2021 Winter School Holiday Fun in Byron and Ballina Shires
25 June, 2021
Once again, the school holidays have rolled around and on the one hand they can’t come soon enough and yet on the other I feel like I need another week to get organised! Has anyone else felt that these last couple of weeks at school have felt more intense, with projects, performances and just generally ‘extra’ stuff going on?
Still, as much as I’d like to extend the deadline – school holidays wait for no-one and although these are the winter holidays – local businesses and organisations are really putting on some fantastic programs and there’s a bunch of new things to try too!
Are you seeking a more enriching and empowering alternative to the iPad nanny these school holidays?
Give your child the gift of some revitalising nature-time and join like-minded families committed to restoring the power of deep nature connection in raising healthy, whole young people.
The WILD KIDS School Holiday Program from Wildsong is a holistic nature mentoring program for kid and suits a variety of age groups with sessions for ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-13 years in Broken Head AND a new program for ages 6-8 and 9-13 years in Upper Wilsons Creek. Both programs are packed full of nature awareness, bushcraft, storytelling, and wild play activities that help your child to reconnect with their wild self and the natural world.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Full day program: for ages 6-8 and 9-13: $70 per child | Half day program for ages 3-5: $50 per child. Siblings 10% off.
Located in nature at Broken Head – just 5 mins from Suffolk Park or 15 mins south of Byron, Wildsong also offer fantastic weekly Term Time Nature programs for ages 3-5 and 6-9. Check them out here.
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 farm animal or produce sessions. Also on offer is their Farm Kids Mini Farmers Program! Suitable for 5-15 year olds, this full day program introduces children to real life farming. They get their hands dirty and work alongside real farmers.
Circus Arts Byron Bay is a fully equipped indoor space offering a range of unique activities and a popular 1/2 or full day school holiday program Monday to Saturday. Try Flying trapeze, Climbing wall, Circus skills, Aerial Skills and Parkour to name a few. Suitable for a range of ages including a program designed specifically for thrill-seeking teens which includes rock climbing, acrobatics, aerials, tumble track, big tramp and a full flying trapeze class including catches!
A newcomer to the school holidays with a 2 day ‘GET ACTIVE’ program at the Cavanbah Centre is Byron Youth Academy.
The Byron Bay Youth Academy School Holiday Program provides a full day of activity for children aged 7 to 12 during school holidays. Each day of the program will offer a combination of sports skills sessions, strength and conditioning sessions for children, interspersed with lots of fun and games.
There’s ample opportunity for the children to ‘get their energy out’ as well as some nice restful time with resilience-building reflection and activities. This is predominantly a sport based program, so all children attending should be dressed and ready for action!
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Full day program from 9am – 3pm $85 per child per day.
In a previous post I talked about visiting Rollerworld in Lismore and whether you are a rollerskater (like me) or a rollerblader (like my son and daughter) Lismore Rollerworld has you covered! Both my kids love going for an outing here during the school holidays and it’s fun for all the family with a 2 hour session from only $10pp.
If your child is feeling creative, there are some awesome sessions which have been added to our What’s On Guide – some of which are FREE.
Come learn how to carve sand like a pro with Sandman Steve from Sandology. In an unforgettable hour and a half you will learn how to make towers, archways, stairs, animals and balls out of just sand and water.
You’ll never look at sand the same way again. Workshops take place on Belongil beach in front of the Treehouse restaurant so there’s plenty of free parking. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited – visit our What’s On Guide for booking details.
Exciting school holiday Art and Creativity Classes for kids are also happening in the heart of Byron Bay on Lawson St, courtesy of Art & Wine Co on Mondays to Saturdays from Monday 28 June to Saturday 10 July, 10am – 12 noon.
These classes for primary school children combine digital and traditional creative arts and children are encouraged to explore art through a range of mediums, paint, clay, collage, and illustration as well as having the opportunity to explore digital art through a virtual reality experience!
Book your Kids Creative Arts School Holiday Program before spots run out!
Our lovely libraries have bunch of FREE creative options for you to choose from with Byron Bay Library offering Futuristic Cities Art Workshop with local artist Tanja Taljaard in week 1 and make your own NAIDOC Week artwork with Arakwal traditional owner and artist Kaitlyn Clark in week 2. Bookings essential as spots are super limited!! Brunswick Heads library has a lovely craft workshop happening – TANABATA – Make a Wish – Japanese Star Craft and Ballina Library has a range of fun activities from making paper planes to a Lego Masters workshop! Bookings essential for all library activities and all the details – including the library phone numbers – can be found in our What’s On Guide.
Byron Theatre has wonderful line-up of kid and family friendly entertainment this holidays. Starting with Imaginitis – a highly interactive 45 min kids show aimed at 2 – 8 year olds with the one and only Shorty Brown on 1 July – It’s Magical! It’s Extremely Hilarious! It’s time to let your imagination run wild!
On 2 July is the doco Tall Poppy – A Skater’s Story about 14 year old Australian Skateboarder who loved to skate from the age of eight, Poppy Starr Olsen became the number one female bowl skater in Australia!
On 3 July, The 3 Lords are hosting a special 30th Kids Birthday Event celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s adventure classic Hook with a showing of the movie and prizes for best dressed!
And on 10 July there will be 2 showings of Urza and the Song in the Dark by Matriark Theatre – perfect for children ages 7+ but will appeal to anyone with a wild imagination.
Ballina Fair Cinemas are showing the latest Family Friendly Movie Releases including:
Spirit Untamed (G) and Cruella (PG) with more to come in Week 2!
Our What’s On Guide also lists the movies & booking links.
Cherry Street Sports in Ballina have got an outstanding line-up for these school holidays and best of all – it’s FREE!
There’s Laser Tag on 28 June, Fitness Kidz on 29 June & 6 July, Old MacDonald’s Petting Farm on 30 June, The Wildlife Twins Show on 5th July, Miss Beka’s Karaoke on 7th July Fun plus the regular ‘Kids Day Thursdays‘ – where Kids Eat Free (*conditions apply) with the purchase of any main meal plus from 5.30pm a Kids Zone is set up with different events from Giant Games to Arts & Crafts.
Whatever the weather it’s always fun to play a game or two at Ballina Tenpin Bowling and when better to go than in the school holidays when they have a special price of just $16 per person for 2 games.
They also light up the lanes between 12 and 4pm and from 7pm onward for GLOW bowling sessions every day of the holidays. Plus, if you have little ones who want a go, they offer lightweight balls and bumpers/ramps so they can really enjoy a game too.
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 $8 per person.
Also, in celebration of NAIDOC WEEK – on Wednesdays during the school holidays Australian Seabird Rescue will be hosting an interactive indigenous workshop run by Eli and Kris Cook, Nyangbai men from Bundjalung country. The cultural workshop goes for one hour and the venue now accepts card payments as well as cash.
Macadamia Castle have also introduced a couple of new sessions to their engaging school holiday program. They have their popular WILDLIFE GUARDIANS PROGRAM (Ages 8 -12) where kids get to spend the day with the keepers behind-the-scenes in the Animal Park. And for kids age 12+ , their KEEPER FOR A DAY where teenagers can spend a day behind the scenes in the animal park with Macadamia Castle’s senior and find out what working in a captive animal facility is all about.
The NEW SESSIONS include MINI GUARDIANS for ages 5-7 years – a half day program from 9am – 12.30pm where your little ones can spend a fun-filled day behind the scenes at the park with the awesome, friendly animal keepers.
Or why not see The Macadamia Castle as you have never seen it before and join them for an exclusive behind the scenes NIGHT TOURS Enjoy a sausage sizzle with crusty rolls and home-made chutney then venture into the bushland with experienced keepers and learn the art of spotlighting and observe the local native wildlife in their natural habitat. Finish the evening with a bush campfire, roasting marshmallows. Recommended for ages 5+
WHEN’S IT ALL HAPPENING? The What’s On Guide gives you the what’s on, when and where! All activities, events, shows and workshops are listed with dates, starting times and booking information if required.
Another new and inspiring program to jump on board this school holidays is a delightful Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga program for kids age 7 -11 years old. A practical and informative program, it has been thoughtfully designed to help children develop self-awareness and techniques to deal with stress and anxiety as well as improve attention and focus and cultivate kindness and empathy. This empowering and nurturing program is run over 3 days at Space Yoga in Byron Bay on 6, 7 & 8 July from 10am – 12 noon.
And let’s not forget you parents – whether holidaymakers or locals – it’s still school holidays and you deserve a break too.
If you’re not yet here, or indeed even if you are, Dinner is Served offers a fabulous service delivering fresh, locally made, ready-to-heat meals, delicious salads, breakfast supplies and more directly to your home or self-catered accommodation. If you’re like me and you want a holiday from “What’s for Dinner mum?” check out their menu – I can guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
NOTE: you can view photos, read more and even check out the menu options by clicking the respective links.
Cherry Street Sports have Kids Eat Free all day on Thursdays. and Ocean Shores Tav have a fantastic kids play area and offer FREE childminding from 6-8pm in the Flamingo Lounge on Saturday nights so parents can enjoy some relaxing, uninterrupted adult conversation! And…
if it’s a babysitter you’re after, look no further than our babysitting category for some highly recommended babysitting / nannying services.
So, there you have it.
That is apart from 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.
So, have a look at what you fancy doing with the kids and make a morning, afternoon or a day of it!