I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published September 18th 2014
With the Christmas school holidays, 2014 coming up fast – here are a few unique and fun ideas to keep the kids (and big kids) entertained.
1. What activity is very popular with boys and girls, improves skills and creates laughter (and great for big kids too)? Bowling! AMF bowling is offering a two game combo including bowling and laser tag for $17.90 per person before 6pm (excluding shoe hire). In addition if you buy ahead of time online you can save 5% off the final price.
AMF bowling centres are located in a variety of locations – nationally in Australia. Find more information here.
2. Make your own pizza? Yes please! The team at Ladro in Gertrude and Greville Street Parhran, Melbourne are offering kids the unique and exciting opportunity to learn about and make their very own pizza. The 1.5-hour classes cost $35 per child and offered to those aged 3-14 years (with adult classes also offered). The classes occur on the first Saturday of every month between 3-4.30pm (bookings are essential) and both big smiles and happy tummies are ensured!
3. Federation Square merge play with practical in the unusual, yet special chance to create your own Scarecrow in their 'Fed Square Pop Up Patch'. Children will be shown through the process in scarecrow making workshops that take place at the Fed Square's rooftop veggie garden - with all materials provided (including the twine, frame, straw and other essential scarecrow bits!). It is recommended to wear old clothing as sometimes fun is messy!
Scarecrow making this School holidays Source: www. littleveggiepatchco.com.au
The Pop up Patch has been going strong since the 9th March 2014 and will run right through to the 21st December 2014 on Sundays at 12.30pm. The cost is $10 per person (which includes your completed scarecrow that you can take home with you!). Bookings are essential.
4. Kraftworks for Kids is an experience activity, which is a craft-based school holiday program for kids aged 8 to14 years. Kraftworks offer: Figurine Painting, Jewellery Making, Plasterkraft, Scale Modelling, and Stitchery with each activity being both fun but also encouraging your child to learn patience, persistence, and practical skills – all while being supervised and with a great take home once your craft is completed! Locations are in Cheltenham and Camberwell with booking essential. They also offer specialised activities for 5-7 year olds that are unstructured allowing children to use their imaginations in a safe and fun environment! Prices range from $5 for early sessions (8.30-9.00am) through to $35 for afternoon sessions (1-4pm) and $10 for late sessions (4-5.30pm). Kraftworks are open most days of the week with details available online.
5. Starry southern skies – The Melbourne observatory is a brilliant chance to view the Australian starry night sky and explore constellations, stars and planets. Using the powerful heritage telescopes and with the guidance of experts from the Astronomical Society of Australia – children and big kids alike can view clusters and double stars or explore the moon and discover the age old question – is it made of cheese?
Sciences never stops – so tours go ahead in all weather conditions and run from the 1st September 2014 – 27th November 2014, Mondays and Thursdays 8-9.30pm. The tours cost $22 for adults, $18 for children, concession and members and $65 for a family of 4. Bookings are essential (cancellation policy does apply).