Helping your child find ‘their thing’, starts with knowing what’s out there to try. Our Extracurricular Guide has a variety of local organisations providing activities and opportunities for your children to explore.
Whether they’re into sports, arts, or want to learn, there’s plenty of options to keep them entertained, active, developing new skills and making friends.
Cairns Hockey Association
Cairns Hockey will be running a big sign on event on 18 February, 4.30pm – 6.30pm. The event will include sign-on opportunities for various clubs in Cairns that cater to everyone of all abilities and skill levels. Make a night of it and bring the whole family down, there will be food trucks, drinks, a canteen, and games going – all showcasing the fantastic culture of Cairns Hockey.
The Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) offers a variety of fun programs and activities for all ages and levels throughout the school term, including Judo, Basketball, Fitness, KinderPlay, recreational gymnastics, gym sports, competitive gymnastics programs and more!
A 91 – 97 MacNamara Street, Manunda
P 4053 1532 PCYC Cairns
Host your own painting party or join in on others, there’s a multitude of options for both you and your little ones. The newly launched Youth Tribe offers classes for children aged 7 – 16 that parents can even get involved in. They also offer 6 month children’s memberships for $240.00. Check online as they will be hosting 2 classes monthly for children at a cost of $55.00 per class.
Kumon Maths and English
Kumon’s Maths and English programs are proven to develop maths and english skills and maximise their potential. If your child needs a bit of extra help after school, they want to get ahead, or if they just need a challenge, then Kumon is right for them.
Cost: $100.00 initial enrollment fee. Classes: $140.00 per month (per student, per subject)
FNQ Dance Academy
The Academy offers a diverse range of dance classes including Ballet, Jazz, and Acrobatics. Classes are suitable for anyone 2 years through to adults. They also offer a dedicated Under 5’s program, boys only classes, and recreational or exam / comp stream classes. Visit the website for more information. There are two convenient locations in Portsmith and Woree.
Learn how to maximise the body’s force-producing capabilities through easy to learn martial arts movements. UMA Australia is not designed for sport competition but rather for individuals to learn practical self-defence skills. There are classes catering for children as young as 4, that will help develop strength, confidence, coordination, and fitness. Check online for more information.
Little Pearls Swim School
Swimming is a skill for life and at Little Pearls your child can receive ongoing swimming and water safety lessons, no matter their age, all year round. Facilities include an indoor heated pool with ozone treated water, change tables, hot showers, a small play space and more. They offer classes for babies and toddlers, through to adult lessons. Visit the website for more information.
Cairns Indoor Sports
Rain, hail or shine, it’s game on! Kids can get involved in cricket, netball and soccer by joining a team based on their age group. There are even lots of options for older children and adults too, so why not get the whole family involved? Check online for season dates and enrollment fees.
Does your child love footy and want to get more involved in the sport? AFL Cairns is home to roughly 2,500 players from nine different clubs situated throughout the Far North Queensland Region. They can have fun, get fit and healthy, socialise and develop teamwork and technical skills with AFL Cairns Juniors. Teams begin with U8 all the way up to U18, for girls and boys.
Cairns Art Gallery
The Cairns Art Gallery Art School offers exciting classes and workshops throughout the year encouraging imagination, developing cognitive skills, artistic prowess, and versatility by working with a variety of media and tools. Check in online for schedules.
The Young Company Theatre
Have you got a drama-driven little one on your hands? Then come and tread the boards at The Young Company Theatre with classes in acting, drama, musical theatre, film and tv, improv, creative writing, panto, and much more! Your young performer will discover their creative abilities, grow their confidence, and supercharge their imagination. Don’t fret if you’ve missed out, they often hold theatrical school holiday programs for those wanting to get their feet wet.
Edu-Kingdom specialise in tutoring services for students from Year 1 to 12 for a large range of subjects, from calculus to power writing. The professional tutors have years of experience as well as a range of teaching styles, ensuring your child will leave prepared for school and a life of learning.
Abacus by Wallis
Discover an easy and fun approach to mathematics calculations with Abacus. Studying using an abacus helps build up impressive and speedy mathematical skills and eliminates the need or reliance on calculators. You can start them early too, classes are suitable for ages five and up.
Blitz Tennis by coach Guy Thomas offers after school coaching for all ages and abilities at the Edmonton Tennis Club at Down Park and the Gordonvale Tennis Club at Norman Park. He also runs clinics during the school holidays for children at all skill levels.
P 0417 648 597
Cairns Wake Park
Cairns Wake Park is the perfect way for all children 10 years and older to get involved in one of the funnest ‘extreme sports’ out there. All levels can have fun and gain a sense of achievement through a well-designed and safe activity. The Wake Park runs training sessions throughout the school term, so check online for program dates and membership offers.
Turning Pointe Dance Studio
Turning Pointe Dance Studios offers classes for children as young as 3 years, aiming to inspire them through movement. Whether they’re searching for a career in dance or are in it for fun, everyone is motivated to reach their full potential. With awesome state of the art purpose-built premises, it’s the perfect place for your child to learn about the amazing world of dance. They offer classes in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre and acrobatics. For the younger bunch, they also offer specialised classes such as Mummy and Me and Prep Dance for children aged five and under.
Blitz Tennis by coach Guy Thomas offers after school coaching for all ages and abilities at the Edmonton Tennis Club at Down Park and the Gordonvale Tennis Club at Norman Park. He also runs clinics during the school holidays for children at all skill levels. Get in touch for scheduling and cost information.
Learn 2 Learn Tutoring
Learn 2 Learn Tutoring uses a combination of computer-based activities and paper-based tasks with face-to-face teaching. Tuition can be conducted individually for students or in groups, from preschool age through to tertiary. An assessment is conducted prior to enrolment to ensure that the tutoring program targets the individual needs of the child. Their registered and accredited staff design custom specialised programs for each child to ensure maximum improvement.
Saints Soccer Club
Saints are a local community based junior soccer club that is family friendly. Catering for children aged 5 – 15 years old, teams aren’t graded on skill but instead focus on creating positive and encouraging experiences to promote participation and teamwork. Visit their website to register your interest and for more info on enrolment and season dates.
Table Tennis Cairns
Table Tennis Cairns is a not-for-profit club that promotes the sports’ values of fairness and inclusion. They offer annual memberships for social players, as well as coaching for the skilled and elite. Head down and sign up to join in the fun.
South Cairns Gymnastics
South Cairns Gymnastics is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation offering a wide range of safe and enjoyable activities. The programs focus on developing coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility, as well as self-esteem, trust, and confidence in movement. They cater to children from 12 months through to adults.
Little Ballet Company (LBC) Dance Studio
The LBC aims to create a positive and creative dance environment that fosters a confident dancer and creator of movement. The studio offers classes in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Hip Hop, all which cater to various ages and skill levels. Students can attend ballet classes for pure recreational purposes or can choose to participate in ballet exams online with the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. Book your free trial class today!
Ready Set Swim At Home Lessons
Ready Set Swim are an AUSTSWIM Registered Swim School providing swimming lessons in your own pool with a qualified swimming instructor. Your child will learn in an environment they are familiar with, whether it’s for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Lessons can be private or shared between family members! If you don’t have a pool then the option of meeting at a public pool is also available.
DanceScapes The June Vale Dancers
DanceScapes offers Kindy dance classes from 3 years old through to junior and senior students. They are passionate about helping every student learn to dance and reach their potential in a positive, inspiring and structured environment. Students have the option to learn Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and Acrobatics. Get in touch for enrolment and schedules.
A Barr Street Markets
P 0412 576 272
Dancescapes The June Vale Dancers Cairns Australia
Nukzu Muay Thai
This small family-run gym teaches a variety of classes for ages 5 years and up, at any fitness level. Classes include Muay Thai based fitness, circuit based HIIT, yoga, resist, stretch, fight and much more. They aim to make you fit, fast, and can help fighters improve their techniques or learn more about the art of Muay Thai itself. A junior, graded Muay Thai class is available for 5-12 year old children as well as a Muay Thai and fitness class for teenagers. Visit their website to see all available classes and costs. You can also book online for an introduction session to discuss training, membership options, and receive a gym tour.
Dance Classes at Mulgrave Dance Academy
Mulgrave Dance Academy offers classes in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop from beginner to advanced levels. They cater for all student needs in a safe and supportive environment, to help children achieve their absolute best and success in dance. Whether you and your child are looking for a fun after school activity, fitness or future in dance, the benefits and life skills they receive mean their dance education will last a lifetime.
Cost: $13.00 per class. Runs Monday – Saturday.
Miss Chelsea’s Dancing For Little Ones
Miss Chelsea’s focuses on providing high quality lessons delivered through playful and imaginative classes, letting them explore their movement, confidence and coordination in a safe and nurturing environment. They offer classical ballet, jumping jacks and acrobatics for preschool and early primary dancers (18 months – 7 years) at three locations across Cairns.
Edge Hill United Football Club
A not-for-profit community organisation providing an inclusive, family-oriented sporting club that encourages healthy living, participation, teamwork and skill improvement.
P 04 5805 0105
Edge Hill United Football Club
Leichhardt Junior Soccer Club
Participate in soccer and develop positive self-esteem, build character by learning the virtues of hard work, respect, honesty, self-control, teamwork and sportsmanship.
P 04 6611 1397
Leichhardt Junior Soccer Club
Mulgrave Athletics Gordonvale
Mulgrave Athletics meets Sunday mornings from March to September. New members are always welcome and can trial for 2 weeks before paying the annual membership fee.
Mulgrave Athletics Gordonvale
Edmonton Junior Rugby League
The club was founded in 2002 when a need for a junior league club in the fast growing southern corridor of Cairns was identified by the community. The volunteer based club lets boys and girls experience rugby league in a positive manner.
Edmonton Junior Rugby League Club Inc.
Trinity Beach Bulldogs Netball Club Inc
Play netball in a safe and friendly environment, respecting each other’s differences and celebrating each other’s achievements. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced netballer, reach your potential and have loads of fun.
Trinity Beach Bulldogs Netball Club Inc.
Redlynch Equestrian Association
For all riders and horse enthusiasts, young and old. There is a fenced dressage arena, floodlit sand jumping arena, sand round yard, as well as a massive grass arena at the centre.
Cairns Pirates Touch Football
Learn to play touch no matter your age. A family friendly no contact sport, perfect for teaching the young ones sportsmanship, hand eye coordination, and fitness.
Cairns Touch – Home of the Pirates
Aerial Dynamics hosts classes for Aerial Silks, Lyra and Trapeze at the Parramatta State School Basketball Stadium for kids, teens, and adults.
P 0400 556 325
Cairns Volleyball Association
Cairns Volleyball Association delivers a wide range of volleyball experiences to Cairns and the surrounding regions. Players of all abilities have the opportunity to play Indoor and Beach volleyball competitively and socially.
Cairns International Tennis Centre
They provide extensive coaching programmes for both adults and juniors at all levels, beginner to advanced. Coaching is led by Baseline Tennis Coaching Academy with head coach Wayne Fielder.
P 07 4041 3383
Cairns International Tennis Centre