Are you stranded in Sydney these school holidays? Dont get jealous of your fancy pants friends who are hitting the ski fields or jetting off to Bali. Mumabulous is here to help.
During the school holidays there’s a smorgass board of kids activities on offer. I’m putting together some lists of fun things to do if playdate falls through or you just want to break out of routine and shake things up a bit.
PART 1 – FOR KIDS WHO LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT
Sporting camps for primary school age children spring up everywhere over the school holidays. There are hundreds of them run by local councils, franchises, special interest groups and more. Narrowing it down to a short list was no mean feat but I’ve scraped together a small sample of whats on offer.
- Sports Fundamentals – Moore Park, Neutral Bay, East Lindfield and Freshwater
The program is designed for 3-8 year olds and includes tennis, cricket, basketball, T-ball, soccer, football, hockey, throwing and obstacle courses.
- YMCA – Various locations throughout Sydney
Has run school holiday programs for the past 30 years catering for ages 5 up to 15. Its budget friendly and the variety of activities on offer is dizzying. Dont let the Villiage People put you off – check it out.
- Football NSW – Glenwood, Bexley North, Emu Plains, Richmond, Ashfield, Winmalee
Football (read – soccer) NSW runs camps for aspiring David Beckhams in the 5 to 13 age bracket. Kids will have a great time learning important technical skills from qualified instructors. Sounds like one for hard core sporting nuts.
- Star Sports – Balgowlah, Dee Why, Kellyville, Mona Vale, St Ives, Queens Park
This franchise runs small group soccer coaching clinics for ages 5 to 14. Fortunately they have a wet weather program.
- Tiny Tots Tennis & Mega Tennis – 15 different locations in Sydney’s north, Western Suburbs, St George and Sutherland Shire
This group offers school term and holiday classes designed to teach kids the fundamentals of tennis in a fun and relaxed environment. Tiny Tots caters for 3 to 6 year olds whilst Mega Tennis is for older kids. It sounds like a great program but the website is dysfunctional. Give it a shot anyway. (ha, ha, ha – the puns keep coming).
- Sydney Olympic Park – Homebush
The Kids in the Park program has a truly awesome range of activities. There are over 50 events catering for kids of all age groups. The events range from 30 minute classes to 3 to 4 day long camps. Your kids can choose from rugby league, soccer, AFL, golf, gymnastics, archery, BMX biking, skateboarding, trapeze and diving. As the man says, “the list goes on and on”. Even non-sporty types get a guernsey with art, drama and creative writing workshops. For those willing to make the trek to Homebush its well worth the effort.
- Kidsportz – Randwick
Normally a play centre and party venue, Kidsportz will be running camps over the holidays for ages 4 through to 14. The activities will include soccer, tee-ball, cricket, basketball, and mini-olympics. If it rains the kids will simply be shunted inside to play on the wicked collection of inflatables. Looks like fun to me.
- Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre – School Holiday Fun
Our friends in the Shire can pop into the fab Sutherland Pool complex which is holding a bunch of sports and swimming clinics. Activities include track and field, volley ball, bush walking and flippaball. However the highlight for primary school kids is getting let loose on the giant inflatables.
Finally I’m added a couple of activities especially for the littlies.
- Toddler Tumbles – Bondi
I can personally vouch for this terrific gymnastics group. I took both my princesses to a session at Bondi Pavillion and they threw themselves enthusiastically into the “circuit” loving every moment. Doing rolly pollies, swinging on bars and negotiating obstacles was fun and just challenging enough. Toddler tumbles runs holiday workshops for the 4 to 6 age group.
- Playball – Bondi
Playball is a troup specialising in sports coaching for pre-school kids but extends to 8 year olds. They are holding a couple of interesting camps where kids participate in a mix of sports, crafts, music and cooking. There’s a big emphasis on teaching kids about health and fitness and we parents can’t argue with that.
Mumabulous hopes you find this helpful. I’ll be back shortly with a list of holiday activities for the crafty creative types . Of course any suggestions you have are welcome with open arms. Please share.