For working parents, the school holidays can be a mega juggle. Here are some popular local day camps that might help keep your kids entertained for longer than one movie or game!
For the outdoors types
Out in the bayside Redlands area, south-east of Brisbane, PGL Kindilan occupies a beautiful 220-acre bushland site. Popular for school camps, PGL Kindilan also offers day camps over the school holidays. Activities popular among kids at Kindilan include abseiling, archery, bush craft, bushwalking, canoeing/kayaking, orienteering and loads more. Day camps run from December 17-21 and January 10-25 from 9am-4.15pm. It’s suited to those holiday makers aged 7-14 years.
For the horsey kids
Day camp participants enjoy the whole horse experience here at Gold Coast Equestrian Centre – everything from taking care of a horse and how to properly tack a horse to all the security and safety associated with being with these magnificent animals. Day campers will also learn theory about horses that they will remember forever. And, of course, there is riding, pony games and (weather permitting) a swim in the river with your favourite pony. Attendees can choose half-day, full-day or 2.5 days for the ultimate school holiday adventure! Next dates are December 18-20 and 27-28 as well as January 9-11 and 22-24.
For the animal lovers
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s brand new school holiday program puts participants right in the heart of the action. Attendees participate in activities exclusive to the Wild Adventures school holiday program including enrichment feeding, behind-the-scenes access and up-close and personal animal encounters. With five different action-packed theme days (Animal Trainer for a Day, Paws and Claws, Keeper for a Day, Slimy and Scaly, and Vet for a Day) there is even more to see and explore. Two age groups per day allow for tailored and specific content to ensure everyone has an enjoyable day. BYO morning tea and lunch. Each themed day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.30pm.
For the sports lovers
Through Rise Yeronga Holiday Sports Camp, children will have the opportunity to experience tennis, netball, soccer, cricket, sprinting, ball games and jump rope/agilities. They’ll experience individual/ teamwork/group play, competition, tracking, striking, throwing and catching. Improve their fitness through the development of coordination, speed, agility, strength and conditioning. BYO dry change of clothes, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, active shoes and substantial snacks/morning tea. Perfect for those in Prep to Year 6. Next day camps run from December 17-20, 8am-noon. Rise Holiday Sports Camps are also held at Southport and Ascot.