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:
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:
Brush up on your craft skills with the Port Hedland Libraries program of free kids’ activities. There’s a fabric paint library bag decorating session on Friday 2 October at Lotteries House. Next week there will be two chances to try out making a magnetic scratch art board, on Tuesday 6 October at Colin Matheson Pavilion and Thursday 8 October at Lotteries House. All sessions run from 10am to 11.30am. The activities are suitable for children aged 4 and older. Bookings are essential. Please call 9158 9373.
There’s plenty of action for young people of high school age at the JD Hardie Youth Zone. Thursday 1 October is a full-on dose of Paint Warfare! Bring your water guns to Marquee Park and the JD team will have special fabric paint to fill them ready for the battle. Other activities on offer include a water slide, volleyball, music and food. It’s all free!
Tuesday 6 October is inflatables day at South Hedland Aquatic Centre, with free entry between 2pm and 5pm, and the chance to try out all the inflatables on display.
There will be a multisport competition on Friday 9 October from 4pm for young people aged 12 to 25. Get a team together at Wanangkura Stadium to compete for prizes in basketball and dodgeball. Food will be provided.
For more information on any of these activities, call 9158 9380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the school holiday program at the YMCA in South Hedland. This program is delivered by qualified childcare staff at Wanangkura Stadium and the activities are designed with input from the kids themselves. It caters for children aged 4 to 12, and childcare subsidies can be used to reduce the fees. Call 9473 8419 for more information and bookings.