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 2 2018 Activities and Classes Guide – under 2.5 years.
THE LITTLE GYM
Age group – babies to 12 years (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)
The Little Gym is about more than running, jumping, rolling (forwards, backwards and everywhere) and having fun. The program is specially designed to create fun and special memories where it will help your child channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones in a structured and nurturing environment. Life lessons will be learnt which will boost your child’s confidence at home and school along with being able to focus and cooperate in group settings that can be challenging for some. 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 all in a way that they enjoy most!
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.
How to enrol
Dural – call 02 8443 0160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bella Vista – call 9836 5545 or email email@example.com
Special offer: $50 Membership Fee will be waived if enrolling for 1 year. Just mention this article. We also offer a FREE introductory class so you can experience The Little Gym Program.
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.
Special offer: Obligation free trials are 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 18 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.
Special offer: Contact us to book a free trial class.
Age group – 2.5 years to 8 years
Developing skills for life through fun! Soccajoeys is Australia’s favourite non-competitive soccer program for children aged 2.5 to 8 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
Why Soccajoeys is #1
- 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 and Junior classes run for one hour
- The program is run on a four term per year basis.
Every NEW registration includes a Soccajoeys jersey and water bottle. We also do birthdays! Celebrate with a soccer-themed birthday party.
Locations: Castle Hill, Kellyville, The Ponds, Riverstone, North Rocks, Carlingford and Thornleigh
Special offer: Contact us to book a free trial class.
READY TO READ
Age group – 3 years to 6 years
Ready to Read is a unique, research-based early literacy program designed to teach 3-6 year old children the fundamentals of reading and writing, in preparation for school. Over the past 16 years, Ready to Read has helped thousands of children across Sydney to start school with confidence.
- Small class sizes of up to five children
- Weekly lessons taught by qualified teachers
- Feedback to parents after every session
Location: Castle Hill | Contact: Michelle on 1300 850 677 or 0403 258 215 | readytoread.com.au
Special offer: Hills District Mums receive 10% discount on Term 2 2018 enrolment. Use promo code HDM. Not applicable in conjunction with any other offer.
READY STEADY GO KIDS
Age group – 2.5 years to 6 years
Ready Steady Go Kids is Australia’s leading multi-sport program for children aged 2.5 to 6 years.
We currently run classes at over 210 locations across Australia, and many more internationally. Our physio-designed program teaches children the fundamentals of 10 different sports and develops essential motor skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.
The Ready Steady Go Kids program is designed to introduce preschoolers to the fundamentals of 10 different sports (soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey, golf, AFL, rugby, athletics, cricket and T-ball). Our program was designed by a paediatric physiotherapist and occupational therapist. It aims to enhance children’s gross and fine motor skills, encourage their continued participation in sports and prepare them for the early school years.
Small class sizes with a maximum of 1:6 instructor to student ratio and all classes are held indoors to ensure that our classes are never cancelled in bad weather. With an indoor environment you can be certain that every class will always go ahead as scheduled.
We have classes available in Castle Hill and North Rocks. We offer a FREE TRIAL CLASS so please visit our website to enrol and to find your nearest location.
Special offer: Free trial classes available.
MOMENTUM DANCE STUDIOS @ BAULKHAM HILLS
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.
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.
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.
LITTLE KICKERS HILLS DISTRICT
Age group – 18 months to 7th birthday (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)
Little Kickers teaches fundamental football techniques and elementary life skills in a vibrant, group play environment. We have four different football classes each tailored to a different age group. However, we have two core beliefs that we take into every session.
Firstly, we believe in something we call “Play not Push”. It means teaching football in a fun, pressure-free environment. We want to give children a positive introduction to sport as a whole, not just football, so they’re more likely to stay healthy and active throughout their lives.
Secondly, we believe football can be educational. Coached in the right way it can stimulate imagination and aid early development skills such as learning colours and numbers, following instructions, and playing as a team.
We are a non-term program, you can join at any time!! (subject to availability)
Special offer: For all new enrolments, just mention Hills District Mums at the time of enrolment and you will receive a FREE pair of Little Kickers Socks!
JUMP! SWIM SCHOOLS BELLA VISTA
Age group – babies to pre-squad (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)
JUMP! was founded to create a private teaching facility for babies, infants and children to learn to swim, away from the vast numbers at public facilities. JUMP! provides a clean, modern and private indoor facility which is heated throughout the year.
JUMP! provides a unique service. Due to the small, private nature of the swim school, teachers are able to focus on each child as an individual. This allows them to build trust with the child and help students build their confidence, which in turn accelerates their swimming development.
The JUMP! point of difference:
- Facilities are designed to provide the best learn to swim environment throughout Australia.
- With a maximum of two classes run at once in a small, private, indoor facility, the ideal learning environment for young children is created.
- The level of personal attention means relationships are developed which build trust and confidence.
- With a maximum of four children per class, instructors are able to cater to each child’s needs.
- The goal is to ensure all students are proficient in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly!
- JUMP! maximises the progress of every child through our three pillared teaching philosophy of ‘Prepare, Instruct, Praise’.
Location: Bella Vista | Phone 8814 1394 | jumpswimschools.com.au
Special offer: 2 FREE lessons for HDMs when you sign up for 12 weeks! Just mention this article.
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 $10/30mins 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!
HILLS ATHLETIC FENCING CLUB
Age Group: 5 years to adults
Hills Athletic Fencing Club is the largest and most successful fencing club in the Hills District and Western Sydney. We are the #2 ranked club in NSW (2017). Our classes are run by highly qualified NSW and nationally accredited coaches in all weapons (Sabre, Foil & Epee). Our head coach Michael is the national assistant coach and NSW squad coach in Sabre.
We cater for all levels from beginners to the more advanced and from 5yrs up to adults.
The benefits of fencing are:
- Improves concentration and focus
- Improves fitness, agility and stamina
- Beneficial for school studies
- Promotes sportsmanship and long term friendships
- Increases competitiveness
- Unique, fun and exciting
- Competitions available from club, school, state, national, international and Olympic levels
We currently offer classes in Castle Hill, Carlingford and Ryde. For more information on our program and timetable please visit our website.
Special offer: 3 trial classes for only $29 (valued at $90). Mention this article to receive your offer.
HILLS ACADEMY OF MARTIAL ARTS
Age Group: 4 years to adults
Start your child in our Kids Martial Arts Programs this New Year!
- Build Confidence: Through bringing out the best in your Child!
- Improve Focus: Through Traditional Martial Arts training exercises.
- Meet New Friends: Great for Kids to socialise and make new friends.
- Have Fun: Classes are fun, full of energy, yet highly disciplined.
Come down and try our Kids Martial Arts Programs this New Year!
We have two kids programs available including our Little Dragons for 4 – 6 year olds and our Kids Kung Fu for 7 – 13 year olds. Plus numerous classes for kids and adults aged 14 plus.
Our Programs help kids develop strength, coordination, balance and flexibility as well to improve their focus, self discipline, respect and to develop self confidence!
Students are taught Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu in a safe, positive, respectful and fun environment.
Our instructors are fully qualified, government accredited, first aid qualified and working with children checked so you can be sure your kids are in safe hands!
We at Hills Academy of Martial Arts are passionate about bringing out the best in your child!
To start your child on their martial arts journey, or to simply learn more, visit: www.hillsmartialarts.com.au.
Special Offer: Special 4 week trial offer. Click here to claim.
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.
We have classes covering all developmental stages, from 8 weeks – 5yrs old. Classes range from 45 mins – 60 mins, and cover Massage, Exercise, Reflex Inhibition, Body Awareness, Music, Rhythm, Dance, Fun and Games… Just to mention a few things. Each class gets 20 mins in our specially designed gym during class with help and guidance from your highly trained, professional teacher.
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.
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 2 now!
Special Offer: Mention this article and you will receive a free trial class.
DANCING WITH MAREE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
CAPER SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
Age group – 2 years to 18 years
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 3-5 year olds)
- Ready Set Ballet (A beautiful ballet ballet class for 3-5 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.
Special offer: Contact us to book a free trial class.
BEGIN BRIGHT BELLA VISTA
- 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, Elisa Layoun. We’d love to meet you soon and show you how learning is fun, when you Begin Bright!
Location: Bella Vista | Contact: Elisa 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.
BEE BOPS PERFORMING ARTS FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
Age group – 2.5 years to 5 years
‘Can We Do It Again?!’ This is a regular response from our little BeeBoppers in class!…
BeeBops Performing Arts classes are based in Beecroft for toddlers and preschoolers. It is fun, active, creative and offers music, singing, movement and a lot of role playing and dramatic play!! All in a nurturing, enjoyable, and encouraging environment.
Your child will have a rocking time learning the basics of singing and performance to their favourite age appropriate tunes! They will:
- Create characters and stories while learning about the basics of performance through singing and role playing
- Discover rhythm through musical instruments
- Build confidence and creativity through dramatic play and puppets
- Explore pitch and dynamics through singing and vocal games
- Dance and move to popular fun music
- Enjoy the opportunity to dress up in character and perform in the themed classes week to week
From the Three Little Pigs to the latest in pop tunes from children’s favourite movies and shows…Once upon a time was never so exciting!
Classes are held on Friday mornings at Beecroft Community Hall during school term.
Location: Beecroft | Contact: 0407 180 682 | Facebook: facebook.com/BeeBopsBeecroft
Special offer: Free trial classes available
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.