School Holiday Programs in Sydney: The Best for Summer 2023-2024

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Summer school holidays are almost upon us, so to ensure that the kids don't end up glued to the TV or iPad all summer long, make sure to book them in for some of these awesome school holiday programs in Sydney running at museums, gardens, parks, and beyond.

There's something for every child at locations across the city in our guide to the best school holiday programs in Sydney, so there's never been a better antidote to the school holiday blues!

Summer School Holiday Programs in Sydney 2023-2024

1. School Holidays At The Australian National Maritime Museum

School Holidays At The Australian National Maritime Museum
Explore under water fun with Wonderwater ​​​​​​.

 

Set sail for an unforgettable summer at Wonderwater at the Australian National Maritime Museum! From 22 December through 4 February, families are invited to embark on a captivating journey of ocean exploration.

Discover a treasure trove of attractions including six engaging exhibitions, such as the awe-inspiring "Ocean Photographer of the Year" and the tribute to marine conservationist Valerie Taylor in "An Underwater Life."

Dive into interactive fun with the Great Southern LEGO® Reef, wander the enchanting "Octopus Garden," and delve into the story behind Tim Winton’s "Blueback." Experience enthralling live performances, including Sydney Festival's "Il Tabarro" and the shadow play "The Sea is Still a Mystery." Enjoy the "Sea it All Film Festival," the uplifting "New Beginnings Festival," and the dazzling "Rainbow, Mermaid, Fireworks" installation.

Daily roving entertainers add to the maritime festivities.

Where:  Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
When:   22 December, 2023, to 4 February, 2024
Cost:    See It All Ticket - Adults $25, Child $15, Under 4s FREE, Family $70, Members FREE

2. Hive Festival at Art Gallery of NSW and The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Art Gallery NSW
Hive Festival at Art Gallery of NSW and The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre


Sydney will be a hive of activity over the summer school holidays as art lovers of all ages are invited to explore the inspiring world of art, nature and play at the new Hive Festival. The FREE family event will be abuzz with interactive artworks, hands-on workshops, performances, storytelling and more.

Hive Festival will take over the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 January 2024 and The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 January 2024. There will be plenty of hands-on experiences for kids and families throughout the festival, so make sure you add it to your school holiday to-do list! 

Where:  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
             The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre,  78 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown
When:   AGNSW - Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 January 2024
             Blacktown Arts - Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 January 2024
Cost:    Entry and all activities are FREE

3. KICK Learn to Swim

KICK Learn to Swim
 Intensive swimming programs are a great way to improve your child's water confidence and skills quickly!


The KICK Learn to Swim School Holiday Intensive program in Edgecliff is an excellent way to accelerate your child's swimming skills and water confidence. Designed for kids from 3 years of age, their small school holiday classes get real results and are perfect for swimmers to consolidate the progress they have made during the term or get the push they need to move up a level.

Swimmers attend a class at the same time each day for a week, with classes running every half hour during morning sessions (8 am -12 pm) and afternoon sessions (2 pm - 5 pm) for optimal flexibility and availability. Private one-on-one classes are also available for $280 for 4 x 30-minute sessions.

Where:   Level B / 100 New South Head Road, Edgecliff
When:    Monday 18 December 2023 - Thursday 25 January 2023
Cost:      $175 for 5 x 30 minute shared lessons | $140 for 4 x 30 minute shared lessons

4.  Open Academy at the Conservatorium of Music

Get your little music and drama lovers ready!


Is your child interested in singing, musical instruments, and a little drama? Open Academy has something for them!

Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Structured workshops are based on the Orff-Schulwerk approach, Dalcroze and Kodaly methods and will include activities such as singing, imitation, movement, playing tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, improvisation, story-telling and guided listening activities.

Book now for fun school holiday workshops for little music lovers 3 to 10 years old.

Where:  Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, Macquarie Street, Sydney
When:  16 - 19 January 2024
Cost:   $40 - $100

5. Museums of History NSW

Convict Kids at Museums of History NSW
Convict Kids at Museums of History NSW


Museums of History NSW are offering a fun-filled and engaging school holiday program in January, running across their Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm locations. 

Convict Kids is an ultra-engaging workshop where kids can delve into the experience of a convict servant in colonial times. There really will be no time to spare: kids will have to scrub the laundry, polish the silver, sort the beans for the cook, and much more. To earn their ticket of leave, they’ll have to roll up their sleeves and get to work!

Where:   Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill and Vaucluse House, Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
When:    Select dates between 3 - 25 January 2024 |10.30 am - 12 pm
Cost:      $15 per person | $12 for members. Remember, everyone needs a ticket – kids and adults.

6. Code Camp

Code Camp
Join in the fun at Code Camp.


Code Camp is the ultimate school holiday boredom buster for kids who love STEAM. Code Camp has taught over 100,000 kids in Australia everything from how to cut a YouTube video to coding your own Jurassic World game. Code Camp introduces kids to the fascinating possibilities of technology and empowers them to design, code, and create their own unique projects.

Code Camp offers a multitude of school holiday camps to explore! This summer, brand new camps are on the schedule including Little Coders: Trolls Edition and Spark and Ignite, inspired by DreamWorks' Trolls! Plus, there are new AI Camps where kids embark on an exciting journey into the world of Artificial Intelligence. All the favourites are also returning this season including Minecraft Engineers, Minecraft Minis and Roblox Legends.

Camps are designed for different age groups and ability levels and, with over 100 locations around Australia plus online camps, there is something for every budding coder or creator. 

Where:    All areas of Sydney, plus regional locations
When:     11 December 2023 - 19 January 2024 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm*
Cost:       Starting from $129 for online and $275 for in-person camps

*Drop-off starts at 9 am and pick-up ends at 4 pm. Extended hours from 8 am until 5 pm are offered at selected venues.  

7. Angsana Education 

Angsana Education
Angsana Education


Language Enrichment Centre, Angsana Education, will be holding some trial classes at the end of the summer school holidays to allow students a taster of their English Enrichment and Maths Mastery classes. 

Throughout these trial classes, you'll have the chance to see firsthand how Angsana Education includes arts, crafts, stories, live drama performances, and more within their learning framework to make the classes fun, engaging, and enjoyable for students. In the Angsana Education English Enrichment classes, topics covered include creative writing, reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar, writing for purpose, proofreading, phonics, and early reading, while the topics included in the Maths Mastery classes include number and place value, mental arithmetic, times tables, time, fractions, decimals, percentages, shape, area and perimeter plus a whole lot more. 

Where:   Shop T74, North Rocks Shopping Centre, 328 - 336 North Rocks Road, North Rocks
When:    22- 25 January 2024
Cost:     $15 per trial class

8. Future Vet Kids Camp

Future Vet Kids
Future Vet Kids Camp


Calling all animal-loving kids with cast-iron stomachs and can-do attitudes! Future Vet Kids Camp is not just a summer program; it's a true adventure into the exciting world of veterinary medicine. This camp is designed for kids aged 9 to 16 who share a love for animals and their habitats. The Camp is crafted by veterinarians and led by the dynamic vet twins Drs Audrey and Alison Shen from the Bondi Vet TV show. This 5-day program is complemented by a Virtual Online Camp, allowing kids to virtually join the classroom and participate in real-time.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences at state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals and exciting excursions are also on the agenda. The program brings in veterinary experts covering ultrasound, surgery, reptiles, grooming, animal rehab, dog training, wildlife, and much more.

Where:   Waverley College, 131 Birrell Street, Waverley
When:    8 -12  January 2024 and 15 - 19 January 2024
Cost:     $655 per student

9. Parramatta Actors Centre

Parramatta Actors Centre
Parramatta Actors Centre


Founded by the talented Lebanese-Australian actress and award-nominated writer Nisrine Amine, along with her siblings Laura and George, Parramatta Actors Centre has been a creative hub for over 1000 kids and teens from Western Sydney since 2018. These 2-day workshops for kids and teens promise to build confidence and hone skills in a super fun and supportive environment. The summer school holidays program at Parramatta Actors Centre promise to inspire every participant. 

Choose from workshops including Theatre & Writing, Film & TV Acting plus Monologues & Auditions.

Where:           Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road Parramatta
When:            17 January - 25 January 2023
Cost:              $300 for all workshops.  Use the code ELLA25 to get $25 off! 

10. Woollahra Sailing Club

Woollahra Sailing Club
Woollahra Sailing Club has learn-to-sail programs for kids during the summer school holidays.


Woollahra Sailing Club is home to one of the most impressive dinghy clubs in Australia, overlooking picturesque Rose Bay in Sydney's east.

Woollahra Sailing Club School Holiday Camps are action-packed and full of fun for those adventurous kids who love water sports and trying new activities. There are three programs available this summer for kids from 6 to 17 years old, including one-day camps, four-day sailing camps, and four-day water sports programs.  All programs are led by certified Australian Sailing instructors and are open to all experience levels - children with no prior experience, sailors who want to improve their skills, camps for teens as well as daily adventure camps for children 6 years + with no experience.

Camps run rain, hail, or shine with activities on both land and water to keep kids occupied active, and endlessly entertained. See you there! 

Where:   Woollahra Sailing Club, 2 Vickery Ave, Rose Bay
When:    7th December 2023 - 29th January 2024 | 9am - 3pm
Cost:      Rose Bay Adventure Club - $150 per child per day
               Junior Holiday Camps - $620 per child | $560 for members
               Teens Holiday Programs - $465 per child | $435 for members

11. WAYS Youth & Family School Holiday Programs

WAYS School Holiday Programs
WAYS Youth and Family has some incredible school holiday programs for children aged between 8 to 12 years old!


WAYS actively seeks input from young people and their parents/caregivers when planning excursions and activities, to ensure their programs are tailored to the needs and interests of their participants. They create jam-packed programs full of fun activities, ensuring an engaging and enjoyable experience for everyone who comes through the doors. The summer program includes the likes of bouldering, a trip to Luna Park, a Masterchef cook-off, and a whole lot more.

Note: The WAYS centre is open daily from 8 am - 6 pm - perfect for working families - and morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. However, children must bring their own lunch. 

Where:   63a Wairoa Ave, Bondi
When:    18 December 2023 - 25 January 2024
Cost:     $115 per day. Fees include snacks, activity fees, transport, and supervision

12. ATYP Drama Workshops

ATYP Drama Workshops
ATYP has a great line-up of school holiday drama workshops.


ATYP is all about creating exciting drama workshops for young people during the school holidays. Whether your child is in Kindergarten or Year 12, there's something for them. They'll not only make new friends but also discover the joys of performing, boost their confidence, and, most importantly, have an absolute blast in a safe and inspiring setting.

These acting classes cover a wide range of exciting topics, from character development to self-devised work, comedy, drama, movement, audition intensives, voice and accents, and so much more. There's also the chance to explore short filmmaking, digital platform presentation, storytelling techniques, stagecraft, and more. It's all about fun and learning at ATYP!

Where:   Locations in Balmain, Darlinghurst and Dawes Point
When:    8 - 25 January 2024
Cost:      Price dependent on workshop length and type. 

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