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.
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.
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.