Our guide to Term 1, 2019 is bursting with engaging activities for kids in and around Sydney’s Inner West! There is something here for every age and interest from early childhood development programs to dedicated art, music, language, literacy, sports and fitness classes and more. Many of these are registered Active or Creative Kids providers, so don’t forget to make use of those vouchers!
Located in Marrickville, AcroPals is the place for acrobatics fun for all ages and abilities. This term classes will be held on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, and there is even a class for families to learn acrobatics together. The cost is $18 per class. Free trials are available. Multi-class and sibling discounts are available. There are no registration fee, compulsory uniforms, concert or costume fees. See the website to book.
ArtSpark Studio, a sun-filled studio in Rozelle, is running art playgroups for toddlers (18 months–4 years) and art classes for preschoolers (3–5 year olds) and primary school students. Classes will be held from Monday to Thursday during the morning, early afternoon and after school. The fee depends on the class. ArtSpark also features an eco-friendly garden and mini farm – the perfect place for creative little minds to relax. For further details and bookings, see the website.
Beyond Distinction is an afterschool academy offering a range of sports, arts and music classes for primary school-aged children in the Concord/Cabarita areas. The diverse program gives children the chance to learn new skills, discover their talents and have fun after school. Activities include professionally coached piano, guitar, tennis, golf, swimming, art and Mandarin Chinese. The program also provides afternoon tea, dedicated homework time and free school pickup for local Concord/Cabarita areas. (Self drop-offs are welcome too.) Beyond Distinction runs Monday to Friday afternoons and costs $60 for 3.5 hours. Sibling and multi-day discounts are available. You can claim your Creative Kids and Active Kids rebates here too. To book, visit the website.
Bonjour Babies hosts French lessons for children aged 6 months to 8 years. The fun, musical classes are designed to teach your child a second language in their formative years whilst simultaneously enabling caregivers to learn along with them. Older children learn independently from their parents in an engaging learning environment. The cost is $25 per class. Classes are held in Rozelle, Balmain, Paddington, Lane Cove and Manly. Bookings can be made via the website.
Core Studios Sydney
Located in Burwood, Core Studios Sydney provides music tuition for all levels and ages. Tuition includes piano, guitar and vocal lessons. Private and group lessons are offered Monday through Saturday. Prices start at $35 for 30 minutes and free trial lessons are available. Core Studios Sydney is a registered Creative Kids provider. Book via the website.
Creative Little Fingers
Creative Little Fingers is running art classes for kids aged 5–12 years on Monday–Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The workshops, held in Drummoyne, use mixed media to create different projects each day. The cost is $30 per class. Creative Little Fingers is registered for the Creative Kids rebate. For bookings call 0414 733 098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Esprit Martial Arts
Esprit Martial Arts, based in Marrickville, offers martial arts classes for girls and boys aged 5–15 years. The classes are small and focus on fitness and self-defence while building confidence and self-esteem. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 4.40 pm, Thursdays from 4.10 pm and Saturdays from 1 pm. The cost is $40 per fortnight. Note there is a special offer running at the moment: get 4 weeks for $49 plus free uniform. Offer is valid for kids’ classes only. For more information or to book, please visit the website.
Gallery NTK, in Croydon, will be holding creative classes for kids from 4 years and up with a focus on drawing and painting. Classes will run Monday through Friday between 3 and 6 pm and Saturdays between 9 am and 12.30 pm. Choose from a one-hour, 1.5 hour or two-hour class. The classes focus on the individual child’s interests and are held in a beautiful gallery setting to enhance the creative skills of every child. The cost is $55 per two-hour class, with all materials included in the price. Gallery NTK is a Creative Kids provider. Bookings can be made here.
GeckoSports Inner West runs multisport fitness classes for kids in Dulwich Hill on Thursday afternoons and Ashfield on Friday afternoons. The GeckoACTIVE program entails fun, action-packed weekly sessions, with sport-specific skills and fitness activities, and is suitable for children aged 5–13 years. It’s a non-competitive environment that caters to all fitness levels. No week is the same – there is a different sports program each week focused on improving gross motor skills and confidence. The sports that are covered include mini Olympics, soccer, basketball, AFL, boxing, netball, athletics, rugby league and cricket. The sports science-designed program runs for 45 minutes and promotes a healthy lifestyle where kids can try their hand at a variety of sports. The first class is free, then it’s $19 weekly. GeckoSports is an approved Active Kids provider. Book your spot here.
The GymbaROO program is designed to guide and educate parents in providing their children with sensory stimulation and motor development activities within an engaging, supportive environment.
Gymbaroo Glebe and Balmain
This fun, educational early childhood program for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers is held at the Glebe PCYC. Classes run Monday to Fridays. You can enrol via the website.
Gymbaroo Redfern is based at the Redfern PCYC. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Enrol via the website.
Located at 1b Booth St, Balmain, Balmain BabyROO focuses on the development of little ones from 6 weeks to 18 months. The BabyROO program is like the instruction book you wished you had received with your baby! BabyROO classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Book via the Gymbaroo Glebe website.
Concord Gymbaroo holds early childhood classes with music, dance, parachute time and a specially designed gym. Based at the Concord RSL and Community Centre, classes run on Thursdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for infants aged 6 weeks right through to children of 5 years. To book, visit the website.
Marrickville Gymbaroo also offers classes for babies from 6 weeks to 5 years. These are held at the PCYC Marrickville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. See the website for more details and to book.
GymKidz is a toddler, kinder and recreational gymnastics centre on Lennox Street, Newtown. It fosters child development through gymnastics in a fun and nurturing environment. Classes are offered for boys and girls aged 9 months to 12 years from Monday through to Saturday. The cost ranges from $18–$25 per class. GymKidz is an Active Kids provider. For more information and to book, please see the website.
Inner West School of Dance
The Inner West School of Dance is a relaxed, no-fuss dance school! It runs jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and yoga classes, with studios in Haberfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville. Classes are held Monday to Saturday mornings and afternoons. The classes are fun and friendly with none of the pressures of exams, competitions or large performances. You can enrol via the website.
Julie Peadon Art
In Term 1, Julie Peadon Art will be running fine art classes for students in Years K–6 (Years 7–12 subject to demand) at Studio 71 in Drummoyne. The classes will explore Impressionism and will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Extended hours are available. The cost is $40 per class. Julie Peadon Art is a registered Creative Kids provider. Bookings can be made at the website.
Kennedy Dance School
Kennedy Dance School offers Irish dance classes for boys and girls from 3 years of age in Summer Hill, Balmain and Woolloomooloo. Irish dance is a lively and energetic dance form and can be done for fun, fitness or to compete. Classes will be held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The cost is $120 for a ten-week term. To find out more or book into the program, please see the website.
Kindermusik with Mr Tony
Kindermusik with Mr Tony is a musical setting where all children are valued as individuals. They will learn to sing and dance, be free to express themselves, develop social skills and make friends. Kindermusik classes are held mornings and afternoons in Rozelle. Classes are tailored to enhance your child’s specific developmental needs at any age, from 0 months to 7 years. The cost is $20 per hour per student and includes digital home downloads. For more information, see the website. To book, email email@example.com or phone 0481 958 807.
Leap into Literacy
Leap into Literacy is a program that helps children become engaged in reading and writing through fun, creative techniques that aid retention, foster independent learning, and promote students’ future success. It provides small workshops of no more than six students with a focus on reading comprehension and creative writing. Using techniques that allow students to become creative in the learning process, sessions are highly enjoyable and achieve maximum results. Classes are available for children in preschool and Years K–6 on Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays. Choose from three locations: Annandale, Balmain or Drummoyne. The cost is $36 per hour with discounts available. To find out more, visit the website.
Based in Marrickville, Li’l Crafters is a process-based art, craft and sensory play class for toddlers and pre-schoolers which aims to inspire and nurture your little one’s creativity, imagination and self. The sessions run on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 am–11 am. The cost is $160 for the term, $25 for casual visits. Bookings can be made online.
Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio
This term Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio in Rozelle is holding art classes for K–2 and Years 3–6 from Monday to Friday from 3.30–5.30 pm. Students produce beautiful artworks that develop their art techniques or build on existing ones while having plenty of fun. In addition, portfolio development for senior school applications is offered. To book your child’s place, go to Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio’s website. Paper Rock Scissors is a Creative Kids provider.
Speech and Language Sydney
Speech and Language Sydney is a mobile speech pathology service based in the Inner West with a focus on supporting autistic children and young people. This term it is running its popular Lego Based Therapy groups on Wednesdays from 4–5 pm at Studio You in Birchgrove. The LEGO Based Therapy approach supports social communication and language skills while working together to build a LEGO model. This structured, evidence-based program is fun and works on communication skills in real time. The cost is $65 per session. Speech and Language Sydney accepts HCWA funding and NDIS self-managed clients. To book, please call Emma on 0448 242 460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PCYC Marrickville forms part of Australia’s pre-eminent youth organisation working with police and community to empower young people to reach their potential. PCYC Marrickville has a diverse, affordable program, with activities running Monday to Friday.
On Monday afternoons, there is Homework Club, a study group for boys and girls aged 7 years and over which is free of charge. On Tuesdays afternoons, kids aged 6–14 years can learn to play badminton ($10 per class). On Wednesday afternoons, kids aged 12–17 years can learn volleyball ($10 per class). Scrimmage, casual self-organised basketball games, also takes place on Wednesday afternoons ($3–$5 per session). On Thursday mornings, Mini Movers, a class for children aged 18 months–5 years which incorporates learn-to-move principles such as running, hand-eye coordination and jumping, takes place ($12 per class). On Thursday afternoons there is futsal, comprising of various different warm-ups, drills and games with soccer for kids aged 6 and up ($10 per class) as well as netball ($10 per class), aimed at girls aged 6–12 years, and fitness boxing ($11 per class). And on Friday afternoons basketball classes are on ($10 per class). For all classes except boxing and basketball, you may enrol via the website or at reception. For boxing and basketball, please enrol at reception.
Tutoring4All is an all-round, one-on-one home tutoring service aiming to support students through their learning journey. The dedicated educators provide a personalised, holistic approach to your child’s tuition. Tutoring is offered in all subjects for Years 2–12. Private sessions are by appointment and prices vary. Email email@example.com with any enquiries.