As the July school holiday workshops remain on hold due to COVID-19, Orange Regional Museum, Orange Regional Gallery and Central West Libraries have teamed up to produce free activity packs.
Orange Regional Museum public engagement and education officer Sally MacLennan said they have received an overwhelming response from the community.
"We have booked out the first week's worth of holiday activity packs already," she said.
"We are printing 50 packs a day and parents ask to pick a weekday between 9am and 4pm for when they are able to pick it up from the museum."
Ms MacLennan said the museum and gallery have teamed up to create two activity packs from their current joint project Regenerate.
"The two packs will explore the unique plants and animals on Mount Canobolas," she said.
"Children will be able to create a DIY leaf wall hanger, an origami planarian which is a type of worm and play a memory game.
"The activity packs are age appropriate for children aged between three to 12, but young children may need help from an adult."
The museum has another pack that features fun look-and-make crafts inspired by the scientific photography on display in Capturing Nature: early photography at the Australian Museum 1857-1893.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said this is the perfect example of how some of Council's services are adjusting and adapting as we continue to live throughout the pandemic.
"This is a fantastic initiative for the young people of our community, a way for parents and carers to keep the kids entertained during the holidays," he said.
"The packs feature creative activities, puzzles and challenges, and will provide families with entertainment and learning opportunities over the break."
All three museum packs are available to order via www.holidayactivitypacks.eventbrite.com.au, and can be picked up from the museum.
Central West Libraries is also offering a take-home pack called Rock, Paper, City activity packs and invite children to enter the LEGO Club Holiday Challenge to construct the Central West's most iconic buildings.
The buildings can be historic or modern and to go into the prize draw a photo of the building, name and contact details must be submitted via email to email@example.com
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