Loads of holiday fun activities for schoolies

Loads of holiday fun activities for schoolies

From ice skating and horse-riding to an exhibition of ancient ‘mummies’ and underground cooking – the list is long of fun and educational activities to keep children and young adults active during the winter holidays.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City of Sydney’s school holidays program was packed full of exciting workshops, day trips and sporting activities.

“Our youth services team want to see young people in the city realise their potential and make a valuable contribution to our community,” the Lord Mayor said.

“For their mental and physical wellbeing, young people need to balance the amount of time they spend online with real connections and experiences.

“The City’s school holiday program includes activities to suit every child and every budget, and I hope parents and carers encourage their children to take part.”

The school holiday program, carefully put together by the City’s youth and children’s services teams and libraries, ensures there are plenty of options for the two age groups: 5-12 years and 12-18 years.

The youth services team operates at six youth centres – Erskineville, Millers Point, Glebe, Pyrmont, Redfern and Woolloomooloo – and throughout the year offers after-school education and recreation.

The qualified staff can help young people with the often-difficult move from primary to high school, find training and employment opportunities, and offer a range of other support services.

Young people can join cooking programs, music and dance classes, arts and crafts workshops, and even get assistance in learning how to drive.

The services are tailored for young people who live in the local area, but also available to those who come into the city to work, study or socialise.

For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-services/young-people

 

School holiday listings for 5 to 12 years:

Monday 1 July to Thursday 4 July, 9am-5pm

Monday 8 July to Thursday 11 July, 9am-5pm

School Holiday Creative Art Workshops, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, Chippendale

Enjoy a full day of fine art fun for children aged 5 to 12 years. With instruction from professional art tutors, students will learn about art movements and art processes, such as digital animation, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and 3D construction.

$45 per day, includes all materials; bookings essential on 02 9245 1502 or pinestreet.com.au

 

School holiday listings for 12 to 18 years:

Monday 1 July, 10am-4pm

Monday 8 July, 10am-4pm

Creative Art Workshop, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre

Learn new creative skills with a professional practicing artist during our school holiday art workshops for young people.

$35 for day including all materials; bookings essential on 02 9245 1503 or pinestreet.com.au/youthprogram

Monday 1 July, 10.30am-4pm

Basketball and BBQ, Erskineville Youth Centre

Come along to meet other local young people and take part in a day of friendly basketball comps. Show off your slam dunk skills or cheer from the sidelines. Day includes a barbecue lunch.

Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Tuesday 2 July, 10.30am-4pm

Horse riding

Enjoy a one-hour horse ride through beautiful bushland at Darkes Forest in the Illawarra, south of Sydney.

$25; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Wednesday 3 July, 10.30am-4pm

Art workshop and BBQ, Millers Point Youth Centre

Get creative and learn some new artistic techniques at this fun and friendly workshop.

Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Thursday 4 July, 10.30am-4pm

Kingpin bowling and M9 laser skirmish, Darling Harbour

Aim for a full strike in the ten-pin alleys and keep the adrenalin pumping with an action-packed game of indoor laser skirmish. Snacks are provided but attendees should bring their own packed lunch.

$10; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Friday 5 July, 10.30am-4pm

‘Mummy’ exhibit and rock climbing, University of Sydney

The Nicholson Museum is home to the largest collection of antiquities in the southern hemisphere. The permanent Egyptians, Gods and Mummies exhibition features a mummified cat, bird and crocodile, as well as the museum’s three mummies. This ancient history exploration will be followed by the 20th century sport of indoor rock climbing.

$10; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Monday 8 July, 10.30am-4pm

Open day and BBQ, Maybanke Youth Centre, Pyrmont

Take part in a three-on-three basketball comp and other fun activities, followed by a free barbecue lunch.

Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Tuesday 9 July, 3pm-8pm

Movie night and all-you-can-eat pizza, George Street cinemas and Pizza Hut

Pizza and movies are the perfect school holiday combo and even better when it’s the all-you-can-eat kind.

$15; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Wednesday 10 July, 11.30am-4pm

Ice skating, Macquarie Ice Rink, North Ryde

Skate across thick ice with this popular school holiday pastime; attendees should bring their own lunch or lunch money.

$10; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Wednesday 10 July, 2-4pm

Indigenous youth linoprint workshop, Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Torres Strait Islander artist Glen Mackie hosts a printmaking workshop for Indigenous youth. Also see Mr Mackie’s prints on show at the centre from 1 July-31 August.

Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 7576

 

Thursday 11 July, 10.30am-4pm and

Friday 12 July, 10.30am-4pm

Dindal, Centennial Park

Don’t know what a dindal is? Then come along and learn about this traditional Indigenous cooking method where the food is buried underground in an earth oven. The cooking demonstration is followed by a feast.

Free; bookings essential on 02 9265 9333 or youthservices@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Saturday 13 July, 2-2.30pm

Learn to Knit, Surry Hills Library

Whether you want to brush up your knitting skills or learn from scratch, everyone is welcome at this big knit-in, hosted by the inner-city branch of the Knitters’ Guild. Wool and needles are supplied.

Free; bookings essential on 02 8374 6230

 

The City’s Youth Services team offers several convenient pick-up and drop-off locations, including Sydney Town Hall, Millers Point, Erskineville, Woolloomooloo, Redfern, Pyrmont and Glebe. For more information phone 02 9265 9333.

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus, phone 0467 803 815 or email jminus@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin on 0477 310 149 or email jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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