Our July 2019 school holiday guide is packed with fun and educational holiday programs in and around Sydney’s Inner West! Be sure to book in advance to take advantage of early-bird discounts and to avoid disappointment, and don’t forget to use those Active and Creative Kids vouchers! (Many of the businesses listed here are registered Active or Creative Kids providers.)
Located in Marrickville, AcroPals is offering full-day acrobatic workshops and skill masterclasses during the July school holidays. The workshops will run from 9 am–3 pm on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July with after care available. There’ll be airtrack tumbling, partner and group balance, tricks, flips, a slime workshop, with lunch included. The classes are great for all ages and abilities. AcroPals will also be offering a series of three-hour masterclasses on Monday 8 July and Tuesday 16 July, including skills such as side and front aerials; back handsprings, back tucks and layouts; and partner balance and pyramids. For more information and bookings see here.
Art Discovery Class
During the July school holidays, Art Discovery Class will be holding unique and engaging art and STEAM workshops at Ferncourt Public School in Marrickville. The workshops will run from 8–10 July from 9.30 am–12 pm. On the Monday, learn about light and reflections in the Make your own Kaleidoscope workshop. On the Tuesday, learn about all things microscopic and then make your own microscopic world using cool science and art techniques. And on the Wednesday, create your own 3D alpaca and decorate with wool and beads. The cost is $55 per workshop, with multi-class and sibling discounts available. Class sizes are small. The school holiday program caters for children from 5–12 years old. Bookings can be made via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone.
ArtSpark Studio, located in Rozelle, is running art and sewing workshops on weekdays from Monday 8–Monday 22 July. (Note: Monday 22 July is a pupil-free day in many schools.) There are workshops for preschoolers, primary and secondary school students. Choose from a half-day (10 am–1 pm or 1–4 pm) or full day (10 am–4pm). The cost is from $70. Extended care is available on request from 9–10 am and 4–5 pm at $10 per hour. There is a discount rate available for multiple days or sibling bookings within the same workshop period. ArtSpark also features an eco-friendly garden and mini farm where participants can relax and play between workshops. For further details and bookings, see the website.
Australian Theatre for Young People
During the July school holidays, the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is offering a range of drama workshops for primary and secondary school students in the Inner West and city areas. A range of workshops will be held for students from K–12. Locations and hours vary but are mostly around 9.30 am–3.30 pm. Additional before and after care can be purchased. Earlybird discounts are available until 24 June. For more details and bookings, please see here.
Beyond Distinction is an afterschool sports and music academy for primary school-aged children in the Concord/Cabarita areas. When school’s out, it offers a premium range of activities to inject some fun and learning into the holidays. Beyond Distinction’s Winter Adventures School Holiday program runs from Monday 15–Thursday 18 July, with an awesome line-up of activities including an Australian Museum excursion, an art and creative writing workshop, a LEGO stem workshop and a junior golf clinic. The program is suited to students aged 5–12 years. Drop-off is from 8.30 am–4 pm daily. The cost is $120 per day, with multi-day and sibling discounts available. To book, visit the website.
Bop till you Drop
During the April school holidays Bop till you Drop is running performing arts workshops in three locations: Lane Cove, Mosman and Waverley. These workshops are designed for children aged 5–12 years. The programs are educational with professional teachers who will gently encourage and teach your child new skills in dancing, singing and acting plus craft, cooking and science. There are six action-packed classes per day, which aim to build self-esteem in your child. The children will perform in a concert on the last day to show off their new talents and they will also be awarded a graduation certificate. Regular hours are 9 am–3 pm. At some locations extended care hours (subject to numbers) are available (8 am–5 pm) on the Tuesday; only early-drop off is available on the Wednesday. Normal cost is $75 per day, but only $65 per day using the discount code FBIW18. A sibling discount of $30 is available for two-day bookings. For more information or to book, click here.
BRICKS 4 KIDZ Inner West
During the July school holidays BRICKS 4 KIDZ Inner West workshops will be held in Abbotsford (new location), Balmain/Birchgrove and Leichhardt. The workshops, designed for kids aged 5–11 years, include STEM-based learning and fun with LEGO. The Abbotsford workshops will run 15–19 July. The Balmain/Birchgrove workshops will take place from 10–12 July and 18–19 July. And the Leichhardt workshops will run from 8–17 July. Choose from enticing themes including Minecraft, ninjas, the LEGO Movie, Pokemon and junior robotics. The cost is $95 per day. For Abbotsford bookings, please use this link. For the Balmain workshops, please use this link. To book the Leichhardt workshops, please use this link.
CodeSpace Education offer holiday camps that empower kids with the skills to blend technology and creativity. During the July school holidays hands-on holiday camps will take place at Balmain Secondary College on 18 and 19 July. Themes include building Minecraft mods and becoming a Minecraft Youtube star. The camps suit 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. CodeSpace Camps are eligible for the NSW Government’s Creative Kids program. Learn more here.
Creative Little Fingers
Creative Little Fingers, based in Drummoyne, is running art workshops for children aged 5–12 years from 8–12 July and 15–17 July from 10 am–12 pm. Held in a relaxed, fun environment, the workshops will use mixed media to create different projects each day. The cost is $35 per class. For further information visit the website. For bookings please email email@example.com.
Drama Scene will be holding daily workshops from 8–12 July for students in Kindergarten through to Year 7 at Taverners Hill, Petersham. The workshops will run from 9.30 am–3.30 pm with before care from 7.30–9.30am and after care from 3.30–6 pm available. The workshops will be themed Drama Way with Words, and students will turn books into performed plays through drama games, costumes, art and craft. (No reading level is required, just an active imagination, joy in pretend play, a love of storytelling and ability to believe you can make-believe.) The workshops cost $40–$75. Winter special: book five days, pay four-day rate. The Creative Kids Voucher is accepted. Bookings can be made via the website.
East Village Art House
Located in Balmain East, East Village Art House provides creative and fun art experiences in a relaxed, nurturing environment. The classes aim to introduce artistic skills and techniques and encourage curiosity, whilst promoting individuality. During these school holidays art workshops will run from 8–19 July. The workshops will be inspired by a daily theme, with drawing and painting in the mornings and craft activities in the afternoons. The cost is $60 for a three-hour session, $120 for the full day (9 am–4 pm). East Village Art House is a Creative Kids provider. Bookings can be made via the website.
Gladiator Games is now open! Who will conquer all of our fun fitness sport activities? Open to all challengers, the GeckoSports Gladiator Games program will let kids be the masters of their fate in the arena of fun sports games and target throwing activities. The games will take place on Wednesday 17 July at 9 am at Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill. The three-hour program is suitable for kids aged 5–12 years old who love a bit of adventure and enjoy running, swerving, jumping, kicking, crawling, throwing and catching. There’ll be an obstacle course, ball games, throwing challenges, fun team relays and plenty more. Participants will need to bring a water bottle, two healthy snacks, hat and apply sunscreen before arrival. Book your child in before 7 July to be eligible for the earlybird price of only $40 (regular price: $55). Siblings receive a 25% discount. Book via the website.
GymKidz is a toddler, kinder and recreational gymnastics centre in Newtown. The Gymkidz holiday program is perfect for parents looking for a dynamic and exciting activity day for their child. The camps are gymnastics focused but include a variety of stimulating physical and motor-skill development with games, acrobatics and circus, double dutch, rhythmic, dance and team challenges, all in the care of qualified instructors. This July, the holiday program will run during both weeks (8–12 and 15–19 July) from 9 am–3 pm. The program is suitable for boys and girls aged 4–8 years. The cost is $80 + GST per child, per day. For more information, please see the website.
The Gymnastics Revolution
Based in Summer Hill, the Gymnastics Revolution (TGR) is a family owned and operated gymnastics facility, offering gymnastics classes, school holiday programs and birthday parties, in a fully equipped venue. The Gymnastics Revolution school holiday program will run 8–12 July and 15–19 July. Catering for children aged 5–12 years, the program that will entertain your child for hours with gymnastics circuits, ninja courses, ball games, arts and crafts and other fun activities. Choose from two options: 9 am–3 pm, costing $55 per day, OR 8.30 am–5.30 pm, costing $70 per day. To book, please use the booking form via the link on the website.
Inkling Writing Studio
Inkling Writing Studio offers fun creative writing workshops for children aged 7–12 years. During the July school holidays, workshops will be held on 11 and 18 July from 10 am–3 pm in Hunters Hill. The workshop themes are Mystery Mayhem!, which will appeal to budding young detectives and mystery writers, and The Imaginarium, back by popular demand. Each workshop is intended to give children the time and space to imagine and express ideas freely. The teacher is a qualified speech pathologist with a Masters degree in Creative Writing. Her co-facilitator is a practising primary school teacher. The cost is $85 per five-hour workshop. Bookings can be made online.
Julie Peadon Art
During the upcoming April school holidays Julie Peadon Art will be running holiday art workshops for primary and high school students in Drummoyne. The workshops will run between 8 and 19 July, with half-day and full-day options. Themes include design your own T-shirt and bag, pop art, expressionism, abstract art, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Aboriginal animal dreaming and more. The classes involve drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, printing, etc. Students will leave with their own masterpiece. The cost is $45 + GST for a half-day, $90 + GST for the full day. Bookings can be made at the website.
Burwood-based Kidz Artworx runs creative art classes for 5–12 years and beyond, including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, design and sculpture. During the upcoming holidays, classes will be held from 8–19 July. Choose from morning (9.30 am–12.30 pm) or afternoon (1.30–4.30 pm) sessions with a range of engaging themes. Classes cost $55 per three-hour class. The Creative Kids Voucher is accepted for all workshops. For more information, please see the website. Bookings can be made here.
Leap into Literacy
Leap into Literacy is a program that helps children become engaged in reading and writing through fun, creative techniques that aid retention, foster independent learning, and promote students’ future success. During the July school holidays, Leap into Literacy is running K–2 phonics classes and specialised classes for Years 2–6 focusing on writing and presenting a speech and developing and acting out a play script. Classes will run from Monday–Wednesday 8–10 July and 15–17 July in Balmain and Drummoyne. Students can opt for a full day or half-day and can sign up for multiple days. Morning sessions will run from 9 am–12 pm and afternoon sessions from 1–4pm. The cost is $60 per session or $115 per day plus GST. To find out more or book your child’s place, visit the website.
Based in Leichhardt, NumberWorks’nWords offers Maths and English tuition program for children aged 5–15 years. During week two of the July holidays, tuition will be offered between 10 am and 2.30 pm. The curriculum-linked programs are designed by experts to deliver the results your child needs (catch-up, extension or exam prep), while also building confidence and increasing love of learning. Every student has an individualised program and works towards agreed personal goals. The cost is $56 per hour. To book, phone 02 8068 6624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio
Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio in Rozelle offers creative classes that include lots of fun and unusual experiences. The studio is running separate half- and full- day programs for K–2 and Years 3–6 between 8 and 19 July. The K–2 program includes making bug boxes, butterfly garlands, crazy key rings, coral reef sculptures, bubble wands, photo holders, galaxy candle jars and more. The Years 3–6 program includes mason jar magic lanterns, fashion drawing, knitting, acrylic pours, build a clock and lots more. Morning sessions are from 9 am–12 pm; afternoon sessions are from 2–5 pm; full-day programs are 9 am–5 pm, with extended hours available (8.30 am–5.30 pm). The half-day programs cost $60 + GST; the full-day programs cost $120 + GST. Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio is a Creative Kids provider. To see the full program or book your child’s place, go to Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio’s website.
The PCYC Marrickville school holiday programs are a fantastic opportunity for children aged 5–12 years to experience a wide range of fun creative and physical activities and keep busy. Programs will run from 8–12 July and 15–19 July from 9 am–3 pm (with extended hours available). The cost is $55 per day. PCYC junior membership is $10 per annum. Creative Kids vouchers can be used for any two creative workshops. You can book online or phone 9559 7722.
READ + CREATE Classes
If you have a creative, book-loving little one in your life, then these are the school holiday classes for them! The theme for this year’s Book Week is ‘Reading is My Secret Power’. These school holiday classes will explore this awesome theme and the books shortlisted in 2019 through reading, process art and craft. Choose from a superhero-themed class or a chalk and rainbow class. Anybody from preschool through to Year 1 is invited to come and READ + CREATE. The classes are playful and purposeful, messy and meaningful. The one-hour classes will be held at the Drummoyne Community Centre on Monday 8 and 15 July in the morning. The cost is $22. For bookings and further information see here.
Resilience in Kids
Resilience in Kids aims to strengthen the resilience of everyday children experiencing everyday challenges through before and after school workshops, holiday camps, 1:1 coaching and coaching for parents and professional development for educators. In the July school holidays, resilience building camps will be held in the Inner West as well as the lower North Shore and Northern Beaches. The Lilyfield resilience camps, for children aged 5–8 years, will take place on 8 and 15 July from 9 am–4 pm at the Jimmy Little Community Centre. The camps build children’s resilience through fun games and activities, including art, craft, breathing, movement, storytelling and games. All games and activities develop the behaviours of a resilient child as outlined in the Resilience Framework. The cost is $105 per day. Check the program for further details. Bookings can be made via the website.
Speech and Language Sydney
Speech and Language Sydney, a mobile speech pathology practice which has extensive experience in supporting children with their social communication skills, is running its popular Lego Based Therapy program again this July. The LEGO Based Therapy approach builds social communication and language skills while working together to build a LEGO model. This structured, evidence-based program is fun and works on communication skills in real time. The groups are appropriate for children aged 5–16 years and attendees will be grouped according to age and ability. The holiday group sessions will be held at Studio You in Birchgrove on weeks one and two of the school holidays from 9.30 am–11 am (must attend all five days). The cost is $390 per five-day block. Speech and Language Sydney can work with HCWA-registered clients and families who are NDIS self managed or plan manager managed. To book email email@example.com or phone 0448 242 460.
Take this mid-season chance for your child to brush up on their soccer skills or learn to play a safe sport under the watchful eye of Sydney FC coaches. Current A-League champions Sydney FC have run holiday clinics for boys and girls aged 5–13 years for more than ten years. During the upcoming school holidays, three-day holiday clinics will be held at King George Park in Rozelle, from Tuesday 9–Thursday 11 July, and Campbell Park in Chiswick, from Tuesday 16–Thursday 18 July. The cost is from $265. To book the Rozelle school holiday clinic, see here. For Chiswick clinic bookings, see here.
Sydney Speaking School
Public speaking can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Sydney Speaking School offers a range of holiday programs in both debating and public speaking that provide students with the confidence they need to succeed. They achieve this through small class sizes, plenty of practice and experienced coaches who are passionate about bringing out the best in every child. During the upcoming school holidays, Sydney Speaking School is running debating and public speaking workshops for students aged 6–15 years old at Newington College, Stanmore. Workshops will run from 15–17 July from 9 am–3 pm. The cost is $200 for a two-day program. To book, see the website.