Our guide to Term 4, 2019 is packed with engaging activities for kids in and around Sydney’s Inner West! There is something here for every age and interest from early childhood development programs to dedicated art, music, language, sports and fitness classes and more. Many of these are registered Active or Creative Kids providers, so don’t forget to make use of those vouchers!
Acropals is Sydney’s first acro-only school with classes for all ages and abilities taught by Australia’s top acrobatics teachers. Located in Marrickville and St Peters, AcroPals offers kids and family acrobatics classes. Learn acrobatics and air track tumbling in a friendly, non-competitive environment. In Term 4, classes will be held on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. 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. The cost is $180 + GST per term with sibling and multi-class discounts. Acropals is an Active and Creative Kids approved provider. Book online here.
Allegro Children’s Music
Based in Burwood, 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, which are Kodaly-based early childhood development music classes for tots, toddlers and preschoolers together with their parents or carers, take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. These cost $150 per term (a trial is $20). Private piano lessons for school-aged children are taught from Monday to Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, from beginners to advanced levels. The piano lessons are from $35 per half-hour lesson by term. Term 4 begins on 14 October. Book via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or website. Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.
Based in Five Dock, 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. The cost is $45 per hour for group sessions or $60 per hour for individual tuition. Bookings via email at email@example.com
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, and even art and sewing classes for adults, at various times from Monday to Thursday. Classes cost from $18 per session. ArtSpark also has an eco-friendly garden and mini farm with chickens and guinea pigs – the perfect place for creative minds to relax. For further details and bookings, see the website. Please contact ChiChi with enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond Distinction is an afterschool academy offering a range of sports, arts and music classes for primary school-aged children in the Concord/Cabarita areas. 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.) Beyond Distinction runs Monday to Friday afternoons and costs $60 for 3.5 hours. Sibling and multi-day discounts are available. You can claim your Creative Kids and Active Kids rebates here too. To book, visit the website.
Big Steps Little Feet
Big Steps Little Feet provides creative ballet and dance classes for children from 2–12 years in Balmain and Summer Hill. 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. Visit the website for exact class times for each location and pricing information.
Bluebell Music offers fun, engaging and educational music classes for children aged between 3 months and 5 years together with their carer. During each class experienced and energetic teachers create a caring environment in which children can begin their musical journey. Children, along with their parents or carer, will discover the key concepts of music through listening, singing, moving and improvisation.. Classes are held in Balmain on Tuesdays and in Five Dock on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bluebell Music offers a $30 Give it a Shake trial pack, including two classes to allow you and your little one the chance to settle into the environment. The term rate is $220 and casual classes are also available. Book here.
Carlile Swimming Five Dock
Carlile Swimming 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. Classes run Monday to Friday from 9 am–7 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8 am–1 pm. The fees are $91 per month. To book, phone customer service on 8753 0333.
Cheeky Tunes Song and Dance Party
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! Held at Leichhardt Bowling Club, the Cheeky Tunes Song and Dance Party runs every Friday morning with two sessions: toddlers at 9.40 am and preschoolers at 10.30 am. The first time is free. After that you can purchase a pack: single pass $17; four-pack pass $60; ten-pack pass $120. You can book online.
Core Studios Sydney
Located in Burwood, Core Studios Sydney provides music tuition for all levels from the age of 4 years. Tuition includes piano, guitar and vocal lessons. Private and group lessons are offered Monday through Saturday. Free trial lessons are available. Core Studios Sydney is a registered Creative Kids provider. Book via the website.
Creative Little Fingers
Based in Drummoyne, Creative Little Fingers offers a creative environment allowing children to discover art. It is running art classes for kids aged 5–12 years on Monday–Thursday from 3.30–5 pm and Saturdays 10-11.30 am. The cost is $30 per class. Creative Little Fingers is registered for the Creative Kids rebate. Take advantage of the sibling and bring-a-friend discounts, or the 3 session passes. For bookings email email@example.com.
Da Vinci Hub
Located in Five Dock, Da Vinci Hub believes that learning is fun, enjoyable and rewarding when fostered in the right environment. Da Vinci Hub offers Maths and English tutoring, a school readiness program and kids’ sewing classes. You can find out the details here.
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. The cost is $150–185 per term. See the website for the full timetable. Bookings can be made online or by phone: Stephanie Waites 0407 235 914.
East Village Art House
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. The preschool classes run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and cost $200 for the term, or $25 for drop-ins. The primary school classes run from 3.45–5.30 pm Tuesday–Friday and cost $315 for the term. Located in East Balmain, East Village Art House is situated near Nicholson Street Public School. Pick-up from Nicholson Street Primary School by arrangement. Bookings can be made via the website.
Esprit Martial Arts
Esprit Martial Arts, based in Marrickville, offers martial arts classes for girls and boys aged 5–15 years. The classes are small and focus on fitness and self-defence while building confidence and self-esteem. For timetable information, pricing or to book, please visit the website.
Flying Yogis teaches life management skills on the mat (courage, strength, confidence, stability, grace) that they can take off the mat. Located in Annandale, they offer yoga, acro, tumbling and mindfulness programs from Monday to Saturday. There are classes for children aged 3–18 years and adults too. The first trial class is free. Click here for further details and bookings.
Gallery NTK Art School
Gallery NTK, in Croydon, provides creative fun and tuition in all areas of art for kids from preschool to Year 12. The classes are given by fully qualified art teachers and professional artists and run on Mondays to Fridays after school and Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm. The classes focus on skills and techniques and are tailored to the individual child’s interests. Gallery NTK offers a beautiful gallery setting to enhance the creative skills of every child. The cost is $30 per hour-long class. Gallery NTK is a Creative Kids provider. Bookings can be made here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
GeckoSports Inner West runs multi-sport fitness classes for kids in Dulwich Hill and Ashfield. 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. The classes cost just $19 per week with the first class free. GeckoSports is an approved Active Kids provider. Book your spot here.
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.
This fun, educational early childhood program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers is held at the Glebe PCYC. Classes run Monday to Fridays. You can enrol via the website.
Gymbaroo Redfern is based at the Redfern PCYC. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Enrol via the website.
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 run on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Saturdays for infants aged 6 weeks right through to children of 5 years. To book, visit the website.
Marrickville Gymbaroo also offers classes for babies from 6 weeks to 5 years. These are held at the PCYC Marrickville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. See the website for more details and to book.
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. Classes are offered for boys and girls aged 9 months to 12 years from Monday through to Saturday. The cost is from $18 per class. GymKidz is an Active Kids provider. GymKidz offers a free trial class, giving the opportunity to experience the program obligation free. Book your child’s spot or free trial at the website.
The Gymnastics Revolution
The Gymnastics Revolution (TGR) supports the growth and development of each child by encouraging and building confidence while fostering the benefits of gymnastics in a fun, safe and friendly environment. Based in Summer Hill, 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 runs classes from Monday through to Saturday for toddlers through to adults. Prices vary from $18–$26 per class. Bookings are term based. To book, please use the booking form via the link on the website.
Inkling Writing Studio
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. In Term 4, classes will be held on Mondays 3.30-5.30 pm in Rozelle. The cost is $210 per 6-week term. A $30 trial class is available. Book online or call Alison on 0414 462 476 for further details.
Julie Peadon Art
In Term 4, Julie Peadon Art will be running art classes for students in Years K–6 at Studio 71 in Drummoyne on Monday-Thursday and Saturday. The term-based classes teach fine art techniques including drawing, painting, collage, printing, mixed media and more. The cost is $320 + GST for the term. Trial classes are available. Julie Peadon Art is a registered Creative Kids provider. Bookings can be made at the website.
JUMP! Swim Schools Rozelle
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. They are an Active Kids Voucher provider. You can book here.
Kidz Artworx provides a great opportunity for kids to explore various media areas including claywork, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture & design. The art classes, held in Burwood, 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 art teacher with 25+ years of experience. The cost is $310 for eight 1.5-hour lessons. All art materials are provided and activities are designed by qualified visual art teachers. Kidz Artworx is an approved Creative Kids provider. For more information or to book, please see the website.
Kids Got Skillz
Kids Got Skillz offers unique art, movement, mindfulness and photography workshops for kids. Afterschool classes and school holiday workshops are available for ages 5-12 years plus teens. To view programs and find out more about classes visit the website.
Kids Up Front Drama Academy
Kids Up Front Drama Academy helps to build children’s confidence, creativity and communication skills. There is currently availability in their junior class at Strathfield North Public School, for kids in Kindergarten-Year 2. They accept the $100 Creative Kids Voucher. The first class is free, then the cost is $20 per week. You can book your spot here.
Li’l Crafters is a fun, creative process-based art, craft and messy sensory play class based in Marrickville. This term it is running classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10–11 am. The cost is $160 for an eight-week term, $60 for a three-session pass, $25 for a casual class. Sibling/bring-a-friend discounts are available. Bookings can be made online.
Make Believe Kids Theatre Club
Make Believe Kids Theatre Club, in Balmain/Rozelle, 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. The classes run on Mondays and Saturdays. The cost is $15 per hour. To book a trial class, email email@example.com or phone 9810 3982.
Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio
This term Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio in Rozelle is holding art classes for K–2 and Years 3–6 from Monday to Friday from 3.30–5.30 pm. 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. The cost is $350 + GST for the term. To book your child’s place, go to Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio’s website. Paper Rock Scissors is a Creative Kids provider.
Join the Aussie Hoops program for kids aged 5–10 years at PCYC Glebe/Leichhardt on Mondays or Friday at 4 pm and learn to play basketball in a friendly atmosphere with great coaches. The cost for new participants is $120 (including a welcome pack) and $90 for returning participants for eight sessions. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, go to the Aussie Hoops site.
PCYC Marrickville has a diverse, affordable program, with activities running Monday to Friday afternoons. Activities include boxing for fitness, basketball, badminton, volleyball, soccer and netball. Enrol via the website or at reception. For boxing and basketball, please enrol at reception.
The Pinnacle Studio
The Pinnacle Studio is a dedicated space for Pilates, yoga and other small group exercise classes which run from Monday to Saturday. In Term 3, kids’ yoga classes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, with preschool and afterschool classes. Yoga instructor Aisling will take the kids through basic yoga moves, balance, stretching, creativity and strength. There is lots of learn through play, music and dance in a fun-filled class. The preschool class costs $15 (40-minute class) and the primary school age class costs $18 (50-minute class). Discounted term passes are available too. Book at the website or call 9743 2311.
READ + CREATE Classes
READ + CREATE classes are a playful but purposeful celebration books, arts and crafts. These creative learning experiences are led by a passionate practising primary teacher and offer a creative approach to school readiness. We explore reading comprehension, text and process art in a meaningful but messy way In term 4 we ll be exploring books around the theme of celebration. Mini makers create something inspired by the week’s book and take home a piece of art home after each class. The one-hour classes will be held in Drummoyne on Mondays 9.30–10.30. The first class is half-price. A single casual visit costs $24. A three-class pass costs $60. Sibling rates available. For bookings and further information see here.
Resilience in Kids
Resilience in Kids provides resilience workshops for everyday children aged 5–12 years experiencing everyday challenges. Build resilience through fun and play-based games and activities. Drama, art, craft, storytelling and games. Learn how to manage emotions, handle worries, think more positively, understand the inner voice and more. In Term 4 classes will run at Birchgrove PS, Dulwich Hill PS and Marrickville PS. The programs are run by deeply experienced resilience coaches. The cost is $292.50 for nine, one-hour workshops and includes a free parent briefing. Book online.
Sydney Speaking School
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. Based in Burwood, Sydney Speaking School holds classes for a range of ages from Monday through Saturday. The cost is $55 per two-hour weekly class. To book, see the website.
Sydney Football Club
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. You can use your Active Kids voucher for the program. Register here.
Triple Menace Studios
Located in Marrickville, Triple Menace Studios is an elite performing arts studio in the Inner West, providing top-quality training in a nurturing environment. In Term 3, there will be dance and performing arts classes from Mondays through to Saturdays. You can book a free trial lesson here.