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Calendar packed with activities for children during school holidays

By April 11, 2022April 12th, 2022Gallery, Library, Museum, News, Youth

If you have ever wanted to create a winter garden, embroider a selfie, make a puppet or taste the science behind chocolate and eggs, Orange City Council’s school holiday events calendar is your chance.

It is packed full of fun for children of all ages to enjoy during the Easter school holidays, with hands-on workshops, activities and day trips planned across Orange Regional Museum, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange City Library and the Orange Youth Hub.

Orange City Council Services Policy Committee Chair Mel McDonell said the activities on offer catered for a range of interests and ages.

“There’s so much to do at Council’s wonderful facilities these holidays. It’s a great opportunity for young people to do something fun, learn a new skill or discover a new hobby,” Cr Mel McDonell said.

HANDS-ON: How Cities Work has arrived in Orange just in time for the school holidays.

At the Gallery and Museum, the workshops have been inspired by current exhibitions and are a great way to learn about these works from those in the know. Most of the activities also include a guided tour of the exhibition.

Orange City Library has drawn on the diverse skills of its talented staff to come up with a fun program of activities.

In Embroidery Selfies on Monday 11 April, children can create their own self-portrait, embroidery style, or they can code, create and play with some fantastic technology in Tech Toys on Tuesday 12 April and Thursday 21 April.

Wednesday 13 April will feature the popular Lego Club and on Thursday 14 April children can create a winter garden.

A school holiday favourite at the library, Science in the Kitchen will be held on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 April with an Easter theme, exploring some scientific principles using eggs and chocolate.

On Friday 21 April children can enjoy board games or participate in the Inklings book club.

Orange Youth Hub will be open from 10am to 6pm every weekday of the school holidays and will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

On Monday 11 April a bus will take young people from the Youth Hub to the All About YOUth event at Orange Showground and on Wednesday 13 April there will be a trip to the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

The Youth Hub will host 3v3 basketball on Wednesday 20 April and on Friday 22 April there will be a bus trip to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

Orange Regional Gallery’s current exhibitions William Kentridge: I am not me, the horse is not mine and Salvatore Zofrea: The Drawn Line have inspired its school holiday activities this Easter.

On Wednesday 13 April artist educator Heather Vallance will help young artists create their own experimental picture books.

Artist educator Jaq Davies will hold a playful paper puppet workshop on Tuesday 19 April and on Thursday 21 April children can join artist educator Karen Golland for a hands-on creative animation workshop.

Orange Regional Museum has also drawn inspiration from its exhibitions for activities these school holidays.

Inspired by the historic portraits in the exhibition Inherit: old and new histories, children can create their own colourful family portraits on canvas with the help of a humble squeegee on Tuesday 12 April.

The whole family can enjoy a guided tour of the travelling exhibition How Cities Work on Wednesday 13 April and Tuesday 19 April, and children can look beneath the surface to create their own underground world in a shoebox on Wednesday 20 April.

For more information about any of Orange City Council’s school holiday activities, visit our school holiday events calendar to view details and booking links.

Places are limited. While most of the activities are free, some have a small cost to cover materials.

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