Spring School Holiday Programs & Activities Now Pivoted To Online 2021
As the spring school holidays set in the chances of the lockdown being lifted are looking slim so all the incredible spring programmes and activities we love are once again pivoting to the digital world.
The good news is, these online alternatives are just as fun, engaging and entertaining and will be a welcome relief for restless kids stuck at home.
Here are our top picks for school holiday programs, activities and workshops you can tune into online…
1. Academy of Speakers
Academy of Speakers is introducing their Virtual Spring Leadership through Public Speaking Holiday Program specifically for grades 4 - 6! Your child will learn the foundational principles of speaking in public and how to apply these principles into their daily life, while also building confidence, resilience and self-esteem.
Academy of Speakers programs use activities and games to create a fun and engaging online experience. Workshops are run by TEDX Professional Speakers and backed by a money-back guarantee. The 3-day program is only $76 with an NSW Creative Kids Voucher and the ellaslist discount. Plus, you'll get a FREE BOOK full of follow up resources and guides.
Special offer: Use the code “ELLASLIST” to get 20% off the program.
2. Australian Theatre for Young People
The dynamic and engaging school holiday drama workshops at ATYP - Australian Theatre for Young People - include screen acting, audition techniques, storytelling, voice and accent work, short film making, and for the littlest participants, amazing imagination stretching. Budding performers learn how to build confidence, plus they have a ton of fun in a safe and inspiring environment. The Spring Holiday Workshops will take place online via Zoom and Google Classrooms.
3. Art Est Online Art Classes
There is a range of fun art classes you can do online with Art Est following your tutor step-by-step as you would in the studios. You will be able to use art materials you have at home and things around the house, so this is the perfect activity to keep the kids occupied at home.
To join one of these exciting online art classes, all you will need is a smart device with an internet connection (e.g. Laptop, iPad or Mobile phone), the free Zoom app downloaded on your device and some basic art materials.
4. Speaking Schools Australasia
Immerse your child in Debating and Public Speaking workshops that help boost confidence, critical thinking and resilience. Speaking Schools Australasia adopt a fun and holistic approach to developing these vital life skills with their engaging school holiday programs.
From 20 to 30 September, Speaking Schools Australasia will be running a number of online Debating & Public Speaking programs these spring school holidays! All programs are suitable for students of all experience levels from years 1 - 9. Plus, Creative Kids Vouchers are accepted.
5. Art Gallery NSW's Together in Art Kids
The Art Gallery Of NSW has an incredible mix of workshops in their online hub, Kids At Home, where families are encouraged to make and enjoy art together. From artist-led projects and art-making videos to colourful activity sheets based on art from our collection, you will find a collection of creative resources to spark the imagination and keep budding artists inspired.
6. MCA School Holiday Program
Create incredible art at home with the MCA online school holiday program - Creative Adventures with Pip and Brook. Explore artworks in the MCA Collection and be inspired by Australian artists while engaging in five, free online kids activities. Each project includes step-by-step instructions and accessible material suggestions, plus Pip (MCA Kids and Families Coordinator) and Brook (MCA Artist Educator) will guide little artists through the process and present some of their own work.
7. Central Coast Council: Spring Online Holiday Workshops
Central Coast Council has a jam-packed schedule of online Spring school holiday workshops to keep kids engaged throughout the break. From starting the day with Wake Me Up Morning Yoga they can then log in to an abundance of creative classes from cartoon drawing to science experiments. The Central Coast Library is also hosting a range of fun challenges and activities.
8. NIDA Online Program
NIDA Open runs online courses for aspiring actors aged from years 3 to 10. Designed specifically for the online space, these courses provide the opportunity for your young artist to learn new skills and build confidence in a safe and supportive environment while socialising and having fun!
With a ‘learning by doing’ approach, NIDA's creative classes include acting and audition preparation, drama, improvisation, TV presenting and more, all led by actors and creatives from the performing arts industry. Budding performers are encouraged to create stories and characters using their bodies and movement while growing their communication skills and collaborating with like-minded peers.
9. Angsana Education
Angsana Education is a language enrichment and cultural study centre that facilitates multilingual early learning programs for children. They offer innovative and immersive language programmes during the school holidays to give their students bilingual skills a boost, whether they want to strengthen their English language skills or to develop their Mandarin language skills.
Online classes allow children to fully engage in a fun and stimulating learning experience that teaches language skills through creative activities that include drama and creative writing.
10. Merlin's Holiday Heroes
With school holidays falling in lockdown, the team behind SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo are here to help! Along with Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne they’ve created Merlin's Holiday Heroes - the ultimate online destination for kids to dive into fun and educational activities and live stream events.
The Holiday Heroes line-up includes virtual visits to some of Sydney's top attractions, superhero challenges and crafts, LEGO® building workshops and more.
11. The Harbour Trust
The Harbour Trust is celebrating the spring school holidays and Biodiversity Month with a curated collection of virtual arts and crafts for kids of all ages! The line-up of fun projects celebrate Aussie wildlife and include an exclusive FREE 1-hour watercolour painting tutorial with illustrator Carlie Edwards. Carlie will guide little artists through the entire process to create a vibrant cockatoo to call their own.
Harbour Trust also has a special selection of online nature-themed activities where kids can get creative with colouring-in and collage or they can test their skills with a native plant memory game and native animal online puzzles.
12. Australia Museum Inside Out
The team at the Australian Museum have created a complete hub to help parents keep kids at home busy during the school holidays.
Step inside (virtually, of course) and there’s everything from expedition videos, a virtual autopsy and downloadable activity sheets.
13. Opera House STREAM
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Sydney Opera House’s Stream enables families to tune in for exclusive live streams, and get access to a selection of the very best from the performing arts—with new content added every month. The service is free (just what we like to hear!), with some pay per play content and is positively bursting with family-friendly content that will engage little minds.
14. Sydney Olympic Park - Park LIVE Online
Virtual tours, art exhibitions, kids activities, ranger programs for the little ones and cooking with Isobel Bishop are just some of the great activities now hosted online at Sydney Olympic Park LIVE.
15. Class Bento
Step inside the incredible world of Class Bento, even when out of lockdown, and you'll discover a staggering 4500 different workshops to pick from. The only limitation is your imagination. There are cooking classes, weaving workshops, how to make a mosaic Turkish lamp and even an introduction to glass blowing. Perhaps leave that last one to the adults.
16. WOW Early Start Discovery Space
The sky’s the limit when it comes to the range of workshops being created by the WOW Early Start Discovery Space. There’s Lego landmark making, book reading, a virtual pirate ship and an interactive puppet show. Each is suitable for younger school kids and costs just $12.50 for a 30-minute class.
17. Code Camp
Suitable for those aged 5 up to 13, Code Camp is the ultimate school camp for kids wanting to learn code. In fact, since launching Code Camp has taught over 100,000 kids in Australia with everything from cutting videos for YouTube to coding your own DC Superhero and even creating a website from scratch. Best of all, they accept the Creative Kids Vouchers.
18. State Library NSW
If you are looking to keep your kids occupied, join the State Library of NSW for a series of fun and interactive online programs that you can do at home during these July school holidays. They've just dropped a program with 10 different workshops, including secret codes, poetry, online board games and alien and watercolour drawing. Each workshop is tailored to different ages and there's really something for everyone.
19. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
Want to see Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural bush setting but from the comfort of your own home? Well, Featherdale will be dropping videos throughout lockdown plus they have a virtual passport tour. To keep up to date, make sure you’re following Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park on Facebook.
20. Toon Creations
Cartoon and drawing workshops don’t get much better than those offered by Toon Creations and they’ve just opened up even more online classes over the school holidays. Here you’re budding artist will be taught tips and techniques to develop their skills.
21. Fizzics Education
The talented bunch of science education professionals behind Fizzics Education have created a number of incredible online workshops and show for the next two weeks including Kitchen Chemistry, Slime, Sherbet & Bubbles, CSI Forensics, Creative Coding, Liquid Nitrogen and more.
22. iFLY Downunder At-Home Virtual Reality
The team over at iFly FREAK are offering a “FREAK In the Box” package which is a full kit of VR equipment delivered straight to your home for unlimited gameplay. Inside, there's a gaming laptop, high-end VR headset, controllers, and tracking system complete with leading VR games and educational content.