Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
Published January 9th 2015
It is the second week of January, and like most parents you are faced with the gruelling task of keeping the kids entertained. While the idea of videos and video games come to mind, one also knows that spending the whole holiday in front of a TV is not healthy! The question arises: 'How can kids be entertained during the holidays without costing a week's salary?'
Below is a list of activities you can do that could see you scrape through the holidays with a few great memories which the kids can share during their first week of school.
The Stirling Libraries are a breath of fresh air. They are offering a range of activities throughout the school holiday from Robotic Workshop for families to Teddy Bear Picnic. Of course, booking is essential and I am sure some of the programs are already booked out. However it will be worth a phone call!
These holidays the art gallery has some really interesting activities planned in the form of a 'pop art' meets 'passports' in their latest exhibition of their latest acquisition of contemporary photography.
From the 17th January, children can enjoy the exhibit 'Courage, Code and Conflict'. Besides learning about Anzac Convoys of World War One, children will have the opportunity use old communication technology while taking up the Indian Ocean Raider Mission Trail. To end a superb day of exploration, children will have the opportunity to create a Morse code bracelet ($3.00 fee) or a poppy wreath ($2.00)
With World War One being the feature subject this month for the Maritime Museum, one could quite easily visit the World War II Tunnels which is just outside Fremantle along the Stirling Highway. This is a 'cash only' facility with adults entry fee $8.00 and children (6 to 16) $2.00.
It would be worth the visit as kids will explore the tunnels, learn about artillery, and see what it was like during World War II. This is probably one of the few exhibits in the world where you can enjoy an 'up close and personal' experience of what it was like during World War 2.
The Garden City in Booragoon is well known for creating the most interactive kids holiday programs. Besides some special Saturday events (Frozen 11-12 January) and Cotton-On Global Kids Circus (17 January), the Garden City will be hosting the Globetrotter. This is an activity which allows kids to 'roam' around the world through 3D state of the art technology.
Lakeside Joondalup is hosting a Kidtastic Holiday Program. Aimed more at the younger child, your children can enjoy an Interactive Program with Barbie and a mythical adventure with Mike the Knight Show.
These holidays, kids can enjoy 'School Holidays Gone Wild'.This program is centred around art using recycled and environmental friendly material. Plus, kids will have a special opportunity to meet the Fairies who have been invited to share a range of activities from face painting to dancing.
This is a fun filled high energy holiday program that will have kids moving and laughing. This program will include sports such as soccer, basketball, boxerixe and many more. It is aimed at children aged 6 to 13 and is $18.50 per session.
This is one event I look forward to in the holidays. The Illustrating Man has been hosting cartoon camps for the past few years and is fast becoming one of the more popular events to go to. For $40.00 per child, children can enjoy a full day of fun from 8 am to 6 pm. I found this program to be a real life saver as I knew the kids were having a lot of fun while under the qualified care of trained staff. Plus, it is one of those programs which my children have requested to go back to each holiday. That alone tells me that it has to be good.
There are a lot of programs planned for kids these holidays which may not necessary be found on the internet. In the past, Bunnings has hosted some great DIY classes for kids, so you may want to call your local Bunnings to find out if they are hosting any events of this nature these holidays.
Further, there are some youth groups that have some amazing events planned for younger and older kids. I know that Riverview Church's youth group, Riverview High (aimed at older kids) is hosting a festival on the 29th and 30th January. More information can be found on their Facebook page or in the information booth at services held over the weekend.
Of course, if you know of any other programs in your area that I have not mentioned it would be greatly appreciated, by all parents reading this page, if you share this information with a comment below.