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Fun activities available across the city these school holidays

Orange City Council’s events calendar is packed full of fun activities for children to enjoy during the upcoming school holidays.

With a wide range of hands-on workshops planned across Orange Regional Museum, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange City Library and Orange Youth Hub, there is sure to be something to keep the kids entertained.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd encouraged parents and children to check out what’s available and sign up for the activities, many of which are free.

“The staff at these centres have created some fantastic workshops these holidays, which are sure to appeal to children of all ages and interests, offering fun and learning at the same time,” Cr Kidd said.

The museum and gallery have joined forces to host a series of activities linked to the Pollinators exhibition, which is on show at the museum until May 9.

Children can discover the power of pollinators and the role they play in our environment, while getting to know some of our local plants and pollinating animals.

Each session will include a visit to the Pollinators exhibition in the museum to admire the giant ‘swarm’ of artworks created by hundreds of local school children, followed by hands-on activities in the West Room at the gallery.

The workshops are:

  • April 6 – Design and build your own insect hotel. Children will learn about pollinating insects and how they can support them by providing shelter and nesting materials. Cost $20.
  • April 7 – Botanical drawing. Dissect and inspect native flowers, examine their structure and document them in a series of illustrations. Cost $20.
  • April 8 – Use mixed media to draw birds, bats, bees and beetles. Use reference images and your imagination to draw creatures before adding colour and detail using ink, crayon and collage. Cost $20.
  • April 13 – Make native seed bombs. These little packages of seeds, clay and soil can be thrown into hard-to-reach places where they will sit until conditions are right for them to spring into action, providing food and habitat for local pollinators. Free.
  • April 14 – Design and build a rubber-band-powered butterfly. Learn how to identify local pollinating butterflies by their distinctive colours and patterns and use them as inspiration for your design. Cost $20.

The library will hold two free ‘Science in the Kitchen’ workshops, on April 7 and April 12. The STEM kitchen experts have been busy developing a recipe for the gooiest, slipperiest, stickiest substance known to humanity and they want Orange children to test it out in the library kitchen.

Children keen to get their hands dirty can come along and plant a winter vegetable garden at the library on Thursday 8 April, or they can learn how to make their own stop-motion

Claymation movie at a Toonworld Workshop on Tuesday 13 April.

Lego enthusiasts can play with the library’s huge Lego collection and use their imagination to build Lego creations on Wednesday 14 April and Thursday 15 April. All the library activities are free to attend.

Orange Youth Hub in Garema Road will offer crazy science experiments at a mad science workshop on Thursday 8 April, or bring a friend and enjoy pool competitions on April 7 and April 14.

Love your TikTok? Young people can bring their friends to the Youth Hub for an afternoon of TikTok challenges and pizza on Tuesday 13 April.

The Youth Hub will also be open for young people to drop in from 11am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, during the school holidays, except public holidays. All Youth Hub activities are free to attend and QR sign-in is required.

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

“There are so many activities on offer and the events calendar makes it easy to check out what’s happening and book your spot,” he said.

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