A boy with disability learns how to repair a bicycle

We know you love our regular school holiday features on what is on for kids with disability. This edition has:

  • Returning favourites
  • Some new enjoyable finds
  • Entertaining options
  • And includes some ideas for budget-friendly alternatives.

Let's start with a sensory and fun activity that the whole family will love.  Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory have DIY kits! Freckle making, rocky road and Easter egg kits. Replicate the iconic hands-on experience at home. And they mail Australia wide.

For a budget-friendly alternative, you can still do this at home. For a base, Rocky Road recipe, try our White Christmas Rocky Road. Swap the white chocolate for your choice of milk, or dark chocolate, or a mix of both. Switch nuts and glace cherries with Turkish delight, honeycomb or another family-favourite sweet.

Another sensory and healthy recipe you might like to try is our Basic Bliss Balls. You can even try including a few drops of rosewater, food-grade peppermint oil or essence. (Find these in the baking section of the supermarket).

Easter Colouring. Easter is a popular time of year for colouring competitions. Keep your eye out for local competitions or search the internet for free colouring pages. Sites like Super colouring have lots to choose from. A great inexpensive activity.

Easter Egg Hunts. You can buy fillable Easter Eggs, moulded plastic that can hold audible identifiers. This helps make them accessible for children with no or low vision. For children with sensory needs, consider limiting the numbers of a hunt. Be aware of dietary requirements and provide alternatives to chocolate. Assign colours to each child. Explain their colour so the child will only take eggs in their assigned colour. Or have a single basket made up for each child, then they collect only one.

A child is holding a basket filled with colourful Easter eggs.

Australia-Wide Programs

Active Activities A searchable website where you can filter by state.

Australian Camps Association search for camps for people living with a disability.

Australian Sports Camps run Holiday sports coaching for 6 to 16-year-olds. Many sporting codes are available in most State Capitals. Did you know they offer gaming and e-sport programs too? Ideal for children aged 12 to 17 years and from first-timers to advanced players!

Autism Camp Australia Run popular camps on the Sunshine Coast and in Byron Bay. Camps sell out fast.

Bricks 4 Kidz – Virtual workshops and on-location events around educational play with Lego ®.

Budget-friendly choices. Download Lego Masters or borrow Lego books from your library or friends. Let the creativity flow with your bricks at home.

Camp Australia Rocketeers  Available in some major centres. Open and Inclusive, no two days are the same with Rocketeers, with each day of the mission is designed so that children encounter new, exciting experiences.

Class Bento have deliverable kits with virtual classes. Examples of what you might find are

  • Watercolour painting for beginners
  • Calligraphy
  • Making kokedama balls
  • Making terrariums
  • Ikebana tutorials
  • Cooking and baking classes
  • And for the adults, cocktail-making classes.

See Class Bento for the complete online workshop listing. Learn more about Class Bento and the NDIS.

Cocky Guides – Tours of sensory and Auslan explorations. For all ages and blind, vision impaired and sighted people. Available in select states.

Early Start Australia (was Skills for Kids.) Therapy services offered in clinics and school holiday group programs and camps.

  • Core strengthening
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Handwriting therapy
  • Social skills groups.

Contact Early Start Australia to check what is available near you.

Eventbrite - Search for online events that interest you and that meet your access needs. There are free events, and you can use the search filter to choose only "Free" events. Selections include

  • Nature Art
  • Online Wildlife encounters
  • Library Online
  • Science
  • Illustration
  • Cartooning
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Music trivia
  • Photography

Playgroup Australia runs COVID-Safe Programs through Playgroup at Home. Link to your state or territory through Playgroup Australia on Facebook to find local sessions.

Vision Australia for fun games and leisure activities for children who are blind or have low vision. Find things like

  • Educational games
  • talking puzzles with braille
  • sudoku braille cubes
  • tactile puzzles
  • or audible cricket and rugby balls.

Wheelchair Basketball. Offer state and territory programs.

Budget Alternatives. The local park, skate park, and even the pump track, is a great place to play when the weather is fair and mild. Pack a picnic and some snacks to avoid a dash to the shops with hungry children in tow. On cooler or rainy days Museums, Galleries, Libraries, can be great resources for activities in your area too.

 A female in a wheelchairs wears a helmet, knee and elbow guards and gloves and is in a skate park. 

State by State Information

Some of the activities are online, making them available to other states too. Skip to your state.

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Canberra Potters "Clay Day" and kids "Wheel Throwing" Fun. Workshops are for children 5+ years and attending school.

Communities @ work Have school Holiday Programs across Canberra. Fun and a new adventure every day.

Canberra Glassworks. Under the guidance of glass artists. Learn introductory techniques in glassmaking to create your own masterpiece. Some classes need parent/ adult supervision.

Canberra Miniature Railway. Access Day. Sunday 11 April 3 pm - 4 pm.

Marymead Autism Centre has a collection of community activities like Lego Social Groups.

Mov'in car - Canberra Drive-In Cinema, at Questacon Science Garden parking. Stay tuned for programs.

National Museum Endeavour Voyage - Quiet Hours. Visit Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians during a quiet hours session. Designed for visitors who prefer a reduced noise and sensory experience, including people on the autism spectrum. Free with Timed ticketing. Sensory Map.

OZ Code Academy  2 days Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (Brand New Program) + 1-day robotics. Opportunity to explore the incredible word of Artificial Intelligence through this program. Suitable for kids with basic coding experience (ages 9+ to 12).

Peter Rabbit Kids High Tea April 9th. Tasty Treats and craft, music and an Easter surprise. Face painting, Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets required.

Budget-Friendly option. Have a picnic/ tea party at home. Invite dolls, teddy, and keep the food simple but fun. Fairy bread, mini muffins and a few nice biscuits. Imaginative play is the key here. Set the table, pick a few flowers for a vase and put on some relaxing tunes.

Peter Rabbit 2 Sensory Screening. April 24th. Sensory Friendly screenings provide a safe and accepting cinema environment, including dimmed lights (not total darkness) and reduced sound levels.

Questacon  - Open for 2 hour timed sessions with pre-booked tickets essential.

YMCA Autumn Vacation Programs are available. Adventure Squad. Programs in Bungendore, Queanbeyan, Kayleen, St Vincent's, Weetangera, and North Ainslie. 8 am – 6 pm during weeks, not operating on public holidays.

A little girl is having a tea party with her doll and teddy bear. On a white table there are flowers, a tea pot, plates and iced cupcakes. 

NSW

If you haven't heard about active and creative kids vouchers, you can read about them here. They are a great way to have help with funding activities for kids.

Find Creative Kids providers offering online programs.

Share our Space in Participating NSW Public Schools. Offer local communities safe green and play spaces during school holiday breaks.

The City of Sydney - Art and Maker Classes Online with online tutorials. Feature Auslan interpreting and closed captions in the videos. Videos are step-by-step and presented by experienced artists and makers. Projects for beginners aged 15 years and over. Classes available include

  • Making Origami Lampshades
  • Self-Portrait drawing
  • Building a Robotic Hand
  • Still-life drawing.
  • Downloadable PDF Instructions, materials list and templates are available.

Autism Community Network –  Family activities online Support and Clubs

Active OT. Holiday Intensive programs – an intensive program of a specific therapy. They also run Camp "Reset". A camp with specialised services for children (and their parents/carers) who present with childhood trauma.

Art Gallery of NSW – Children's Trails for children aged 6-12. Available online and at the gallery with printed free booklets.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance CPA run activities through selected NDIS fund categories.

  • Occupational therapy cooking programs
  • Multi-sports camps
  • Pre-writing and handwriting skills
  • Young adult getaways.

Clarence Valley Youth - have an assortment of programs. See their Facebook page for details. Upcoming Youth Week Activities.

Coastlink Central Coast Weekend Club, After School Hanging Out and Holiday programs. Includes trips to Sydney and Newcastle.

Growing Early Minds Clever Kids Camp, Lego Club, Language and Literacy group (Eligible under NDIS funding)

Learning Links for Children aged between 4 and 12. Examples of programs on offer

  • Social skills
  • Play and Social Learning
  • Anxiety Management
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Lego-based therapy programs.

LuzAllabilities - Explorers Holiday Program. For children with any difficulty with

  • Cognitive
  • Motor coordination
  • Communication and social abilities.

Macarthur Disability Services – In the Campbelltown area. For children and young people with a mild to moderate disability aged (7 – 17 years.)

New South Wales Rail Museum Thirlmere. Steam Train Rides on weekends. An online activity Page Thomas and Friends, shares storytime videos and activity sheets.

Budget-Friendly Option, if it's raining, pull out the trainset, trains and track and take over the loungeroom. Download Thomas the Tank Engine and play the day away!

Northern Beaches Council A long-day care program. Fun environmental settings, art exhibitions, swimming lessons, theatre programs and library programs.

Open Air Cinema at Lionel Watts Reserve - Friday 2nd April. Take your picnic rug and enjoy a night under the stars! Gates open at 5.30 pm, the movie commences at 6.30 pm. Limited tickets are available, which must be pre-purchased. Tickets are redeemable for a bag of popcorn upon entry. Tickets must be presented to have access to the event.

Playgroup NSW – Budget-friendly option. Explore play, with Baby and Parent Resources the playgroup NSW site, is a wealth of fun play to do at home for both toddlers and babies.

State Library A "Kids at the Library" Series.

  • Audio Guides
  • Kids Activity Trails
  • Storytime
  • Art Club
  • Creative Kids Boxes and
  • Young Writers Club.

St George and Sutherland Community College Tutoring classes for school-aged children.

Sunnyfield – Programs and Hubs. Including Hunter Hotshots and Sydney Hotshots.

Taronga Zoo, along with Taronga Western Plains, always have school holiday activities.

Thinklum Robotics School – Popular online and in-house School Holidays Coding Camps. Roblox and real coding.

What's On Sydney – A trove of online possibilities to select from; check with individual events about access options and prices.

children sitting in a circle listening a story at the library being read by an adult.

 

QLD

Autism Queensland Some of the programs

  • "Cool Conversations". For children aged 8 plus to improve conversation and social skills.
  • Fun, Friends and feelings programs are for children aged 5 – 7 years and their parents.
  • Lego® Club holiday program.
  • Food School School Holiday Program - Sequential Oral Sensory Approaches.
  • Be Me School Holiday Program
  • Cool Kids Anxiety Program
  • Food Scientists
  • Teen Tech Shed

Bazilgrumble Brisbane and South East Queensland. Creative Arts Experiences for a wide range of ages and abilities. It includes

  • Children's Drama classes
  • Early childhood development classes
  • Birthday party entertainment
  • Clay animation.

Camp Cooby For ages 6 to 13. Fun, innovative outdoor explorations and active learning experiences. Leadership camps for ages 12 to 16. Opportunities for teens to challenge themselves. Camp Cooby also run ASD & Social Skills Camps, part of Mindware Psychology Adventure Program (MAP). Helping children discover their compass of life'. The camp aims to help build participants' self-confidence, resilience, and independence in a group setting. Participants will challenge themselves each day. Therapy supports are available to help them with their growth.

Chessmates Holiday Programs and Tournaments, Online Tournaments and courses. An NDIS Registered Provider.

Colour My Pot Transform an article of pottery into a work of art. Book ahead.

Budget-Friendly Option - Check your local nursery or garden centre for small terracotta pots, grab some paints, a smock, newspaper to make cleanup easy and paint away.

Kids of different ages boys and girls playing chess in a tournament 

SA

Adelaide North Special School – A Vacation Care Program. Activities centred around

  • Sensory Days
  • Visual Days
  • Life Skills
  • Animal Visiting.

Autism SA Introducing a new program these April holidays – The Friendship Space. For children aged 7 – 9 years. Activities across the two-day program include lego building, arts, and outdoor schoolyard games. Tuesday 13th April and Thursday 15th April.

Cara For kids aged 4 – 17. NDIS Registered. Kids Clubs are mixes of

  • Sensory play
  • Cooking
  • Art and craft
  • Board games
  • Music and movement
  • Imaginary play
  • Outdoor games
  • Reading and tablet play
  • Park outings.

Chesslife School Holiday Activities

Kids in Adelaide. April School Holidays 2021. This site lists loads of activities, including free and low-cost options. Programs, Events, Tours,

National Railway Museum Sunday 18th April has a particular program. It's the Steam Engine "Bub" 's Birthday. Trains will be running, there will be a CFS fire Engine Display, and the Café Car is open.

Little boy with disability petting a chicken outdoors. He is with a young girl. 

VIC

Arts Centre Melbourne – Digital Content Hub

Bendigo Movie in the Park – Friday, 2nd April - Movie screening is "Doolittle". Tickets required for the limited capacity event. Children Under 12 months do not need a ticket.

Eggs-plore Bendigo April 2nd – 5th.  A jam-packed program of family-friendly activities and entertainment across many venues. Follow the Facebook page to learn all about the events.

Building Blocks Therapy – Zoom Sessions on Mindfulness.

  • Dance group
  • Chop like its Hot
  • Cool Clam Down Crew
  • Team Building
  • Play Skills.

Melbourne Museum – The museum has online and in-house

  • Exhibitions
  • Competitions
  • Quizzes
  • Lectures
  • Puzzles
  • Collections
  • And more.

City of Melbourne Search online for inspiration. Loads of Online activities for Families and Kids. For example,  Storytime, Audio play, STEM learning labs, and Home Publishing.

Melbourne Zoo – Virtual Zoo tours.

Parks Victoria. Junior Ranger "Make and Do" – Activities you can download, a Budget-Friendly activity.

YMCA Children's Programs – Operates at Various Locations.

Sealife Melbourne Aquarium Online event – Livestreams

concentrated boy creating robot at lab picture 

WA

Helping Minds Fun activities through workshops in both Metro Perth and Regional WA. Aimed at children at risk of developing mental health issues. Or, children supporting a family member or friend with mental health challenges.

Topics like

  • Wellbeing
  • Mindfulness
  • Resilience

Budget-Friendly alternative.  Check your local library for age-appropriate books or publications. Or magazines like Teen Breathe, positively reviewed by Maggie Dent, well-known parenting author and educator. (If you get stuck for gift ideas for teen girls, this magazine could be a gift subscription from a family member or friend).

 

NT

Active Activities. A great roundup of what you can do in the school holidays in the Northern Territory. Art, Museums,

 

TAS

Active Activities. Choirs, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Pilates, Camps, and creative activities in Tasmania.

Multicap Tasmania. School Holiday Programs in Devonport, a range of activities for all abilities.

 Two girls. one with visible disability are stretching in an exercise pose


Our blog What to do in isolation in the school holidays has more boredom busters and offline distractions you can do at home.


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