Easter School Holiday Activities & Events for Kids and Families in Byron Bay and Beyond!
12 April, 2019
Easter holidays are upon us in the blink of an eye! Who else feels like it hasn’t been that long since the summer holidays?
Perhaps it’s because we’ve had an almost endless summer – with super warm beach days throughout March. It’s only been in the past couple of weeks that there’s been a hint of coolness in the mornings and evenings.
As well as listing all the kids and family friendly activities you can do, I’ve also been having conversations and meeting up with exciting local businesses who offer family friendly services such as babysitting, nannying and a company who offers fresh, ready to heat meals delivered to your home. If you use delivery code byron4kids this holidays you can get 10% off Dinner Is Served.
Find out more about these wonderful services under our Kids Services & Events Specialists Category.
In terms of school holiday activities and fun to be had – we’ve got it sorted for you.
From tots to teens – preschoolers to high schoolers; 30 mins, 1 hour, 3 hours or all day – there is quite simply heaps to choose from!
As always there are some exciting new additions to the What’s On Guide this school holidays and with some days boasting over 25 different activities, events and workshops … I can pretty much guarantee you won’t be stuck for things to do for or with the kids!
So whether you’re looking for active or creative school holiday options or perhaps you simply want them (and you) to be entertained or inspired…
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Byron Bay Skateboard School are once again offering their legendary School Holiday Skate Day Camp and there are 2 options but be quick these SELL OUT FAST!
OPTION 1 – 16, 17 & 18 Apr 2019 WAREHOUSE DAY CAMP
OPTION 2 – 23, 24 & 26 Apr 2019 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. Suitable for kids aged 7 to 12 years.
Circus Arts is a fully equipped indoor space offering a range of unique activities from kinder to thrill-seeking teens (and adults too!) Try Flying trapeze, Climbing wall, Circus skills, Aerial Skills, Parkour, Kinder & Pre-circus to name a few and…
further to popular demand they’ve included their exciting Ninja Play classes as an add on to their 1/2 & full day school holiday programs.
if your little one isn’t quite ready to try there’s always the fantastic playspace for littlies to have fun while you can sit back and enjoy healthy snacks & a cuppa from the onsite cafe.
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! There are Full Day Workshops for 7-14 year olds, and Half Day Junior Workshops for 4-6 year olds. These programs sell out fast so jump on to our What’s On Guide to make a booking quick smart!
We love to spend a day of the school holidays at Summerland House Farm and they are holding a special FREE EASTER EGG HUNT on Saturday 20 April. While you are there, enjoy a round of mini golf, have fun on the Farm Tractor tour then relax with a picnic in the parklands and if the weather’s warm enough – which it has been recently – cool off in the fun water spray park! You can also delight in local produce at their grocers and find all kinds of souvenirs in their gift shop. It’s a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon with the kids and it is on our list!
Maybe it’s raining, maybe it’s not but 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 $15 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!
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 7-15 y/o, this full day program introduces children to real life farming. They get their hands dirty and work alongside real farmers.
If your child is feeling creative, there are some awesome craft workshops which have been added to our Calendar of Events – a number of which are FREE.
Bang Academy of Performing Arts are putting on a couple of fantastic Drama workshops for 6-9 year olds and ages 10+, plus a rad Rhythm Academy DJ Holiday Workshop for teens (age 13-19 years) where you get to explore the fundamentals of mixing, song set & structure, audience participation and performance skills across a range of musical genres!
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR ALL WORKSHOPS – visit out What’s On Guide for online booking links.
Ballina Fair have teamed up with KidzKlub this holidays to offer some FREE Easter-inspired Craft Fun plus the Easter Bunny will be paying a visit or two – check the What’s On Guide for dates and times.
There are some fabulous FREE craft sessions and activities being offered by the local libraries: Lennox Head, Byron Bay. Ballina Library, Brunswick Heads, & Alstonville
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 What’s On Guide.
Byron Bay and Ballina Bunnings also offer FREE fun nature or craft workshops at their respective stores. More details on each activity can be found in our What’s On Guide
WholeheARTed are poping up at Mercato on Byron to bring you a month’s worth of FREE, eco friendly art classes from Monday to Saturday during the month of April. With a new eco craft every day including titles such as; exploding clay volcanoes, recycled egg carton whales, tie dye placemats and magic clay fairy lands – your little one (or big one) will be wanting to go back every day! The daily craft timetable is listed on our What’s On Guide
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.
Dinosaur Time Machine – Have just two shows on one day only – Monday 15 April and tix are selling fast! Buckle up and take a trip in a giant time machine to get up close and personal with a life-sized T-Rex!
Have fun with Gabriel Otu at his Children’s African Drum, Dance and Storytelling Workshop. Gabriel brings all the instruments and everyone has the opportunity to participate, learn new skills and share their unique rhythm. Suitable for ages 2+.
And, two of Australia’s leading Ballet choreographers, pay homage to the well-known novel by Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, presented by Melbourne City Ballet. This all new ballet is perfect for all ages and is a magical portrayal of the classical story.
It’s the 30th Anniversary of Byron Bay Bluesfest this year. Showcasing music from around the world over the Easter long weekend, Bluesfest presents over 200 performances and being a family friendly festival, it provides so great children’s entertainment including the much loved Shorty Brown
Brunswick Picture House as usual has also got a great line-up of family fun events happening over Easter.
Circus Bonanza! – From 2-3pm on Good Friday what better way than to launch their 3rd Easter Weekend birthday than with their all age Circus Bonanza! Tailored for the young and young at heart, this show will razzle and dazzle its way into your hearts and tickle your funny bones. It’s what you get when you cross family friendly cabaret with circus and then threw in a bit of comedy and a good dose of hijinks and surprise!
Easter Egg Hunt – What’s Easter without an egg hunt? At Brunswick Picture House we have some of the best hidey-holes in the village! Come along and join in the fun and games on Easter Sunday afternoon.
JUGG LIFE is an explosive fusion of dynamic live percussion and relentless energy with the breathtaking skills of two of Australia’s best jugglers As sound melds seamlessly with world-class technical ability, the performers display precisely what they love about juggling in every possible way! 1 performance only on Easter Sunday!
KIDS DISCO & BINGO!
On Tuesday 16 April Club Lennox are holding their Easter themed kids disco and on Monday 15 April they invite you along to kids bingo at $2 per child from 1-3pm with lots of prizes to be won. There’s also an indoor and out door kids zone at the Club and kids eat free (conditions apply) from 5-7pm on Mondays too!
ICE SKATING FUN
After the roaring success of last year Cherry Street Sports in Ballina have gone the whole hog again this holidays and had a temporary ice-skating rink laid in their grounds. Sooooo exciting! Available from 6 – 28 April and suitable for ages 2+, you can pre-purchase tickets online to secure your spot. There are daily session times plus some evening sessions too! All the details, dates & times can be found on our What’s On Guide
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 (CASH ONLY) per person. No booking required – just turn up on the day!
THE MACADAMIA CASTLE
Apart from being a fabulous place to spend a day with the kids, The Macadamia Castle also offers an excellent school holiday program for kids (and adults) with two wonderful & popular workshops. They are also holding a MEGA EASTER PARTY over four huge days of the long weekend they will have a 12 metre high mega waterslide, Easter egg hunts through the day, roaming Keepers with Bunnies and hot cross buns for sale in the Cafe!
WILDLIFE GUARDIANS (Ages 7 -11)
During the school holidays your kids can become Wildlife Guardians and spend the day with the keepers behind-the-scenes in the Animal Park.
KEEPER FOR A DAY (Ages 12 – 99)
Teenagers can spend a day behind the scenes in the animal park with Macadamia Castle’s senior keepers during these school holidays. Find out what working in a captive animal facility is all about.
Conscious Kids School Holiday Program by Origins
A conscious kids program designed to help children reconnect with nature, with themselves and with each other through movement, story telling, music, song weaving and creativity. Running from 15-18 April at Durrumbal Hall in Mullumbimby you can attend per day or for all days. Suitable for ages 8-12 years.
BYRON SOLAR TRAIN
Or how about a special trip on the world’s first solar powered train – right here in Byron Bay. My kids were thrilled to take a trip on the train with their grandparents who were visiting from overseas last year. You can tie it in with lunch at The Sun Bistro which has an indoor play area as well as a lovely fenced and grassy outdoor area out the back. Click the link for more information, offers, timetable and ticket prices.
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.