With the winter school holidays around the corner, parents are migrating into a panic mode with kids being underfoot all day. If you're trying to find things to keep your child occupied, Central Geelong has got you covered. While there are many children activities in Melbourne this July, the Central Geelong Kids Fun Program contains a much larger list of free and ticketed events. You can visit the website to download the complete guide and book your favourite programs. To get you started, here is list of the top school holiday things to do.
It may not be the Lunar New Year festival but kids aged 5 years and up can still enjoy some hands-on fun with Chinese paper lanterns. Hosted by Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, children will learn about the Chinese zodiac and bring home a decorative lantern. This event is FREE and children must be supervised at all time by a parent or guardian. Bookings are essential and can be made here.
Location: Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Lt Malop St
3 July - Unicorn Milkshake and Unicorn Poop Cookies
Photo courtesy of Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine
Kids aged 4 to 14 years and their parents or grandparents can join in some family fun with food at Market Square Shopping Centre. Each family team will work together and decorate a chef's hat, apron and take-home milkshake cup as well as prepare some unicorn poop cookies to bake at home.
This event is FREE and there are 2 sessions to choose from, at 11am and 12,30pm. Reservations are required and bookings can be made here. The food prepared at this event may contain egg, milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and other allergens. Children must be supervised at all time by a parent or guardian.
Location: Market Square, Level 1, Cnr Moorabool and Malop Sts
Kids aged 6 to 10 years can join Bronte Stead for a fun session at The Carousel from 9.15am to 10.15am. The author and illustrator of The Broken Horse will be helping kids to develop their imagination. He will guide the children on bringing ideas together through the use of a simple storyboard. Participants will also get to create their own small storyboard project. Children must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian. The event is FREE but reservations are required based on a maximum of four spaces per booking. Bookings are available here. Phone 03 5224 1547 for future inquiries.
Guf Internet and Games is hosting a session where kids can learn to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game. They will view game demonstrations, get tips on creating a Pokemon deck and have some hands-on play sessions. Tickets are $6 per child and includes a take-home pack of Pokemon cards. Each session starts at 12pm and bookings are not required. Children must be supervised at all time by a parent or guardian. Phone 03 5222 8441 for more information.
Kids aged between 3 and 10 years can drop by the Big Build. They can use large GIGI Bloks to design and build anything based on their imaginations. Entry to this creative playground is FREE and no bookings are required. Children must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian.
Location: 113-115 Lt Malop St, (next door to Toyworld)
The scarf festival is the celebration of all things scarf at the National Wool Museum. This year's theme is 'Galaxies: a textile journey to infinity and beyond'. The exhibition will showcase original handcrafted scarfs from varied sources including artisan from around Australia and internationally, hobbyists and even school children. There are workshops and demonstrations by local artisans as well as handmade goods for sale. The ticket is $9 per adult, $7 concession, $5 per child and $30 for a family, and more details are available here.
Time: Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm
Location: National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool St
The school holiday theme is Food and Fun and kids can also get involved in Tastes of Central Geelong food festival. There are cooking classes, food art, edible crafts and high tea. If you're looking to rest your feet, there are many family-friendly eateries around Central Geelong where strollers and prams are not an issue.
Head over to the Childrens Book Department in Myer Geelong for a story-telling session from 10am to 1pm. Kids can join in dressed up as their favourite fairytale character and the first 200 children can enjoy an complimentary ice cream cone each. This event is FREE and no booking is required. Children must be supervised at all time by a parent or guardian.
Location: Myer Geelong, Childrens Book Department, Level 1, 105 Malop St
Teens aged 12 years and above are invited to join Jess and Ruby from Noir Darkroom for an interesting session on photographic darkroom prints. It explores the very basics of photography. Held from 1pm to 3pm, participants will learn to make photograms of objects and themselves including experimenting with movement and multiple exposures. They will also experience the 'magic' of a photograph appearing in a developing tray. This workshop might just inspire your child to work towards the Sony World Photography Awards in London. The session is FREE but bookings are required. Reservations are are limited to four per booking and available here.
Location: Courthouse Youth Arts, 60 Lt Malop St
15 July - Eat, Draw, Eat with Eliza Jane Gilchrist
Children aged 10 to 14 years are invited to join artist and puppeteer Eliza-Jane Gilchrist in an interactive workshop at the Geelong Gallery. Participant will explore food and drawing techniques, and also eat what they draw. The workshop runs from 11am to 12.30pm. Tickets are $10 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult. This workshop may contain nuts. Bookings are essential and can be made here.
To celebrate the launch of the winter Central Geelong Kids Fun Guide, Central Geelong Marketing is giving away four family passes (four general admission tickets per pass) valued at $80 each. These passes are to the 'Diary of a Wombat' show at Geelong Performing Arts Centre on 12 August 2017 at 12pm. This family show is a Monkey Baa Theatre Company production based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. For your chance to win a family pass, simply visit the website to register your details by 12 midnight on 16 July 2017.