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Kingston Arts Summer Creative Lounge for Kids

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Keep your kid's minds ticking over the holidays
Kingston Arts Creative Lounge division, located within Shirley Burke theatre in Parkdale, will host another series of hands-on workshops for your kids in the summer holidays.

Shirley Burke theatre is just a short walk from Parkdale train station, offering a large open space for kid's creative classes. Each school holiday period, Kingston Arts gather Melbourne artists and instructors to lead an interesting program of activities to entice and educate your children. All manner of classes are available to book, including craft and dance classes, fine art, Lego mechanics and more. The full summer 2016 Creative Lounge covers:

Tech camp Lego robo warrior challenge
Monday 11 January 2016. 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Tech camp lego robo warrior challenge
Tech camp lego robo warrior challenge


Your kids Lego Robot creations will join the battle arena, and compete in the ultimate combat challenge. Two Techcamp teams use Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits to build a robot to enter the battle. Who will win the title?

Age suitability: Age 8 to 12 years
Book: HERE
Cost: $45

The Social Knitwork
Tuesday 19 January 2016. 1:30 - 5:30pm

Melbourne artist Bennie is back again with his 'knit a critter' workshop. No experience necessary, your kids will learn everything they need to know in the afternoon of knitting fun.

The Social Knitwork
Bennie from The Social Knitwork


There won't be socks or mitts in this knitting class, your kids will take home their very own kitted animal instead. An official 'Social Knitwork' starter pack filled with knitting goodies is given with each child booked onto the class

Age suitability: 8 years plus
Book: HERE
Cost: $45

Sunshine Science and Tinky Tonk Toys
Tuesday 19 January 2016.

Sci Kids
Sci Kids Workshops


Just because school's out for summer, doesn't mean a bit of science can't work its way into playtime. There are two workshops available to your budding young scientists.

Sunshine Science 9.30 - 11am

Your kids will spend the morning exploring sunshine. There will be sun prints and UV alarms to take home, too.

Tinky Tonk Toys 11.30 - 1pm

Long before plastic battery operated toys, kids played with tinky tonky toys, but how did they work? Your children will be able to make couple of tinky tonk toys to take home, and find out how energy works.

Age suitability: 6 to 12 years
Book: HERE
Cost: $25

Artist For A Day: Sun, Sea Sand
Wednesday 20 January 2016. 10am - 4pm.

Artist for a Day with Juliet D Collins
Artist for a Day with Juliet D Collins


Inspire your young artists by booking onto a full day of drawing and 3D sculpture making. There will be arty games all in the theme of summertime fun, followed by a morning of drawing activities. The afternoon will involve building 3D multi-media sculptures. Activities are taught by local sculpture, drawing and textiles artist Juliet D Collins.

Age suitability: 7 years plus
Book: HERE
Cost: $80 (BYO lunch)

Introduction to Irish Dancing
Wednesday 13 January & Wednesday 20 January 2016

Introduction to Irish Dancing
Introduction to Irish Dancing


Irish dancing reached global recognition after Michael Flatley's Riverdance captivated audiences all over the world. Your kids can have a go at Irish dancing in a workshop taught by Meagan Blake, a registered TCRG with the Irish Dance Commission (CLRG). They will be taught a number of basic steps, which will then be put together to perform a dance finale that you can watch.

Age suitability: 9.30am - 11.30am | Ages 4 - 7. 11.30am - 1.30pm | Ages 8 - 12
Book: HERE
Cost: $25

Hearts In The Arts Goes 'POP'
Tuesday 12 January 2016. 9.30am - 1.00pm.

Heart in the Arts
Heart in the Arts


How about a morning of arts, dance, music and even yoga! Your kids will begin this 4-in-1 workshop with a stretch, bend, balance and bounce Yoga lesson. Next it's time to get creative with raw materials. Following that, there will be some performing arts, and dance. Get more of an idea by checking out the following video clip on YouTube.

Age suitability: 7 years plus
Book: HERE
Cost: $45

Crafternoon's Print Workshop
Wednesday 13 January 2016. 9.30am - 12.30pm

Print workshop
Print workshop


Jam Basket will teach your kids all about printmaking basics. They will take home their very own screen printed t-shirt, using their own design. There will be time for your kids to experiment on paper before producing their final masterpiece. T-shirts are not included, so remember to give your child a blank tee to bring.

Age suitability: 7 to 12 years
Book: HERE
Cost: $30
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Why? Creative fun for your kids this summer
When: Various dates from 11 Jan - 20 Jan 2016
Phone: (03) 9556 4440
Where: Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
Cost: From $30, see article for details
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