Take your pick: Sizzling array of summer holiday activities available in Geraldton

Geraldton Guardian
Mia Lynch, 10, Hudson Road Family Centre manager Julie Howells, Brody Carrigan, 7, Supersonic Science scientist Alesha Rochford, Matthias Nordhoff, 11, and Jaxon Carrigan, 11, all show off their slime. Callum Hunter
Camera IconMia Lynch, 10, Hudson Road Family Centre manager Julie Howells, Brody Carrigan, 7, Supersonic Science scientist Alesha Rochford, Matthias Nordhoff, 11, and Jaxon Carrigan, 11, all show off their slime. Callum Hunter Credit: Callum Hunter/South Western Times

Whether your kids would be into making slime or magic potions, playing soccer or Dungeons and Dragons, stretching it out with yoga or going stand-up paddleboarding, diving into arts and crafts or learning about science, there is something for every little person — and every parent — these summer holidays.

The City of Greater Geraldton has released its school holiday program and there is a wealth of options for kids of all ages, many of which are free.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the program had become a popular holiday resource for both kids and parents

“(It) is always bursting with fresh new events for kids to try, and the summer 2021-22 edition is no different,” he said.

“Thanks to the tireless work of so many fantastic local organisations, we have been able to add more variety than ever before to the list and I hope locals and visitors alike have a great time taking part.”

Events such as soccer and wheelchair basketball clinics, Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, cupcake classes and succulent plant workshops are all making a return.

New additions to this summer’s program include a low tox potion party, slime workshops, Amazing Race team challenges and fireworks origami workshops.

Films on the Foreshore is back, with three family-friendly offerings — Madagascar on Friday, January 7, Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Friday, January 14 and Bedtime Stories on Friday, January 21.

A special opportunity is open to everyone to work on a community mural, which will be revealed at a family fun day.

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and the Scrapbook House have a variety of crafting activities available during the holidays.

Download your copy of the program at www.cgg.wa.gov.au/schoolholidayprogram

BREAKOUT

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

MMA training for juniors: December 20, 22, 27, 29, January 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24. Ages 6-16, cost $11, 4.30-5.15pm, 104 Flores Rd

Abrolhos Island all day adventure tour: December 21, 23, 28, 30, January 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30. All ages. Cost $249-299 per person. 8am-5pm. Geraldton Fisherman’s Wharf.

Christmas crafts: December 21, 22. Ages 5-12. Free, bookings essential via Eventbrite. Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.

Kids yoga fun: December 30. 9am onwards, Cost $10, ages 5-8. Rocks Laneway.

Soccer clinic: January 4, 5, 18, 19, 25. Free, bookings essential via Eventbrite. 9+ years. 9.30-10.30am. Midalia’s Beach.

Geraldton Mind Craft: January 5, 6. 8-12 years, 9.30am-3pm. Free. Geraldton Multipurpose Centre

Sunset Yoga: January 5, 12 and 19. Free. All ages. 5.30pm-6.30pm. Stow Gardens.

Kids Stand-up Paddle Boarding Fun: January 6 and 13. Ages 8-12. Cost $15. 9am-9.45am. Geraldton Foreshore.

Kids Low Tox Potion Party: January 6 and 7 (bio glitter facepainting, magic dough, making bath fizzes and mixing potions) 6+ years. Free, bookings essential via Eventbrite. 1pm-2.30pm. Geraldton Multipurpose Centre.

Films on the Foreshore: January 7, 14, 21. All ages. 7.45pm onwards. Free. Screenings of Madagascar, Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Bedtime Stories. Stow Gardens.

Sundays by the Sea: January 9, 16, 23 and 30. Free. All ages. 4.30pm-7pm. Stow Gardens.

Aquarena Swim School Infant Aquatics: January 10 and 17. Cost varies. 8.30am onwards. Six months to five years. Aquarena.

Baby Workshop: January 10, 17 and 24. Sensory experience using taste. 9am-9.45am, Free, bookings essential. 0-2 years. 208 Eighth St, Wonthella.

Soccer for Change: January 10, 11 and 17. Free. 9am-12pm. All ages. Activewest Stadium.

Drawing classes: January 11, 9am-10am, 10.30-11.30am. Free. 2-4 years. 208 Eighth St, Wonthella.

Wellbeing Wonderland: January 11 (two-day workshop). Free. 9.30am-3pm. 8-12 years. Geraldton Multipurpose Centre.

Sketchy Business: January 11 and 21. (Decorate, craft & sketch your story as part of 2022 Sketchbook Project). Free, bookings essential. 10.30am-12pm. 12-17 years. Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.

Amazing Race: January 11 and 14. (Participants pair up to compete in challenges and follow clues in race to win) Free, bookings essential. 3pm-4pm. 9+ years. Stow Gardens.

Slime Workshop: January 12 and 19. Free, bookings essential. 3pm-4pm. 9+ years. Geraldton Multipurpose Centre.

Wheelchair basketball: January 13, 20 and 27. Free, bookings essential. 10am-11.30am. 9+ years. Foreshore basketball court.

Cupcake classes: January 13, 20 and 27. Free, bookings essential. 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm. 9+ years. QEII Centre.

Dungeons and Dragons: January 13, 20, 21, 27 and 28. Free, bookings essential. 2.30pm-5pm. 9+ years. Stow Gardens.

School holiday tennis clinics: January 17-21. Cost varies. 8am onwards. 3+ years. Geraldton Tennis Club.

Fun Food Group: January 17 (four-day program that develops fine motor skills and exposes children to new sensory experiences) Cost $300. 9.30am-11am. 2-5 years. 1 Whitefield Pl, Beachlands.

Tasty Science Group: January 17 (four day group opportunity for kids to engage in world of food-based science). Cost $300. 11.30am-1pm. Ages 6-10. 1 Whitefield Pl, Beachlands.

Clay Classes: January 18-20. Free. 9am-10.30am, 11am-12.30pm. 6+ years. 208 Eighth St, Wonthella.

The Cicada Experience: January 18 (four-day drama workshop). Cost $40. 9.30am-3.30pm. 7-11 years. QPT.

Storytelling and Performance Arts workshop: January 18, 19. Cost $5, bookings essential. 10am-11.30am. 9-11 years. Geraldton Regional Library.

Succulent Kiss: January 18, 24 and 25. Create your own succulent bowl. Free, bookings essential. 11.30am-12.30pm, 1.30-2.30pm. 12+ years. 35 Cathedral Ave.

Mini Master Kitchen: January 19. (Two day workshop) 9.30am-3pm. Free. Ages 11-15. Geraldton Multipurpose Centre.

Spring to Life Scrapbooking Class: January 19, Cost $25. 10.30am-12.30pm. 8+ years. 284 Marine Tce.

Birthday Calendar Class: January 19. Cost $25. 1.30pm-3.30pm. 8+ years. 284 Marine Tce.

Art Journal – About Me: January 20. Cost $25. 10.30am-12.30pm. 8+ years. 284 Marine Tce.

Card Making Class: January 20. Cost $25. 1.30pm-3.30pm. 8+ years. 284 Marine Tce.

Community Mural Painting: January 22. Free. 9am-11am. All ages. 208 Eighth Street, Wonthella.

Fireworks Origami workshop: January 24, 25 and 27. 9.30am-11.30am. Free, bookings essential. 12+ years. Geraldton Multipurpose Centre.

Collage classes: January 25, 27 and 28. Free. 9am-10am, 10.30am-11.30am. 2-4 years. 208 Eighth St, Wonthella.

Australia Day celebrations: January 26. 8am-9pm. All ages. Live entertainment, activities, music and fireworks. Geraldton Foreshore.

Mural Opening celebration: January 29. Free. 9am-10am. All ages. 208 Eighth St, Wonthella.

Pirate Cove, Pirate Treasure, Pirate Packs: Daily. Cost free - $2. 9.30am-3pm. All ages. Museum of Geraldton.

BIFF and Water Slide Fun: Daily. Entry fee applies. 11am-3pm. All ages. Aquarena.

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