HOL­I­DAY FUN GUIDE

TREAT YOUR KIDS

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1. SKATE FEST

Do you skate? How do you rate, mate? These school hol­i­days are the time to start learn­ing, per­fect your skills or just have a bit of fun. Skate Fest is com­ing to West­field Gee­long!

West­field Gee­long is invit­ing kids to come by and skate in the cen­tre’s very own in­door skate ramp. For five days, ex-pro­fes­sional skater and all-round rad dude, Trevor Ward, will be stop­ping by to coach kids of all lev­els to de­velop their tricks and tech­niques. Ward has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence teach­ing young ones and kidults alike and he’s super-pa­tient. The free work­shops will com­bine fun and games with a fo­cus on cor­rect foot­ing and body po­si­tion­ing to help the keen skaters in­crease their bal­ance, co-or­di­na­tion, agility and con­fi­dence. And it’s free. There will also be walk-in free skate ses­sions that run at 11am & 1pm each day and are hosted by a team of pro­fes­sional coaches and, you guessed it, rad dudes. 95 Malop St, Gee­long, Cen­tre Court. Wed July 5 to Sun July 9, 10am3pm. Free. eventbrite.com/e/skate-festtick­ets-35104668007

2. YAR­RA­WONGA MUL­WALA KIDS FES­TI­VAL

Well well wala, let’s head to Mul­wala. The kids fes­ti­val is back and it’s bound to be warmer close to the bor­der so jump in the car and set off on a fam­ily-and-friends mis­sion.

The Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Kids Fes­ti­val re­turns this win­ter of­fer­ing a week of in­cred­i­ble fun-filled en­ter­tain­ment and ex­cite­ment for kids and the whole fam­ily. There are gi­ant BIG4 tram­po­lines, Sil­ver’s Cir­cus, movie pre­mieres and pony rides this week­end. Then dur­ing the week there’s a jam­packed pro­gram in­clud­ing a Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party, a visit from Peppa Pig as well as a meet-and-greet with sport­ing he­roes Mel­bourne Vix­ens, dance par­ties, cook­ing classes and plenty more. Kids of all ages will love learn­ing to dance in low-slung hip hop style, join­ing in basketball clin­ics, build­ing with Bun­nings and tak­ing part in the very re­spect­ful and edu-tain­ing NAIDOC Week read­ing and paint­ing.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala along the mighty Mur­ray River. To­day un­til July 9. Free.

3 LASER MAZE

Mis­sion im­pos­si­ble? Not for you. Try the in­tense new Win­ter Hol­i­days Laser Maze at Science­works. Kids and fam­i­lies will en­ter stealth mode to duck and weave through a large maze of laser beams to race the clock to the fin­ish! De­vel­oped by Mosster Stu­dio, vis­i­tors will ma­noeu­vre through the maze in an in­ter­ac­tive way as they learn (ha ha, we tricked ’em!) about laser physics and strate­gic think­ing. Find out how light is ma­nip­u­lated with lasers to cre­ate a maze that tests, limbs, limits and logic. The re­ally lit­tle ones are catered for too with an ever-so-peace­ful Laser For­est. It’s a stylised ac­ti­va­tion made out of sev­eral laser beams in a play­ful at­mos­phere that will de­light the youngest. Fam­i­lies can visit the LightTime ex­hi­bi­tion and be en­gulfed in laser-pro­jected holo­graphic ef­fects to an evolv­ing orig­i­nal sound­track. 2 Booker St, Spotswood. To­day un­til July 16, 11am-3pm. $5 to $14. mu­se­umvic­to­ria.com.au/ science­works/

4 SQUISHY CIR­CUITS

PlayDoh has re­ally come back into fash­ion. You could almost say it’s as in vogue as fid­get spin­ners but do peo­ple still say “in vogue”? The City Li­brary is think­ing out­side the con­tainer and us­ing con­duc­tive and non­con­duc­tive PlayDoh to make cir­cuits you can sculpt. Cir­cuitry may be the next cod­ing so kids are ad­vised to get in on the ground floor as the say­ing goes. And, wa-hey, you’ll be in a li­brary so there’s much read­ing and calm play­ing to be done. This is for ages seven and up. City Li­brary, 253 Flin­ders Ln, city. July 12, 10.30am-noon. Free. mel­bourne.vic.gov.au/com­mu­nity/ li­braries/whats-on/school-hol­i­daypro­gram

5 OZ COMIC-CON

Isn’t it time you tried cos­play­ing? Buy or, even bet­ter,b make a cos­tume of your favourite char­ac­ter from comics, TV or film. You can go along and see cos­play­ers dressed as Bat­man, The Joker, Hun­tress, Thor, Wolver­ine and more. Alyson Han­ni­gan ( Buffy The Vam­pire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother) is in Mel­bourne for her first Aus­tralian con­ven­tion. She will be joined by Ja­son Mo­moa ( Game of Thrones, Aquaman), Sher­i­lyn Fenn ( Twin Peaks), Aly Michalka and Rahul Kohli ( iZom­bie), Daniel Gil­lies (The Vam­pire Diaries, The Orig­i­nals), Zach McGowan ( The 100, Black Sails), Elden Hen­son ( The Hunger Games, The Mighty Ducks) and Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy). Eleven guests will be tak­ing part in pro­fes­sional pho­to­graph and au­to­graph op­por­tu­ni­ties across the week­end, as well as an­swer­ing fans’ ques­tions in ex­clu­sive question and answer pan­els. Oz Comic-Con Mel­bourne will also fea­ture ex­clu­sive Marvel and Star Wars con­tent, work­shops and ded­i­cated cos­play, anime and gam­ing areas. There will be fam­ily

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