It’s that time again, the infamous Christmas School Holidays. Over the last week or so I’ve had many discussions with parents at our school and it seems the same topic keeps arising. How to manage the next 45 days of the Christmas School Holidays.
Don’t get me wrong, I love school holidays. Chilling out, making memories, having a few more PJ days than normal. Even so it can still be tricky and it seems many families in down town Northern NSW are struggling with one or more of the following four challenges:
- 1 or 2 parents working full time
- No family support around
- Health challenges, pregnant or recently had a baby (with little ones in tow)
- New to the area and still learning what’s here
So, I thought I’d put together a quick list of a few of the school holiday programs available in the Northern Rivers, Byron Bay area. Some run for a day or two, some for a week and some for the whole school holidays. Oh and before I forget, the local council program is connected with Centrelink too so very beneficial if you are receiving CCB or CCR.
Here are 6 Christmas School Holiday programs in the Northern Rivers, Byron Bay Area
Address: 17 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Phone Number: (02) 6685 6566
Program Daily Cost: Kids program = Half day $40/ Full day $70 (Discounts when you buy 3 or 5 day packages)
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
Age: Kids program =5-15 years
– 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.
Address: 51 Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby NSW 2482 (Mullumbimby Showgrounds)
Phone Number: (02) 6684 3038
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: 10am – 3pm
Option 1: Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 December
Option 2: Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 January
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.
BYRON BAY EQUESTRIAN
Address: 2 Woodford Lane, Ewingsdale NSW 2481
Phone Number: 0468 414 677 or 0468 4 (HORSE)
Program Daily Cost: Cost $90 per child for one day and $80 per child for each additional day
Time: 10am to 3pm
Dates: 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th January 2018
Age: From 5yrs old
– A full day of horsemanship, learning how to care for a horse, horse riding and vaulting (gymnastics on horseback)
– Refreshments, snacks and lunch provided
Address: Anglican Church Hall, 1 Ashton Street, Bangalow
Phone Number: 0410 653 775 (Natalia)
Program Daily Cost: $165 for the two days
Time: 9am to 3pm
Dates: Thursday 11 & Friday 12 January 2018
Age: From 6yrs old
– A two day workshop with action packed fun and a complete overview of everything dance! (Eg. Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Hip Hop)
– Lunch will be provided
Address: 11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale NSW
Phone Number: 0412 814 419
Website: http://www.thefarmbyronbay.com.au/whats-on/Program Daily
Cost: $50 per day (School Holiday Workshop)
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Dates: 20, 22, 27, 29 Dec 2017
3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 Jan 2018
Age: 4-15 years
What’s included: All kinds of workshops on offer (flowers, chickens, bees. Cows, pigs, medicinal herbs, seeds, beneficial bugs etc)
Daily Cost: $120 per day (Mini Farmer Program)
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Dates: 9th & 16th Jan 2018
Age: 7-15 years
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.
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: Narelle Johnston: 02 6626 7100
Program Daily Cost: $8-$50 depending on Centrelink CCB & CCR entitlements
Time: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Dates: 20th Dec 2017- 29th Jan 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
If you know of any other programs available, please flick me an email me so I can update the list.
Stay tuned, next week I will be sharing some local family fun activities & attractions as well as some hotspots to take the kids so they can play whilst you send of that urgent email or two.
Heading further North? Why not check out our post on 12 of the Best Family Friendly Accommodation Options in Queensland or our Road Trip Travel Tips with Kids in tow.