That common school holiday refrain by children “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do” doesn’t need to be heard by parents and carers on the Redlands Coast, with a host of winter school holiday activities, events and entertainment on offer from June 25.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council facilities and spaces were well organised and well-resourced to put the fun and enjoyment into holidays, with something to cater for almost every taste and hobby.
“We know children look forward to having two weeks off at this time of year and Council mobilises its community venues and staff with a diverse range of free and low-cost activities for children and teens,” Cr Williams said.
“Our Redland City Council libraries are a hive of activity with everything from a Lego Challenge to monster-making fun, family movies, yoga, bag-making and a magical morning of dress-ups inspired by the movie/stage show Frozen.
“There is no cost for our library activities, but you do need to book to secure your child’s spot, with some events and activities already having a waiting list.”
Council’s environmental education hub, Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, also has a fantastic mix of activities and workshops for all ages and abilities.
Children can join Ranger Stacey and Geckoes Wildlife for a show that’s on the wild side and spend a morning learning about the local wildlife and the amazing adaptations they use to thrive in their natural environment.
There’s also a beeswax wrap making workshop, wild weaving circle workshop, papercrete planters activity and a cyanotype printing fun morning.
“We are fortunate to live in a region blessed with such a diverse and unique range of native species of flora and fauna and we want our children to learn about them and appreciate the beauty of our natural environment, as well as using natural products to tap into their creative side,” Cr Williams said.
“IndigiScapes is a great location with a range of educational activities and events to assist children to better understand the natural world.”
Redland Art Gallery is hosting several events and workshops, starting with four events on Tuesday July 5, featuring paper animation with local artist Fiona West for children aged 5-10 years, followed by workshops for children aged 11-16 years, ‘Indigo vessels’ with Sandra Pearce on Thursday, July 7.
Bookings are essential for most activities as numbers are limited. More information is available on the Redland Art Gallery website.
Words, science and circus skills are on offer at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) during the holidays.
There are two performances of The Alphabet of Awesome Science on July 9, where fascinating words inspire scientific surprises that float, squirt, ignite and erupt.
Flipside Circus will hold short and full-day workshops for children from four-16 years on July 7 and 8.
Details, including booking information, is available on the RPAC website.
For information on all other holiday activities and events and to book, visit Council’s What’s On Calendar