Spring School Holiday Activities & Events for Kids and Families in Byron Bay and Beyond!
26 September, 2018
Wow, I’ve been so busy here with the recent upgrades to the website
- Upgrade to HTTPS – safer browsing
- Updates to Mobile View – better user experience
- Updates to What’s On Guide – direct clickable booking links within the Calendar
- A new membership option for our What’s On Guide
that I am almost shocked that were are in the last week of term!
I say ‘almost’ because I have been sending and receiving emails and information left, right and centre about all the fun stuff that’s coming up this holidays but I was convinced I had more time up my sleeve… September has truly eluded me!
Still – as of this moment, I have added every single activity and event I have received info about to the What’s On Guide along with clickable booking links and/or contact details within the description to make it super-easy for you to reserve your spot!
I would also like to take this opportunity to let you know that I am deeply grateful for your support with the launch of the membership access to the What’s On Guide. I have received some really touching, generous and supportive comments and emails. 💛💛💛💛
I don’t know how many of you know, but it’s just me, on my own, at home running this website. All the research, following up, blog posts and regular social media posts to create this handy community resource is done by just me, Michelle.
I have tried my utmost to secure advertising to support the site from local businesses and although some wonderful businesses have generously come on board, it has been nowhere near enough for it to be a financially sustainable option.
In order to continue to provide such a dedicated service – it has required some resources to do this. Hence on 7 September, a nominal annual fee of $5 was introduced for you to gain exclusive Member Only Access to the What’s On Guide.
Once again, I am grateful for your support in enabling me to provide such a comprehensive local family friendly guide that gives its best to provide a lotta bang for your $5 bucks.
Over time we have enjoyed many of the activities that are listed and we are looking forward to trying more new ones this holidays!
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…
Scroll down to the style that suits you best or check them all out!
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…
this school holidays they’ve added an exciting new activity to their school holiday program!
They are teaming up with Byron’s pocket rocket Lisa Parkes and her team – the regions own real life Australian ninjas warriors to bring you Ninja Play classes this school holidays!!
Classes are available as an add-on to the ½ day and full day programs during the 12pm-2pm break. Kids will learn special techniques and skills and play on ninja warrior inspired obstacles!
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! There are Full Day Workshops for 7-14 year olds, and Half Day Junior Workshops for 4-6 year olds. These programs take place in the second week of the school holidays and sell out fast so jump on to our What’s On Guide to make a booking quick smart!
Also keeping your kids active and off the couch is the Northern Rivers Tennis Academy in Ballina who this holidays are offering 3 x morning sessions of School Holiday Tennis at Ballina Tennis Club for ages 6 to 18 years old. To register for these popular clinics email Brandon Rowe at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We love to spend a day of the school holidays at Summerland House Farm Here you can enjoy a round of mini golf, have fun on the Farm Tractor tour then relax with a picnic in the parklands or partake in a delicious treat from the kid friendly cafe! 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!
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. My daughter loved attending the Cows one and we all enjoyed the butter she made and brought home to share!! 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.
Byron Bay Skateboard School are once again offering their legendary School Holiday Skate Day Camp and there are 2 options but be quick – Flavio has noted that some days are already SOLD OUT!
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.
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
Bright Sparks are putting on some fantastic Kids School Holiday craft workshops and with names like ‘Rag-A-Round-Rug’ and ‘Tote -ally Bling’ we are super excited to try them. Located at their gorgeous Ignite studios in Ballina, join Jeht Burgoyne for a ‘Bright Sparks’ Art Class on either 4 or 12 Oct and weave some creative colour into your School Holidays.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS – visit out What’s On Guide for online booking links.
This school holidays Cherry Street Sports are going all creative with Plaster Paint Playtime sessions with Miss Beka on Tues, Weds & Thurs – first week of the school holidays only! . These activities are suitable for ages 3 -12 years old and you can drop in anytime between 11.30am to 1pm. It’s a great venue for families with a fully secured outdoor play area with playground and delicious menu too – we’ve enjoyed ourselves every time we’ve visited!
HOTA – Home of The Arts on the Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise) have fantastic weekend of fun lined up for kids and families with FREE kids Box workshops and Haircuts By Children as part of their KIDS TAKE OVER event on 29 & 30 September. Children Are Stinky will also be performing there so if you missed them in Byron last school holidays (and they were awesome – we went to their show!!) you have the chance to see them here. Details and booking info for all these events can be found on our What’s On Guide It’s also worth noting that around the back of the building is Evandale Parklands. There’s a swimming lagoon with sandy beach, ample picnic areas with barbecues, plenty of shade under trees and a great fully fenced kids playground with two separate slides and climbing spaces (all underneath a shade sail). The toilet & shower amenities are second to none too! We went to see a morning show at HOTA in the summer holidays in January and spent a lovely afternoon at the lagoon with a picnic.
Ballina Fair have teamed up with KidzKlub this holidays to offer some FREE spring-inspired Craft Fun from 2 to 6 October outside Target from 10am to 2pm
There are some fabulous FREE craft sessions and activities being offered by the local libraries including Mischievous Mice Finger Puppets, Wonky Caravan Fabric Art and Beginner Robotics at Lennox Head; Decorate a Rice Paper Lantern and Big Brick Building at Byron Bay. Free board games every day and 2 sessions of Line Dancing for Beginners at Ballina Library; T-shirt Macrame Hanging Pots at Brunswick Heads and Wonky House Fabric Maché Bowl Craft at 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. including Footy Fever, Rainbows, Painting Puzzles, Peg Puppets, Elephant Balloon Cards & Scrunchy Paper Suns at Ballina Bunnings and Foam Creatures, Sand Art & Assorted Craft and a Spring Car Park Event at Byron Bay Bunnings with supplier demonstrations, plant talks, giveaways, jumping castle and face painting!!
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.
I think I’ve mentioned before that as a child I used to go to Musical Theatre shows with my grandparents and I’ve passed this love on to my children. Not only that BUT, one of my childhood favourite movies – ANNIE is being performed by Bright Lights Performance School at Byron Theatre. Simply frothing is not enough to describe how we can’t wait to go along and join in some old favourites (yes, I’m a tragic and my kids have the soundtrack and LOVE IT!)
Annie Jr – Bright Lights Performance School Musical Theatre students proudly present the smash hit musical comedy, Annie JR. An exciting stage production for the whole family. Annie was a baby when she was abandoned on the front steps of The New York Municipal Orphanage, with half a locket and a note from her parents promising to return to her one day. Now, 11 years later, this young orphan girl still lives in the miserable orphanage run by the terrible Miss Hannigan.
Don’t miss this Musical Extravaganza and relive the songs you know and love!
Imaginitis with Shorty Brown – Hands up who loves Shorty Brown!! Well, she’s back this school holidays with her awesome show Imaginitis at Byron Theatre this school holidays on 8 & 9 October only from 10.30am – 12pm. My kids are so excited we’ve already got our tickets sorted – they so don’t want to miss out!
Shorty’s shows are not only highly interactive, they are packed full of magic, bubbles and extreme silliness that kids absolutely love!! The squeals and peals of laughter, the uncontrollable giggles – the all round fun… it’s a joy to watch and be a part of.
Bunny Racket – Bunny Racket is here to rock you with one session only on Sunday 7 October. Whether you are 3 or 103 years old, you will not be able to resist the beautiful madness of King Bunny and his gang of fluffy punk rock friends. The Bunny Racket sound is heavily influenced by the likes of The Ramones, KISS, Black Sabbath and The Muppets among others. Buy the ticket and take the ride, because classics like ‘A Chicken Is Not A Fruit’ and ‘Never Shake A Rattlesnake’ will have you grooving uncontrollably.
Circus Arts will be presenting their fantastic Major Annual Circus Show IMPOSSIBLE on 28 and 29 September. Join them on a philosophical journey of discovery and mystery as they travel through time and explore the ideas of impossible through their bodies and minds. An abundance of circus acts and theatrical improvisation promise an unforgettable night of entertainment!
Brunswick Picture House has also got a great line-up of family fun events happening this school holidays.
Dandyman – For The Love of It! – Welcome to the wonderful and ridiculously funny world of Dandyman — yes, Dandyman returns to the Brunswick Picture House with a brand new show!
In October school holidays, Varietyville Productions will present one of Australia’s finest and funniest physical comedians Dandyman (Daniel Oldaker) and his circus comedy family show: For the Love of It.
Dandyman will create circus-inspired magical moments of mayhem, complete with goofy games, fun competitions, prizes, funny facts and very funny faces. For the Love It will feature ridiculously raucous routines, fantastically funny feats of stupidity whilst going on a fun-filled journey of the absurd — as only Dandyman can!
Brunswick Picture House will also be presenting their wonderful The Big Picture House Little Kids Story Telling with some awesome workshops – listed under our INSPIRED section below!
On 14 October from 11am – 3pm you can meet Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol at Cherry Street Sports They will also have a jumping castle, fairy floss machine & a snow cone machine!
And, as always, there’s the very popular FREE DISCO happening at Club Lennox – Come as your favourite book character – with local DJ Disco Statik on Tuesday 2 October. Loads of prizes and dancing fun! Best dressed, best dancer and more!
Spend a day in Brunswick Heads this school holidays. We will be for sure!
There’s the simply delightful Fairy Trail (map of clues can also be found in Brunswick Heads Visitors Centre) and there’s the Brunswick Heads Nature Sculpture Walk created along the foreshore of Brunswick Heads. 40 Nationally recognised artists explore sculpture, site-specific, ephemeral and installation art focusing on themes such as nature, the endangered environment, its fragility and sustainability.
Combine this with a session from Brunswick Picture House’s The Big Picture House Little Kids Story Telling rounded off with some fresh fish and chips and your family friendly fun day is made!
There are 3 children’s story telling sessions from local authors at Brunswick Picture House on Wednesday 3 October – each with their own unique workshop following the event.
- MARTIN KILLIPS reading “Dances with Hippos”
- TRISTAN BANCKS reading Tom Weekly: My Life & Other Failed Experiments.
- ZANNI LOUISE reading Errol!, Archie and the Bear PLUS Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Pet Called Nibbles.
More info on each author, age suitability and the subsequent workshops plus booking links can be found on our What’s On Guide
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.
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. Activities include: learning about conservation and caring for our wildlife designing and building an animal enclosure and creating enrichment for the wombats and native birds.
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. Learn about the conservation of our local wildlife, animal husbandry practises and work at creating and providing enrichment for our animals.
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. My kids are itching to go back and learn more! No booking required – just turn up on the day!
Have fun with Gabriel Otu at his Children’s African Drum, Dance and Storytelling Workshop at Byron Theatre during the holidays 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+.
And for the older kids – Byron Youth Service are holding an UPCYCLED ART COURSE for youths between 12 and 17 years old. The course takes place over 4 days (Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 October) from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Suffolk Park Soccer Fields/Skate ParkThe cost of the whole course is just $20. To book call Dale on: 0490 544 019.
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.