SPRING 2020 School Holiday Fun in Byron Bay and Beyond!

I can’t quite figure out if I feel like the school holidays have come around really quickly or seem to have taken an age to arrive. On the one hand, it’s felt like forever since we’ve had a holiday – but that’s probably because we’ve not really been able to travel given the current situation. Yet here I am writing about some of the fantastic activities and events local businesses are putting on for kids and families… and considering last school holidays there was barely anything – it feels like Christmas with so much happening (albeit with COVID restrictions in place – spots are limited).

So without further ado, let’s have a look at the fun stuff!!

GET ACTIVE!

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 kids aged 6-12 years in Broken Head. The program is 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 for enhanced wellbeing during these crazy times.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Full day program: $70 per child | Half day program: $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.

Byron Bay Skateboard School are  offering their legendary School Holiday Skate Warehouse Day Camp and they will  SELL OUT FAST!

It’s 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.

They offer a full day of skateboard instruction in a fun day camp environment, at their coaching facility in Byron industrial estate.

COST: $100 per day * includes lunch and snacks. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

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.

Circus Arts Byron Bay 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.

Brisbane Roar is offering a 3 day Soccer Clinic for boys and girls age 8-16 years old at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron from 30 September – 2 October.

Highly qualified coaches help youngsters improve their football skills, aiming to provide a fun, safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Children attending  the clinics will develop core foundational football skills through game-based activities based on the Brisbane Roar coaching philosophy & methods.

PRICING: 1 day $50 | 3 days $125 BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

My son recently picked up a pair of rollerblades when we went hunting for an outfit for Book Week at school. He has been practising heaps and slowly getting the hang of it. This brought back memories from when I grew up.  I used to enjoy going roller skating with my friends on Saturday afternoons.  I was having a look around where we might be able to go and I came across Rollerworld in Lismore.

Whether you are a rollerskater (like me) or a rollerblader (like my son) Lismore Rollerworld has you covered!   We are so excited to be taking our first trip there this school holidays – I can’t wait to see how we go! Good fun for all the family – book a 2 hour session from only $10pp.

 

GET CREATIVE!

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.

Sandology Sand Sculpture Workshops

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.

NRCG School Holiday Art Station program is back at Ignite Studios!  Join them for two days of creative fun and learning, on 7 and 8 October with two exciting art sessions exploring environmental sculpture and creative mixed-media collages. Suitable for ages 8-14 it’s just $35 per person per class – all materials included in price.

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the normal program has been changed to one 3 hour art session per day and  maximum of 10 participants are allowed per session and strict health and safety protocols will be in place. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Exciting new 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

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!

Celebrate the new season with Spring Inspired Arts & Crafts at  Ballina Fair Shopping Centre brought to you by KidzKlub Australia from 28 September – 3 October.

And for the second week of the hols from Monday 5 October to Saturday 10th, kids of all ages will enjoy hands on creative fun with colourful creations with Sand Art. Every child will receive one FREE SandWizard Activity each per day at no cost to the customer. Customers will have the option to laminate their artwork for a small cost.. Drop in between 10am and 4pm outside Target.

Sadly this year both Byron Bay and Ballina Bunnings are unable to offer their FREE fun nature, craft and DIY workshops due to COVID restrictions. They are hoping restrictions will have eased by the next school hols and they will be able to get back to offering some awesome fun and free sessions.

And, although our lovely local libraries are also unable to offer in-house school holiday activities and events, some of them are offering FREE take-home art and craft packs. From September 28 to October 9 you can pop into Byron Bay library to collect a Take and Make experience to do at home. Choose from weaving, create a comic book or bee happy gardens. One per person and first come first served.  Over at Brunswick Heads library – they are offering a take-home traditional Indian oil pastel craft.

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.

 

BE ENTERTAINED!

COVID has severely restricted indoor venues re: seating capacity however, Byron Theatre are putting on a bunch of kid-friendly G and PG family favourites for the holidays including: Paddington (PG) , Happy Feet (G) , Farmageddon (G) and Dora – The Lost City of Gold (PG).

Ballina Fair Cinemas are showing the latest Family Friendly Movie Releases including:

Cats & Dogs 3 (G) , Trolls – World Tour (G), The Secret Garden (PG ) and old favourite, Starwars – Return of the Jedi (PG)

Our What’s On Guide also lists the movies & booking links.

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!

BE INSPIRED!

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. Due to COVID restrictions, bookings are required as the venue can only hold a maximum of 30 people.

Please call their office on 02 6686 2852 between 8am and 2pm on weekdays to secure your spot.

Byron Bay Solar Train

Or how about a special trip on the world’s first solar powered train – right here in Byron Bay. My kids love taking a trip on the train and stopping off for an ice-cream or a bite to eat at The Sun Bistro. due to COVID restrictions,  the indoor play area is currently out of bounds but they have a lovely fenced and grassy outdoor area out the back. Click the link for more information, offers, timetable and ticket prices.

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!