For many families, the autumn school holidays are a time to look forward to for relaxation, perhaps go on a beach break or simply enjoy the change from the school routine. For parents who work full-time and can't take time off however, it takes a little more planning in advance to make sure the kids are cared for and having a great time. It is important for every family to find the right school holiday program which will stimulate and excite the kids, so they will be jumping out of bed in the morning - ready and raring to go! Around Canberra there are a wide variety of programs to choose from, depending whether your kids love sport, art, robotics, coding, craft or outdoor adventures - there's something for everyone.
Check out the following list of 12 venues who have advertised their autumn school holiday programs early - so you can book in your kids (perhaps even get an Early Bird discount!) and then relax - the hard work has been done. The kids are going to love it!
Teamwork & fun at Australian Sports Camps. Image: Original photos from ASC website
1/ Australian Sports Camps will be holding three day sports camps for kids aged between 6 - 16, at various locations across Australia and here in the ACT. Book in for tennis in Parkes, netball in Braddon or go to Red Hill for basketball, AFL football, soccer and rugby union. Each session is run by experienced coaches and also features guest coaches and players. Prices vary for each sport. Book in early for an Early Bird discount! See here for details.
2/ Leigh Hunter Golf will be running golf clinics at Fairbairn Golf Course, with kids learning chipping, putting and how to hit out of bunkers. The cost is $75 a day or $320 for the week, for 6 - 12 year olds. Contact them for more details if you have children aged 4 - 6, as they have previously offered half day clinics. See here for details - scroll down to April 2018 dates.
3/ Coerver Coaching holiday camps offer four day soccer clinics for children aged 4 - 16 years, where kids spend each morning learning new skills and techniques. Clinics are held at
4/ B.Firm Battle Games in Symonston is an outdoor obstacle-course style program, where kids learn about teamwork and overcoming challenges, whilst having fun conquering the course. The programs are designed for kids aged 7 - 17 and are a great opportunity for kids to get outdoors and make new friends. This April they will be running four programs - Operation New Spirit on 16th April, Operation Mud Storm on 17th April, Operation Hardened Ninja on 26th April and Special Operations on 27th April. The cost is $85 per day. See here for details.
5/ Forest Park Riding School in Stromlo offers a school holiday program for kids aged 7 - 16, which runs for 5 days in the first week of the school holidays, as well as 4 days in the second week. Kids look after their own horse, get the chance to ride twice daily and have theory lessons about horsemanship. The cost is $500 for the first week of 5 days, or $425 for 4 days in the second week. See here for details.
Look after your own horse at Forest Park Riding School. Image: Forest Park Facebook
6/ Canberra Academy of Chess will be holding a holiday chess program on Tuesday, 17th April in Woden. Rookie players will learn some basic strategies and checkmating patterns and more intermediate players will learn and practice some more complex tactics and traps to use in their games. The cost is $55. See here for details.
7/ SWISH (which stands for Specialised Workshops in School Holidays) is for kids who like to think outside the box and be challenged in the school holidays. There are workshops for each school year, with age-appropriate and thought-provoking activities to challenge the mind. Bookings will open on 26th February, 2018 for their Campbell location. Workshops cost $107 with a 50% Government Rebate (conditions apply). See here for details. 8/ Canberra Youth Theatre will have an Autumn Holiday Program between 16th - 20th April, for kids aged 7 - 12 years. Throughout the week, kids will work with their tutor to create a 10-15 minute theatre piece to perform at the end of the week for family and friends, implementing the skills learnt over the five days. This creative program will held at the Gorman Arts Centre in Braddon, at a cost of $493 plus membership. See here for details.
Drama & fun at the Canberra Youth Theatre. Image: Canberra Youth Theatre Facebook
9/ School Holiday Workshop: FaceTime is a workshop that will be held at CMAG (Canberra Museum and Gallery) on 18th and 19th April. These workshops are designed for children aged 5 - 12. The kids will study faces and figures in the Nolan Collection Gallery and then pose for black and white photos in the CMAG studio. Their portraits will then be transformed using a range of art media to create an original artwork. The cost is $20 for each 4 hour workshop. See here for details.
10/ Lavender Art Studios in Phillip have art classes running on the 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th April, for kids aged between 5 - 13 years. The cost is $70 per session. See here for details.
11/ Southern Canberra Gymnastics in Erindale offer school holiday gymnastics sessions each day for kids aged between 3 - 16 years. Each session costs $20 - $25. See here for details.
12/ Filmmaker Hero Workshops will be held in Watson between 16th - 20th April for kids who enjoy scriptwriting, filming, editing and creating short films. There will be workshops for both primary and high school students, with all the equipment provided. Book in early for an Early Bird discount before 30th March (for $450). Normal price is $500. See here for details and also see their advertisement, below.
Have you found a program, workshop, clinic or session that you think your child would love? Why not book them in early and make sure they don't miss out on all the fun in the next school holidays. With so many options to choose from, it is such a relief to know they are having fun, doing something they love and making new friends along the way.
You never know - it may ignite a passion that will last a lifetime...
Make your own film at the autumn Filmmaker Hero Workshop in Watson. Image: Sanguineti Media Facebook