Week One of the official summer school holidays are upon us and we’re counting down the days until Santa arrives, the year finally ends and school returns. For us, we’re looking at another 55 days of holidays. I reckon we need a parent’s “Back 2 School Advent Calendar” where each door has some sort of sanity saver behind it!
If your kids are already going a bit stir crazy, let us help you.
Here is What’s On in Byron Bay this Christmas Holidays
Week 1 (Monday 17th December – Sunday 23rd December 2019)
One off Activities
KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY
Where: Pottsville Beach Sports Club – 30 Coast Road, Pottsville
When: 16th Dec 12noon- 4pm
Info: A Christmas party just for the kids with Santa, a petting zoo, jumping castle and face painting. Each child who registers by 10 December will receive a present from Santa on the day! Cost is $15 per child. This one looks like fun!
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1888322557889226/
MULLUMBIMBY CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Where: Mullumbimby Showground – 51 Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby
When: 16th Dec 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Info: A family-friendly event hosted by the Mullumbimby Showgrounds, join fellow families as we sing carols under the stars. And rumour has it Santa may even be there!
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/317920575673734/
Brunswick Heads – Twilight Christmas Markets & Fireworks
When: Wed, 19 December, 15:00 – 21:00
Where: Banner Park, 28 Mullumbimbi St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
Info: Brunswick Heads – Twilight Christmas Markets & Fireworks
More Info: http://www.brunswickheads.org.au/festivals-events/twilight-christmas-celebrations/
Byron Bay Library – After School FREE Xmas Decoration Making (Ages 5+) BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
When: Thu, 20 December, 16:00 – 17:00
Where: Byron Bay Library, Middleton St & Lawson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Info: Create your own Christmas decorations. For children aged 5 and over. Places limited so bookings essential.
Ballina Library – FREE Christmas Craft Workshops (Ages 4+) BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
When: Thu, 20 & Fri 21st December, 10:00am – 12:00noon
Where: Ballina Library, 6 River St, Ballina NSW 2478
Info: Christmas Craft Activity. Make your Christmas Decoration
A Very HABITAT Christmas
When: Thurs, 20 & Fri 21st December, 16:00 – 19:00
Where: Habitat Workspace, building b1/1 Porter Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Info: Free Christmas activities, shopping & live music
Thursday 20 December – FREE Festive Face Painting
Friday 21 December – FREE Photos with Santa
Christmas Storytime at the Square
When: 22 December 10am-1030am
Where: The Square, Lismore (outside Big W)
Info: Christmas Storytime at the Square brought to you by Richmond Tweed Regional Library. A Free festive event full of songs, stories and, craft.
Mc Gregor’s Family Carnival
When: 15 December – 26th January 2019, 18:30 – 22:00
Where: Banner Park, 28 Mullumbimbi St, Brunswick Heads NSW
Info: This Christmas season marks their 64th year bringing family entertainment to our area. Housie, rides, games, wood chop comp…. so much to do and see!
More info: https://www.byronbayfn.com.au/events/mcgregors-family-carnival/
School Holiday Activities
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 each day of the school holidays
Age: Kids program: 5-15 years
– An action-packed day of circus skills, activities and lots of fun!
– Morning program includes morning tea
– The 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 is the Ninja Warrior classes. Definitely worth a try.
Address: 51 Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby NSW 2482 (Mullumbimby Showgrounds)
Phone Number: (02) 6684 3038
Program Daily Cost:
Workshop 7 – 14yrs prices: 1 day $60 | 2 days $120 | 3 days $180 (3 day discount – $150 if you PAY & book in advance) Use the code: 3DAY when booking all three days at the same time for the discount at checkout.
Workshop 4 – 6yrs: 1 day $40 | 2 days $80 | 3 days $120 (3 day discount – $105 if you PAY and book in advance) Use the code: 3DAY when booking all three days at the same time for the discount at checkout.
Morning Workshops for 4-6yrs- 9.30am – 12.30pm
Workshops for 7-9yrs and 10-14yrs- 10am – 3pm⠀
20th & 21st December 2018
8,9,10 January 2019
2, 23, 24 January 2019
What’s included: An action-packed day of circus skills and acrobatics.
BYO morning tea, afternoon tea & lunch & water bottle.
BRUNSWICK BUSH SCHOOL
Address: Behind the Brunswick Surf Lifesaving Club
S Beach Rd
Phone Number: 0407898374
Program Daily Cost: $60 per child. (10% discount for siblings.)
Time: 9am – 3pm
17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 December 2018
7, 8, 9, 10, 11 January 2019
14, 15, 16, 17, 18 January 2019
21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28 January 2019
Age: Suitable for ages 6-8yrs and 9-12yrs
What’s included: Brunswick Bush School is a wilderness awareness program that reconnects kids to nature and to themselves. This summer there is Whittling, Pirate Rafts, Cannoning, Branch weaving just to name a few.
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: 02 6685 8118
Program Daily Cost: $10-$50 depending on Centrelink CCS entitlements
Time: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Dates: 20 Dec – 29 Jan 2019 (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 Wednesday 2rd January any booking requests after this will need to go directly through the venue’s Coordinators – Details for venue’s Coordinators can be found on the Vacation Care Programs.**
USEFUL LINKS / FORMS:
Brunswick Heads Vacation Care Program – (Dec 2018- Jan 2019)
Byron Bay Vacation Care Program – (Dec 2018- Jan 2019)
Mullumbimby Vacation Care Program – (Dec 2018- Jan 2019)
Vacation Care Booking Form – (Dec 2018- Jan 2019)
Address: 11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale NSW
Phone Number: 0412 814 419
Daily Cost: $65 for the day (Farm Kids)
Time: 9:30am -12:30pm
17, 19, 21, 24, 28, 31 Dec 2018
, 4, 7, 9, 11th January 2019
14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25th January 2019
Age: 4 – 12 yrs
What’s included: Activities vary on each day of the school holidays. (This week Bee, Chicken & Seed workshops are running)
Daily Cost: $130 for the day (Mini Farmers)
Time: 9:30am -3:00pm
18th Dec 2018
8th, 15th, 22nd January 2019
Age: 7 – 15 yrs
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.
THE MACADAMIA CASTLE
Address: 419 Hinterland Way Knockrow NSW 2479
Phone Number: (02) 6687 8432
What’s included: The Macadamia Castle has several activities and all day events on for kids during the school holidays – details below. Be careful, they’re addictive!
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
18, 21 December 2018
8, 10 January 2019
16, 18 January 2019
22, 25 January 2019
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)
Includes: lunch, afternoon tea, a bottle of water & certificate of participation
Sign in from 8.30am. Parents collect children inside the park at 3.30pm
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 practices and work at creating and providing enrichment for our animals. Runs during school holidays only
19 December 2018
11 January 2019
17 January 2019
23 January 2019
Age: 12-18 years
Limit: 8 per workshop
Time: 9am to 3.30pm (register 8.30am)
Cost: $100 per participant
Includes: lunch, afternoon tea, a bottle of water, certificate of participation.
Free face painting every Sunday and every day during the NSW school holidays.
Stay tuned as we send you an activity-filled blog each week to help fill those summer holidays in Byron. Do you have a top school holiday activity you do as a family? Let us know so we can add it to the list.
Need More Inspiration? Why not check out Family Fun Activities In And Around Byron Bay Part 1 or Family Fun Activities In And Around Byron Bay Part 2? Or check out our other blogs on family travel and activities.