Do your kids want to learn sailing, cooking or zookeeping?
The school holidays are here again and it is time to think about all the fun activities and programs to keep your kids entertained this Summer. If your kids have a special interest such as crafts, sports, cooking or music, there are school holiday programs that they can enjoy with other like-minded kids. Most programs need to be booked ahead, so check their websites for details. Here are some fun programs to consider these school holidays...
ZOOCATION If you have a future zookeeper to entertain these school holidays, why not enrol them in Zoocation at the National Zoo and Aquarium. This program offers a school holiday program with a difference where children will be introduced to the zoos' animals, play games, make toys for the animals and learn about all aspects of the zoo. Staffed by experienced and qualified Education Guides, Zoocation runs between 11th - 14th January 2016, then the 18th - 21st of January 2016 . Price is $80 per child per day. This program books out early, see their website for details.
Source: National Zoo and Aquarium website
SPORTS PROGRAMS. Australian Sports Camps will be running three day workshops over the Summer school holidays for netball, basketball, cricket and soccer. Prices start from $236 for three days (early bird discount). Book early to get a discount and hold your place in these popular camps.
Canberra Yacht Club will be holding their School Holiday programs where kids aged 7-17 can learn how to sail or improve their skills out on Lake Burley Griffin. There are three levels to progress through - "Having Fun", "Tricks and Techniques" and "Sailing Fast". Prices start from $330 for 3 days. See here for more info.
Tennis Canberra will be holding a Christmas Camp (Monday 21st – Thursday 24th of December) at Old Parliament House Tennis Club in Parkes. With professional coaches, these camps cater to your child's needs with quarter, half and full day coaching. Prices start from $35 for a 2 hour lesson. See here for details.
Canberra School of Tennis are holding Summer Tennis Workshops for ages 4 - 7 (Peewee Camp), full day and half day multi-sport camps (Holiday Camps), Chess and Tennis Camp for children over 5 and a range of workshops for more experienced players. See here for details.
Battle Games will be holding a two day challenge for 7-12 year olds on January 28th and 29th, 2016. The days include physical activity such as climbing, hanging and crawling as well as learning how to use a compass, code breaking, memory challenges and more. Prices start from $70 a day. See here for more info.
Spring School Holidays Challenge, 2015. Source: Battle Games facebook.
KidsBiz Holidays have a range of kids activities and sports classes run by qualified teachers, instructors and coaches. Held in Pearce and Gungahlin, kids can be booked in for a day or a week. Activities include basketball, golf, crafts, T-Ball, tennis and dance. Prices start from $40 for half day. See here for more info.
The Australian Institute of Sport are holding sports camps in January for soccer, tennis and swimming. The Sports Vacation Program also includes a variety of sports such as swimming, football, volleyball, basketball, netball, hockey, athletics, teeball, cricket, oztag and dance. Prices start from $60 for a full day soccer program. See their website for more info.
Source: AIS website
COOKING. Kids Pantry will be having Christmas cooking classes to learn how to make Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies,Turkey Burgers,Christmas Ice Cream Cake,Rocky Road and more. They have classes for available for all ages: Junior Chefs aged 5 - 8 years; 9 - 12 years & our teen classes 13 - 18 years. Prices start from $50 a class. See the Kids Pantry website for details.
CIRCUS FUN Warehouse Circus is a fun program for kids of all abilities to learn circus tricks, make new friends, gain strength and exercise without knowing it. The program teaches kids a range of different skills including tumbling, mini trampoline, stilt walking, unicycling, hula hooping, juggling, staff twirling, diabolo and the basics of trapeze. Locations are at Kaleen in the north and Chifley in the south. Prices start from $175 a week. See their website for more details.
This is just a handful of Summer holiday programs that have advertised early, however there will be dozens of other programs that will be announced as the holidays near. For other exciting programs, check out the websites for Canberra Glassworks here, CMAG here, The National Gallery of Australia here, Questacon here, Australian National Botanic Gardens here, National Arboretum here and Belconnen Arts Centre here.
Summertime in Canberra is the perfect time to have fun in the outdoors, learn a new skill and make new friends. These programs encourage teamwork and teach kids values that will stay with them for life. With so much fun to be had these school holidays, the kids won't be asking what they can do each day... they will asking what they can do first!