Darwin October School holidays 2019 break is fast approaching! We will have two weeks break for Darwin public schools. Starting Saturday 28th of September (Private and Independent school holidays may be slightly different – please check with your school). Students will return to school on Monday 14th of October for start of Term 4.
Darwin Family Life has rounded up some of the fantastic options that are free (or affordable) activities to do with your kids these Darwin October School holidays 2019.
Darwin October School Holidays 2019
Here is our list of the Darwin October School holiday and activities happening in Darwin and the surrounds!
Cas Pool Party – Friday 27th September
Casuarina Square is hosting a FREE community event the at Casuarina Pool, with the support of a range of community partners from 5 till 9pm at Casuarina Pool (17 Gsell Street Casuarina). For ages 0-17.
There will be a live DJ, Open-Air Photo Booth, Free BBQ, Water Commando Course, 3×3 Basketball, Corrugated Iron Circus Activities, Touch Football, Pop-Up Playgroup, Competitions, Prizes and much more! *THIS IS A DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE EVENT*
Kid’s Night Out – Casuarina Square Saturday 28th September
Enjoy kid’s entertainment and family meal deals on the last Saturday of the month! From 6.00pm on Saturday in the Quarter. Loads of kids entertainment plus grab some of the awesome meal deals. This Saturday night is themed Pirates and Princesses! Prizes for best dressed on the night. There will be free face painting, hula hoops, music, bubbles and a show with our friends the Burning Circus
Jingli FREE family fun day – Wednesday 2nd October
The Jingli Regional Playground is getting an upgrade to celebrate, City of Darwin and Variety NT invite you to their special FREE Family Day Out at Jingili Water Gardens.
Come along to the Jingili Water Gardens to share your views on Wednesday 2nd October from 9 am till 12 noon.
There will be loads of fun for the kids with Fun Bus, Fun in the Parks, slip and slide jumping castle, and art and craft activities.
They need young volunteers to inspect their playgrounds and be a playground detective! Sign up to get an Official Playground Detective Kit and visit four local playgrounds to investigate. Your detective work will help design the new playground. You will also go in the draw to be one of the first five children to try out the new Jingili Playground! Register at http://bit.ly/2knKLVZ
Darwin Squash Centre
Darwin Squash centre have lots of different options these upcoming school holidays. Ring them today to book your option! 8945 7362.
Option 1 – Drop and Go!
4 hours of fun in an indoor, sun-safe & air-conditioned environment. Kids can play squash, racquetball, cricket, soccer, colouring in, giant games and finish off with a movie screened on the court wall. All food is provided.
Tuesday 1st, Thursday 3rd, Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th October 10am – 2pm $30 per child.
For staffing and food purposes BOOKINGS ARE NOW ESSENTIAL (and must be made the day prior) – Please call 8945 7362 to reserve your spot.
Option 2 – Sit and Watch!
Get your kids to learn to play while you sit back and enjoy a freshly ground coffee!
They’ll learn to play in a fun group coaching session, then finish off with a friendly competition using all the skills they’ve just learnt.
Wednesday 2nd and 9th October 10am – 11am. $15 per child
Option 3 – Stay and Play
Join the fun and get on court with your kids… Adults play at kids prices! Simply rock up to hire a court for Squash or Racquetball and experience the fun for yourself. You’ll get a great workout while the kids burn energy too – all inside in a sun safe, air-conditioned environment.
Every weekday between 10am & 4pm. $5 per person for 1 hour. Plus FREE racquet hire these school holidays! Available all School holidays 1st October till 19th October.
Crocosaurus Cove – Junior Reptile program
Exclusively offered during the NT School Holidays, the Junior Reptile Ranger Program is perfect for the animal lover in your household. This one-of-a-kind tour allows kids to see behind the scenes of our park and help our experienced handlers feed and care for our reptiles! This program costs $60 per child. Accompanying adults can gain entry to the attraction for the discounted rate of $20.
This fully guided 2 hour tour includes: behind the scenes access to the park with our reptile handlers, special Reptile Ranger educational talks and exclusive opportunity to hold and feed juvenile crocodiles and other reptiles.
The Junior reptile program will be run every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the NT School Holidays from 3-5pm. For more details and to get your tickets check out their Facebook event here.
Football NT – School holiday clinics
Football NT we will be running their School Holiday Football clinics again in the October school holidays. School Holiday Clinics is aimed for new and existing players aged 4-11. Places are limited! FNT provides high-quality, positive participation in a fun, diverse and safe environment. Register your child here
Darwin Waterfront Darwin October School holidays 2019
These October school holidays will be jam packed with free family fun each weekday from 10am to 12noon. Activities will include:
Monday 30 September – giant bubble disco fun
Tuesday 1 October – brick build LEGO play
Wednesday 2 October – 3 x 3 and connect 4 basketball
Thursday 3 October – beach play and boarding in the Recreation Lagoon
Friday 4 October – slime workshop
Monday 7 October – solar power car, boat and robot building
Tuesday 8 October – sports play (Aus Kick, NRL & soccer)
Wednesday 9 October – creative play (sand art, face painting & tunes)
Thursday 10 October – sunflower pots and disco fun
Friday 11 October – slime workshop
All activities are free and no bookings are required.
Gardens Tennis/Top End Multi Sports – Holiday program
Our friends at Gardens Tennis have joined forces with Top End Multi Sports – TEMS and have bookings now open for their October School holiday program!
For ages 5 – 12 yrs – Daily program or weekly spots
$70 per day – $250 per week
Sports Program consists of: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball and pool time
From 8 am till after 4.30pm. The holiday program will be held at Top End Multi Sports Centre at 110 Old McMillans Rd Coconut Grove.
For more details or to book in your child – head here Spaces are limited!
Casuarina Square – Jungle theme activities
Casuarina Square will be hosting a jam packed 2 weeks of school holiday fun which will be jungle themed all happening in the Quarter. There will be a jumping water castle in one week and loads of free kids activities happening.
Their very popular $5 kids meal deals in the Food Court will be back on! Keep an eye on their website here for all the program details and meal deal offers!
City of Darwin Libraries
There will be lots of fun FREE activities happening at the libraries these school holidays from the 30th of September to the 13th October. City of Darwin libraries are located at Karama, Casuarina, Nightcliff and Darwin City.
Join Paddy Platypus to learn how to prepare for emergencies, particularly floods, storms and cyclones. Come and have a go at their scavenger hunt or go on an imaginary adventure to Grandad’s Farm with Ricky Possum. Make a cool upcycled hat or watch favourite kids’ movies playing on the big screen. Try fun gadgets and gizmos at Tech Zone, where you will find virtual reality goggles, a 3D printer, robots plus heaps more. Does your child have a love for building? They also have LEGO Club for ages 5 to 12 years.
Check out their full program and times here
Fun in the Parks
Youth Pool Party at Parap Pool – Tuesday 8th October
YMCA is putting on their fun pool party again these holidays from 3pm to 6pm. Head down
on 8th October for a free sausage, Inflatable games and pool games
*Free Entry is only for those aged 4-17.
Parap Pool is located at 77 Ross Smith Avenue Parap
City of Palmerston Library
The Planet located at 69 Progress Drive Nightcliff have some great School holiday specials on to keep the kids busy and entertained! You can get 2 games of bowling, shoe hire, hot dog, fries and a drink for $22.50. One game of bowling for just $8 per person!! They also have a standard playground promo of 1 free entry for each $10 spend in cafe.
Palmerston and Regional Basketball Association
To book your child into the basketball holiday camps click here
To register and for more information head here
Zone 3 Darwin have got a great school holiday special to keep the kids entertained. From 10 am to 6 pm you can get 2 hours of unlimited laser tag and arcades for just $15 per child. Head in today during the holidays! They are located at 3/70 McMinn St Darwin City!
The Playshack Palmerston
Why not head into the Playshack located in the Hub complex Palmerston (Shop 7, 3 Maluka Drive). Let the kids run and burn their energy and you can enjoy a coffee or drink and a slice of Petra’s Raw cakes available for purchase. The Playshack have extended during school holidays. Their hours will be 8.30 am till 4 pm Monday – Friday, plus the usual weekend times of Saturday 9 am till 5 pm and Sunday 10 am till 4 pm. Entry is only $8.90 per child during the week and bubs under 1 are free. Please remember your socks!
Taminmin Community Library
Taminmin Community College library has their school holiday programs back on for our rural residents! Located at Challoner Circuit in Humpty Doo. They also have FREE movie days on each Friday of the school holidays from 12pm. October 4th will screen Lego Movie 2 and on October 11th Spiderman. Popcorn and drinks will be provided
Darwin Ice Skating Centre – special offers!
Our friends at Darwin Ice Skating Centre have some great special offers always on for families! You can skate 1 Parent & 1 Child (5yrs and under) for just $24. Or a family pass of 2 Adults & 2 Children (between 6 Years & 14 Years) is $60.00.
If you buy a pre-paid pass for 10 sessions and receive a 20% discount off the total price. They also have loyalty cards were After 10 skating sessions, you’ll be able to skate for free on the 11th visit.
Check out their session times here
Darwin Creative Dance Industries
Junior Disney Dance workshops
Does your little one love Disney? Bring them along for some fun at our Disney Dance Cursion for children between the ages of 3-8 years old.
Structure of workshops:
Learning a fun Disney Dance routine 1hr
Creating and decorating Craft 20mins
Performance & Games 30mins
Wednesday October 9th – Aladdin 10am-12pm
Thursday October 10th – Lion King 10am-12pm
Friday October 11th – Moana 10am-12pm
Dance and Film workshops
If you are 9+ years old and are looking for some holiday fun, come and join us for Dance & Film!
We will spend 1.5 hrs learning a short routine and then head out to a secret location to create a dance video. Locations to be announced!
$40 per workshop or all 3 for $100 (discount automatically applied) Workshop dates Wednesday 9th October, Thursday 10th October and Friday 11th October – 1.30pm to 5pm each day
Youth NT – for those with older kids
The Office of Youth Affairs (for 12-25 year olds), publishes calendars to promote a wide range of activities and events happening across the Territory for School Holiday Periods. Check out their calendars here
Gods of the floor – Breaking Battles
Calling all B boys and B girls have you heard……. Gods of Floor Breaking Battle is happening in Palmerston this school holidays.
DAY 1 – Breaking Battle Competition
Date: Saturday 28 September 2019
Registration Time: 11:30 am
Competition Time: 12 pm to 3 pm
Location: Indoor Basketball Courts – Entrance on Frances Drive
DAY 2 – Workshops
Date: Sunday 29th September 2019
Beginner 10 am
Intermediate 10:45 am
Master Class 11:45 am
Location: Indoor Basketball Courts – Entrance on Frances Drive
Special National Guest – Bboy Duc from 143 Liverpool Street Crew
Special Local Guest – Tailed Beast Crew
Register or for more information call Triki – 0411863281 – Express Studios Darwin
We hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable School Holidays! You could also read our Top 20 easy home activities blog on easy and fun ways to entertain the kids at home so you don’t have to get out of the house every day! Or check out our Playground page and explore a new playground with your kids!
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