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The winter school holidays are here and there are loads of activities across town for kids to get involved in. In collaboration with LEGO®, we’ve curated the picks from the heap, with activities to suit every kid—and help them quench their boredom, too.
FOR CHILDREN WHOSE IMAGINATIONS KNOW NO LIMITS: LEGO® CON AUSTRALIA
The best activities for children are those that caregivers can enjoy too. And if there’s one activity that kids big and small alike love, it’s playing with LEGO® bricks. From July 9th to 10th, the Sydney Showground will host a two-day celebration of bricks in the form of LEGO® CON, where there will be plenty for families to see, do and build.
LEGO® lovers can create and play with sets spanning a huge variety of LEGO® worlds, and even help build a top-secret LEGO® project. Children are also invited to attend a Build the Change session where little LEGO® fans can share their hopes and dreams for the future.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to admire an impressive life-size LEGO® Technic™ McLaren Formula 1™ race car, on display in Sydney for the first time.
Entry to the event is free, but you must register to attend – find out more and secure your spot on the website. Tickets are currently sold out, but more tickets will be released on Friday July 1st.
FOR THE CHILD WHO LOVES THE HEADLIGHT: NIDA VACATION COURSES
Children from the age of two can take part in NIDA’s extensive school holiday program this winter. Courses are held on campuses across Sydney, from Kensington to Kellyville, and cover a wide range of skills from five-day acting workshops to hands-on courses in costume making and set design. Whatever they choose, children are encouraged to explore the limits of their creativity and imagination in a fun, collaborative environment.
FOR KIDS WITH COMPETITIVE STRENGTH: SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
Do you have children who want to stay active this school holiday? Make your way to Sydney Olympic Park, which offers a variety of sporting activities from July 2nd to 17th. Whether they want to run, kick, jump, swim, or even shoot a bow and arrow, there’s an activity by their name. Lessons are led by professional teachers and are designed for all levels of experience, whether your child wants to try a new activity or develop existing skills. Learn more here.
FOR CHILDREN WHO LIKE TO DREAM: ART WORKSHOPS
If this world is just a canvas, it’s better that the canvas is a real canvas than, say, your walls. If your child wants to let their creativity run free this school holiday, signing up for an art workshop will help them do just that.
There is a range of interactive activities at the Bankstown Arts Center to help participants create their own mini-masterpieces – or contribute to a much larger one. Kids can bring their most vivid dreams to life at Frame Your Dream, a free two-hour workshop led by artists from the Theater Kantanka collective. Small creatives also have the chance to be part of Kantanka’s Bankstown Biennial performance dream lock. Elsewhere, kids can learn tying, weaving and twining techniques while making personal tree charms from natural materials at Tree Creatures, or learn the mono-printing skill to create colorful flags to hang on a wishing tree.
Youngsters, teenagers and in-betweeners can all take part in creative workshops taking place at the Penrith Regional Gallery this holiday. Babies as young as six months old can sing, play and create an artwork on canvas at Bubs on Canvas, while children aged five to eight can create their dream city with stamps and printing techniques using everyday objects. Other workshops cover techniques such as painting, stenciling, linocut and more.
FOR THE CHILD WHO CAN TALK THEIR WAY OUT OF EVERYTHING: COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
Give your Mini some valuable life skills this school holiday by enrolling them in an interactive communication workshop at Talent Club Australia. The four-in-one workshops, held both at venues across Sydney and online, will develop children’s confidence, communication and leadership skills through a unique blend of public speaking, creative writing, debate and led drama activities of empowering talented, professional trainers. There are both junior and senior workshops, so little and big kids (aged 5 to 17) can join in with no prior knowledge.
FOR THE CHILD WHO ALWAYS ASKES QUESTIONS: PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS AND TOURS AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
A variety of experiences await you at the Sydney Opera House this winter. Roald Dahl is very popular The tweets leads the school holiday program with a captivating production from Shake & Stir Theater Co.
Also on the bill creation creation (Pictured above), a comedic documentary that explores some of life’s biggest questions based on interviews with people between the ages of eight and 102. The colourful, creative performance tries to answer questions like “Is there other life in the universe?”. and ‘How did the world begin?’ in a hilarious explosion of art, sculpture and puppetry.
In the meantime, tempo is the new show from Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Australia’s national youth circus. Young theatergoers will be delighted by a cast of young performers jumping, juggling, balancing and leaping. Children who are feeling particularly inspired can take part in a workshop with Flying Fruit Fly Circus Artistic Director Anni Davey, who will teach participants a range of impressive circus skills.
Away from the stage, the Sydney Opera House also hosts hands-on arts and crafts workshops, as well as behind-the-scenes tours that unveil secrets beneath the sails.
Visit the website for more information about LEGO® CON Australia and how to register.