Summer School Holidays

Wednesday 21 December 2022 to Thursday 26 January 2023

Summer is almost here and that means the summer school holidays are just around the corner! 🌞

School holidays are important for children as they offer a break from the routine and demands of school. They also give families a chance to spend time together doing things they enjoy.

On the flip side, working parents can find school holidays challenging, stressful and expensive!

To help families juggle the conflicting demands during the holiday period, we recently put a shout-out for all the awesome things that can help fill the summer holidays throughout the Greater Port Macquarie and surrounding regions.

Be sure to also check out our holiday programs and what’s on for more school holiday inspiration.

“Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”
~ Muhammad Ali

Aussie Kids Adventure Camps

Stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, river swimming, sports, team building games, creative craft, 4wd tour, endless exploring, nature play and campfire nights.

Your child will have a fantastic experience filled with fabulous stories of adventure.

Learn more about Aussie Kids Adventure Camps.

School Holiday Camp

16 – 20 January 2023
Mid North Coast

Computer Capers

The popular Computer Capers Minecraft Marathon returns these school holidays offering 14 fantastic days of epic Minecraft adventures.

Minecraft Marathon

9 – 27 January 2023

9:00am to 3:30pm

Port Macquarie Indoor Stadium
Cnr Hastings River Drive & Hibbard Drive
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Sessions are for current (2022) Kinder to Year 10 students. Each day is broken into two 3-hour sessions. Students can enrol for just the morning or afternoon, or stay for the whole day. $30 per session or $50 for the whole day. Students should bring a snack and drink, plus lunch if staying for the whole day. Lunch orders are available from the canteen.

Drawn to Art

It’s all about fun and creativity at Drawn to Art!

  • Monday 16 January
    Rainbow Whale Art
  • Tuesday 17 January
    Bird Drawings
  • Monday 23 January
    Frog Art
  • Tuesday 24 January
    Imagination Art

School Holiday
Art Workshops

Shop 4
35 Merrigal Road
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

$39 per student
9:30am – 11:30am

Drawn to Art school holiday workshops are ideal for primary and high school-aged children interested in visual arts. Students will follow step-by-step instructions to create a pre-selected image while interacting with varied mediums and exploring different techniques.

These classes will be run by Mel Hickling. $39 per child includes materials and tutoring for a 2-hour workshop. Please bring snacks, a drink and a paint shirt. All skill levels are welcome. Bookings essential.

Learn more about Drawn to Art.

Goodwin Tennis

Get the kids out and active! 🎾

Goodwin Tennis is running half-day school holiday tennis clinics at West Port Macquarie Tennis Club.

$104 per child. Suitable for children aged 4 to 15 years.

All welcome, no experience necessary, rackets provided.

Attend individual days or multiple days, bookings are essential.

Learn more about Goodwin Tennis.

Tennis Clinic

10:30am to 1:30pm

19 – 21 December 2022
9 – 1 January 2023
23 – 25 January 2023

West Port Macquarie
Tennis Club
33 Woods Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444


Get creative with local award-winning artist Gaye Leanne during these school holidays! heARTworX 3-day holiday workshops give children a range of mediums to explore and create.

heARTworX Holiday Guide

heARTworx Holiday Program Summer 2023

Art Workshops

10 – 19 January 2023

10am to 11:30am

Shop 6
48 Watonga Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

$40 – $70 per child per session.

Workshops are limited to 8 children per session. Bookings are essential. 

Learn more about Heartworx.

Homegrown Organics Farm Workshops

Unique nature-based farm workshops for children and their families.

Homegrown Organics Holiday Guide

Three different workshops to choose from each running on a different day.

🔥 Kids On Fire
A fun, social and hands-on experience that will build respect, confidence and appreciation for the power of fire as kids learn fire safety and fire skills.

🌱 Kids In The Garden
A commercial organic veggie garden is the playground for the day. Crafting, harvesting, preparing and eating. The children will forage for their lunch, and prepare a garden-to-plate meal for you!

🧑‍🌾 Off Grid Living
In this hands-on and ‘ask any question’ workshop for the parents, Rod shares nearly a lifetime of country living and country property development experience to help make country living work for your family.

Farm Workshops

Kids On Fire
4 January 2023

Kids In The Garden
12 January 2023

Off Grid Living
15 January 2023

9 am to 3 pm
$50 – $120

Homegrown Organics Farm
Upper Rollands Plains

All workshops are suitable for ages 6 – 15 years, with the option for parents to leave children or stay and participate. Children under 8 years are to be accompanied by an adult. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Learn more about Homegrown Organics.

Junior Zoo Keeper for a Day

Get wild these school holidays and experience a day in the life of a Zoo Keeper!

A fun-filled day offering your child the chance to get involved and behind the scenes at Billabong Zoo, and the day-to-day task of being a zoo keeper.

At the end of the day, they’ll have their photo taken, holding one of our friendly snakes and a certificate of completion.

A delicious Zoo Keeper morning tea and lunch will be provided. Bookings are essential, so be quick as there are only 12 places for each day.

Junior Zoo Keeper

7, 14 + 28 January 2023

Time: 9am to 3pm
Ages: 8-12 years of age
Cost: $180 per person

Little Picassos

Bring your Little Picassos in for 90 minutes of fun and creativity! 🎨

  • The Magic Castle
  • Decked Out
  • I-Scream
  • Pepi the Platypus
  • Sid the Sloth
  • Butterfly
  • Donut Day

Little Picassos

6 – 24 January 2023

$39 – $79

Pinot & Picasso
Shop 6
23-41 Short Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Kids’ sessions run for 90 minutes and are designed for ages 7+. They are a great way to get the kids creative and keep them busy! Bookings are essential.

PCYC Kempsey Holiday Activities

PCYC Kempsey runs various safe, fun, creative and inclusive school holiday activities for primary and high school-aged youth. Structured programs have a selection of sports and creative-based activities to ensure something for everyone.

School holiday activities are run by qualified coaches that have a passion for working with young people in a sports and recreation environment.

Ages 6 to 12 years. $30 for half day, $40 for full day. Participants must be current club members to participate.

School Holidays at PCYC Kempsey

19 December to
25 January 2023

42-44 Bloomfield Street
Kempsey NSW 2440

Springloaded Workshops

Get the kids active over the school holidays at Springloaded! 🤸‍♂️

  • Gymnastics
  • Parkour
  • Trampoline
  • Tumbling
  • Cheerleading

$55 per person per camp. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Holiday Workshops

5 – 20 January 2023

203 Lake Road
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Sprockets Holiday Club

A focus on fun, participation and having a good time! 🚀

Holiday Club Dates:
Monday 9 to Friday 27 January 2023
Closed Thursday 26 January 2023 for Public Holiday

Sprockets Holiday Club

Sprockets Holiday Club activities include team and group games, multi sports, table tennis, jumping castle, daily competitions with prizes, arts and crafts, and much more. All delivered in a safe, inclusive and social environment.

Holiday Club

Full Day
8:30am to 5:00pm

Half Days
8:30am to 1:00pm
12:00pm to 5:00pm

Port Macquarie
Indoor Stadium

Full-day and half-day sessions are available for children aged 5 to 13 years old. Half-day is $27.50 per child. Full day $42.50 per child. Bookings essential.

The Nature School’s Vacation Program

Is your child looking for something outdoors and awesome to do these holidays? Choose from the following action-packed days:

  • Take Flight
    Paper planes, boomerangs and more.
  • Billy Carts
    Build it, make it, race it.
  • Rafts & Rocks
    Come and explore one of our local beaches.
  • Playwork
    Construct your own cubby or build a whole village.

Summer Vacation Program

10 – 20 January 2023

9am to 3pm

80 Bushland Drive
Sancrox NSW 2446

The Nature School’s Vacation Program is for all Primary School Children ages 5-12 years. 6 hours of nature play. $88 per child per day. Booking essential.

The Seed Creative Workshops

The Seed Summer Creative Kids program is a fun and creative way for your kids to express themselves through a variety of projects.

The Seed Holiday Guide

The Seed Holiday Program Spring 2022

Kids will create 3 main projects each day, plus enjoy games, chill time, treats and more! $80 covers all materials. All you need is a drink bottle, morning tea and lunch. Bookings essential.

Learn more about The Seed Creative Workshops.

Creative Kids

9:00am to 3:00pm

Single Day – $80
3 Days – $220
5 Days – $375

Shop 3
6 Belah Road
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Wauchope Country Club

Kids Bingo

Bring the family along to Kids Bingo!

Wednesday 4, 11, 18 + 25 January 2023

from 4:30pm
$5 entry
Call to book your team 02 6585 3020

School Holiday Fun

Wauchope Country Club
24 King Street
Wauchope NSW 2446

Wilderness Activity Centre & Café

Wilderness Activity Centre & Café (Crazy Maze) Vacation Care is an accredited OOSHC service provider, offering a diverse vacation care program during school holidays and pupil-free days.

$85 per day includes all food and drinks, plus activities. Bookings essential.

Vacation Care Program

7am to 6pm
Monday to Friday

5 Albert Circuit
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Things To Do

There's also many other things to do on the Mid North Coast of NSW these school holidays, including:

Indoor Activities

Find all the exciting indoor activities available for your family to enjoy on the Mid North Coast. Whether it’s visiting museums, indoor play centers, or attending workshops, there's plenty to keep kids entertained, rain or shine.

Indoor Activities on the Mid North Coast