Keep the kids busy and out of trouble this summer with Waverley's school holiday program full of awesome activities at the beach, in the park and surrounding areas, from Waverley to Bondi. There's plenty of free and low cost fun to be had for the creatives, the sporty, the tech-minded and everyone in-between.
In Bondi Pavilion
Enjoy a day at the beach on 15 January and take in the sun and surf and Flickerkids (curated by Flickerfest) in the theatre space within the Pavilion. The delightful series of short films for shorties includes –
Carys Watford's Space Girls – where four space-obsessed 9 year olds, on a sleepover, embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket
Paul McDermott's Ghostbear – about a polar bear cub wandering the arctic wasteland in search of his place in the world
John Kelly's The Pig on the Hill – is a lesson for Pig on what he has been missing (i.e. having friends) when new rambunctious neighbour Duck arrives and plunges himself into Pig's quiet life
Suitable for 5-12 year olds, it's on from 2pm for 92minutes. Tickets are $9.69 per child and $13.77 per adult and this includes the viewing of all 10 films. For more information and to book, click here.
For the tech-minded, the morning can be taken up with Tech-Time Tuesday with Tully. This will see participants create their own mechanical steampunk bird. It's for 9-12 year olds, runs from 10am-12pm, and will cost you $15. Tickets are available here.
The pavilion is on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach.
At Bronte Park
Summerama is a fun day of free activities and music on 20 January, from 9am-1pm, that will bring some summer magic. Meet some incredible animals that call Waverley's ocean and bushland home, courtesy of the Taronga Zoomobile, and learn how they move and what they eat as well as how you can make a difference to their environment. Get some tips too on how to make sustainability second nature.
Join the seaside scavenge beach clean-up picking up trash before trading it for funky secondhand wear (donated by locals) in the clothes swap and be a part of Ocean Action Pod, a multimedia educational experience that teaches you more about what's happening with plastics in the ocean.
Workshops are on offer too and include upcycling, bag painting, how to garden without a garden and how to create your own nature heaven.
Don't miss out either on enjoying the roving theatre of litter squad artists and their colourful street performances.
Whilst the event is free, you will need to register. Note, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The park is bordered by Bayview Street and Bronte Road and is directly behind the foreshore of Bronte Beach.
In Waverley Library
Craft-a-palooza on 9 January allows all ages to exercise their imagination and creativity in the building of a craft masterpiece. All the pens, scissors and materials are provided for you, just bring your ideas.
It's on from 3.30pm-4pm, but if your creativity overflows, you're welcome to stay longer. This free activity does require you to register as well.
Mini Aquarium will have 9-12 year olds choosing sea creatures and plants to arrange in a mason jar on 14 January. It runs from 10am-11am and costs $6. Get your tickets here for this one.
Scratch Junior is a workshop and tool that provides a simple introduction to coding for 5-8 year olds that covers the basics of what it is, as well as computer language and how to create a cool project that you can complete at home. Taking place on 15 January, from 11am-12pm, it's free but you will need to register.
You can find the library at 32/48 Denison Street, Bondi Junction.
At Waverley Woollahra Art School
If you'd like to try pottery and up your painting skills, then this art school is the place to be.
The program below for ages 5-11 includes –
Pottery – Try the pottery wheel – where you'll learn how to spin the wheel, as well as some hand building techniques
Make Your Own Bowl or Cup – designer dishes made by you
Cosmic Galaxy Mobiles – with the stars and planets in mind, you will create a cosmic galaxy that moves in your mobile
Some of these are available in a morning session (9.30am-12.30pm) and others are an afternoon session (1pm-4pm). Each class costs $50 and includes all materials. Aprons should be brought along (or wear old clothes) and covered shoes are to be worn. Check out the dates and book here.
You can find this school at 138 Bondi Road, Bondi.
In Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre
Calling all sporty kids for the below –
Basketball – advance your skills in a session with coach Lee Cooper that focuses on ball handling, passing, shooting and footwork drills before game time. It's tailor-made for 9-12 year olds and is on 8 January from 10am-3pm at a cost of $35. Tickets can be purchased online.
Cheer & Gymnastics – allows 9-12 year olds to improve their flexibility, control and movement strengthening whilst tumbling, dancing and stunting. Running from 1pm-4pm on 7 January, it is priced at $24 with bookings via Eventbrite.
Cricket T20 Blast – provides maximum fun and participation for 5-7 year olds with them learning to hit a moving ball, run between wickets and bowl over 15metres with a straight arm. It takes place on 10 January from 10.30am-12.30pm and costs $18. Tickets available here.
Kick & Fun – involves a large inflatable multi-sports arena and foot-darts with GoGo Healthy Kids helping your 9-12 year olds to hone their kicking accuracy and hand-eye coordination, in addition to working on speed and agility, before putting these skills into practice with some obstacle course runs and fun games like Dodgeball. The time is 10am-3pm on 14 January and the cost $35. Get your tickets before they sell out.