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. While there may be specific items that relate to a particular city, this list still provides a great starting point for scouting out what’s available in your state or area.
The activities have been grouped as follows:
A day/afternoon at the beach with fish n chips
Sydney’s best fish n chips
Melbourne’s best fish n chips
Explore your nearest city together on a day trip
Best fishing spots in and around Sydney
Best fishing spots in and around Melbourne
Find out what it is and how it works here
This activity combines technology with the outdoors
Take a tour around your city's public art
Australia's best skate parks
Art - Visit an art exhibition
Books - Visit a good book store
Cooking - Create a Masterchef cookoff
Set up a cooking challenge at home
Lego Masters Challenge
Set up a Lego Masters 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
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 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 assets of the Mission Beach Area, from Rivers, islands & Reef, rainforest walks and waterfalls to Abseiling, Laser Tag and much much more.
Phone: 0432 477 689
Address: Ranch Rd, Munro Plains, Queensland
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: 9 – 16 years
Phone: (02) 8036 3186
Address: The Cosgrove Centre, Waverley College, Waverley NSW
GREEN SUPERCAMP AUSTRALIA 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
ARCHERY GAMES - 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
Boating, Kayaking and Canoeing
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
High ropes/Zip lining parks
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
Spend a day being tourists in your own town
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). 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
ART OF SMART – Provides a number of workshops over the July holidays to assist students get ready for HSC Trials and develop mastery of the most difficult areas of the new HSC syllabus. These include, (1) highly targeted workshops for both year 12 and year 11 to ensure students have a solid foundation from which they can complete either their HSC trials or year 11 exams and (2) Year 12 Mock HSC Trial Exams designed to help students get comfortable with timed pressures and typical HSC Trial style questions.
Dates: 8 July – 19 July
Phone: 1300 267 888
Address: Hornsby NSWhttp://bit.ly/2X8us1v
InspirED (formerly HSC in the Holidays) are running a series of Trial Preparation Lectures for students in Year 12 in 2019, to help boost their skills and confidence before their trial and HSC exams. These subject-specific seminars are InspirED's biggest event of the year, attracting hundreds of students. They are presented by highly experienced HSC markers and teachers, to give a detailed understanding of what HSC markers are looking for when they mark the exams, strategies for success, key syllabus content, effective study strategies and more.
Dates: 8 July – 19 July
- The University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
- Macquarie University
- The University of Wollongong
- The University of Newcastle (Newcastle & Central Coast Campuses)
Phone: 1300 677 336
Gaming & Digital workshops
Make up workshops
Massage / facial together
Gold class movies with brunch/lunch
Genext - MCA
Powerhouse Museum workshops
ACADEMY OF SPEAKERS - give your child an added advantage before entering high school. Through an engaging course, the Academy of Speakers teaches the basic principles of public speaking while laying core foundations for a resilient mindset that strengthens confidence and enhances influencing skills beneficial for school and beyond. ublic speaking is a lifelong skill that can be beneficial in the everyday world. From daily conversations with teachers or peers to speeches for leadership positions and jobs, it is a skill that will come in handy no matter what path your child takes.
Date: 20 - 21 July (Years 5 -6) and 6 - 7 July (Years 3 - 4)
Location: Normanhurst Boys High School
TEENAGE ETIQUETTE AND IMAGE WORKSHOP - designed to give young ladies and men aged 12-16 years a sense of confidence in the way they move, feel, communicate and present themselves. We break down the code of manners bit by bit to offer specific strategies to assist your teenager to become the best version of themselves. At the Australian School of Etiquette we believe that if teenagers are taught how to develop into independent, respectful and motivated adults they are on the road to success.
Date: 2 July (Brisbane) and 17 July (Sydney)
Location: Brisbane and Sydney
Website: www. asoe.com.au
Phone: 0411 073 477
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
Theatre/Musical Theatre/Acting/Music workshops
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: 1 – 21 July 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 -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: 16 - 18 July
Term 3 Classes: 03 Aug 2019 - 21 Sept 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.