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Holiday Activities and Camps

School holiday activities give children living with a disability the opportunity to share in fun experiences they may not be able to enjoy at home, in an environment where they are provided with appropriate support. It also gives parents and carers the chance to spend time with children in a relaxed environment. 

Below find a list that we have compiled by state:

Living in NSW? Find out more about the NSW Sports and Creative Kids Voucher - $100 voucher for selected activities (sport and cultural).

 

Nationwide

The A List - Where Autism Gets Social

The A List is a national online platform enabling young autistic people and their families to search and book ‘autism-friendly’ activities all around Australia, including peer support groups and community options.
This is the place where young autistic people can search for autism friendly activities and connect with like-minded people with similar interests.

Try a new hobby or explore your interests further. Connect with a peer mentor. Find your passion. Get social.

All ages

Autism + Various

Contact:
1300 2888 98
hello@alisthub.com.au

  
Nationwide

Travengers

Travengers was created to give opportunities to young people who want to live life like everyone else - but not always getting the chance. Tavengers connects young, like minded people across Australia to travel with social support. Travengers offers day trips and social outings as well. All travellers welcome to bring along their own support person! Travengers is flexible and accommodating.

15-35

ASD, level 1 & 2 Autism, mild intellectual disability

Contact: Agnes
0452597720
agnes@travengers.com.au

  
ACT

Kids Spot

We have 2 school holiday programs running in January.

Crafty Communicators is a fun and creative program that enables you to develop skills for: Planning and organisation, Language skills, Social interactions, Consolidation of speech sounds in, conversation

Adventure Connect enables you to connect with peers in nature to solve problems, gather resources and come together to create something for all to is run by Speech Pathologists and an OT to support regulation.

4-6 years, 9-13 years

Various

Contact: Laura
02 9369 1957
admin@kidsspot.net.au

  
ACT

Communities @ Work

Communities@Work offers School Holiday Programs throughout the year during all ACT School Holidays. Our programs focus on fun and delivering a new adventure every day for your child.

18 years & under

Disability Inclusive

Contact: Disability Support Team. Hannah Op Co-ordinator, Emailing through their activity calender to Maddie.
02 6293 6500
admin@commsatwork.org

  
ACT
Various

Disability Trust

The Disability Trust is currently running different Vacation Care programs throughout the NSW and the ACT. Participants attending Vacation Care do a combination of centre based activities and excursions. We run Vacation Care programs for children with disabilities every school holidays.

We support all abilities and participants have the option of purchasing 1:1 support or 1:3 support. We run groups for 6 to 11 year olds as well as groups for 12 to 18 year olds. All of our vacation care programs run from 8.30am to 4.30pm. We also have many social, recreational and sporting groups and camps available in the Illawarra for all abilities.

Beverley Park SSP – Campbelltown – This location has 6-11 yrs group as well as 12-18 yrs group
Saint Michaels PS – Mittagong – This location only has 12-18 yrs group
Para Meadows SSP – North Wollongong - This location has 6-11 yrs group as well as 12-18 yrs group
Peterborough SSP – Warilla – This location only has 12-18 yrs group
Towradgi PS – Fairy Meadow – This location only has 12-18 yrs group
Edney Lane – Spring Hill – This location only has 12-18 yrs group
Wesley Church hall - Nowra – This location only has 12-18 yrs group
SSTC – Miranda - This location has 6-11 yrs group as well as 12-18 yrs group
Illawarra - social, recreational and sporting groups and camps

6-18 years

 

Contact: Sheree My Trust Team
1300347224
info@disabilitytrust.org.au

  
NSW
Allambie Heights
Ryde

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Cerebral Palsy Alliance has a variety of school holiday programs to choose from including Intensive therapy that uses playful and engaging methods that will motivate your child in a fun and social environment.

1+ years

Cerebral Palsy, Autism

Contact: Fairly
1300 888 378
ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au

  
NSW
Campbeltown

Northcott Campbelltown

Northcott’s Feel the Vibe Virtual Week is intended to be a series of fun, welcoming and interactive webinars for adults with disability to learn all about sexuality, sexual health and sexual fulfilment. The expo this year will look a little different, with ‘exhibitor stalls’ being replaced with topic talks on adult products, sex positivity, sexuality and the NDIS

18+

All disabilities

Contact: Felicia
1800 818 286
northcott@northcott.com.au

  
NSW
Bondi Junction
 

Kids Spot

We have 2 school holiday programs running in January.
Crafty Communicators is a fun and creative program that enables you to develop skills for: Planning and organisation, Language skills, Social interactions, Consolidation of speech sounds in, conversation

Adventure Connect enables you to connect with peers in nature to solve problems, gather resources and come together to create something for all to is run by Speech Pathologists and an OT to support regulation. It allows you to develop skills for; Following instructions, Reading a map, Reading and comprehending
Problem solving, Working together, and Identifying and responding to social cues

4-6 years, 9-13 years

Various

Contact: Laura
02 9369 1957
admin@kidsspot.net.au

  
NSW
Ryde and Northern Suburbs

ABA Link Super Sitters Service

Specialist trained support workers for children and adolescents with a broad range of complex needs and, or developmental delays
Interested in engaging with your child in 1:1 activities
Fully supported with ready access to our experienced coordination unit

0-18 years

ASD, Developmental Delays, deaf, blind, physically and intellectually disabled. Does not have capacity for very aggressive children.

Contact:
02 9411 4618
enquiries@abalink.com.au

  
NSW
Bondi Junction

Active Spot

Active OT for Kids. We offer a range of different holiday programs including various trauma-responsive camps for children presenting with challenges associated to a trauma-response. Children will participate in a journey of connection to self, nature, culture and each other. They will explore, engage and problem solve in a beach and buch location without technology. Experiences include ocean and surf therapy, sensory exploration and story telling, creek side challenges, problem solving and sharing joy, building and exploring, cooking, swimming, and more! We also offer an OT Walkabout program and a Holiday intensive therapy.

7-13 years

Speech, trauma related mental and psychological issues

Contact: Jasmine
0414 543913
info@activespot.com.au

  
NSW
Dundas Valley

Allowah Disability Services

We are running a centre-based school holiday program for children with disabilities at Dundas Valley. We have nursing staff onsite and can manage children with complex medical and physical needs. We also have an online Zoom holiday program which runs on each of the mornings for 2 hours for children who are unable to make it to the centre.

Give us a call to enquire or book – Ph: 02 8877 3400 and ask for Maura Hanney.

4 - 18 years

Genetic or chromosomal disorders, birth trauma, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and conditions acquired after birth

Contact: Mora Haney
02 8877 3400
admin@allowah.org.au

  
NSW
Bensville

Bensville Riding School

Appropriate for people of all ages with a disability seeking equine therapy. Bensville also runs school holiday camps. Most camps can be booked for one day. We also have a great new five day camp program that will be amazing, fun and gives kids a great time to bond with our beautiful horses. Cost is $130 per day.

all ages

All disabilities

Contact:
02 4368 2400
bookings@bensvilleridingschool.com.au

  
NSW
Parramatta

City of Parramatta

Free school holiday programs - Summer dates released 29th November 2021. We are looking forward to seeing you all with a combination off online and face to face activities. We are working hard to bring together the best programme ever. We do anticipate there will be some restrictions in place and all activities will be run in accordance with the NSW restriction guidelines.

5-16 years

Disability Inclusive

Contact: -
1300 617 058
Council@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

  
NSW
Woolloomooloo

Code Camp

Code Camp hosts school holiday camps spanning 3D animation, coding, web building and DJ camps for kids of varying ages and abilities. For email enquiries, please use the contact form on the main website.

5-13 years

Disability Inclusive

Contact: -
‍1300 26 33 22

  
NSW
Dubbo

Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre

The Vacation Care Program offers a wide variety of exciting and educational activities to keep the children entertained. Our qualified educators provide structured programs that take into account the skills, interest and needs of the children and offer a variety of arts, crafts, cooking, indoor and outdoor play as well as many special excursions outside of the centre.

5-18 years

Disability Inclusive

Contact: Jo
02 6883 2300
info@dnc.org.au 

  
NSW
Roselands
Bella Vista Gledswood Hills
Liverpool
Peakhurst
 

Learning Links

Learning Links welcomes you to our OOSH and Vacation Care program. Our Centre offers a warm, caring and safe environment with a program that actively supports your child in their learning and development. We have a range of school holiday programs including a Social skills program for 4-6 year olds, an anxiety management and social skills program for 8-12 year olds, emotion regulation and social skills program for 6-12 year olds, transition support program for children starting high school running in January 2022, and more!

all ages

ADHD, high functioning ASD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, fine and gross motor delays and speech and language delays

Contact:
0456 003 435 / 1300 736 765
admin@icg.asn.au

  
NSW
Manly

Northern Beaches Council

Catering for school children between 5 and 12 years old, Vacation Care runs Monday-Friday from 7.30am - 6 pm during school holidays and offers exciting excursions, discos, craft and sports days with a difference. Offer several locations and we give extra support to children with special needs so they can join in the fun.

5-12 years

Disability Inclusive

Contact:
1300 434 434
council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

  
NSW
Woollahra

Quirky Kids

The Best of Friends® (BoF) program gives children the knowledge, skills, and confidence to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions. A range of holiday programs are also on offer. Check out their website for more information!

7+

Various

Contact: Indie
02 9362-9297
support@quirkykid.com.au

  
NSW
Blacktown

Skills 4 Life

Skills 4 life is running day programs, weekend recreation programs and school holiday programs for children aged 10-17 years old. Activities include outings, cooking, nutrition, gardening and more. Please see the attached flyer for further details.

10-17 years

Various

Contact: Sibel
0437 869 463
skills4life@salvationarmy.org

  
NSW
Enfeld / Curnell and Hunter

Sunnyfield

You don't need to go away to have a great holiday during the school break. Hotshots have everything you need to have loads of fun close to home with all sorts of super cool activities for children aged 6 - 12 and young people aged 12 – 17.

6-16yrs

Contact: Michelle
1300 588 688
enquiries@sunnyfield.org.au

  
NSW
Terrigal

The Outlook Riding Academy

Equine therapy sessions run through the holidays. If equine therapy is booked out, then children are still welcome to come in for an hour session of groundwork where they spend time with the horses, grooming and working with the horses in whatever capacity they feel comfortable. Our horse-riding program, at The Outlook Riding Academy, Terrigal, offers a rich learning experience with indoor and outdoor education, individual and group exercises. This is the place for experiential learning on and off the horse. The clinics vary according to the season. Activities may include art and craft, sports games, guest instructors within the equine industry and team-building exercises.

4 - 16 years

All disabilities

Contact: Sam Remond
0427189567
remond6@bigpond.com

  
NSW
South Windsor

Vision Gym Sports

Vision Gym Sports is a fun and inclusive gym designed to build up gross motor skills and keep kids active and healthy. They provide an NDIS funded private session for $70 an hour that gives children with a disability time for supported play, as well as free play time in the afternoons when the gym is quieter. Gym Sports' January school holiday program is open for registrations now!

5-17 years

Disability inclusive

Contact: Deon
04577 4887
info@visiongymsports.com.au

  
NSW
Botany Bay
Dorrigo
Kosciuszko

National Parks NSW

National Parks NSW now provides TrailRider, an all terrain wheelchair free of charge for people of all ages wanting to experience what our national parks have to offer. Whilst the chair is free to hire, it requires two guides to operate and renters will need to bring their own guides.

all ages

Physical disability

Contact:
1300 072 757
parks.accessibility@environment.nsw.gov.au

  
NSW
Koloona
Shoalhaven

Youthworks - Jam Camp

Youthworks Holiday Camps are a great opportunity for kids and teens to get away for a week, packed with awesome experiences and plenty of new friends. Our JAM Camp for boys and girls gives kids a chance to test themselves and build new friendships.

10-13 years

Contact:
(02) 8268 3346
bookings@youthworks.net

  
NSW
Blacktown

Growing Early Minds (Western Sydney) - Clever Kids

Growing Early Minds offers a range of inclusive, fun, educational group programs and camps for children during school holidays. Our programs are limited to small groups so that every child receives close one-on-one support.

2-12 years

Various

Contact:
02 9622 8500
support@growingearlyminds.org.au

  
NT
Darwin

Darwin Family Life

Darwin Family Life is a local guide for families living in Darwin looking for events and activities to enjoy year round. Over the Christmas Holiday period, events can be found listed on their website that are inclusive of families and their special needs children.

all ages

Disability Inclusive

Contact:

info@darwinfamilylife.com.au

  
QLD
Brisbane North Geebung
Brisbane South
Toowoomba
Redlands/Logan

AveGates

Based in Brisbane and Toowoomba, the program provides fun and engaging experiences for kids and teens throughout the school holidays. Avegates School Holiday Program activities include relaxed sensory and skill-building activities such as games, sports and arts and crafts.

5-17 years

Various physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities

Contact:
1300 135 886
avegates.experience@multicap.org.au

  
QLD
South East Queensland
 

Rackley Swimming

Looking for something fun and active to do with the kids these school holidays? Our Holiday Swim Program is the answer! It's designed to boost your children's swim skills in a short period, plus they get to enjoy time with their friends while gaining fitness and improving their swimming finesse.

The program includes a 30 minute lesson each day for a week (Monday to Friday). Concentrating on and practising skills daily makes a marked difference to kid's swim skills.

Contact:
1300 733 053
contact via enquiry form: https://www.rackleyswimming.com.au/enquire-now?enquiry_about=holiday-swi...

  
QLD
Geham

Camp Cooby

Be part of something special. Explore the world through a different lens. The moment you arrive at Camp Cooby, you can feel the energy and wonder of this magical location. We then add amazing kids together with our team for a super fun adventure and the energy just surges like a volcano! We offer Junior and Senior holiday programs. The Junior program is a great opportunity for them to learn how to build resilience, independence, and a sense of self-awareness through adventure play. The Senior progam aims to builds strength in teamwork and resilience, and teaches children how to thoughtfully get in touch with nature while challenging themselves. Activities include expeditions, mountain biking, water sports, and youth leadership.

We also have a customised therapeutic camp for ages 7-13. The Therapeutic Camp is a program which helps children find their compass of life' and is designed for junior campers that may present with higher needs. The camp aims to build self-confidence, resilience and independence in a group setting through graduated outdoor activities. Participants challenge themselves daily with therapy supports on hand to support their growth. We also have a summer senior Autism & Social Connections Camp.

6 - 16 years

All disabilities

Contact:
07 46966244
info@campcooby.com.au

  
QLD
Various

Day Dream Explorers

Day Dream Explorers work with families who have members with a disability to provide the ultimate holiday experience. With their decked out 4WD minibus able to cater for a wide variety of needs, you have the flexibility to plan the holiday of your dreams. Multiple families and book together for a get away to reduce costs, trips are customizable and flexible to meet your families/individual needs.

13+

All disabilities

Contact: Mark
0434 779 017
info@daydreamexplorers.com.au

  
QLD
Currimundi
Noosa
Maroochydore

Inclusion Plus Family Support+91:93

Fun and interactive After School Care programs are held at Currimundi and Nambour Special Schools and are available to teenagers with a disability. Our Currimundi school holiday program is for our younger age group 6 – 12 years and our Maroochydore and Noosa programs are for Teens 11-17 years. We offer additional support hours if required and transport to and from the program. Clients can access support through NDIS Core Funding or CB Social and community participation budget. Please see the attached documents for further details.

6 - 17 years

All disabilities

Contact: Jamie
07 5441 6600
office@ipfs.org.au

  
QLD
Geham

Mindware Psychology

MindWare Psychology Adventure Program - Summer Senior Autism & Social Connections Camp. The Autism & Social Connectionc Camps are part of the 'Mindware Psychology Adventure Program (MAP) - Helping children find their compass of life' and are designed for campers that may present with higher needs.

The camp aims to help build the self-confidence, resilience and independence of its participants in a group setting through their participation in graduated outdoor activities.

- 3 Day & 2 Night Package (Wednesday - Friday) - $2000 per participant

12-16 years

ASD

Contact:
07 4646 4953
contact@mindwarepsychology.com.au

  
QLD
Mount Tarampa

School Camps QLD

Book now for SUMMER Junior or Teen Leadership Holiday Camps! This is a mainstream holiday camp that runs for 5 days and 4 nights. Activities include fun outdoor adventures like canoeing, mountain biking, high ropes courses, camping and also arts, crafts and drama activities like concert nights, outback art and more! See the attached flyer for more sample activities! SCQ's Holiday Camp is non-denominational. All kids and beliefs are welcome at camp. For all enquiries please call Leanne on 0413 631 046

6 -17 years

 

Contact: Lianne
0413 631 046
info@schoolcampsqld.com.au

  
QLD
Birkdale

Tea-Cup Cottage

Tea-Cup Cottage provides short and long stay respite for disabled children and adults, giving them the opportunity to play, learn and relax away from their usual routine. Care respite locations are open 24/7. Their school holiday Program will be running Monday-Friday 9am-3pm (Transport can also be organised to and from the Program) beginning 13/12/21 – 21/01/22 (excluding public holidays). We are inclusive to everyone and are happy to chat over the phone or in person with parents or carers regarding the support requirements for their young person. Our age group runs from 6-16 years and we will be running our program from Birkdale.

Our program includes a variety of community based activities (local swimming pool, museum and lots more) as well as group activities in our centre (cooking, arts and crafts, treasure hunts and more) in Birkdale.

6 -16 years

All disabilities

Contact:
1800 832 287
info@tea-cupcottage.com

  
QLD
Sunshine Coast
Gold Coast
Bribie Island
Mudjimba

Tag 5 Camps

TAG 5 camps give you the chance to try exciting new experiences outside of your everyday life. They also have the added bonus of giving parents and carers the opportunity to relax and recharge.

Our camps accommodate most people with a disability whether you are independent or require one-on-one support. All camps are wheelchair accessible and we are able to cater to your dietary requirements. Camps are held at a number of established campsites throughout South East Queensland. All our campsites have wheelchair access.

We offer different camps throughout the year to suit you. We host a weekend camp every fortnight and organise a range of camps each school holiday. The camps we offer are: Weekend Camps (Fri – Sun), 3, 4 or 5 day School Holiday Camps (Mon – Fri)

On camp, you will be able to participate in fun outdoor activities that will help you to build independence, self-confidence and friendships. Camp activities will vary depending on location, time of year and weather, however, our activities frequently include swimming, body boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, hiking, rock climbing, sport, board games, arts and crafts, fishing, bonfires and more!

Contact:
07 3216 8903
enquiries@tag5.com.au

  
QLD
Kenmore

What Works OT

Sense Rugby Holiday Intensive program. The groups is a hands on group where parents are involved to help support the individualised modifications all practiced within the situation of a 'team' or group. Cost is $60 per session. If you are interested, you can email us, look on our website or FB page or call us at 0408014667 (Mary) or 0411 637 046 (Robyn). Please see the attached flyer for more details!

5+

all disabilities

Contact: Mary
0408014667
maryandrobyn@gmail.com

  
QLD
Bowen Hills
Victoria Point
Jamboree Heights
Acacia Ridge
Warwick

YMCA Brisbane

YMCA Brisbane offers a variety of vacation care and activities in various locations including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Toowoomba-filled with exciting excursions, camps and excursions, interesting activities and cool events for your children. With over 40 sites located around South East Queensland, 2 fitness centres, and 1 camping site, we provide one of the best vacation care & school holiday programs that keep your children entertained and engaged all days. Visit their website for more details!

all ages

Various

Contact:
07 3253 1700
brisbane@ymca.org.au

  
SA
North, East
South and West of Adelaide

Xlent Disability Services

Our School Holiday Programs run for both the Southern and Northern groups, every School Holidays. Programs are created for both Junior (8-17 years), Senior (18+) and all ages, dependant on activities planned, and service every Adelaide and Adelaide Hills region. For more information on the holiday programs please contact Xlent (08) 8165 2023 or email at info@xlent.org.au

8+ years

Contact: Jenny
08 8165 2023
info@xlent.org.au

  
SA
Para West

Adelaide North Special School

YMCA Adelaide North OSHC provides Vacation Care (school holiday care) for children aged 5 to 17 years with intellectual disabilities. We offer a wide range of supervised, fun-filled activities on site as well as excursions and incursions between 8am and 6pm during school holidays. YMCA Brisbane also offers YMCA Camp Warrawee offers 30+ adventure activities that can be tailored to meet your school camp and group camp outcomes.

5-17 years

Intellectual Disabilities, ASD

Contact: Mica
08 82002500 0408113191
adelaidenorthoshc@ymca.org.au

  
SA
Netley

Autism SA

Autism SA offers eight weeks of school holiday programs over the year including an aqua skills group, mind and body group, a handwriting group, a summer fun group, as well as a kids and teenager program. Families registered for short term accommodation services are offered the opportunity to make selections from the scheduled activities prior to the school holiday period. Each day's programmed activities cater for up to eight children per activity. Staffing ratios are individually assessed and usually range from 1 Staff: 1 child, to 1 staff: 4 children depending on the activity and needs of the children.

5-12 years

ASD

Contact:
1300 288 476
admin@autismsa.org.au

  
SA
Melrose Park
Port Pirie
Salisbury

Directions - Youth Disco

Youth Discos held during the school holidays and a Christmas Disco on the 3rd of December 2021 for all age groups (a special guest is visiting for all the cool kids!). See the attached flyer for more information!

Contact:
1800 236 762
clientsupport.sa@benevolent.org.au

  
SA
Adelaide

Kids in Adelaide

Summer is here and we love this time of year! There are LOADS of activities, events, things to do and places to see. And with lots of these either free or low cost, there is something for every kid and every budget! Take a look at our directory and make sure you book in quickly because they fill up fast!

all ages

Disability Inclusive
 

  
TAS
Hobart

Launceston Devonport
Burnie
Somerset
Kingston Ulverstone
George Town

Mosaic Tasmania

School-aged children including Camps, School Holiday Activities, After School Options and Social Time Programs. As part of our client assessment process, we would discuss and determine suitable support ratio, this may also be stated in the NDIS plan. (eg. 1:1 – one on one supports, 1:2 – one support worker with 2 clients). We support a range of people, and through this client assessment process we would also be able to match up the best school holiday program for the individual.

5+

Contact:
03 6244 9444
intake@mosaictas.org.au

  
TAS
Lindisfarne

Parkside Foundation

Fun and creative activities for young people during holiday periods. A chance to mix with their peers and renew, maintain or develop new friendships. Contact for info.

Contact: Annette
03 6243 6044 0415702532
enquiries@parkside.org.au annettekeating@parkside.org.au

  
VIC
Hawthorn
Preston

Australian Camps Association

People Outdoors run numerous programs throughout the state. Adults weekend or 4 day camp options available, as well as a combined age 4 day camp. Please use the website to find out more about the programs. Alternatively, you can contact the People Outdoors office on 03 9863 6824.

6-18 years

Physical or intellectual disabilities

Contact: Sandra
03 9863 6824
people outdoors@auscamps.asn.au

  
VIC
Geelong West Geelong North

Gateways Support Services Inc

Gateways offers a wide range of fun and exciting recreation and skills development programs for children and adults with a disability. Gateways Support Services’ high-quality recreation and camps programs build skills while providing loads of fun for children, teenagers and adults with a disability. Our holiday program activities will run from Wednesday 05th January – Monday 24th January, with days predominantly running from 9am-3pm. We have capacity for Teenagers (both in house or out in the community), and Children (both in house and in the community), in which we support a range of participants with different support levels, as well as groups for our high functioning ASD participants. We will also be offering a couple of weekend activities for adult participants. Activities are based from either Barwon Valley school, or Gateways PLACE in North Geelong.

5-20's

ASD, ID and other disabilities

Contact: Pam
03 5221 2984
Recreation@gateways.com.au

  
VIC
Bayside area

Melbourne ( TBC but Location will be around Caulfield, Malvern
Elsternwick
Elwood,
St Kilda area)

Giving Tree

Giving Tree is an all-inclusive holiday program for children with and qithout disabilities. Their goal is to promote inclusion from a young age! Giving Tree will be running an Explorers Day camp for children between the ages of 2-10. What to expect: disability and cinlusion training, opportunities to learn new skills, having a positive impact on people's lives, meet awesome likeminded people and have lots of fun! They can support children with high and low support requirements. Location TBC but will be around Caulfield, Malvern, Elsternwick, Elwood, St Kilda area.

2-10 years

All disabilities

Contact: Stacey
0421 345 979
info@givingtree.org.au

  
VIC
Baywater
Pakenham
Bundoora

Irabina Autism Services - (Camps)

At the end of each term we run a variety of school holiday programs to entertain and educate our Irabina kids (as well as give their parents and carers a break!). The programs vary between day-trips and daily sessions, and provide the kids with an opportunity to make friends, practice their skills and try new experiences in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

Some activities include, Bounce, Social Club & Movie, Dance, Cooking, Lego, Minecraft, Sports & games camps

all ages

ASD

Contact: Michelle
03 9720 1118

  
VIC
Various

YMCA (vacation care finder)

Every school holidays, we run 30 School Holiday Programs throughout Victoria to suit all interests and family budgets.

YMCA School Holiday Programs are an opportunity for your child to grow and learn from new experiences. Our holiday programs are created with the right mixture of fun, adventure and interest-based activities through excursions and incursions helping kids become more confident and independent individuals. Our YMCA School Holiday Programs offer your child a range of activities including themed incursions and exciting excursions. Previous themed incursions include:

Amazing Race
Bowling
Crazy Circus Day
Cooking classes
Edendale Farm
Gravity Zone excursion
Hip hop classes
Laser skirmish
Little Detectives
Lost in Space
Melbourne Museum & IMAX

5 – 12 years

Contact: -
03 8371 0500

  
VIC
Epping

Inclusion Services by the Y

A range of upcoming programs for children, teens and adults including Summer 22 Program. Everyone is given the opportunity to enjoy and experience the excitement of planned activities, develop skills, interact socially, achieve goals and meet personal challenges in a safe and stimulating environment. A program schedule of activities has been provided as a guide, but will remain flexible according to the needs, abilities and interest of the children attending on the day. See the attached flyers for program details.

5-18+

Various

Contact:
1300 69 9622
tracee.vassallo@YInclusion.org.au

  
VIC
Various

Leisure Networks

A huge range of activities available from football to disco. Includes weekends away, social Saturdays and School holiday activities.

all ages

Contact: Emma
03 5222 3911 
lnetworks@leisurenetworks.org

  
VIC
Warrnambool

Mpower Inc.

A packed 2 week holiday day program for primary and highschool students. Activities include day trip to the wildlife park, movies, participating in arts and cooking, tempin bowling, mini golf and more with all sessions costing $20. Also on offer is a Kidz weekend recreation program which is a social and community recreational group that offers school aged participants with a disability who have NDIS funding the opportunity to participate in community recreational activities. See the attached flyers for dates, times and age groups.

6-18 years

 

Contact: Penny Ryan
03 5561 8112
admin@mpower.org.au

  
WA
Shenton Park
East Fremantle
Joondalup
Midland
Gosnells

Autism Association Of WA - Holiday sports academy

A School holiday therapy group running January 2022 is on offer. These small intensive groups are led by our experienced Therapy Team. Our groups offer an opportunity for children to review and consolidate learnt skills, and to develop new skills under the guidance of Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists.

7-12 years

ASD

Contact: Laura
08 9489 8900
autismwa@autism.org.au

  
WA
Fremantle
Marangaroo and Rockingham

Spectrum Space (Autism West)

Join Spectrum Space’s Telethon Holiday Makers Program for individuals aged 5 – 18 years on the autism spectrum these school holidays! Our holiday program offers a range of activities in a natural social environment where participants have the opportunity to meet like-minded peers and have some new fun experiences along the way.

We have a full calendar of activities planned including bouldering, rocket building, roller skating, indoor trampolining, visiting the WA Art Gallery and Perth Zoo and so much more.

5 – 18 years

ASD

Contact:
08 9431 2111
info@autismwest.org.au

  
WA
Bindoon

Edmund Rice

Edmund Rice Camps for Kids WA Inc (ERCKWA) is a non-profit community based organisation that serves the needs of children aged 7–16 and their families. A typical Mega Camp involves small group games, crafts, sports, word games, a skit night or even a disco or our infamous jelly games. Multi-choice times allow kids to pick up the football, try their hand at finger-knitting or whatever else they prefer. There’s never a dull moment on an Eddie Rice program! A constant throughout is lots of delicious home cooked and nourishing food.

All of our ERCWA activities are based on a 1:1 volunteer to child ratio to give the children much-needed one-on-one time.

7-16 years

Contact: Meg
041 444 1844
info@edmundricecampswa.com.au

  
WA
Osborne Park

Kids' and Teen Camps

Cahoots creates inclusive opportunities for children and young people living with disability and others that face exceptional challenges to develop friendships, skills and confidence. Dec camps not yet released.

5+ years

Contact:
1300 103 880
info@cahoots.org.au

  
WA
East Victoria Park and Albany

Early Start Australia - Western Australia Clinic

Albany Holiday Morning Social - 3 Hours per day – 5 Days
The Albany Social Holiday Group is for young people (mid to late primary) seeking a social learning context for capacity building. The programme runs for 3 hours for five days of one week of the school holidays. The group uses a common theme across the five days, such as books, science, studying a country. There is an equal mix of structured language learning (receptive and expressive language), shared activity (cooking and craft) and social games and movement. The group actively builds cooperation and collaboration across all tasks, harnessing group process to build social confidence.

Albany Holiday Afternoon Structured Social Group - 3 Hours per day – 5 Days
The Albany Structured Social is for young teens (12-14 years) with significant language/learning difficulties seeking a social learning context for capacity building. The programme runs for 3 hours for five days of one week of the school holidays. The group uses a common theme across the five days, such as books, science, studying a country. There is an equal mix of structured language learning (receptive and expressive language), shared activity (cooking and craft) and social games and movement. The group actively builds cooperation and collaboration across all tasks, harnessing positive experiences and group process to build social confidence.

Albany Holiday Afternoon Social Peer Fun - 3 Hours per day – 5 Days
The Adolescent Group caters for older teens (>14 years) needing opportunity to build social confidence while continuing to work on communicative competence and build independence skills. The underlying structure of the group is shared activity and games, with therapists deliberately paralleling the group structure and tone to match a peer catchup in home. Goals include verbal confidence, executive function, motor planning, functional literacy, and shared engagement.

3-18 years

Various

Contact:
(08) 9450 6939
chris.ziatas@earlystartaustralia.com.au

  
WA
Rottnest Island – Geordie Bay Dwellingup Chalets and Caravan Park, Lavendale Farm Stay – York

Phase Australia

PHASE SHP is running four camps this summer for children aged 8-18 years. Activities include Adventure days, indoor playground centres, marine and science exhibitions,wildlife parks, fun parks, boat cruises, rock climbing and more. See the attached flyer for more information

8-18 years

Contact:
0418 750 524
https://www.perthealthcare.com.au/contact/

 

Sensory Movies*

A sensory-friendly movie session usually involves cinemas turning the volume down and leaving the lights up and audience members are free to get out of their seats and move around the theatre. Parents don't need to feel stressed about keeping their child contained and can feel comforted in knowing that the other parents in the cinema know exactly what their situation is.

Where can you find a Sensory Friendly Screening? We have collected a few below. Let us know of any we can add. 

* Check current availability due to COVID

Event Cinemas           

National

Village CinemasNational
Hoyts Cinemas

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National - Check by location

Wallis CinemasSA - Mitcham, Mt Barker, Noarlunga, Piccadilly, Mildura
Grand CinemasWA - Armadale, Bunbury, Currambine, Cygnet, Joondalup, Warwick

Creative Kids Voucher (NSW)

The NSW Government is helping kids get creative with the new Creative Kids program.

Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities.

The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.

COVID-19 brought updates to the voucher's use as follows: 

  • Activities and programs delivered online, and
  • Creative supplies, equipment and materials through approved Creative Kids providers.

Find Creative Kids Registered Providers

*to find online options select the "Only show online programs" option

 

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