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Published March 26th 2015
New activities for the clipboard of fun
Who can believe the first term of the 2015 school year is almost over? If you are already stressing about how to keep the kids occupied and entertained during the Easter school holidays, take a breath, grab a cuppa and read on for some ideas and inspiration.
Kidstock Festival The forecast is for peace, love and harmony at the Casula Powerhouse these April school holidays, with the introduction of the Kidstock Festival. In the retro themed Kidstock Festival, kids can enjoy a flashback to the seventies, open their minds & be inspired by a range of music, dance, cooking, craft & clay workshops. Can you dig it?
Be inspired by the seventies
Classes are for children aged 6 - 12 years (unless otherwise specified) and cost a cool $15 per class (with some exceptions). The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is located at 1 Powerhouse Rd Casula. The Kidstock Festival will run from the 7th April to 20th April 2015. For a full list of festival workshops or to make a booking click here.
Bricks 4 Kidz uses the popularity & fun of building with Lego bricks to introduce children to STEM concepts (that's science, technology, engineering & maths to us oldies). In the upcoming April school holidays, Bricks 4 Kidz are running various full and half day workshops including Space Adventures, Mining & Crafting, Bricks 4 Girlz, Super Heroes & more.
Learn, build & play with LEGO at Bricks 4 Kidz
The school holiday programs are designed for kids aged 6 - 12 years and are staffed by trained instructors. There are two locations in south west Sydney, Moorebank and Harrington Park. For a full list of workshops or to make a booking click here.
The Listies at Parramatta Riverside Theatres It's time to tickle your funny bone as The Listies come to Parramatta on their National Tour these school holidays. The Listies are bringing their unique brand of comedy to Riverside Theatres on 16th April 2015. Don't miss your chance to see comic duo, Matt and Rich, in action.
The Listies Make You LOL
This is not your average show where all the action takes place on stage and the audience watches comfortably from their seats. You in the audience are an essential part of the show in this interactive theatre experience. It can get rowdy, it will be loud and I guarantee everyone, from young to old, will be laughing out loud before the end of the show.
There are two shows on Thursday 16th April 2015, at 11.30am and 2pm. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Circus Skills Workshop by Circus Arts If you are looking for an activity that is out of the ordinary for your children these school holidays, look no further than the Circus Skills Workshop by Circus Arts at the Sydney Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park.
Learn some circus skills
The workshop will give you a taste of life in the circus where you will learn juggling, hula hoops, low aerials, tight wire & more. For an extra thrill you can add a swing on the high flying trapeze if you dare!
School holiday classes will run from 7th - 19th April 2015. Suitable for children 5 years and over.
For a full list of classes available or to make a booking click here
Also located at the Sydney Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park is Urban Jungle, a high ropes, tree top climbing adventure.
The site boasts over 50 aerial activities as part of its 5 courses and obstacles are positioned between 2 to 6 metres up in the trees. At the end of each course a flying fox speeds you back to the ground. The courses are progressive, each one becoming more difficult. Activities include traversing across fixed and moving platforms, trapeze lines, climbing around tree branches, going though barrels, rope courses and of course the fun of the flying fox.
Suitable for children aged 8 and over, however children under 10 must have a parent climbing with them. Urban Jungle Adventure Park is open weekends, public holidays and school holidays. For pricing information or to make a booking check the website here.
Plough and Harrow East
Kids of all ages will find something to do in the large playground of Plough and Harrow East, in Western Sydney Parklands.
It boasts a multi-generational play area with a wide range of equipment including a water play area, flying fox, hamster wheel, pentagonal swing, climbing structures & more.
If you are spending the day there are plenty of tables and picnic shelters, BBQs and the Amoretti Café is located right next door.
Plough and Harrow East is located in the Western Sydney Parklands at Cecil Hills.
Dumaresq Street Cinema
If the kids are bugging you to take them to the movies, but you don't want to spend a fortune at the local multiplex, there is a cheaper option.
Dumaresq Street Cinemas in Campbelltown offer $6.50 movie tickets for every movie, every day. Can you believe it?
They show the latest movies and it is a great option for affordable school holiday entertainment. There is a Candy Bar offering popcorn, drinks and choc tops as well as combo deals.
You can buy tickets at the cinemas but to avoid the queues & disappointment of a full session (especially in the busy school holiday period) I would recommend purchasing tickets online before you go.
I hope some of these ideas are suitable for your school holiday clipboard of fun. And if you know of any other great school holiday activities happening around south west Sydney, I would love to hear about them.