Hol­i­day pro­gram aims to bring life and op­ti­mism to Air­lie

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

KIDS can tackle school hol­i­day bore­dom with an ex­cit­ing range of fun-filled, in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties now avail­able through the new Air­lie Beach Re­sort Town pro­gram.

Launched by the newly formed Air­lie Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce, the pro­gram in­cludes free or low cost ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily to en­joy ev­ery­day of the school hol­i­days.

Ac­tiv­i­ties run all day, and in­clude face paint­ing, sto­ry­telling ses­sions, vol­ley­ball and tug of war com­pe­ti­tions, Zumba, ta­ble ten­nis, teenage dis­cos and many more.

Cham­ber pres­i­dent Jo Sweeney said the pro­gram was de­signed to en­sure all vis­i­tors en­joyed a fan­tas­tic and mem­o­rable Air­lie Beach ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Many peo­ple share the view of turn­ing Air­lie into a re­sort town and we are tak­ing that con­cept and mak­ing sure there are an abun­dance of ac­tiv­i­ties that are ei­ther free or at cost for tourists and res­i­dents to en­joy,” she said.

“We want the Air­lie Beach area to live up to their ex­pec­ta­tions, make them want to come back and show ev­i­dence of be­ing an ac­tive com­mu­nity.”

Story telling at Lea’s Book Ex­change is one of the many ac­tiv­i­ties.

Shop at­ten­dant Wendy Beale said the school hol­i­day guide was a pos­i­tive step for Air­lie Beach.

“We have a lovely new road and peo­ple are com­ing back into the shops and I just think that any­thing that cre­ates ac­tiv­ity and ex­cite­ment is won­der­ful,” she said.

The ac­tiv­i­ties will end on the last day of school hol­i­days on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

A guide to the pro­gram is avail­able at many busi­nesses in the Air­lie area.

HOL­I­DAY FUN: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dent Siena Lars­son (right) read books to sis­ters Ni­cole Fry, 5, Kar­lie Fry, 3, and Mia Fry, 6, dur­ing the free sto­ry­telling ses­sion at Lea's Book Ex­change on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

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