School holidays come around quickly and, particularly if you’re a working mum, sometimes you need a hand with keeping everyone entertained and stimulated! And this one is the big one, with a minimum 6 weeks to occupy school aged kids! That’s where a camp, class or workshop can be perfect. Here’s what’s available these Summer school holidays in and around the Hills. There’s something for everyone so don’t miss out and make sure you book!
SYDNEY HILLS GYMNASTICS
When: Wednesday 2 January to Friday 25 January
Where: Sydney Hills Gymnastics, Castle Hill.
Ages: Suitable for school aged children 5-12 years old, plus there’s a tumbling clinic each day from 12pm to 2pm suitable for ages 9-15 years.
The Sydney Hills Gymnastic Holiday Program is designed to keep your children occupied with fun and sporty activities. Gymnastics sessions cover trampolines, trapezes, bars and rolls, flexibility, coordination, strength, cartwheels and lots of fun. Children will have a gymnastics clinic in the morning, morning tea, then a second session of gymnastics. During morning tea-time kids will be supplied with a fruit juice drink and fruits for a snack. You only need to provide a lunch box for lunch. Drinking water is always accessible in the venue.
Kids who do the half day program are collected at 12:30pm. Children staying for the full day have lunch at 12:30pm. After lunch they have some activities such as movie watching, table games, drawing and craft. From 2pm to 3pm there’s another session in the gym with active games and challenges and kids can practise on their favourite apparatuses or train in the gymnasium with sponge pits. After 3:05pm to 3:30pm kids are ready to be picked up. Long day stay is also available from 8.30am to 5pm. It’s a great way to improve fitness and confidence in your child. Enrol online.
In addition, there’s a Tumbling Clinic daily for kids aged 9-15 years from 12pm to 2pm where they can improve their acro and tumbling skills with personalised tuition from the best coaches. Pre-requisite: experience required. Cost is $35 per person per clinic or a 5 lesson package for $155. This is for kids with previous gymnastics experience aged older than 9 years. Enrol online.
Phone: 9659 9010 | Website: sydneyhillsgymnastics.com.au
THE LITTLE GYM
When: The themed holiday schedule will run between Thursday 3 January to Thursday 24 January 2019.
Where: The Little Gym Bella Vista and The Little Gym Dural.
Age group: 3 years to 8 years and 6 years to 12 years.
School’s Out. Fun’s In!
The Little Gym Bella Vista and The Little Gym Dural run 3 hours of fun and themed sessions during the school holidays that children (and parents) love! The themes change each week and are designed to stimulate physical and motor-skills development with games and gymnastics, all in the care of amazing qualified and dedicated team of instructors. There’s also time dedicated to fuelling up with morning tea and working the children’s artistic imagination with themed craft activities.
Full details on the schedule can be found on the website or Facebook Page – see below.
INSIDE THE LINES TENNIS CAMP
When: Thursday 20 December and Friday 21 December 2018, Monday 14 January to Friday 18 January 2019
Time: 8.45am to 3pm
Where: Inside the Lines Tennis Academy – Richmond Tennis Centre, Windsor Street Richmond.
Ages: Suitable for ages 5-14 years.
Send your child to Inside The Lines Tennis Camp these Summer school holidays for healthy outdoor tennis fun and games! The camp in December runs for 2 days and costs $70. The camp in January is a 5 day camp and costs $150 for 5 days or $70 for 2 days. There’s a free sausage sizzle lunch the last day of camp! Racquets can be provided, no experience necessary. Limited spaces available so don’t miss out!
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Phone: 4578 8999 | Website: insidethelines.net.au
SPLASH CITY SUMMER CAMP
When: Monday 21 January and Tuesday 22 January 2019
Time: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Muirfield High School, North Rocks
Ages: Suitable for 2019 primary school aged kids 5 – 12 years
Special offer: Motiv8sports is offering the first 100 campers 50% off the usual camp price. For just $70 kids from 5 – 12 years can come and have the 2 best days of their holidays and receive a shirt and snap back hat.
Former Parramatta Eel Michael Vella and Tim Beitsch are excited to announce they have launched Motiv8sports Parramatta. The area includes Northmead, Winston Hills, North Rocks, Oatlands, Carlingford and Homebush. To celebrate, Motiv8sports Parramatta is having a launch camp on Monday 21 January and Tuesday 22 January at Muirfield High School.
Motiv8sports is a super fun, super engaging multi-sport day camp. These daytime events are designed for kids from Kindergarten to Year Six. They range from two to three-day events and occur between the hours of 8.30am to 3.30pm daily. Sports events are designed for all abilities and focus on the energy and effort rather than a child’s sporting ability.
Kids who attend Motiv8sports Camps learn about teamwork and sportsmanship in an environment fuelled by great leadership and constant motivation. Just ask the kids who’ve been coming to our camps for close to 16 years!
For more details and to book click here.
When: Wednesday 9 January to Friday 18 January 2019.
Where: Learning Links Centre, 6a/7 Meridian Place, Bella Vista
Age range: 6 – 12 years
Special offer for Hills District Mums: Any program was $225, NOW $195. Mention Hills District Mums to receive this exclusive offer!
Learning Links has a great range of two-day holiday programs to keep your kids entertained while they learn. A win for all.
Stop, Think, Do is a popular program that focuses on developing social skills, behaviour management and motivational learning. Wednesday 9 January and Thursday 10 January 2019. Ages 6-8 years, 9am to 1pm. Ages 9-11 years, 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
Take Action This 6-step ACTION plan provides children with clear and practical skills to manage anxiety and improve their social and life skills. Wednesday 16 January and Friday 18 January 2019. Ages 8-12 years, 1.30pm to 5.30pm.
Handsome Handwriting This program will help to develop your child’s handwriting skills in a fun and supportive environment with a focus on developing self-regulation, gross motor, fine motor and visual motor skills. Tuesday 15 January and Thursday 17 January 2019. Years 1-2, 1.30 to 4.30pm.
Moving on Up & On For 2018 Year 6 students transitioning to high school. The program will focus on organisational skills, travel planning, problem solving, study skills, making friends, and dealing with new technologies safely. Wednesday 16 January and Friday 18 January 2019, 9am to 1pm.
For more information visit https://www.learninglinks.org.au/services/children-youth/school-holiday-programs/or to make a booking call 8525 8222.
LEARNING LINKS FREE SPEECH SCREENER
Where: Learning Links Centre, 6a/7 Meridian Place, Bella Vista
Age group: 4 – 6 years
Are you concerned about your child’s speech? Do they find it hard to pronounce words and express their ideas? Learning Links is offering FREE speech and language screeners at their Bella Vista Learning Links Centre for children aged 4 to 6 years. This 30 minute screener assesses your child’s comprehension, grammar, narrative (story telling), phonological awareness and speech (including stuttering and voice quality). The screener will determine if your child requires additional help. This offer is strictly limited until places are fully booked. Book now on 8525 8222.
When: Monday 14 January – Tuesday 15 January 2019, Thursday 17 January – 18 January 2019 and Monday 21 January to Thursday 24 January 2019.
Time: 2-day Workshops, 9.00am to 3.00pm (option to stay until 5.00pm)
Where: The Ponds High School
Age group: Boys and girls aged 8 to 14 years
Reinvent screen time and guarantee FUN at PixelKids Academy these school holidays! Kids will discover the exciting worlds of Digital Art, Design, Electronics + Technology and explore endless possibilities. PixelKids Academy inspires imagination, creativity and curiosity via engaging and interactive hands-on learning experiences.
- MAKERSPACE INVENTOR Workshop – Fun, hands-on projects for kids to create, craft and invent anything with Electronic building blocks and iPad control. Includes building a droid + coding it’s actions!
- DIGITAL ART + DESIGN Workshop – Intro to the exciting world of Digital Design. Learn the basics of Graphic and Page design on iPads. Design your own digital movie poster, artwork, page layouts, edit photos and much more!
Our project-based STE(A)M workshops aim to:
- Introduce Design + Tech terminology and principles
- Teach basic skills using industry recognised design software
- Encourage collaboration and inspire creativity through design + tech challenges
- Merge traditional arts + craft with current digital technologies
Beginners are welcome and all equipment is supplied.
All coaches have had a Working with Children Check. A First Aid Officer is on site and for allergy reasons it’s a ‘Nut-Free Zone’. To book your workshop or for more information, visit PixelKids.com.au or like + follow us on Facebook.
FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK – BE A ZOOKEEPER FOR A DAY
When: Monday 7 January 2019, Friday 11 January 2019, Monday 14 January 2019, Friday 18 January 2019, Tuesday 22 January 2019
Time: 9am to 3.30pm
Where: Featherdale Wildlife Park
Age group: Boys and girls aged 8 to 13 years.
Do you know a little animal lover who dreams of being a zookeeper one day? Bring them along to Featherdale Wildlife Park’s new Zookeeper for a Day program these school holidays to make their dreams come true!
Our little keepers will be accompanied by our keepers and education officer for a range of activities around the park from 9.00am – 3.30pm, making friends with a variety of animals, learning about their specific diets, our enrichment programs to educate and engage our animals and most importantly, the important projects Featherdale is involved with across a variety of key species.
The Zookeeper for a Day is fully supervised by qualified education officers and keepers, and morning tea, lunch and bottled water will be provided. Our budding zookeepers will also receive a Zookeeper for a Day shirt, gift bag, and a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the day.
Price is $199 per child per day. Find out more here.
Phone: 9622 1644 | Website: featherdale.com.au
FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK – PUGGLE CLUB
When:Thursday 10 January 2019 and Monday 21 January 2019
Time: 9.30am to 11.30am
Where: Featherdale Wildlife Park
Age group: Boys and girls aged 3 to 7 years.
Do you know a little animal lover who dreams of being a zookeeper one day? Bring them in for a morning of wildlife fun with Featherdale’s new Puggle Club program!
Our little keepers will be accompanied by our keepers and education officer for a morning of activities around the park from 9.30am – 11.30am, making friends with a variety of animals, learning about their specific diets, our enrichment programs to educate and engage our animals and most importantly, the important projects Featherdale is involved with across a variety of key species.
The Zookeeper for a Day is fully supervised by qualified education officers and keepers, and morning tea and bottled water will be provided. Our budding zookeepers will also receive a Puggle Club shirt and a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the session,
Price is $49 per child per day. Child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Find out more here.
Phone: 9622 1644 | Website: featherdale.com.au
When: 15-18 January for Konfident Kids (9-11am) , 15-17 January for Teens About Town (1-4pm) and 22-25 January for School Readiness (9-11am)
Where: Kool KATTS (Kids And Teens Therapy Service), Parramatta.
Kool Kids And Teens Therapy Service are Occupational Therapist’s and Speech and Language Pathologist (through our sister company Speechify). These holidays we are offering a number of groups for children with special needs to develop their motor and social skills in a fun environment. These groups are designed for children with ASD, ADHD, GDD and any other coordination disorders. Our wonderful OT’s and SP’s will be developing these semi-structured intensive group programs.
Konfident Kids (Primary School aged children) is all about building children’s body awareness, refinement of movement, team building and group work, along with some playground games and negotiating what’s fair in the playground at school.
Our Teens About Town is aimed at those going into or already in High School in 2019. They will plan their own adventure, it could be bowling, archery, shopping, catching a bus or train or just going to a café. They get to decide as a group and negotiate what will happen and where they will go!
Our school readiness programs will focus on two age groups. We will have one group for children starting Kindy in 2019. We also know that children with special needs sometimes find it difficult to transition back into the structure of the school day so we are offering a group for Primary school children to ease their transition back to school and build their fine and gross motor, play and social skills.
We are Medicare and NDIS registered. Details of costs are on our Facebook page under events: www.facebook.com/koolkatts. There are a limited number of places available in each group. If you would like to register your child for a group send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 0451 745 667 | Website: www.koolkatts.com.au
When: Monday 14 January 2019 to Friday 25 January 2019.
Time: Full day – 8.30pm to 4pm. Half day – 8.30am to 12.30pm
Where: Castle Hill
Age group: Boy and girls aged 5 years to 15 years.
AerialFit’s School Holiday Workshops run for both full or half days and are a great way to entertain the kids during holidays with a variety of activities to challenge both their mind and body.
- Lift, Flip and Fly workshop – aerial silks, aerial hammock, aerial hoop and static trapeze. Plus some acro, yoga and flexibility focused exercises.
For more information and to register click here.
Fast track swimming skills during the school holidays
Summer days and the school holidays are almost here! That means beaches, boating, pool play dates… so many activities around water. There is no such thing as drown-proof but swimmers who are more experienced and confident are safer swimmers.
The school holidays are a perfect opportunity to fast track swimming skills, while providing some fun and fitness. Carlile Swimming’s school holiday program is held over five consecutive days in our indoor pools (in addition to your child’s normal lessons). It’s like one month of lessons in one week! Swimvac can provide significant results, especially for new swimmers or children on the verge of promotion.
Swimvac is available for students in our Preschool, School Age and Stroke Development programs. These classes are very popular, so please book early with your local customer service team.
Week 1 – Monday 7 to Friday 11 January (5 lessons in one week, $91)
Week 2 – Monday 14 to Friday 18 January (5 lessons in one week, $91)
Week 3 – Monday 21 to Friday 25 January (5 lessons in one week, $91)
Carlile Swimming Norwest | Phone: 02 9659 7665 | Address: 6 Century Circuit, Norwest NSW 2153
Carlile Swimming Cherrybrook | Phone: 02 9980 7822 | Address: 33 Shepherds Drive, Cherrybrook NSW 2126
Carlile Swimming Carlingford | Phone: 02 9872 4477 | Address: Level 3, Carlingford Court, Cnr Pennant Hills and Carlingford Roads, Carlingford NSW 2118
BACK TO DANCE SUMMER SIZZLER
When: Monday 14 January 2019 to Friday 18 January 2019.
Time: 9am – 3pm, with drop-off from 8:30 and pickup until 3:30.
Where: The Ponds High School, The Ponds & John Purchase Public School, Cherrybrook.
Age group: Girls and Boys aged 7 – 13 years.
Bookings: Essential. Go to https://codespace.education/ to find dates and book online.
Another school holiday is just around the corner. That means one thing: it’s time to make a plan to defeat boredom, thwart mindless web-browsing and video gaming, and steer clear of yawn-inducing holiday camps.
At CodeSpace Education, we’ve got you covered. We offer holiday camps that kids love and parents trust. We offer a range of topics and camp lengths with one goal: to empower kids with the skills to blend technology and creativity.
In our hands-on holiday camps, students can build LEGO robots that sense their environment, create zombie survival Minecraft mini-games, and learn the computer code used by game designers to create animated characters, design 3D environments, and customise (or Mod) objects. There are plenty of options for curious beginners and advanced whizkids alike.
Kids leave CodeSpace camps with a better understanding of how technology works and the experience they’ll need to take their work to the next level and show it off to friends. And they may not realise it, but they’re also learning crucial skills like logic and problem-solving they’ll carry with them long after camp ends.
Our most popular camps fill up quickly, so reserve your spot now!
ONEBODY JUNIOR TRIATHLON CLINIC
When: Wednesday 16 January 2019.
Time: 8.30am to 3:30pm.
Where: Mileham Ave, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 (Alfred Henry Whaling Memorial Reserve) meet near the Playground on Mileham Ave.
Swimming will be at Waves Fitness & Aquatic Centre next to the reserve
Ages: Suitable for ages 10-18 years. Under 10s are welcome on a case by case basis. Please contact us to discuss.
Our Junior Triathlon clinics are designed to help your child experience the sport of triathlon through a professionally designed 1 day clinic that provides a fun, active and rewarding environment! Your child does not have to have previous triathlon experience as our program is designed to cater for the needs of first timers right through to dedicated junior triathletes.
We encourage your child to have fun and become more confident in the pool, on their bike and while they run.
All activities will be conducted in a safe and fun environment with the focus on teaching and improving your child’s confidence and ability in all three disciplines of Triathlon.
We have multiple coaches on hand to ensure we can help each child throughout each session.
For more details and to book click here.