HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE
TREAT YOUR KIDS
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