What to do with children during the holidays

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There will be face painting for the kids at the Mount Morgan Wattle Day Festival on Saturday September 24 and at Bell Park on Sunday September 25, where families can find all things multicultural.

Not sure what to do with your kids this weekend or this week? Let us help you.

There is so much to do all over the region for families with children of any age or number this school holiday.

Here are our top tips for this weekend and Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27.

Our Wednesday newspaper will present what is happening from September 28th.

1. Families and kids looking to create lasting memories should check out the Rockhampton Museum of Art.

There is a range of free hands-on activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibition, Focus Collection: Vipoo Srivilasa.

Vipoo Srivilasa is a ceramic artist born in Thailand and lives and works in Australia.

He enjoys creating warm, beautiful and fun artwork, spreading messages of compassion, love and hope through his art.

Adults, big kids and little kids can bond by drawing, coloring, cutting, sticking and dancing with Dok Rak, the APT10 Kids “flower bear” animated mascot.

The museum is located at 220 Quay St.

Contact the museum on 4936 8248 or visit their website for more information.

2. One of the best free family events in the area this holiday will be the Mount Morgan Wattle Day Festival taking place on Saturday September 24th at the Mount Morgan Historic Railway Museum complex from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

There will be live music and free entertainment, plus free rides, face painting and balloon twisting.

There will also be demonstrations, including gold panning, and market stalls.

Read more about this event on page 13.

3. Rockhampton Southside Library hosts the QUESTACON exhibition during the school holidays before moving to Gracemere Library in early October.

The eight interactive screens offer fun challenges for all ages and range from magnetic aquariums and food chains to a star tracker and catenary arches.

Reservations are not required.

On Monday, September 26, the Rockhampton Southside Library will also host a craft and play group from 9 a.m. to noon and an animation club from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

4. Relax in the air-conditioned Yeppoon Cinemas at Keppel Bay Plaza at 76 James St when you take the kids to see the DC League of Super-Pets.

When Superman and the other members of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto the Super-Hound must convince a pack of shelters – Ace the dog, PB the pot-bellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel – to master their new powers and help him save the kidnapped superheroes.

The film airs at different times over the weekend and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check timetables and costs online.

5. Culture and adventure spice up another of the region’s best one-day events on offer this school holiday.

Bell Park at 7 Hill St in Emu Park will host an array of multicultural food, games and sports from Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and beyond on Sunday, September 25,

A free lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and dancing, entertainment and face painting will begin at 4 p.m.

Find out more about the event organized by the Central Queensland Multicultural Association, Capricorn Coast Multicultural Group and Livingstone Shire Council on page two.

6. Budding skaters can head to The Caves for a free skateboarding masterclass on Monday, September 26 with professional skate coaches Taniah Meyers and Mikayla Senior of Fastplant Skateboarding.

Although skateboards and helmets are provided, children are encouraged to bring their own equipment.

The Fastplant Skateboard Clinic will be held at the Caves Lions Bicentennial Park at 13 Barmoya Rd from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

No reservation is required.

7. Head to the Capricorn Coast and create your own adorable pom-pom sea creatures for free at the Yeppoon Library on John St.

The class on Monday, September 26 is for children aged five and over only and no reservation is required.

8. The Rockhampton Museum of Art encourages young people to have fun experimenting with clay and let their imaginations run wild during their two-hour clay workshop on Tuesday, September 27 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The workshop, recommended for ages 6-12, will have children mold the clay and use different tools to model, mold and shape the clay into any shape they want to make a pottery dinosaur or dragon .

Pieces will be fired with a clear glaze by the museum’s artist educator and returned for collection after firing, ensuring they last a lifetime.

The educator, Tricia, is a high school teacher who traded the classroom for the potter’s wheel over 20 years ago and now teaches toddlers in daycares, students and adults.

The workshop costs $60 or $54 for members.

Contact the museum on 4936 8248 or visit their website for more information.

9. For families who want a little more exercise in their children’s lives, head to Victoria Park at 4 Graeme Acton Way, Wandal, for supervised play and use of all gym equipment.

It is aimed at children between the prep age and 12 years old and costs $25 for half a day and $50 for full days, Tuesday and Thursday.

Reservation is essential.

Remember to bring socks and morning tea.

10. Step back in time at Rockhampton Heritage Village on Tuesday, September 27 between 10 a.m. and noon.

Feed the animals or take a ride in a vintage car, stagecoach and Rory the Roadtrain.

For ticket prices and more details, call or visit the Rockhampton Heritage Village Facebook page.

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