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Published March 26th 2012
Cool. Epic. Rad. Awesome. That's the kind of entertainment kids want in the school holidays and you don't want them becoming a permanent fixture in front of a screen. Well, I've discovered that Brisbane has so many cool options for awesome school holiday courses that you can banish the "Mum, I'm Bored" school holiday blues. Your children will be engaged, interested and probably exhausted (and how can that be a bad thing?) and the best thing about these courses is that while they are developing skills and building confidence they'll be having so much fun they won't notice that they're actually being instructed. If you know any other cool kids' courses please share them with our readers.
Flying Fox Studios is an Everton Park based, family-run creative studio and store offering a wide range of imaginative and adventurous courses for kids. Their school holiday courses cover art, science, craft, history, drama and construction for kids aged from 4 to 15, depending on the particular course. Popular examples include Fairy School for apprentice fairies aged 4 to 8, Theme Park After Dark (a Lego and K'nex workshop for 7 to 13 year olds), and Three Little Pigs: Grand Designs for budding architects and designers aged 6 to 12. If you can't find something to tempt your children here then you're really not trying. For costs and further information visit the website here.
Living History Australia lets children aged 8 to 16 experience the life and times of medieval knights under the watchful eyes of expert instructors who are skilled in the arcane arts of swordplay and knightly battle. They demonstrate the techniques with real armour and weapons and then kids go fully armed with rubberised swords and protective equipment into the fray of full-on battle.
One day Knight School Basic Classes and Master Classes are offered in all Queensland school holidays at the Old Queensland Museum in Bowen Hills. Classes run from 9am to 5pm and cost $55 per child. For further information see this article or the Knight School website.
Does your child want to make it as the next Bruce Page or Kay McGrath? They can learn all about the world of media and hone their presentation, voice and communication skills at Media Potential's holiday programs. Courses are delivered by media professionals and are held in the Channel Seven studios at Mt Coot-tha for teenagers aged between 13 and 17. Cost is $550 per child for a two day course. Full details are available here or phone (07) 3511 3455.
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Sailing School at Manly Harbour offers small group instructions in the fine marine arts of raft building, sailing, knots and navigation during all Queensland school holidays. The length of the course depends on the holiday period. A 3 day program is offered during Easter school holidays (the 2012 Easter holiday program is fully booked but accepting waitlist applications) and a 5 day program is available during Christmas holidays. Full details and costs are on the website here.