School holiday activities in the Illawarra

Ryley Jenkins puts Cemeron McDonald into a bubble at the Science Centre in Fairy Meadow. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Ryley Jenkins puts Cemeron McDonald into a bubble at the Science Centre in Fairy Meadow. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Tuesday, July 1

■ Physical Phenomena Science workshop will be on at Dapto Library at 2pm. Bookings essential. For children aged 8 and above. More information here.

■ Tree Amigos (runs from June 30 to July 4, 10am to 1pm). Head to the Botanic Garden to celebrate the World Cup by learning about the curious and marvellous plants, animals, environment and culture of Brazil and the countries who have hosted this major event in the past. Holidays of Discovery Daily Activities: World Cup Mascots Treasure Hunt; Waste Wise Crafts; Tree Amigos Garden Show. Activities suitable for children aged three to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. More details here.

■ Anchors Away Studio will be holding kids art workshops throughout the school holidays. The classes include screen printing, drawing, creature creation, stencilling, comic craetion and experimental print making. Classes range from 1-3 hours, and prices start at $15. Where: Anchors Away Studio, 138B Auburn St. Wollongong. Ph.0412481650 www.anchorsawayartstudio.com. When: from Tuesday  July 1 - Thursday July 10.

Wednesday, July 2

■  The Wollongong Gallery will be holding school holiday work shops for children. Kids will be able to create superhero masks, sculpt weird and whacky insects or monsters, make jewellery as well as learning various drawing techniques. The classes are split into two age groups, 5-8, and 9-14. Where: Wollongong Art Gallery, Cnr Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong, Ph.42278500, www.wollongongartgallery.com. When: From Tuesday July 1 - Friday July 11. Cost: 2 hour workshop $20, Full day workshop $50

■  Physical Phenomena Science workshop will be on at Corrimal Library at 10.30am. Bookings essential. For children aged over eight years old. More information here.

■  Movie and pizza family night at Dapto Library from 5pm. Watch Monsters University (G). Bookings essential. For children aged over five years old. More information here.

Thursday, July 3

■   Physical Phenomena Science workshop will be on at Wollongong Library at 10am. Bookings essential. For children aged 8 and above. More information here.

Friday, July 4

■  Creative writing workshop: Tips for writing dragon and bat adventures at Wollongong Library from 10am to 11am. For children aged seven years and above. More information here.

■  Check out the Dinosaur Zoo at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. The exhibit allows the audience to interact with prehistoric Australian dinosaurs in a Zoo like environment. Kids and parents can pat the young dinosaurs, who are lively, lifelike, animated and affectionate. It runs until Sunday. More information here.

Saturday, July 5

■ It's the last day to check out the 2014 Wollongong Eisteddfod which takes place at various venues across Wollongong. Performances cover music, speech, drama, instrumentals, vocals and dancing. Ticket prices vary. Visit www.wollongongeisteddfod.com.au for more information or to book tickets.

■ The Berry Country Fair is on Sunday  at the Berry Showground, Alexandra Street, Berry. The monthly fair includes produce, plants, food, clothing and arts and crafts for sale. For inquiries phone: 4464 1476 or email: berrymarkets@bigpond.com 

■ School holiday activity in Crown Street Mall including a hip hop performance from Street Beatz.

Monday, July 7

 ■ Galaxies, Stars & Meteorites at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

Robo Camp: Students (aged 7+) learn to design, build, and program Lego Mindstorm robots – and have a lot of fun in the process! Hosted by the University of Wollongong (Shoalhaven Campus) Robo Camp is suitable for both primary and high school students. Bookings are essential: Email coach@projectb.net.au. For more information visit www.projectb.net.au. Intro to Mindstorms: July 7 - 8, $130; Retro Robots: July 7 - 8, $150.

■ Merrigong Theatre Company's five-day creativity camp The Monster House starts today. Spend a week with a professional tutor from Australian Theatre for Young People where you’ll hear some scary stories, invent your own monsters, create your own living, breathing monster house from craft and soundscapes, and loads more! At the end of the week, we’ll invite along your family and friends to experience the spooky scenes you created during the week. And you get to see The Listies – Earworms! For kids aged five to seven yeas.

■ Merrigong Theatre Company's five-day creativity camp Horror Movie Podcast Play starts today. Have you ever wanted to be a vampire? An enchanted dragon? An exploding robot?  You will spend the week with a professional tutor from Australian Theatre for Young People being introduced to the world of sound effects and how they enhance storytelling, and you get to see a performance of The Listie’s show Earworms. For kids aged eight to 10 years.

Tuesday, July 8

■ Dinosaurs & Fossils at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

■ Movie and pizza family night at Corrimal Library from 5pm. Watch Monsters University (G). Bookings essential. For children aged over five years old. More information here.

Wednesday, July 9

■ Science Friction at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

■ The 23rd annual University of Wollongong ConocoPhilips Science Experience is on for students from years 9 and 10. The program includes hands-on activities and a field trip to the Science Centre. Cost: $115. Details: smah.uow.edu.au/scienceexperience

Thursday, July 10

■ Worms & Creepy Critters at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

■ The 23rd annual University of Wollongong ConocoPhilips Science Experience is on for students from years 9 and 10. The program includes hands-on activities and a field trip to the Science Centre. Cost: $115. Details: smah.uow.edu.au/scienceexperience

■ Harry Potter Trivia at Wollongong Library between 10am and 12pm. Bookings essential. For children aged seven to 14-years-old. Prizes awarded for the best dressed plus pizza. More information here.

■ Creative writing workshop: Tips for writing dragon and bat adventures at Thirroul Library from 10.30am to 11.30am. For children aged seven years and above. More information here.

Friday, July 11

■ Kitchen Chemistry at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium

■ The 23rd annual University of Wollongong ConocoPhilips Science Experience is on for students from years 9 and 10. The program includes hands-on activities and a field trip to the Science Centre. Cost: $115. Details: smah.uow.edu.au/scienceexperience

Do you know of any other school holiday events? Let us know in the comments section below!

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