Wednesday 10 September 2014

Keep the kids busy in Penrith these school holidays.

School holidays are just around the corner and if you haven't planned anything for the kids yet don't worry, there are plenty of fun and affordable things for them to see and do in Penrith.

Whether your child has an adventurous spirit, an enquiring mind or an active imagination they will be entertained for hours at the world-class attractions, special events and activities across the City.

Rafting fun for kids at Penrith Whitewater stadium

Adrenaline junkies can try wakeboarding, jet packing, white-water rafting, indoor skydiving and go-karting; thrill seekers of a different kind can try Theatresports at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre or Astronomy Night at UWS Observatory and others can try their hand at the Young Writers' Camp at Lewers Gallery or Cartoon Workshops at Penrith Library.

Penrith City Mayor Cr Ross Fowler says there really is something for kids of all ages and interests to enjoy in Penrith these school holidays.

“School holidays go by in a blink of an eye for kids, but for many parents they seem to last a bit longer! It's wonderful to see so many different activities and interesting events happening across the City to keep the kids occupied,” Cr Fowler says.

“Our world-class adventure attractions continue to be a popular choice for school kids of all ages. Not only do they provide great value for money, they encourage kids to be active, enjoy the outdoors and try something new.”

Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest

Young Writers' Camp, 29 September – 1 October 2014.

The Young Writers' Camp is a three day non-residential writers' camp, for children aged 9-12 years of age. The Young Writers' Camp will provide a substantial opportunity for children to work with published children's authors who are also highly experienced teachers of writing. The non-residential camp will give the young participants the time and space to explore their creativity and tell their stories through creative writing and visual arts workshops.

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Twinkle Workshop Monday 29/9, 9am – 1pm or 12pm – 4pm Explore the cosmos in this exciting theatre-making workshop and be a part of Twinkle, the Joan's new original show for young people. $30 workshop and performance. Ages 9-16. Performances on 30 September and 1 October.

Theatresports League Wednesday 1/10 (Junior – ages 11 - 14) & Thursday 2/10 (Senior - ages 15 - 18) Get ready for a day of improvisation, laughter and buffoonery in The Joan's inaugural Theatresports League! Participants will learn from two of the Joan's expert teaching artists before teaming up to test their skills in an authentic Theatresports mock competition! 9am-2:30pm. $66.

ARTSTART: Circus Secrets (9am-10:30am) and Tall Tales (11am-12:30pm) – Friday 3/10 The ever-popular ARTSTART offers participants the chance to journey into the world of the Big-Top with Circus Secrets then learn how to spin a jaw-dropping story in the energetic Tall Tales storytelling workshop! $18 individual workshops / $32 both workshops. Ages 5-10.

Penrith Library

Cartoon Workshops with Roger Fletcher, Thursday 25 September

Learn how to draw some famous cartoon characters by using simple shapes and how to draw animals and turn them into cartoon characters.

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