Looking to introduce your child to a new class or activity in 2020? We have put together a handy guide for Term 1, which is jam-packed full of engaging activities for kids in and around Sydney’s Inner West! There is something for every age and interest – from early childhood development programs to dedicated art, drama, music, sports and fitness classes and many more. Many of these activities are organised by registered Active Kids or Creative Kids providers, so don’t forget to make use of those vouchers.
Acropals offers kids and family acrobatic classes
Acropals is Sydney’s first acro-only school with classes for all ages and abilities taught by Australia’s top acrobatics teachers. Learn acrobatics and air track tumbling in a friendly, non-competitive environment. AcroPals uses state-of-the-art equipment and has a massive assortment of air tracks to keep your kids safe while teaching them everything from a forward roll to a full twist back. Parents are always welcome to watch and even participate in the family classes.
Where: Marrickville and St Peters
When: Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays
Cost: From $162 per term. Active Kids and Creative Kids voucher accepted
Bookings: Online at www.acropals.com
Kodaly-based music classes & private piano lessons
Allegro Children’s Music offers Do-Re-Mi music classes for children aged 1–5 years and piano lessons for kids aged 5 years and up. The Do-Re-Mi classes are Kodaly-based early childhood music classes for tots, toddlers and preschoolers together with their parents or carers. Private piano lessons for school-aged children are taught from beginners to advanced levels.
When: Do-Re-Mi classes: Tuesday and Thursday mornings (from 28 January). Private piano lessons: Monday to Thursday afternoons, Saturday mornings
Cost: Do-Re-Mi classes: $150 per term (a trial is $20). Private piano lessons: $35 per half-hour lesson. Creative Kids vouchers are accepted
Bookings & enquiries: Email email@example.com
English and Maths tutoring and school readiness programs for all levels
Aptitude Education is a tutoring centre offering programs for all ability levels in Maths and English as well as school readiness programs for preschoolers. Through progressive and focused small group and one-to-one tutoring, Aptitude Education will hone your child’s literacy and numeracy skills in an empathetic, productive learning environment.
Art & sewing classes for toddlers to pre-teen
ArtSpark Studio, a sun-filled studio in Rozelle, is running art playgroups for toddlers (18 months–4 years), art and eco garden classes for preschoolers (3–5 year olds) and primary school students, and sewing classes for ages 8 years and up. ArtSpark also has an eco-friendly garden and mini farm with chickens and guinea pigs – the perfect place for creative minds to relax.
When: Monday to Thursday
Weekly drama classes for primary school-aged children and high school students
Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is the national youth theatre company – connecting young people with the professional theatre industry locally, regionally and nationally. Weekly drama classes are broken into two semesters annually and run seven days a week throughout the school terms. All classes are led by dedicated, industry trained actors and directors who will improve your acting skills in an exciting and encouraging environment. Students have the opportunity to work together to create their own show, express their own views and perform it to an audience. Young peoplebuild self-confidence, are challenged and discover valuable insights into the dramatic process.
After school art, music, sports & language classes for Kindy to Year 6 children
Beyond Distinction is an afterschool academy offering a range of sports, arts and music classes for primary school-aged children. The diverse program gives children the chance to learn new skills, discover their talents and have fun after school. Activities include professionally coached piano, guitar, tennis, golf, swimming, art and Mandarin Chinese. The program also provides nutritious afternoon tea, dedicated homework time and free school pick-up for local Concord/Cabarita areas. (Self drop-offs are welcome too.)
Where: Concord (Adjacent to Cabarita Park Swim Centre, Cabarita Road)
When: Monday to Friday afternoons
Cost: $60 for 3.5 hours. Sibling and multi-day discounts are available. Creative Kids and Active Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.beyond-distinction.com.au
Dance classes for children from 2-12 years
Big Steps Little Feet provides creative ballet and dance classes for children from 2–12 years. Every class is brimming with magic, beauty, inspiration and encouragement. Along the way, each dancer will develop new skills, technical training and creative expression through expert guidance and individual attention.
Where: Balmain and Summer Hill
When: Visit the website for timetable information
Cost: Visit the website for to view costs
Swimming lessons for babies, preschoolers and school age kids
Carlile is a world-renowned swim school with more than 60 years’ experience in teaching children to swim well. Teach your child essential swimming and water safety skills with the Learn to Swim specialists in a fun, safe and caring environment.
Multi-sensory interactive show for toddlers and preschoolers
Looking for a fun-filled morning of song and dance for you child? Cheeky Tunes is a multi-sensory interactive show created through the Montessori philosophy of child-led learning. Featuring original music by Eleanor Clapham, toddlers and preschoolers sing, dance, pop bubbles, dress-up, play instruments and more!
Where: Leichhardt Bowling Club
When: Friday morning with two sessions: toddlers at 9.40am and preschoolers at 10.30am
Cost: Single pass $17; four-pack pass $60; ten-pack pass $120. First time session is free
Bookings: Online at www.cheekytunes.com.au
Art classes for primary school children
Creative Little Fingers offers a creative environment allowing children to discover art. It is running art classes for kids aged 5–12 years. The classes are relaxed allowing children to create to their individual potential.Children get to create with a variety of media including paint, pencils, oil pastels, chalk pastels and clay.
When: Monday–Thursday from 3.30pm–5pm and Saturdays 10am-11.30am
Cost: $30 per class. Sibling and bring-a-friend discounts or the 3 session passes available. Creative Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Drama clubs for primary school-aged children and young people
Drama Scene has been running drama classes in the Inner West since 2003. The classes are held after school at a variety of Inner West public schools.
Where: Annandale, Forest Lodge andPetersham public schools
When: Visit the website for times and dates
Cost: $175 – $195 per term. Creative Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.dramascene.com.au
Swimming lessons for babies and children 0-6 years
Specialising in baby swimming (0 to 3 years of age) and Learn to Swim (3 to 6 years of age), Duck & Dive’s fun and structured baby swimming lessons teach parents to swim with their babies in a warm, relaxed and calm environment.
Teaching your baby to swim not only gives them valuable life skills, but also builds their confidence in the water and is a genuine bonding experience for you both. The core of Duck & Dive’s baby swim classes is to achieve essential skills for water safety. Through Duck & Dive’s fun and structured baby swimming lessons, they teach parents to swim with their babies in a warm, relaxed and calm environment.
Fun and creative art workshops and after-school art classes
East Village Art House provides creative and fun art experiences – including after-school art classes, holiday workshops and toddler and preschool process art workshops – in a relaxed, nurturing environment. The classes aim to introduce artistic skills and techniques and encourage curiosity, whilst promoting individuality.
Where: Balmain East (Pick-up from Nicholson Street Primary School by arrangement)
When: Visit the website for times and dates
Cost: Visit the website for more details. Creative Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.eastvillagearthouse.com
Yoga, tumbling, mindfulness & acrobatics for kids aged 3-18 years
Flying Yogis teaches life management skills on the mat (courage, strength, confidence, stability, grace) that they can take off the mat. Located in Annandale, each session begins with yoga to get the kids mobile, mindful and agile then continues into tumbling, acrobatics and gymnastics. Finishing with a relaxation and meditation at the end of the session. There are classes for children aged 3–18 years and adults too. Term 1 starts 28 January until 20 April 2020.
When: Monday – Saturday. 10am classes for toddlers & preschoolers; afternoon and weekend classes for school-aged children; parent & tween classes also available
Cost: $275 for 11 week term. Trial class class available
Bookings: Online at www.flyingyogis.net.au
Fine Art tuition in all media for kids K-12
Gallery NTK provides creative fun and tuition in all areas of art for kids from preschool to Year 12. The classes are led by fully qualified art teachers and professional artists and focus on skills and techniques that are tailored to the individual child’s interests. Media includes; drawing, painting, multi-media and sculpture. Gallery NTK offers a beautiful gallery setting to enhance the creative skills of every child.
Multi-sport fitness classes for primary school kids
The GeckoACTIVE program entails fun, action-packed weekly sessions, with sport-specific skills and fitness activities, and is suitable for children aged 5–13 years. It’s a non-competitive environment that caters to all fitness levels. No week is the same – there is a different sports program each week focused on improving gross motor skills and confidence. The sports that are covered include mini Olympics, soccer, basketball, AFL, boxing, netball, athletics, rugby league and cricket. The sports science-designed program runs for 45 minutes and promotes a healthy lifestyle where kids can try their hand at a variety of sports.
Where: Dulwich Hill & Summer Hill
When: Dulwich Hill: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30pm. Summer Hill: Wednesdays 3:15pm
Cost: $19 per week direct debit or use your Active Kids voucher and pay for the term upfront, $190 (minus $100 voucher)
Bookings: Online at www.geckosports.com.au
Neuro-developmental programs for babies and children from birth to five years
The GymbaROO program is designed to guide and educate parents in providing their children with sensory stimulation and motor development activities within an engaging, supportive environment. Trial classes are available.
This fun, educational early childhood program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers is held at the PCYC.
When: Monday to Friday
Bookings: Online at www.gymbarooglebe.com
Gymbaroo Redfern is based at the Redfern PCYC. Fun, educational activities that include music, gym, dance, exercise, sensory stimulation to help nurture and promote healthy brain and motor development in 0-5’s.
When: Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays
Bookings: Online at www.gymbarooredfern.com
Concord Gymbaroo holds early childhood classes with music, dance, parachute time and a specially designed gym. Based at the Concord RSL and Community Centre, classes are for infants aged 6 weeks right through to children of 5 years.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays to Saturdays
Bookings: Online at www.gymbaroo.com.au
Marrickville Gymbaroo also offers classes for babies from 6 weeks to 5 years. These are held at the PCYC Marrickville.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Bookings: Online at www.gymbaroo.com.au
Gymnastics classes for kids aged 9 months to 12 years
GymKidz is a toddler, kinder and recreational gymnastics centre in Newtown. The Gymkidz program is built around basic movement milestones with its foundations in gymnastics. The classes are age appropriate where children progress at their own rate, tackling new challenges and skills each week over a term.
When: Monday – Saturday
Costs: Starting from $180 + GST. Active Kids vouchers accepted. Casual class $10 + GST. Free trial class available
Bookings: Online at www.gymkidz.com.au
Fun, engaging creative writing classes to develop writing skills and confidence
Inkling writing studio offers inspiring, supportive small group classes where children can develop their writing skills and confidence. The Inkling writing studio runs fun, imaginative creative writing classes for children. We believe that children flourish in creative and supportive environments, where there is time and space to imagine and express ideas freely. We want to help children develop writing skills and confidence through creative writing.
Swimming lessons for babies and children 0-12 years
JUMP! Swim Schools 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. It provides a clean, modern and private indoor facility which is heated throughout the year. JUMP! Swim Schools Rozelle offers swimming lessons for babies from 3 months through to stroke development of all four major strokes.
When: Various times Monday to Sunday
Cost: $24.00 per lesson. Active Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.jumpswimschools.com.au/rozelle
Fine Art classes for Kindy to Year 6 children
The term-based classes that explore the great art movements both historically and in a contemporary world while practicing drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and mixed media techniques.
When: Monday to Saturday
Cost: From $330 + GST. Creative Kids vouchers accepted. Trial classes are available
Bookings: Online at www.juliepeadonart.com
Art School specialising in art classes for kids (& adults) of all ages
Kidz Artworx provides a great opportunity for kids to explore various media areas including clay work, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and design. The art classes are designed to encourage kids’ in their creative thinking and visual language and provide them with skills in various areas. The classes are taught by a qualified visual art teacher with 25+ years of experience. All art materials are provided.
When: Visit the website for dates and times
Cost: The cost is $310 for eight 1.5-hour lessons. Creative Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.kidzartworx.com.au
Art, movement, mindfulness & photography classes for kids aged 5-12 years plus teens
Kids Got Skillz – Art & mindfulness classes
Activities include: photography, drawing, sculpture, writing, peer support, yoga, mindfulness and relaxation.
Kids Got Skillz – Moveology
Using the principles of yoga we teach children how to master complex movements such as handstands, cartwheels and back bends in a very safe and non-competitive environment.
Kids Got Skillz – Digital Detox Workshops
After-school drama program for kids Kindy to Year 7
Kids Up Front Drama Academy helps to build children’s confidence, creativity and communication skills. Classes run at Petersham Public School or Strathfield North Public School, for kids in Kindy to Year 7. You can register for a free trial class.
Where: Petersham Public School and Strathfield North Public School
When: Thursdays (term time only)
Cost: $22 per week. First class free. Creative Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.kidsupfront.com.au
Art and craft sensory play for babies to preschoolers
Li’l Crafters is a fun, creative process-based art, craft and messy sensory play class. Sessionsdesigned to help children with their fine motor skills, learn about colours, shapes, size and proportions. Grown-ups are also invited to sit with their little one and help with the activities.
Theatre skills based singing, dancing, drama class for kids 3-14 years
Make Believe Kids Theatre Club offers combined singing, dance and drama activities. Make Believe’s key focus is to help develop imagination, creativity and social skills. Classes are for kids aged 3–14 years, and no previous experience is necessary.
When: Term 1 starts – 8 February 2020
Cost: $15 per hour. Sibling discounts available. Active and Creative Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Email email@example.com or phone 9810 3982
Art classes for Kindy to Year 2 and Years 3-6
Paper Scissors Rock is pleased to announce in Term 1 art classes will be running in Rozelle and also at a brand new studio in Summer Hill! Students produce beautiful artworks that develop their art techniques or build on existing ones while having plenty of fun. In addition, portfolio development for senior school applications is offered and exploring new art techniques, observational drawing, painting, collage and pottery.
Where: Rozelle and Summer Hill
When: Monday to Friday 3.30–5.30pm
Cost: The cost is $350 + GST for the term. Creative Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.paperrockscissors.com.au
Join the Aussie Hoops program for kids aged 5–10 years at PCYC Glebe/Leichhardt and learn to play basketball in a friendly atmosphere with great coaches.
When: Mondays or Friday at 4pm
Cost: $120 for new participants (including a welcome pack) and $90 for returning participants for eight sessions
Bookings: Online at www.aussiehoops.com.au
PCYC Marrickville has a diverse, affordable program, with activities running Monday to Friday afternoons. Activities include netball, volleyball, badminton, basketball and soccer.
When: Mondays to Fridays
Cost: Please visit website for cost information. Active Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: At reception or online at http://bit.ly/pcycmvilleclasses
A fun-filled yoga classes for preschoolers and primary school children
The Pinnacle Studio (a division of Pinnacle Spine & Sports), is a dedicated space for Pilates, yoga and other small group exercise classes. In Term 1 of 2020, our kids’ yoga classes will be running on Mondays and Thursdays, with preschool classes during the day and after school classes for the primary aged kids. Yoga instructor Aisling will take the kids through basic yoga moves, balance, stretching, creativity and strength. There is lots of learning through play, music and dance in a fun-filled class.
When: Mondays and Thursdays
Cost: Preschool class is $15 (40-minute class). Primary school age class is $18 (50-minute class). Discounted term passes are available too. Active Kids vouchers available
Bookings: Online at www.yourpinnacle.com.au or call 9743 2311
Dance classes for pre-schoolers
A one hour dance class, designed to appeal to both boys and girls, giveconfidence, co-ordination and creativity. Each class includes a combination of jazz, tap, singing, hip-hop and music. The program caters for 2-6 year olds.
Where: Marrickville – Triple Menace Studios
Cost: $15 per 1 hour class
Bookings: Phone 9565 2112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Resilience workshops for children aged 5–12 years
Resilience in Kids provides resilience workshops for everyday children aged 5–12 years experiencing everyday challenges. Workshops focus on building resilience through fun and play-based games and activities, including; drama, art, craft, storytelling and games. Children learn how to manage emotions, handle worries, think more positively, and understand their inner voice. The programs are run by deeply experienced resilience coaches.
Where: Birchgrove, Dulwich Hill, and Marrickville Public Schools
Cost: $292.50 for nine, one-hour workshops and includes a free parent briefing. Creative Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.resilienceinkids.com.au
Football skills training program
Give your child’s football skills a boost by signing them up to our Skills Training Program at a location near you. Places will sell out fast, and top talent will be recommended to our Academy staff.
Where: Haberfield & Strathfield
When: 5pm to 6pm. Haberfield on Tuesdays and Stathfield on Mondays
Cost: $180 for 9 weeks. Active Kids vouchers accepted
Bookings: Online at www.my.sydneyfc.com
Fun and supportive public speaking classes for children to find their voice & build resilience
Sydney Speaking School seeks to bring out the inner speaker in every child using practical and welcoming public speaking and debating classes run by experienced coaches. Sydney Speaking School holds classes for a range of ages from Monday through Saturday.
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