Four-year-old twins Olivia and Jackson Patterson taking part in the Christmas cupcake workshop at Redbank Plaza on Monday.
Four-year-old twins Olivia and Jackson Patterson taking part in the Christmas cupcake workshop at Redbank Plaza on Monday.

Baking up ideas to keep kids amused

ALREADY at home in the kitchen, Olivia and Jackson Patterson have joined the throng of children taking part in Christmas cupcake workshops.

Mother Nicole Patterson said the four-year-olds “had a ball” at the workshops, but had very different decorating styles.

“Jackson put on everything he could fit, whereas Olivia wanted to make a face,” Ms Patterson said.

Redbank Plaza shopping centre marketing manager Keryn Lovatt said the workshops would be held today, with limited seats available at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm.

“So far the children have fashioned some extremely creative masterpieces with their Christmas-inspired cupcakes and cake boxes,” Ms Lovatt said.

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting 32885511.

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

Tourism and Libraries committee chairman, Councillor David Pahlke, said Ipswich council had also planned a range of activities to help ensure young people enjoyed their school break.

“Even though our libraries at Ipswich City, Redbank Plains and Redbank Plaza will be closed for just over a week, we have lots of activities planned,” he said.

“This year during the summer holidays we are offering a variety of activities, including movies, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts, music sessions and circus skills classes.”

The activities are among a range of diverse ideas to keep the kids entertained.

Options include:

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

The exhibition is on offer until February 13.

Libraries

Come in for Christmas stories. The activity, which is suitable for children up to the age of six, will run on Thursday at the Ipswich Library from 10.30am to 11.15am. Bookings are preferred and can be made by contacting 3810 6756.



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