Free school holiday fun

Jayden and Lachlann Radloff get busy at the Bazil Grumble workshop at the Queens Park Educational Centre.
Jayden and Lachlann Radloff get busy at the Bazil Grumble workshop at the Queens Park Educational Centre. Rob Williams

WHETHER rain or shine there are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained these school holidays.

Ipswich children will have plenty of opportunities to get creative and ward off boredom with the following activities:

Redbank Plaza

A range of festively-themed activities are on offer at Redbank Plaza.

Throughout this week from 10am to 2pm daily, kids can visit the Little Green Thumbs activity centre to plant their very own mini-Christmas tree to take home.

The free activity is located outside Target, on level two.

The centre will also host Christmas cupcake workshops from Monday, December 20, to Thursday, December 23, at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm daily.

Kids can take part in a workshop where they can decorate their very own Christmas inspired cupcake.

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting 3288 5511.

The workshop is recommended for children over the age of three.

Art Gallery

Those looking for arty pursuits can head to the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Crafted by Evelyn Roth Festival Arts, Tailspin is a large-scale crocheted net suspended from the ceiling to create a safe, stimulating and enjoyable learning environment for kids.

The interactive is accompanied by a range of art-making activities for kids of all ages and their parents/ carers.

Queens Park

Ipswich school children will have an extended program of Kids Go Wild through the summer holidays compliments of Ipswich City Council.

Environment and Conservation Committee chairwoman, Councillor Cheryl Bromage, said this summer’s theme would be Catchment Car to coincide with the Year of Environmental Sustainability in Queensland Schools.

Cr Bromage said the Kids Go Wild program started at the Queens Park Environmental Education Centre yesterday with the Bazil Grumble Christmas Eco Workshop.

On Wednesday from 10am, kids can join in Bazil Grumble’s painting competition, with kids from six to 14 years able to paint an image of their catchment.

The painting will be entered into the 20th International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment which has a theme this year of Life in the Forests/ Bush Biodiversity.

On Thursday, Geckoes Wildlife will at be the Environmental Education Centre from 1pm until 2pm with their presentation of, “What animals live in our catchment?”


Dozens of activities are also planned in the three Ipswich libraries.

The program includes:

Christmas story time - come in for Christmas stories and maybe a very special visitor will come and say hello.

The program will be run at Redbank Plains Library, Moreton Avenue, from 10.30am to 11.15am on Wednesday and is suitable for children up to the age of six.

Bookings are preferred and can be made by contacting 3814 4855.

Decorative art workshops will be held at Redbank and Ipswich libraries this week.

Make a gift for someone, some decorations or go along and make some wreaths.

Tailored to students from three to five, the workshops will be held on Wednesday from 10.30am at Redbank or 1pm at Ipswich.

Bookings are required and can be made by contacting 3288 5411 (Redbank) or 3810 6756 (Ipswich).

Children from six to 12 can also take part in foam sculpture workshops and learn how to make a gorgeous teddy bear.

The session will be held on Wednesday at Redbank Library from 10.30am and 1pm at Ipswich.

Bookings are required.

A much-loved Christmas story, A Christmas Carol will screen on Thursday.

Doors open at 9.45am for a 10am start at the Barry Jones Auditorium, Ipswich Library, 40 South Street. Bookings can be made on 3810 6756.

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