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Unleash your inner artist at Bonbeach Farmers Market
There's a new(ish) craze in town among the primary school set and it really rocks! For the last few years the rock craze has been gathering steam and is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Kingston Toy Library has a rock painting stall at the Bonbeach Farmers Market on Sunday 14th April, so your kids can make their own marvellous rock creations. The stall will be running from 8.30am until 12.30pm at Bonbeach Primary School, where the monthly market is held. Your children can get creative, and you can shop for some delicious fresh produce at the market – it's a win, win.
If your knowledge of this movement is lacking, keep reading. The idea is that you decorate rocks with funky colours and designs, and spray them with a fixative to protect them from the elements. Then you hide the rocks in parks, playgrounds, gardens and other open spaces. Other kids find them, take pictures of them and preferably hide them again for others to find. You can then upload your pictures to facebook to show where and when they were found.
Kingston Toy Library has a big presence in the community and can often be found at local events. The library has been running since 1987 when a group of parents came up with the idea to loan out toys, just like books from a conventional library. It is still run by volunteers and offers a way to expose young children to a large variety of educational toys at minimal expense. If you want to find out more or become a member of the toy library, click here.
Kingston Toy Library is offering rock painting at Bonbeach Farmers Market
Bonbeach Farmers Market is held on the second Sunday of each month. There is a $2 entry fee for adults which goes towards the maintenance and improvement of the grounds; kids are free. There are around 40 stalls selling delicious fresh produce direct from the producer (no middle-men). Refreshments are available and the kids can play on the school playground.
Sample some tasty treats whilst your kids are busy creating
If you want to find out more about the rock craze, you can read this article. Looking for and creating the rocks is a great activity for children. It brings together creativity and active play in a healthy environment. VIC Rocks has a Facebook page where people upload photos of rocks they have found and hiders can check to see if their rocks have been discovered. Have fun at the market making your own masterpieces – I'm sure they'll rock!