Huge school holiday program keeps kids entertained in lockdown

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From family aerobics and basketball sessions to bike maintenance classes, trivia quizzes and art workshops, City of Parramatta Council’s free and affordable spring school holiday program will keep kids entertained during lockdown.

Running from Friday 17 September to Friday 1 October, the popular program has something to suit all ages, abilities and interests.  

“Our school holiday programs are always extremely popular and despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, it’s wonderful to be able to keep our children active with our exciting online program,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer said.

“I encourage parents and caregivers to check out what’s on offer and book in as soon as possible, as places are limited.”

Active Parramatta

Council offers the biggest free school holiday program in NSW, with more than 2000 children across the Local Government Area participating in the Active Parramatta program. The classes will get kids up and moving, whether it’s learning hip hop dance routines, basketball skills, craft bingo or taking part in a family Olympics. Registrations are now open with events running from 20 September.

City of Parramatta Libraries

Join the libraries’ live online workshops, which are suitable for kids of all ages. Activities include Harry Potter trivia, science workshops, arts and crafts, and computer coding skills.

Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre

Learn more about Parramatta from the comfort of home with online offerings from the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre. See the City from a bird’s eye view, test your local knowledge with a series of trivia quizzes, or watch a new video series about the people who’ve helped make Parramatta the city it is today.

Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres Digital is keeping kids and their families entertained with its popular Spot On(line) Children’s Festival, which runs from 17 September to 3 October. This year’s Festival features a variety of online shows, including a concert by Playschool presenter Justine Clarke, as well as interactive workshops, watch parties, and online live Q&As.

Parramatta Artists’ Studios

Parramatta Artists’ Studio has joined with the Western Sydney Arts Alliance to offer a free school holiday program starting 20 September with a shared creative experience for primary and high school students among the highlights.

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