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You probably feel like Christmas was yesterday, but the autumn school holidays have almost arrived.

While autumn can bring on the gloomy realisation that temperatures will continue to drop, winter layers need to be purchased and the lawn needs to be raked (again), the autumn school holidays are packed with ways for kids to have fun and learn a little (or a lot!) in the process.

From war games to pastry making, painting to public speaking, here are over 80 ways your kids can keep busy this holidays.



Get set for five days of fun these school holidays! Learn all the trampoline flips and tricks at Skyzone Belconnen, followed by lunch in their party rooms.

A fun, active way for kids to spend time!

Happening from Monday 18 until Friday 22 April from 9am to 11.30am each day. Cost is $100 per child, per week. Spaces are limited! 

To book call 13SKYZ (13 75 99) or email skyschool@skyzone.com.au 


Established in 2002, The Barracks is Canberra’s first and best internet and games café. They have a huge range of games, from classic titles to the latest releases. Visit them for some school holiday or weekend fun, or make a booking for a LAN party birthday.

Website:  www.thebarracks.com.au

Phone:  (02) 6257 2008

Email:  info@thebarracks.com.au

Location:  36 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City


They are Canberra’s ultimate go-karting experience. Featuring world class electric go-karts on an F1 style indoor circuit, Power Kart Raceway is an exhilarating racing experience like no other.

Website:   www.powerkarts.com.au

Phone:  (02) 6239 5599

Email:  bookings@powerkarts.com.au

Location:  125 Canberra Ave, Griffith ACT 2603


BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Educational Play programs provide a unique, fun atmosphere for children to build, learn and play using LEGO® bricks in carefully planned and structured workshops. The Gungahlin BRICKS 4 KIDZ® program includes Parent and Toddler Classes, Preschool Workshops, theme-based After School Workshops and an innovative School Holiday Program.

Age: 5-13 years

Website:  www.bricks4kidzaustralia.com.au/Act-Northside

Phone:  0449 628 011

Email:  gungahlin@bricks4kidz.com

Location:  Bricks 4 Kidz Gungahlin – Palmerston Community Centre Tiptree Crescent, Palmerston


At AMF their core purpose is to Excite & Entertain their customers. Their centres offer hours of fun for all with Bowling, Laser Skirmish, Arcade Games & more.

Website:  www.amfbowling.com.au 

Phone:  1300 368 067

Email:  amfcustomerservice@amfbowling.com.au

Location:  1 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT 2617


Star Wars Immersive Zone in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome centre court from Monday April 11 – Friday 22 April from 11am-2pm daily. It’s an interactive zone with a tech hub, obstacle course and the sphere. Lots of Star Wars themed fun for all ages!

They would love to see you geared up in your best Star Wars costumes! Plus we’re expecting a visit from the Southern Cross Garrison, the local branch of the 501st Garrison (an international society of Star Wars fans who love to attend events in their Star Wars costumes & enjoy all things Star Wars!)

Cost: Free

Website: www.hyperdome.com.au/whats-on/star-wars-school-holidays


Children are invited to meet Captain Hook at the Canberra Outlet Centre from 18 – 22 April between 11am – 2pm and join him in creating pirate hats or fairy wings to take home to continue a pirate adventure. The fun will take place outside of Monkey Mania, while parents can enjoy a coffee from Caffe Cherry Beans right next door.

Cost: Free

Website: canberraoutletcentre.com.au/news/school-holiday-activity-captain-hook 


There’s no better time to bring the family along to HOYTS! With special family deals throughout the Easter holidays, families can ‘Experience More’ and save with our HOYTS passes for families of 3 at $42* or $52* for families of 4. Plus, as a HOYTS
REWARDS member you can earn points when you purchase a family pass! So, get the family together and venture into the wonderful world of Zootopia, become a Martial Arts master with Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda 3 or take a walk on the wild side with The Jungle Book!

The fun doesn’t stop there! Audiences experiencing Zootopia at the 12.15pm and 3pm sessions^ between Friday and Monday of the Easter long weekend will also be delighted by a seven minute 3D sneak peek of The Jungle Book exclusive to HOYTS.

All the best family experiences are at your local HOYTS, plus special food and drink combos will also be available at the candy bar to help the entire family get into the fun and take a little piece of the movie magic home. You could pick up an exclusive Kung Fu Panda 3 Po Character Bottle or a Noodle Box Drink Cup Combo.

With plenty on offer to choose from, grab the family and use the kids as an excuse to see the best family movies coming to HOYTS these holidays. For more information visit hoyts.com.au

Website: www.hoyts.com.au

Location: Inside Westfield Belconnen and Woden Plaza

Art, Craft & Photography


Experience the Funky Art of Assemblage with Alex Asch and Mariana del Castillo. Join assemblage and construction artists Alex Asch and Mariana del Castillo in a fun and funky workshop exploring the art of assemblage sculpture and urban art.

Happening Tuesday 12 April from 10am – 3pm at Belconnen Arts Centre

Cost: $260 per child or $234 for Friends of BAC materials included

Website: www.belconnenartscentre.com.au

Email: info@belconnenartscentre.com.au

Phone: 6173 3300


Canberra Potters’ Society is a member based organisation run out of Watson Arts Centre and funded by the ACT Government. They cater for all levels of ceramic art practice from beginner through professional and they offer term classes, school holiday programs, workshops, facility and equipment hire, studios and an Artist-in-Residence program.

Parents & carers: book into ANY class WITH your child and receive a 10% discount on the full price.

School holidays classes:


GENERAL KIDS POTTERY: Monday 11 to Friday 15 April

CLASS 1: 9am-noon     $250 (for 5 x 3-hour classes per week)

CLASS 2: 12.30pm-2pm   $140 (for 5 x 1.5-hour classes per week)

ONE-DAY PROJECTS: Friday 15 April 9am-4pm (age 12+)

$100 (bring your own lunch & snacks)

INTRODUCTORY INTENSIVE: for children 12+ and a parent/carer

Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 April 9am-4pm

$290 per child/parent/carer (bring your own lunch & snacks)

(Plus a follow-up date for a Raku firing to be negotiated with students & teacher)


GENERAL KIDS POTTERY: Monday 18 to Friday 22 April

CLASS 1: 9am-noon     $250 (for 5 x 3-hour classes per week)

CLASS 2: 12.30pm-2pm   $140 (for 5 x 1.5-hour classes per week)

ONE-DAY PROJECTS: Thursday 21 April 9am-4pm (age 12+)

$100 (bring your own lunch & snacks)


Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 April 9am-4pm

$290 (bring your own lunch & snacks)

(Plus a follow-up date for a Raku firing to be negotiated with students & teacher)

Enrolment: by email or by phone. Enrolment may also be done in person Tuesday to Thursday between 9.30am – 12.30pm at the workshop office, Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, ACT

Website:  www.canberrapotters.com.au

Phone:  (02) 6241 7800

Email:  classes@canberrapotters.com.au

Location:  Aspinall Street, PO Box 7021 WATSON 2602


PhotoAccess is the principle destination in the ACT region for people to see and appreciate, learn about, make and show photo-based art. They are a member-based visual arts organisation, with a contemporary gallery, black-and-white darkroom, and a full education program for kids and adults of all experience levels.

Kids holiday workshops: Kids Autumn Digital Photography School

Kids will learn to explore their world and get creative with digital photography in this three-day holiday workshop. Guided by experienced tutors, workshop includes short field-trips to capture images, followed by computer-based workshops to master the fundamentals of Adobe© digital manipulation software. Best of all, each child will create their own unique works of photographic art to take home.

Please bring lunch, a hat, sunscreen and USB stick. Laptop computers and photographic prints provided, students’ own cameras welcome but not essential. Morning tea snacks provided – please advise of any allergies of other concerns.

Age: Suitable for 10 to 16 year olds of all experience levels.

Time: Three-day workshops, 13-15 April, OR 20-22 April 2016 (9am-4pm each day).

Cost: $275 including prints and equipment hire.

Enrolment: www.photoaccess.org.au/kids

Website:  www.photoaccess.org.au

Phone:  (02) 6295 7810 or (02) 6295 7813

Email:  claire@photoaccess.org.au

Location:  Manuka Arts Centre – 30 Manuka Circle, Griffith ACT 2603


Aeoncademy offers specialised programs with an ethos of creative thinking and skills; and a strong belief in the innate gifts and talents of all children! Their programs introduce modalities spanning the visual and dramatic arts with historical, legendary, natural and multicultural themes, with scope for imagination to play its part.

Autumn School Holiday Program: Vala class (drama), Creative Catalyst class (visual arts) and Sparks program.

Class Times: During school holidays 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday

Ages: Monday to Thursday children over 7 years can choose between a Vala class or Creative Catalyst class. Children from 4 years are automatically enrolled in the Sparks program. Friday all ages try a mix of programs.

Enrolment: Booking by phone (02) 6142 3268.or through Hubworks ccvac.hubworks.com.au

Website:  www.aeoncademy.com

Phone:  (02) 6142 3268

Email:  info@aeoncademy.com

Location:  Yarralumla Primary School, Loftus St. Yarralumla, ACT 2600


Lavender Art Studios gently nurtures the creative spirit and imagination of every child. Expertly delivered art workshops, tailored to meet aspirational endeavours and skills development are held in a professional art studio. Defined by numerous educative, fun themes; workshop forums allow budding young artists to produce culturally enriched artistic creations.

Children’s school holiday program (10 sessions): Experience fun and exciting Drawing & Painting Workshops; the children will enjoy learning to draw and paint some holiday art; themes such as sun, surf, nature and sport will be explored. These art workshops will give students some sound basic drawing and painting skills; instruction, in terms of materials, demonstrations and ‘one on one’ art tuition will ensure that really good works of art are accomplished at the end of each session.

Drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, illumination art, specialised art workshops.

Ancient Egypt: At Lavender Art Studios these coming School Holidays young artists will explore and create works of art relating to the Dynastics, Kingdoms and Periods of the Egyptian timeline. In all its magnificent glory, Ancient Egyptian art, culture and everyday life will be the focus of these ten vibrant and customarily inspired drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and illuminated art workshops. The cost includes excellent art tuition, all art materials/morning and afternoon teas.

Age: For ages 5-13 years

Time: Monday 18– Friday 22 April, 2 sessions daily 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Workshop fees: $60.00 per child per session. Price includes materials. Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Enrolment: Contact Greg Devenny-Mackay or Elita Mackay by phone (02) 6292 6339

Other popular art programs/services: Weekly Young People’s Art Class Program 5-19 years a range available, Two Weekly Adult Art Classes.

Website:  www.lavenderartstudios.com.au

Phone: (02) 6292 6339

Email: elita.mackay@lavenderartstudios.com.au

Location: Lavender Art Studios First Floor, 42 Townshend St. Phillip. Above Hansel & Gretel Coffee Shop & Opposite Project Lighting


Make your own glass tiles

20 minutes workshop

When: 10:30am to 12:30pm, Wed-Sun, 13-24 April

Age: Over 8 years old

Cost: $30 per person


Duration: 20 min for paperweight. 40 min for tumbler

When: 10am to 4pm, Sat/Sun

Age: Over 14 years old

Cost: $170 for paperweight of $100 for tumbler

Enrolment: booking by phone or email

Phone: (02) 6260 7005

Email: education@canberraglassworks.com


Canberra Potters’ Society is offering a choice of three daily classes during the autumn holidays. In addition older kids (12+) can join a three day intro intensive class or book in for a 1 day special project class. Choose a week and a class. Learn a new skill in a fun, creative environment with experiences pottery teachers.

Time: WEEK 1 11-15 April (5 days)

WEEK 2 18-22 April (5 days)

Class 1: 9-12noon

Class 2: 12.30-2pm

Class 3: 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: 3 hour classes $250 per/wk

1.5 hour classes $140 per/wk

Book into any class with child and receive 10% discount

Enrolments: by phone or email

Website: www.canberrapotters.com.au

Phone: 6241 7800

Email: classes@canberrapotters.com.au

Location: Canberra Potters’ Society, Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson.



Hatching Chicks is a two week program delivered to your door.

All ages are fascinated to witness a clutch of eggs hatching and enjoy looking after the brood. Keep the chicks to provide eggs for the family or they can be collected at the end of the hatching process.

Age: For children of all ages

Cost: $230 (no GST is charges)

Booking: Contact Liane by phone or email

Website: www.hatchingchicks.com.au

Phone: 0413 783 734

Email: lianer@ozemail.com.au


Mountain trails – Adventure camp

Activities may include (dependent on age group): Caving, bush walking, rock climbing, high ropes, camp fires, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, horse riding and more!

Junior Camp: 11-15 April.

Age 9-12

$420, $350 if you bring a friend

Junior Camp: 18-22 April.

Age 12-16

$430, $360 if you bring a friend

Booking and more information: mountaintrails.org.au

Phone: 6227 9266


Wild Wee Jasper is an adventure camp for high school students. Join us as we camp out, relax together and participate in adventurous activities like caving, scrambling, a high ropes course, water activities and more! We’ll also be learning about the Christian faith through talks and small group time. These talks and small groups are designed to be accessible and interesting to campers regardless of their beliefs.

Register at suact.goregister.com.au

For more information, please contact: wildweejasper@sucamps.org.au

Phone: (02) 6251 3677

Cinema & Live theatre


Dendy Cinemas exhibits the best in quality cinema and alternative content. As well as its core film programming, Dendy Cinemas is the home of the vibrant Dendy Arts program which features incredible and dramatic productions of Opera, National Theatre Live and Ballet.

Website: www.dendy.com.au

Phone: (02) 6221 8900

Email: managerscanberra@dendy.com.au

Location: Level 2, North Quarter Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St, Canberra City, ACT 2600.


Child Players ACT is a children’s theatre training program for children aged 8-16. Their programs provide training in all aspects of theatre with the opportunity to perform on stage in a full-length production. Programs are run by qualified facilitators in a positive and supportive environment and are suitable for both beginners and more experienced kids with a love of theatre.

Website: www.childplayersact.com.au

Phone: 0413 139 790

Email: childplayact@gmail.com



3seeds is hands on cooking school at the Fyshwick Markets. The cooking school operates from a purpose built kitchen and offer for both adults and children of all abilities. Private classes are also available for corporate team building, hens, bucks & birthday celebrations.

Cooking Classes during school holidays:

  • Put some pork on your fork: Crispy skin pork belly baked on a ginger and chilli mirepoix, pork cutlet with caramelised pear and pan seared pork fillet with a pink peppercorn and champagne sauce.

Time: Wed 13 April 6-9.30pm

Age: For all ages children and adults

Cost: $150.00 Student – adult

$120.00 Student under 17 yrs

$60.00 Dinner guest

  • Kids Indian: Samosas followed by Butter chicken & naan. 6-14yrs.

Time: Thu 14 April 11-1.30pm and Fri 15 April 11-1.30pm

Age: For children 6 to 14 years old

Cost: $17.00 Dinner guest

$60.00 Student under 17 yrs

  • Fabulous Fish: To begin you will learn how to select the perfect fish, then you will poach, pan sear & bake: including Blue eye cod baked in white wine, sherry & saffron, Atlantic salmon with a fresh herb & nut crust & Ling fillets poached in coconut, ginger & lime.

Time: Sat 16 April 1-4.30pm

Age: For all ages children and adults

Cost: $150.00 Student – adult

$120.00 Student under 17 yrs

$60.00 Dinner guest

  • Mexican&Sangria: Fish & avocado salsa tortilla, Vanilla poached prawns & braised beef ribs.

Time: Tue 19 April 6-9.30pm

Age: For all ages children and adults

Cost: $150.00 Student – adult

$120.00 Student under 17 yrs

$60.00 Dinner guest

  • Salmon 4 Ways: Champagne poached salmon, Pan seared with a fresh herb & macadamia crust, Hot smoked with a caper & lemon mayonnaise & a fragrant ginger wine, coconut & green Thai curry of salmon with mango relish.

Time: Wed 20 April 6-9.30pm

Age: For all ages children and adults

Cost: $150.00 Student – adult

$120.00 Student under 17 yrs

$60.00 Dinner guest

  • Kids Middle Eastern Feast: Lamb kofta with dipping sauce & spiced apple with pistachio crumble. 6-14yrs

Time: Thu 21 April 11-1.30pm

Age: For children 6 to 14 years old

Cost: $17.00 Dinner guest

$60.00 Student under 17 yrs

Enrolment: booking online at 3seeds.com.au/index.php/shop/category/book-cooking-class

Website: www.3seeds.com.au


Phone: 02 6295 7722

Email: info@3seeds.com.au

Location: 12 Dalby St, Fyshwick


Foodish is running its kids’ holiday cooking program during the autumn holidays. The program has a health and nutrition focus, as well as teaching cooking skills. The core idea is that the kids make a healthy, age-appropriate meal for themselves to eat together, and in the process learn about the ingredients they are using and cooking techniques.

The classes are well supervised by experiences educators and take place in the Foodish Kitchen at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets.

Junior classes (7-11 years): Wednesday and Friday mornings, 9.30am-12pm

Senior classes (12 and up): Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 2pm-4.30pm

Cost: Each class is $65 per child

Enrolment: bookings at www.befoodish.com.au

Education/First aid


If you require expert assistance, then the Canberra Reading Clinic can provide a supportive and welcoming environment for your child. They want to change your child’s experience of reading from frustrating to functional to pleasurable.

Ages: Usually offered to students aged 10 years and above. For beginning readers aged 4-6, the Clinic offers a Learn to Read Program.

Cost: Reading assessment and report – $550.

MULTILIT Reading Tutor 2 day Program – $3500 (incl. GST) for two school terms.

MULTILIT Extension 2 day Program – $3500 (incl. GST) for two school terms.

CRC Literacy Program – $3800 twice weekly (incl. GST) Individualised tuition for two school terms.

CRC Learn to Read Program – $3800 (incl. GST) Individualised tuition for two school terms.

Booking: Please email or phone Clinic Manager Clare Scroopie on Mobile: 0409 154 771 or leave a message (02) 6251 6815

Website:   www.crclinic.com.au

Phone: (02 ) 6251 6815 or 0412 903 112

Email: crclinic@bigpond.com

Locations: 7 Hall Street Lyneham and Unit 3/ 41-43 Colbee Court Phillip

SWISH – Specialist workshops in school holidays

SWISH offer unique and specialised workshops for Kindergarten to Year Six children that actively seek to captivate and involve children, ensuring they learn through enjoyment. SWISH Education workshops are taught by qualified and experienced teaching professionals. SWISH workshops are designed for gifted children and children that need and want more than just child minding.

This holiday period SWISH are offering workshops on topics such as Forensics, Robotics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Anthropology, Geography, Geology and more for students in Kindergarten through to year 6.

Age: for student in Kindergarten through to year 6.

Time: 11 Apr-22Apr / 9.30am-5.30pm

Cost: $98 per workshop

Enrolment: Bookings taken via the website

Website: www.swisheducation.edu.au

Phone: Education Director 0412 402 204

Operations Director 0488 165 122

Email: enquiry@swisheducation.edu.au

Location: Campbell Primary, Chauvel Street, Campbell


Kid Technic is focused on providing Science & Technology enrichment through robotics to tech-savvy kids. Creative problem solving, experimentation and risk taking are the foundation of their courses.

It is their aim to equip your children with skills for their future and to enhance and focus their potential. We run school holiday courses in Ainslie. Holiday Camps April 2016 is now available.

Enrolment: Booking on the website.

Website: www.kidtechnic.com

Phone: (02) 6226 8040

Email:  info@kidtechnic.com

Location: 274 Casuarina Lane, Jeir, NSW


Would your child know what to do in an emergency? If your child was bleeding, would they know what to do? Could your child save a life by ringing 000 in an emergency?

St John Ambulance ACT offers quality first aid courses run by first aid professionals. St John Ambulance believes in empowering our children and youth to be capable in first aid situation. Junior first aid, run each school holidays, aims to give children aged 8 to 13 practical first aid skills and the confidence to use them.

Topics include how to be a good fist aider, recognising danger, dialling 000, CPR, bleeding, burns, fractures, bites and stings.

Age: over 14 years old.

Time: 9am-5pm, Wednesday 13 or 20 of April

Cost: $62

Enrolment: Booking by phone or email

Phone: (02) 6282 2399

Email: coursebookings@stjohnact.com.au

Website: www.stjohnact.com.au

Location: 14 Thesiger court Deakin ACT 2600 


2nd Annual Reptile Festival

Food, Shows, Talks & other Special Events

Age: for all ages of children and adults.

Time: 9 and 10 April

Website: www.canberrareptilezoo.com.au

Phone: (02) 6253 8533

Email: info@canberrareptilezoo.com.au

Location: O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls, Gold Creek village, opposite the clock tower


Discovery & rediscoveries: walks, talks, tours & events

The 2016 theme—Discovery and rediscoveries—signifies our ever evolving history and new findings. When we discover and uncover things through archaeology and exploration we can sometimes find there is a need to rewrite our history books. Discoveries can vary from careful planning and research to an unexpected find—an exciting ‘eureka’ moment. Discovery leads change and rediscovery can open wounds and lead to acknowledgement and healing.

We invite you to dig up the past and re-explore your region. Expose something previously unknown about you and your past.

Walk by torchlight trough a graveyard at St John’s.

See the bells up close at the Carillon.

Cycle to mystery historic sites in the Urban Polaris.

Listen to stories about Gran’s beautiful big red bag.

Check out the World War I training trenches at Jerrabomberra Wetland.

Paint the landscape at Mugga Mugga.

Design & create a soft sculpture at CMAG.

Age: for all ages of children and adults.

Time: 2-18 April 2016.

Website: www.act.gov.au/heritagefestival



Innovative training solutions for corporations, organisations, schools internationally, keynote speaking, styling individuals and groups, one on one coaching, make-over’s, from CEO’s, Company Directors, EA and PA’s and reception staff; in personal and professional image and their ever popular Personal Style and Social skills holiday programs for teens and tweens.

Website: www.lizziewagner.com.au

Phone: 0412 769073

Email: info@lizziewagner.com.au


Victoria’s Models was established in Canberra in April 1995. It is managed by a friendly, young, dynamic team under the direction of Victoria Schnabl (nee Batterham), who has over 21 years industry experience. Their model management includes representing talent for fashion parades, television commercials, photographic work, promotions and voice work.

Website: www.victoriasmodels.com.au

Phone: (02) 6282 8700

Mobile: 0411 512 701

Email: info@victoriasmodels.com.au



For these April school holidays, we will be running school holidays bootcamps sessions for the kids during our Mums with Bubs classes from the 11 April to the 20 April.

This is open to CFC members, and non-members, who wish to partake in our Mums with Bubs sessions for the duration of the school holidays.

Dates running: 

Week 1: Monday – Wednesday 11th – 13th April

Week 2: Monday – Wednesday 18th – 20th April

Sessions will be run by Jacqui and there are only 10 spots available. A minimum of 5 kids are required for the sessions to go ahead.


$10 for 1 child, per session.

$15 for 2 children, per session.

Email: admin@pt2u.com


The BEST holiday “all day” sessions Canberra has to offer. Completely unique and catering for all kids in school years 3 – 8.

FUN, teamwork, obstacles, problem solving, code breaking and so much more. Endorsed by the Chief Minister and the Heart Foundation.

Holiday programs:

Battle Games – Operation FULL THROTTLE: Wednesday April 13, 9am – 4pm

Battle Games – Operation ENIGMA: Thursday April 14, 9am – 4pm

Battle Games – Operation BLACK OUT: Thursday April 21, 9am – 4pm

Ages: for children 7-15 years old


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: 1 March – 7 March $75 incl. gst / Operation (Day) (No ADF discounts*)

STANDARD RATE: 8 March – Game Day $85 incl. gst / Operation (Day) with discount for ADF members.

Enrolment: booking on the website

Website: www.bfirm.com.au/battlegames

Phone: 0418 225 525

Email: Kiz@bfirm.com.au

Location: B Firm Outdoor Activity Centre – Cnr Narrabundah Ln & Jerrabomberra Av, Symonston



Key topics: Nutrition & exercise, creating good habits goal setting & action plans, movement & mindfulness, daily tools to maintain focus & balance, healthy cooking, self-confidence & self-esteem, finding & fulfilling your life purpose, organisation & calendar scheduling, developing a thankful mindset, visualisation & manifestation, keep motivation & inspiration flowing, living outside of your comfort zone, the power of gratitude

Time: 18 & 19 of April, 9am-3pm for 8 -12 years of age

20 & 21 of April. 9am-3pm for 13-17 years of age

Cost: $150 includes lunch and refreshments for two days

Phone: please call Nicole on 0411 721 489

Email: inspirecanberra@gmail.com

Booking: by email

Location: Held, the Abbey – Gold Creek, Nicholls


An innovative, flexible program offering children a variety of fun and age appropriate activities, educators and children work together to create activities including arts, crafts, sports, games, music, educational visits and program themes.

Phone: 02 6180 5777

Website: www.ywca-canberra.org.au

Majura Primary School:

Age: Kindy-Year 6

Time: 11-22 April, 8am-6pm

Location: Irvine Street, Watson

Kingsford Smith Primary School:

Age: Pre-School – Year 6

Time: 11-22 April, 8am-6pm

Location: Starke Street, Holt

Turner Primary School:

Age: Pre-School – Year 6

Time: 11-22 April, 8am-6pm

Location: David Street, Turner

Questacon Smart Skills Initiative

Does your child have a bright idea? Unleash the inner inventor, designer or maker in your child with a Questacon Maker Project school holiday workshop.

Age: suitable for 10-15 years olds

Time: half day workshops available 18-21 April 2016

Booking: by phone

Phone: 1800 889 995

Website: www.questacon.edu.au


Experience their exciting excursions, workshops, craft activities, cooking experiences & games.

Time: Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April, 8am-6pm daily (excluding public holidays)

Cost: $73.40 per day includes excursions and workshops. (CCB/CCR available)

Enrolment: on the website

Website: www.wcs.org.au

Phone: Krysta 6234 6831, Nila 62346832

Email: sac@wcs.org.au

Garran Combined Program:

Age: K-Yr.6

Location: Garran Primary School, Gilmore Cres, Garran

Red Hill Combined Program:

Age: K- Yr.6

Location: Red Hill Primary School, Astrolabe St. Red Hill

Duffy Combined Program:

Age: P-Yr.6

Location: Duffy Primary School, Burrinjuck Cres, Duffy

Lyons Junior Program:

Age: K-Yr.2

Location: Lyons Early Childhood School, Tarraleah Cres, Lyons


Activities include: bushwalks, talent show, caving, group games, cooking.

Age: For 8-12 year olds

Time: Tuesday 12 – Friday 15 April

Cost: $130 + Care costs

Location: The Googong Woolshed


Daily optional excursions include: lPlay/Dodgem cars. Let’s play Indoor play and Laser tag, movies, Questacon, Reptile Park, and more!

Choice of options daily:

Option 1: General program (arts/crafts, board games, xbox, music, toys and more)

Option 2: Hip Hop dance (daily, both weeks)

Option 3: Soccer (April 11-15)

Basketball (April 18-22)

Time: April 11-15, 16-22, 26, full day 6am-6pm

Cost: $45 without afternoon excursion/stay in activities, optional afternoon excursion $25 extra ($70/day)

Website: www.schoolsoutcare.com.au

Phone: 0414607396

Email: schoolsout@netspeed.com.au



The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is part of NASA’s Deep Space Network keeping in contact with dozens of spacecraft exploring our Solar System. Find out about the latest discoveries and enjoy films, exhibitions, and views to the largest antenna dishes in the Southern Hemisphere. Relax in the Moonrock Cafe & Giftshop and enjoy a day with family and friends.

Age: for children of all ages.

Time: Open daily 9am-5pm

Cost: Free entry.

Website:  www.cdscc.nasa.gov

Phone: (02) 6201 7880

Email: pr@cdscc.nasa.gov

Location: 421 Discovery Drive, Tidbinbilla


The National Museum of Australia is one of the nation’s leading cultural institutions. It is a social history museum exploring the land, nation and people of Australia. Discover where our stories come alive, with fun hands-on activities and events for children and families here at the Museum.


Kspace is the Museum’s new interactive adventure game for kids, set in Australia’s past.

These holidays, visit Kspace where kids can design a time-travelling robot and enter a Time Pod blasting them back to a mystery location in Australia’s past. Kspace is a team game and ideally played in teams of four. Kids will find themselves in one of eight different locations, ranging from the Victorian Goldfields in 1854, to Sydney at the time the Harbour Bridge was being built, in 1930. At the end of their adventure they’re transported back to the Museum where they can send home a postcard from their journey, including their robot design.

Time: sessions run daily every 10 minutes, from 9.15am-4pm, and take 30 minutes to complete.

Cost: Free.

Booking: not required during ACT school holidays

Website: nma.gov.au/kspace

Phone: 1800 026 132

Location: National museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra

School holidays: Discovery Space – Museum Designer

Is the National Museum of Australia’s building like any other you’ve seen? Do you know what it represents? If you could build a museum, how would it look and what would be on display?

Using the National Museum’s architecture for inspiration, children can design, make or draw their very own museum these school holidays.

Make a Museum:

Learn about the Museum’s building in a short tour, then design and build your own mini-museum to take home.

Age: 5 years old and over.

Time: Weekdays, 11-22 April, 2 daily sessions: 10-11.30am and 11.30am-1pm

Cost: $10 per child; Free for children on Museum Friends Full Membership.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking: Bookings essential as numbers are limited

Website: discoveryspace.eventbrite.com.au

Draw a Museum:

Enjoy the Museum’s architecture and draw, read or just chill out in their amazing Bay Window.

Age: all ages

Time: weekday afternoon, 11-22 April 2-4pm

Cost: Free

Inspired architecture trail:

Grab a building trail from the Information Hub in the Museum’s Main Hall and uncover more secrets of the building. Seek out the three drawing spaces inside the Museum where unusual architectural views will inspire you to draw.

Age: all ages

Time: daily 11-22 April

Cost: $2, free for children on Museum Friends Full Membership

Enrolment: Bookings essential online at the Eventbrite website www.eventbrite.com.au/e/discovery-space-museum-designer-tickets-17538548270

Website: www.nma.gov.au

Phone: 1800 026 132

Email: information@nma.gov.au

Location: Mail Hall of National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra


You can find fun hands on activities for families and children at the National Portrait Gallery all year round! Explore portraits, experiment with drawing and get creative. Programs are available for children aged 6 months and up and while many programs are free, some require booking and a small fee.

Children and family programs:

Story time:

Listen to the story My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald and create your own visual response. All materials provided. Age: all ages and abilities. All children must be accompanied.

Time: Wednesday 13 April, 10.30am-12pm

Cost: $5 per child

Booking: booking essential by phone or email

Phone: 02 6102 7070

Email: bookings@npg.gov.au

Website: portrait.gov.au/calendar

Location: King Edward Terrace, Canberra

Portrait play:

Explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. For children from 4 to 8 to share with family and friends. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Age: children from 4 to 8

Time: daily in school holidays, 9-25 April, 11am-12pm

Cost: $5 per child

Booking: booking essential by phone or email

Phone: 02 6102 7070

Email: bookings@npg.gov.au

Website: portrait.gov.au/calendar

Location: King Edward Terrace, Canberra

Art cart – Accessorise me:

Free activities inspired by the National Portrait Gallery Collection for families to enjoy together.

Time: daily 9-25 April, 11am-4pm

Cost: free

Website: www.portrait.gov.au

Phone: 02 6102 7181

Email: info@npg.gov.au

Location: King Edward Terrace, Parks ACT


Australia’s only combined Zoo and Aquarium!

Just five minutes from the centre of Canberra, the Zoo is home to a wide variety of native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia. Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures in an Animal Encounter.

Explore the wild side of the zoo! Go behind the scenes, meet the Keepers and their amazing animals! Plus discovery activities, zoo craft fun & game plus more.

Age: Junior (School years K-1) and Senior (School years 2-6) programs available

Booking: on the website or by phone, discounts apply for online booking

Website: www.nationalzoo.com.au

Phone: (02) 6287 8400

Location: National Zoo & Aquarium, 999 Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek


“It’s your turn now”: Remember the Somme.

In 2016 the Schoolhouse will have displays and a tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Somme campaigns. These will feature the story of the Rev Fred Ward, the Rector of St John’s, who enlisted as an army chaplain on the Western Front. The tour is suitable for high school students, Year 9 and upwards

Age: for children Year 9 and upwards.

Time: Wed 10am-12pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm-4pm

ACT Heritage Festival additional opening times: Sat 2-Mon 18 April, daily 2pm-4pm.

Cost: Student $2, Family $5, Gold coin donation.

Booking: Bookings for tours are essential. To book, and for details of dates and times, please contact by phone.

Phone: 6249 8392 or 6295 8732

Location: 45 Constitution Ave., REID, adjacent to Anzac Pde.


Celestial Empire Family Room

Use your imagination to explore life during China’s last imperial dynasty. Kids and parents can contribute to a giant dragon artwork.

Time: Daily 10am-4pm

Location: Level 4, National Library of Australia

Cost: Free entry.

Writing with Christopher Cheng

Love to write? Join this session for young writers by award-winning children’s author Christopher Cheng.

Age: For ages 7 and up.

Time: Thursday 14 April, 10.30am

Location: Conference Room, National Library of Australia

Cost: $15 (Places limited)

Celestial Storytelling

Bring the children and enjoy great stories with a Chinese twist!

Time: Thursday 21 April, 11.30am

Location: Conference Room,

Cost: $2 per child

Children’s Film: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011, 91mins, PG)

Po and his friends flight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China.

Time: Thursday 21 April, 1pm

Location: Theatre

Cost: Free entry.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Now in its 16th successful year, this vibrant event promotes the value of reading and literacy. Join us as we read this year’s book, Got This Hat, written by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye.

Time: Wednesday 25 May, 11am

Location: Foyer

Cost: free entry.

Bookings: nla. Gov.au/bookings


Autumn School Holiday Activities:

Join the Bonsai Curators to put up your very own miniature tree. Explore the changing season on a family forest walk with the Education Officer. There are also fre drop in activities on offer throughout the holidays.

Website: www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

Bonsai workshop:

Age: suitable for ages 8 – 12 yrs

Time: 10.30am – 12 noon: Tues 12th, Wed 13th, Tues 19th, Wed 20th April.

Cost: $35 per child. All materials are supplied.

Booking: Call 02 6207 8484 for bookings or enquiries. Spaces are limited so please book early.

Autumn at the Arboretum’ Family Forest Walks:

Age: Suitable for ages 4 – 7 years and suitable for strollers.

Time: 10.30am – 12 noon: Thurs 14, Fri 15, Thurs 21, Fri 22 April.

Cost: $10 per child and accompanying adults are free of charge.

Booking: Call 02 6207 8484 for bookings or enquiries. Spaces are limited so please book early.

Free Drop in Activities:

Drop in Tree Week Scavenger Hunt: Pick up your passport from the front desk and follow the clues to collect your stamps, return it completed to collect your prize!

Colouring in and craft: We will have a colouring in station and fun craft activities to keep the kids busy.

Bring Your Own Kites: We have yet to find a better place to fly a kite than here at the Arboretum.

Self Guided Walks: Get the kids outdoors and walk or cycle one of the many scenic trails.

Age: Suitable for all ages

Cost: free.

Booking: No bookings needed.


The Gem of Wee Jasper: Beautiful limestone cave system with loads of crystal formations. Enjoyable tours with hands-on activities. Earth sciences curriculum content.

Age: For year 3-4 school students

Time: open Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed (School Hols)

Cost: Adult $16.5, Child (5-15): $11, Family(covers 2A+2C): $44

Phone: 6227 9622

Website: www.weejaspercaves.com


Explore and immerse yourself in the stories of the resident workers and their families at this historic landmark –one of the last remaining residences in the national triangle. Join a free guided volunteer led tour to learn about the first and last families to live here.

Age: For all ages of children and adults

Time: Open every Saturday 11.30am-2.30pm

Cost: Free entry

Booking: on the website

Website: www.nationalcapital.gov.au

Phone: 02 6272 2902

Location: Wendouree Dr. Kings Park


Enjoy the holidays with activities and workshops.

Phone: (02) 6240 6502

Website: www.nga.gov.au/calendar

Location: Parkes Place, Canberra

Create space:

Creative workshops in gallery spaces – it’s free, fun, changes regularly and you can drop in anytime with no booking required.

Age: all ages, children to be accompanied.

Cost: Free

Time: every weekend and daily during school holiday 10am-4pm

Family tours:

Meet your Gallery guide for a special family-friendly tour.

Age: for all ages of children and adults

Time: Saturday 11-Friday 24 April, daily 10.30am

Cost: Free

Creative meditation for children:

With Dianne Bourke, child meditation facilitator and mindfulness instructor

Time: Ages 5-7, to be accompanied: Tuesday 12 April, 10.30am-11am

Age 8-12: Tuesday 12 April, 11.30am-12.15pm

Cost: $7, $5 child

Booking: Bookings essential at www.gov.au/calendar

Art explorer: building with paper

Hang out at the NGA looking at the exhibition Behind the scenes: Tyler Graphics at work. Then have a go using paper as a construction material for creating your own work.

Cost: $60, $55 child members

Time: Thursday 14 April 10.30am-4pm

Booking: Bookings essential at www.gov.au/calendar

ASI: Art Scene Investigation – up is down

Walls have moved, works of art have appeared and disappeared, upstairs is downstairs and vice visa. The Art Scene Investigation Squad needs your help to figure it all out.

Age: for children 7-12 years old

Cost: $12, $10 child members

Time: Tuesday 19 April 10.30am-12pm

Booking: Bookings essential at www.gov.au/calendar

Art Explorer: caught on film

Explore the exhibition Black then create a collaborative short film and share your work online.

Age: for children 8-12 years old

Cost: $60, $55 child members

Time: Thursday 21 April 10.30am-4pm

Booking: Bookings essential at www.gov.au/calendar


Story time:

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys.

Age: suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome

Time: Fridays, excluding public holidays 10.30am

Cost: Free

Location: Lower galleries of Australian war memorial

Website: www.awm.gov.au

Discovery Zone:

In this interactive environment kids can experience what it would be like to work in a trench, a helicopter, or a submarine. They can build bridges, explore an air raid shelter, and try on uniforms. Families can also investigate Australia’s involvement in the Second World War and some of the jobs done by today’s peacekeepers. The Discovery Zone is full of things to hear, see, and do.

Time: Open all day during ACT school holidays. Please note the Discovery Zone may be unavailable for 30 minutes at 12pm and 4pm in the event of school bookings.

Women in war:

See actor Leith Arundel in two moving performances. Last letters and Radio silence, about the experiences of women during wartime.

Time: Saturday 9 to Tuesday 12 April, Friday 15 to Monday 18 April, Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 April, 11.40am, 12.40pm and 1.40pm

Location: Anzac Hall

Cost: Free

Words of war:

Using objects, diaries, postcards, and other sources, create and share your own writing to describe and reflect upon the experiences of Australians at war. Participants can explore poetry, literacy and drama games, and story-building activities.

Age: 10 and over

Time: Monday 11 April 10.30am to 12.30pm

Cost: $10 per child. $5 for Friends of the Memorial (GST inclusive)

Booking: bookings are essential and close Wednesday 6 April. Credit card payment required at time of booking

Email: public.programs@awm.gov.au

Phone: (02) 6243 4473 

Animals in war:

How have horses, cats, and dogs contributed to the war effort? Why did pigeons receive medals? Come and hear the amazing tales of animals in wartime, and make your own puppets to act out their stories.

Age: 5 and over

Time: Monday 18 April, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Cost: $10 per child. $5 for Friends of the Memorial (GST inclusive)

Booking: bookings are essential and close Wednesday 13 April. Credit card payment required at time of booking

Email: public.programs@awm.gov.au

Phone: (02) 6243 4473

Drop-in craft:

Make your own paper slouch hat, bookmark, or poppy to take home.

Time: Fridays 15 and 22 April, 11.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Location: Education Space, lower galleries

Cost: Free


Cartooning masterclass

Develop the skills of a professional in this fun, hands-on workshop with cartoonist Andrew Hore.

Age: 5+ with an accompanying adult

Time: Monday 11-Friday 15 April, Monday 18-Wednesday 28 April, 10am-11.30am

Booking: bookings essentials on the website

Website: go.moadoph.gov.au/schoolholidays

Cost: Free after entry

Admission: Adult $2, child/Concession $1, Family $5.

Phone: (02) 6270 8222

Location: Museum of Australian Democracy, King George Terrace, Parkes


LOST IN THE WILD: Autumn school holiday program of Young Music Society

A musical expedition led by Jim Sharrock and Benn Sutcliffe. A safari of musical fun, games, instrument building, song-writing and an exciting journey into the musical wilderness. No music experience necessary and all equipment provided.

Age: for primary school children

Time: 18-22 April, 9am-3.30pm

Cost: 5 days $330

Phone: (02) 6251 8017

Website: www.youngmusicsociety.org.au

Location: Belconnen Arts Centre


Mr Tim’s Rock & Roll extravaganza: A fun filled rock’n’roll themed holiday workshop for kids.

Age: 7-12 yrs

Time: Thursday 21 & Friday 22 April

Cost: $90 per child

The power and the fashion: Start with Midnight Oil & end with Lady Gaga in a workshop about style and fashion in music history.

Age: 9-14 yrs

Time: Tues 19 April 10am-12.30pm

Cost: $30

Chalk Walk: Explore the big ideas in The Making of Midnight Oil exhibition and take it to the streets in a huge collaborative carpark chalk drawing.

Age: 9-14 yrs

Time: Tues 19 April, 1.30pm-4pm

Cost: $30

Phone: 6293 1443

Email: info@tuggeranongarts.com

Website: www.tuggeranongarts.com

Location: Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 137 Reed St



Our dance classes are all about fun, creativity and imagination! Gumnut Dance brings out boys’ and girls’ love of dance with creative movement, props, costumes and different dance styles. Classes are for toddlers & pre-schoolers through to primary aged children. Canberra’s creative and fun dance classes for kids!

Creative holiday dance program

A fun-filled day of dance and craft activities for 5-9 years olds! Kids will create and perform a themed dance with props and costumes.

Age: 5-9 years old

Time: Tuesday 12 April, 8.45am-3pm

Booking: spaces are limited, contact by phone or email

Website: www.gumnutdance.com.au

Phone: 0438 863 144

Email: info@gumnutdance.com.au

Locations: 114 Maitland Street, Hackett

Weston Creek Uniting Church – 16 Parkinson Street, Weston

Weston Creek Community Centre – Parkinson Street Weston


Canberra Youth Theatre (CYT) is a nationally recognised not for profit youth arts company which creates and promotes theatre with young people that is inspirational, enriching, collaborative and innovative.

CYT provides young people ages 7-25 with the opportunity to explore, extend and develop their creativity through theatre/drama workshops and productions.

Throughout the week, the young artists will also work with their tutors to create a short 10 minute theatre piece to perform at the end of the week for family and friends, implementing the skills learnt over the 5 days.

Autumn Holiday Drama Workshop 2016:

Bringing together a group of up to 16 young people, two tutors will use drama games and exercises across a fun week-long program to build and develop skills in theatre. Catering for ages 7 through to 12, their holiday programs are designed to build confidence and fundamental skills in voice, movement, character and story.

Bring snacks, lunch and a drink bottle, wear clothes you can muck around in and runners.

Date: 18-22 April

Time: Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm

Where: C-Block Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, Batman St, Braddon

Cost: Non-member   $490 (includes compulsory $25 CYT 2016 Membership)

Member $465

Enrolment: on the website sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=100857796&presenter=AUCYT&venue=&event=&version=

Phone: (02) 6248 5057

Email: info@cytc.net

Location: H Block Gorman Arts Centre Batman Street Braddon ACT 2612


Have you ever seen a puppet create an artwork? Join us for an awesome family puppet show these school holidays!

Age: suitable for preschool and primary-school aged children

Time: Wednesday 13 April, Saturday 16 April, 11am and 1pm.

Cost: $5, under 3 free. Parental supervision required.

Booking: on the website

Website: naa.gov.au/visit-us/events

Phone: (02) 6212 3600

Location: Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes


We have trained and enthusiastic instructors, fantastic facilities and a creative program designed to develop your child’s skills and confidence.

Improve fitness, flexibility and coordination while building confidence! Dance participants create and learn routines while being supported by their expert instructors to develop & improve skills at their own pace. Every day we have morning games & introductions, two interactive dance sessions and exciting excursions or major attractions.

Age: 5-8 years old & 9-13 years old

Time: Monday 11-Friday 22 April

Enrolment: by email

Email: kidsbizholidays@gmail.com

Website: www.kidsbizholidayscomau

Location: Gungahlin College, Hibberson Street, Gungahlin & Melrose High School, Marr Street, Pearce



Age: for students 7 years and up

Time: Thursday 14 and Friday 15 April, 9am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-5pm. If attending full day, please bring your own lunch.

Cost: $30 per half day includes materials

Booking: by phone or email

Phone: 6251 5957, 0402 411 398

Email: lxw@tpg.com.au or embroideryact@gmail.com

Location: Hackett Community Centre, 100 Maitland St, Hackett


Projects made: Poncho, makeup bag, mother’s day gifts and stuffed toys, morning tea provided. Children will be using their sewing machines under qualified teacher’s supervision.

Age: 9-15 yrs

Cost: $25 per class, plus a materials fee.

Time: 11, 13, 15, 18 & 22 April, sessions 9.30am-11.30am.

Booking: by phone, payment on booking, small classes.

Phone: 6282 7144

Location: 5-7 Altree Court, Phillip



Get set for five days of fun these school holidays! Learn all the trampoline flips and tricks at Skyzone Belconnen, followed by lunch in their party rooms.

A fun, active way for kids to spend time!

Happening from Monday 18 until Friday 22 April from 9am to 11.30am each day. Cost is $100 per child, per week. Spaces are limited! 

To book call 13SKYZ (13 75 99) or email skyschool@skyzone.com.au 

Basketball / Netball


Netball ACT is a member organisation of Netball Australia and is the state sporting organisation for the game of netball in the ACT.

Netball is the leading women’s participation sport and top team-based sport in Australia. Netball ACT comprises of 5 Associations, Arawang, Belconnen, Canberra, South Canberra and Tuggeranong Netball Associations.

Website:  www.act.netball.com.au

Phone:  (02) 6241 4088

Location:  435 Northbourne Ave Lyneham ACT 2602

Cricket / Golf


This is an established Junior Golf Development program, catering for boys and girls (we have Canberra’s largest group of girls) of all ages.

Learn to play golf in a progressive school holiday & term based golf program. The JGA golf program has been running for 10 years and is currently being run at Fairbairn Golf Course ACT. Their results include US college recipients, Aust Reps ACT&NSW reps & over 400 ACT, VIC, QLD, NSW & US victories. Their Autumn Programs run for two full weeks in the ACT school holidays.

We run a mix of programs including Saturday afternoon group and individual sessions, as well as their popular school holiday programs. So if you want your child to experience golf in a fun and practical environment, call Leigh today.

School holiday program:

What’s involved:

Skills challenge-chipping, bunkers and putting

A nine hole event

Basics clinics everyday

Putting and chipping comps

They can achieve Level 1, 9 hole proficiency

What’s provided:

All golf equipment if needed

BBQ lunch supplied, but if your child has special dietary requirements then they’ll need to bring their own lunch & snacks

What you need to bring:

Kids will need to bring a Hat, sunscreen and a drink bottle

Time: Week 1, 11 to 15 April, Week 2, 18 to 22 April

8.30am-5pm daily

Cost: wk1: $280 / wk2: $280, $65 per day

Website: www.juniorgolfaus.com

Phone: Leigh Hunter, Professional Golf 0404 851 679

Email: lhunter123@bigpond.com

Location: Fairbairn Golf Course, Laverton Ave Fairbairn



Welcome to the Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club. SCGC caters for children from 18 months of age through to adults in both recreational and competitive gymnastics. Fun and challenging morning sessions offering all children the opportunity to try gymnastics apparatus, group activities, games and trampolining in a safe and friendly environment in their purpose built gym on Garside St., Erindale.

Daytime classes and afternoon classes are available and are conducted Monday to Saturday each week of the school term. Holiday programs are run during the term breaks.

Age: for children 3 years+, Trampoline for children 7-13yrs.

Time: session Mon-Thurs Only, 11-14 and 18-21 April

3-6 yrs: 10am-11.30am

7-13yrs: 10am-12pm

Trampoline only Tues & Thurs 12pm-1.30pm

Cost: 3-6 yrs: $17 each

7-13yrs: $20 each

Trampoline: $20 each

Booking: bookings essential by phone or email.

Website: www.southerncanberra.gymnastics.org.au

Phone: (02) 6296 3331

Email: gymcllub@southerncanberra.net

Location: Gartside Street, Wanniassa. ACT 2903


Meet new friends, have fun, stay fit in the April School Holidays.

Experience the fun and challenges of all gymnastics apparatus.

Caters for both boys and girls at all skill level fully qualified and enthusiastic Coaches and great safe venue.

Age: Kinder and over

Time: 11 -15 Apr, 18 – 22 Apr

Kinder and over: 9am-11am

2yrs-5yrs: 9am-11am

All day Kinder+: 8.30am-4pm

Cost: Kinder and over: $22.5 per session, bring own drink bottle

2yrs-5yrs: $18 per session, carers required on the floor

All day Kinder+: $90 per day, book and pay for full week and receive 10% off the total cost. Bring own food and drinks

Booking: bookings are essential. Full payment is required at time of booking.

Phone: 6287 4121

Email: office@wodenvalley.net

Website: www.wodenvalley.gymnastics.org.au


Holiday Yoga Retreats in Belconnen

Bee Happy yoga & Craft:

Age: 5-8 yrs

Time: Tuesday 12 April, 10am-12.30pm

Cost: $60

Peace Auest yoga & art:

Age: 8-14 yrs

Time: Tuesday 12 April, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Cost: $70

Booking: by phone or email

Phone: 0418 218 078

Email: leonie@starlclass.com.au

Martial arts


Find Fun, Focus & Fitness combined with Practical Self Defence in their friendly ASD training centre. We offer age appropriate martial arts & self defence holiday programs, short courses, and regular programs.

Bunyips 3-5yrs, Wallaroos 5-8yrs, Falcons 9-12yrs, Teens 13-17yrs. Action Kids, Urban Survival, Hapkido, Karate and BJJ. Try a Free Intro Lesson.

Website: www.australianselfdefence.com.au

Phone: 0403 130 975

Email: info@australianselfdefence.com.au

Location: Unit 4. 47-49 Vicars St, Mitchell


IMPACT Martial Arts classes in Canberra. IMPACT practices many styles of Martial Arts including Taekwondo, Kenpo Karate, Kyusho Jitsu and Hapkido. Internationally qualified Instructors.

4 Big Centres in Woden, Belconnen, Gungahlin, and Tuggeranong. Separate classes for Kids, Teens and Adults.

Age: all ages, separate classes for age and skill level.

Cost: $35, free uniform

Website: www.tryimpact.com.au

Phone: (02) 6258 2333

Email: contact@tryimpact.com.au


Effective, practical martial art; co-operative non-confrontational; fun and friendly; designed for children.

Conflict resolution & anti-bullying skills. Focus and self-confidence, agility, dynamic and flowing movement.

Term times:


Tues 3.30pm-4.30pm (5-9 yrs)

Tues 4.30pm-5.30pm (9-Teen)

Thurs 9.30am-10.15am (3-5 yrs)

Thurs 3.30pm-4.30pm (5-9 yrs)

Thurs 4.30pm-5.30pm (9-Teen)


Mon 3.30pm-4.30pm (5-9 yrs)

Mon 4.45pm-5.45pm (9-Teen)

Wed 3.30pm-4.30pm (5-9 yrs)

Wed 4.45pm-5.45pm (Autism/Asp)


Fri 4pm-5pm (5-Teen)

Phone: Louise 0400157732

Email: louisewills@grapevine.com.au

Website: www.canberraaikido.com.au


Education: awareness & violence prevention

Protection: practical self-defence & mental prowess

Fun: handstands, rolls & flips, how to fall, balancing, karate games

Strength: sit-ups, squats, push-ups, pull-ups

Fitness: funning, sprints, partner drills, sparring

Agility: ladder work, jumping drills, trampoline

Extra: competition, weekend warrior training, school fete & festival demonstrations

After school program: we pick up, you collet by 6pm. A constructive alternative to after school care 3pm-6pm

Age: ideal for primary school age

Time: primary school holiday Tue, Wed & Thur 4pm-5.45pm

Cost: $45, include free uniform

Phone: Northside 0420 404 512, Southside 0407 928 186

Email: info@canberrakyokushin.com.au

Website: www.canberrakyokushin.com.au

Location: Corroboree Pk Hall, Ainslie and Hughes Community Centre, Hughes

Multi sports programs


Mpowerdome is Canberra’s largest privately owned multi-purpose, multi-sport recreational facility.

The facility provides programs for 2.5 years to the mature age population. Sports, Recreation, Coaching, Training, Competitions, Children’s Parties, School Programs, School Holiday Programs and Events.

Website: www.mpowerdome.com.au

Phone: (02) 62985500

Email: customerservice@mpowerdome.com.au

Location: 56 Coyne Street, Fadden


Ready Steady Go Kids will introduce your little one to the basic skills of ten different sports along with a wide variety of gross motor skills – all in a super-fun, very active, and non-competitive environment! All classes are held indoors.

Website:  www.readysteadygokids.com.au

Phone:  1300 766 862

Email: info@readysteadygokids.com.au

Locations: Belconnen Basketball Centre, Melba Copland College, Forde Community Centre, Palmerston Primary School, Merici College, Braddon & Wanniassa Senior School.


The AIS Aquatic and Fitness Centre offers a variety of school holiday programs utilising the world-class facilities of the AIS campus. Incorporating a wide range of activities, and focus on participation and engagement, we offer a multi-sport program, Soccer Camp, seasonal camps such as Tennis, Basketball or Athletics, as well as a Swim Intensive Program.

Website: www.ausport.gov.au/visit/holiday

Phone:  (02) 6214 1281

Email:  fitnesscentre@ausport.gov.au

Location:  AIS Aquatic and Fitness Centre – Leverrier St, Bruce


Sports vacation programme

Introduce your children to a variety of different sports in a fun, safe and structured environment. Their programme is based around children having fun, learning new skills, working as a team and keeping active. Activities can include swimming, football volleyball, basketball, netball, hockey, athletics, teeball, cricket, oztag and much more, there will also be activities in Sportex, their interactive sports experience.

Age: 5-13 yrs

Time: 11-15, 18-22 April, 8am-5.30pm, full day or weekly programmes available

Phone: (02) 6214 1281

Email: fitnesscentre@ausport.gov.au (sports programs and camps)

swimschool@ausport.gov.au (swim intensive program)

Website: experienceais.com

Holiday intensive swim programme

The learn-to-swim programme at the AIS is considered one of the best in the country. Programmes have been developed for infants, pre-schoolers, school-aged children, teenagers and adults.

Swim school is not something just for the holidays. If you would like to enrol your child into Term 2, 2016.Swim School, just ask a member of their team.

Age: 4-5 yrs, children starting kindergarten in 2017. All children must be fully toilet trained.

Time: 11-15, 18-22 April, 8am-5.30pm, full day or weekly programmes available

Phone: (02) 6214 1281

Email: fitnesscentre@ausport.gov.au (sports programs and camps)

swimschool@ausport.gov.au (swim intensive program)

Website: experienceais.com

Soccer camp

Soccer camp at the AIS is a great way for your child to spend part of their school holiday. They will have the opportunity to participate in a programme designed for beginner and intermediate-level players, conducted in world-class indoor and outdoor facilities.

Age: 5-13 yrs

Time: 11-15, 18-22 April, 8am-5.30pm, full day or weekly programmes available

Phone: (02) 6214 1281

Email: fitnesscentre@ausport.gov.au (sports programs and camps)

swimschool@ausport.gov.au (swim intensive program)

Website: experienceais.com

Tennis camp

Our tennis camp will ensure that your child has fun while learning skills and techniques aimed at improving their tennis game. Participants will improve co-ordination, decision-making and overall skill level by taking part in drills and games.

Age: 5-13 yrs

Time: 11-15, 18-22 April, 8am-5.30pm, full day or weekly programmes available

Phone: (02) 6214 1281

Email: fitnesscentre@ausport.gov.au (sports programs and camps)

swimschool@ausport.gov.au (swim intensive program)

Website: experienceais.com

Pre-school holiday programme

Our pre-school runs parallel to the Sports Vacation Programme, with modified content to suit the capabilities of the children participating.

Using creative instruction and positive encouragement, their sessions will also focus on developing ball skills, locomotion, balance and coordination, along with music and action songs, parachute games, obstacle course and team building games; we also focus on fundamental life skills such as listening, following instructions, sharing and teamwork.

Age: 3-12 yrs

Time: 11-15, 18-22 April, 8am-5.30pm

Phone: (02) 6214 1281

Email: fitnesscentre@ausport.gov.au (sports programs and camps)

swimschool@ausport.gov.au (swim intensive program)

Website: experienceais.com


Run by experienced teachers, Capital Sports Camps complement the Australian PDHPE Curriculum and provide a fun and appropriately competitive environment for children to develop skills in multi-sport and sport-specific programs during school holidays.

In the multi-sport camps children will learn key skills and compete in a carnival-like atmosphere in sports such as Football, Soccer, European Handball, Gaelic Football and others.

Website: www.capitalsportscamps.com

Phone: (02) 6166 2031

Email:   admin@capitalsportscamps.com

Location: Marist College Canberra – Marr Street, Pearce

Fun Fit Sports

Providing all children with a safe, creative, innovative and challenging environment that promotes individual development in sport, fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Activities include: basketball, T-ball, soccer, cricket, AFL, volleyball, craft, dance, flag footy, running games, carnival day, mini Olympics & much more.

Excursion: swimming, lPlay

Concessions: CCB% rebate & family reductions

Age: 5-13 years

Time: Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April, 8am-6pm

Cost: $46 p/day

Booking: on the website

Phone: Kim McMahon 0404 895 970

Email: bookings@funfitsports.com

Website: www.funfitsports.com

Location: St Edmund’s College, Griffith


Come along for plenty of skills thrills and, most importantly, fun! Take up the unique opportunity to learn from some of Canberra’s best sports coaches and hip hop dancers, who we have onboard at Playbase! Multi-sport program with Hip Hop dance and Skate’n Scoot.

Age: children 5-16

Time: 11-15 April and 18-22 April, 8am-12.30pm

Cost: $45 for the morning sports session or $70 full day (until 6pm) including afternoon excursion/activity.

Phone: 0449 255 651

Website: www.play-base.com.au

Email: info@play-base.com.au

Horse riding

Gooromon Park Horse Riding Centre

School holiday program:

HEAPS & HEAPS of horsey FUN

Beginner one day programs – no experience required

Beginner four day programs – some experience required

One day programs – for the more experienced riders

Four day programs – for the more experienced riders

Time: 11 and 18 April

Booking: limited places available, contact by phone

Phone: 6230 2230

Email: info@gooromonpark.com.au

Website: www.gooromonpark.com.au



Archery offers a rich blend of tradition and technology. It is a sport that is for every age and skill level. Archery promises the thrill of the great outdoors and the rewards of year-round individual and family participation. Archery is also just plain Fun.

Beginner courses during school holidays.

Age: for children 10 years and over.

Time: Week 1 : 11 – 15 April, Week 2: 18 – 22 April 9am-10.30am or 11am-12.30pm

Cost: $75 per week or $15 per day for one child, $65 per week or $15 per day for additional children

Bookings essential: limit of 10 people per session

Phone: 6241 3256 or 1800 243 009

Location: Riggall Place, Lyneham (behind the Hockey Centre)



ASC have provided the best sports coaching for Australian children aged 6 to 16 years for over 33 years. They provide interactive and fun skills programs to ensure that participants improve their game and love for their chosen sport.

AFL Football, basketball, rugby Union & soccer:

Time: 13, 14 & 15 April

Location: Canberra Grammar, Red Hill


Time: 12, 13 & 14 April

Location: Merici College, Braddon, ACT

Age: 6-16 years

Cost: ASC three day sports camp 20% discount price $236 (save $50)

Booking: contact by phone or visit website, claim your exclusive Holiday Happennig 20% discount by entering the coupon code when booking online – ASC20HHAUT16

Phone: 1300 914 368

Email: admin@australiansportscamps.com.au

Website: www.australiansportscamps.com.au



Tackers Holiday Sailing Program:

Tackers is a Yachting Australia Accredited program aimed at getting kids age 7-11 sailing. Each program includes: tuition from qualified YA Instructors and assistant instructors. Fun on and off the water games and Certificate.

Age: 7-11 yrs

Booking and payment on the website or contact by phone

School holiday Sailing Program: have fun and learn to sail at Canberra’s largest sailing school.

Age: 12-16 years olds

Time: Kids under 10: 5 day Monday 11-Friday 15 April

Kids over 11: 5 day Monday 18-Friday 22 April, 8.45am-4pm

Cost: 5 day courses $390 or $370 for Southern Cross Club members

Booking: by phone or check the website. Book early to avoid disappointment

Phone: 02 6273 4777

Website: canberrayc.com



“The worlds No1 soccer skills teaching method”

COERVER COACHING is recommended by Gerard Houllier – Former French Football Federation Technical Director, Sir Geoff Hurst – World Cup Champion, Osvaldo Ardiles – World Champion, Jurgen Klinsmann – World Cup Champion, Franz Beckenbauer, Sir Stanley Matthews and Roberto Rivellino, Kristine Lilly – two time FIFA World Cup Champion and two time Olympic Gold Medallist (Soccer).

COERVER coaching stands as the premier youth SOCCER skills teaching method in the world. Designed and developed to improve individual players on the field and at home through soccer homework. The emphasis is on technique, fast feet, ball mastery, passing & receiving, ball striking, fast break attacks and small group play up to 5v5. Their goals for these ages are to develop confidence in players and create good habits and stimulate players to work on their ball skill, on their own nd in small groups.

BENEFITS: Improves co-ordination, balance and flexibility; Improves all aspects of ball control (technique); Helps confidence; Develops more effective players; Improves speed; Encourages good sportsmanship, work ethic and behaviour; Adapted to suit players of all levels and ability.

Age: for all levels of youth players (boys and girls) aged 4-16+ years.

Time: Monday 11 April – Thursday 14 April 2016.

Cost: see the website or contact by phone or email

Booking: see the website or contact by phone or email

Phone: 0422 420 383

Email: admin@coerveract.com

Website: www.coerver.com.au

Location: University of Canberra Ovals & Trinity Christian School Oval.

BRILLIANT FOOTBALL – April Holiday Program

Three days full of fun activities focusing on player technical development

Age: for boys and girls age 7 to 12

Time: 18, 19 & 20 April, 9am-12pm

Cost: $135, 3 days/total of 9 hours

Booking: on the website, register before 1 April – 20% Early Bird Discount

Website: brilliantfootball.com.au


KINGSWIM- Fast Track Holiday Programs

Best value holiday swimming program around!

Age: for children over 3 years old. Their learn to swim program also caters to children of all ages from babies as young as 12 weeks right up to squad level swimmers.

Date: Tue 19- Fri 22 April

Website: www.kingswim.com.au

Phone: Kingswim Calwell 6292 0073

Kingswim Macgregor 6278 7868

Kingswim Deakin 6232 5477

Kingswim Majura Park 6230 5855

Location: 15 Webber Crescent, Calwell

Chalmers Place, Macgregor

17E, 2 King Street, Deakin

29 Catalina Drive, Majura Park



Come join the fun!

Their wide range of programs caters for players of all ages and abilities from 3 years right through to Adults. For detailed information regarding classes, times and days check out the website.

Website: www.pricetennisacademy.com

Phone: 0407 219 572

Email: nathan@pricetennisacademy.com

Locations: Kaleen Tennis Club – Birie Place, Kaleen

Amaroo School – Horsepark Drive, Amaroo

TENNIS CANBERRA – Autumn 2016 Holiday Camps

Quarter Day Program:

Age: 3-6

Cost: Session cost $100, Day cost $40

Time: Session 1: 11-13 April, Session 2: 18-20 April, 9am-11am

Half-Day Program:

Age: 6-10

Cost: Session cost $150, Day cost $60

Time: Session 1: 11-13 April, Session 2: 18-20 April, 9am-1pm

Full-Day Program:

Age: 8+

Cost: Session cost $180, Day cost $70

Time: Session 1: 11-13 April, Session 2: 18-20 April, 9am-5pm

Booking: on the website

Website: www.tenniscanberra.com.au

Phone: 0423 366 014

Email: play@tenniscanberra.com.au

Location: Old Parliament House Rose Garden, King George Terrace, Parkes

GET SET TENNIS – Holiday Programs at Kaleen

With Drills, Games, Match play and Oval Games, the Get Set holiday program is a great way for kids to enjoy the game of tennis.

Age: 4-17

Time: Mon 11 April -Fri 15 April

Phone: contact Nelson on 0422 809 160

Email: nelson@getsettennis.com.au


Tennis is great for full body coordination and motor skills, with health and fitness an added benefit. Holiday Coaching Camp at Melba provides two weeks of intensive tennis coaching from their award-winning coaches.

Red Ball Camp:

With special low compression red balls that bounce lower and slower, and genuine ‘Hot Shots’ mini courts with lower nets, the youngest champions will have fun while learning to play.

Age: 3-6

Time: 9am-10am, week1: 11-15 April, week2: 18-22 April

Cost: daily $17, weekly $60

Junior Tennis Camp:

Older kids will develop strokes and game skills in a fun and challenging environment.

Age: 6-14

Time: 9am-12am, week1: 11-15 April, week2: 18-22 April

Cost: daily $45, weekly $180

Booking: register online

Website: www.onthelinetennis.com.au

Phone: call Owen Peemoeller on 0407 456 293

Email: owen@onthelinetennis.com.au


Pre-Tennis Launch Pad:

Age: 4-7 yrs

Time: Week1: 11-15 April. Week2: 18-22 April, 8.30am-11.30am

Technique and Tactics:

Age: 6 yrs +

Time: Week1: 11-15 April. Week2: 18-22 April, 8.30am-1pm

Technique and Tactics Plus:

Age: 8 yrs +

Time: Week1: 11-15 April. Week2: 18-22 April, 8.30am-5pm

ANZ Hot Shots Tournament Tennis:

Time: Week1: 11-15 April. Week2: 18-22 April,1pm-5pm

Booking: register online, limited places available

Website: www.risingstartennis.com

Phone: call Brett on 0402469892

Email: info@risingstartennis.com

Location: Forrest Tennis Club, Dominion Circuit, Forrest

North Woden Tennis Club, De Large Place, Hughes

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