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By Aurelius 29 September 2008 51

For the next two weeks, those Rioters amongst us who have bred are wondering what time-wasting (but preferably not money-wasting) activities there are in our fair city.

I have a 9yo son, who has expressed a desire to visit the War Memorial these holidays.

But I am trying to think of what to do with him for much of the next fortnight.

So parental units of the hivemind, want to throw up some suggestions?

What’s Your opinion?


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ikarus 5:16 pm 30 Sep 08

Looks like the Canberra Glassworks is doing holiday classes for kids 10 – 17 yrs.

“For the first time this October we are introducing the GLASS SAMPLER for young artists. The GLASS SAMPLER includes one morning each of fusing, casting and bead making or the sandblasting of imagery onto glass.”

You could sneak him in as a 10 yr old 😉

Gungahlin Al 11:36 am 30 Sep 08

“Does anyone else think that a KIDDIY thread (like the DIY Wotzon weekends, but for children-friendly\targetted activities) being active around school holiday periods would be a good idea?”

Isn’t that what this is anyway?
And we seem to have a thread pretty much like this every holidays anyway. Often a lot of repeats but usually some new claendar-specific stuff like the 1812/Beat advice.

Don’t think RA needs something structured when it happens organically anyway. Every time someone has this sort of (well-intentioned) idea, there has to be someone on the other end with time on their hands to build and maintain it. Volunteers don’t grow on trees (or in Gungahlin for that matter…).

peterh 11:27 am 30 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

Skid, I don’t see why the current weekend ‘Whats On’ couldnt do this function.
I simply raised a separate thread so people could throw out suggestions for stuff that’s not unique to a particular weekend (and to get over the fact my brain’s lazy for coming up with ideas) coz of the holidays.

if all else fails, try the YMCA holiday program or perhaps a camp…

Davo111 11:22 am 30 Sep 08

Skidbladnir said :

Does anyone else think that a KIDDIY thread (like the DIY Wotzon weekends, but for children-friendly\targetted activities)

I personally don’t mind if they’re all in together (with the DIY WATZON).

Overheard 10:47 am 30 Sep 08

Skidbladnir said :

Aurelius said :

To everyone else, thanks for the suggestions, and keep them coming. I sure I not the only parent reading this and making notes and plans.

Does anyone else think that a KIDDIY thread (like the DIY Wotzon weekends, but for children-friendly\targetted activities) being active around school holiday periods would be a good idea?

All those in favour email johnboy.

Good suggestion, though for the public record (as one of many has been told not to bore rioters with details of children), the suggestion is surplus to my needs as my kids only come to Canberra once or twice a year and then only briefly.

However, I’m hoping they might get here for the last day of the school holidays. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before — probably to a few at ABN — I’ll be doing a full story on it shortly:

http://www.climatetorch.com/torchEvent/1469

I think it will be a great day, and that’s not related to the fact that your master of ceremonies for proceedings will be MC Overheard.

And before you bowl me over with your witticisms, I’m a small ‘g’ greenie, I’m not a member of GetUp! (currently) and I’m doing this day for love, not money. And in a total twist, I’m actually itching to book tickets to take my son to the V8s in Sydney next year.

Go figure. But do GetUp! and come to Federation Mall on Sunday 12 October — bring the kids.

lula 10:41 am 30 Sep 08

Beating of the retreat is designed only for fans of the defense force and old bittys who like boring loud noises that they can still hear.

No way! As a 9 yo girl it was pretty much the most awesome thing I’d ever seen!

tylersmayhem 10:22 am 30 Sep 08

Tylers, I don’t reckon anybody has a lawn left these days!

Very true Granny, but some of us do – not in the best health tho. Depends on the variety of grass. That said, quite a few people have gardening to be done, wood to be chopped for next winter, borrow loads of mulch or gravel to be carted around. The list is endless. 🙂

Granny 10:08 am 30 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

As an enterprising young tike, when I was younger and on school holidays (admittedly more like when I was 12 rather than 9), I’d canvass the neighborhood in the evenings leading up to the school holidays and book people in to have their lawns mowed or gardens weeded. I’d have most of my holidays booked out within a few evenings and made a tidy profit by the time I went back to school.

Good exercise, good being outside, and filled up at least half of each day in the holidays. I sometimes got a mate to help me too and we’d share in the profits.

Tylers, I don’t reckon anybody has a lawn left these days!

ant 9:38 am 30 Sep 08

ebony57 said :

Beating Retreat and the 1812 Overture, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October, Parade Ground, Duntroon.

Starts at 6pm, finishes about 8:15pm, $5 donation for entry. Park at Russell, buses provided to get you there and back.

Actually, you can walk around there very easily (maybe not if carrying chairs though). Park down the back of A-block, and take the old road around. It’s up on the cliff, goes past the old dairy, above Moreshead Drive. Quite a pleasant walk on a warm evening.

tylersmayhem 9:32 am 30 Sep 08

Everyone should see an 1812 with cannons at least once before they die.

But nine isn’t the best of ages to really enjoy it.

And agreed, the rest of the program can drag on a bit.

Holy crap, that’s the closest that JB and I have ever come to a direct agreement! 😉

good to see. I spent my time falling in ginninderra creek, climbing trees, building flying foxes, forts, generally going to places that we shouldn’t including the csiro etc.

Nice one peterh. Don’t get me wrong, when I wasn’t out mowing lawns and gardening, I was out doing the same stuff. Outside by 8am, not inside until after darl when mum & dad called us in. The best times mate! None of this sitting in front of the TV ALL day playing games.

Aurelius 9:32 am 30 Sep 08

Skid, I don’t see why the current weekend ‘Whats On’ couldnt do this function.
I simply raised a separate thread so people could throw out suggestions for stuff that’s not unique to a particular weekend (and to get over the fact my brain’s lazy for coming up with ideas) coz of the holidays.

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