School holidays come around quickly and, whether you’re a working mum or not, sometimes you need a little hand to keep everyone entertained and stimulated! That’s where a camp, class or workshop can be perfect. Here’s what’s available these Winter school holidays in and around the Hills. There’s something for everyone so don’t miss out and make sure you book!

THE LITTLE GYM

When: The themed holiday schedule will run between Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July. 

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.

Contact: Dural 8443 0160 or Bella Vista 9836 5545   |   Website: thelittlegym.com.au | Facebook: The Little Gym Dural or The Little Gym Bella Vista


SYDNEY HILLS GYMNASTICS

When: Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July.

Where: Sydney Hills Gymnastics, Castle Hill.

Ages: Suitable for ages 5-12 years, plus there’s a tumbling clinic each day from 12pm to 2pm suitable for 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


SPORTS CAMPS AUSTRALIA

Age group: from 5 years to 17 years, depending on the sport.

Sports Camps Australia offers a wide variety of sports camps these school holidays! In various locations in and around the Hills District, SCA camps offer awesome outdoor activities like AFL, BMX, t-ball, baseball, mountain biking, basketball and more!

Sports Camps Australia has passionate, positive and professional coaches who can help your child become a better player and a more inspired athlete. SCA camps provide the perfect environment to improve skills, meet new friends and have Serious. Fun. during the school holidays!

SCA camps include:

  • 2-3 day camps, generally between 9am and 3pm
  • qualified instructors such as Ben Knight, former Sydney Kings Captain, is head coach of Basketball.
  • each camper receives a SCA t-shirt!

Camps are based on skills and vary depending on age. Program times vary depending on camps. Locations include Castle Hill, Rooty Hill, Epping, Hornsby and more.

For full details and to register visit sportscampsaustralia.com.au or phone 1800 753 127.


INSIDE THE LINES TENNIS CAMP

When: Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July

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 Winter school holidays for 5 days of healthy outdoor tennis fun and games! There’s a free sausage sizzle lunch on Friday! The camp is only $130 for 5 days or $60 for 2 days. 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


AERIAL FIT

When: Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July.

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.

Contact: 8906 3208   |   Website: aerialfitbody.com.au


EVENT CINEMAS CASTLE HILL FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

When: Monday 9 July to Friday 20 July.

Where: Event Cinemas Castle Hill.

Age group: All ages

Head to Event Cinemas these school holidays! Enjoy the latest movie releases plus every weekday (excluding Tuesdays) they have free family activities. New releases these school holidays include Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3 and Show Dogs.


LEARNING LINKS SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

When:  Wednesday 11 July to Friday 20 July 2018.

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 11 July and Thursday 12 July. 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. Thursday 19 July and Friday 20 July 2018. Ages 8-12 years, 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Handsome handwriting supports students to develop their handwriting skills with a focus on self-regulation, gross motor, fine motor and visual motor skills. For students in Years 1 and 2.  Monday 16 July and Tuesday 17 July 2018. 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

For more information visit 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.


PIXELKIDS ACADEMY

When: Monday 9 July – Tuesday 10 July and Thursday 12 July – Friday 13 July

Time: Full-day Workshops, 9am to 3pm (option to stay until 5pm).

Where: The Ponds High School.

Age group: Boys and girls aged 8 to 14 years.

At PixelKids Academy, the mission is to create a fun environment for kids to discover the exciting world of digital art, design + technology and explore its endless possibilities. PixelKids Academy inspires their imagination, creativity and curiosity via engaging and interactive hands-on learning experiences.

  1. MAKERSPACE INVENTOR Workshop – Fun, hands-on projects for kids to create, craft and invent with electronic building blocks and iPad controller.
  2. DIGITAL ART + DESIGN Workshop – Intro to the exciting world of Design. Learn the basics of Graphic and Web Page design on iPads. Design your own movie poster, web layout, edit photos and more!

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 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.


SEWING TIME

When: Monday 9 July through to Friday 20 July.

Where: Baulkham Hills.

Ages: Aged 7 years+. Beginners welcome.

Sewing Time holds fun, fashionable and educational sewing classes. Your child will spend a fun day learning some great sewing skills. Each child will learn to sew on a sewing machine and will proudly take home and show you what they have made at the end of the day. Beginners welcome.

The school term is flying fast, and you are probably looking for an activity for your child through the July holidays. There’s a variety of workshops available:

Comfy hooded sweat top – Baby it’s cold outside but we are bringing warmth your way these holidays! We are using a soft brushed fleece to create this comfy hooded sweat top which features cute striped rib cuffs and a ribbon trim. Monday 9 July, Thursday 12 July, Tuesday 17 July or Friday 20 July. 9am – 3pm.

Emoji pillow – Due to popular demand we are running our Emoji pillow workshops again. Tuesday 10 July or Monday 16 July.  9am – 12pm or 12.30pm – 3.30pm.

American Girl Doll – Your doll will be ready for the cold weather we are having this winter. And of course, our resident hair stylist will treat your doll to a special hairdo! Friday 13 July. 9am – 3pm.

Be quick to secure your child’s spot and please contact me if you have any questions or requests. More workshop dates will be added as required. Bookings essential! Like the Facebook page and contact Sewing Time to be put on the mailing list, receive all the information via email and be kept in the loop.

Phone: Irene 0413 884 093  | Website: sewingtime.com.au | Facebook: facebook.com/sewingtimeaus


WESLEY VISION VALLEY SCHOOL HOLIDAY ADVENTURE CAMP

When: Tuesday 17 July.

Where: Wesley Vision Valley

Age range: 8-12 years

Adventure day camps at Wesley Vision Valley are the ultimate boredom breaker. Activities may include:

  • canoeing
  • waterslide
  • archery
  • giant crate stack
  • rock climbing
  • vertical playpen
  • mountain biking

Under the safe guidance of professional staff, your children will get to make new friends while having the time of their life. Cost is $75 per person but ask about family discounts. Price includes lunch, snack and activities.

Book now! Call 1800 043 344, email visionvalley@wesleymission.org.au or visit the website.


YMCA VACATION CARE

When: Monday 9 July to Monday 23 July.

Age range: 5-12 years.

Are you looking for fun school holiday care for your kids? Then check out YMCA Vacation Care – Destination Discovery this Winter. There’s something for every little explorer, adventurer or dreamer to do, such as:

  • 9D Cinema experiences
  • Laser and arcade games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Cooking
  • Sport
  • Excursions to the wildlife park and more!

We have four services located in the Hills District; YMCA Winston Hills, YMCA Oakhill Drive OSHC, YMCA West Pennant Hills OSHC and YMCA Castle Hill Excelsior OSHC. For more information on our programs and activities visit our website.

Book online to secure your place!


FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK

KIDS GO FREE IN JULY IS BACK!

For the entire month of July, kids will receive FREE admission to Featherdale Wildlife Park with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket!

The popular Zookeeper for the Day program will also be available for 8 to 13 year olds..

Get to know over 1,700 animals from 260 different species, including Aussie favourites such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, echidnas, bilbies, wombats, tassie devils and a huge saltwater crocodile named Ngukkur. You can’t miss the rhythms of the world’s largest collection of native Australian birds and conquer your fears by checking out a bunch of slithery, scaly reptiles in the Reptilian Pavillion. Maximum THREE children per paying adult. Children aged 3-15, under 3’s are always free!

For more information: www.featherdale.com.au.


THE AUSTRALIAN BREWERY

The Australian Hotel & Brewery has a whole lot of fun planned for the kids these school holidays! Make sure you call them on 9679 4555 to reserve your table and activity, as numbers are limited.

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