Winter Holiday Fun for Kids & Families

I wanted to say that despite the cold, I’d been thoroughly enjoying the glorious blue sky sunny days… but the rain set in at the beginning of this week and the forecast looks a bit rainy for the first week of NSW school holidays. Still, as always, our wonderful local businesses have put together a fantastic array of school holiday activities – pretty much all of which can be enjoyed – whatever the weather!!

Kids bursting at the seams with energy – we are lucky enough to have two circuses to choose from plus skateboarding, roller skating, indoor rock climbing, surfing and Australia’s biggest inflatable obstacle course has come to town for the holidays!  Need more info – check out the GET ACTIVE section below!

Kids feeling creative? We have two fabulous local art schools with dedicated kids holiday art classes, a one-day-only divine winter craft workshop where you can hand stitch a snowflake child or needle felt a cute owl or hedgehog. Why not get creative in the kitchen and learn to make gnocchi or pizza from scratch, enjoy an Art Adventure in Mullum or explore new amazing exhibits and interactive displays created by some of the world’s best digital artists. Info on all these creative endeavours can be found under BE CREATIVE.

Looking for something to entertain the whole family? How about a Winter Wonderland disco in the heart of Byron, a trip to the movies with family of 4 tix for PG film just $50 or tenpin bowling with school holiday special prices and glow bowling!  Plus, three local clubs in Ballina and Lennox Head put on events almost daily throughout the school holidays and most of them are free. Go with a friend and enjoy a drink and a chat while the kids are entertained for a couple of hours with everything from a disco, sports activities on the green, laser tag, bingo and more!  Find it all under BE ENTERTAINED!

Wanting to do something a bit different? Why not try your hand at being a farmer for a day, learn about seabird and sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release, or take part in NAIDOC Week celebrations. BE INSPIRED is the section you need to head to. Perhaps your little one needs more support? There’s even a range of programs designed for NDIS participants to enjoy.

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

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

GET ACTIVE

Circus Arts Byron Bay  kids (5-11 years)  and teens (12-16 years) school holiday program opened on 24 June to accommodate QLD school holidays and it runs Monday to Saturday until 20 July and is suitable for all levels from absolute beginners to advanced.

Let’s Go Surfing offer daily lessons throughout the school holidays and is the only surf school that uses Byron beaches. Their 2 hour, kids only group lesson is for 7.13 year olds and includes all equipment and expert instruction in small groups.

Spaghetti Circus are offering just 3 magical days of circus holiday classes from Tues 9 to Thur 11 July so get in quick! Half day classes for 4-6 years and full day for 6 – 14 years with early drop-off available.

Get your skates on and join Rollerworld Lismore for one of their popular holiday skating sessions. Two hours of skating, music, games and more. There’s an onsite cafe with hot and cold snacks and drinks available.

Get them off the screens and get them moving and interacting at Climbing Jungle’s awesome School Holiday Program. There are fun activities, games and climbing – no prior experience required. Suitable for ages 6-15, there are full and half day sessions available.

Tuff Nutterz is back in Byron these holidays with a new 300m inflatable obstacle course that you don’t want to miss! Join them at the Cavanbah Centre from 12-21st July for an adventure-packed experience!

Byron Bay Skateboard School offers skateboarding fun catering to all levels – from beginners to advanced – at their bespoke coaching facility in Byron Industrial Estate. These super popular day camps run on Tuesday to Thursday and are a unique and fun experience for kids age 6 – 12 years old.

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

BE CREATIVE

One day only! Join Agnès from The Artisan Forest on Wednesday 10 July for one of her gorgeous Winter Crafts workshops. Hand stitch a snowflake child or needlefelt a cute owl or hedgehog.

The lovely Bec from Art Kind is holding her delightful Mini Makers Holiday Art program for ages 6-12. Have fun with watercolours, specialty paints and a range of art practices. Suitable for ages 6-12.

Young chefs can get creative at North Byron Hotel and learn from the best how to make their very own pizza dough or gnocchi, cook to perfection and devour for much along with a drink and dessert! Suitable for ages 5 -13 years.

Join a holiday art & creativity class at Art & Wine Co in the heart of Byron Bay. Suitable for ages 5-15 years, the sessions will explore a range of mediums including paint, clay, collage and illustration.

Join Byron Youth Service on a Mullum Art Adventure with their FREE YOUTH creative arts 2-day program, for ages 12-16. Painting, drawing, glow-in-the-dark stencils plus an adventure to Otherworld Byron Bay. Bookings essential via email to karma@bys.org.au

Otherworld Byron Bay are open every day of the holidays from 10am. Come and explore new amazing exhibits among over 20 interactive displays created by some of the world’s best digital artists plus the VR projection dome will feature a special selection of exciting kids films during the holidays!

BE INSPIRED

Kids love Farm Kids Byron Bay fabulous school holiday program. Choose from hands-on 3-hour farm-themed workshop or their hugely popular full day Mini Farmers experiences which run from 9am to 3pm Suitable for 5-15 y/o, this full day program introduces children to real life farming.

Come and be enthralled and informed this school holidays at Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue. It’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to learn about the hazards marine life face and a real life insight into seabird and turtle rescue and how we can be more proactive in their protection. Call 02 6686 2852 to book.

Designed for NDIS participants, Auscare Support have an absolutely fantastic line up of Social Clubs 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. Call 1800 940 515 to book your spot

This year’s NAIDOC theme celebrates the unyielding spirit of Indigenous communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced. Celebration walks are taking place in Ballina & Byron along with Flickerfest – an Indigenous spotlight short film program at Byron Theatre.

Adventure awaits! Explore the wonders of nature, make new friends and learn how to protect our wildlife and beautiful ecosystems. Earn your ECO DOCO BADGE at Junior Wildlife Rangers at Pop Denison Park and Shaws Bay in Ballina on Thursday 11 July. Suitable for kids 4-14 years. To book, email rangers@oceanawildlife.org

BE ENTERTAINED

As usual, Cherry Street Sports and Club Lennox Sports have a ‘tonne of fun’ happening almost every day of the holidays. There’s heaps of fun to be had with Mr Brad from Fitness Kidz, Laser Tag and long time favourite Miss Beka who will be running a weekly disco at Cherry Street and Tiny Dancers at Club Lennox. There’s also Backyard Giant Games on Wednesdays & Kids eat free on Thursdays at Cherry Street.

Ballina Tenpin Bowl is open every day of the school holidays and is the perfect all-weather entertainment option to enjoy a super fun morning or arvo social bowling and Putt Putt with family or friends.They have a school holiday special price on Tenpin Bowling and  light up the lanes for GLOW bowling sessions If you have little ones who want a go, they have lightweight balls and bumpers/ramps for your convenience. Call  02 6686 5342 to reserve your lane!

Ballina RSL are also putting on some fantastic entertainment for kids these holidays. Not to be missed are the award-winning Dinomaniacs  on Tuesday 9 July! Kids can also enjoy side-splitting fun with Shorty Brown and her hilarious FREE Bingo, Disco and Kids Trivia. The Wildlife Twins also have a meet & greet and don’t forget the daily Special $5 epic value Kids Meal Deal!

Palace Cinema Byron Bay and Palace Cinema Ballina Fair have a number of family friendly movies showing this school holidays and are thrilled to be presenting Despicable Me 4, Inside Out 2 and Panda Bear in Africa. The Mountain will also be shown at Byron Bay Palace only. Visit Palace Cinemas for showing times and bookings.

Shorty Brown will be bringing the roof down with her epic kids Winter Wonderland Disco at Byron Theatre on Tuesday 16 July from 10.30am to 12 noon Hot tunes! Prizes! and Surprises! Interactive fun! It’s going to be a blast! Wear white and all things wintery as Byron Theatre is transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Suitable for kids 3-12 years.

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. From beeswax wraps, snow globes, bug bits, paper planes, sand art movies and more taking place across Byron Bay, Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Lennox Head and Alstonville libraries.

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

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 Winter 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!