Maintaining the children entertained over college holidays

Dose of Dorin

Maintaining youngsters occupied and pleased through the holidays generally is a problem for any household. This week, “CityNews” has enlisted a number of the Canberra area’s most partaking companies to make sure the entire household can benefit from the college break.

KEEPING youngsters occupied and pleased through the holidays generally is a problem for any household.

This week, “CityNews” has enlisted a number of the Canberra area’s most partaking companies to make sure the entire household can benefit from the college break.

Whether or not it’s an historic aviation tour, a digital actuality escape room, or a farm keep, there’s loads of actions to maintain the children engaged and entertained.

Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre

Ignite imaginations on the Snowy Hydro centre

“WHILE visiting Canberra and the Snowy Mountains area, guests are inspired to cease by the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre to expertise the mighty Snowy Scheme like by no means earlier than,” says a Snowy Hydro spokesperson.

“Guests can uncover the scheme’s previous, current and future and listen to a number of the tales behind the engineering and our folks from our skilled employees, together with former academics.

“Our studying program will ignite guests’ creativeness and broaden their information a few vary of curriculum together with geography, STEM, historical past and social science topics.” 

With a state-of-art immersive theatre, the spokesperson says studying packages could be complemented with a spread of experiences together with a digital fly-over of the scheme.

“Our enormous, renewable vitality challenge, Snowy 2.0, is powering forward and guests can study concerning the challenge, view a scale-model tunnel boring machine, and uncover Snowy Hydro’s main position as Australia transitions to a renewable vitality future,” says the spokesperson.

“The Snowy Hydro training program is now out there on-line with the launch of our model new training portal Subsequent Era Training Hub. It supplies easy-to-access supplies designed to encourage, present important considering alternatives and improve science literacy with real-life, sensible actions appropriate for the classroom or at residence.”Snowy Hydro, Monaro Freeway, Cooma. Name 6453 2888 or go to

The Echo Theatre solid of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” can be carried out at The Q December 15-18.

Sing together with bears at The Q

AS the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre enters its fifteenth 12 months, advertising and marketing officer Joel Horwood says The Q prides itself on presenting a various vary of leisure, from reveals for youths to tribute bands taking part in music their mother and father grew up with. 

Persevering with to “share the enjoyment of dwell leisure”, The Q is opening the school-holiday season with an Echo Theatre manufacturing of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, December 15-18. 

See also  Time to get began on that annual clear sweep

“With mild viewers interplay and songs to sing alongside to, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ is the proper introduction to the world of theatre” says Joel. 

He describes the present as “a phenomenal story of friendship and forgiveness, apology and acceptance, singing bears and a lady with golden hair”. 

“The beloved youngsters’s basic is a narrative all of us grew up with,” says Joel. “It’s a narrative for the entire household.

“There’s nothing higher than watching youngsters’s faces mild up because the story unfolds!”

Youngsters are invited to remain after the viewing to satisfy their favorite character in The Q’s lobby.

The Q, 253 Crawford Avenue, Queanbeyan. Name 6285 6290 or go to

Lolly Swagman proprietor Ian Richardson.

Candy treats that span the generations

LOLLY Swagman has been exploring new tastes for practically three many years, says proprietor Ian Richardson.

Positioned within the coronary heart of the Southern Highlands, the lolly store shares all-time favorite treats and the latest-trending tastes from around the globe.

“We’ve obtained American Reese’s, Hershey’s and sweet corn, English bon bons and sweets, sours and tremendous sours, Dutch liquorice, Scottish pill and our personal Mrs Swag’s Fudge,” says Ian.

“We misplaced depend at 1300 completely different treats and we all know it’s greater than that.”

Ian says the shop is a typical cease on folks’s journeys to Berrima.

“It’s a contented place with youngsters excitedly exploring for brand spanking new tastes, older folks reminiscing and sharing within the thrill of discovering a favorite and the nice tales that go together with them,” he says.

“We frequently see individuals who’d come as youngsters now bringing in their very own youngsters and sharing their experiences, which is gorgeous to be allowed to affix in on. It’s good to have that historical past.”

Lolly Swagman, 11 Outdated Hume Freeway, Berrima. Name 4877 1137, or go to


Canberra’s first digital actuality arcade

CANBERRA’s first digital actuality arcade, VR Canberra, will “carry your youngsters’s creativeness to life” throughout these college holidays, says host, Pranav Sood. 

Pranav turned concerned within the enterprise this 12 months, impressed by his son’s enjoyment of digital actuality throughout a household journey to Canada. 

He says VR Canberra is a “devoted digital actuality gaming place for youths and adults to benefit from the indoors with family and friends.” 

“This isn’t only a gaming expertise, it’s also an academic instrument that permits youngsters to hook up with their inside self and make them think about and see what is feasible.” 

Since Pranav’s involvement, he has expanded their recreation assortment to make sure everyone seems to be “visually, bodily and emotionally astonished by new digital worlds crammed with awe-inspiring rides, characters, sights and sounds.”

See also  Proud college salutes top-scoring college students

The gaming library consists of “a number of digital actuality video games, curler coasters, driving simulators in addition to VR escape rooms.”

“VR Canberra is the proper place for birthday events, college holidays, household and buddy gatherings, company social events and college excursions,” says Pranav. 

Throughout the weekdays of the ACT college holidays, Pranav says VR Canberra is providing three hours of limitless video games and rides for no less than 4 gamers at $70 an individual.

He says adults can also be part of the varsity vacation enjoyable with VR Canberra’s company and work get together house with digital actuality escape rooms for greater than 35 folks.

VR Canberra, Store 5/83-101 Lysaght Avenue, Mitchell. Name 6262 1260, or go to

Lockheed Tremendous Constellation ‘Connie’.

Aviation museum the place the sky’s the restrict

DOUG Philpott, senior tour information on the Historic Plane Restoration Society (HARS) Aviation Museum, says it has many notable items.

“We’ve obtained most likely one of many largest collections of plane that mirror Australia’s aviation historical past. We’ve obtained about 50 plane right here,” he says.

“We’ve obtained the one flying Constellation on the planet. It’s a Forties-Fifties airliner.

“We solely do escorted excursions as a result of it’s a working museum, and it helps folks to grasp the historical past of what they’re seeing.

“It’s additionally a touch-and-feel museum. It’s not one the place you stand behind a rope and look, and there’s plenty of plane you possibly can really get into as effectively. We’re very happy with it.

“It’s undercover, so it’s good for moist climate, and it’s good for youths as a result of there’s numerous little issues they will play with.”

Guided excursions often run for an hour and a half, however Doug says they are often tailor-made.

“Youngsters solely final 20 minutes typically, and if it’s a quiet day and the individuals who are available in are fans, then we’ll spend extra time with them.

He says the museum additionally just lately opened the Australian Aviation Corridor of Fame.

“There’s a big show of individuals and organisations who’ve been important to Australia’s aviation historical past,” Doug says.

HARS Aviation Museum, Shellharbour Airport, 54 Airport Street, Albion Park Rail, NSW. Name 4257 4333, or go to

A weekend escape to open areas

MICHELAGO Farm Tenting is surrounded by pretty bushland, says proprietor Belinda Sierzchula, and all the cash that comes from campers goes again into restoring the pure surroundings there.

“We’ve obtained 4 outlined tenting spots for tents or caravans, however usually folks simply camp wherever they really feel prefer it and we’re fairly versatile,” Belinda says.

See also  Artsday / Music summer season faculty on once more

“We’re good and near Canberra, so it’s actually accessible for a fast weekend away or an extended keep with out an excessive amount of driving.”

Belinda says there’s loads of actions to maintain the children entertained.

“There’s a youngsters’ play space with a ninja line and huge trampoline plus some ‘hidden bases’ in our gullies to maintain them busy whereas the adults calm down.

“We’ve obtained a small dam right here, too, and a few kayaks for youths to paddle round in, and we’ve obtained some very cute, cheeky miniature donkeys, alpacas and goats that children can feed. In the mean time we now have just a few ducklings that just lately hatched.”

Belinda says all campsites have a firepit, and there’s a little bit normal retailer that makes “one of the best burgers and chips” to go together with the “superb views of the mountains right here”.

“It’s a pleasant solution to share a little bit little bit of our way of life with individuals who don’t get that have on the town, with the animals, open areas, bushland and the sensational view,” she says.

Michelago Farm Tenting & Yoga, 6141 Monaro Freeway, Michelago, NSW. Name 0411 043027, or go to

Get youngsters artistic and screen-free these college holidays

BRICKS 4 Kidz is a Canberra establishment that has entertained 1000’s of youngsters because it was established in 2017, says proprietor Mark Jefferies.

“Our vacation workshops are distinctive: we run full-day packages the place youngsters work at plenty of completely different Lego stations to offer them selection, which incorporates motorised Lego Technic and conventional Lego bricks with directions and luggage of free play the place they’re inspired to make use of their very own creativeness.”

What units Bricks 4 Kidz aside, says Mark, is its superb instructors who love instructing youngsters.

“Now we have a ardour for offering a enjoyable and nurturing surroundings for all of our little builders,” he says, “and it’s screen-free enjoyable.”

And, the workshops are customised to the age of the youngsters and are academic.

“Youngsters will study primary STEM ideas by means of the usage of motors and gears with our LEGO Technic.”

Bricks 4 Kidz. Name 0481 240311, or go to

Who could be trusted?

In a world of spin and confusion, there’s by no means been a extra necessary time to help unbiased journalism in Canberra.

When you belief our work on-line and wish to implement the facility of unbiased voices, I invite you to make a small contribution.

Each greenback of help is invested again into our journalism to assist hold robust and free.

Change into a supporter


Ian Meikle, editor