Summer Holiday Fun for Kids & Families

Schools out, the long-awaited Summer Holidays are here and we can’t wait to share and enjoy along with you, some of the fabulous family and kid friendly holiday options on offer in the area over summer.

As always, the Summer holidays are split between pre-Christmas and post-Christmas activities and events with many providers starting up in the New Year along with a few that are an absolute godsend and helping out busy parents with options in the mad-dash week before Chrissy.

Whatever the inclination of your child, there’s heaps 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

As usual, I’ve split the options into 4 broad themes to make it easier for you as parents – who know best what your kids like to do. 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 this Summer Holidays for you and your family to enjoy.

GET ACTIVE

 Circus Arts Byron Bay are one of the pre-Christmas lifesavers I was talking about. Their school holiday program opened on 11 December and runs up to 24 then reopens on 2 Jan 2024  to 30 Jan!  NOTE: They are closed on all Public Holidays including Friday 26 January.

This enormous indoor venue offers an amazing variety of apparatus to learn on and 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.

 

Get your skates on and join us at Rollerworld Lismore for one of their popular skating sessions. Last time I mentioned the Harry Potter Fog Night and how much fun we found it… for Halloween my son also joined us in dressing up for the occasion! It was a fantastic evening! We can’t wait for the next one!

For the Summer Holidays they are open Monday to Sunday and you’ll get 2 hours of skating, music, games and more per session! Whether you are a rollerskater (like me) or a rollerblader (like my son and daughter) Lismore Rollerworld has you covered! 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 $12pp.

 

Byron Bay Skateboard School  is offering 11 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 9 to 26 January 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

Some super fun and creative classes have been added to the What’s On Guide for the Summer holidays. Choose from craft, acrylic painting, watercolour, clay, illustration, collage design and more for a range of ages and skill levels – take a look below…

As of 8 January you can make, play and explore at Art Kind these holidays! Located in Byron Bay’s Arts & Industry Estate, Art Kind gallery owner, Bec Duffis offering a two-hour morning or afternoon Holiday Art Program on Monday’s and Wednesday’s for the mini makers – ages 6-12 years old.

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. Note: You can also book for the whole day.

Bec now 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.

 

And in Newrybar, Oceana is offering a number of Art sessions for different age groups – inviting kids between the ages of 4 – 6 and 6 to 13 to embark on a creative journey exploring clay, watercolour, drawing, painting and nature craft. As of 3 January, from Monday to Thursday, children can immerse themselves in various mediums, art styles and techniques as they play, create, and enhance their artistic skills through her Kids Art & Craft Summer Holiday Program. All materials are included in these 2 or 3 hour workshops and there are just 8 students per class.

 

Embark on a journey of imagination and discovery with North Byron Hotel Summer Kids Program!  Summer is all about creating memories, and their capped sessions ensure an exclusive and enjoyable experience for your little ones. Choose from a wide range of creative activities from pizza & pasta parties to earthen clay play, teddy bear puppets to tin can garden groovers and so much more! Running on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays there’s a different creative activity every day!  Scan the QR code or click here to secure their spot today for a summer filled with creativity, laughter, and joy.

 

As always, our local libraries offer a diverse range of fun FREE and practical activities throughout the school holidays and these Spring 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 Composting Workshop (ages 7 -12 years), Into The Magical Forest (ages 5+ years), Kids Yoga and Drops Of Knowledge for with H2O

Ballina Library Lennox Head & Alstonville Libraries are all hosting FREE Simon & The Harmonic Sun Travellers who specialising in catchy children’s songs – suitable for ages 3 to 12. They are also all hosting Pirate Themes Scavenger Hunts throughout the Summer Holidays as well as the Ticket to Adventure Summer Reading Challenge!

Ballina and Lennox Head Libraries are also holding FREE Tie Dyeing Workshops for ages 10 -16. One Library bag per person will be provides, but feel free to bring along while cotton garments to dye.

Ballina Library is also holding a Squishy Science Workshop (ages 5-10) and you can come along and create a Lego Masterpiece whenever the library is open!

Lennox Head is holding a Pop-Up Story Time in the Park on 18 January (ages 2-7)  and a Pirate Party 16 Jan for ages 6-12

Alstonville Library have a fun Creative Craft on 3 January, Juggling Balls on 16th and Sand Art on Thursday 25th. Bookings Essential for all activities.

Byron Bay Library  is offering Free Creative Canvasses workshops on Wednesday 8th Jan for ages 8+ and Cartooning and Manga Workshops with Mark Richards on 17 Jan – Bookings Essential

Mullumbimby Library is hosting Nat and her Environmental Science workshop.  Join them for an introduction to entymology (insects) using microscopes and magnifying glasses to zoom in on their details – Spots limited – bookings essential!

Mullumbimby, 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 Byron Bay  fabulous school holiday program starts on Wednesday 27 December and runs to Wednesday 24 January.  Choose from a number of their fantastic, hands-on 3-hour farm-themed workshops for kids such as  Nature Craft, Cows, Chickens, and Pigs, 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 have an absolutely fantastic line up of activities and events for their NDIS Social Clubs over the summer holidays.

The Social Clubs are designed for NDIS participants aged 6 – 12 years and can be paid for with NDIS funding (Core and Capacity Building). Each club is capped at a maximum of 6 children.

Also capturing that week before Christmas, their program starts on Wednesday 20 December. It breaks for Christmas and New Year, restarting on Wednesday 3 January 2024 and running every Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday until 25 January.

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 Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Byron Solar Train, Bowling, Circus Arts, Summerland Farm, Rock climbing, Skateboarding, the movies 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!

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 are holding their weekday Educational School Holiday Tours from 4th – 25 January 2024.

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 $12 per adult and $8 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.

On Wednesday 10 and 24 January 2024 ASTR will be hosting an Yidabal Galii Maa Cultural Workshop run by by Eli and Kris Cook, Nyangbai men from Bundjalung country. The cultural workshop includes story-telling, language and connection between people. The workshop goes for one hour and  is $20 per adult and $10 per child.

 

BE ENTERTAINED

Ballina Tenpin Bowling is open almost every day of the school holidays and is the perfect all-weather entertainment option! We’re definitely looking forward to enjoying a family friendly game of Tenpin following by some Putt Putt Golf!

It could be pouring with rain or stinking hot outside and 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  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 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 8 & 15 January plus a fabulous Splash Bash Waterslide Action – for just $10 a session on Sunday 7 Jan and a Family Movie Night Under The Stats on Saturday 13 Jan – FREE ENTRY – BOOKING ESSENTIAL! Scan the QR codes to lock in your tix!

 

It’s a similar story for Club Lennox Sports who are also offering fun sessions on the green with Fitness Kidz, Creative Plaster Fun with Miss Beka on Tuesdays, Spring Craft with KidzKlub on Thursdays and Laser Tag on Friday 12 & 19 January (bookings essential for Laser Tag).

 

Ballina RSL are putting on some fantastic entertainment for kids this Spring holidays. Not to be missed is Pop Squad a brand-new uplifting show on Tuesday 9 January paying tribute to three of the world’s most loved Pop Music icons: Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa. Suitable for all ages, this performance will be a hit -make sure you book tickets soon!  The day before – on Thursday 7 January – enjoy the family friendly, action-packed, live IWA Pro Wrestling. Tix selling fast! Get yours here!

On 23 January Mr Kaboodle and Jason Gray are back with a fabulous new Magic & Circus Show. Suitable for all ages, this fun filled show involves audience participation, giant bubbles, levitation, topped off by an awesome 15 minute dance party! Tix $12 per person – Book online here

Kids can also enjoy side-splitting fun with Shorty Brown and her hilarious FREE bingo fun on 12 January. Plus, you can expect raucous shenanigans with Shorty at her FREE Kids Disco on Wednesday 3 January 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 25 of January. The Wildlife Twins will be back on 4 Jan with a FREE show and don’t forget the Special $5 Epic Value Kids Meal Offer!

 

The Palace Cinema Byron Bay has a number of family friendly movies showing this school holidays and are thrilled to be presenting [PG] flicks Trolls – Back Together, Wonka, Wish, Migration, Next Goal Wins and The Jungle Bunch World. Teen [M] films include Aquaman, Mean Girls, Ferrari and The Holdover

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.

 

Shorty Brown will be bringing the roof down with her epic KIDS BLING DISCO party at Byron Theatre on 10 January from 10am to 12 noon ! Hot tunes! Prizes! and Surprises! Interactive fun! It’s going to be a blast! Wear your favourite bling and sparkle and be beautiful!

 

And summer holidays would not be complete without a trip to McGregor’s Family Carnival. Open nightly – except Christmas Day – from 6.30 – 9.30pm (weather permitting), it’s located by the river 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 –There are Two for One ride coupons available in local ECHO newspaper to use every Sunday. Santa will be arriving on Christmas Eve at 8pm!!

 

Saturday 23 December is the Byron Bay Twilight Market – combined with a special evening of Christmas Cheer at Railway Park from 5.30pm where you can enjoy an awesome line up of local performers, carol singers & more!

Sunday 24 December it’s the Bangalow Monthly Community Market held from 8am to 2.30pm at the Showgrounds, followed Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival from 5 – 9pm with heaps of roving entertainment & Fireworks 🎆 at 8.30pm

Sunday 31 December the Community Market moves to Lennox Head for New Years Eve Held from 8am to 2pm at William’s Reserve – there’ll be plenty of stalls, family fun, food and live music to enjoy

The quarterly Byron Beachside Market will be held on Wednesday 3 January 2024 at Main Beach foreshore. 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.

 

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 Summer Holidays with your family and try something new. My very best wishes to you for the festive season and for 2024 🌈🌻🌊🏖️
Michelle  xx

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