School Holiday Shenanigans cont.

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Mumabulous is all about encouraging creativity.  Unfortunately many of our craft activities at home end with the princess’ attention span wilting or me getting frustrated with their inability to follow instructions. The school holidays is the perfect time to hand them over to the professionals.

  • Art Est – Leichhardt

This school and gallery space describes itself as “Sydney’s  dynamic creative hub for the visual arts”. It runs a huge number of courses and workshops for all ages. There’s a workshop on everyday of the July school holidays for kids aged 5 and up. The activities include painting, drawing, cartooning, collage and clay modelling. It sounds very cool indeed.  I would have gone crazy for this stuff as a kid.

Colourful creations

  • MCA – Circular Quay

The Museum of Contemporary Art is back – groovier and more accessable than ever. As part of the Biennale of Sydney they are running fabulous and free kids workshops througout the school holidays.

Familes are welcome to drop in anytime between 10:30am-4pm from 2 to 7 July. Mumabulous will be checking this out. The MCA also funs Family Fun Day on the last Sunday of each month

Workshopping at the MCA

  • Biennale ‘School’s Out’ Holiday Program – Cockatoo Island

This event sounds like a lovely family day trip. Take a ferry to Cockatoo Island and drop in on this free activity where kids get to participate in a large collaborative artwork. The program runs from the 9th to the 13th of July and is suitable for ages 5 to 12.

  • The Art Gallery of NSW – The Domain

AGNSW is holding a number of workshops based around the Japanese Tanabata or Star Festival (held is conjunction with the Kamisaka Sekka exhibition). Dates: 9th – 13th July. Cost is $30-$35 per child.

  • Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre – Gymea

Who said the Shire had less culture than a tub of yoghurt? Hazelhurst is hosting an awesome array of workshops for kids aged 6 to 18.  The young artists can get involved in old school activities like painting, drawing and clay modelling or venture into the brave new world of digital media.  Sod the kids, I would love to do these classes myself. At around $30 per session its reasonably priced.

  • Waverly Woollahra Art School – Bondi

This is a fun and varied program for kids 5 to 11. The workshops range from dioramas (remember those?) to print making.

And then there’s

  • The Messy Spot – Maroubra

The Messy Spot is a drop in arts and craft venue and party place where toddlers through to primary school kids can let their creativity run riot. Kids get a tray of paint, including glitter and are invited to let loose all over the white washable walls. There’s a lovely array of materials such as sponges and stamps to experiment with as well as a variety to knick knacks to decorate. The playdough is made fresh “in house” and garnished with glitter and loads of other bling. There are no organised workshops or classes as such. It is simply a place where littlies can enjoy free play and see where their imaginations take them. Its also a Mumabulous standby for rainy days. (Being close to Gloria Jeans is a plus).

Don’t try this at home boys!

Wow – I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ll be back soon to provide you with a list of activities and events for theatical types.



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