Sydney is the playground for school holiday fun

Sydney teenagers can take part in an Australian Theatre for Young People acting workshop before going on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sydney Theatre Company as part of the City of Sydney’s school holiday program.

The event for budding thespians is just one of the many free or low-cost activities available on the program from 4–22 January, which is tailor made for the 5–12 and 13–18 age groups.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s children’s services, community centres and libraries had created a fun-filled and engaging program to keep children and young adults engaged this summer.

“Young people can learn new skills, meet new people and keep entertained with these great free or low-cost series of activities,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Whether they are interested in swimming, surfing or simply going to the movies – the diverse range of workshops and fun days out offers something for everyone.”

Activities for the 13–18 age group include trips to the cinema, Bondi Beach a parkour obstacle course workshop, and free Oz-Tag games with a barbecue lunch.

For just $10, young adults can also take part in a one-day hip-hop workshop at Redfern Community Centre where they can learn the basics of song writing and recording.

Younger ones, aged 5–12, can enjoy cooking, craft and day trips to fun parks. The City of Sydney Library is also hosting a range of free activities in Hyde Park, including zine-making workshops (Pine Street Creative Days), bookbinding and paper plane making.

School holiday fun, indoor rock climbing
School holiday fun, indoor rock climbing

School holiday fun for teenagers aged 13-18.
Monday 4 January to Friday 22 January, 2016.
Bookings are essential at cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/school-holidays.
Pick-up points include Sydney Town Hall steps, Erskineville Town Hall, Ultimo Community Centre, Redfern Community Centre and the Peter Forsyth Auditorium in Glebe.

Monday 4 January, 10.30am–4pm: Movies at Fox Studios, $8. Tuesday 5 January, 10.30am–4pm: Archery at Sydney Olympic Park, $13. Wednesday 6 January, 9am–6pm: Jamberoo Action Park, $20. Thursday 7 January, 9.30am–4pm: Swimming and waterslide at Botany Aquatic Centre, $9. Friday 8 January, 10.30am–4pm: Luna Park, unlimited rides pass, $25.
Monday 11 January, 9.30am–4pm: Swimming at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre, $5.
Tuesday 12 January, 9.30am–4pm: Oz-Tag games and barbecue lunch at Alexandria Park, free.
Wednesday 13 January, 10.30am–4pm: Swimming at Bondi Beach, free.
Thursday 14 January, 10.30am–4pm: Hip-hop workshop at Redfern Community Centre, $10.
Friday 15 January, 10.30am–4pm: Rock climbing at St Peters, $9.
Monday 18 January, 10.30am–4pm: Basketball at Peter Forsyth Auditorium, Glebe, free.
Tuesday 19 January, 10.30am–4pm: Surf lessons at Maroubra Beach, $20.
Wednesday 20 January, 9.30am–4pm: Swimming at Des Renford Leisure Centre, Maroubra, $4.
Thursday 21 January, 10.30am–4pm: ATYP drama workshop and STC tour, $10.
Friday 22 January, 10.30am–4pm: Parkour workshop at Tempe, $30.

City of Sydney Lawn Library workshops
Tuesday 7 January to Tuesday 26 January, 2016.
Meriton Festival Village, Hyde Park North. Entry near Archibald Fountain.
Children and Family workshops are free, but have a limited capacity. Spaces will be made available on a ‘first in best dressed’ basis.
For more details, visit sydneyfestival.org.au/2016/lawn-library

Thursday 7 January, 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making.
Friday 8 January, 12pm–6pm: Pine Street Creative Day; 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making.
Saturday 9 January, 12pm–6pm: Pine Street Creative Day; 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making.
Sunday 10 January, 1pm–2pm: Circus Skills; 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making.
Tuesday 12 January, 10am–6pm: Paper Plane Making; 10.30am–11.30am: Storytime; 4.30pm–5.30pm: Paper Plane Workshop;
Wednesday 13 January, 10am–6pm: Paper Plane Making; 10.30am–11.30am: Storytime; 4.30pm–5.30pm: Paper Plane Workshop.
Thursday 14 January, 10am–6pm: Paper Plane Making; 10.30am–11.30am: Storytime; 4.30pm–5.30pm: Paper Plane Workshop.
Friday 15 January, 10am–6pm: Pine Street Creative Day; 10am–6pm: Paper Plane Making; 10.30am–11.30am: Storytime.
Saturday 16 January, 10am–6pm: Pine Street Creative Day; 10am–6pm: Paper Plane Making; 10.30am–11.30am: Storytime.
Sunday 17 January, 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making; 1pm–2pm: Circus Skills.
Tuesday 19 January, 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making;
Wednesday 20 January, 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making;
Thursday 21 January, 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making; 4.30pm–5.30pm: Numerical Street Workshop.
Friday 22 January, 12pm–6pm: Pine Street Creative Day; 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making.
Saturday 23 January, 12pm–6pm: Pine Street Creative Day; 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making.
Sunday 24 January, 12pm–6pm: Paper Plane Making; 1pm–2pm: Circus Skills.
Tuesday 26January, Australia Day, 12pm-6pm: Paper Plane Making.

Vacation care programs for children in kindergarten to Year 6.
Thursday 17 December 2015 to Wednesday 27 January 2016
For more details and booking forms, visitcityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/after-school-care

Pyrmont Children’s Program: 8am–6pm, $45 per day plus optional excursion costs.
Activities include pottery, cooking, face painting, paper craft, Christmas and Chinese New Year crafts, water play and games.
Excursions include various museum visits, gymnastics, swimming, indoor play centre and local park visits.

Woolloomooloo Children’s Program: 10am–6pm, free, some excursions and activities have a small fee.
Activities include scrapbooking, Christmas baking and crafts, calendar making, journal writing, origami, recycled arts and crafts, outdoor sport and water play, and science fun.
Excursions include trips to Cook + Phillip Pool, the Australian Reptile Park, rock climbing and other fun.

Redfern Children’s Program: 9.30am–5.30pm, free, some excursions and activities have a small fee.
Activities include jewellery making, water play, cooking frenzy, carpentry and woodwork, basketball, science fun and obstacle courses.
Excursions include trips to the Australian Reptile Park and indoor rock climbing.

The Rocks Children’s Program: 8am–6pm, $45 per day plus optional excursion costs.
Activities include: pedal carts, ice-sculptures, cooking and much more.
Excursions include: Fishing and the Sydney Observatory

Ultimo Children’s Program: 8am–6pm, $45 per day plus optional excursion costs.
Activities include water fun, arts and craft, science experiments, cooking, puppet making and discos.
Excursions include trips to the cinema, Symbio Wildlife Park and the Powerhouse Museum.

Pine Street Creative Arts Centre for teenagers ages 12 to 17.
Pine Street Ceramic Studio, 64 Pine Street ChippendaleBookings are essential at pinestreet.com.au/youth-program/youth-holiday-programs/

Friday 15 January, 9am–5pm: Introduction to Ceramic Sculpture – Moche Stirrup Vessels with Cita Daidone, $70 (all materials included).
This full day workshop is an excellent introduction to ceramic sculpture where participants will learn the foundation skills of hand-building to make a ‘stirrup vessel’ in the tradition of the Peruvian Moche culture.
Vessels will be decorated with stone burnishing, coloured slips and geometric designs. Participants can also enjoy an introductory session to pottery wheel throwing.

Friday 22 January, 9am–5pm: Solar Plate Printmaking – Impressions from Nature with Susan Baran, $70 (all materials included).
Learn the art of solar plate printmaking – a photosensitive printmaking process that utilises the power of the sun to expose hand drawn or photographic images onto a master plate. Participants will use elements from nature, such as leaves and flowers, to create unique designs.