Looking for the perfect school holiday camp to keep your kids entertained? Joanna Tovia discovers some inspiring options that could leave a life-long impression.
A school holiday camp can be one of the most exciting and confidence-building adventures a child can have, and are an opportunity for them to indulge in what they love doing best. And you never know, a positive holiday camp experience could pave the way for a life-long passion, or even a rewarding career. There are holiday camps to suit every interest – we’ve come up with some inspiring ideas for the budding athlete, adventurer, musician or champion
equestrian in your house.
For music-mad kids, few experiences are more exhilarating than performing on stage, and Big Music in Sydney’s Crows Nest offers kids aged eight to 18 two different rockstar experiences. For those with less than two years’ training there’s the Ultimate Rock Experience that covers the basics of not one, not two, but five different instruments, or for the more advanced, the Band Programme sees kids collaborate with others to put on an awesome
show at the end of the week. Not only do they get to hang with inspiring coaches, they’ll play music they love in state-of-the-art studios, all while having a bunch of fun, of course.
If energy is in no short supply and your child loves nothing better than giving it their all on the sportsfield, in the pool or on the court, this two-week day camp could be just the ticket. Planet Sport at the Melbourne Sports Hub gives children aged five to 12 the chance to try a huge range of sports, from basketball, soccer and cricket, to hockey, netball, swimming and AFL, in modern, world-class facilities where the best in the world compete. Clinics are run by top-quality coaches and you can rest assured that your children will fall into bed each night happy and exhausted.
A holiday camp away from home can be both daunting and exciting for children and, at YMCA camps, the idea is to provide them with the chance to grow and have fun in a safe environment. Yarramundi Holiday Camp in NSW is packed with activities ranging from cooking and arts and crafts to sports and outdoor pursuits. Children of all ages are encouraged to take part in everything, but no activity is mandatory. Bushcrafts, rock climbing and canoeing give kids a healthy dose of the outdoors, and they sleep in cabins by the Grose River in the beautiful Hawkesbury Valley. Action-filled days are followed by campfires, a games night, a themed disco and a movie night. It isn’t all just fun and games, however. The camp is designed to teach kids leadership skills, how to collaborate with others, and the best ways to solve problems and make decisions. In short, an experience sure to be fondly remembered.
Kiah Park on the Sunshine Coast hinterland offers seven-day riding camps every school holidays for children ages six and up, and all riding abilities are catered for. Each child is given their own horse/pony to ride for the week. There are two rides a day, and riders are responsible for grooming, tacking up and caring for their horse all week. There’s fun to be had at night, too – stories by the campfire, a talent show, bingo and movie night. Kids get
to feed farm animals, collect eggs and milk the cow. The camps are designed to be a healthy, happy experience that provide horse-crazy kids the chance to develop independence and create lifelong friendships and memories.
Back to basics
Looking for a good old-fashioned outdoor experience for your seven- to 16-year-old? The NSW Government runs a range of camps catering for all interests in a schedule of one- to seven-day offerings across the state. From juniors to teens, cooking to adventuring, nature fun to snow sports: it’s all encompassed. Day camps are run in Lake Ainsworth, Myuna Bay and Berry and activities vary depending on the season and weather. There’ll be ropes courses, canoeing, biking, bivouacs and campfires, all in a safe space perfect for making friends.