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Wollongong City Council

How to keep busy these school holidays

Monday 13 July 2020

Half-way through the school holidays and out of ideas to keep the kids busy? Wollongong Art Gallery and Wollongong City Libraries are offering free online activities to try at home!

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said there are plenty of ways parents can encourage their children to try something new these school holidays.

“Our teams across Council have been working hard to create online resources and activities that children can try for free,” he said.

“If you’re stuck at home for the next week, why not try and learn how to paint, make a collage using materials at home, or listen to a story?”

“These holidays may feel a little strange as many of our regular school holiday activities that we know and love are not running as per usual and it may be a while until things return to a new normal. In the meantime we’re offering ways to stay safe and have fun!”

Wollongong Art Gallery – Try something creative

The Wollongong Art Gallery is running their usual school holiday activities online with free art tutorials uploaded to YouTube.

Join the Art Gallery as they make a collage using Australian artist Jenny Orchard as inspiration or learn to paint your very own Frank Nowlan inspired shed. Keep an eye on their Youtube account for more free content.

Wollongong City Libraries – Listen to stories or take part in some Lego fun!

Wollongong City Libraries are ready to keep you busy with free online school holiday activities. Try your hand at making a Lego® tower masterpiece or learn how to make a pompom keyring at home. Visit the Wollongong City Libraries Facebook page for more details.

For children who love books, Wollongong City Libraries is also offering access to the Story Box Library, an online website that offers great stories read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers. All you need is your library card to get started.

And if you just have to get out of the house…

Visit your local playground

Council has more than 140 playgrounds between Helensburgh and Windang and they’re open and ready for playtime.

Council’s website lists of some of our most popular playgrounds.

Explore the Wollongong Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden is open! Stroll through the Rainforest Collection, take a trip to the outback in the Dryland Collection or to the Americas and Africa in the Succulent Collection.

Enjoy a picnic and feed the resident ducks while you’re here. Just remember, if you’re packing duck snacks they like peas or worms, not bread.

Get on your bike/scooter or just walk

We’ve got more than 120km off-road shared paths and cycleways across the city so if you’re up for adventure and looking for something new, visit Council’s website and download a copy of our cycling map.