.50/ $22 for each sibling | Full day workshop $82.50/ $66 for each sibling
Location: Bluebird Studio. 1/ 94 Crown Rd, Queenscliff.
SYDNEY ART SPACE offers a fabulous school holiday art program with workshops for adults and kids in January covering painting, drawing, collage, printing, stitching, illustration, clay hand-building, 3D sculpting, jewellery making and tye dye!!
When: Thursday January 5th till Wednesday January 25th
Age: Workshops range from Preschool through to 15 years
Location: Sydney Art Space, 64 Darley St, Mona Vale
Cost: $40-$60 Bookings essential
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0402 532 957 9970 6008
Ladybug Music’s early childhood program for babies to preschoolers is redefining the family music experience. Their original, hand-crafted, soulful songs bring joy, fun and heart back to the music class and into your home. Their parent-and-me classes inspire little ones to express themselves and discover their creativity using their bodies and voices, linking their excitement for music with a connection to their parents and caregivers. At Ladybug they sing it, boogie down, and have fun!
When: Various from 10th – 20th January
Phone: Clare 0432 922 727
Cost: $40-$50 (2 classes and 3 song downloads)
Location: Curl Curl, Forestville, Neutral Bay, Mosman
BRAIN CRANK 18-20 January
Science, technology and craft collide! Make a hand held torch or an artistic robot in a 50min workshop.
9.30am, 10.30am & 11.30am daily on level 1, near Nextra Newsagency.
Bookings essential at Concierge on level 2
This is a FREE activity.
GET KIDS COOKING 23-25 January
Celebrate Chinese New Year with some fun cooking classes, make your own dumplings and spring rolls.
10am, 11am 12pm, 1pm & 2pm daily on level 1, near Nextra Newsagency.
This is a FREE activity.
PLASTER FUN HOUSE 9-22 January
Paint your own plaster mould! Plasters start at $6 with plenty of choice for both girls and boys.
Choose from animals, flowers, super heroes, photo frames, money boxes and much more!
9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4.30pm Saturday, 10am-3.30pm Sunday.
Level 1, near Priceline. No bookings required.
When: Various from Jan 9 – Jan 25
Phone: 8422 4009
Cost: Free (there is a charge for Plaster Fun House, from $6)
St Ives Shopping Village, St Ives]
A 4 day intensive program covering Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Music, Vocal Acrobatics/Tumbling, Stage Fighting! Students can attend individual days or the full 4 day program. The 4 day program culminates into a special performance for family and friends!
Before and after care also available at an additional cost.
17th Jan to 20th Jan 2017 – 9-3pm Daily!
For info & bookings call: 0402 726 676
Email: [email protected]
Book your junior cooks into Bombini, for a hands-on morning with Bombini chef, Cameron Cansdell, where they will learn about simple ingredients and how to prepare them into something tasty.
Explore the Bombini vegetable garden to gather herbs, followed by a pizza session rolling dough… and the most rewarding part, getting to eat it too!
· Friday January 13th
· Friday January 20th
10.30am – 12.30pm
$70 per child
Class includes pizza, house-made gelato, soft drink or juice.
For children 5-12 years
To book, call (02) 4381 1436, or email [email protected]
For a special experience with your child this summer, join us for our Kid’s High Tea on Sunday January 8. Your children will indulge with cupcakes, sandwiches, candy and more.
There will be entertainment and face painting for the kids, and for the grown-ups, tapas and drinks will be available for purchase on the day.
Please note: adults must remain present with children throughout the event.
When: Sunday 8th January 2017
Children (Aged 3-12): $25 each
Infants (2 and under): Free with full paying child.
$1 from every ticket sold will be donated to IHG Shelter in a Storm.
Bookings are essential as seating is allocated.
To book or for more information please call (02) 4384 9238 or click here
Water Skills For Life are conducting a Swim & Survive Summer Camp for school age children from the ages of 5 to 15 years. There are two camps to choose from, the first is from 3-5pm on 9th – 13th Jan 2017 , and the second camp from 9-11am on 16th to 20th Jan 2017, and are being held at Collaroy Beach and Rockpool.
To book into the program please see us on Sundays at Collaroy rock pool between 8-9.30am, fill in the booking form and return with the payment of $55 per child for the selected week. Payment can be made by cash when you hand your booking form to us or by Direct Debit into our account. Alternatively please register your interest by emailing us your details to [email protected]
- Get active every day
- Spend less time watching TV or on the computer each day
- Drink more water and drink less sugar-sweetened drinks OR
- Eat nutritious food
Then Go4Fun may be for you.
Venue: Fresh Start Gym (inside Pittwater Sports Centre)
Address: 1525 Pittwater Rd, Nth Narrabeen
Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm.
Starts: Tuesday 31st January 2017
To book call 1800 780 900 or Go4Fun.com.au
Our programs are uniquely designed to provide a blend of specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games, and plenty of time for free-play. From Pokémon-inspired Pocket Brick Monsters to an all new Harry Potter-inspired Wizards and Witchcraft, and our Spinning Ninjas, there’s sure to be a fun theme to inspire your child while they build, create and learn with LEGO®! Our programs are designed for all kids from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Did you know we also provide fantastic robotics programs? Our MINDSTORMS EV3 Robotics programs are perfect for students from ages 9 – 13 , whilst our Junior Robotics programs are great for ages 7 – 10. These series of programs are designed to take kids from beginning through advanced robotics, challenging them while making it SUPER FUN too!
Workshops run throughout the school holidays from Monday, 19 December to Wedensday 25 January. Check out our website or give us ring for all the details!
Phone: 0422 487 940
Email: [email protected]
Locations in Balgowlah, Narraweena, Forestville, Newport and Mona Vale
Code Camp are aiming to teach 100,000 kids to code by the end of 2018 and are kicking the challenge off with their popular workshops in Sydney again during the upcoming Summer holidays.
Code Camp runs three programs:
- Little League Code Camp (Years K-1)
- Code Camp Spark & Ignite (Students in years 2-7 build their own apps!)
“During the camps, as kids create and build their own game, they learn about user design and the psychology of user experience, too. These skills can be adapted to any role in any industry. The end result is an app that works on multiple devices, so every kid is walking away with their own self-created game no matter what.
When: Various dates from December 5, 2016 – January 25, 2017
Cost: Camps start from $350 for three days or $440 for a four day camp. Camps run from 9am – 3:30pm.
Bookings: Essential, via https://codecamp.com.au/
Two days of fun hands-on workshops!
Monday & Tuesday , January 16th & 17th, 2016 from 9am to 3pm, in the heart of Manly.
Suitable for girls and boys 8 – 12 Y/O.
The program includes two fun-filled days full of great technological hands-on experiences..
* Robot programming
* Arduino Coding
* LittleBits Electronic Makerspace
* Lego & Minecraft Stop Motion Animation videos
* Build your own Electric Kit Car and take it home!
Learn about Future Technologies and so much more!
Price: $250 for the two days workshop.
Applause Musical Theatre Academy’s action-packed holiday workshops combine MUSIC, DRAMA and DANCE, taught by music theatre professionals with piano accompaniment! Young, budding performers will learn how to sing, act and dance to songs from a popular musical, plus gain acting skills through cool drama activities and script work (from Year 3 upwards). At the end of the workshop, the students will amaze family and friends with a performance!
So far our workshops have been based on the musicals Annie, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and Shrek. What musical will it be this time?
Dates: December 12 – 23 AND January 9 – 27
Times: 9.30am – 3.30pm (K-2 and 3-6 workshops); 10.00am – 4.00pm (Years 6-11)
FREE BEFORE CARE FROM 9AM!
$160 for two-day workshop (K-2) and $240 for three-day workshop (Years 3-6 and Years 6-11)
Put the Promo Code of NBK5%OFF to get 5% off! That is pay $152 for 2-day workshops and $228 for 3-day workshops.
Little Darlings Night Owls Kid’s Film Festival has a HOOT of a summer holiday program in store for families and kids, 6 – 25 January at the Village Green Darling Quarter.
The big screen will show 26 of the hottest feature films and 17 shorts, as well as live entertainment and scrumptious eats that kids and their adult friends won’t want to miss. More details here
Gymbaroo Seaforth are holding their very successful holiday fun programme again in January 2017. The lessons go for one hour instead of the usual 45 minutes and this allows for more fun time on the equipment. The price is $25 which is cheaper than a casual term visit too !
Class ages are slightly less specific because the aim is for more fun on the large equipment and not as much neurological development. Check out the timetable and book here. Pre-payment is essential as spaces are limited .
If need be, feel free to call IN January and see if there are spots available. St Paul’s Church, 5 Frenchs Forest Rd, Seaforth.
Come and try a class for FREE 13th – 16th December. Find a location near you and sign up here for a demo class here.
AND… if you’re staying around for the summer hols, check out their 2-week Mini-Session in January. Mini-Session is a great way to try out Ladybug Music before committing to an 8-week session…or, just a great holiday music activity with great music the whole family will enjoy!
Terrey Hills Swim School runs five day intensive school holiday programs during the April, September/October and January school holiday breaks. The Holiday Program provides an opportunity for your child to swim five consecutive lessons of the same duration and level as their regular term lesson.
Children tend to improve considerably during these week programs and are often promoted to the next swim level following the holiday program.
If not a current swimmer please book an assessment here.
PERFORMANCES FOR XMAS-JANUARY 2017 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS at PUPPETERIA –CASTLE COVE
The JERAL PUPPETS present their tenth Summer Festival of Puppetry with seven different programs for the Xmas-January school holidays at their “PUPPETERIA THEATRE”, at 12H Denawen Ave , Castle Cove.
“SANTA’S XMAS HOLIDAY ” plus ”THE BEST XMAS EVER” ( a program for 2 to 6 year olds)
A Two great Xmas storiesfeaturing Reindeers, dancing Xmas trees, and elves will be performed by the JERAL PUPPETS at PUPPETERIA-CASTLE COVE on Wed 14, Thurs 15, Fri 16, Sun 18, Mon 19, Tues 20, Wed 21, Thurs 22, Fri 23, Sat 24 Dec at 10.30am,
“MR SCROOGE’S XMAS CAROL” plus “SANTAS XMAS PUDDINGS”( a program for 4 to 9 year olds)
A puppet version of Charles Dickens classic, plus a fantasy about Santa’s favourite food!, PERFORMED by JERAL PUPPETS on Tues 20, Wed 21,Thurs 22, Fri 23 Dec at 1.30pm
“THE DINOSAUR SHOW” plus “CINDERELLA”( a program for 3 to 9 year olds)
The JERAL PUPPETS present a puppet double feature with something for everyone! The story of Deena the baby dinosaur and her Prehistoric world,plus the story of Cinderella, who leaves her life of drudgery with her Ugly Sisters to marry the handsome prince!on Tues27, Wed 28, Thurs 29, Fri 30 December, Tues 24 January at 10.30am and Wed 18 January at 1.30pm
“THE WIZARD OF OZ” plus “PUSS-IN-BOOTS” ( a program for 4 to 9 year olds)
A puppet double feature with something for everyone!. Dorothy and her friends, Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion on the search for the Wizard of Oz, , plus the Fairytale of the magical Cat who helps his master defeat the wicked Ogre and marry the princess, will be performed by the JERAL PUPPETS on Mon 2, Tues 3, Thurs 5, Thurs 19, Fri 20, Mon 23 January at10.30am, and Wed 4, Tues 17 January at 1.30pm ,
“HANSEL AND GRETEL” plus “RUMPELSTILTSKIN”.
Two favourite Grimm’s Fairytales bought to life by The JERAL PUPPETS . This colourful show for 4 to 9 year olds is on Tues 10, Wed 11, Fri 13, Mon 16 January at 10.30am and , Thurs 12 January at 1.30pm,
“THE GINGERBREAD MAN” plus “THE CATERPILLAR’S PICNIC”,
Run! Run! Run As Fast as You Can! You can’t catch the Gingerbread Man in this pacy show for two-to-five year-olds featuring stories, songs, comedy items to be performed by the JERAL PUPPETS on Wed 4, Fri 6, Mon 9, Thurs 12, Sun 22 January at 10.30am.
“BAA! BAA! BLACKSHEEP” plus “THE BIGGEST EGG IN ALL THE WORLD”,
Stories, songs and comedy items come to life in this pacy show for two-to-five year-olds to be performed by the JERAL PUPPETS on Tues 17,Wed 18, Wed 25 January at 10.30am.
Admission is $12.00 per child and $14.00 per adult and tickets can be booked on 9371-7328.
TempoRed – Academy of Performing Arts
One of Northern Beaches’ most prestigious performing arts schools is holding a FREE Open Day with a teaching faculty of industry professionals.
We provide high quality classes for all ages, in all genres.
At Tempo Red, we inspire creativity, create strong technique and ignite passion.
They invite you to their free open day to join us in taking class with the inspiring Lauren Seymour and other guest teachers.
DareTo Be Different.
North Balgowlah Community Centre Art Room
Join us for creative fun in our action packed Summer program!
11th January Magical Worlds time: 11-2pm age: 5-10’s – Join us for a fairy making frenzy as we paint & collage a wooden fairy house, create little fairy folk, then design, draw and paint a magical garden using a plethora of materials including glitter, gems, rainbow stones, skeleton leaves and pretty petals! Make magical drawings on black paper using liquid chalk and metallic pens.
16th January Express Yourself time: 9.30-12.30pm age: 8-12’s – Spend the morning creating a large mixed media artwork guided by your art tutor. Explore techniques with ink, watercolour, pen, pencil, chalk pastel and collage. Be inspired by our huge range of images or choose your own theme/subject.
18th January Summer Life time:11-2pm age: 5-10’s – Make a giant ice cream cone wall hanging using watercolour and oil pastels. Canvas paint all things beachy on a deep edge canvas adding natural collage materials sand, pebbles and shells.
25th January Wild Art time: 11-2pm age: 5-10’s – Explore jungle wildlife, mystical creatures, prehistoric animals and ancient lands using lots of different materials from our art cupboards! Using air dry paperclay make your own imaginative minibeast. Draw and frame beautiful bugs using watercolour pencils.
Each workshop $55
To enrol www.littleeasels.com or Jenni Barrand 0422 935736
Led by experienced facilitators, Be Centre’s holiday workshops offer children the opportunity to express their creativity, make new friends and have fun!
Dress for Mess Art – Sensory Based Fun
4–10 years Tuesday 17 January 2017 9.30–11.30am
Get creative with surprising materials and objects – a whole lot of fun! Amazing and interactive art workshops led by award-winning Sydney artist Karen Atkins.
Paint like Picasso – A Children’s Masterclass
6–12 years Tuesday 17 January 2017 12.00–2.00pm
“All children are artists”. Picasso is famous for being the co-founder of Cubism. Explore this style of painting as well as his blue and rose periods. Children will develop new skills and techniques and create their own masterpiece to take home.
4–7 years Wednesday 18 January 2017 9.30–11.30am
8–12 years Wednesday 18 January 2017 12.00–2.00pm
Children will be encouraged to let their imagination come to life as they work to build their own LEGO® creations during this workshop. Great for promoting motor skills, social interaction and confidence. Free take-home surprise!
Don’t miss the fun – book now – places are limited
All sessions $25 each including material and light refreshments
Join us in the school holidays for the best classes in Sydney! This is the perfect opportunity for individuals or groups of children who wish to create amazing CakePOPs or Cupcakes to impress all their friends and family!
- How to properly prepare cakePOPs or cupcakes
- How to use Belgian chocolate to create amazing decorations
- The techniques or dipping cakePOPs or piping onto cupcakes
- Simple decorating techniques including sprinkles and CCC fondant shapes
- Using silicone chocolate molds and fondant cutters to create timeless embellishments
- Working with a variety of colours
- Packaging & storing cakePOPs & cupcakes
- A reusable box to take away
- View class photos here
24th January @ 12:15 – Junior Chef Cupcakes
24th January @ 14:15 – Junior Chef Cupcakes
25th January @ 12:15 – Junior Chef CakePOPs
25th January @ 14:15 – Junior Chef CakePOPs
Class Size: up to 12 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 $60)
This course takes place at The Classic Cupcake Co. in Mosman. Parking is up to two hours outside the store front or at the rear in the Raglan St West Car park, Raglan Street
The course price includes all baking ingredients & materials, all sugarcraft tools, equipment, refreshments and, of course, your box of cake pops to take home.
“Ready Steady Go Kids commenced in 2004 in our quest to help all children benefit from sport & physical activity.
Each Ready Steady Go Kids class is run indoors for a duration of 45 minutes, and we cover 5 sports per term.
Our classes are designed to focus on a specific gross motor, hand-eye/foot-eye and/or balance activity to complement the sport component & our program structure is repeated each week so that participants become familiar & comfortable with the routine.
To ensure that every participant receives a high level of attention & support, we maintain a low instructor to student ratio.
We invite and encourage parental participation in our classes, and – trust us – parents love our classes as much as the kids!
To book a class or free trial online, please click www.readysteadygokids.com.au
Or e-mail [email protected] for further information
Our program is structured so that we can accept enrolments throughout the term.”
Bearfoot Bliss School Holiday Yoga
Age – 4-8 year olds
Dates: Tuesday’s 10/17/24 January
Location: Luxe Yoga 162 Harbord Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
Cost: $12 per class