With summer sports taking up hours of everyone’s time and energy it’s expected parents could be on the hunt for something a little more sedentary to give everyone some time away from the cricket oval.
With this in mind, here’s my top 5 indoor activities to keep curious kids entertained.
1) Tell them to take part in a UNO competition
There’s nothing more humiliating than when someone a fraction of your age consecutively beats you at UNO.
Tell children it’s time to take on someone their own size and have them sign up for a UNO competition at the Orange Youth Centre.
It’s happening on January 9 and 16 from 4:30pm and is for children aged between 12-24 years old.
More details can be found on the council website.
2) Keep the family together by sending kids to board game day
Orange library has volunteered to take the heat of siblings and parent by hosting a board game day families don’t all have to get involved in.
On January 18 from 9am - 3pm, real children and children at heart (age specification is 6-99) are encouraged to pop into the library for a spot of chess, Carcassonne, Talisman, Ticket to Ride or...Monopoly for those who dare.
There will be experts on hand to teach some of the tricky games, with many more modern and traditional board games offered to competitive kids than what is listed above.
The library board game day is free and children under eight should have an adult with them.
3) Let little ones make their own Lego movie
Everyone loves Lego! Give the children (ages 6-15) what they love by sending them to the library’s school holiday Lego day.
The theme is Curious Creatures and the library will offer up its collection to create Lego beasts which kids can then make into movies using tablets.
The creatures will then be entered into a competition which may attract prizes and will definitely attract the admiration of fellow Lego lovers.
Children are also permitted to bring their own Lego creations from home to enter into the competition.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult for this free event on January 21 from 10am-12pm.
4) Lock the kids in the library for the afternoon
Library staff have called on 8-16 year olds to put together a team of four to take part in its escape room activity.
The young detectives will be asked to solve a series of puzzles to find an exit, based on the book The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan.
There are several sessions which will run throughout the day on January 22.
The fastest team will be rewarded with glory – and a major prize.
Bookings can by made through Eventbrite.
5) Get your little monsters making slime
Orange City Council will host a free slime making workshop at the Orange Youth Centre on January 22.
It runs from 4:30pm-8pm and all the grose slime making ingredients are supplied.
More details on the council website.
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