Finding childcare for five weeks of school holidays is tough for all working parents but fortunately there are lots of Central Coast school holidays sports camps and clinics for kids of all ages to keep them occupied.
If your kids have never done a certain sport before, school holiday programs can also be a great way for them to be introduced to the sport and improve their skills before commencing the sport in the school year.
2nd January: Supercharged School Holiday Swimming at Mingara Aquatics.
Mingara Aquatics is holding Aquatics Intensive Programs starting on the 3rd right up until the 20th for kids that are still learning and kids with more advanced skills. Prices start at $65 per week. Call on 4349 7821 or visit the centre to book your child in.
3rd January: 5 Star Swim Schools Holiday Swim Classes
Also starting on the 3rd January, kids can attend week long swimming programs during January for $75 per week, catering to kids of all different skill levels, at Kincumber, Erina or Wyoming. Call 4368 2422 to make a booking.
3rd January: School Holiday Intensive Programs at Toukley Aquatic Centre
These are being held throughout January, starting on the 3rd. Call the centre on 4396 5373 to make a booking for the program that best suits your childís age and swimming skill level.
If you want your child to start swimming in lessons in 2017 but arenít sure what theyíre capable of, Mingaraís Swim Assessment Day will help teachers to determine what class they should be in and their confidence in the water. Be at the centre between 10am and 1pm to get your free assessment.
Central Coast Mariners club legend Adam Kwasnik and experienced Central Coast Mariners players and coaching staff are holding clinics at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence in Tuggerah for boys and girls aged 5 to 12 years old. Kids donít need to have played soccer previously to participate. You can book in for one or both days from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The kids will also have the chance to meet the Mariners team in a signing session and have a group photo with the squad. Itís $65 for 1 day or $115 for both days and Mariners members get 10% off this price.
Send younger kids along to one of the Gym Fun Workshops at the PCYC on the 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd or 24th January (there are morning and afternoon sessions, depending on the day) for just $10 for the two hour session. There are also Teen Gym Sessions on the 11th, 18th and 25th January. You can book a booking by calling the centre on 4344 7851.
9th-27th January: Central All Stars Cheerleading Holiday Workshops
These workshops are divided into classes for four to seven year olds, and eight years and up, focusing on stunts, dance and tumbling. Itís $15 for the one hour classes and $20 for the 1.5 hour classes. You can sign up for any of the five workshops being held on the 9th, 13th, 24th, 25th or 27th January at Niagara Park Stadium. Call the director Lauren Gosson - Gym on 0404 335 625 to make a booking.
Taught by a Sydney Rooster cheerleader, this workshop is a full day class focusing on cheer, hip hop and jazz moves, in a choreographed dance routine the students will perform for their parents at the end of the day. Camp attendees will also get the chance to go behind the scenes at Central Coast Stadium. Itís $65 and runs from 10am to 3pm at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford.
Taking place over three days from 9:30am to 11:30am at Wyong Tennis Club, this tennis clinic covers all aspects of the game so kids can attend even if theyíve never played before. Itís open to kids from age five to sixteen and is run by experienced coaches from the International Football and Tennis School. It costs $130 for the three days. Call 13 13 02 to make a booking.
This is an educational program being held at Toowoon Bay Beach on the 16th January teaching essential water safety skills, which are crucial for Central Coast kids who spend a lot of time at the beach. Itís only $20 for the four hour workshop, starting at 9:30am and finishing at 1:30pm. Call 13 13 02 to make a booking.
Held in the morning from 8am to 9:30am or in the afternnon from 2pm to 3:30pm, a surfing workshop is a good way to educate kids who are at a beginner or intermediate level about how to stay safe in the water. Theyíll learn about rips, currents and reading the waves and get hands-on training in how to mount and dismount, paddle and turn. Boards and rash shirts are provided. Times and locations may change to suit surf conditions. Itís recommended parents attend the first lesson to meet the instructor. It costs $95 for every session. Call 13 13 02 to make a booking.
Kids can spend the morning being guided down Avoca Lake in a canoe or kayak for just $33 from 10am to 12:30pm. Call 13 13 02 to make a booking. Kids must be able to swim at least 50 metres to be able to attend.
This is a lesson that would be ideal for kids who have never done stand up paddle boarding before. Theyíll learn on Avoca Lake from 10am to 12:30pm. Cost is $33 per person. Call 13 13 02 to make a booking.
This three day camp gives budding sailors the chance to really get into the swing of sailing. Taught by Yachting Australia instructors on dinghies at Gosford Sailing Club, it costs $195, and is held from 9:30am to 3:30pm each day. Call 13 13 02 to make a booking. Kids must be able to swim at least 50 metres to be able to attend.
Your child could learn to be the next Katniss Everdeen at this short archery clinic at Gosford Showground from 10am to 12:30pm. Kids will learn how to how to hold the bow and arrow, how to line up a shot and how to score, for just $20. Call 13 13 02 to make a booking.
Get ready for netball season with the Netball 4 Lifeís three day clinic at Baker Park, Wyong. The daily program involves a warm-up, general ball and footwork skills, basic attacking and defending skills, modified games, match play, and a cool down, starting at 9am and finishing up at 12:30pm. It costs $99 for one child to attend, and then discounts are applied for other children from the same family who are also attending. You need to book in to attend. Book online or call 0407 415 969.
This all day football camp is open to both boys and girls, with plenty of games and activities planned. Camp attendees will also get the chance to go behind the scenes at Central Coast Stadium and meet some of the Roosters players. It costs $65 and runs from 10am to 3pm at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford.
Held at Peninsular Leisure Centre in Woy Woy, these two hour morning camps are being held over four days for kids aged three to ten years old from 9:30am to 11:30am. Kids will play a variety of sports and games so they stay active and have fun during the school holidays. It costs $49.50 to register. Call 4325 8123 for more information or to make a booking.
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