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8+ ways to fill the spring school holidays in lockdown

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If we were writing wishlists, we’re pretty sure ‘school holidays in lockdown’ would not have been at the top of anyone’s list.

That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of local #SHFH (school holidays from home) inspiration—from online tutorials to virtual reality games.

Create at home with Marketplace Gungahlin

As the warmer weather kicks in and lockdown continues, Marketplace Gungahlin’s Spring Fest Craft is taking place from the comfort of home.

Offering one free individual craft pack per household as a welcome gift to new The Hub members living in the Gungahlin region, there’s plenty for them to do to bring some spring fun into the home.

Delivered via contactless delivery, families will receive a surprise as they receive a randomly allocated pack filled with all they need to get creative. Video tutorials will also be available to help guide the family through each activity. Read more here.


Explore a world of art and sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia

Via nga.gov.au

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has launched a truly mind-blowing array of at-home delights for locked down Canberrans big and small with their Art From Home program.

Discover artistic tutorials that use household items to make seriously craft goodies (like these gorgeous paper waratahs) or if you feel like getting out of the house, you can visit the NGA’s open-air sculpture garden free of charge and in a COVID safe way.

The NGA has created a new Sculpture Garden trail that you can follow here, which guides you through the eyes of artist Claudia Nicholson and her friend E.O! Perfect for ages 6-12.



Explore Hip Hop with Project Beats X Westfield

This school holidays, why not learn to hip hop dance in the comfort of your home?

Project Beats has your school holidays entertainment covered with two exclusive virtual workshops that you can do at home, courtesy of Westfield.

Test yourself and learn new skills through a series of Hip-Hop and Breaking videos for beginners. It’s fun for all ages and skill levels.

Three videos will be released weekly via the Westfield website, with the first week’s focus—Hip Hop—available here.

If your little one isn’t keen on dancing, they can get involved in the fun by colouring in some of the bespoke Project Beats activity sheets here.

But that’s not all—show off your moves on social media by tagging @westfieldbelconnen and @projectbeatsstudio on Instagram or Facebook for your chance to win one of three $100 Westfield Gift Cards (exclusive to Westfield Plus members).

Not a member yet? Become a member today by clicking here.


Solve a Murder Mystery with Libraries ACT

Perfect for kids aged 10-16, join childrens’ author Tracey Hawkins to solve a mystery on the Amazon River in 1910 via online storytelling.

Monday 27 September at 2 pm | Free but registration essential | librariesact.spydus.com

Get cooking with Le Tres Bon

Bungendore’s own French restaurant and cookery school Le Tres Bon is serving up the virtual goods these school holidays.

Upskill your mini-chef with two kids classes—Chocolate Mousse on Wednesday 22 September (today) and Crepes with Chantilly and Strawberries next Wednesday 29 September.


Spring into activities at home with Canberra Outlet

Canberra Outlet is relieving parent’s lockdown woes with epic Spring school holiday activity packs. The best part? They’re free! All you have to do is sign up to Canberra Outlet’s Kids Club via the website.

The boxes are packed full of activities including a DIY birdhouse with paints, a herb and seed planting kit, DIY Spring strawflowers, a backyard scavenger hunt, kid-friendly recipe cards and more!

Packs can be collected from Canberra Outlet in a contactless click-and-collect style manner in line with COVID-safe requirements.


Explore a magic secret garden with virtual reality from Canberra Centre

Did someone say virtual reality for little ones?

These school holidays, Canberra Centre has created an exclusive indoor activity pack to keep the little ones engaged and entertained at home.

Accessed via a mobile device, Canberra Centre has created a virtual reality ‘magic garden’ which can be explored in combination with a colouring-in booklet downloaded from Canberra Centre’s website.

It’s free to register, with the booklet and virtual reality details sent via email.

Create your own iconic Australiana plate with the National Museum of Australia

Via nma.gov.au.

Is it a bird? Is it a plate? No, it’s a bird on a plate!

Inspired by the Trevor Kennedy Collection: Highlights exhibition, this cute tutorial from the talented folk at the National Museum of Australia shows you how to create your own Australiana illustrated plate.


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