WHILE there are plenty of things happening in the city this week for the Toowomba Carnival of Flowers, there are heaps of other activities happening to keep your little ones occupied these September school holidays.
1. SENSORY GARDEN
IN GRAND Central’s Centre Court, the Sensory Garden includes fidget spinner poles, succulent gardens, a music wall, origami bird feature, hopscotch, and a sensory spinning drum.
The garden also features a workshop area, which during the September school holidays will host fun daily spring-themed workshops that engage the senses.
Free drop-in activities at the Sensory Garden include the following workshops:
School Holidays Week 1 (September 16 to 24, 10am to 2pm)
Enjoy the amazing surrounds of the Sensory Garden as the little ones create individualised butterfly wings or kites.
Children will be provided with all the tools needed to decorate their creations including glitter sticks, coloured pens, stickers and gentle guidance from the workshop staff.
The workshops are free to all children and will be available for four hours per day.
School Holidays Week 2 (September 25 to October 1, 10am to 2pm, Herb Garden)
Enjoy watching children’s joy and wonder of growing your own edible herb garden.
This free workshop will see children provided with all the tools needed to make their own take-home herb garden, in cute little herb baskets.
An emphasis is placed on environment and land care, with a focus on the benefits of nurturing plants for harvest whilst enjoying the surrounds of the Sensory Garden.
No bookings required, so come along (no later than 1.30pm) to enjoy these free workshops.
2. TOOWOOMBA PLAZA
LEARN how to grow a different seed everyday of the Toowoomba Plaza’s free school holiday activities.
It’s a great hands-on gardening experience for children.
It’s on from Monday, September 18 to Saturday, September 23, from 10am to 2pm.
See toowoombaplaza.com.au for more details.
3. SOLVE A MYSTERY THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
JOIN in the family fun activities and follow the clues around Cobb and Co Museum on a self-guided trail to help solve the case of the disappearing Northern Quoll these school holidays.
Children get a special job as an environmental forensic scientist to find the evidence, eliminate the suspects, write notes in their case book and solve the mystery.
The workshop (running until October 2) is designed for ages three to 12 and tickets are available for purchase at the door for $6.50 per child (admission charges apply to accompanying adults from outside the Toowoomba Regional Council area), which includes self-guided trail activity book and craft activities.
While at the museum, can check out the Happy Birthday Play School Exhibition.
This fun exhibition takes a look at five decades of Play School and is on until October 15.
Find out more at www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au/.
4. SOFTBALL HOLIDAY CLINIC
KEEP the children busy and have plenty of fun outside during these school holidays at the Toowoomba Softball Association’s Softball Holiday Clinic.
Softball Queensland, in partnership with Toowoomba Softball Association, will hold the Softball Holiday Clinic on Monday, September 25 during the second week of the school holidays.
Designed for primary school aged boys and girls, this fun-filled and safe Softball Holiday Clinic will be held on from 9am – 1pm at the Kearney Springs Sporting Complex, on the corner of Ruthven and Spring sts, Toowoomba.
The clinic will cost $45 per participant, which includes morning tea and lunch for all participants.
To register or to find out more information, please contact Dan on 3391 2447 or email@example.com.
Places are limited.
5. EVENT CINEMAS
Event Cinemas’ school holiday program kicks off with a jam-packed extravaganza of family-friendly blockbusters and free arts and crafts activities.
Little ones have an awesome holiday ahead with a spectacular line up of fun family films this spring.
They can watch their favourite Lego Ninjago warriors defend their island home from villains and monsters in The Lego Ninjago Movie, or join the amazing Captain Underpants as he saves the town from the evil Professor P in Captain Underpants: The Epic First Movie.
The Emoji Movie will unlock the never-before-seen world of Textopolis inside their smartphones, where all their favourite emojis live and work.
To complement these screenings, Event Cinemas have prepared a bumper program of free artistic activities that will engage kids in plenty of hands-on making and creating.
Check out screening and activity times at www.eventcinemas.com.au and start planning your trip to the movies.
6. TRC SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM
CHILDREN will be racing robots and building solar-powered plant watering sensors as part of Toowoomba Regional Council’s free activities these school holidays, which aim to build vital digital skills.
Toowoomba Regional Council secured the workshops, which include coding and circuit sessions, as part of TRC’s free September school holiday program that will run from September 18 to 29.
Council’s 11 libraries around the region will be offering budding school kids the chance to code, circuit and create “stuff” that will capture imaginations and let their creativity run free as part of Telstra’s Maker Party in a Box.
TRC’s school holiday program is also offering kids the chance to make their own glittery bath fizzers, test their culinary skills with solar cooking or take part in the Gory Games.
A full schedule of activities available at each library can be found at www.tr.qld.gov.au
Bookings essential and age restrictions apply.
7. CARNIVAL OF POWER
THE Carnival of Power at the Hi-Tech Oils Speedway is described as “Toowoomba’s best family night out”.
The event, which will feature ultimate sprintcars and a demolition derby, will be held on Saturday, September 23.
Gates open at 3pm with racing from 6pm.
Tickets are available at www.speedwaytickets.com.au.