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School Holidays Activities at the Fremantle Arts Centre

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published April 7th 2013
Let Them Get Their Hands Dirty… Somewhere Else
There are different ways of coping with school holidays.

Some families bundle their kids into the car and spend two weeks camping down south. Some parents ship the kids off to Grandma's. Some like to plan every minute of their kid's time, taking advantage of the huge range of school holiday programs available in our fair city.

Felt making is an ancient craft made modern with hot pink wool

If you fall somewhere in the middle and you have an aspiring artist living at your place then you may find the Fremantle Arts Centre school holiday programs right up your alley as they run courses for both younger (5-8 year olds) and older kids (9-12 year old) as well as a teen program.

Courses include mosaics, felt making, t-shirt and bag printing, and making bead necklaces for the younger kids and fimo jewellery, monster making, sewing and animation for the older kids. The full list of courses for kids and adults is available here.

All run by professional artists, the classes go beyond mere basics and teach kids skills they can then bring home and mess up your place with.

My five year old attended the clay workshop over Christmas and spent three joyful hours messing around with clay and came up with this slightly terrifying looking bunny (she painted it after the workshop).

I realise this probably doesn't actually help sell this course

We also spent a mummy-daughter day at the felt-making workshop, a longer program (five hours) that required adult assistance. From start to finish we learned the skills involved in making felt from bundles of bright, soft wool. Not only did we make felt, but we made a felt dolphin.

It is a rather unconventional dolphin

Other kids made some awesome creations such as a scary monster, cats and some pretty cool chickens.

Some of brilliant felt creations made by the kids

Most of the courses are drop-and-run although some do need adult assistance (such as the felt-making and paper mache courses). Prices are for the child and the adult is free.

For all courses the materials are included and the environment is fun and relaxed.

There is plenty of free (time limited) street parking around the Arts Centre and more long term (paid) parking across the road at the swimming pool.

Enrolment is easy – you can do it online or over the phone, although places are limited and you should consider booking early so you don't miss out.

Click here for the full list of activities for the younger kids, older kids and teenagers.

Prices do vary according to the type and length of class, but tend to be around $37 to $44 for a two or three hour course up to $80 for the more involved courses.

In addition to the art and craft classes, there are also programs in stage acting and music writing. In fact, there are so many amazing classes on offer, it would be easy to fill the entire school holidays if you were so inclined.

The leafy gardens of the Fremantle Arts Centre

There is a café on the grounds or you can bring a picnic lunch and sit in the cool, leafy gardens.
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Why? Bring out the inner Warhol in your child
When: Every school holidays
Phone: (08) 9432 9555
Where: 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle
Cost: Courses start from $37
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