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Ah, school holidays. They’re the best of times (no more hustling kids to school!); they’re the worst of times (no more hustling kids to school… which means they’re left to run amok at home!). No matter whether you work in an office or at home, it’s likely vacation care programs will be a lifesaver when it comes to a) keeping the kids busy and b) keeping you sane.

Here are a few of the best Sydney vacation camps for kids:

Sparkle Cupcakery Kids Classes

Delicious play for any budding pastry chef. Best of all? A fresh dozen cupcakes to share at the end of the day.

Location: 132A Foveaux St Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Ages: TBC

Website: http://sparklecupcakery.com.au/classes/

Decorati Creative Workshops

From donut decorating to wood craft and paper mache, this craft studio just for kids has a class to get your little ones’ creative juices flowing.

Location: Grantee Building, Unit 19/369 Victoria Street, Wetherill Park NSW 2164

Websitehttp://www.decorati.com.au/#!events/csy2

Sydney Speaking School Debating Courses

Got a chatterbox in the family? Play to their strengths and enroll them in a debating course to develop their teamwork, speech structure, critical listening, and presentation skills.

Location: Shore School, Blue Street, North Sydney, or Knox Grammar School

Woodville Avenue, Wahroonga

Ages: From year three

Websitehttp://www.sydneyspeaking.com.au/?page_id=38

Rhubarb Jam Drama Workshops

Roll up! Roll up! Sydney’s coolest dancing, singing, and acting workshops start here. Cue applause.

Location: 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville (Addison Rd Community Centre)

Ages: Five to twelve years

Websitehttp://rhubarbjam.com.au/enrol/

Brickz 4 Kids: School Holiday Workshops

If you can remember building your LEGO empire only to tear it right back down, then this could be your chance to foster the same love of blocks in your wee one.

Location: Various around Australia

Ages: Five to eleven years

Websitehttp://bricks4kidzaustralia.com.au/program-events/camps/

Code Camp: School Holiday Kids Coding Classes

Since launching in 2014, Code Camp has hosted over 800 happy students. As well as games, puzzles, and tech, attendees meet successful tech entrepreneurs, work with friends, and learn skills needed in every industry on the planet. Welcome to the future.

Location: Ascham School, 188 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff, NSW

Ages: From Kindergarten to year twelve

Websitehttp://www.codecamp.com.au/#start

Alliance Française: French Holiday Courses

A dynamic one week French course which includes games, songs, role-play, and creative tasks such as making animal masks and posters.

Location: CBD or Chatswood

Ages: Seven to twelve years

Websitehttp://www.afsydney.com.au/language-centre/kids-holiday-courses

Junior Science Academy School Holiday Programs

Budding Einsteins will adore learning scientific concepts through art, drama, physical activity, craft, and other hands-on activities.

Location: Macquarie University, EMC2 Building, 3 Innovation Rd, NSW 2109

Ages: Eight to eleven years

Websitehttp://www.juniorscienceacademy.com.au/#!/

Pittwater Golf Centre: Kids School Holiday Camps

From mini golf to the driving range, if golf is your kid’s game then this is your jam.

Location: 1500 Pittwater Rd, Warriewood

Ages: Five to thirteen years

Websitehttp://www.pittwatergolfcentre.com.au/

Club Pero Holiday Gymnastics Programs

Worried that bad weather might put the kibosh on your holiday sports? Club Pero runs courses rain, hail, or shine, welcoming beginners to the world of rhythmic gymnastics.

Location: SCEGGS Darlinghurst or TARA Anglican School for Girls

Ages: From four years

Websitehttp://clubpero.com.au/our-programs/timetable.html

Judo Clinic

For little ones that bounce off the walls, Judo teaches one of the most important skills of all: falling safely.

Location: Eastern Suburbs PCYC, 26A Bunnerong Rd, Daceyville

Ages: Five to nine years

Websitehttps://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=8268&OrgID=8346

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