Summer School Holiday Fun in Byron Bay and beyond!
16 December, 2017
You could be in paradise… but at some point during this 6 week school holiday, you can be fairly sure you will hear those words… “I’m bored, what can we do now?” probably more than once! 🙈😂
Also likely that you’ll hear those words when you’ve just sat down to take a moment for yourself and attempted to relax 😫 (I so know it’s not just me that happens to!!)
Well, if they’re of the older variety, send them off for a couple of hours or up to a whole day to immerse themselves in some of the wonderful activities and workshops that have been organised by local businesses this school holidays.
If they are of the ‘too young to send them off’ variety there are some equally lovely activities they can participate in – albeit it with your assistance so it’s not entirely relaxing but it can be fun and they can come away with a real sense of achievement.
So whether you’re looking to for them to get active (tire the little buggers out) to get creative – be it paint, clay, paper or fabric – the mess is NOT in your house and you DON’T have to clean it up 🙌
Perhaps you you all want to be entertained – live kids comedy, acro & music shows from Byron to Brunswick. Or to be inspired – seabird and turtle rescue tours, be a keeper for a day, learn to surf… oh, and did I tell you some of these activities are FREE!!!
As always there are some exciting new additions to the Calendar of Events this school holidays and with some days boasting over 20 different activities, events and workshops … I can almost guarantee you won’t be stuck for things to do with the kids!
You can join Summerland House Farm for a day of fun these School Holidays. Apart from enjoying a round of mini golf then cooling off in their fun in the waterspray park,they are offering a special School Holiday deal of cheeseburger & chips plus a Farm Tractor tour for just $12!
Or how about getting down and dirty at The Farm Byron Bay! Farm Kids is holding a number of their fabulous hands-on 3 hour workshops for kids with their exciting themed workshops focused on Pigs and Cows, Medicinal Herbs, Planting, Chooks and Bee Fun. They are also offering their Farm Kids Mini Farmers Program! Suitable for 7-15 y/o, this full day program introduces children to real life farming. They get their hands dirty and work alongside real farmers.
Based in Bangalow, Dance Lab are offering a 2-day Summer Workshop with action packed fun and a complete overview of everything dance!
Or you could always run away and join the circus… there’s 2 to choose from!!
Circus Arts is a fully equipped, 1200sqm, indoor space offering a range of unique activities from kinder to teens (and adults too!) Try Flying trapeze, Indoor climbing, Circus skills, Aerial Skills, Parkour, Gymnastics to name a few and… if your little one isn’t quite ready to try a class (they do have Kinder & Pre-Circus Classes) there’s always the fantastic playspace for littlies to have fun while you can sit back and enjoy a cuppa from the onsite cafe and take advantage of the free wifi.
Spaghetti Circus in Mullumbimby also offer half and full day Circus Programs and provide foundation training in aerials, tumbling, acro-balance, mini-tramp, juggling, hula hoops and much more! The classes are designed to be fun, social and supportive AND sell out fast so get your name down quick!
Also keeping your kids active and off the couch are Ballina Gymnastics who this holidays are offering a morning session on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays during the holidays. These half day classes are open to all – so if you want to try – this is the ideal opportunity!
… OR GET CREATIVE!
If your child is feeling creative, there are some fantastic crafty workshops in the process of being added to our Calendar of Events.
Meet Make Create hold sessions for children age 5+ where they spend a few hours immersed in artistic creativity. They also offer a MINI MAKERS CRAFT session aimed at non-school aged children twice a week focusing on a variety of sensory projects including painting, printing, collage and sculpture making. The emphasis is the creative process, not the end product and with classes held in a creative space in their Byron Bay Studio – there is no stress about the mess!! Dates for these MEET MAKE CREATE workshops will be listed on our Calendar of Events as soon as they become available!
The Clay Barn are putting on some fantastic Kids School Holiday Workshops for ages 8+ in December and January just outside of Bangalow on The Hinterland Way. Classes include hand building, decorating and texture and there are limited spaces so jump on our Calendar of Events to check the dates and book your spot!
There’s also an exciting new kids creative class that’s happening in Brunswick Heads called Club Create.
Run by two teachers – both practising artists – unlock your child’s imagination with awesome art and craft workshops for primary school kids including: self portrait art project- drawing and painting, indigo shibori dyeing, making cyanotypes and other printmaking techniques to name a few! The Calendar of Events lists the dates and times of each unique session.
KidzKlub are offering their half day (afternoon) school holiday program in the centre of town at Byron Bay Community Centre and half and full day sessions at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre. With areas for art and craft, drama, sports and games; the kids can play freely and creatively in each area with the fabulous equipment and materials or join in with structured sessions facilitated by qualified staff.
Brunswick Picture House has got an incredible line-up of ALL-AGE shows this school holidays.
Reef Up – Using dance, theatre, some amazing costumes and the latest scientific research, Reef UP! shares the story of what is happening to our coral reefs and what we can do to help.
Bunny Racket – is Rock ‘n’ Roll for kids. Pure and simple. King Bunny is a guitar-wielding, skateboarding, nature-loving rabbit with a passion to share his love of rock ’n’ roll. Bunny Racket is born of King Bunny’s fierce love for rock music and a yearning for kid-friendly tunes that are relevant and positive.
How to be a Rockstar – From invisible hula-hooping to crumping, Tessa Waters celebrates the ridiculousness of the human form, getting laughs from waggling whatever body parts the kids suggest.
The World According To Farts – A side splitting tour of the human body – a cheeky way using songs and stand up to entertain kids about the human body and learn at the same time!
and last but not least – we went to see him last time he was here and he was AMAZING – it’s Captain Frodo’s Magic Circus! – At once mad and meaningful, idiotic and inspiring, the Incredible Rubber Man arrives with bucketfuls of magic to warm your heart and tickle your mind until you laugh out loud.
There’s equally fun, family friendly and mad antic capers happening at Byron Theatre.
Thomas the Break Engine – Kids Circus Show & Workshop! – Chooo choo! Welcome to Thomas the Break Engine! An adorable family show about a train conductor’s search for clean energy sources to power his train! A half hour of high power acrobatics, followed by a fun half hour workshop for anyone to learn some circus stunts.
Johnny The Jester: Wild & Crazy Magic Show – Johnny the Jester is one of Australia’s leading entertainers and children’s magicians. His Wild & Crazy Children’s Magic Show is incredibly interactive, and loads of fun. His shows always bring lots of smiles and laughter from the little ones as well as the older ones.
Have fun with Gabriel Otu at his Children’s African Drum, Dance and Storytelling Workshop This hands on children’s workshop is all round family fun! Including drumming, dancing and storytelling of the lifestyle in Ghana, West Africa. Gabriel brings all the instruments and everyone has this rare opportunity to participate, learn new skills and share their unique rhythm. Suitable for ages 2+.
…OR BE INSPIRED!
Based in Ballina, Australian Seabird Rescue are holding their weekday school holiday tours. Learn about seabird and sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release. The tour goes for approximately one hour and costs just $7 (CASH ONLY) per person. It’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to learn about the hazards marine life face and a real life insight into seabird and turtle rescue and how we can all be more mindful and proactive in their protection. No booking required – just turn up on the day!
Mojo Surf Weet-Bix School Holiday Surfgroms Program at Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay
Mojo stands for FUN and that is exactly what they do best. Combining great fun with surfing and the education required to experience and enjoy the beach in a fun and safe environment. Learn ocean and beach safety, paddling, catching and riding waves, lots of games and most of all – fun, fun, fun!
Want to get wet with the little ones and still have some fun with the bigger kids – why not spend a day at Discovery Parks Water Park in Byron Bay. They offer a unique barrel waterpark with a giant tipping bucket along with waterslides, water shooting features and amazing fountains plus you also get access to the pool, relaxation area, jumping pillow and BBQ facilities!
There are Day Passes and Family Value Passes available but note: DON’T DISAPPOINT THE KIDS – BOOKINGS ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL – YOU CAN’T JUST TURN UP ON THE DAY.
Girls Secret Summer Getaway Days! Who doesn’t love the idea of a girls only secret summer adventure! Sun, water, forest, friends, yoga, art, giggles and girl circle talks.The power of nature, female bonding, mindful activities and open heartfelt girl talk… does wonders to create a Vibrant Girl! Suitable for tweens 8-14yrs and 3 dates to choose from in January – be quick for this one!!
What is a school holiday without a trip to the Macadamia Castle? Feed the guinea pigs fresh grass, give the Alpacas their favourite treat, deliver some crunchy crickets to the lizards, feed the ducks and chickens and feed fresh hay to the Farmyard animals including baby goats and cows. Not only that, they also offer 2 special hands-on school holiday programs – Wildlife Guardians for 7-11 year olds and Keeper for a Day for ages 12 to 99! (yes adults can do this one too!!). Learn about conservation, caring for our native wildlife and handle lizards, snakes and crocodiles!
There are also some awesome and inspiring activities and events for girls age 12 to 25 years old – many of which are FREE at Future Dreamers Girls Club based in central Byron Bay with titles such as 5 Senses, Vision Board, Textile Art, Wild Warriors, Twilight Skating, Tassel Earrings, Paper Making, Beach picnics and Indigo Dye Your Undies!
Bookings are essential for all Future Dreamers workshops and booking details, along with times and dates can be easily found on our Calendar of Events.
Excluding heading down to one of the many beautiful beaches, enjoying a coastal or hinterland walking trail or enjoying a scoot or a skate or a play at any number of our local skateparks and playgrounds… all of which you can find out more about by clicking on the links. There are also some wonderful FREE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS put on by local libraries and shopping centres
There are some fabulous science and craft creations, plus handy Christmas Craft FREE activities being offered by the local libraries including LED Circuit Craft, 3D Colouring, Beginner Robotics, Create your own Placemat, Projectile Launchers and Worry Dolls at Lennox Head; Fairy Poppilina, Felting Fun and Make a Beautiful Birdhouse at Byron Bay.
Andy Jones Children’s Show, Paper Planes, Basic Origami and Mexican Worry Dolls at Ballina Library and Puppet Making at Brunswick Heads.
PLEASE NOTE: Bookings are essential for most of these activities. For your ease, the telephone numbers for each library are included in the event description listed in our Calendar of Events.
Byron Bay and Ballina Bunnings also offer fun nature or craft workshops at their respective stores. Dates and activities will be listed on our Calendar of Events as soon as they become available!
During the last week of the school holidays Ballina Central is offering a FREE Pencil Case Decorating activity and Ballina Fair Shopping Centre has a week of Free Back to School Craft!