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                GETTING KIDS OUTSIDE DURING WINTER WHEN THEY’D RATHER BE INSIDE FIXATING ON THEIR SCREENS CAN BE A CHALLENGE. HERE’S A FEW BATTLE TACTIC OPTIONS ESCAPE LOVES.
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CREATIVE KIDS
There’s no denying it. If you work and have children, life can be a juggle. Especially during school holidays. Which is why the Sturt Winter School children’s classes sound so alluring to me as a parent; and quite frankly,
if I were still a child it would sound
just plain fabulous. The offering of
five courses in Mittagong across Monday to Friday includes mixed media artwork, painting and drawing, weaving and ceramics including making a dragon’s castle. Kids from 7-12 years can do one or all of the courses (at a discounted price) that run from 9am to 4pm. The price includes morning tea, lunch and materials. For classes year round, Emilie Lidden of Inkwell Studio runs art classes in term time as well as holiday programs. Her Art for Children classes in Bowral are all about the process and enjoying
the moment, Lidden says. ‘Our classes are structured around weekly and seasonal themes, encouraging experimentation and creativity.
We introduce basic printmaking techniques while also developing drawing and painting skills, using artist quality materials. We practise fundamental drawing skills, including shading and tone, perspective and learn how to create texture.’
Sturt Winter School, Monday July 9-Friday July 13; sturt.nsw.edu.au Inkwell Studio Art Classes; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday home school classes; info@inkwellstudio.com.au
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ARTFULLY HORSING AROUND
Clever Dr Peta Seaton, former politician and owner of Ashton Park
in Moss Vale, has been successfully running some pretty terrific food and drink workshops for adults over the past year or so. Now she’s added creative school holiday workshops to her program, which include mosaic, block printing, decoupage, sculpture and paper marbling. She has also teamed up with Sarah Spence of Equestrian Connection who is running a school holiday riding camp at Ashton Park. Participants can mix and match whole days and part days. Monday July 9-Friday July 13; ashtonparkmossvale.com.au; @equestrianconnectionau
PET LOVES
August 26 is National Dog Day
and innumerable studies have
shown having a pet at home helps children develop skills such as nurturing, responsibility, empathy
and communication. So what better time to bring a pet into the family
than winter, which is a busy time at Wingecarribee Animal Shelter in Moss Vale.? Run by the staff and the fabulous Friends of Wingecarribee Animal Shelter (FOWAS), the shelter
is the first place to go when seeking out a canine or feline companion
for the kids. A big shout out, too, to animal loving businesses like property agents jacksonwall, who partner
with FOWAS to find forever homes for lost, abandoned, surrendered or abused cats and dogs. And cheers to Ashcroft’s SUPA IGA in Moss Vale and its loyal customers who regularly donate dog and cat food and care products for the animal shelter. fowas.org.au; jacksonwall.com.au; ashcroftssupaiga.com.au
SPOTTING UNICORNS
Still at Ashton Park, kudos to Peta Seaton and Sarah Spence who recently launched Equestrian Connection Unicorn Pony Parties
with the help of Dolly and Mickey Mouse, the resident ‘unicorns’. ‘The inspiration came from local parents and young riders, especially girls who love ponies, asking about increasingly popular unicorn themed events,’ explains Seaton. ‘Luckily, two unicorns had recently magically taken up residence at Ashton Park.’
Lucky party throwers get to groom, feed, have photos with and ride on the (very tame) mystical beasts, as well as bragging rights beforehand. Parties come with rainbow favours, rainbow themed party food and rainbow
cake if so desired, and can be tailor packaged. All in a lovely Highlands setting. Magic! ashtonparkmossvale.com.au; @equestrianconnectionau
What’s
 ACTING OUT
Need to give your darling little diva or demon some direction? Southern Highlands Youth Acts Council (SHYAC) is a non profit volunteer based group that supports youth arts and drama
locally. They put on fabulous school holiday theatre programs that generally result in a play or musical at the end. SHYAC is currently in rehearsals for their next production, The Addams Family. Likewise, The Highlands School of Performing Arts holds regular classes, holiday theatre workshops and an annual production or performance in drama, dance, singing and ballet. Great places for kids to gain confidence, meet new friends and learn to take their drama on stage. shyac.org.au; thspa.com.au
CHASING STARS
Winter is a great time for star
gazing. Experts from the Bureau of Meteorology in Sydney say that our neighbouring Southern Tablelands, which start around nearby Marulan, are an excellent place for this extremely kid friendly activity. In winter the nights are longer, and the frequent gorgeous sunny winter days lead to clear winter nights. Another reason to look upwards in winter is
to see the centre of the Milky Way galaxy as it passes overhead.
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