School Holidays: April 2018

“I am bored!”

Sound familiar? … Erase the boredom from your household this school holidays right here in Wagga Wagga.

City wide there’s plenty of kid and family-friendly activities that will put a smile on the kid’s dials, and, best of all, they won’t break the bank – which will put a smile on the parent’s dial! (Smiles all round).

Here are just some of the highlights over the two-week school break, or, check out the full listing on the Visit Wagga webpage.

ALL AGES AND FREE

Pack the bike, scooter or skateboard – don’t forget the helmet – and make a beeline for the Bolton Park skate park. During the first week of the school holidays (Monday 16 April to Saturday 21 April) Sydney-based company Branch Nebula will be commanding the space with their action-packed performances. Branch Nebula’s Snake Sessions crew includes BMX riders, skateboarders, freestyle dancers and parkourists.

The crew will be busting out breath-taking performances from 11am to 6pm each day. The sessions are completely free and suitable for all ages. Watch the pros at work or tap them on the shoulder and learn first-hand their tricks and tips.

This event is funded by Wagga Wagga City Council with support from NSW Department of Family & Community Services and Argyle.
The event is part of the Fresh. Ideas. Insights. Perspectives. festival running in Wagga Wagga + Surrounds for the month of April.

FUNKY FRESH FOR YOUNGSTERS

Staying with Fresh. The festival is a combination of Youth Week and Seniors Festival, so, there’s plenty on offer for the kids.

Fashion fun for 12-years and up can be had at the Op Shop to Runway sessions. Join eco-stylist Alex Van Os to get some funky yet financially-friendly fashion tips. While in Wagga, Alex is offering an op-shop walking tour and a sustainable fashion talk.

Let the kids get crafty and learn how to make their own bespoke jewellery out of cardboard with Sydney-based artist and designer Jeff McCann. There are two workshops available, one for earrings and one for necklaces. These activities are designed for ages 12 and up.

For the tech-savvy youngsters, there’s a smart phone photography workshop at the Wagga Wagga City Library. Run by Wagga’s own photographic artist Jacob Raupach, the three-hour workshop, designed for ages 14 and up, will cover off on mobile and app technology and photographic techniques. You’ll be snapping like a pro in no time.

This is just a taste of some of the youth offerings during Fresh. For a full list visit the webpage. *Bookings and fees apply for these listed events. Full details available on the Fresh webpage.

DISCOVER AND LEARN

There are kid-friendly workshops and hands-on activities galore in Wagga this school holidays. Everything from science, cooking, crafting and more.

The Wagga Wagga City Library are hosting the Little Bang Discovery Club, a hands-on science and discovery program using everyday items and experiences for five to eight-year-olds.

Food I am are offering junior chef cooking classes, the Old Kentucky Animal Farm will have a pop-up petting zoo in the Sturt Mall, the kids can learn the art of weaving with Ashculme Textiles or there is a family movie session at the Library on Wednesday 18 April.

And, if that isn’t enough fun, the always-popular Museum of the Riverina’s Kidzone is ready to explore. Kids can lose themselves in the dedicated discovery space which includes puzzles, dress-up costumes, books, games and activities. Kidzone is free and can be found at the Museum’s Botanic Garden’s site, open six days a week, with parking right at the front door.

TAKE THE FUN OUTDOORS

Wagga is lucky to have sunshine still peeking through in April, so getting outside is a great option. Enjoy a ride or walk around Lake Albert. The easy, flat, 5.5kilometre walking track loops around the whole lake. Start at Apex Park (there’s plenty of parking), then at the finish line the kids can use their left over energy playing on the giant adventure park. There’s plenty of benches and shady areas too, so packing a picnic could also be a goer.

The lake playground is one of a number of playgrounds dotted around the city. You might also like to let the kids run amok on equipment at the Wagga Beach, the Botanic Gardens – there’s two play spaces to choose from here, and, while here you can also test out the Botanic Gardens Adventure tour, Henwood Park in Kooringal –  which also has a skate park, or try out the new BMX pump track in Tolland.

Continue the outdoor adventures with a visit to Explorer Park in Boorooma. Situated on a higher peak, more then 800metres of footpaths weave through the natural parkland area. Once at the top, take a break at the sheltered picnic areas, use the viewing platform and binoculars to take in the views over Wagga and Bomen. And, best of all, there’s a 25-metre flying fox and tunnel slide to test out. You can even take the pooch, as the area is completely fenced and a designated dog off-leash area.