Keep kids occupied with holiday events and activities
TO help parents survive the school holidays, we have put together a list of the fun activities to help keep the family entertained until the kids go back to school.
Art classes: Spinningjenny Art With A Twist offers after-school classes for primary, high school and home schooled children. The program promotes fine art skills and encourages individual creativity. At the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre, Cnr Keen and Magellan Sts, Lismore, on Wednesdays 4.30pm - 6pm, Thursdays 2pm - 3.30pm and 4.30pm - 6pm and Fridays 4pm - 6pm. $18.
Belly Dance Classes Kids & Toddlers: Your child can join in the swishing and swirling of belly dance (age appropriate). This is a low-impact fitness activity that promotes self-esteem, teamwork, musicality and fun. Toddlers class (3 - 5 years) runs for 30 minutes and includes games. Juniors class (6 -15years) runs for 45 minutes and includes choreographies with opportunities to perform at local events. All props such as coin scarves, silk fans and veils are provided. At The Barefoot Gypsies Tribal Bellydance Company, 16 Carrington St, Lismore, on Friday.
Water Lab Wednesdays at Dorroughby: A school holiday activity of water science experiments, investigations and games. At the Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, just around the corner from Rocky Creek Dam, so make a day of water science fun followed by a picnic, play or walk at the dam. For children 5 to 12 with a supervising adult. Free event.
School Holidays Skating: Great fun for the whole family. They now have little cars for toddlers to be pushed around in, so the whole family can enjoy themselves. $13.50 holiday deals on Monday to Saturday, 10am - 12pm, 12pm - 2pm, 2pm - 4pm, Sunday 12pm - 2pm, 2pm - 4pm and Fridays 7pm - 10pm. At other times, sessions start from $9 entry and $3 hire for two hours. At the Lismore Skating and Putt Putt, 21 Bridge St, North Lismore.
Dr Proctor's Fart Powder: The somewhat insane Doctor Proctor has accidentally invented the world's most powerful fart powder. When two kids from his neighbourhood drop by for an unexpected visit, it becomes the beginning of an unusual friendship and a riotous business project. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, today at 11am and 2pm. $8. Visit http://www.starcourttheatre.com.au for details.
Kids Sushi Making: Sushi making class for children aged 8 and over, demonstrating the techniques required for making sushi with Daniel Lange. Lunch included. At Peppertree Kitchen, 70 Magellan St, Lismore, tomorrow from 10am - 1pm. $45. Details on this and other courses/workshops are available on the Peppertree Kitchen website.
Circus at the Nimbin Skatepark: Rainbow Flow Arts presents a day at the Nimbin Skate Park with Circus and Flow Toys. Come and try Hula Hoop, Poi, Staff and Juggling. Special Guests Spotty Girl and Mr Twister. Face painting, kids' activities, and picnic in the park from 5.30pm. Bring a picnic meal to share. Fire Twirling after dark. At the Nimbin Skatepark, Sibley St, Nimbin, 1pm - 8pm. Free event.
Nimbin Holiday Club: Join in the fun at Nimbin Holiday Club today, tomorrow, September 30 and October 1 at the Nimbin Community School. They will be doing spring crafts and activities from 9am - 3pm, for kids aged 5 -12 years of age. At the Nimbin Community School, 81 Cullen St, Nimbin, 9am - 3pm. $12 per day. $25 for excursion. Call 6689 1692.
Big Bubble Show: Suffolk Park resident Shep Huntly has just returned from a three-month tour of Europe and now Shep is bringing his Big Bubble Show to Circus Arts in the school holidays. Shep often performs with his wife Simi and their four-year-old daughter Goldie. At Circus Arts, 17 Centennial Cct, Industrial Park, Byron Bay, today at noon. 45-min show. $10 on the door. Circus Arts has a full program of events running through the holidays.
Suffo Skate Comp: Byron Youth Service will run this annual event on Sunday, October 4, from 10am until 4pm. This is a family-friendly event that will include skate coaching, a barbeque, graffiti workshops and music.
Mullum Circus Festival: The Mullum Circus Festival, presented by Spaghetti Circus, celebrates the vibrant community and inspiring edge of circus in Australia. Audiences will witness Australia's most renowned circus, sideshow and physical theatre artists together with exciting emerging artists and cutting-edge acts. At the Mullumbimby Showground, Main Arm Rd, Mullumbimby, from Friday until Sunday.
Macadamia Castle: Wildlife Guardians workshops for seven to 11 years of age, and Keeper for a Day workshops for 12 to 18 years of age. Learn about conservation of wildlife. 9am - 3.30pm. Click here for details.
Kids Club: Ballina Fair is launching the Schoolies Kids Club for kids from 2 to 16. The club will run fun activities such as donut decoration competitions from today until Saturday, 10am - 2pm, and also Hands on San Wizard Fun, from Monday to Friday, October 3, 10am to 2pm. For details contact Ballina Fair Shopping Centre.
Tenpin Bowl: School holiday special, two games for adults or kids $14 from noon to 4pm and 7pm until late, at the Ballina Tenpin Bowl, 16 Clarke St.
Glow Disco: Free kids' Glow Disco at the Cherry Street Club on Friday, October 2, from 5.30pm.
Movie Character Disco: Dress up as your favourite movie character and dance with your mates. Pre-schoolers from 5.30pm and up to teens from 6.40pm at Club Lennox, on Tuesday, September 29. Kids Bingo: Coffee lounge and kids areas open Fridays 1.30pm to 3.30pm. $2 per child at Club Lennox.
Artie Fartie Kids Klub Parties: Face painting arts and crafts with Kidz Klub, 9.30am - 12.30pm Wednesdays and Fridays, $5 per child, mini golf $5 per child and tractor tours $5 per person, plus laser skirmish on Friday, $5 per child, 9.30am - 12.30pm. At Summerland House Farm, 253 Wardell Rd, Alstonville.
Alstonville Dance Studio arts workshops: Five days of workshop in all styles of dance and creative arts for people with and without disabilities led by Suzanne Whiteman. Community performance on Friday, October 2. Single day and class rates available. Monday, September 28, until Friday, October 2.
What's the Joke?: Entertainer Andy Jones will present this show where he uses an electric guitar, druma and other props for a hilarious literacy and numeracy show. At the Casino Library tomorrow from 11am. Free event.
Windara Kids Fun Day: From 9.30am tomorrow enjoy the cake stall, novelty races, face painting, colouring competition, $6 per child, adults are free but take a chair or a blanket to sit on. Contact Windara for details.
Family Movie: Come along and see Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, a movie for the whole family, upstairs at the Casino RSM on Sunday from 5pm. Free event.
Kyogle Vacation Care: Rainbow Region Kids Kyogle Vacation Care operates from Kyogle Public School during school holidays in the canteen block. The service is CCB approved and operates from 8am through to 6pm Monday to Friday. Click here for more details and booking info.
Collins Creek Hall Trivia Night: Collins Creek Hall annual Trivia Night will be held at the Collins Creek Hall on Saturday from 6.30pm. Bring a team of friends (six to eight per team) or make up a team on the night. Cost is $10 a player. There will also be games, a raffle, lucky door prizes and novelty prizes.
TEN CHEAP OR FREE THINGS TO DO
1. Explore Cape Byron Lighthouse: Those visiting can climb the lighthouse tower and get a bird's eye view of the most easterly point of Australia as well as learn about the lighthouse's history.
2. Take advantage of your local library: Richmond-Tweed Regional Library runs events, activities and workshops across the region.
3. Strap on some skates or hop on a bike: It doesn't matter if your kids are the next Tony Hawke or still on training wheels, there are areas for all skill levels at skate parks around the region.
4. Go for a swim: Swimming pools around the region will be open throughout the school holidays.
5. Write a story: We'll even publish it for you on our website, and maybe even in the paper.
6. Go for a bushwalk: Pack a picnic lunch and head to Rocky Creek Dam to take in the natural flora and fauna. Rocky Creek Dam is located on Rocky Creek Dam Rd, Dunoon and there are bushwalks available for all fitness levels.
7. Visit the Australian Seabird Rescue Sanctuary: At 264 North Creek Rd, Ballina.
8. Take a drive: There is nothing like a drive in the country and being stuck in the car without any technology could only be a good thing. Make a mixed playlist for the trip and let the kids choose some of their favourite songs to listen to on the drive.
9. Do some baking: If it's raining, why not get in the kitchen and cook something with the kids. Scones are an easy treat to make and whipping cream to put on the top can be a bit of fun, too. You can find some more recipes here.
10. Design your own board game: Making your own board game is as easy as getting some cardboard and markers and drawing up your very own version of snakes and ladders. Once you're done, sit around and play your game together.