If you live in Western Sydney and find yourself these winter school holidays with a bunch of restless kids and a budget that may not hold up, don't be disheartened because the Blacktown City Council has planned a number of fun free activities to keep them entertained.
Space and Alien Craft and Stories
With the cold of winter a factor during these holidays, it can be hard finding free indoor activities for children. Fortunately, for those aged 3 - 8 years, an entertaining program is being put on at local libraries in the Blacktown area. The theme is 'Space and Aliens' and each session is an hour of fun stories and craft-making.
Tales of outer space. Image credit: Penyulap - Wikimedia commons
The sessions will be located in the Children's Area of each of the hosting libraries and will be held at least twice at each venue, so there is plenty of opportunity to get involved. You don't need to book so this is a great last minute option. See here for times and venues.
As a kid I remember being enthralled by the world of spies. Like most kids I used to devour every book on the subject, and watch 'Get Smart' with a loyalty any secret agent would be proud of. But there weren't many other ways to learn about a subject so intriguing.
For kids who share the same excitement that I did, there is a program this school holidays where they can learn, hands on, about the skills needed to be a spy. 'Spy Science' sessions are a chance for kids from 10 – 14 years old to discover what goes into the science of intelligence gathering and gives them the opportunity to meet up with other kids of a similar age group who share this interest.
During the program they will learn about cryptography – the fascinating art of creating codes and deciphering them. The participants will also create their own codes, make invisible ink and work with maps, as part of their foray into the world of espionage.
Each Spy Science program is comprised of 2 sessions of an hour and a half each. Numerous Spy Science two-day programs will be held at different locations around the West, including Blacktown's Max Webber Library, Riverstone Library and Lalor Park Branch Library. Find more information on additional venues, timings and in order to book, click here.
Natural Beauty Workshops
The ingredients for beauty products may be in your own home
For 12 - 18 year olds, there are free 2-hour workshops that cover the making of natural beauty products. Most of us use beauty products without thinking much about what they are made of. But many of the things we buy can be made at home with simple household ingredients.
Participants will learn how to make easy-to-prepare items like sugar scrubs and deodorants, and will be able to make some products during the workshop. All ingredients and resources will be provided. But you will need to book, as this workshop will undoubtedly prove popular.
The Natural Beauty Workshops will be held at a number of locations in Sydney's West, including the Max Webber Library and the Dennis Johnson Branch Library in Stanhope Gardens. For booking information check out the Max Webber Library website.
Get the kids out to these fun free activities put on by the Blacktown City Council. It's a great opportunity for the kids to get out of the house, meet other young people their own age - and maybe learn a thing or two as well.