School holiday activities in the Hills District

August 24, 2020

The school holidays always manage to creep up when you least expect it! When one is gone, another seems to be just around the corner.

As much as you love your kids, trying to entertain them can be a challenge. Add the pressure of working into the mix and it can sure be difficult to find them something that can keep them occupied!

Luckily, we are here to help you find school holiday activities in the Hills District that will keep your little ones busy. We specialise in after-school and holiday programs for kids in the area, meaning we know what makes a quality child-appropriate activity!

For ideas on what to do this school holidays, keep reading below.

IELA’s Holiday Vacation Care Program

Do you have to work these school holidays? Or are you looking to drop the kids off so you can get some work done at home? We can help!

Don’t put your kids into the standard vacation care — take them to an interactive holiday program that will challenge and encourage them.

At IELA, we run a school holiday program that is the perfect mix of fun and education for those in the surrounding local Castle Hill area, targeting 5 to 13-year-olds. A first for the Hills area and even Sydney, our holiday care program is holistic and innovative, with a variety of activities that include fitness, arts and craft, reading and other stimulating tasks.

In collaboration with our sister company Shirudo, your child will be able to have fun while keeping fit with our Anti Bullying Youth Resilience program.

By learning how to protect themselves from potential harm, they will be able to enjoy being active while learning to be disciplined and safe. If this is something your child would love, we can arrange for further martial art services to be customised into their program.

For those looking to carry on educational activities into the school holidays, we also offer certain features to tailor your child’s experience.

As they are ran by qualified and educated tutors, you can add science projects and accelerated maths components into your holiday program as well as gifted and talented learning sessions.

Our holiday program includes snacks and is flexible on days and times so that we can work around you!

Held within a secure and convenient location, you can trust us to keep your kids safe and entertained while you are away doing what you need to do. For more information, .

Motiv8sports Camps

Are your kids pure balls of energy that have a strong passion for sports? Motive8sports might just be the holiday activity you need! You don’t even need to be with them — just drop them off and pick them up as you would typically do at school.

Operating in the Hills for nearly two decades now, Motiv8sports offers several multi-sport focused activities, including their beloved school holiday camps.

Ran by founders David and Andra Hemmings, the fun and engaging camps run over two to three days (depending on the location) in between the regular school hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

You can trust your children are in good hands as it is safely designed and dedicated for primary school kids of all sporting abilities from kindergarten to year 6. With camps running across the entire calendar year, you can find upcoming holiday camps on their website.

School Holiday Gymnastics – Castle Hill Fitness & Aquatic Centre

Do you have a gymnastic fan on your hands? From beginners interested in the sport to general energetic sport-lovers, the School Holiday Gymnastics program ran by Castle Hill Fitness and Aquatic Centre might be of interest to your child.

Offering half-day, full-day and entire week schedules, this school holidays program will be sure to use all your child’s energy.

Ran by qualified and accredited gymnastic coaches, this program aimed at primary school children will have your kids exploring their gymnastics skills.

With a range of other activities on offer including trampoline, games and swimming in the aquatic centre for those who are doing the full-day program, this is undoubtedly one your child will enjoy.

Also, the all-important morning and afternoon tea is included, meaning you just need to provide lunch!

To enrol and check dates, view the Castle Hill Fitness and Aquatic Centre website.

Inflatable World

For some quality bonding time, get the kids out of the house and bounce into something a little different with Inflatable World at Castle Hill!

Filled with an array of inflatables, including several jumping castles slides and blow-up activities, there’s endless fun to be found here! Plus, it isn’t just open for kids — they encourage parents to join in on the fun, too!

With school holiday programs keeping the centre open during regular school hours, you can bring the kids in to have a jump around at a time convenient to you. All you need to do is pay upon entry and bring socks so you can get onto the inflatables.

Check their Facebook page for opening hours this school holidays.


Looking for something you can do with the kids? Bowling can never fail for those looking for school holiday fun! It is an excellent time for the whole family.

Get your fix at local bowling centres in the Hills area, including the Zone Bowling at Castle Hill. Most bowling centres won’t disappoint with limited time offers and deals catering to the whole tribe during the holidays.

From several games of bowling to deals on the arcade, laser tag facilities and even food additions, this is a great way to get the kids out of the house.

To secure a lane or two, don’t forget to book in advance. This way you can rock up on the day without any issue.

The movies

A classic holiday activity that both you and the kids can get into is a trip to the movies. With plenty of cinema locations in the Hills area, this is a school holiday activity that is a hit no matter the time of the year.

Rain, hail or shine, the movies are a reliable activity that will have the family entertained for a few hours at least.

Check out your local cinema to see what movies are out or showing in time for the upcoming holidays. You can also generally score a good family or couples deal at the snack bar, too!

To ensure you don’t miss out on the movie or session you want, book your tickets as soon as you can! This way, you can also get the good seats before anyone else takes them!

Go for a bike ride or visit a park

Now this one isn’t so much of a program, but it is certainly an activity you can do with your kids on the school holidays or a long weekend!

The best thing about living in the Hills Shire is our beautiful parkland options. From Rouse Hill Regional Park to the ample amount of bike trails and community playgrounds sprinkled across the region, it’s one of the most family-friendly places to get some air.

Whether you want to walk in the park so the kids can run around, go on a bike ride around the lake or race around a track with the kids, this activity is a great way to keep active.

The best part is you can do this whenever you want to, assuming the weather is right! It is also great because it suits kids and parents of most ages and can be good fun for all involved. Just don’t forget your helmet for those riding bikes or scooters!

Are you prepared for the school holidays? Don’t miss out — get booking so you can secure your child a spot in one of these fun activities or programs. If you really want them occupied, why not organise for them to do several?

For more information or to get your child into IELA’s holiday school program, give us a call on 1300 008 880 or enquire through our website now.

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