If you’re looking for activities to keep the kids entertained these holidays, and to avoid those “I’m bored… I’m hungry…” comments being thrown at you repeatedly, then we have you covered with these great Jan – Feb 2018 school holiday activities.
Whether you are looking for an activity on a budget, or a special treat day out, here are some fun-packed activities on offer in varied cities that are sure to get the kids up and about and away from the screens!
KFC Big Bash League Cricket Match: All major cities
The Australian Twenty20 season is now in full swing across the country. This family-friendly event has fast become a staple part of the Australian summer, and is a great way to get the kids out in the fresh air and joining in the fun of this fast-paced game that attracts huge crowds nationwide. The best part is it is extremely affordable, with a family pass being less than $45.
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Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens: Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane
If you’re in the Brisbane area of sunny Queensland, pack a picnic and immerse the family in the sub-tropic nature of the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. The gardens have a hide-n-seek trail, designed especially for kids (of all ages) and an action-packed playground to venture around. After exploring and playing, relax under a shaded tree with your lunch and take in the beautiful natural scenery.
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Off-season Sports Skills Training: All areas
If your children plays a sporting activity during the school term, you can help them work on improving and strengthening theirs skills and fitness levels before they return. Whether it’s strengthening, throwing and kicking more accurately, or simply increasing flexibility, together you can create some goals to aim towards, and set aside some practice time each day.
It’s a great way to spend some quality time together and they’ll be proud at the end of the holidays when they see how far they’ve progressed with their favourite sport!
Australian Sports Camps: All major capital cities
If you have a child that is crazy about all things sports, attending a 3-day Australian Sports Camp (ASC) is a fantastic opportunity for them to enjoy a few days socialising with fellow young sports lovers, to keep active, to learn and improve their skill level, and have a heap of fun in the process! Not to mention giving mum and dad a much needed break from parenting duties.
Australian Sports Camps are run over three days during the school holidays and include a variety of sport activities. All recreational programs are supervised by an experienced coach in top facilities and depending on what capital city you’re in, there are camps dedicated to a variety of sports, such as: Basketball, Cricket, Volleyball, Football, Tennis, Horse-riding and much more. Australian Sports Camps are dedicated to providing the best sports coaching environment available and have 35 years experience, making them the most trusted name in Australian school holiday sports camps!
Whether your child is six years old or sixteen years old, they are guaranteed to enjoy the fun-packed activities in the daily schedule at Australian Sports Camps.
Be a part of Australia’s very first school holiday gaming program with Australian Sports Camps NEW Gaming and ‘Esports’ Camp!: Kew, Victoria
If you live in Melbourne or surrounds and your child loves gaming, we’ve got them covered! Encourage your child to be part of Australia’s first school holiday competitive gaming program, hosted in partnership with the Australian ‘Esports’ League (AEL)!
First established in 2013 and now attracting competitors from all over the country, the AEL coordinate premier ‘Esports’ competitions in Australia. The AEL’s vision is to provide the most entertaining, engaging and respected ‘Esports’ experience available.
With our experienced and passionate gaming instructors, your child will receive the best possible exposure to team-based gaming techniques, tactics and rules at our 2-day structured ‘Esports’ Camp. Our Victorian ‘Esports’ camp is suitable for first timers up to experienced players, and is ideal for children aged six to sixteen. The program is endorsed by the Australian ‘Esports’ Association (AESA).
The practical component of the program will include Rocket League on Xbox One. As for gaming theory and tactics, the program touches on various elements from a number of popular games, for example: Dota 2, League of Legends, FIFA 18, Forza Motorsport 7, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Call of Duty, Starcraft 2, Tekken 7 and Rainbow Six Seige.
Sydney Park Kids Bike Track: Sydney
For Sydney-siders, the Sydney Park has developed a bike trail especially designed for kids. This is a great way for your mini cyclist to build up their confidence navigating around the twists and turns of either the beginners trail, or the advanced trail, for those older, more adventurous ones! A fun and engaging activity, the track has a free balance clinic and learn-to-ride courses available. There is also a BBQ area and shaded picnic areas for when they are all tuckered out after riding (bonus for you!).
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Splashland Inflatable Pop-up Slide: Melbourne
Slather on the sunscreen and splash into Caulfield Racecourse from 28th December to 24th January for the inflatable giant slide! A fun excursion for the family on those dry summer days that Melbourne is notorious for. There are action-packed aquatic activities for everyone, ranging from the little tykes to the big kids, and lots of shade to grab a bite to eat whilst awesome summer tunes are pumping! You can grab a family pass for $88. For those not joining in, it’s FREE to sit back and enjoy a cool drink under one of the umbrellas.
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If you’ve got a clown in the house that is climbing the walls, let them “hang” out with Cirkidz for the day and they’ll be wanting to join the circus by the end! Cirkidz offer a number of holiday programs in a safe, fun environment, with a focus on mindfulness, safe risk-taking and social interaction. The kids will learn a variety of circus skills, before joining up in teams to swing, balance and climb their way through a circus obstacle course. Cirkidz is a great opportunity to teach your child coordination, to develop physical and mental strength, and to learn to move in a creative way! There are a variety of programs available from beginner to experienced.
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It looks like the Australian 2017/2018 summer is going to be an entertaining and action-packed holiday period, with so many fun, affordable activities on offer in every state. Stay cool and hydrated, and don’t forget to slap on the sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and appropriate clothing when you’re out and about!