Cousins Heidi Parish (left), 6, and Bethany Garden, 6, at the Ipswich Art Gallery has fun activities for kids during the school holidays.
Cousins Heidi Parish (left), 6, and Bethany Garden, 6, at the Ipswich Art Gallery has fun activities for kids during the school holidays. David Nielsen

Holiday crowds beating the rain

WITH wet weather here to stay, Ipswich families have been flocking indoors to beat the school holiday boredom.

The Ipswich Art Gallery, Workshops Rail Museum and Birch Carroll and Coyle Ipswich have all reported bumper crowds.

Ipswich Art Gallery operations manager Sharon Marsh said when the gallery re-opened on Tuesday, more than 400 people had poured through.

The numbers increased midweek, with more than 500 on Wednesday.

Ms Marsh said the main attractions had been the F-111 exhibition and the interactive Tailspin, which features a climbing web especially for kids aged three to 12.

“The good thing about Tailspin is the kids can run around and burn off energy,” Ms Marsh said.

Workshops Rail Museum director Andrew Moritz said numbers for the annual Day out with Thomas, were up 20 per cent from the same period last year as a result of the wet weather.

Daily activities include interactive Thomas the Tank Engine-themed games and activities, storytelling with the Fat Controller and searching for Thomas on the museum’s huge model railway.

Mr Moritz said since the exhibition had opened on Boxing Day, more than 15,000 had visited the museum.

“There is a lot to do and all activities are under cover,” he said.

Birch Carroll and Coyle Ipswich general manager Chris Costello said the cinema had been “extremely busy” with people escaping the rain.

Mr Costello said family-friendly Disney film Tangled had been attracting the biggest audiences, with romantic comedy Morning Glory and action flick Unstoppable also pulling in the crowds.

He said people were encouraged to book online to avoid missing out.

Ipswich City Council also has a range of activities to keep children occupied throughout the school holidays with the Active Breaks Holiday program.

Parks, Sports and Recreation committee chairman David Morrison said the program was the perfect way to keep children active and entertained.

“All sessions will be held in the morning from 8am to 9am,” Cr Morrison said.

“Activities will include AFL, Zumba, tennis, soccer, rugby, athletics, basketball, softball and fitness for kids.”

The fun, free activities will be staged in 10 local parks and sporting venues across Ipswich starting today.

A full schedule of activities is available by visiting www.ipswich.qld.gov.au, or by contacting Cool Sports for more information on 3102 5438.

Additional activities are also offered at Ipswich library branches, with further details available from, http://library.ipswich.qld.gov.au.



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