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Kids can get creative with loads of indoor activities these school holidays

Orange City Council has a bumper program of school holiday activities available for children to enjoy these winter school holidays.

Orange City Library, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange Regional Museum and the Orange Youth Hub have a range of hands-on workshops, activities and excursions for children of all ages, many of which are free.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said these school holidays in particular are a perfect opportunity for children to enjoy fun activities at one of the city’s community facilities.

“Especially in winter when it can be too cold for children to play outside, these events provide a chance for them to get out of the house and come along to fun, educational and creative sessions indoors,” Cr Kidd said.

“The staff at these wonderful centres have done a great job organising a varied program of activities and workshops for children to enjoy, learn a new skill or make something to take home.”

Orange Regional Museum will host activities related to its current exhibition Out of This World: Australia in the Space Age. Educational and fun, each session includes a guided tour of the exhibition and a space-themed experiment or craft activity.

Families can also drop in to the exhibition anytime between 9am and 4pm during the school holidays. Entry is free.

Orange City Library will host Science in the Kitchen workshops from 10am to 11.30am on Monday 5 July and Wednesday 7 July. Children aged eight and over can become amateur volcanologists and explore the scientific principles of chemical reactions and nucleation, and learn about geophysics, geochemistry and seismology.

The library will also host Sew Much Fun classes on Friday 9 July, from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. Children aged 10 and over will learn how to sew a bag, which they can fill with their own special things. Orange Library staff will be on hand to help them with the project.

The Library is also open every day for books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDS and music and for reading or study.

Orange Regional Gallery will host a range of craft workshops in the West Room, including junk monsters, handmade notebooks, envelopes and cards, abstract collage creations and sculptural paper jewellery.

The gallery will also host a couple of drop-in sessions, where children can make collage dreamscapes and abstract paper sculptures in their own time. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Orange Youth Hub will hold a fortnight of activities featuring a desserts and decorations cooking day, 3×3 basketball tournament, minute-to-win-it games and an art program decorating walls, terracotta pots and tie-dye shirts. It will be open from 10am to 5pm each day for young people to drop in and hang out.

The Youth Hub will also host a couple of excursions to Burrendong Dam and a field trip to the RSPCA, as well as a trip to the movies at Odeon 5 Cinemas.

Orange City Council Services Policy Committee Chair Scott Munro said all school holiday activities could be found on the Events Calendar on Orange City Council’s website at www.orange.nsw.gov.au/school-holidays.

“If your child hasn’t enjoyed school holiday activities at one of these great facilities before, I encourage you to head to the Council’s events calendar, take a look at the great range on offer and book them in, they’re sure to love it,” Cr Munro said.

“Many of the events are filling up fast, so get in quick and book your child’s spot to avoid missing out.”

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