Top Winter School Holiday Programs in Sydney

  • Preschoolers

The winter school holidays are almost here! Time to pull on those puffer jackets and enjoy some family fun, or buy yourself some time and enroll the kids in engaging hands-on programs. There are loads of cool things to do these holidays—in real life and online—from coding to drama and sports to animals!

Keep your kids active and inspired with our top programs and activities for kids these Winter School Holidays.

1. Australian Theatre for Young People

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Engage budding performers in ATYP's great range of winter programs!

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is offering a varied and dynamic range of drama workshops during the winter school holidays, all of which have been created to engage performers of all ages. The workshops will encourage and engage young people from Kindergarten to Year 12. Kids will make new friends, learn about performing, gain confidence and most importantly have a ton of fun in a safe and inspiring environment. Workshops on offer this winter include musical theatre, screen acting, audition intensives, storytelling technique, stagecraft and for the littlest participants, amazing imagination stretching.

Where:    Glebe, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Chippendale
When:     Monday 28 June - Friday 9 July 2021
Cost:       Check the website for individual program costs


NIDA Winter Programs
With something for everyone, NIDA's range of programs promises to engage and expand young minds.

Equip your little performer with lots of new skills with NIDA’s diverse range of programs during the winter school holidays. Courses include acting, costume design, filmmaking, musical theatre, YouTube presenting and more -meaning there’s something for every age and interest!

All of NIDA’s courses focus on practical skills and collaboration, providing an engaging and transformative learning experience for students of all ages.

Where:     Various locations
When:      28 June – 11 July 2021
Cost:       Check the website for individual program costs

3. National Arts School

National Art School Winter Programs
Aspiring artists will love developing their skills at this range of workshops.

Budding artists will enjoy the variety on offer at the National Art School during the winter school holidays! The Future Makers workshops provide young people aged 6–16 with opportunities to engage with artists, art-making and other forms of creative production on-site at NAS.

Where:  National Art School
When:   28 June – 9 July 2021 | 20 September – 1 October 2021
Cost:     Check the website for individual program costs

4. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel winter school holiday programs
Cupcake decorating, slime making or LEGO play, anyone? 

School holidays are around the corner and the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is back with an ultra-fun lineup of activities for the kids. This time we're talking LEGO workshops, slime making and cupcake decorating, as well as the much-loved offer of $5 kid meals from 11.30 – 2.30 after every event!

Where:        Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
When:         28 June - 9 July 2021 | 10.30am - 11.30am
Cost:           Check the website for individual program costs

5. Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park winter school holiday programs
Animal lovers will adore this school holiday experience at one of our favourite wildlife locations—Featherdale!

Featherdale Wildlife Park has announced the launch of 3 tailored Zookeeper For A Day programs in time for the winter school holidays, including the launch of two brand new sessions! The new Inclusive Zookeeper for a Day program is now available with a dedicated session perfect for kids aged 8-13 with special needs and their carers, plus the new Team TEEN Zookeeper for a Day – perfect for students aged 12-16 who are keen to learn more about a day in the life of a Zookeeper at Featherdale!

Where:      Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park, Doonside 
When:       Monday 28th June – Junior Zookeeper for a Day (Ages 8-13)
                  Wednesday 30th June – Team TEEN Zookeeper for a Day (Ages 12 -16)
                  Tuesday 6th July – Inclusive Zookeeper for a Day (Ages 8-13)
Cost:        $195

6. Future Vet Kids Camp

Future Kids VET Camp
Give your animal-loving kids the ultimate VET experience these winter holidays at VET camp!

Hosted by celebrity twin vets Dr. Audrey and Dr. Alison from the new ‘Bondi Vet’ series, the Future VET Kids Camp is set to be a huge hit these school holidays! 

The online course includes interviews with pet behaviorists, animal scientists and well-respected Vets throughout Australia. Meet some of Australia's most knowledgeable reptile experts as well a Marine Biologist and her recent study into analysing Whale Snot! You will get to do live chats, Q&A with their Vets as well ZOOM into live presentations from their face-to-face HQ camp.

Where:  At home via the Future VET Kids Camp website
When:   27 June–11 July 2021
Cost:     $240

7. The Australian Museum 

Winter Holidays at the Australian Museum
With something for every kind of child and interest, school holidays at the Australian Museum look set to be a whole lot of fun!

Whatever your child wants to do during the school holidays, the Australian Museum has everything you need to engage and excite the kids these winter holidays. Plus with free general admission, now is the perfect time to visit! The Prehistoric Playground will instantly engage young learners, and the Unsettled exhibition tours provide a great insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history. There's also a Monkey Baa Theatre Company drama workshop and special programs for those with autism and other sensory needs!

Where:   The Australian Museum, 1 William St, Darlinghurst
Dates:     28 June – 10 July 2021
Cost:      General admission is FREE | Check the website for individual program costs

8. Eastcourts Tennis

Eastcourts Tennis winter holiday program
Blow off some serious steam at Eastcourts Tennis during the winter school holidays this year. 

With full and half-day sessions available, Eastcourts Tennis provides a fantastic camp experience for kids. With a combination of tennis coaching, on-court activities and games, these winter school holiday camps are suitable for kids aged 5 - 15 and promise to be a memorable experience for all participants!

Where:    Eastcourts Tennis, 1 Court Avenue, Kingsford
Dates:     28 June – 7 July 2021 (Full and half-day options)
Cost:       Half-day $40 | Full day $65

9. My Gym

My Gym winter holiday program
Keep your kids moving and active during the holidays with My Gym!

At a My Gym camp, children aged 5-10 participate in energising fitness games, themed fun, non-competitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more! Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children engaged and active—and with ever-changing themes, no two days at My Gym are the same. 

Where:    Ground floor, Mandarin Centre, Chatswood
Dates:     28 June – 7 July 2021 
Cost:      $95 for 6 hours days OR $115 for 9 hour days

10. City of Sydney Pools School Holiday Intensives

City Of Sydney Pools Winter Intensive Learn to Swim
Dive into City Of Sydney's Winter Learn to Swim Intensives

All City of Sydney pools and fitness centres will close temporarily as per the mandated NSW Health stay-at-home order. This includes Cook + Phillip Park Pool, Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Prince Alfred Park Pool and Victoria Park Pool.

Give your kids a head start for next summer! The winter fast-track swimming program at City of Sydney Pools will get your child into the pool for one 30-minute private lesson per day - and the fifth lesson is FREE! With three inner-city locations, heated indoor pools and top-quality facilities, the school holiday intensives are an affordable way to keep kids active and accelerate their skills.

Where:   Ultimo, Zetland and Sydney CBD
When:    5 - 9 July 2021
Cost:      Check individual City of Sydney pools for pricing

11. MCA Mini-makers Studio

MCA's July School Holiday Mini-makers Studio
There's arty fun for everyone at the MCA these holidays!

Discover a whole new world of colour, creativity and collaboration at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Mini-makers Studio. Designed to encourage everyone to get involved in the art-making process, the Mini-makers Studio will spark your imagination as you embark on an adventure through the galleries with an interactive family tour followed by a hands-on experience with an MCA artist educator.

Where:    MCA Digital Studio, Level 3, 140 George Street, The Rocks
When:     8 - 10 July 2021 | 10:30am-12:30pm & 2pm-4pm
Cost:       General admission $25 Child & $15 Adult | MCA Members and Concession  $20 Child & $10 Adult | Free for siblings under 4 years

12. Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park Winter Holiday Programs
Stretch out the holidays with sport clinics at Sydney Olympic Park

All winter holiday programs at Sydney Olympic Park have been cancelled due to the current COVID outbreak. 

Sydney Olympic Park will be a hive of activity these holidays with a bumper schedule of sporting clinics to burn some energy and keep kids fighting fit. In Gym Sports, kids will practice like a professional at the Quaycentre’s renowned gymnastic facilities and the Archery program will teach keen marksmen how to shoot an arrow and hit the bullseye! There's also a swimming program at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and a Winter Sports program including volleyball, netball, basketball, and soccer.

Where:    Sydney Olympic Park
When:     28 June - 9 July 2021
Cost:       See individual programs for prices

13. Startup Business Education

Startup Business Education
Inventors and entrepreneurs can put their ideas into action!

Get your kids ahead of the game with the Startup Business Education online course. Budding entrepreneurs will learn the ropes and acquire the diverse skill set needed to succeed in business. The six-module, self-paced program will take future moguls through developing their idea, planning a business strategy, pitching, presenting and a whole lot more. Plus, you can save $100 with your Creative Kids voucher!

Where:    Online via the Startup Business Education website
When:     This is a self-paced online program delivered over six two-hour modules
Cost:       From $186 with the Creative Kids voucher

14. Sydney Hills Horse Riding Camp

Sydney Hills Horse Riding Centre
Sydney Hills Horse Riding Camps are a three-day adventure for animal lovers!

Jump in the saddle this winter school holidays, for a fun, friendly, and educational experience at Sydney Hills Horse Riding Camp. Avid equestrians will get to experience the joy of being around these beautiful horses while learning and improving their riding and groundwork skills. Children will have three days of active adventure including two riding sessions per day with experienced coaches. 

Where:   66 Kenthurst Road, Dural
When:    30 June - 2 July & Tues 6 June - 8 July | 9am - 3.30pm
Cost:      $550 for a 3-day camp

15. Aerialize

Aerialize Circus School Sydney
Kids will love hanging out and learning the ropes at Aerialize Circus School

Roll up, roll up for action-packed school holiday workshops at Sydney's home of circus and aerial training and performance. Aerialize has classes for all ages and ability levels that are safe, challenging and so much fun! A day at circus school includes trapeze, tissu, aerial hoop, juggling, acrobatics and more. Kids can come and play for a single session, a full day, or a whole week. They can also showcase their awesome new skills in a show for parents and carers!

Where:   7-9 Close St, Canterbury
When:    28 June - 9 July 2021
Cost:      From $45 to $380 | Active & Creative Kids Vouchers fare accepted for the school holiday classes

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