School holiday activities for teens


SCHOOL'S OUT!

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

 

 

 

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.
Age: 10+years
Dates: 7 Jan 2019 - 11 Jan 2019
Phone: 0432 477 689
Address: Ranch Rd, Munro Plains, Queensland
Email: manager@echocreek.com.au
Website: www.echocreek.com.au

 

 

FATHERING ADVENTURES
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 
Website: www.fatheringadventures.com.au
Email: info@fatheringadventures.com.au
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
Email: admin@greensupercamp.com.au
Website: www.greensupercamp.com.au

 

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  
Email: youthleadership@magicmoments.org.au
Website: www.magicmoments.org.au

 

 

 

  • Archery

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
Email: enquiries@archerygames.com.au
Website: www.archerygames.com.au

 

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 
Email: archerycentre@sopa.nsw.gov.au
Website: www.archerycentre.com.au

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.

Age: 9+years
Phone: 0405 467 766
Address: We come to you across Sydney and Greater Sydney
Email: info@bubbleballsydney.com.au
Website: www.bubbleballsydney.com.au

  • Driving

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
Website: www.southsidedrivingschool.com.au
Location: Sutherland Shire, NSW

 

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.
Email: petereedy@bigpond.com
Website: www.holidayhomefiji.com
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
Email: justinp@tripsplus.org
Website: www.tripsplus.org
Phone: 0428 389 392

 

 

  • 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
Email: info@japanesecookingandculture.com.au
Website:www.japanesecookingandculture.com.au

  • 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
Time: 2pm
Phone: 1300 267 888
Registration link: click here
Website: www.artofsmart.com.au

 

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
Website: www.hscintheholidays.com.au

 

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”.
Age: 13+years
Location: We come to you! (within 200km of Sydney)
Website: www.hostamurder.com.au
Phone: 0402 299 956

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
Email: treska@collegeofetiquette.com
Website: www.collegeofetiquette.com
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.
Email: caroline@selfproject.com.au
Website: www.selfproject.com.au
Phone: 02 9318 5000

  • Shows
    Check out lasttix for cheap tickets to shows
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  • 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 
Email: info@futurevetkidscamp.com
Website: www.futurevetkidscamp.com

 

  • 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 
Email: enquiries@applausemta.com.au 
Website: www.applausemta.com.au

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
Website: www.bigmusic.com.au

 

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
Email: open@nida.edu.au
Website: www.open.nida.edu.au

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 
Website: www.screenwise.com.au
Location: Screenwise Studios, 
84/86 Mary St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Email: info@screenwise.com.au 
Phone: 02 9281 4484

 


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29 Nov 2018