Extend Your Kids

Extend Your Kids

Extend Your Kids

Often, as parents, we want to engage our children in quality educational programs and activities to challenge and extend them. We have a variety of school holiday and in-term events, programs and activities listed here, many of which are free! 

If your child needs a bit of extra help, a multitude of tutoring services exists, whether online or in a classroom environment. Look in this section for a listing of some of these services.

And the programs, events, and competitions we have uncovered here can help families to encourage a thirst for knowledge and to nurture their children's interests!

Australian Centre for the Moving Image - Hothouse Program

ACMI HothouseThe Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) runs the Hothouse: Tall Poppies Grow Here program which aims to develop the creative talents of ten of Victoria’s best young aspiring filmmakers in years 10 to 12.  ...read more »

UN International Year of Water Cooperation 2013

The objective of this International Year is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. The Year will highlight the history of successful water cooperation initiatives, as well as identify burning issues on water education, water diplomacy, and more.  ...read more »

International Year of Statistics 2013

The International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013)The International Year of Statistics ("Statistics2013") is a worldwide celebration and recognition of the contributions of statistical science.  ...read more »

Melbourne Writers Festival 2013 - Kids


The 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival is an 11–day literary extravaganza featuring the world's leading writers, thinkers, illustrators and performers.  ...read more »

Studying Abroad / Student Exchange

Studying abroad is an option sought out by students who wish to study while they travel, learn a language, experience new cultures, and broaden their horizons.  ...read more »

National Youth Science Forum

The National Youth Science Forum offers students currently in Year 11 a unique opportunity to test drive careers in science, engineering and related disciplines.  ...read more »

Book: A Parent's Guide to Scholarship Tests

A Parent's Guide to Scholarship TestsA Parent's Guide to Scholarship Tests
Author: ACER 


Preparing, applying and sitting for a scholarship test can be gruelling and competitive process for the child and the childs parents, and the disappointment of not being awarded a scholarship can be demoralising and disappointing.  ...read more »

National Recycling Week 2013


National Recycling WeekRecycle Right ... with National Recycling Week.  Join in the activities for National Recycling Week 2013 from 11-17 November. Now in its 18th year, National Recycling Week (NRW) is an established and highly regarded annual education and behaviour change campaign.

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Food Safety Week 2013


Australian Food Safety Week 2013 will be held 11-17 November.  ...read more »

World Kindness Day 2013


Held annually on the 13th November, this day celebrates the positive impact that kindness has on ourselves, our community, and our country.  ...read more »

yLead Leadership

Since 1989, yLead has been inspiring youth and creating leaders of tomorrow who are instilled with a vision of making a difference to the world we live in.  ...read more »

Refugee Week 2013


The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) works with agencies around Australia to coordinate Refugee Week, Australia's peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. In 2013, Refugee Week will be held from June 16-22, and the theme is 'Restoring Hope'.  ...read more »

Outward Bound

Outward Bound offers exhilarating personal development courses that take people into new territories, giving them the opportunity to test themselves, inspire each other and come back with a new outlook on life and the world.  ...read more »

The Crew

Lights, Camera, Action! propose a story, shoot it, and maybe get a segment aired on SBS.  These are just some of the fun ways you participate in The Crew.  ...read more »

National Young Leader Days

The National Young Leaders Days have become one of the largest and most significant student leadership events in Australia.  ...read more »

Summer School in Film Making

Intensive summer film school taught by Australia's leading film industry professionals, as part of Melbourne University's Screen Studies' film education programs. For aspiring filmmakers of any age.  ...read more »

School Holiday Ideas

SW Carnival of ScienceHere are our picks for great educational activities for you and your kids these school holidays! Exhibitions, online activities, books...


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MMAD - Musicians Making A Difference

MMAD's purpose is to improve the lives of all young people, particularly disadvantaged and marginalized youth, through the power of music, the creative arts, and unconditional positive regard.  ...read more »

Foundation for Young Australians

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is a national, independent, non-profit organisation.  Their mission is to improve the way young people learn, the way they live and the way they lead.  ...read more »

How to Choose the Best Private Tutor For Your Child

By Sean Tearney     There are many things you should look for when choosing the right private tutor. Sometimes though it will come down to trying various tutors out and seeing which one works best with you. Outlined here are the characteristics you should look for and the steps you should then take to ensure you've chosen the right person.  ...read more »

Tutoring and Scholarship Exams: Are They Right for My Child?

Boy Studying w/Specsby Tahlia Mandie, Direction Exploring      Tahlia answers some common questions on tutoring and scholarship tests , such as: 'How can a tutor help my child?' and 'Should my child sit a scholarship test?'  ...read more »

Museums, Galleries, Zoos and Exhibitions for Kids

Scienceworks Think AheadYourKidsEd has put together links and information on a range of museums, galleries and exhibitions with fantastic kids' educational experiences on offer, arranged by state.

Museums and galleries are a wonderful way for families to share fun, educational experiences together. Please contact us to recommend any additions to this list!

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United Nations Youth Association of Australia

The United Nations Youth Association of Australia (UNYA) is an expanding and dynamic network of young people based all around Australia. UNYA Australia is a non-profit, community organisation run for and by young people which has been broadening youth horizons for approximately forty-five years. UNYA works with young people aged 15 to 25 in a number of ways to provide them with a unique learning experience.  ...read more »

Young Endeavor Youth Scheme

The Young Endeavor Youth Scheme (YEYS) began when the magnificent sail training ship STS Young Endeavour was given to the people of Australia as a Bicentennial gift from the United Kingdom back in 1988. Since then over 10,000 young Australians aged 16 - 23 have already taken part in voyages all around Australia and some overseas.  ...read more »

Australian Youth Forum

The AYF is the Australian Government's new initiative aimed at engaging young people and the youth sector in ongoing public discussion and facilitating their input into policy and decision making on issues that affect their lives.  ...read more »