It is hard to believe, but the first term of 2017 is flying by and the Autumn school holidays are fast approaching. If the kid(s) in your life enjoy doing a school holiday program, so they can practice their favourite sport or learn a new skill, then you need to book them in early - as places are filling up fast! There is a huge variety of programs they can do - from sailing to dancing and everything in between. Take a scroll through this list and see if there is anything that interests your kid(s)...there should be plenty!
Make a treasure box or glass tiles at Canberra Glassworks. Source: Canberra Glassworks website
1/ Canberra Glassworks in Kingston hold popular school holiday workshops in their creative Hotshop. This Autumn kids can make their own wooden treasure boxes with glass inlay in the lid, a glass tile with a bug inside and/or an Autumn inspired tile. Classes are designed for kids over 8 on their own, or for kids aged between 5-8 with a guardian. Prices start from $30. See here for details.
2/ Forest Park Riding School in Stromlo host school holiday programs where kids are allocated a horse for 5 days and are in charge of its grooming and care. There is then the chance to ride them twice a day and learn basic riding skills. The program is designed for kids aged between 7- 6. Prices start from $100 for the one day program. See here for details.
3/ The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Bruce run school holiday programs each year in a variety of sports and this Autumn holidays they will also be including AFL into the list! The programs are mainly designed for kids aged between 5-13. Prices start from $62 (for Sports Vacation Program/Soccer Camp - full day). See here for details.
4/ Zoocation is a fun program for kids between Kindy and Year 6, where they get to explore behind the scenes of the National Zoo and Aquarium, make toys for the animals and learn more about the life of a Zookeeper. Cost is $80 per day. See here for details.
5/ Lucy Sparkle and Friends will be hosting Dance and Drama Workshops for kids aged between 4-6. These fun mornings will be held at the Canberra Southern Cross in Woden and includes morning tea. Cost is $25 a session. See here for details.
Experience the magic of Lucy Sparkle and Friends at Woden. Source: Canberra Southern Cross Club website
6/ The Australian War Memorial will be having a Memorials and Mosaic Workshop for kids to make a mosaic to take home. Designed for kids aged 8 and over. Cost is $20 per child. See here for details.
7/ Canberra Yacht Club in Yarralumla have school holiday sailing courses for kids aged between 7-17. Their courses are designed for beginners through to experienced juniors. Enjoy the holidays on Lake Burley Griffin and learning a new skill! Prices start from $330 for 3 days. See here for details.
8/ Kids Pantry children's cooking school in Deakin have school holiday programs where kids learn how to make dishes such as Caramel and Chocolate Crumble Slice, Apple Pancakes, Hot Cross Buns and Chicken Bahn Mi. Designed for kids aged between 5-18. Prices start from $45 a session. See here for details.
9/ Battle Games in Symonston is a fun and muddy boot camp for kids to challenge themselves through a series of obstacle courses and team building exercises. Have fun, get muddy and make new friends at the same time. Designed for kids aged between 7-15. Prices start from $85 per mission. See here for details.
Get muddy and work as a team at Battle Games. Source: Battle Games/B Firm Facebook
10/ The Young Music Society in Belconnen have an exciting musical program for primary school aged students, featuring the Drummers not Plumbers Orchestra. Prices start from $308 plus $30 membership. See here for details.
11/ The Warehouse Circus in Chifley and Kaleen run school holiday workshops for kids to learn the basics of circus tricks, make new friends and have fun. Programs are designed for kids aged 5 and over. Prices start from $160 for 4 days of 3 hour sessions (for kids aged between 5-7). See here for details.
12/ Photoaccess in Manuka have a three day Kids Autumn Digital Photography School, for kids aged between 10-16. The kids go on a short field trip to capture images and then go back to the studio for computer based workshops to develop the images. The cost is $300 for 3 days. See here for details.
13/ Kulturebreak Dance Studios in Wanniassa will be having a 3 day Gladiators holiday program with dance classes, games, activities, prizes and excursions. The program is designed for kids aged between 7-13. The cost is $240. See here for details.
14/ Lavender Art Studios in Phillip will be holding art classes for kids aged between 5-13. These 3 hour workshops use a variety of mediums, guided by expert art teachers and qualified support staff. The cost is $60 per session. See here for details.
15/ Skyzone trampolining centre in Belconnen will be running 5 day school holiday camps for 2.5 hours each morning, including food and drink in their party rooms. The cost is $100 for the week. See here for details.
16/ Brickz 4 Kids in Gungahlin are holding 2 day LEGO workshops for kids aged between 5-13. Choose between 4 workshop subjects including Space and Star Wars and Mining and Crafting. The cost is $190 for two days. See here for details.
17/ Gooromon Park horse riding school at Hall offers 1 day and 4 day school holiday programs for kids to learn how to ride and look after the horses. Designed for kids aged 6-16. Prices start from $145 for the 1 day program, see all the details below. Book in early - these places fill up fast! See here for details.
18/ Australian Sports Camps offer a range of sports at their Red Hill and Braddon locations, for kids aged between 6-16. Practice skills for Basketball, Netball, Soccer, Rugby Union and Football. Prices start from $206.50 Special Offer. See here for details.
19/ King Swim will be having school holiday Fast Track swimming lessons at Deakin, Calwell, Macgregor and Majura Park. This is a good way for kids to practice their swimming four days in a row, or for new kids to see if they like it. Cost is $50. See here for details.
20/ Skate Nation rollerskating rink in Fyshwick have school holiday workshops for kids under 16 years to learn the basics of skating - and to have fun! See their Facebook for prices and the latest details when announced. See here for details.
It doesn't matter where your kids go - it is sure to put a smile this wide (below) on your child's face these Autumn school holidays!
Fun and laughter at Skate Nation rollerskating. Source: Skate Nation Facebook