Autumn School Holiday Fun in Byron Bay and beyond!
13 April, 2018
It’s been a funny old term for NSW. We had the 4 days off at Easter and had eased ourselves successfully into holiday mode only for it to be back to school on the Tuesday for a 4-day week and then another week to boot.
Everybody I’ve spoken to (with school age kids) feels all over the place and I’m not sure about you, but this last week at school has felt exhausting.
We are jumping around in utter glee that that the holidays are here I can tell you!
However, it is without doubt, that at some point during the next two weeks I’ll be hearing those words
“Muuuuuuum! I’m bored!”
Fortunately, having spent the past couple of weeks cramming information into Byron4Kids Calendar of Events I am a wealth of knowledge in this area but even I have been known to consult the What’s On Guide (I can’t remember all the times and dates of what’s on!) and I always find a suitable activity that either they or all of us as a family can enjoy.
So whether you’re looking for active or creative options or perhaps you simply want them (and you) to be entertained or inspired…
Read on for more details of what’s on offer this holidays!
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 for or with the kids!
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! This holidays they’ve added Parkour and Aerials to the Full Day Workshop for 7-14 year olds, giving more time to develop amazing skills!
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 first week of the holidays. These half day classes are open to all – so if you want to try – this is the ideal opportunity!
You can join Summerland House Farm for a day of fun these School Holidays. Enjoy a round of mini golf, have fun on the Farm Tractor tour then cool off in their fun in the waterspray park. It’s a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon with the kids.
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 also have a couple of new programs happening: Soil and Beneficial Bugs!! Also on offer is 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.
Or you could always get in the water (it’s still warm, we went in after school today as it’s been so gorgeous!) Soul Surf School are offering DAILY surf classes for surfers of all levels. Suitable for ages 5 -13 years old, they supply all equipment including wetsuits, rashies, soft boards and sunscreen.
The first lesson is a complete introduction to surfing so whether the kids have never surfed before or want a refresher course they will tailor the experience specifically for them so they get the most out of their lessons.
… OR GET CREATIVE!
If your child is feeling creative, there are some awesome craft workshops which have been added to our Calendar of Events.
The Clay Barn are putting on some fantastic Kids School Holiday Workshops for ages 7+. Located in the outskirts of Bangalow on The Hinterland Way, the classes include 3 hours of clay tuition, materials and firings. Places are limited so jump on our Calendar of Events to check the dates and book your spot!
Following the sell-out success of this workshop last holidays, NRCG in Ballina have invited Street Artist and illustrator, Jeremy Austin back to run another one of his awesome SK8 Street Art Caper! Design-A-Deck Skateboard workshop. Jeremy will guide students through designing and illustrating their very own skateboard deck or wall art on a plywood panel. Participants will learn a range of street art techniques including drawing, stencilling and spray painting to create their own signature artwork. Suitable for ages 10+, bookings essential to secure a spot!
KidzKlub are offering their half day (afternoon) school holiday program in the centre of town at Byron Bay Community Centre With areas for art and craft; 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. It’s a great way to grab a couple of parent-only hours in the centre of town.
There are some fabulous FREE craft sessions and activities being offered by the local libraries including Origami Bookmarks and Fabric Fun at Lennox Head; Pet Rocks at Byron Bay. Lego Creations, Board Games & Jigsaws and 2 x beading sessions at Ballina Library and Worry Dolls and Drum & Dance Fun 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. including Make Your Own Rocket Ship, Colourful Button Trees, Decorate a Pencil Case, Leafy Sun-catchers, Yarn Creations and Paper Poppies to name a few!!
During the last week of the school holidays Ballina Central is offering FREE Paint-O-Matic Fun and at the time of writing this Ballina Fair have yet to get back to me but I’m sure they will be offering some fun free activities too!
WHEN’S IT ALL HAPPENING?
The Calendar of Events 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.
Brunswick Picture House has got a wonderful line-up of family fun shows this school holidays.
Little Kids Story Telling – Come one, come all and join us in the Picture House for live readings of your favourite children’s stories. Flop on beanbags and cushions, and watch the pictures up on the big screen as our story tellers enthral and delight you.
Bub’s Club – For mums, and dads, with bubs in arms, in prams, in papooses, quiet, screaming, we don’t care! Wheel them in to the Brunswick Picture House and enjoy a rom-com- from the classics to contemporary, in relative peace.
Drop ‘n’ Shop – Drop the kids off for a Saturday morning classic (G) kids film. Stay and enjoy a great coffee and snacks at Ballyhoo Kiosk or take off for a couple of hours and shop, or not.
The Sound of Music Sing-a-long – We’ve always wanted to do this, and now IT’S TIME. Come dressed as your favourite Von Trapp, Sister Maria or any of Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, and sing your hearts out with our choir maestros leading the way. Prizes for the best costumes.
There’s equally fun, family friendly and mad antic capers happening at Byron Theatre.
Children Are Stinky! – Fresh from Edinburgh Fringe with five stars and The Children’s Choice award, Children are Stinky is an exciting new comedy by Circus Trick Tease.
High calibre circus, a rocking sound track, and genuine belly laughs have propelled these stinkers onto sold out shows every single season. Suitable for ages 3-12, this “supercharged show stopper” (★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser ) will delight adults and children alike.
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+.
Norpa are hosting 360 Allstars Radical Urban Circus this weekend only at Lismore City Hall! (Fri 13 & Sat 14 April)
A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical urban circus. Boasting a stellar international cast, including the two-time World Champion BMX Flatlander, two World Champion breakdancers, an internationally acclaimed basketball freestyler, and an exceptional roue cyr artist, 360 ALLSTARS is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture. (Suitable Ages 5+)
And at Byron Bay Library – local children’s author Zanni Louise will be offering a FREE and fun, story time and activity session featuring her new series of books aimed at kids aged 5+ – ‘Tiggy and the magic paintbrush’
There’s FREE DISCO’s at Cherry Street Sports (Frozen theme) and Club Lennox (Pirates & Princesses) with both offering heaps of prizes! Plus Friday fun times with kids bingo and Facepainting at Club Lennox.
…OR BE INSPIRED!
OMG – we can hardly believe it ourselves but we’ve just seen some footage today of people skating around an ice-rink at Cherry Street Sports!!
Available from 13 – 29 April Cherry Street Sports in Ballina have gone the whole hog this holidays and had a temporary ice-skating rink laid in their grounds. Sooooo exciting! (No wonder their school holiday disco has the movie ‘Frozen’ as its theme!!)
Suitable for ages 2+, you can pre-purchase tickets to secure your spot or book on the day. There are daily session times plus some evening sessions too! All the details, dates & times can be found on our Calendar of Events.
Also 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!
Byron Bay Skateboard School are once again offering their legendary School Holiday Skate Day Camp and the exciting news is that this holidays there are 2 options.
OPTION 1 – Week 1 of the holidays there is WAREHOUSE DAY CAMP
OPTION 2 – Week 2 of the holidays there is SKATEPARK TOUR DAY CAMP
Either option is a great way to meet some new friends that share the same passion and improve your skateboarding skills. With a full day of skateboard instruction in a fun day camp environment for beginners to advanced, at their coaching facility in Byron industrial estate or the option to join them on a tour around the best skateparks in the area Skate Day Camp is a unique and fun experience for kids aged 7 to 12 years.
Brunswick Bush School is a wilderness awareness program that reconnects kids to nature and to themselves. They spend the day outdoors teaching practical bush skills as well as giving children vital time to connect with the earth in a fun, safe and nurturing way.
Weaving together sacred circles, games, story, art and crafts, face to face instruction and creative play, they offer a unique and engaging outdoor holiday program that will give your child confidence and connection. You can come for a day or book in for the whole week. With awesome titles such as: Fire Making Kit, recycled racers, water blasters, canoeing adventure, balloon-powered jet boats, and journey sticks – these exciting back to nature classes create a shared experience that will be recalled and drawn upon for years to come.
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.
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.