Are you looking for a class or activity for your child? Here are some ideas for you plus some special offers just for Hills District Mums. If your little one is under 2.5 years of age we have a guide especially targeted to this audience – Term 3 2017 Activities and Classes Guide – under 2.5 years.
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: Bella Vista | 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.
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!
- 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 Monday and 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
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 2019
- Yellow: 4-5 year olds starting school in 2018
- Orange: 4-6 year olds advanced school readiness class
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.
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.
Location: Bella Vista (Norwest Business Park)
Special offer: Contact us to book 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 and North Parramatta
firstname.lastname@example.org | ph 0412 85 84 83 | dancingwithmaree.com.au
EARLY START NUMERACY AND LITERACY
Age group: children aged 3 plus
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.
Location: West Pennant Hills
Special Offer: Mention this article and you will receive a free trial class.
EMERALD DRAGON MARTIAL ARTS
Age Group: 4 years to Adults
Are you looking for a way to boost your child’s confidence? Or perhaps looking for a way to channel all of that extra energy? Then our Kids Kung Fu Program is for you and your child!
Our Kids Kung Fu Program at Emerald Dragon Martial Arts will not only get your child active, fit and strong; but will also help improve their focus, and boost their confidence for life!
Through traditional martial arts training, children are taught values such as respect, integrity, honesty, compassion, gratitude, perseverance and loyalty. These values are not only practiced inside the Dojo, but they are practiced throughout all aspects of their lives including: school, home, family and friends.
In a few short months you will notice a large difference in your child. Even the teachers will notice! As children progress through our system, their skills grow, their fitness grows, their ability to focus grows and their confidence in themselves grows.
By the time your child has reached their Black Belt they have developed an unbelievable set of martial arts skills, comprehensive life and leadership skills and most importantly an unbeatable belief in themselves, belief that they can do whatever they put their minds to!
We at Emerald Dragon 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.emeralddragon.com.au.
Location: Castle Hill
Special Offer: Join by 30 July 2017 to receive 50% off your initial joining fees and uniform!
EVOLUTION MARTIAL ARTS PENNANT HILLS AND THORNLEIGH
Age group – 3 years to adult
Enrol your child into a quality physical activity program and start healthy behaviours early in life. Evolution Martial Arts specialises in children’s development through karate at Pennant Hills and Thornleigh.
Increase the amount of active play and physical activity in your child’s routine with Martial Arts. Age specific classes for boys and girls. Provides an opportunity to build focus, confidence and cooperation – great skills for the classroom.
Registered with the Australian Karate Federation. Terrific teacher to student ratio to ensure your child receives the attention they deserve. Curriculum developed by our Sport Scientist. Camps, Birthday Parties, Workshops and Events
Location: Pennant Hills and Thornleigh
Phone: Tanya 0402 907 639 | email@example.com | emakarate.com.au
Special offer: Enquire with our friendly team today to register for your free VIP pass: try a class with no obligation. New members receive a uniform and class booklet (value $60).
FIGHT RITE GYM
Age group – 3 years to adult
At Fight Rite your children can join a fun, safe, family orientated environment. Along with Karate and Kickboxing, we have added some new disciplines to the mix this season – Kidz Boxing and Teens Krav Maga.
Our classes offer discipline along with fitness, a healthy attitude, cooperation with others, solid friendships and lots of fun.
Kids will be able to go through the grading system to better improve their skills and gain extra confidence.
Classes start with our Little Dragons for 3-5 year olds, Kidz 5-12 year olds, Teens 13-17 year olds and seniors.
Location: 1st Floor Cnr Sunnyholt and Tattersall Roads, Blacktown
Special offer: When you sign up for a 6 or 12 month membership, get a free start up kit worth $100! (Muay Thai student – shorts and gloves or Karate student – karate uniform & gloves)
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.
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 & 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!
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 valued at $38! Just mention this article.
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 more than just running and jumping, forward rolls and cartwheels, lessons learned at The Little Gym will help your child at home and at school, enhance their ability to learn cooperate and handle structure. At The Little Gym shy children gain confidence; kids with a lot of energy learn patience and control. Each child gets to practice skills at their own level and learn step by step in our fun nurturing environment.
Classes focus on three key areas:
- Get moving – to foster flexibility, strength, balance and coordination.
- Brain boost – to nurture listening skills, concentration and decision-making.
- Citizen kid – to promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities.
Gymnastics – Funny Bugs (3 years to 4 years): Beyond basic movements, of balance and coordination, our gymnastics for kids programs focus on forward rolls, monkey jumps and donkey kicks. Along with building these skills in a group setting, your child will interact and make new friends. Cooperative learning and group stations present opportunities to practice tumbling and body control and using all of our creative imagination to learn and have fun!
Gymnastics – Giggle Worms (4 years to 5 years): Greater flexibility, strength and coordination through gymnastics and sports skills are learnt at this pre-primary developmental stage. Spatial and perceptual awareness, imagination development, and of course making new friends.
Gymnastics – Good Friends (5 years to 6 years): At this time we introduce more technical aspects in a non-competitive form, linking skills, and developing the abilities needed to remember multiple directions and link progressive skills. The combination of solid gymnastics skills and ability to process directions will give your child the confidence to excel not only in school but at home and other athletic challenges.
Gymnastics – Flips (6 years to 12 years): Our primary school programs combine balance, agility, poise and core strength, whilst building a solid foundation for skills such as Handstands, and Cartwheels. With a focus on individual accomplishment, rather than competition they become aware of their growing independence, increasing their self-esteem.
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.
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)
Locations: Kellyville and Dural
Special offer: Enrol for a 12 week course and receive a 13th week free!
LITTLE SEED MUSIC
Age group – babies to 7 years (for more information on the programs for children aged under 2.5 years see here)
Does your child love music? Join Little Seed Music for UNLIMITED* Kindermusik classes during Term 3!
Did you know? One of the only activities that activates, stimulates and uses the entire brain is music.
In a welcoming, playful and nurturing environment you’ll see your child blossom as we introduce your child to early music concepts through age-appropriate activities and research-based curriculum. Each lesson is designed to boost school readiness, nurture multiple areas of a child’s development, and tap into a variety of individual learning styles – all while having FUN!
Wiggle & Grow (2-3yrs) – A music-filled class that celebrates the unique joys of your growing child. Each week your child will love singing, dancing and playing instrument with you and their new friends. You’ll love helping your little one practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social skills and active listening.
Preschool (3-5yrs) – Offering exciting first experiences with musical symbols and more complex instruments our classes for young children lay the groundwork for formal music instruction. Thoughtfully sequenced lessons engage children through instrument play, movement and imaginative play. We’ll sing, listen, experiment, play and dance whilst we investigate a wide variety of musical concepts. Your child will also explore and become familiar with the keyboard – all setting the stage for future success for formal music lessons and school success.
Young Musicians (4.5yr – 7yrs) – The perfect class for your budding musician to develop a strong musical foundation by learning the concepts, language, notation and vocabulary of music, as well as the history and works of its greatest composers. Each semester your child will explore and practice playing an instrument such as the glockenspiel, dulcimer or recorder. Weekly exposure to keyboard is also offered. This class is geared to prepare children for formal music lessons. Unlimited class option does not apply.
*Please see littleseedmusic.com.au for terms & conditions.
Locations: Dural and Cherrybrook
Special offer: Join us for UNLIMITED* classes during Term 3. Mention HDM and we’ll waive your annual registration fee!
MAXX MUSIC LESSON CENTRAL, SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Age group – 5yrs to adult (for information about activities for children aged under 5 years check our website)
Maxx Music has a long history of providing 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 – in our opinion the perfect amount of time for most musicians just starting out, whatever their age – and will incorporate learning to read music in a simple and fun way whilst also developing good playing technique from the beginning. For more advanced students we are able to work with them to study for AMEB and Rock School exams.
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!
Our friendly Lesson Coordinators will be happy to arrange a no obligation $5 trial lesson for you and can offer advice and answer any questions you may have about lessons. Call Kerrie on 02 9894 0000 (Castle Hill) or Sharon and Dyann 02 8882 9491 (Rouse Hill)
Locations: Castle Hill and Rouse Hill
Contact: 02 9894 0000 (Castle Hill) 02 8882 9491 (Rouse Hill) | www.maxxmusic.com.au
Special offer: Receive one FREE lesson when you enrol for your first term (valued at $35). Mention this article to receive this.
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).
The timetable for our Saturday Youth Dance classes can be found here.
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 owners Belinda Fenech and Natasha Swan are dedicated dance education specialists who are delighted to be able to provide an inspiring and nurturing environment for young dancers in the Hills District in addition their other studios at the UNSW Kensington, Rozelle & Northern Beaches.
Momentum Dance Studios is a Child Safe Organisation and have signed the Australian Dance Education Standards Association Pledge for Child Safety.
Location: Baulkham Hills
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.
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
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 offer 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. Birthday parties! Celebrate with a soccer-themed birthday party.
Locations: Castle Hill, Kellyville, The Ponds and Thornleigh
Special offer: Contact us to book a free trial class.
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.