Autumn Holiday Fun for Kids & Families

With Easter falling early this year, the Queensland and New South Wales school holidays are further apart than usual. A number of local businesses have made a fabulous effort to accommodate that by offering some Autumn school holiday activities early for Queensland holidaymakers. These have been listed in detail on our What’s On Guide and in a variety of social posts over the past  week or so. Friday 12th April is the last day of school for NSW and marks the beginning of the Autumn school holidays. Activities on offer in the area over both holidays are listed below and on our much-loved, super handy calendar of events – the What’s On Guide.

There are plenty of options to choose from to meet the diverse needs and desires of locals and visitors alike. From crafty and creative, active and energetic, educational and entertaining and all-round inspirational options to suit families and kids from tots to teens!

The What’s On Guide is your place to go for all the details – dates | times | location addresses with Google-map | contact details | ticket prices and booking links but below is a taster of everything on offer.

PLEASE NOTE: PLACES WILL BE LIMITED AND BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL FOR MANY ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS LISTED

To make it easier for you as parents – who know best what your kids like to do – I have split the options into 4 broad themes to. There’s GET ACTIVE, BE CREATIVE, GET INSPIRED and BE ENTERTAINED.

Have a scroll through and see for yourself what wonderful activities and entertainment has been lined up for the Autumn School Holidays for you and your family to enjoy.

 

GET ACTIVE

06 Circus Arts Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

 Circus Arts Byron Bay  school holiday program opened on 2 April and runs to Saturday 27 April from Monday to Saturday. NOTE: They are closed on all Public Holidays including 25 April – Anzac Day.

Circus Arts pack their programs with a range of fun circus activities including a swing on the high flying trapeze (for those who dare). They have an onsite cafe and offer an optional add-on lunchbox so everything is taken care of. Choose from full or half day programs and extend by adding special holiday options including Ninja or Parkour.

It’s also good to know that they have a magical indoor circus playground suitable for ages 1-10. Socks required for playspace and session duration is up to 1 hr 15 mins. If rain is on the horizon – it’s good to book a spot in advance. You can book online here or call them direct on: 02 6685 6566 during their open hours.

 

Rollerworld Autumn chool Holiday Program 2024

Get your skates on and join us at Rollerworld Lismore for one of their popular skating sessions. Glide and groove to your favourite tunes on wheels, whether you are a rollerskater (like me) or a rollerblader (like my son and daughter) Lismore Rollerworld has you covered!  They offer two sessions daily except for Sunday’s with just an afternoon session from 2pm to 4pm. Both my kids love going for an outing here during the school holidays and it’s fun for all the family with a 2 hour session from just $12 per person or less if you print off an Easter School Holiday Coupon!

⭐️***AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY COUPONS***⭐️
Special discount couponsmust be printed to be redeemed.
⭐️ Monday 2 For 1
⭐️ Hot Chip & Slushie Meal Deal
⭐️ Skate 4 for $40

 

Spaghetti Circus Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Spaghetti Circus are BACK with their awesome full and half day school holiday circus classes.

There are Full Day Workshops for 6-14 year olds, and Half Day Workshops for 4-6 year olds. These programs take place in the FIRST WEEK ONLY of the school holidays and will sell out fast so jump on to our What’s On Guide to make a booking quick smart!

Rotational training in tight rope, big and mini tramp, german wheel, tissu and trapeze, acro balance, plus fun circus games with hula hoops, juggling and so much more!

DATES: Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 April 2024

EARLY DROP-OFF AVAILABLE:  8.30am – 9.30am: additional $15 per day. Come and enjoy one, two or three days of circus fun!

 

13 Climbing Jungle Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Are your kids just hanging around these school holidays?

Get them off the screens and get them moving and interacting at Climbing Jungle’s awesome School Holiday Program. With half and full day options, their program includes fun activities and games with bouldering, auto-belay and top-rope climbing suitable for all levels of fitness (all climbing gear included). These fun sessions help to build children’s strength, confidence, problem solving abilities, plus your child will love the social aspect, make a few friends and get excited about being active.

So, what are you waiting for? Book now! Open Monday Wednesday and Friday 15 – 26 April (excluding Wednesday 17th).

 

Byron Bay Skateboard School Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

School holiday Skatecamp is back for Autumn with Byron Bay Skateboard School   offering 7 days of Skateboarding fun catering to all levels – from beginners to advanced – at their bespoke coaching facility in Byron Industrial Estate.  The super popular day camps run on Tuesday to Friday from 16 to 26 April inclusive and are a unique and fun experience for kids age 6 – 12 years old.

If you can’t book into a class – why not try their OPEN SESSIONS.  A two hour skate session is just $20, open to all levels and are simply a time for you to come along and work on your skills – there will be no coaching.

  • Thursday from 6-8pm (walk in only, no booking required)
  • Sundays 10am – 12pm | 12pm – 2pm | 2pm – 4pm | Bookings Essential

And – if you’ve brought your skateboard with you, I can highly recommend the new Jarjumirr Skatepark that recently opened in the centre of Byron Bay. Located behind the library, this all-ages skate park, has been transformed into a dynamic, friendly and popular community hub featuring – Check it out!

 

BE CREATIVE

There’s lots of possibilities for creative fun these holidays with a fantastic variety of artistic classes for a range of ages and skill levels. Workshops can be found in the centre of town and out in the hinterland of Byron Bay with plenty of options to choose from – take a look below…

Art & Wine Co Holiday Art Autumn 2024

While you are off exploring Byron’s beaches, cafes and more, super fun 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 are for Primary School and Early High School aged children, however Pre School-aged children are welcome if a parent or guardian remains with the class to assist and play! Family Art is super fun!

Classes run Monday – Thursday from 10am -12pm for the 2 week Easter break and are suitable for ages 5 -16 years old.  During the session, we will explore a range of mediums including, paint, clay, collage, and illustration. Creating keepsakes and memories of holiday fun!

 

Oceana Kids Craft Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Oceana has expanded her offering to a number of delightful hinterland locations including Bangalow, Federal and beachside Brunswick Heads. She offers a variety of art sessions for different age groups – inviting kids between the ages of 3 to 6, 6 to 10 and 10 to 16 to embark on an artistic adventure with clay, watercolours and paints, supporting them to enjoy the creative process, refine abilities and embrace a variety of artistic techniques. All materials are included in these 2 or 3 hour workshops.

 

05 North Byron Hotel Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Embark on a journey of imagination and discovery with North Byron Hotel Autumn School Holiday Kids Program!

Unlock the fun for your kids, and let them explore, create, and laugh with these fun, limited-capacity sessions designed for an exclusive and enjoyable experience. Choose from a wide range of creative activities from pizza & gnocchi making classes for 5-13 year olds  to Drop In Creation sessions where they can enjoy making sand art, paddle pop memo boxes, sun catchers and so much more! Running on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays of both the QLD and NSW school holidays there’s a different creative activity every day!  Click here to secure their spot today.

 

Art Kind Mini Makers Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

 *** UNFORTUNATELY BEC IS UNWELL AND THIS HOLIDAY PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

Get in quick as for 1 week only the lovely Bec Duff – artist and owner of Art Kind Gallery, will be offering a two-hour morning or afternoon Holiday Art Program  for the mini makers – ages 6-12 years old. It’s the second week of the school holidays on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 April.

Located in Byron Bay’s Arts & Industry Estate, your kids can have fun with watercolour paints, specialty papers, pencils, natural materials and a range of art practices and with two sessions daily, there’s a different activity each day with a mix of art, craft and experimentation. Book your session here Note: You can also book for the whole day (don’t forget to bring your lunch!)

Bec also accepts NSW CREATIVE KIDS VOUCHERS but please contact her via text on 0404 946 553 BEFORE making your online booking if you would like to use your vouchers.

 

Local Libraries Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

As always, our local libraries can be counted on to offer a diverse range of fun FREE and practical activities throughout the school holidays and these Autumn school holidays are no exception.

PLACES ARE LIMITED AND BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL FOR MANY ACTIVITIES – SEE WHAT’S ON GUIDE FOR DATES, TIMES, AGE SUITABILITY AND BOOKING DETAILS

Brunswick Heads Library Kids Kamihanga workshop (ages 6 -10 years), Writing Workshop with Tristan Bancks (ages 10+) and Drops Of Knowledge – fun with H2O (ages 5+).

Ballina and Lennox Head Libraries are holding Sand Art sessions for ages 5-10 years and they both have Lego options (no booking required for this activity) with LEGO PLAY on Fridays during the holidays at Lennox Head and a permanent LEGO STATION where you can come along and create a Lego Masterpiece whenever the library is open during the holidays!

Ballina Library is also holding a Coding with Scratch Jr (ages 8 – 12) on Thursday 18 April and Squishy Science Workshop (ages 5-10) on Wednesday 24 April. Bookings essential.

Lennox Head has Art Therapy (ages 8 – 12) on Tuesday 16 April, Tissue Paper Craft (ages 6 -10) on Monday 22 April and DIY Anzac Poppy Making on Wednesday 24 April.

Alstonville Library have yet to list what activities they will be offering but the dates will be Wednesday 17 and 24 April.

Byron Bay Library has a super fun LEGO CHALLENGE for ages 6+ taking place on Tuesday 16 April. Also, as part of Youth Week, they will be offering a Sustainable Floristry workshop for ages 12+ on Friday 19 April and a free Felt Workshop for ages 6+ on Wednesday 24 April. Bookings essential!

Mullumbimby Library also as part of Youth Week 2024, will be holding a FREE Latin Dance Workshop for ages 13+. On Wednesday 17, join then for FREE DIY Beeswax Wrapper Workhsops (ages 5+) and a FREE Kids Create Session (ages 5+) on Tuesday 23 April. Spots limited – bookings essential!

All branches of Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries will be closed for ANZAC Day Public Holiday on Thursday 25 April. Ballina and Alstonville libraries will also continue with their regular weekday Story, Baby and Toddler Time sessions throughout the school holidays.

GET INSPIRED

Farm Kids Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Farm Kids Byron Bay  fabulous school holiday program starts on Friday 12 April  and runs to Friday 26 April.  Choose from Flowers or Bees – a hands-on 3-hour farm-themed workshop or their hugely popular full day experiences – Farm Kids Mini Farmers –which run from 9am to 3pm 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, ethical and sustainable farming. Don’t forget that if you cannot make it to a planned workshops Farm Kids can tailor a workshop especially for your group. Email farmkids@thefarm.com.au for more details.

 

Auscare Support Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

As always, Auscare Support have an absolutely fantastic line up of activities and events for their NDIS School Holiday Social Clubs over the summer holidays.

There’s Social Clubs are designed for NDIS participants with the Kidz Club suitable for ages 6 – 12 and the Teenz Club for ages 13 – 16. It can be paid for with NDIS funding (Core and Capacity Building). Each club is capped at a maximum of 6 children.

Their program starts on Tuesday 16 April runs on a number of different days until Friday 26 April.

Kidz Club Sessions run from 9 am to 3pm with a morning outing from 9am to 1pm and the afternoon at their Ballina Hub. Activities include trips to Rollerworld Lisore, Tenpin Bowling, Scavenger hunts and more!!

Afternoon sessions at the hub is where kids can enjoy fun and adventure in a safe and supported environment with activities including, Social Minecraft, Robolox, Lego games, stop motion movie and Arts & Craft where you can paint, draw or sculpture to your hearts content!

Teenz Club Sessions are mornings only from 9am -pm and include Tenpin Bowling, Gaming, Thrift store scavenger hunt, coastal walks and more.

Each club is capped at a maximum of 6 children. To book, call 1800 940 515 or email ballina@auscaresupport.com.au

 

Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Tours Autumn 2024

Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue have started early to encompass the Queensland school holidays too and their weekday Educational School Holiday Tours started on Friday 5th April and run to  Wednesday 24th  April.

They offer one tour per day from 10am –11am where you can learn about seabird and sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release. The tour goes for approximately one hour and costs $15 per adult and $10 per child.  (Group prices are available as well as senior citizen’s discount and 0-3 years of age are FREE.

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. Payment is made on the day.

 

Byron Youth Service - Open Mic Autumn 2024

As part of Youth Week, Byron Youth Service is joining in the celebration by holding a FREE Open Mic Night in their amphitheatre for ages 12 – 24 on Thursday 11 April from 4pm.

‘Express, Empower & Get Loud!’ is the mantra for the annual ‘Youth Week’.

A celebration of the talents & triumphs of young people & an opportunity for young people to be heard.

The open mic is open to all mediums from music, poetry, comedy or whatever your talent is. If you wish to list as a performer, send an email to max@bys.org.au

 

Bangalow Heritage House Exhibition Autumn 2024

Take a trip to Bangalow and visit the Bangalow Heritage House Museum open from 10am -2pm Wednesday to Saturday. Their Teddy bears 🧸 are waiting, the doll house is there to be played with & the dolls are in there best dresses. There are some classic children’s books and they have hidden teddy bears throughout the museum so why not see how many you can find. Childhood memories and creating new memories are very important  and everyone is welcome to add to this story.

A Teddy Bear’s  Picnic  is also planned for Saturday, 13 April from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Please BYO picnic rug and food or get some nice goodies from Lucy at the caravan. The Teddy bear parade will take place at 11.30 plus there will be lots of fun with the mobile library bringing their large games to play.

 

BE ENTERTAINED

 

16 Understory Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Step into a live immersive outdoor theatre adventure where the curiosity of children takes centre stage. Understory is a mesmerising theatrical world where science, nature, and magic converge. A place that empowers kids by inviting them inside the story.

Located in Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, this beautifully designed theatre production inspires all the senses. With 2 shows daily – suitable for ages  7 – 11 years old – each show goes for an hour and a half and children will walk approximately 1km during the show. Join characters Blossom and Rocko, your ‘Wonderer’ guides and book your tickets here

 

Ballina Tenpin Bowl Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Ballina Tenpin Bowling is open almost every day of the school holidays and is the perfect all-weather entertainment option!  In the summer holidays we had great fun enjoying family friendly game of Tenpin (I won) following by some Putt Putt Golf! (I came last!)

They offer a delicious air conditioned, cool environment to enjoy a super fun morning or arvo social bowling with family or friends.

They have a special price on Tenpin Bowling too – just $17 per person for 2 games plus they also light up the lanes between 12 and 4pm and from 7pm onward for GLOW bowling sessions every day of the holidays.

If you have little ones who want a go, they offer lightweight balls and bumpers/ramps so they can really enjoy a game too. The super fun Putt Putt is just $5 per person!

 

Cherry Street Sports Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Cherry Street Sports  in Ballina has 2 weeks of epic entertainment lined up for the holidays. There’s so much fun to be had with Mr Brad from Fitness Kidz, and long time favourite Miss Beka who will be running the weekly all-ages up to 15, kids disco. Kids eat free on Thursdays and KidzKlub Australia will be providing the entertainment from 5pm with their Arts & Craft Zone They also have Laser Tag Fun on Monday 15 and 22  January plus a fabulous Family Movie Night Under The Stars with WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE on Saturday 27 April – FREE ENTRY – BOOKING ESSENTIAL!

 

Club Lennox Sports Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

It’s a similar story for Club Lennox Sports who are also offering fun sessions on the green with Fitness Kidz, Tiny Dancers with Miss Beka on Tuesday for just $10 (12months to 5 years old) , and Laser Tag on Friday 19 and 26 April (bookings essential for Laser Tag). They’re also holding a super fun Silent Disco form 4 – 6pm on Saturday 20 April – just $5 for headset hire.

 

18 Ballina RSL Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Ballina RSL are putting on some fantastic entertainment for kids these holidays. Not to be missed is Shake It Off – The Taylor Swift Experience an awesome all-ages show with a full rock band comprised of Australia’s finest touring musicians, to take you on a unique journey as they pump out smash hit after smash hit across each of the eras! Tix are limited and will sell out! Book here

Kids can also enjoy side-splitting fun with Shorty Brown and her hilarious FREE bingo fun on 17 and 24 April . Plus, you can expect raucous shenanigans with Shorty at her FREE SPACE THEMED Kids Disco on Friday 19 April as she will be making your kids laugh with her funny, vibrant personality. Want more chill? Why not try their FREE Kids Yoga on Thursday 18 and don’t forget the daily Special $5 epic value Kids Meal Deal!

 

Palace Cinemas Byron & Ballina Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

The Palace Cinema Byron Bay has a number of family friendly movies showing this school holidays and are thrilled to be presenting [PG] flicks Ghostbusters, Kung Fu Panda 4 and The Tigers Apprentice which are all out now. Richard The Stork and Robot Dreams are both out on 11 April  and Spy X Family on 18 April.

Ballina Fair Cinemas is now also part of the PALACE CINEMAS family. Located in Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, they will be also be showing many of the films mentioned above.
Visit Palace Cinemas for showing times and bookings.

 

07 Byron Theatre Autumn School Holiday Program 2024

Brace yourself for an immersive hour of carefully crafted alphabetical, scientifical chaos with The Awesome Alphabet of Science show on Tuesday 16 April at Byron Theatre . Suitable for kids 5 -12 years old, this award winning, exciting interactive show has audiences determining the order in which the letters are revealed and explored so every show is different!

Shorty Brown will be bringing the roof down with her epic KIDS NEON SPLASH PARTY at Byron Theatre on Tuesday 23 April January from 10.30am to 12 noon Hot tunes! Prizes! and Surprises! Interactive fun! It’s going to be a blast! Wear your favourite neon and fluro and sparkle and be beautiful. Suitable for kids 3-12 years

 

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.

We hope you enjoy a fantastic Autumn Holidays with your family and try some new exciting activities!
Michelle  xx

Have a look at what you fancy doing with the kids and make a morning, afternoon or a day of it!