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Children's Programs at Ivanhoe Aquatic Centre

Keep your kids learning throughout the year 

Child Care

At Ivanhoe Aquatic we understand that your family creates a part of our overall well being. Our child care provides a balanced range of educational, music, dance, dress-up, social and recreational experiences for children, aged from birth to 5 years old.
The crèche opens at 9am and closes at 12pm. Session times are:

  • Session 1 – 9am-10.30am
  • Session 2 – 10.30am-12pm

Occasional care is available from 9am-12pm, with a maximum of five places available each day. Occasional Care means extended child care time (3 hours) and you may leave the premises during these hours. Find out more about our child care services.


Lee's Karate is owned by Sensei Belinda lee. It is a traditional Goju Ryu Karate-based martial art, with core training focused on self-defence and self-improvement. Classes for children and adults are provided by Lee's Karate at Ivanhoe Aquatic.

The syllabus focuses on self-defence and self-improvement including developing positive attitudes to personal safety, fitness and self-confidence. Classes are conducted in a disciplined but encouraging manner, and are also fun.

Each Karate level is designed to cater for individual progression based on age and ability:

  • Tiny Fists for 4-6 year olds - a gentle introduction to structure, discipline and learning in a self-defence context.
  • Little Ninja for 7-10 year olds – focusing on fun, confidence, discipline and the fundamentals of Karate while learning simple, practical self-defence behaviours.
  • Young Samurai for 11-15 year olds – focusing on confidence, discipline and practical self-defence behaviours while learning fundamentals as well as higher skills.
  • Adult for 16 years and up - enabling participants to discover the ancient wisdom of ‘old school’ Karate for fitness, self-improvement and effective self-defence.
  • Black Belt – for people with their Black Belt.

Tuition fees are payable on a Semester (Two Term) fee basis with bookings to be made online at

There is a once only joining fee of $90 for new members which includes a free karate suit and free trial class.  Other costs may be involved as your child progresses for new belt gradings, Sparring gear and other events. For more information visit Lee's Karate Academy website or Facebook page. You may also contact Sensei Belinda Lee on 0421 416 119 or email

Class timetables

Tiny Fists: 4-6 years (30 mins)
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4pm.
Sunday at 8.30am and 11.15am

Little Ninjas: 7-10 years (1 hour)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4.30pm
Wednesday and Thursday at 5.30pm
Saturday at 8.30am
Sunday at 8.15am

Young Samurai: 11 – 15 years (1 hour+15mins)
Tuesday and Wednesday at 5.30pm
Thursday at 4.15pm
Saturday at 9.30am
Saturday at 10.45am

Seniors/Adults: 16 (1 hour+30 mins)
Wednesday at 7pm

Age ranges are indicative only and classes for individual students may vary.

Please call 9490 7111 to speak to the Aquatic Program Staff for available times

Swimming Lessons

We believe swimming and water safety skills are essential for everybody.

We are proud that our program has been successfully delivered to the Banyule community for over 25 years.   

Our highly regarded Learn to Swim program is delivered by our passionate and experienced AUSTSWIM qualified teachers, all holding additional qualifications of CPR and a current Working with Children Check, as well as many speciality swimming qualifications.     

We offer free assessments with our professional and welcoming staff to find the perfect class for you or your child.
Find out more about Ivanhoe Aquatic Swimming Lessons.