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The Autumn school holidays (11-22 April 2022) are nearly upon us and on the Northern Beaches, there are plenty of activities to get the kids out and about!

The Dine & Discover NSW Voucher scheme has been extended until 30 June 2022. Have a look on the Service NSW website to see which businesses are participating.

We have put together a long list of some of the great School Holiday activities on offer. Please note that some changes may have been made to the activities due to the NSW COVID restrictions. Make sure you check with each individual business before making your plans:


Aquatic Centres

Northern Beaches Aquatic Centre, Sydney

Manly Aquatic Centre and Warringah Aquatic Centre offer intensive swim programs to improve your child’s swim technique and give them extra confidence in the water. Warringah Aquatic Centre also offers giant inflatable fun during the school holidays, excluding public holidays and weekends. Both centres have pools that are heated to a comfortable temperature, making it a great place to take the kids, even on a wet day.


Art

Manly Art Gallery & Museum School Holiday Activities

Manly Art Gallery offers a variety of creative workshops on the art of printmaking, suitable for children aged from five to 15 years.


Bike Riding

Bike riding Manly, Northern Beaches, Sydney
Image courtesy of Destination NSW

The Northern Beaches is well known for its beautiful family bike paths which make for a great, active day out with the kids. One particular family favourite is Narrabeen Lagoon Trail, an easy and flat 8.4km loop with beautiful views of the lake. If you are in Manly and up for a bit of a challenge, take the kids for a cycle up to North Head – you might even spot an echidna en route. If you don’t have your own bikes, you can hire them from Manly Bikes.


Coastal Environment Centre

Coastal Environmental Program Northern Beaches

The Coastal Environment Centre offers a school holiday program with a difference. With a unique theme for each day, your child will learn about their natural environment through a range of fun and interesting activities, such as using microscopes to investigate the curious creatures found living on a rock platform. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to learn about their local environment and how to help preserve it. Programs generally run 10am-3pm unless otherwise noted.


Indoor Activities

Library Activities on the Northern Beaches, Sydney

On a rainy day, why not check out your local library where you will find puzzles, board games and Lego to keep the kids occupied indoors.

Another great rainy day adventure destination is JUMPd, a local, family owned, indoor trampoline centre in Brookvale. There is a special trampoline area designed for children aged under seven years of age and less than 120cm in height, while a Ninja Xtreme course is ideally suited for older teens.

Cheeky Monkeys Play House Vacation Care operates Monday to Friday during the summer school holidays. They offer a wide range of fun and exciting activities, including both incursions and excursions. Activities include arts and crafts, cooking days, science experiments, days at the park or water park, bowling and putt putt golf. Government rebates are available to eligible families. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are all included.

Bricks 4 Kidz in Forestville offers a couple of two-day and one-day workshops where kids build their favourite rides, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock. They also offer two awesome days of Superhero Fun where kids will be creating their favourite Superheros. At Jurassic Brick Land they can build a LEGO brick park that comes to life. You will also learn about the amazing dinosaurs that roamed the earth and swam the seas millions of years ago. Hurry, as these workshops book out quickly.

Tinkertank is a creative hub designed for little ones right through to teenagers – 5-16 years. The amazing team of mentors help the kids explore the world of science and technology. They have a school holiday camp that will get the kids learning about 3D printing, animation, robotics, design and coding. Fun is the aim of the game – less talking and more action!


Kayaking

Kayaking on the Northern Beaches

Another great activity to do with your kids is to go kayaking. Pack a picnic, rent a double kayak and explore Manly Harbour. Find a secret beach or waterfall! No prior kayaking experience is needed.


Manly Surf n Slide

Manly Surf n Slide - Waterside activities in Manly

Manly Surf n Slide is an iconic playground like no other, located right in the heart of Manly, where the kids keep active while you watch on from the spectator area with friends. The water is heated, so no excuses.


Q Station

Q Station, North Head

Q Station at North Head, with its own private beach on Sydney Harbour and 33 hectares of rolling hills, open space and boardwalk-covered tracks, is the perfect place for kids to swim, adventure, or zoom around on their bikes, skateboards or scooters.

Bushwalks that go along Sydney Harbour’s stunning coastline are accessible from the grounds of Q Station. With kookaburras, bandicoots, fairy penguins, majestic white-bellied sea eagles and frill necked lizards, Q Station is teeming with wildlife and truly is a nature lover’s paradise. Discover the natural beauty of Quarantine Station on their ‘Wildlife Meanders Tour’.

Bring your buckets and spades to have fun in the sand on your very own protected, private beach from sunrise to sunset.  With kayaks available to hire from the Visitor Centre, Quarantine Beach is the ideal place to embark on a harbour adventure.

Wander through the free museum, book a history or Ghost trackers family tour and dine in the award-winning Boilerhouse Kitchen and Bar


Rockpools

Bilgola Rockpool, Northern Beaches, Sydney

The water is still warm in Autumn on the Northern Beaches, and with 15 stunning beachside rockpools they’re the perfect place to escape the ocean rips, avoid the sand or just find a beautiful swimming pool with panoramic views. Pack a picnic and head to one of your choice; we love the hidden pool at North Curl Curl Beach.


Sailing

Manly Sailing

Keep your kids busy with a 3-day adventure and sailing camp run by Manly Sailing. Their holiday camps are aimed at children aged between seven and 15 years, and are the perfect way to get out on the water, have fun and meet new friends.

Manly Sailing offers an “adventure camp” where the kids will try multiple activities on the water and in the surrounding area. Activities include windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, paddleboarding and hiking.


Skateboarding

Henrietta Skate, Manly

Manly is the perfect place to learn to skateboard. A group class or private lesson at Henrietta Skate will definitely get the kids warmed up.

The classes are perfect for beginners who want to make some friends and learn how to skate at the same time. Your teacher will supply everything you need (protective pads, helmet and skateboard).

The kids will learn a range of skills in a safe and friendly environment. In just one lesson, they will learn how to push, turn, stop and do a few little tricks as well.


Baseball

Baseball Camp

The Sydney Blue Sox and Baseball NSW have partnered to provide a fun 2-day camp – the SCA Under Armour Baseball Camp – that will cover all aspects of the game including fitness, strength and conditioning, batting, pitching, base-running and fielding. Participants will reap the benefits of professional instruction, making themselves better ball players in a safe and fun-filled environment.


T-Ball Camp

t-Ball camp

Baseball NSW is hosting a half-day T-Ball camp held over 2 days during the April school holidays. The camp will cover all aspects of the game and introduce kids to having fun through physical activity. Qualified instructors will involve the kids in games and activities where they will have the opportunity to enhance their skills, with an emphasis on having fun and being active.


Snorkelling

Snorkelling at Fairy Bower, Manly

Autumn is a great time of year to head underwater – hire goggles and snorkels and take the kids to explore the underwater world of Cabbage Tree Bay. Keep your eyes peeled for large blue gropers, Port Jackson and Wobbegong sharks, cuttlefish and, if you’re lucky, weedy sea dragons.


Surfing

Surfing on the Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches is the perfect place to learn to surf. Enrol the kids in a surf school and they will be standing on a surfboard in no time at all. Most companies supply wetsuits, so all you need to do is turn up with a pair of swimmers, a towel and sunscreen.


 

Theatre

Glen Street Theatre, Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches is lucky enough to have its own theatre. Glen Street Theatre puts on a number of shows for kids and school groups during the year. Check out what’s coming up.

Kids Up Front Drama Academy has a Performing Arts Holiday Camp at Stella Maris College Theatre, Manly. Here, specialist tutors work with enthusiastic boys and girls, teaching singing, dancing and drama. The program culminates in a wonderful musical show for parents and friends to enjoy on the last day.


Vacation Care

Vacation Care, Northern Beaches, Sydney

Northern Beaches Vacation Care looks after school children aged between five and 12 years, Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6pm. They have exciting excursions, discos, craft and sports days with a difference.

Based at Stella Maris College, Camp Blue uses the local facilities (park, lagoon and beach) to make sure the camp is diverse, unique and never boring. The camp’s philosophy is to satisfy and grow each individual’s curiosities and interests.


Walks

Warriewood Wetlands, Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches is surrounded by beautiful native bushland and has amazing walks the whole family can enjoy. Some beautiful walks include Dee Why Headland, Palm Beach Lighthouse, Shelly Beach and Warriewood Wetlands. If you need some inspiration, have a look at our blog: ‘Five picturesque walks to get your steps up.’


On the Northern Beaches, we are spoilt for choice with fantastic and unique opportunities for the Autumn school holidays. We hope you find something here that will keep your kids get active, fit and healthy in both mind and body.