School holiday activities for teens
If you've struggled keeping your teen occupied or finding something they would enjoy doing in the school holidays, you’re not alone. The list of activities is endless for kids under 12 years (or at least the ideas are widely available and discussed), but it seems that high school teens are less well accommodated.
But that is not the case! In fact, if you know where to look, there are a huge amount of activities available.
So with the help of the Exploring Teens Facebook audience, we've compiled a list of some great activities, both free and paid. But while this list is largely related to Sydney, it still provides a great starting point for scouting out what’s available in your state or area.
The activities have been grouped as follows:
- Free/low cost - Outdoors/Adventure
- Free/low cost - Indoors
- Paid - Camps
- Paid - Outdoors/Adventure
- Paid – Indoors
A day/afternoon at the beach with fish n chips
Find Sydney’s best fish n chip places
Review a list of campgrounds near Sydney
- Explore your nearest city together on a day trip
The best fishing spots in and around Sydney
Find out what it is and how it works here:
This activity combines technology with the outdoors
Sydney: www.bestsydneywalks.com/bush-walks - Included here is a selection of some of the best bush walks in and around Sydney and New South Wales, including maps, pictures, highlights and characteristics
- Take a tour around your city's public art
- Skate parks
A list of Australia's best skate parks: www.skateparkhunter.com/skateparks/australia
Everywhere you should have been snorkelling in Sydney
- Art: visit an art exhibition
- Books: visit a good book store
- Cooking: create a Masterchef cookoff
Set up a cooking challenge at home
- “No rules” day
Stay at home and have a “no rules” day – stay in pjs, eat in front of the tv, unlimited screens!
- Toy clean up: clear out old toys
Put them on eBay or donate them www.facebook.com/SecondChanceToysNSW
There are a variety of camps available in Australia that cater specifically for teens. Each has a point of difference in the areas they cater for. There are camps that specifically help with resilience and confidence while others include a focus on leadership and skills needed for young adults. There are also camps designed to assist with relationships or camps that are just about getting active, having fun and meeting new people.
ECHO CREEK ADVENTURE CENTRE - HOLIDAY CAMPS
Echo Creek Adventure Centre is an Award winning business committed to educating and providing outdoor experiences to the world, specialisIing in team building and leadership activities. Echo Creek runs a holiday program $120* per person per day for the 5 day program. This incorporates all the amazing natural assests of the Mission Beach Area, from Rivers, islands & Reef, rainforest walks and waterfalls to Abseiling, Laser Tag and much much more.
Dates: 7 Jan 2019 - 11 Jan 2019
Phone: 0432 477 689
Address: Ranch Rd, Munro Plains, Queensland
Fathering Adventures experientially engages, equips, & empowers men to be intentional in their role as fathers... to be the fathers their children need them to be… through the facilitation of our various Father-Son and Father-Daughter Adventure experiences.
Participants can expect to have fun, engage in some outdoor adventure activities, engage in some significant relationship moments, and experience how all of those things contribute to stronger father-child relationships.
Age: We host & serve two (2) age groups of children, and their fathers or significant male others…1. Ages 7-13 years inclusive, and 2. Ages 13 years & older – no maximum age
Locations: S-E NSW, Victoria, S-E QLD, and Tropical North QLD
Phone: 0431 839 035
GREEN SUPERCAMP AUSTRALIA
SuperCamp is a highly engaging holiday enrichment programme that inspires and empowers young people to excel. Campers are taught to believe in themselves, in their own ability to achieve and learn life skills that empower them to thrive in all areas.
There is both a junior camp (ages 10-14yrs) and a senior camp (14-18yrs)
Age: Senior Camp 14-18 years
Junior camp 10 - 14 years
Dates: Senior camp - September
Junior Camp - April
Address: Cave Hill Creek, Beaufort, Victoria
Phone: 03 9016 9575
MAGIC MOMENTS YOUTH LEADERSHIP & BUSINESS SUMMIT
Does your teen: Want things to change? Want to make a difference? Want to be happier and create more certainty? Or learn business skills? Well the Magic Moments Youth Leadership & Business Summit promises to give your teen all that and more…It's 5 days and 4 nights of amazing speakers, life lessons and knowledge shared to help our young people create strategies to determine and achieve their goals.
Age: 14 - 17 years
Date: July each year
Location: Collaroy, NSW
Phone: 0406 488 213
Archery Tag® is the hottest new combat game where kids use recurve bows and foam-tipped arrows to shoot at opposing players on the field. Use the huge inflatable bunkers for cover and tag out opponents using the arrows. It’s a mash up of archery, paintball and dodgeball! No archery experience needed; it's easy, safe and fun! Based in Glenwood and mobile, so we can set up near you.
Age: 10+ years
Address: Glenwood, NSW OR we can come to you!
Phone: 0421 668 807
SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK ARCHERY CENTRE
Looking for something exciting and different to keep your teens occupied these holidays?
Come along to the Sydney Olympic Park Archery Centre where programs offered include archery basics with safety, equipment and instruction provided. After a few practice rounds, you’re teens will enjoy challenging games and experience the thrill of hitting the target! Experience isn’t necessary. Adults are welcome to join sessions where space is available.
Age: Kids on Target 10 + years
Little Archers 7+ years
Phone/Bookings: 02 9714 7502
Address: Archery Centre, Bennelong Parkway Sydney Olympic Park
- Aqua golf
- Boating, Kayaking and Canoeing
- Bubble Ball
BUBBLE BALL SYDNEY
If you're looking for a way to get your teens active with their friends next holidays, Bubble Ball Sydney will have them rolling around! So grab a group of their friends and contact Bubble Ball Sydney. For 10 kids, prices start from $35 per person for 2 hours (and it's supervised!). They can also offer ZORB ball and Football Pool. No reason for your teens to be just sitting around.
Phone: 0405 467 766
Address: We come to you across Sydney and Greater Sydney
SOUTHSIDE DRIVING SCHOOL
If you're looking for an experienced, calm and patient driving instructor in the Sutherland shire, at affordable rates including special pre-purchased package pricing, please contact Southside Driving School. Parents and supervising drivers are also provided with instructional content and strategies to help them deliver car driving lessons to their young learners. RMS licensed Driving Instructor. All lessons delivered in an automatic transmission
Phone: 0402 240 620
Location: Sutherland Shire, NSW
- Safer Driving course
The Safer Drivers Course helps young drivers on their Ls prepare for driving solo when they graduate to provisional licences. The course teaches you how to reduce road risks by developing safe driving behaviour, and includes ways to cope when your teens have their mates in the car or if they're running late. It's also designed to help teens understand more about speed management, gap selection, hazard awareness and safe following distances, which supervising drivers or professional driving lessons may not have covered. www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/driver/learner/safer-drivers-course.html
- Keys 2 Drive
Keys2drive is a free lesson that is not intended to replace normal driving lessons rather, it should complement them by empowering learner drivers to ‘Find Their Own Way’ to becoming safer drivers. Learner drivers will receive training in the best ways to practice, helping them gain the confidence they need to prepare for safe P plate driving and beyond. Parents/supervisors will come away with tools to help their learner drivers achieve a good foundation for lifelong safe driving.www.keys2drive.com.au
- Fruit picking
- Go Karting
- High ropes/Zip lining parks
HOLIDAY HOME FIJI (Golden Palms Retreat Private Villa)
Looking for a fabulous holiday with yout teens? How about a private villa in Fiji? Golden Palms Retreat can be found just a short two hour scenic drive from Nadi on the Coral Coast at Pacific Harbour, where there is always something for everyone! Golden Palms Retreat is a self contained villa featuring 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan living and dining room plus a swimming pool! This beautiful villa is just a 10 minute walk to Pacific Harbour beach, local restaurants, cafes, boutiques, golf course and the local marina.
Phone: +61 402 299 956
TRIPS + HOLIDAYS WITH PURPOSE
Are you passionate about * Building A better relationship with your children aged 10 to 18 * Teaching your children the importance of giving back * Food, travel and leaving the world a better place * Energised by a team environment and stunning scenery a fabulous holiday with yout teens? Our FREE GUIDE explains the 5 Ways Trips+ Builds A LifeLong Bond With Your Kids And Teaches The Art of Giving Back
Phone: 0428 389 392
- Luna Park
- Mystery flight
- Paddle Boarding
- Paint balling
- Spend a day being tourists in your own town
- Cooking lessons
JAPANESE COOKING and CULTURE SCHOOL
Looking for something completely different for your teens that is not only fun, but a life skill? The Japanese Cooking and Culture School teaches Japanese home-style cooking and caters for both adults and tweens/teens. Past holiday classes have seen tweens/teens make Gyoza and Temari Sushi as well as Gateau Chocolate (Chocolate Cake) and Japanese style of sausage roll. You need never hear your teens cry out for hunger again! Give Takako a call today and arrange a school holiday class.
Age: 11yrs +
Phone/Bookings: 0415 079 152
Address: Atarmon, NSW
Dates: By request for tweens/teens
- Educational workshops
ART OF SMART - ATAR Results Day Online Webinar If your teen doesn't get the ATAR they were expecting – don’t stress! Rowan Kunz from Art of Smart Education will be hosting a LIVE Q&A on ATAR Day to talk your teen through all of their options. Rowan will be joined by UTS Insearch admission and academic staff and students to answer all your questions about studying at UTS Insearch and UTS.
Date: 14 December
Phone: 1300 267 888
Registration link: click here
HSC in the HOLIDAYS - Kickstart HSC Seminars
Kickstart HSC Seminars for students in Year 11 & 12 (in 2019). These subject-specific seminars will provide teens with the insight and understanding required to achieve their best this year. Run by Senior HSC Markers, in each session your teen will learn: - Detailed, in-depth understanding of what HSC markers are looking for - How to maximise marks in assessment tasks - Key syllabus content – specific to each subject - Effective study techniques proven to be successful - Vital critical thinking and analysis skills - A chance to view potential HSC questions and exemplar solutions - Lecture notes will also be provided for each session you attend. Only $20/seminar PLUS 15% off for Exploring Teens audience.
Dates: 22 January - 24 January
Location: UTS or Macquarie University
Phone: 1300 677 336
Gaming & Digital workshops
Host a Murder mystery party
Grab some friends and turn a boring school holiday day into a fabulous day full of imagination and intrigue!
HOST A MURDER PARTY in the school holiday!
These next holidays, would you like your teenager off computer games and interacting and communicating with their friends in person! If so, grab a bunch of them together and organise to Host-a-Murder! Host-a-Murder for young people can encourage creativity, increase confidence, improve concentration, bring out their sense of humour and is a great way to have fun and dress up with friends. There are two games designed specifically for the teenage market; Star Trek’s “The mystery of the missing Orb of Knowledge” and “BBQ with the Vampires”.
Location: We come to you! (within 200km of Sydney)
Phone: 0402 299 956
Make up workshops
Massage / facial together
Movies - gold class movies with brunch/lunch
TEENAGE ETIQUETTE BOOT CAMP
Teenage Etiquette Boot Camp helps children learn the difference between right and wrong by helping them to focus on their actions and how to interact with others. The goal of teenage etiquette education is to raise emotionally balanced, socially compassionate and caring individuals with a solid value system. We give the building blocks for successful emotional growth: integrity, honesty, empathy, leadership and responsibility.
Date: 17 January
Location: Boronia Tea Room 624 Military Rd, Mosman
Phone: 0418 273 376
THE SELF PROJECT TEEN & YOUNG ADULT LIFE COACHING
Help your teen get a headstart these holidays and book some teen coaching sessions (Get 8 sessions for the price of 6!). Coach Caroline Lewis works with 'tweens and teens from 9-18yrs and young adults 19-25yrs, supporting them through this period of questioning and growth. Caroline combines the empowering USA-based Teen Wisdom™ Inc life coaching system, with her future-focused and practical coaching style to tackle the Top 10 Teen Issues.
Phone: 02 9318 5000
Check out lasttix for cheap tickets to shows
Special Interest - Future Vet Kids Camp
FUTURE VET KIDS CAMP
Is your child fascinated by animals? Do they adore their own pet or long to have one? Have they ever expressed an interest in possibly becoming a veterinarian one day? Future Vet Kids Camp is for the aspiring veterinarian in your child.
Age (split into 3 groups): Wombats for children age 9-11, Kookaburras for children age 12-14, Junior Vets for children age 14-16
Address: The Cosgrove Centre, Waverley College. 131 Birrell St, Waverley
Phone: 02 8036 3186
Dates (two available camp dates): 7-11 January and 14-18 January
Time: 9am – 3.30pm
Theatre/Musical Theatre/Acting/Music workshops
APPLAUSE MUSICAL THEATRE ACADEMY - HOLIDAY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS!
Looking for something creative for your teens in the school holidays? Look no further than the Applause Holiday Workshops! These summer school holidays workshops will be based on Roadl Dahl's Matilda - The Musical. Students rehearse and perform scenes and songs from the show in a crash course in musical theatre!
Age: Students from Year 6 and up
Address: St Ives Football Club Clubhouse,Warrimoo Oval, Warrimoo Road, ST IVES
Phone: 0405 495 099
Date: July 21 – 23
Time: 10am – 4pm
HOLIDAY ROCK SHOW
For kids who've been learning an instrument for at least one year. Students work hands-on with their pro musician coach to prepare for an end of week live rock show in front of family and friends. They’ll spend time developing musicianship, rehearsing, songwriting, learning stagecraft and interacting with other young musicians. The coolest and most authentic rock star experience any kid could have!
Age: 10 - 17years
Dates: Weeks beg: Mon 10 Dec, Mon 17 Dec, Mon 7 Jan, Mon 14 Jan, Mon 21 Jan
Address: 85 Alexander Street
Cnr Ernest Street) Crows Nest NSW 2065
Phone: 02 8622 6550
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRAMATIC ARTS - HOLIDAY COURSES
Open your creativity with NIDA's holiday calsses. Designed specifically for children and young people, NIDA offers a fun and supportive learning environment that unlocks creative potential and builds confidence. Explore introductory through to advanced courses during the school holidays in a variety of disciplines including creative play, drama, acting on screen, music theatre, singing & acting, public speaking and more.
Age: 2 - 18years
Dates: 2 - 25 January 2019
Address: Multiple locations around Sydney and Australia
SCREENTEENS - PRESENTED BY SCREENWISE, AUSTRALIA’S LEADING FILM AND TV SCHOOL FOR ACTORS
Screenteens is Australia’s leading program for young adults between 12 and 16 years old who are interested in developing their performance skills for Film and Television. The Screenteens Holiday Workshop provides a fun, engaging and professional learning environment where young students will build a solid understanding of the acting industry. They’ll become confident with their knowledge of the performance making process whilst making new friends in a social and creative setting.
Age: 12-16 years
Dates: School Holiday Workshop: 22 - 24 January
Term 1 Classes: 02 Feb 2019 - 24 Mar 2019
Location: Screenwise Studios,
84/86 Mary St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9281 4484
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Very useful! Finally someone who tries to help with our teens. Thanks.