Are you looking for a class or activity for your child? Here are some ideas if your child is over 2.5 years old, plus some special offers just for Hills District Mums. If your little one is under 2.5 years old, we have a guide especially for this age group – Term 1 2019 Activities and Classes Guide – under 2.5 years.

And don’t forget you can claim the Active Kids Voucher and Creative Kids Voucher at many of these providers if you have school aged kids.  Visit Service NSW for more information.

ABILITY 2 LEARN

Welcome to Ability 2 Learn Private Tutoring for toddlers, pre-schoolers and students K-12, including Home Schooled children. With personal attention, our qualified tutors can help your child with: School readiness – language, social and fine motor development. Greater focus, concentration and engagement. Confidence to ask questions and contribute ideas. Subject comprehension and grades. Study habits and managing workloads.

All students are encouraged to use their private tutor to ask clarifying questions, explicitly teach concepts and use personal mistakes as a platform to create a course of action for improvement. In this way, our teaching approach focuses on diversity and encourages all children to creatively manage their own learning while building confidence, skills and knowledge for positive outcomes beyond the classroom.

Classes for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers: Our toddler and preschool programs encourage children to be curious, creative and individual through stimulating and challenging activities in the areas of literacy, numeracy and science. Qualified Early Childhood tutors. Open-ended tasks to evoke thinking and problem-solving. Game-style learning to develop physical, social and emotional, language and cognitive skills.

Classes for Primary Children: Our K-6 Literacy and Numeracy classes boost children’s confidence by inviting them to use their creativity to engage in learning with a private tutor. Qualified Primary tutors. Aligned with Australian English and Mathematics curriculum. Individual learning programs to suit various talents. Small groups, 40-minutes in duration.

Classes for Secondary Children. Our 7-12 English, Mathematics and Science classes provide students the opportunity to bring their school work, their questions and misconceptions to a private tutor. Qualified Secondary tutors. Aligned with Australian English, Mathematics and Science curriculum. Subject comprehension, assignment preparation and exam skills. Small groups, 50-minutes in duration.

Location: Dural | Contact: 02 9651 5960 or enrol@ability2learn.com.au | ability2learn.com.au

Special offer: First Lesson FREE plus all new enrolments receive $20 off Term 1 2019 fees by mentioning HDM.


CORE STUDIOS SYDNEY

Age group: 4 years and above

Core Studios Sydney is a music school that offers private tuition for piano, guitar and vocals in the Hills District, with a studio located in Castle Hill. We pride ourselves in offering well trained staff who are incredibly friendly, and work well with students of all ages and levels of experience.

Core Studios Sydney believes in finding the fun and joy in music tuition. Our teachers create a space for all students to grow and develop their musical skill, regardless of their current ability. We believe in taking the time to teach each student the fundamentals of music. All of our lessons ensure that our classes are easy to understand. Our goal is for all of our students to know and believe that they can achieve anything.

Exposure to music at a young age comes with many benefits. Science shows that there is a significant growth in a child’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development when they have access to music training. Core Studios Sydney provides an excellent opportunity to explore your musical journey. 

We offer private ONE on ONE tuition at the studio and in private homes in the Hills District. Lesson slots are all catered to your personal needs, starting at 30 minutes per week. 

Contact us to schedule a FREE trial lesson today! 

Julie – 0405 599 093 |  jonathan@corestudiossydney.com 

Visit our website: www.corestudiossydney.com for more information.  

Special offer: Schedule in a FREE TRIAL lesson in the school holidays and get a 10% discount to Term 1’s classes. 


BEGIN BRIGHT BELLA VISTA

Age group – 2 years to 12 years 

Begin Bright Bella Vista helps to create happy and confident learners through our fun, interactive school readiness classes and primary school tutoring programs.

 Begin Bright Bella Vista’s school readiness classes get children ready for big school with our award winning program, perfect for little learners! Our class levels are:

  • Pink: 2 year olds early learning class based on craft, songs and play
  • Green: 3-4 year olds starting school in 2020
  • Yellow: 4-5 year olds starting school in 2019
  • Orange: 4-6 year olds advanced school readiness class and Kindergarten 2018 class

The Begin Bright primary school tutoring sessions are tailored for the specific needs of each student from Kindergarten to Year 6. Whether your child is looking to improve or extend themselves in literacy or numeracy, we believe every child should reach their potential. Begin Bright offers a variety of class types for tutoring.  You have the choice of your child learning in an individual or small group (max. 3) session, ranging from 30-60 minutes.

All classes are taught by fully qualified early childhood and primary school teachers.

Begin Bright Bella Vista is owned by primary school teacher, Christine Hooper.  We’d love to meet you soon and show you how learning is fun, when you Begin Bright!

Location: Bella Vista   |   Contact: Christine on 0431 921 054 or 1300 234 462   |   beginbright.com.au

Special offer: Free introductory class and 10% off first term booking. Just mention this article.


DANCING WITH MAREE

Age group – 2 years to 18 years (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)

Dancing with Maree is a fresh and vibrant dance school for children and teenagers.  Our family centred studio has a strong emphasis on technique and performance whilst also encouraging enjoyment and friendship. Our classes are physically and mentally challenging, aiming to increase the heart rate while at the same time encourages learning of co-ordination and rhythm. We have a strong philosophy based on companionship and the support of peers and team members.

Dancing with Maree’s greatest asset are the teachers who work at our school. They not only have an infatuation with dance but thrive on seeing their students grow and achieve on a weekly basis. All our teachers are industry professionals who are fully qualified and have extensive knowledge and experience in both education and dance.

Young children (aged 2-5 years) start in our Little Dancers program. Our little dancers focus on rhythm, co-ordination and movement and they begin to learn the art of jazz, tap and classical ballet in a fun and safe learning environment.

For children aged from 5 years plus we have the following dance classes – Jazz, Classical Ballet, Acrobatics, Tap, Hip Hop and Performance Team. Private lessons are also available.

Location: Kellyville, Normanhurst, Cherrybrook and North Parramatta | Contact: info@dancingwithmaree.com.au  |  ph 0412 85 84 83  |   dancingwithmaree.com.au

Special Offer: 10% discount on your first term fees. New students only! Mention this article to claim your discount.


ART ‘N’ MOVE HILLS DISTRICT

Age group – 6 months to 6 years (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)

Art ‘N’ Move is a combination of music, dramatic play, story time, art, craft and interactive play all rolled into a 45 minute class.  And they have tailored programs to suit babies aged from 6 months through to 6 year olds. The program for 3 – 4 yrs extends the toddlers/preschoolers further with the introduction of numbers and letters, fine motor activities instead of toys and more time taken during the story to explore concepts.

4 year olds to 6 year olds graduate to Learn ‘N’ Move. Learn ‘N’ Move is a vibrant school readiness program preparing your child for the next step. Learn ‘N’ Move has been created specifically for children aged 4 to 6 years and includes:

  • Letterland – a phonic based reading program capturing the imagination and interest of children through multi-sensory activities
  • Number work – developing early maths skills and concepts
  • Fine Motor skills – encouraging correct pencil grip, cutting, grasping
  • Art and craft, music and movement – exploring the creative process while further developing motor skills.

Read our detailed story on Art ‘N’ Move here.

Location: Castle Hill    |   Contact: Lina 0419 971 901   |   Website: artnmove.com.au

Special offer: Sign up with a friend for the term and get $10 off per enrolment.


THE LITTLE GYM

Age group – Babies to 12 years (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)

Drum roll……The Little Gym is now offering dance in 2019! We are now accepting $100 Active AND Creative Kids vouchers! The Little Gym program is specially designed to create fun and special memories in a way they enjoy most and that will help your child channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones in a structured and nurturing environment. Life lessons that will be learnt across all classes can aid in boosting your child’s confidence, increase their focus at home and school and cooperation in group settings just to name a few!  At The Little Gym, shy kids gain confidence, and confident/active kids, learn patience and control. Each child is given the opportunity to practice and progress skills at their own level which is a big bonus!

The Little Gym classes focus on three key areas. Get Moving – encouraging exercise through gymnastics which assist flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Brain Boost – nurturing listening skills, following instructions, concentration and decision-making. Citizen Kid – promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities.

The Little Gym runs classes based on smaller and more specific age groups in order to carefully tailor the content and skills to match the appropriate milestones for the children. Our age groups:

Pre-Kindergarten Gymnastics – this program will help your children channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones in a structured environment. Funny Bugs (3 years), Giggle Worms (4-5 years) and Good Friends (5-6 years).

Grade school Gymnastics – your big kid will flip at the chance to tackle new challenged at their own skill level in a super fun environment. Flips (6-12 years) and Twisters (6-12 years Intermediate Girls).

Dance – For those kids who can’t stop tapping their toes to the beat and love expressing themselves through creative movement. Giggle Toes (3-5 years) and Jazzy Jets (6-12 years).

Call or email one of our following locations to book in a FREE Introductory class and experience a program that parents and children love:

The Little Gym Bella Vista | P: 9836 5545 | E: bellavista@thelittlegym.com.au | W: bellavista.thelittlegym.com.au

The Little Gym Dural | P: 8443 0160 | E: dural@thelittlegym.com.au | W: dural.thelittlegym.com.au

Special offer: The Little Gym will offer to waive the $55 Membership (if you present this article for first time enrollers) when enrolling for one full season!


CAPER SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

Age group – 2 years to 18 years (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)

Caper School of Performing Arts in Bella Vista has three fantastic pre-school dance programs.  The classes introduce pre-schoolers to the world of dance but are also a place to grow, learn and make friends. Choose the program that suits your tiny dancer:

  • Mummy & Me (2-3 year olds with their carer)
  • Ready Set Dance (a combo class of jazz, tap, hip-hop and singing for 2.5-5 year olds)
  • Ready Set Ballet (a beautiful ballet ballet class for 2.5-5 year olds)
  • Caper Juniors (Kindergarten and Year 1 – A combo class is available in ballet, tap and jazz. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, acrobatics and hip hop.We offer a great deal on a combo class of ballet, tap and jazz. Three dance styles in 90 minutes – Good things come in threes!)
  • Pre-intermediate (Year 2 and Year 3), Intermediate (Year 4 and Year 5), Pre-Senior (Year 6 and Year 7) and Senior (Year 8 and up) – Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, technique, acrobatics and hip hop.

Caper is a thriving studio for toddlers to teens and everything in between. The school is home to recreational students who dance for fitness, fun and friendship, as well as advanced dancers who wish pursue a professional career. By enrolling at Caper, parents can have the peace of mind that their pre-school aged child can continue their dance journey in a school that can nurture them every step of the way.  We view our pre-schoolers with their long-term benefits in mind… their ongoing needs beyond their pre-school years is our passion.

Location: Bella Vista (Norwest Business Park) | Contact: caper@caperonline.com.au  |  ph 8882 9879 / 0402 328 721  |   caperonline.com.au

Special offer: Contact us to book a free trial class.


BRIGHT STARS DANCE FOR KIDS

Age group – 3 years to 5 years

Discover the magic of dance with Bright Stars fun, dynamic dance classes for kids.

Located in Baulkham Hills, Bright Stars Dance is new and exciting dance school for kids aged 3-5 years old. The learning syllabus has been specifically created for young children and incorporates a mixture of basic ballet, jazz and musical activities.

At Bright Stars Dance they believe that imagination, creativity and confidence are key in building your child’s appreciation for music and dance. Their lessons incorporate props, musical instruments and lots of fun ‘imagination games’ that will transport your child to magical fairy lands, underwater adventures and more!

They understand that parents and carers often want to watch their child in class, and so they have an open-door policy for all parents. Plus, there are no overpriced uniforms, upfront payments or ‘hidden extras’. At Bright Stars Dance you only pay for the classes that your child attends. Bright Stars Dance creates a fun and supportive environment for our students. Every child will receive personal care and attention from the teachers, enabling them to truly enjoy the first steps of their dance journey.

Little Stars – Little Stars is designed for children aged between 3 and 4 years old (starting ‘Big School’ in 2021). At this age, our Little Stars are participating in class independently and enjoying making friends, building confidence and having fun! This class is designed to nurture your child’s emerging creativity, physical awareness and sociability.

(Almost) Big Kid Stars – The (Almost) Big Kid Stars is a fantastic program designed for children aged between 4 and 5 years old (starting ‘Big School’ in 2020). By this age, your child is likely preparing for ‘Big School’. In this class, the lessons move slightly faster than Little Stars and encourage independent thinking and expression. Children will be introduced to basic ballet vocabulary and more complex routines and exercises.

Location: Baulkham Hills | Contact: info@brightstarsdance.com |  ph 0490 260 410 |   brightstarsdance.com

Special offer: Contact us to book a free trial class.


GYMBAROO THE HILLS

Age group – babies to 5 years (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)

GymbaROO provides active and appropriate movement opportunities that enable your pre-school aged child to explore, develop, practice and refine skills essential for healthy neurological development. The structured program is based on 30 years of research and development and is designed to ensure your child develops the essential foundations for school readiness.

Classes are developmentally age appropriate and loads of fun! Bring your child along to crawl, creep, jump, hop, swing, roll, tumble, hang, climb, sing and dance their way to healthy physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.

Our programs start from 8 weeks through to our school Readiness Program.  Classes range from 45 mins – 60 mins. Gymbaroo Covers:
  • Brain Development
  • Massage
  • Exercise, Strength, Increase Muscle Tone
  • Reflex Inhibition
  • Body Awareness
  • Balance
  • Rhythm & Music
  • Dance
  • Fun Games and more.

Our Kindy and School Readiness classes cover children from 3 – 5yrs. In these classes we focus on core work, balance, strength, co-ordination, fine motor activities, mirroring, patterning, counting, reading, attention and concentration. Everything your child needs to start school!

Location: Castle Hill and Rouse Hill   |  Contact: 0404 481 529   |    gymbaroothehills.com.au

Special offer: 10% discount on your first term fee’s for you AND a friend when you enrol together. New students only! Must mention this article.


MOMENTUM DANCE STUDIOS

Age group – 3 years to 18 years

Momentum Dance Studios is an award winning dance school specialising in quality dance education in a positive and fun environment for children and teens. Saturday classes operate from the heritage buildings on the Balcombe Heights Estate, Seven Hills Road in Baulkham Hills. (Opposite Jasper Rd Public School).  Enrolling now! The timetable for our Saturday Youth Dance classes can be found here.  We also have a new Thursday afternoon class – Hip Hop Crews & Broadway Jazz.

Why choose Momentum?

  • Enthusiastic & experienced teachers all have Working With Children Checks
  • Studios are professionally managed with onsite Studio Manager always available
  • Annual scholarships & awards
  • Annual performance in a professional theatre setting
  • A unique Teacher Training Program for students with an interest in becoming a dance teacher

Momentum Dance Studios was founded at the University of NSW in 2004. The Principal, Natasha Swan is a Dance Education Specialist from the University of NSW and is committed to providing an inspiring and nurturing environment for young dancers to discover the love of dance and achieve their personal dance goals.  Momentum Dance Studios is a Child Safe Organisation and have signed the Australian Dance Education Standards Association Pledge for Child Safety.

Location: Baulkham Hills | Contact: 9624 4770    |    Email info@momentumdancestudios.com.au   |   momentumdancestudios.com.au

Special offer: Try before you buy special! Your child’s first lesson is free of charge so you can ensure it’s the right fit for your child.


TINY TOES BALLET

Age group – 2.5 years to 7 years

Do you have a darling dancer who loves to twirl? Are you looking for a fun, magical ballet class? Our program is based on the RAD International Syllabus and has imagination as its theme, designed to engage and stimulate your child’s creativity and self-expression.
The children will be doing ballet and not even realise it.

Your tiny ballerina will:
* Walk on tight ropes with parasols
* Gallop with ponies
* And paint rainbows in the sky with ribbons

Did you know when your child reaches kindergarten, they can become members of our Primary Dance Academy? With age appropriate music and dance this class challenges students technically whilst learning the joy of ballet and jazz.

We have no set uniform, no makeup and beautiful age appropriate costumes to wow you and your family with our free to watch, gorgeous, end of year in-class concerts!

We want your experience to be stress-free, that’s why we offer a range of classes in the morning and afternoons throughout the school term. All our facilities are located near cafes, shopping centres and parking.

Miss a class? No problem, we offer 2 makeup lessons per term.

Locations: Baulkham Hills, Beaumont Hills, Carlingford, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook, Kellyville, Kings Langley, Rouse Hill, The Ponds, Winston Hills plus more in the Inner West and North Shore.

Contact: 9620 9620 or email dancing@tinytoesballet.com.au   |  tinytoesballet.com.au

Special offer: Obligation free trials are available.


SALTS OF THE EARTH

Age Group: Babies to adults

Discover the benefits of Salt Therapy. Salt therapy is a natural, complementary therapy. A specialised Halogenerator grinds Pharmaceutical Grade salt into minute, breathable particles and disperses these micro particles into the salt room.

Whilst in a session, the salt particles are inhaled deep into the lungs to help loosen congestion, increase oxygen intake and cleanse the airways of smoke, dust, pollution, pollens and other allergens. When the salt lands on the skin it can also help to improve your skin health and relieve the symptoms of certain skin conditions.

Consistency is key. Regular salt therapy may help relieve your child’s symptoms of a range of conditions and allergies.

  • Eczema
  • Common cold
  • Dermatitis
  • Congestion
  • Allergies
  • Improving sleep
  • Breathing and respiratory conditions
  • Other skin conditions

We welcome everyone from babies, to elite athletes and the elderly. A salt session runs for 45 minutes. We have a dedicated Children’s Room with fun toys and a TV, where parents can also enjoy the experience with their child. The room is a children’s delight stocked with bean bags, toys, games, Netflix and a lot more. It’s fair to say, most children receive the benefits of salt therapy without even realising it.

Location: Dural | Contact: 02 9651 4396 | www.saltsoftheearth.com.auwww.facebook.com/SOTEDural

Special offer: One free salt therapy session when you book a complimentary consultation! You must mention this article.  


JIGSAW DANCE 

Age group – from when you can walk to 18 years (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)

At Jigsaw Dance our children are lead on a journey of imagination, creation and education. Along the way, our dancers develop new skills, confidence and friendships through the passionate guidance of our teachers. We encourage creative thinking and exploration while our dancers get to feel a sense of pride, excitement & fun and most importantly feel like the most important dancer in the room.

Our program incorporates multilayered elements of dance, drama, games, props …but most of all, lots of fun and laughter. Our program has been specifically developed to enhance strength, flexibility, co-ordination & dance technique.

JIGSAW JUNIORS   |  RISING & SHOOTING STARS   |    ACADEMY DANCERS

Classes start from $12/30mins with discounts for multiple classes

Location: Castle Hill and Kellyville   | Phone 0412 687 890 or 02 9634 1725   |  jigsawdance.com.au

Special offers: Free trial class available. Also, 50% off membership for all HDMs. Just mention this article!


SOCCAJOEYS

Age group – 2.5 years to 11 years

Developing skills for life through fun! Soccajoeys is Australia’s favourite non-competitive soccer program for children aged 2.5 to 11 years. Our mission is to help children develop valuable skills for life through fun kids’ activities. What better way to do this than through soccer in an inclusive, dynamic environment! Soccajoeys programs are designed to introduce children to the early learning principles of soccer along with increasing their physical and social development. Young soccer enthusiasts experience this kids soccer program in an indoor environment, using toddler-safe equipment whilst being facilitated by licensed professionals. Soccajoeys is about a great deal more than just developing a child’s control with the ball, it is about giving them a well-rounded start in their physical, social and educational development.

Soccajoeys offers three distinct mainstream programs:

  • Minis Program for children aged 2.5 years to 3 years
  • Preschool Program for children aged 3 years to 5 years
  • Junior Program for children aged 6 to 8 years
  • Premier Program (NEW) for children aged 9 to 11 years

Why Soccajoeys is #1

  • Non-competitive and non-elite
  • Run in a nurturing and fun environment
  • Looks to improve a child’s self confidence and self-esteem
  • Promotes social interaction with other children
  • Aids in the development of gross motor skills
  • All sessions held indoors
  • Preschool, Junior and Premier classes run for one hour and the program is run on a four term per year basis.

Every NEW registration includes a Soccajoeys jersey and water bottle. And we do birthdays! Celebrate with a soccer-themed party.

Locations: Castle Hill, Kellyville, The Ponds, North Rocks, Carlingford, Thornleigh plus many more.  And we offer a FREE TRIAL CLASS so please visit our website to find your nearest location.

Contact: 1300 781 735 or email castlehill@soccajoeys.com   |   www.soccajoeys.com.au

Special offer: Free trial classes available


SYDNEY HILLS GYMNASTICS

Age group – 18 months old plus (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)

Sydney Hills Gymnastics believes everyone should enjoy gymnastics! We offer a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels from beginner to advanced and we strive to provide a positive learning experience for those interested in the sport of gymnastics.

We follow a National program known as LaunchPad and we have classes available for both boys and girls from the age of 2 months to 18 years. Our programs include KinderGym, Gym Fun & Gym Skills for Recreation, Extension & Tumbling Classes as well as TeenGym and Adult Classes.

Our Club also offers competitive gymnastics programs in Mens’s artistic gymnastics, Acrobatic gymnastics and Women’s artistic gymnastics.

Location: Castle Hill | Contact: 9659 9010 or email info@sydneyhillsgymnastics.com.au   |   www.sydneyhillsgymnastics.com.au

Special offer: Contact us to book a free trial class.


MAXX MUSIC LESSON CENTRAL, SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Age group – 5yrs plus 

Maxx Music provides high quality music tuition for Hills District families, with schools of music in Castle Hill and Rouse Hill Town Centre.

We offer individual private music lessons in piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin, vocals, brass and woodwind instruments during school term time.  As the lessons are on a one to one basis, our tutors are able to make the lessons fun, age appropriate and can ensure that your child progresses at a speed which works for them.  Lessons are 30 minutes, incorporating learning to read music in a simple and fun way, whilst also developing good playing technique from the beginning. For more advanced students we can work with them to study for AMEB and Rock School exams.  

We can now also offer a limited number of 1-1 lessons for adults in drums, piano, guitar and vocals during school hours.  Contact us for more information.

At Maxx Music, we believe that learning music is an important part of a child’s development.  As well as boosting their learning abilities and concentration levels, it improves coordination, teaches discipline, nurtures creativity and can improve self-esteem and confidence.  Most importantly though, learning to play an instrument or singing is FUN!

Visit our website to see our School Holiday Workshops and to find out about our NEW weekly Musical Theatre, Vocal and Ukulele groups.  

Call Kerrie (02) 9894 0000 (Castle Hill) or Dyann (02) 8882 9491 (Rouse Hill) for your NO OBLIGATION $5 Trial Lesson |  www.maxxmusic.com.au

Special offer:  Book 10 lessons and receive either a FREE guitar pack (worth $125) or a $125 voucher to spend in our store (new students only).  T&Cs apply.  Mention this article to receive this.


EARLY START NUMERACY AND LITERACY

Age group: children aged 3+

At Early Start Numeracy and Literacy we aim to provide your children with the foundation, structure, routine and passion for learning.

We have a school readiness program for children aged from 3+. Early Start Numeracy and Literacy focuses on helping your child academically, socially and emotionally; building confidence and self-esteem for their schooling years ahead. Our program includes early numeracy and mathematical skills, literacy and language skills, co-ordination and fine motor skills and social and emotional skills. The Early Start program is designed to assist and cater for the individual needs of your child’s development, enabling them to reach their full potential in a nurturing environment.

We also offer one to one tuition for children aged from pre-school through to Year 3. Our program is tailored to support and build confidence, recognise and foster each child’s individual abilities. We provide encouragement to instil independence, concentration, motivation and problem solving skills so children can reach their goals and full potential for lifelong learning. We also offer school holiday workshops.

We are taking enrolments for Term 1 now!

Location: West Pennant Hills | Contact: Billie: 0419 418 144 or Billie@Earlystart.net.au  |  earlystart.net.au

Special offer: Mention this article and you will receive a free trial class.

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