School Holidays In The Sutherland Shire – 14 Of The Best Ways To Keep The Kids Entertained!

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Carissa Pickering

Alright mamas and papas, the school holidays are almost upon us, so it is time to get some plans in motion to keep the kids entertained, but most importantly worn out. 

Whether you're seeking adventure or exploration, movement or mindfulness, or maybe just somewhere to veg out together as a family, (or even with a group of other fun-seeking parents) the Sutherland Shire has plenty of kid friendly activities and entertainment options that will keep their bodies moving and their minds ticking away for hours.

. . . until the time comes to head back to school again! 

Try one or try them all, tell a friend or tell them all, but don't forget to tell us about your experience! We want to hear what you got up to with the kids, so tag us @shiretalk #shiretalk and we will keep an eye out on your adventures with the family. 

Climb Fit Kirrawee

Instead of climbing the walls while you pull your hair out, we have a solution for you, take the kids to Climb Fit. Ages 4 and up and the kids can build up some strength and stamina, while using their noggin to think about their next moves.

It is a great way to start a new hobby or head in with a group of friends to support each other with the climb. You don't need to book so you can literally just "rock" up (see what we did there) and get your kids climbing the walls!

Prices start from just $20 for kids under 18 years old, including harness hire and full safety briefing. No experience or special gear is necessary. Your child should wear comfy sports clothes and their own runners.

Cronulla Surfing Academy

There is no rest for the wicked, even in the colder months. Cronulla Surfing Academy is the perfect solution for children who thrive in the ocean. And for those who are new to the art of surfing and are keen to learn.

CSA have thought of everything offering slow and steady programs for the younger inexperienced groms, small group learn to surf sessions and even have sessions dedicated to the more experienced wave riders.

Owner Blake Johnson has been surfing and competing in Cronulla since he was a grom himself and brings a wealth of surfing knowledge and experience to the table.

If your kid is born to catch stoke, already lives in the ocean and is keen to socialise with like-minded surfers in the area, this is the program for you. 

From total beginners to the experienced, board or no board at all. This is serious fun at the beach and such a great way for the kids to make some new friends.

Their All Day Program includes Surf Session, Beach Activities, Tye-Dye Tees and Lunch. Other activities including SUP, Gunnamatta Wharf Jumps, Flipout or Sutherland Leisure Centre may be included. Days run from 9am – 3pm and costs $130

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Little Fins Swimming - Shire Rewards Partner

So your kids are all about water but want to keep it indoors while it is cooler, why not set them up in the holiday intensive program with Little Fins? Their swim school facilities are heated to a toasty 32.5 degrees to provide a comfortable year round experience for all their students.

They have 2 locations across the Shire in Kirrawee and Bangor, and can keep your child up-to-speed with their swimming skills while keeping warm through Winter.

Owner Scott Longworth has over 12 years experience in the swim school industry and has managed several schools across Sydney. Creating an environment where children flourish and seeing his students achieve their goals is one of his major driving forces.

Inflatable World Miranda

This inflatable stadium is a great spot to head on the weekends to keep the kids motivated in between the Monday to Friday drag. If your kids LOVE ninja warrior they are going to love Inflatable world. Let the kids flip, bounce, slide, and roll themselves in to oblivion!

It’s all about having fun, so bring the whole family and bounce on in to Inflatable World.  It’s not just for the kids – they encourage parents to have fun with their children too.

You can play on the inflatable activities as many times as you like during the session and their supervisors are there to make sure everyone is safe and gets a fair go.

Flipout Caringbah

I mean, this ones pretty obvious right?

Instead of the kids flipping out at home, jumping on beds, and bouncing off the walls with boredom, do yourself a favour and take them to Flip Out. They'll soon bounce off all that pent up holiday energy. Bye bye boredom!

Flip out is the perfect spot if you have a few hours up your sleeve and you're really looking to wear the kiddies out. And let's face it, you're taking the tramps for a spin too, don't lie.

Especially if the weather has put a dampener on your outdoor plans. Flip Out is here to save the day! Expect an EPIC trampoline arena and a whole world of indoor fun to explore – like foam pits, parkour courses, running walls and more!

The kids will enjoy hours of fun practicing tricks, and getting kicks out of their time outside of the house. Perfect for rainy days, big groups or even for mum and dad to have a play. Not to mention the amazing workout too!

Sydney Tramway Museum

If you have a child that is a transport buff (or let's be real, maybe it's you...), who makes trips to Como just to catch a glimpse of the steam train on weekends, they will love a visit to the Sydney Tramway Museum in Loftus.

(ok, YOU'LL love it, but they'll learn to love it too)

The Sydney Tramway Museum is open to the public every Sunday and Wednesday and not only is it a great day out learning about the history of transport in the Sutherland Shire, it's a nice little adventure down memory lane admiring the historical locomotives and buildings from yesteryear. 

Adults: $20 Concession: $15 School children: $10 Pre-school children: Free

Oli's Cafe Miranda - Shire Rewards Partner

In need of a coffee, some cake and maybe a little bit of a break? If you have young ones and they enjoy a play, then head down to Oli's Cafe in Miranda where wholesome food meets play time for the kids.

Their menu is expansive with delicious offerings, some a little indulgent, and incredibly inviting with their beautifully designed interior.

Oli's offers a casual, quick dining service. Characterised by a relaxed, neutral, simple and inviting feel. A space for families to enjoy delicious food, share memories together and take a moment to themselves.

Symbio Zoo Helensburgh - Shire Rewards Partner

Only moments out of the Shire in Helensburgh, you have Symbio wildlife zoo, Experience a slice of Country in the Symbio Farmyard. There is SO much to do here. Expectation: Get in early, leave early to late afternoon. First off, the main reason you're going here. . . Pet and feed the animals.

The Symbio Farmyard is one of the most exciting areas to be built at Symbio Wildlife Park, and is home to all your farmyard favourites such as goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, alpacas and more.

Animal feed can be purchased upon entry which will have the farm animals literally eating out of the palm of your hand.

Symbio is MUCH more than just a Wildlife Park. Once feeding time is over let the kids run a muck in the adventure playground followed by a "cool off" in the Symbio Splash Park.

These two sections of the park are open all year long, you can spend the day interacting with animals whilst getting free access to the Splash Park and Adventure Playground as part of your standard entry ticket. 

The Playground precinct is also the perfect spot for your family picnics due to the high number of picnic tables and large grass surrounds.

Darkes Glenbernie Orchard

 Let's stay down south in the Burgh and visit the apple orchard, although family apple picking isn't on until November 2022, you can still head down to the last apple farm in the local area and enjoy the atmosphere.

There is a shop to try and take some of their best produce, including their award winning apple cider, so you can buy on site or pack a picnic and head down to enjoy the view of the farm and the delicacies on offer.

There is also a cool walking track across the road that leads down to a waterfall if you're looking to kill a few more hours together. It's a super easy trail with little kids and the path takes you all the way through to a beautiful lookout. Recommended!

The Boatshed Woronora - Shire Rewards Partner

Nestled on the banks of the Woronora River is a beautiful Cafe called the Woronora Boatshed. It's just a short drive out of the Sutherland CBD and has become famous for it's unique riverside location, amazing food and coffee and the best part of all... Canoe Hire!

Their menu has something for everyone, including delicious milkshakes, the breakfast stacker and you can TRY not to mention the lolly wall to the kids, but goodluck lol... but hey, if they DO happen to see it, don't worry, you can work off their sugar high by hiring out a canoe/kayak and send them cruising down the Wonny.

Supervised of course and you'll be able to jump in too if required.

They don't take bookings, so all hires are on a first in first served basis, however, they generally have plenty of crafts to go around so don't stress!

IMPORTANT NOTE: As the river is tidal, we recommend planning your trip around a high tide for the best experience. 

You can even organise a guided kayaking tour. These tours are lead by their amazing local Boatshed staff who will give you a bit of insight on the area and what has happened in the history of the river banks.

You can organise a tour here >>>

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It is honestly like you have taken a trip out of the Shire, but this beauty is right here on our footsteps, and they're on the Shire Rewards app too. Use your membership to see what offers and deals they have available.  

The Wellness Hotel - Kids Aerial Yoga Workshop

If you haven't heard of The Wellness Hotel just yet, this is where you pay attention. A spot for all to be well, be mindful, and to relax and recover.

There is so much for everyone to do, but during the school holidays they offer an Aerial Yoga Workshop for kids aged 5 and above, for a fun filled 90 minutes to learn Aerial skills, meet new friends. . . And guess what, it's good for you too!

Connecting the mind to the body and experiencing a weightless gravity experience. While the kids are in, you might be able to book yourself a sauna, ice bath, or steam pod - check out their website for more services that can help you on your way to wellness too.

Kids Aerial Yoga runs every week day during the school holidays with varying times in the morning or afternoon. Hit this link to book

For the littlies: Tightrope Learning

Is your child new to school and you want them to not only keep in the mindset of learning BUT for them to learn through play and consciously connect what they are learning to everyday life?

Tightrope Learning offers children aged 2 - 6 school holiday holistic program, integrating the academic, social and emotional needs of children transitioning into Kindergarten.

A 2 hour drop and go session for children to learn and play together in a mindful environment on Monday 4th and 11th of July and Wednesday 6th and 13th July. Register here: 

HOYTS Cronulla

From its small beginnings, HOYTS cinemas have become one of the world's leading entertainment corporations. HOYTS Australia and New Zealand owns and operates over 50 cinemas with over 400 screens and more than 50,000 seats.

The newly refurbished Cronulla Cinema now plays host to a swanky saloon style bar, lounge area and cafe, gourmet pizzas and cheese platters and a next level "Treat City" for all your classic movie snacks.

But that's not all. This particular Hoyts cinema has some exclusive "Cronulla Only" features not found in any other Hoyts location like their extra-comfy recliners to kick back on for the same price as a standard movie ticket (mind-blowing, right?) 

But honestly, these seats are SERIOUSLY comfortable and are usually reserved for Hoyts cinemas offering LUX viewings. Read more here >>>

Mont Ceramic - Shire Rewards Partner

Mont Ceramic is a boutique pottery studio that has just opened its doors to the public located in Cronulla Mall. Mont (meaning ‘mountain’ in French) was inspired by the earthy Terracotta tones of Continental Europe. 

Through their classes, memberships and studio hire we offer a fun and inclusive place to learn and practice the art of clay. These school holidays, they're running a number of fun, interactive, and age-appropriate pottery hand-building workshops. Explore the different workshops and sign up here.

Carissa Pickering,
Shire Rewards | Shire Talk

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