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.
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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.
CAMP COURAGE is a unique 3-day residential experience just outside of Brisbane, QLD that provides teen girls in Grades 7-12 the tools to build their own sense of self, confidence, and opinions – and leave with life-long friendships and the increased courage and skills to succeed in school, relationship, work and life.
Age: Grades 7 - 12
Dates: January 13-15 2020 (Junior Camp) and January 15 - 17 2020 (Senior Camp)
Phone: 0456 392 646
Address: Ivory's Rock, Peak Crossing, Queensland
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.
Dates: January 2020
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
Dates: January 2020
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)
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
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
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
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
ART OF SMART – Provides a number of revision and preparatory workshops over the January holidays to assist students get ready for HSC exams as well as kickstarting students for the transition from year 10 to year 11 with a series of subject specific workshops. These workshops will help your teen build a strong foundation so they can excel in their HSC while also getting started on the Year 11 material so they're ready to hit the ground running!
Dates: Janaury 2020
Phone: 1300 267 888
Address: Hornsby NSW
InspirED (formerly HSC in the Holidays) Kickstart HSC Seminars for students in Year 11 & 12 (in 2020). 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.
Dates: January 2020
- The University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
- Macquarie University
Phone: 1300 677 336
Gold class movies with brunch/lunch
Genext - MCA
HOST A MURDER PARTIES - Looking for a unique party idea for your teen..birthday or graduation, that's different from the rest? Well, you can stop searching – you’ve found it! Host-a-Murder mystery party, a great way to keep a group of teenagers entertained for 2&1/2hrs! Host A Murder Mystery Parties can be conducted at one of your venues, home, office, restaurant, club or one of our recommended venues. There are some exclusive venues and great offers currently available!
Phone: 0402 299 956
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: December /January (Years 5 -6) - tba
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: 17 December (Brisbane)
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
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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: 30 September - 12 October 2019
Address: At locations in all states of Australia and some major cities
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: 21 - 23 January 2020
Term 1 Classes: 15 Feb 2020 - 4 Apr 2020
Location: Screenwise Studios,
84/86 Mary St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9281 4484
** Creative Kids voucher applies and can save you $100 **
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