ONCE again, the school holidays are upon us. If you are fretting about ways to occupy your bored youngsters during the break – fear not!
The Chronicle has compiled a list of fun school holiday activities to keep you active and entertained across the break.
FEEL the freeze and enjoy the bracing fresh air at the Winter Wonderland ice skate rink in Civic Square.
Open from 9am-9pm to July 14, the activity is a perfect way to help your kids spend their extra energy.
Buy tickets for the rink at toowoomba.starsonice.com.au/tickets.
Hit the library
THE Toowoomba library has plenty of fun filled activities running across the break.
There will be an hour long Winter Wonderland story time held at 9.45am on July 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11.
A DIY slime workshop will be held from 3.30pm – 4.30pm on July 1 – 5, and July 8 – 12.
Both of these are free activities held on level 2 of the library – no bookings required.
There will also be an hour long snow princess meet and greet at 9.45am at the library on July 1, 5, 8 and 12, or your children can venture through the wardrobe into Narnia between June 24 – July 12 at an interactive exhibition at the library.
Get into art
THE Toowoomba Art Gallery is hosting a child friendly program during the holiday.
The gallery’s Winter Art Workshops offer young people the opportunity to engage with and learn from contemporary artists. The workshops are $11 each and run on July 9 – 12, 10.30am – 12.30pm. For more information on bookings contact (07) 4688 6652.
Grand fun at Grand Central
FROM today, Grand Central will have a dome full of mesmerising bubbles in its Centre Court – just in time for the holidays.
Children can have fun playing amongst the floating bubbles in the Rub a Dub Dub activation from June 29 to July 14.
Once they’re squeaky clean, they can head to the craft station outside H&M on Level 1 to enter the colouring-in competition for a chance to win a toy pack from Kidstuff
Rub a Dub Dub runs from 10am-4pm and children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Grand Central retailers are also getting into the school holiday spirit.
Vapiano are running their popular Pizza Kids master classes again from June 29 through to July 14. For just $10, Vapiano’s pizza masters will teach your kids how to knead dough, garnish their creations and send the pizzas to the oven. Bookings are essential and can be made through Eventbrite.
Don’t forget to also check out the family saver sessions at BCC Cinemas Grand Central for Toy Story 4 and The Secret Life of Pets 2.
Explore with EDwoodUCATION
JOIN educator Ted Carter for his BIG SCREEN holiday program, focused on challenging kids through fun activities.
Running July 1 – 5, kids can learn about stop frame animation, practise their tennis skills with Mr B, work on art projects and even try their hand at robotics.
The program will be run out of the USQ regional tennis centre, for more information visit edwooducation.com.au.
Station Street Fun Day
KIDS entertainment, up-cycled markets and family fun – what more could you want? All of these things will be available at 8am – 1pm on June 29 at the Station St event, which supports Yellowbridge and Emerge.
Play with science
ALLOW your child to unleash their inner scientist at the Cobb and Co Sciencentre.
The interactive science exhibition will help your kids satiate their curiosity, with a flight test simulator, gravity run and floating ball activity.
The exhibition opens on June 29 and runs until the end of the school holidays, during open hours. Entry is free with Museum admission.
Jump into sport
AFL Queensland’s school holiday camps are back – and they’re open to both boys and girls aged five to 13 years.
Kids can learn how to play the game from some of the best, with no prior experience needed.
The camp runs 9am – 3pm on July 1 and 2, at Concordia Lutheran College. It costs $100 which includes lunch, snacks, drinks and a goodie bag.
You can register at aflq.com.au/shc.
Take a swing
THE City Golf school holiday program, running July 9 – 10, will help your kids learn how to be an ace on the green.
The two day introductory course is for children aged five – 12-years-old, and is aimed at teaching chipping, putting, golf swings and accuracy. Lunch will also be provided.
Registration is a must at mygolf.org.au.
Back to nature
THE Jondaryan Woolshed is running a school holiday program from July 9 -12, focused on getting kids out and active.
Children can enjoy making damper or run around the grounds for a scavenger hunt – and there will also be an animal nursery.
The program will run 9am – 2pm each day, the cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children aged five – 14.
The Woolshed is also hosting a Winter Heritage Festival on July 5 – 8.
There will be plenty of traditional fun to be had, including sheep shearing, whip cracking, working dog demonstrations and horse and cart rides.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children five – 14 years old. Opening hours vary, check jondaryanwoolshed.com.au for more information.
Tinker around with art
ART school Tinker, at 8 Dexter St, is hosting a winter workshop on July 11- 14.
There will be a range of art classes and programs to choose from across the four days including t- shirt painting, nesting dolls and making watercolour animals.
It costs $25 per session, for more information visit tinkertoowoomba.com.
Plenty to see at Laidley Show
WHY not make a day of it and visit the Laidley Show?
Running July 5-7 at the Laidley Showgrounds on Hayes St, Laidley, there is something for everyone at this country show.
Rodeos, debutantes, food stalls and dog shows – pack the car and get to Laidley.
Entry is $10 for adults and $6 for children.
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe
IF YOU thought it was cold in Toowoomba, why not check out Snowflakes in Stanthorpe for some wintry, family fun.
The event runs from July 5- 7 at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds, and includes activities such as a snow play area, giant snow globes, an ice skating rink and a fairy grotto.
Weekend passes cost $30 for adults and $15 for children under 15 years old.
Practise your backhand at tennis camp
THE Highfields Tennis Club is hosting a holiday camp at 220 Barracks Rd, on July 1 – 4.
Sure to keep your kids active, the camp will also help them make friends and learn new tennis skills.
The camp runs 9.30am – 1.30pm for its duration. Contact 0466354899 to enrol.