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Plenty to do these school holidays

CHILDREN won’t have time to be bored this school holidays.
Whether it’s cooking classes, a Lego competition or watching some outdoor theatre, Wollongong City Council has something to keep everyone happy.
For starters, our libraries don’t just look after bookworms. Crafty types can make their own dragon, decorate paper lanterns and create a kaleidoscope. Wannabe master chefs can learn how to whip up a treat in the No Bake Cooking Fun classes, and in Wollongong Central Library film buffs can sign up for the movies and popcorn sessions.
Then there’s the Lego Mania Competition. Kids of all ages will want to get involved in this. It’s on at all our libraries, there are prizes for the best Lego creations and the winners go on to compete in the grand final.
Finally, over at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens, the Discovery Centre has its regular school holidays program running. The July program is called Brush Turkey and Bush Tucker, and the days include a treasure hunt – see if the kids can spot the Animals in Pyjamas – waste-wise crafts and a garden show.
“Council has a range of activities to help keep the kids busy during the term break,’’ Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
“I’d encourage parents, grandparents and carers to take a look at what we’ve got to offer because they might be pleasantly surprised. I’d also encourage people to book in early – our Discovery Centre program is always really popular and fills up quickly.’’

– Wollongong Botanic Garden
Brush Turkey and Bush Tucker. Monday 2 July- Friday 6 July, 10am-1pm Daily program:
10am: Animals in Pyjamas Treasure Hunt
11am: Brush Turkey Waste Wise Crafts
12 noon: Traditional Games
12.30pm: ‘Fun Loving Ferals’ Garden Show
Cost: $8 per child, $16 family (2 or more children), parents free. Bookings aren’t necessary, unless in a large group. For more information call (02) 4225 2636.

Wollongong City Libraries
Lego Mania Competition
Enjoy the first round of our Lego competition, prize winners continue
to the finals. Suitable for ages 5-12. Bookings Essential.
– Corrimal Library, Friday 13 July 10.30–11.30am, and 2.30–3.30pm
– Thirroul Library, Tuesday 3 July 10.30-11.30am
– Wollongong Library, Tuesday 10 July, 10-11am

Junior Chefs: No Bake Cooking Fun
Learn how to make Teddies in Blankets, Bananas in PJ’s and
Cheese Celery Logs. Suitable for ages 7 plus. Bookings essential
– Corrimal Library, Friday 6 July, 10.30am
– Thirroul Library, Tuesday 10 July, 10.30am
– Wollongong Library, Wednesday 4 July, 10am

Movie and Popcorn
Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn. PG Rated
Wollongong Central Library Theatrette
Tuesday 3 July, 10–11.45am
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. M Rated
Wollongong Central Library Theatrette
Thursday 12 July, 2pm–4pm

Craft
Create a Kaleidoscope
Suitable for ages 8 plus. Bookings essential.
– Corrimal Library, Thursday 5 July, 10.30am
Decorate paper lanterns (7 plus)
Helensburgh Library, Wednesday 4 July, 10.30am
Thirroul Library, Thursday 5 July, 10.30am

Amazing Maize
Suitable for ages 5-7. Bookings essential.
Corrimal Library, Thursday 12 July, 10.30am
Make Your Own Dragon
Suitable for ages 5 plus. Bookings essential
Helensburgh Library Wednesday 11 July 10.30am
Thirroul Library Thursday 12 July 10.30am

Games
Suitable for ages 5 plus. Bookings essential
Corrimal Library, Tuesday 3 July, 10.30am

Age limits apply to some programs, particularly our school holiday activities. To ensure your child has the best possible experience while participating in a library program, exceptions to age limits will not be made. Wollongong Libraries provide programs for a wide age range so please look for programs that match the age of your child/children.

For more information you can visit Council’s website or call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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