Darwin September October School holidays 2023

Darwin September October School Holidays 2023

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Darwin September October School holidays 2023 break is almost here! School holidays will start on Monday 25th September (for Darwin public schools, private and Independent school holidays may be slightly different – please check with your school).  Students will return to school for Term 4 on Monday 9th October.

Darwin Family Life has rounded up some of the fantastic options that are free (or affordable) activities to do with your kids these Darwin September October School holidays 2023.

Darwin September October School Holidays 2023


Top End Multi Sports – September School holidays program

TEMS have their popular sports holiday program back for the first week of the September holidays break. For the best holiday fun, book your kids into their holiday program where they have a variety of sports and activities to keep your kids entertained! Whether your kid is a beginner or expert player, their school holiday program provides for all levels of ability. They can expect lots of fun, learn a skill and much more.

Program consists of: Soccer, tennis, volleyball, swimming, movie time and more. Daily activities have flexibility to suit children. For ages 5+ 8am to 4pm (half days and earlier starts available on request)

Monday 25th to Friday 29th September (week 1), Cost is $300 for 5 days or $75 per day

Enrolments are now open and filling up fast! For more information and to enrol, click here.

Alphonsus music studio

Kindermusik School Holiday Program

Alphonsus Music Studio are hosting their first school holiday program these September/October holidays! This is a FAMILY CLASS- meaning both parents and children (0-7 years old) can participate.

There will be two options to choose from:

Morning Classes- Zoo Train! (5 sessions)

Evening Classes- Carnival of Music (4 sessions)

Classes will be held at Malak Community Centre. Registrations are now open! So enrol today! For dates, cost and other information head to here

Baseball NT

Baseball NT – Darwin School holiday Clinics –  October

Join Baseball NT for 5 action packed days of baseball fun! They will keep your kids active and entertained while learning and developing their throwing, catching, hitting and running skills through skill sessions, drills and games. For 1 Week only!

On from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th October – 8:30am to 3:00pm. New players and everyone aged 5-14 are welcome. Includes all equipment, morning tea and sunscreen. Program will consist of skills sessions including base running, catching, hitting and throwing, morning tea, lunch, wind down activity and Tball/modified game.

What to Bring: Packed lunches, hats and water bottles.  Costs are $78 for the first day and $60 for each subsequent day or $250 for the whole week.  Click here to register your child.

Bees Creek Horse riding

Bees Creek Horse Riding

‘Own a Pony’ School Holiday program at Bees Creek Horse Riding! Including everything horsey! Horsemanship – grooming feeding horse care, quizes, craft and riding lessons. No experience necessary, suitable for ages 7 to 13yrs.

Dates available are: Wednesday 27/9, Friday 29/9, Monday 2/10, Wednesday 4/10 and Friday 6/10. Cost per session is $160. Drop off 8am and pick up 1pm.  Book all 5 dates and save $50. Places are limited and always fill up, follow this link to our new online booking system. Click here to book

Darwin adult short courses

Darwin Adult Short courses – Various Cooking Classes

Need something fun and educational for your kids this school holidays? Darwin Adult Short Courses have 4 classes coming up! Get in quick, each class has limited spaces! For more information and to book your child’s spot online here.

just stichin

Just Stitchin – Kids School holiday Sewing Classes

Just Stitchin Sewing Centre in Humpty Doo (2/16 Vereker Street) are offering school holidays workshops. Louise is a qualified trainer who holds a current Orchre Card. Suitable for boys and girls aged 8-12yrs (but not exclusive). Classes are from 10am to 4pm. Bring your own lunch and drink bottle. Water and afternoon tea will be provided. Numbers are limited in each class. For bookings contact Louise 0400 777 646 or admin@juststitchin.com.au

Classes available:

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September – Beginner Felt Christmas Ornaments

2 day beginner workshop – felt Christmas Ornaments including Gingerbred man, Rudolph and Snowman. In this workshop you will learn to cut out felt and learn simple hand stichery as you make these adorable heirlooms. $180 for the two days. Includes felt kit and stuffing.

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th September – Beginner/Intermediate workshop

Create your very own masterpiece as you learn simple hand Stichin’ using one of the kitz for kidz range of stichery kits, either level 1 or 2, depending on age/skill level. $180 for the two days. Includes stichery kit and embroidery hoop.

Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October – Beginner/Intermediate workshop

Felt rainbow heart cushion workshop. In this workshop you will learn to cut out felt and learn simple hand stichery as you stich the layers of felt to make this adorable rainbow cushion. $180 for the two days. Includes felt kit and stuffing.

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th October  – Beginner Felt Christmas Ornaments

2 day beginner workshop – felt Christmas Ornaments including Christams Bell, Pudding and Stocking. In this workshop you will learn to cut out felt and learn simple hand stichery as you make these adorable heirlooms. $180 for the two days. Includes felt kit and stuffing.

Flicnics – Saturday 23rd September

The last popular FREE outdoor movie program, FlicNics in Palmerston from 7pm bring along a picnic, blanket or even a bean bag and settle in for a night under the stars. Movie this Saturday will be A Man Called Otto (M) –  screening at Sanctuary Lakes, Gunn.

Darwin Kite Festival – Sunday 24th September

Head down to Cullen Bay lawns on Sunday 24 September for the first ever Darwin Kite Festival from 2pm to 8pm. Be amazed as the skies in Cullen Bay are filled with hundreds of huge colourful kites – some as big as 30m! It’s not just the skies which will be packed full of action, with activities happening on the ground including kite decorating classes, DJ workshops, face painting, roving entertainment, food and drinks and so much more. It’s free, it’s fun and it promises to entertain the whole family.

Water day at Darwin Waterfront – Tuesday 26th September

Beat the heat and cool off these school holidays with waterslides, Z big splash and foam fun from 10am to midday on Tuesday 26th September.

Oasis Shopping Centre Palmerston – Let’s Build Brick City Returns

Back by popular demand, for all LEGO enthusiasts, we’re rallying all the imaginative builders and enthusiasts to converge at Brick City once again! Dive deep into a world of building, challenge your capabilities, and sculpt both the possible and the seemingly impossible with bricks provided. From 10am to 1pm each Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday of the School holidays at Oasis Shopping Centre Palmerston.

FREEZE skate – Wednesday 27th September

Beat the heat at Darwin’s only ice rink! Grab your warmest winter gear and chill out in the coolest spot in Darwin during the January school holidays. This FREE skating session is exclusively for young people aged 12-20. Bring your friends and don’t forget your socks! Wednesday 27th September 5:30pm to 7pm at Darwin Ice Skating Centre Osgood Drive Eaton. Bookings essential here


Gaming After Dark – Friday 29th September

Hang out and play casual setups, compete in small Esports competitions, socialise and be around friendly like-minded people! FREE event, For ages 12-17 at Casuarina Library, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Deckchair Cinema – Kiki’s Delivery Service Tuesday 3rd October

Following the witch tradition, Kiki leaves home at 13 to complete her training. Armed with her mother’s broom and her cat, Jiji, Kiki has to find her way in a big city full of new people. Screening in Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets are FREE for ages 12-25. Attendees outside that age range will need to purchase a ticket. Book a free ticket here. The first 100 young people (12-25) through the door will also receive a free popcorn!

Bridgestone Car Workshops

Create your very own version of a Bridgestone World Solar Car with Rainbow Monkeys. Prepare your car for Saturday 7 October race day. On Wednesday 3rd October and Thursday 4th October – 10am to midday at the Darwin Waterfront.

Mini Bridgestone Challenge – Saturday 7th October

Harness the power of the sun and return with your car to take on the mini Bridgestone World Solar Challenge starting at 9am till 2pm down at the Darwin Waterfront

Office of Youth Affairs

The Office of Youth affairs compile calendars including programs and activities during school holidays for young people (most aged 12-25yrs). Check out their calendars here

City of Palmerston Library

city of palmerston

Some bookings required. Check out all the dates/details and book here.

Fun in the Parks

City of Darwin run Fun the Parks programs in the school holidays at various locations around Darwin suburbs. Find out all the details here 

Taminmin Community Library

Taminimin Community Library located at 70 Challoner Cct Humpty Doo. Check out their Facebook page for more information about FREE school holiday activities. From Lego Club, STEAM workshop, Halloween dress up party, midday movies and more.

leanyer recreation park

Leanyer Recreation Park

Another great option to keep the kids busy and cool these Darwin September October School holidays 2023 is to visit Leanyer Recreation park. It is a FREE water recreation park located at 215 Vanderlin Drive Leanyer. The Park consists of dry and wet recreational areas. The wet area includes a swimming lagoon (shallow in many areas – great for toddlers and young children), three massive water slides for the older kids.  There are large, grassed areas for play, BBQ’s, a dry playground, skate park and basketball courts. The Park has lots of shaded areas including over the pool, the wet play area, the skate park and the grassed areas. There are toilets and change room facilities. 
Opening hours during the school holidays are:
Park from 9am
Wet Play & Lagoon from 10am
Slides from 11am
Park closes at 6pm
There are also a number of FREE events and activities happening at Leanyer Recreation Park over the school holidays including:
Tropical Slide Nights – Wed 26th Sept and Wed 4th Oct – 4pm to 7pm
Giggling Geckos will be providing hours of fun with their monster foam cannon. Slides and lagoon will remain open an additional hour. Food will be available to purchase.
Plaster Art Craft Workshops – Fri 29th Sept and Friday 6th Oct – 10am to 1pm 
Yenz Entertainment will be running FREE Craft N Fun station. Put your creative hats on and get involved with some Plaster Art Painting. Your own unique creation to take home!
Lifeguard Olympics – Tuesday 3rd Oct – 10am to 1pm
Head down to Leanyer Recreation Park and compete against the lifeguards in a series of fun activities. There will be loads of fun activities to join in on including a Dunk Tank! Fun & Free activities! Food will be available to purchase on the day.

Palmerston Water Park

Palmerston Water Park is the second water park in Darwin. It also FREE and open seven days a week. Located at Cnr University Ave and Roystonea Ave (access via Roystonea Ave). The water park includes a 14 metre high – 100 metre long – six-line racer water slide, a wet play area for families and toddlers featuring sprays, water curtains and a shallow wading pool. Another wet play area for teenagers featuring more active water cannons, buckets and high intensity interactive play, a café, toilets and change room facilities, open grassed play area with BBQs, shaded areas and a skate park. Closed Christmas Day.
Opening hours during the school holidays are:
Park from 9am
Wet Play from 10am
Slides from 11am
Park closes at 6pm

The SHAK Youth Hub – at Sanderson Middle School

A drop in youth space for all young people with no registration required, a variety of activities, food and transportation home provided. Food and transport home provided. From 12pm most days of the school holidays till late. For 10-17yr olds. Sanderson Middle School is located at 60 Matthews Road Malak.

Palmerston Recreation Centre/Palmerston Youth Centre/Yspace

Drop in space for youth. Variety of activities include basketball and fun. Food will be provided. Transportation will be provided by Larrakia Nation. More details on activities here under Palmerston tab.

the playshack

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 on the massive indoor playground and you can enjoy a coffee or drink and a snacks available for purchase. Their hours during school holidays will be 8.30 am till 2 pm Monday – Friday, plus the usual weekend times of Saturday 9 am till 2pm and Sunday 10 am till 4 pm. Entry is only $9.90 per child and bubs under 1 are free with an older sibling (or $3). Please remember your socks!

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory (MAGNT)

The Museum and Art Gallery NT (located at 19 Conacher St) is another great place to take the kids and keep them entertained for a few hours in air conditioning!  Entry to the MAGNT is free and they are open Tuesday to Saturday 10am till 4pm and Sundays open 10am till 5pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Check out the Pig-nosed Turtle Feeding and Fish feeding at MAGNT. Every Thursday at 10.30am, step inside the Monsoon Garden and get up close with these unique reptiles found only in Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea.

One of the current exhibitions at MAGNT is Tiny Territory – Tiny Territory makes large and wondrous the small, colourful and alien-like invertebrates of the Northern Territory.

We hope you enjoyed reading this blog and have a great Darwin September October School holidays 2023.

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