2022 Summer Holiday Fun For Families In Byron Bay And Surrounds
31 December, 2021
It’s been a funny old time and not funny haha. A year of unending disruptions, changes, cancellations, setbacks, knock backs, stops and starts and stops again… most days we don’t know if we’re coming or going. But here we are, at the end of a tumultuous year and on the cusp of a new one… walking forward with uncertainty and trepidation…but nonetheless, walking forward. One foot gingerly in front of the other, wishing and hoping with all our hearts that the global ‘situation’ we still find ourselves in, will improve. Some days are decidedly better than others and I have had to wait for such a day to write this.
In the lead up to and throughout the Christmas period, we’ve been dealt frustration after frustration, disappointment after disappointment due to COVID rearing its ugly head in our community. It’s tough to keep it together for yourself, never mind managing the kids disappointments as they too have to navigate these frustrating times with our support. It’s exhausting and often incomprehensible except when you put it together with the spectacular list of previously unbelievable situations life has thrown at us all over the past almost 2 years.
Yet I remain heartened by the acts of kindness, thoughtfulness and care that has been shown in equal measure to the hardships we have faced. The tenacity, resilience and optimism of our children has buoyed my heart on those particularly low days and laughter with my family along with long, solitary walks along the beach have kept me mostly sane.
Balance. I think that’s my word for 2022. Peace and Joy are intricately weaved into that, but cumulatively are part of the bigger picture of Balance. Times will be turbulent for a while yet, so I simply seek Balance in whatever form for myself and for others to continue to ride this storm and the twists and turns that face us over the next year.
On that note, let’s turn to brighter things. Let’s take a look at all the wonderful activities and events that local businesses and organisations are putting on for kids and families to enjoy this school holidays.
Circus Arts Byron Bay is a fully equipped indoor space offering a range of unique activities for ages 5 – 15 years old. Try Flying trapeze, Climbing wall, Circus skills, Aerial Skills, Ninja Play and Parkour to name a few. Join a 1/2 or full day class in their super active, super fun school holiday program. NOTE: Closed on all Public Holidays.
Or how about getting down and dirty at The Farm Byron Bay! Farm Kids is holding a number of their fabulous hands-on 3 hour workshops for kids with their exciting themed farm animal, insect or produce sessions. Also on offer is their full day experience – Farm Kids Mini Farmers Program! Suitable for 5-15 y/o, this full day program introduces children to real life farming. They get their hands dirty and learn many aspects of organic and sustainable farming.
The WILD KIDS School Holiday Program from Wildsong is a holistic nature mentoring program for kids aged 3 – 5, 6-9 & 10-13 years old. This summer, it takes place in two venues – South Golden Beach (Ocean Shores) and Broken Head (the other side of Suffolk Park). The program is packed full of nature awareness, bushcraft, storytelling, and wild play activities that help your child to reconnect with their wild self and the natural world for enhanced wellbeing during these crazy times.
Get your skates on and join us at one of Rollerworld Lismore popular skating sessions. You’ll get 2 hours of skating, music, games and more! No need to book, you can just turn up on the day. NSW Discover Vouchers are welcome. There is an onsite cafe with snacks available. There are 2 daily School Holiday Session Times Monday – Friday 10am – 12pm and 2-4pm. Saturday is 10.30 – 12.30 and 2-4pm and just one on Sunday from 2-4pm. Note: Closed on all Public Holidays.
Come learn how to carve sand like a pro with Sandman Steve from Sandology. In an unforgettable hour and a half you will learn how to make towers, archways, stairs, animals and balls out of just sand and water. I’ve done a couple of sessions with my kids and they’ve absolutely loved it (as did I) !
You’ll never look at sand the same way again. Workshops take place on Belongil beach in front of the Treehouse restaurant so there’s plenty of free parking. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited – visit our What’s On Guide for booking details.
Super exciting school holiday Art and Creativity Classes for kids are also happening in the heart of Byron Bay on Lawson St, courtesy of Art & Wine Co.
These classes suitable for ages 5 -11 years old combine digital and traditional creative arts and children are encouraged to explore art through a range of mediums, paint, clay, collage, and illustration as well as having the opportunity to explore digital art through a virtual reality experience! The painting in the image above was created just last week in their pre-Christmas class.
Book your Kids Creative Arts School Holiday Program before spots run out!
Do your kids love to dance for the fun of it but never had a formal lesson?
Why not let them get creative at these fantastic kids holiday dance workshop with Sher. Created especially for children who just love the joy of dance and would like the experience of learning basic dance skills and choreography – no prior experience needed. Held at purpose built Dance Lab Studios on Byron Arts & Industrial Estate, there’s a 4 hour workshop from 9am – 1pm for 7-9 years on Monday 10 January and a 9am – 2pm workshop for 10-13 years on Wednesday 12 January. With COVID restrictions, there are limited spaces and bookings are essential! Booking details in the image.
I am still waiting to hear back from a few of our libraries to see what they are offering for the summer holidays. However, Ballina library did get back to me pre-Christmas closure with a raft of fun FREE activities and events for kids these holidays including a fishing game and a scavenger hunt which can be played any time the library is open, plus special workshops such as LEGO MASTER, ORIGAMI and FLOAT your BOAT. Bookings are essential for these activities and you need to call Ballina Library direct to book your spot on 02 6686 2831
There’s lots happening on the entertainment front this holidays and much of it is FREE although bookings are required as spots will be limited due to the reintroduction of COVID restrictions.
Cherry Street Sports in Ballina is welcoming in the New Year for little ones with a fabulous FREE new years party with Mr Brad from Fitness Kidz, and long time favourites Miss Beka and DJ Mitchy Witchy and they have a fantastic & fun line-up for January 2022 with KidzKlub Australia at the helm of Thursday nights entertainment. Not only do kids eat free on Thursdays (with a paying adult) but from 5-8pm there’s arts & craft galore or facepainting and more! On Sunday 9th Jan 2022, Magic Jake will be presenting his fun, FREE interactive kids magic show Abra-KID-Abra, don’t miss it!
Also in Ballina, the RSL are putting on a bunch of fun FREE activities for the kids – from Kids Movies on The Big Screen, to Snake Season Safety with The Wildlife Twins and good old favourite Shorty Brown will be back on 21 Jan for some of her wild antic, slapstick BINGO with the kiddos. Entry is free to all events and great value kids meals available from $5 but please note: Parent/guardian must accompany children to all shows and activities.
The Palace Cinema Byron Bay is up with the latest movie releases. Our fam went to watch SING 2 there on Boxing Day – what an awesome family movie and the choc-tops were delicious too! Clifford the Big Red Dog was released on 30 December and Addams Family 2 will be out on 6 January for your family viewing pleasure!
The new Putt Putt at Ballina Tenpin Bowling is also on our list of must do school holiday activities this holidays and when better to go than in the school holidays when they have a special price on Tenpin Bowling too – just $16 per person for 2 games.
They also light up the lanes between 12 and 4pm and from 7pm onward for GLOW bowling sessions every day of the holidays. Plus, if you have little ones who want a go, they offer lightweight balls and bumpers/ramps so they can really enjoy a game too.
And summer holidays would not be complete without a trip to McGregors Family Carnival at located at Banner Park, Brunswick Heads for the duration of the school holidays. Without doubt our favourite is the dodgem cars – it’s so much fun. The carnival is FREE ENTRY and pay as you go attractions, Rides & Games. Food is also available and there are sometimes special guests roaming – such as kids favourite PAW PATROL friends Chase and Skye on New Years Eve! There are Two for One ride coupons available in local ECHO newspaper to use every Sunday.
Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue are holding their weekday (excluding Wednesdays & Public Holidays) Educational School Holiday Tours from 4th – 28 January.
Learn about seabird and sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release. The tour goes for approximately one hour and costs just $8 per person.
Due to re-introduced COVID restrictions there are once again limited numbers for tours, therefore bookings will need to be made via the ASTR office phone on 02 6686 2852. If you have left them a message they will get back to you first thing in the morning.
On Wednesdays during the school holidays ASTR will be hosting an interactive indigenous workshop run by Eli and Kris Cook, Nyangbai men from Bundjalung country. The cultural workshop includes smoking ceremony, story-telling, language and connection between people. The workshop goes for one hour and the venue now accepts card payments as well as cash.
Family friendly Markets will be happening in Byron and Lennox over January with the quarterly Byron Beachside Market – a make it, bake it, sew it grow it market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. Open from 8am – 3pm this market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality art, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glass, home wares, fashion, craft, clothing and music created by local artists and designers as well as an array of services offered by our health and well being practitioners with over 200 stalls stretching over half a kilometre of beachfront at Byron Bay Main beach.
Byron Bay’s cosy Twilight Market takes place right in the heart of town every Saturday from 4-9pm at Railway Park on Jonson St. Downtown Byron Bay turns into a creative hub where visitors can find boutique stalls with unique arts and crafts made by talented local artisans. Products at the Twilight Market range from jewellery, leather goods, clothing and can vary each week. Visitors are welcome to listen to great music and enjoy incredible food.
And after a long hiatus, the Lennox Community Market will be returning to the Williams Reserve in Lennox Head on Sunday 9 January. Taking place on the 2nd and 5th Sunday’s of the month, these markets are a vibrant part of the Lennox community and a great day out for the family. There are kids activities as well as the skate park and a beautiful reserve to sit back and relax in while you enjoy good music and great food.
Or how about a special trip on the world’s first solar powered train – right here in Byron Bay. My kids love taking a trip on the train and stopping off for an ice-cream or a bite to eat at The Sun Bistro. Due to COVID restrictions, the indoor play area is currently out of bounds but they have a lovely fenced and grassy outdoor area out the back. Click the link for more information, offers, timetable and ticket prices.
And let’s not forget you parents – whether holidaymakers or locals – it’s still school holidays and you deserve a break too.
If you’re not yet here, or indeed even if you are, Dinner is Served offers a fabulous service delivering fresh, locally made, ready-to-heat meals, delicious salads, breakfast supplies and more directly to your home or self-catered accommodation. If you’re like me and you want a holiday from “What’s for Dinner mum?” check out their menu – I can guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
NOTE: you can view photos, read more and even check out the menu options by clicking the respective links.
Cherry Street Sports have Kids Eat Free all day on Thursdays. and Ocean Shores Tav have a fantastic kids play area and offer FREE childminding from 6-8pm in the Flamingo Lounge on Saturday nights so parents can enjoy some relaxing, uninterrupted adult conversation! And…
if it’s a babysitter you’re after, look no further than our babysitting category for some highly recommended babysitting / nannying services.
So, there you have it.
That is apart from heading down to one of the many beautiful beaches, enjoying a coastal or hinterland walking trail or enjoying a scoot or a skate or a play at any number of our local skateparks and playgrounds… all of which you can find out more about by clicking on the links.
My very best wishes and happy holidays to you all. 🌈🌻🌊🏖️
Have a look at what you fancy doing with the kids and make a morning, afternoon or a day of it!