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School Holiday Fun!

School holidays again already?

Are you looking for new ways to keep the young ones occupied and entertained for the next week?

The school holiday’s offer a time to reconnect with nature, get to know your neighbours or pull out your favourite craft kit!

Earlier this year, we offered these practical tips for parents courtesy of teacher and parent Casey Skupin and we think they’re worth revisiting.

Here are a few general ideas to keep everyone occupied:

  • Keep active. Go for a walk with your family, or get out together on bikes or scooters when it's not to hot outside
  • Pull out your favourite childhood stories. Read together with young ones, and encourage older kids to keep reading on their own.
  • After you’ve finished reading your favourite books, why not recreate the characters out of toilet rolls, foil or print them out and colour them in!
  • Have kids help with chores or meal preparation. This can be tailored to their age and capabilities.
  • Get creative with play. This could include building imaginary world with toys, making things from recycled materials or using natural objects for art and craft projects.
  • Keep a routine of regular activities in the mornings and evenings, where children can help themselves and contribute to the family.
  • Allow time for your child to play on their own and/or with siblings.
  • Try not to have too many expectations. Some things will work, some things will not be as smooth as you want.
  • Sign up to StreetNet. Get to know your neighbours this school holidays. Print the neighbour cards here and say hello to each person on your street, make some treats (like the bliss balls) and drop them to a neighbour in need, or plan a party for your street – we can even help you with some of the costs. Find out more here.
  • Jump in and explore your world. The temperature is starting to rise, so staying inside might a better option. Our Community Board is packed full of digital experiences for the whole family. Learn the latest magic tricks, explore an immersive digital experience in Japan or explore the African wilderness!
  • Hit the road and explore the great outdoors. This article can help you get your vehicle ready!
  • Get out some chalk and draw your very own hopscotch on your drive. This is a fun activity for the whole street!

See our daily timetables full of suggestions to structure your days and links to useful activities:

→ Early Childhood Timetable

→ Lower Primary Timetable

→ Upper Primary Timetable

Of course, you don’t have to make your own fun all the time. There’s plenty of local activities to suit kids of all ages.

Check these out:

Non-stop action

It’s all happening for the school holidays in Newman with multiple activities every day. Whether you’re interested in some quiet craft or story time, seeing a movie or getting involved in sports action, there’s something for everyone. Newman Youth Centre has pulled together a calendar of events organised by themselves and other groups, including Ngurra Kujungka, Save the Children, Headspace, Newman Police and the Shire of East Pilbara. As a sampler, this Thursday 1 October, the program includes sessions of morning sport and afternoon swimming with Ngurra Kujungka, Creature Crafts for young ones at Newman Library, a Mum and Me Pamper Day at the YMCA Building, a course on Basic First-Aid for Sports Injuries for older kids at the Newman Youth Centre, drop-in sessions for games, crafts and more at the youth centre, and finally the Nightfields footy sessions at Boomerang Oval in the evening. Phew!

Newman Youth Centre’s Facebook page is the place to go to get all the details for activities over the entire holiday period.

Building blocks

Bricks 4 Kids is a free Lego building workshop at Parnawarri Retail Centre. It runs between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday 7 October. Join in at any time and let your building skills and imagination run wild!