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15 School Holidays Activities - Arts, Crafts, Music, Magic!

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Published September 14th 2017
Creative and whimsical fun this school holidays
School Holidays Activities - Arts, Crafts, Music, Magic!

Are you looking for creative activities for your child this school holidays? If your kids like to create then what you might find, is that one workshop in the holidays can lead to activities at home using their newly learnt skills. A great way to support this very cheaply is with off-cuts and repurposed materials, where possible. There are more details of this below.

These activities have the potential to inspire kids, but most importantly they look like a lot of fun. So if you know anyone with kids who might enjoy these activities, feel free to forward them these ideas.

Treehouse Art

Nestled beneath large treehouses are two contrasting spaces. one for children and one for teenager. Is is a place where they can contemplate environmental issues and take part in making activities. The space for children is a brightly lit environment that signals new beginnings. The dark, forest-like environment for teenagers is a night-time space in which to contemplate the vastness of the universe. Participants are invited to respond to the space with their own thoughts about the world.

Who lives here?
Is for primary aged children, they can choose to make a small creature, such as a tiny insect, spider, earthworm, snail or crab; or perhaps a bigger creature, such as a fish, frog, lizard, bird or furry animal. Over the exhibition period numerous species, brought to life by children, will make this space their new home.

Send a message
Is for high school aged children, they can make an emoji to express how they feel to all visitors to this exhibition. Today, as we communicate more frequently through mobile devices, symbols are an important way to express our feelings.

This is free and runs every day in the school holidays from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the National Gallery Victoria, 180 ST Kilda Road, Melbourne. You can find more information here.

This is a great activity for families of mixed ages.

Upcycling Craft

These school holidays, the South Melbourne Markets has some interesting workshops for kids. In this sustainable art workshop, Carolyn Cardinet will guide the children on a journey of making art out of discarded packaging. Using single-use plastic packaging will inspire children to rethink excess packaging through hands-on art making workshops.

This workshop is being held on Fri 29 September, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at Cecil Street, South Melbourne for $20. All materials provided, and this is a fully supervised workshop, so you can enjoy the South Melbourne Markets in peace.

Booking details can be found here

Fun with Clay
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Duldig Studio is holding holiday workshops for creative kids, working with clay. These are two day workshops which are held between 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m. each day.

September 25/26 – the kids will get their hands right into clay and make horses, dogs, butterflies and snails and maybe a cat.

October 2/3 – the children can create something no-one has ever seen before, they can learn how to build their own 'something' under the guidance of an experienced artist.

The classes are run with professional sculptor in residence Stefan Damschke at Duldig, 92 Burke Road, Malvern East and are $70.00 for the 2 days. Firing is extra.
You can find out more information and book from Duldig.

Bee Arty

There are two bee-themed workshops at Edendale for your kids to enjoy.

Bee Art - In this crafty workshop, your child will also learn about the importance of bees and have a close up look at the demonstration hive. They will then make a bee inspired creation from recycled and repurposed material to take home.

There are 2 sessions being held on 04 October, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m or 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.Cost is $10 per primary school aged children, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

Edendale Re-CreaTeRs
This is for children aged 9-12. They will learn about the importance of bees and pollination and participate in a range of activities, including, having a close look at a demonstration bee frame and investigating a giant model of a bee, planting out some flower seedlings in the spiral garden. Making a newspaper pot and potting up some sunflower seeds to take home and plant in your garden to attract bees. The group will also participate in the creation of an art installation that will become part of the Artwork@Edendale collection.

This is being held on October 3rdm 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. The cost for this session is $30.

Edenvale is located at 30 Gastons Road, Eltham
Details to book and bee activities are her

A great way to combine the environment and craft as one.

Paper Planes

Do you have a budding aero engineer? For many, it begins with the humble paper airplane. The kids will learn how to engineer a variety of efficient paper planes from a sheet of A4 paper. They will be taught how to consider aerodynamic concepts such as thrust, pitch, drag, ailerons and elevators, and test out your creations. Who knew there was so much involved in a creating an aerodynamic paper plane!

Guinness World Record breaking, paper plane coach Greg Shalless, has years of experience in the creation of paper planes to competition standard and he will teach your kids some of his tricks.

This is being held on Tuesday 3 October from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Gasworks, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park in Albert Park. Cost is $25.

More information can be found from Gasworks Art Park.

Let your little one watch it fly!

Fun with Music

State Library of Victoria is holding school holiday sessions based around music. Maybe not where you'd expect music, but libraries aren't what they use to be.

There are two sessions to choose from
Sounds of the Library: You'll go behind the scenes to see special musical books and illustrations from the Library's collection, and join a workshop to make some of your own electronic tunes. Bring the whole family along to a musical adventure in the Library
Dates: October 3,4,5,6 10:30am–12:00pm.

Imagined instruments: After exploring the musical treasures of the Library's collection, you'll be brimming with ideas of how to invent a music-making machine using everyday materials. Start your own family band in this workshop for kids and grown-ups.
Dates: October2,3,4,5,6 10:00am–2:00pm.

State Library Victoria is at 328 Swanston St, Melbourne. These are free, but children must be accompanied by an adult. More information as well as other activities on at the library can be found here.

When you're done, you can take the kids through the library and get them into some books!

Spells and Magick

SpellBox is holding a series of school holiday Spellcraft Classes for Children. They can have fun learning about spells, crystals and can even make a potion.

Spellcraft is about spells, crystals, animal familiars, dreams and divination.
These sessions are 28th September or 5th October from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Crystal Magick
The children get to choose a magickal crystal and weave its magick! These sessions are 28th September or 5th October from 12:30 -1:30 p.m.

Fairy Magick
This is where you get to create your own enchanted fairy potion!
These sessions are 28th September or 5th October from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

These are being held at SpellBox: Shop 17 Royal Arcade, Melbourne, for a cost of $35 per session. More information and to book in at SpellBox.

Suitable for mystical minded children and teenagers.

Recycled Art Supplies
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Photo credit: Reverse Art facebook page

If you want to do some artwork at home then why don't you call in and get some repurposed art supplies. They will fill a massive bag for $30 and if it's not massive it will cost you less. Going there with the kids is an outing in itself!

You can try Reverse Art who have 2 locations
182 Quarry Road, Narre Warren North
17 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood

Resource Rescue Inc.
1/42 Burgess Rd, Bayswater North

School holidays is a great time to get craft happening, especially on a rainy day. So having supplies on hand is great for both planned and backup activities.
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Why? To entertain your creative child in the holidays
When: Spring School Holidays 2017
Where: Various locations as listed
Cost: Various pricing, see each activity for details
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