More school holiday programs than I can cope with

Barcham 5 July 2013

Wondering what to do with your progeny during the holidays? Wonder no more!

Everywhere is sending me press releases about their holiday programs:

Does your child like monsters, robots, and drawing all over stuff? Maybe send the little tyke to the library:

“We have an extremely diverse line up of school holiday activities happening across our libraries this month,” Vanessa Little, Director of Libraries ACT said today.

“The Virtual Robot Tour at the ACT Digital Hub, based in Gungahlin library, takes children on a virtual tour through the National Museum of Australia, where they can experience the museum’s collections in a whole new light. The Virtual Robot Tour features interactive displays and live video chat with museum educators and curators.

“Creative children will love the Sharpie Art: mug decorating workshop, where they get to decorate a mug with their own artwork using Sharpie pens. This workshop has been especially formulated for children aged between 11 and 16 years old.

“The Model a Monster: clay modelling workshop has been created for 8 to 12 year olds to make their own weird and wonderful monsters out of colourful modelling clay.

“I know from past experience that the parents appreciate our school holiday activities, almost as much as the kids enjoy them.

“To secure a spot in any of the popular school holiday activity sessions, it is essential to book ahead, which can be done by visiting or phoning 6205 9000.

Want your kids to learn about trees? Getting tired of entertaining them at home? Well then maybe the arboretum is the place to be these holidays.

“Canberra’s newest major attraction is open each day throughout the July school holidays,” said Jason Brown, Manager, National Arboretum Canberra. “There will be two special activities on offer to give children something unique to do.

“At 10 am and 2 pm each day from Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July children aged four to seven will be able to participate in a story time session. Children will be able to learn more about the 100 year old cork oak plantation. Participants will also be given a special gift on the day. Cost is $7 per child.”

“Special winter walks will be held at 10 am and 2 pm each day from Monday 15 July to Friday 19 July for children aged eight to 12. These sessions will take a walk through the cork oaks and allow children to learn about the many uses of the bark of these magnificent trees. Cost is $18 per child.”

Mr Brown said that bookings for both activities are essential and places are limited. For more information go to or contact the Arboretum’s Education Coordinator on 6207 8156.

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