STUDENTS and families across the south-west will be spoilt for choice between action, art and performance with school holidays starting this week.
Children who need to release some energy will enjoy Warrnambool’s pool games at AquaZone each Friday of the break, while Camperdown’s Lake 2 Lake Hospital Fun Run/Walk will take place on October 7 to raise funds for the local hospital.
The theatre world has plenty happening in the school holidays, with Ranters Theatre holding Youth Theatre Workshops for young people starting today.
Running at the Lighthouse Theatre, high-schoolers can learn about the mysterious backstage world of stage lighting and sound or polish up their acting and writing skills.
The acting workshops will be led by experienced Melbourne actor Adriano Cortese, while technical workshops will be taken by the Lighthouse Theatre technical team.
The Portland Arts Centre is holding live theatre show Aladdin, as a musical rock concert for children, on October 5 as part of the Glenelg Shire Council’s packed school holiday program of family-friendly fun to keep children happy and busy.
The council’s wide range of activities will include art and craft, puzzles, learning about fire safety, history and live children’s theatre.
New to the program is the addition of activities for secondary school students with an opportunity to attend performance skills music sessions at the Portland Drill Hall as well as fun with Xbox, Nintendo and more at the Glenelg Libraries.
Children can create their own name plate at sessions at the libraries in Casterton, Heywood and Portland and can also learn about fire safety through games, activities and crafts with the CFA.
Also aiming to occupy creative minds will be the City of Warrnambool Art Show, with up to 500 paintings from more than 100 different artists.
The 20th annual art show has its gala opening on October 5 and all works on display are up for sale.
Budding artists can also design and decorate their own softie sculpture using recycled fabrics and buttons at the Julia Street Creative Space in Portland.
Those wanting to continue their learning out of school will enjoy a visit to the Maritime Discovery Centre in Portland, which will provide parents and children an opportunity to learn about fish and floods at the Winding a Path to the Sea photo exhibition.
Holidayers can also take a step back in time with activities at History House in Portland.