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Published April 3rd 2011
Looking out for some interesting ways to entertain your kids during the holidays, without them getting bored? So, why not try these few ideas which I think, they will absolutely love?
From the Creative Writing Courses at Sydney Olympic Park to the Photography Workshops at the Art Gallery of NSW, without forgetting the wonderful picnic sites of Sydney with their breathtaking views, I am sure you will not know where to begin with.
As a mother of three over-active kids, I think the best way to get your child sit quietly for half an hour and let their imaginations run wild is to go for the Writing Courses.
You may be surprised to see how many wonderful and unimaginable ideas your kids have. Remember, children are the best story-makers. The Writing Workshop will be held at the Education Centre Tower, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay from the 9th to the 27th of April 2011. You can always enjoy free time for yourself at the nearest park, for example, The Pimela Picnic Ground, while your kids are busy with their task. And there is also plenty of free parking available. Click here for more information about the courses offered.
If your child is 7-12 years old, and likes to steal away your digital camera to take out some photos, or you have recently gifted him with his own camera, why not start thinking of enrolling him at the ShutterBugs Kids Photography Workshop. It is found at the Community Centre, Woolhara, Eastern Suburbs, Sydney and the courses will be held from the 19th to the 20th of April 2011. This course will help him learn the basics of photography and develop his self-expression in an interactive, creative and educational fun- filled class.
There is no need to worry if your child has absolutely no knowledge of photography. The course is designed for all children aged between 7 and 12 years old, with or without knowledge of photography. You will have to bring along your own digital camera and if you don't have one, there is always a spare one available at the workshop. You can check out for further details about the course here.
But still, if you think that your kids have had enough of learning and writing for this term, you can always choose to make a lovely picnic or BBQ at the numerous parks of Sydney, for example, the Royal Botanic Garden. You should be able to find a quiet and shady place and have your picnic at your leisure and you can invite friends, without having to worry about space or noise. Most of the picnic spots in Sydney have facilities included, such as, shaded areas and picnic shelters, cycling and walking paths, playgrounds for children and some of these parks allow swimming too. Also, don't forget to bring along your supply of foods and drinks. Among the most popular parks of Sydney, you can find Centennial Park and Wynyard Park.
Most of the kids love animals and a visit to the famous Taronga Zoo is never enough for them. For this April School Holiday, Taronga Zoo has planned performances of the popular kids animation "Go, Diego, Go". The kids can join Diego as he sings along and dances. The show will be held at Concert Lawns, from the 16th to the 26th of April 2011 and is free for all zoo visitors.
Two shows will be performed per day at12p.m and 2p.m. Taronga Zoo also hosts several zoo adventures that are filled with fun and excitement for the kids. They can discover or re-discover the various native animals of the zoo and it also provides childcare for a day or activities to entertain your kids for the whole holiday. You can check for more information on this website.
Another new animal site will now be opened this holiday to children of all ages. Bird lovers will be absolutely thrilled to know
that for the first time, children will be allowed to bird watch and have free talks on the birdlife of Sydney Olympic Park with the Birds Australia Discovery Centre educators. This event will be hosted on the 3rd of April at 11 a.m at Newington Armory. No booking is required.
And, if your family are keener on sports, you can have a go at the Bike Trails at Newington Armory. With a rate of $10 per hour for your kid, $15 for an adult and $25 if you don't like to ride alone, you can discover the splendid views of the Bicentennial Park and cool off afterwards in the shade of a tree. Bikers bringing along their own bikes are most welcomed. For those who like mountain biking, they must try the BMX and Mountain X track of 250m dirt jumps and turns, which will be free during the school holidays. The track is found next to the car park 5, Hill Road, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW. Please check this website for more information.
Another action-packed activity is hosted by the
Monster Camp, corner of Orana and Grand Parade, Sydney Olympic Park. This camp is for those who are passionate for skateboarding, BMX, Scooter and Rollerblading. For the April School Holiday, two sessions have been organised, from the 10th to the 15th and the second one is from the 17th to 22nd of April. Please, click here for more information.
Your child love splashing around in the bathtub, then he will surely love this. Sydney has many swimming lessons that are run especially for children during the school holidays. From the exciting swimming activities at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre to the surfing lessons offered at the wonderful Manly Beach, you will surely find something to fit your child's taste. If your child has already acquired the basic skills of swimming, you can always enrol him at the specialist clinic of the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Park Centre or the diving clinic. And if he does not have the time to attend regular swimming lessons during the school term, you can enrol him at the intensive swimming program. With a temperature of 26°C all year round, he will enjoy the numerous water activities offered, comfortably. For surf lovers, they can try out the numerous kids surfing lessons available. Among those there is a School Surfing Program at Manly Beach. The Kids Academy of Surf will teach your kids surfing skills in a safe environment while enjoying them. Please click here for more information on this course.
With the coming of the school holidays in a few days time, most parents have started planning for activities for their kids and I am sure you will not find it a big yawn anymore. With so many activities available in Sydney, they will surely enjoy it fully.