Things To Do With The Kids In Byron Bay During The School Holidays

Spring Into October School Holiday Programs – Byron Style

The Spring school holidays are upon us and as parents we are scrounging up the energy to battle the 2 weeks of “fun”. Just kidding, October school holiday programs are pretty fun because the kids are entertained, the weather is much more conducive to outside fun and did I mention how many amazing things there are to choose from!

My kids love all the outdoor activities and for me, it’s a struggle to get them to come back home again, which has both it’s upsides and downsides. These October holidays I am juggling 2 school kids and a baby, so the challenges are upon me. My thoughts and wishes go out to all the Mums and Dads juggling the Spring school holidays. And as always, to share the love, I’ve put together my list of the top school holiday programs in the Byron area this October.

1. Circus art

Address: 17 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Phone Number: (02) 6685 6566
Website: https://www.circusarts.com.au/byron-bay/
Program Daily Cost: Kids program = Half day $40/ Full day $70 (Discounts when you buy 3 or 5 day packages).
Packages: https://www.circusarts.com.au/bookings/
Time: There are 3 choices, A half day in the morning 9:30am – 12, afternoon 2:00pm – 4:30pm or a full day 9:30am – 4:30pm
Dates: Program runs Monday – Saturday each day of the school holidays
Age: Kids program: 5-15 years
What’s included:
– An action-packed day of circus skills, activities and lots of fun!
– Morning program includes morning tea
– Afternoon program includes afternoon tea
– Bring your own lunch or buy it there.

Program Daily Cost: Teen Program = $84/$114
Time: There are 3 choices, A half day in the morning 9:30am – 2pm, afternoon 2:00pm – 6pm or a full day 9:30am – 4:30pm
Dates: Wednesday & Thursday
Age: Teen Program: 12-16 years
What’s included: Circus skills, arts & crafts and meals all included with the full day program.

And a new add on to the 1/2 day and full day programs only at Byron are the Ninja Warrior classes . Definitely worth a try.

2. SPAGHETTI CIRCUS

Address: 51 Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby NSW 2482 (Mullumbimby Showgrounds)
Phone Number: (02) 6684 3038
Website: http://www.spaghetticircus.com
Program Daily Cost:
Workshop 7 – 14yrs prices: $60 per day or ($150 if you book in the 3 days and pay in advance)
Workshop 4 – 6yrs: $40 per day or ($100 if you book in the 3 days and pay in advance)
Time: 7 – 14 yrs: 10am – 3pm; 4 – 6 yrs: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Dates: 9, 10, 11 October 2018 for both age groups.
Age:
Workshops for 7-14 year olds
Workshops for 4-6 year olds
What’s included: An action packed day of circus skills and acrobatics.
BYO morning tea, afternoon tea & lunch.
Bookings: http://www.spaghetticircus.com/holiday-workshops/

3. BYRON BAY EQUESTRIAN

Address: 2 Woodford Lane, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
Phone Number: 0468 414 677 or 0468 4 (HORSE)
Website: http://www.byronbayequestriancentre.com
Program Daily Cost: Cost $90 per child for one day and $80 per child for each additional day
Time: 10am to 3pm
Dates: Week One: 2, 3, 4 October 2018. Week Two: 9, 10, 11 October 2018
Age: From 5yrs old
What’s included:
– A full day of horsemanship, learning how to care for a horse, horse riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback)
– Refreshments, snacks and lunch provided
Bookings: http://www.byronequestrian.com.au/kids-lessons/

4. brunswick bush school

Address: Behind the Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club
S Beach Rd
Brunswick Heads
NSW 2483
Phone Number:  0407898374
Website: http://brunsbushschool.com.au/
Program Daily Cost: $60 per child.
Time: 9am – 3pm
Dates:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 October 2018 & 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 October 2018
Age: Suitable for ages 6-8 and 9-12 (not recommended for children younger as it is a busy day)
What’s included: Full on day reconnecting with the wilderness and nature and exploring all the things kids love to explore.
Bookings: http://brunsbushschool.com.au/

5. BYRON COUNCIL VACATION CARE (BRUNSWICK HEADS, MULLUMBIMBY, BYRON BAY)

Address: There are 3 locations:
Brunswick Heads Public School – Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
– Byron Bay Primary School- Kingsley Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
– Mullumbimby Public School- Morrison Avenue, Mullumbimby NSW 2482
Phone Number: Rachael Julius: 0418 996 372
Website: https://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/
Program Daily Cost: $8-$50 depending on Centrelink CCB & CCR entitlements
Time: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Dates: 9 – 20 July 2018 (Monday to Friday – excluding public holidays)
Age: 5-12 years. Children must have commenced school (or be enrolled to attend school) in order to attend.
What’s included: Excursions to local attractions (Cinema, Tenpin Bowling, local swimming pool etc), Art & craft, sports, music.

** The cut off for bookings through the office is Thursday 27TH September, any booking requests after this will need to go directly through the venue’s Coordinators – Details above. **

USEFUL LINKS / FORMS:

Brunswick Heads Vacation Care Program – Oct 2018
Byron Bay Vacation Care Program – Oct 2018
Mullumbimby Vacation Care Program – Oct 2018
New Enrolment Form – Oct 2018
Vacation Care Booking Form – Oct 2018

6. THE FARM

Address: 11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale NSW
Phone Number: 0412 814 419
Website: http://www.thefarmbyronbay.com.au/
Daily Cost: $120 for the day (Mini Farmer Program)
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Dates: Activities vary on each day of the school holidays.
Age: 4 – 15 yrs
Website for Programs: The Farm – Program
What’s included: Mini Farmers Program introduces children to life on a farm and are able to work alongside real farmers and get their hands dirty (literally). Eg. Farm Chores, cooking, creating etc.

Mini Farmers Program: 2 & 9 October 2018.

7. Club Lennox

Address: Stewart St, Lennox Head 2478
Phone Number: (02) 6687 4313
Website: www.clublennox.com.au

FACE PAINTING & KIDS EAT FREE
Program Daily Cost: Free
Time:  Face Painting: 5pm – 7pm
Dates: Every Sunday Night
Age: Kids Pre-Schooler – Pre-Teen
What’s included:
– Face painting, kids eat free and 2 playgrounds

DISCO (COME AS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK CHARACTER)

Program Daily Cost: Free
Time:  Pre-Schoolers: 5:30pm; Pre-Teens 6:30pm
Dates: Tuesday 2 October 2018
Age: Kids Pre-Schooler – Pre-Teen
What’s included:
– Disco fun with prizes for best dancer and best dressed.

8. kidzklub (byron bay community centre)

Address: Byron Community Centre Verandah Room (UPSTAIRS)
69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
Australia
Phone Number:  (02) 6685 6807
Website: https://kidzklub.com.au/whats-on
Program Daily Cost: $25 per child per session.
Time: 1:30pm – 4pm
Dates:  25 September – 4 October  2018 (Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Age: 4.5 yrs – 12 yrs.
What’s included: Fun activities and crafts with qualified early learning staff. Kids are also able to play freely.

Program Locations: 

  • The Mantra and Peppers at Salt Beach Casuarina
  • The Farm Byron Bay
  • The Byron Bay Community Centre
  • The Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
  • Discovery Holiday Park Byron Bay
  • Holiday parks across the Byron Bay, Ballina and Tweed Shires

Also worth noting is accommodation in the Byron area with Kidz Klub in case you are just visiting.

LOCAL ACCOMMODATION WITH KIDS CLUB

Discovery Park Byron Bay
The Mantra Resort -Salt Beach Casuarina- Mantra/Peppers
Elements of Byron

9. The BRUNS PICTURE HOUSE

Address – 30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
Phone – 02 6685 0280
Website https://brunswickpicturehouse.com/

What’s On-
WED 3RD OCTOBER 2018
10:00 am Picture House Storytelling: Martin Killips reading “Dances with Hippos”
12:30 pm Picture House Storytelling: Tristan Bancks reading “Tom Weekly: My Life & Other Failed Experiments”
3:00 pm Picture House Storytelling: Zanni Louise reads 2 of her books

10. The Macadamia Castle

Address: 419 Hinterland Way Knockrow NSW 2479
Phone Number:  (02) 6687 8432
Website: https://www.macadamiacastle.com.au/

What’s included: The Macadamia Castle have several activities and all day events on for kids during the school holidays – details below. Be careful, they’re addictive!

Wildlife Guardians

During the school holidays your kids can become Wildlife Guardians and spend the day with the keepers behind-the-scenes in the Animal Park. Activities include:

  • learning about conservation and caring for our wildlife
  • design and build a reptile enclosure
  • create enrichment for the wombats and native birds

Dates available: Thurs 27th Sept, Tues 2nd Oct, Thurs 4th Oct, Wed 10th Oct & Fri 12th Oct.
Numbers are strictly limited so book in early to avoid disappointment
Age: 7-12 years
Limit: 15 per workshop
Time: 9am to 3.30pm (register 8.30am)
Cost: $75
Includes: lunch, afternoon tea, bottle of water & certificate of participation
Sign in from 8.30am. Parents collect children inside park at 3.30pm
Book this activity online (click here)

Keeper For a Day

Be a Park Keeper for a Day – Your teenagers can spend a day behind the scenes with one of our senior keepers. Find out what working in a captive animal facility is all about. Learn about the conservation of our local wildlife, animal husbandry practises and work at creating and providing enrichment for our animals. Runs during school holidays only

Dates available: Wed 26th Sept, Wed 3rd Oct and Tues 9th Oct.
Age: 12-18 years
Limit: 8 per workshop
Time: 9am to 3.30pm (register 8.30am)
Cost: $100 per participant
Includes: lunch, afternoon tea, bottle of water, certificate of participation.
Book this workshop online (click here)

Ecosystem Exploration

Explore some of the smaller residents of the Macadamia Castle and channel your inner artist. Create a drawing or two, whilst learning some cool facts about our animals and the habitats they call home.

Where: Conference Room
Age: 3-12 years (parental supervision required)
Cost: is free with park entry
Time: 11am – 12pm
Dates: Friday 28th Sept, Monday 1 Oct, Friday 5th Oct, Monday 8th Oct, Thursday 11th Oct.

Face Painting

Every day 11am-2pm, 30th Sept – 14th Oct

Do you have any other school holiday activities in Byron Bay or the Northern Rivers that you can recommend or ones we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below or our Facebook page. Need accommodation in Byron Bay while you’re here? We’ve got you covered there too!

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