The activities might be delivered differently this time around, but Orange City Council staff have come up with loads of fun things for young people to do these school holidays.
Orange City Library, Orange Regional Museum, Orange Regional Gallery and Orange Youth Hub are offering a range of at-home and online activities to keep the kids entertained during the holidays.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the staff at these council services have done a wonderful job adapting their regular school holiday programs into online activities that children can complete at home.
“We’ve all had to adapt the way we do things as we live through lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions, especially families with children doing their schooling at home,” Cr Kidd said.
All of the school holiday events and booking links can be found on the Orange City Council events calendar.
Orange City Council Services Policy Committee Chair Scott Munro said the staff have been working hard to make sure children and families still have the chance to relax and do something fun during the school holidays.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have these wonderful facilities and the dedicated staff to bring these school holiday activities to fruition,” Cr Munro said.
“There are a great range of events on offer and the events calendar makes it easy to check out what’s happening, see which activities would best suit your children and book a spot.”
Inspired by its current exhibition ‘Cleverman’ Orange Regional Museum has created four pre-recorded video workshops that families can access at home during the school holidays and complete whenever it suits them.
The first package of two videos will be released on Monday 20 September. ‘Make me a Superhero’ includes two workshops, Superhero Stamps and Recycled Superheros. The second package of two videos will be released on Monday 27 September. ‘Epic Comics and Special Effects’ includes two workshops, Making Epic Comics and Exploring Special Effects.
Register via Eventbrite to receive a link and password to access the videos and complete them at a time that suits you.
Orange City Library will host creative activities for kids to do at home, which will be held in the second week of the school holidays. Children can make a hay bale veggie garden, perform science in the kitchen, learn to crochet or take part in a kids book quiz.
All activities will be presented online via Zoom by Orange librarians and most are free (the hay bale activity will cost $15). Registrations are through Eventbrite, and library staff will deliver items in the first week of the holidays for registered participants to complete the activities.
Orange Youth Hub is offering free online activities including trivia, lego building, online gaming, an eating competition and even Guiness World Record attempts.
Participants must register to receive the Zoom link and for Youth Hub staff to provide a bundle of items to complete the activities. For more information and to register contact Orange Youth Hub Project Leader Jarrad Szczudlo on 0428 512 070 or email [email protected].
Orange Regional Gallery is working on a series of creative at-home artmaking activities that link-in with some of our city’s new public artworks. Keep your eye on the events calendar and the gallery’s Facebook and Instagram pages for details when they become available.