Hanging out and having fun at home is totally cool but after the PJ days wear off, they’ll be screaming out for somewhere to go & something to do!
This week’s blog could be a lifesaver, especially to those of you with Kindy/school-age children who struggle to find things to keep them busy throughout the break.
“I always joke about Parents becoming an ‘event planner’ during the holidays, just trying to keep up with their children’s itinerary. It doesn’t have to be like that and there’s a fine line between too little & too many activities, finding the right balance is the key. My kids & I used to pick out 1 all-day activity to do each week & scatter smaller adventures or activities amongst the sleepovers & playdates. We’ve found some interesting places to visit and things to do in Melbourne & around your area that you may not have heard of plus some old favourites that will not disappoint. Here we go…” ~ Leesa (Mini Jets Head Coach, Eltham)
WHAT’S ON THESE HOLIDAYS FOR MELBOURNE KIDS?
Why not start right here at Jets Gymnastics?! We’ll be open as usual for classes so your child can benefit from continuing their gymnastics through the holidays. We also offer FREE Member holiday clinics and a Member-only Free play session for our littlest Pre School-age children. It’s filling fast, so contact your Centre’s front desk for further information.
THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW: September 21-October 1 Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington
Organisers of this year’s annual festival have changed things up by adding new attractions such as Dinosaurs, parades and even Robots! The usual rides, slides, animals in the Pavillion-(everyone’s favourite!) working dogs in action & award-winning cakes will be there. Make sure you get in early to line up for the kids favourite, the showbag. RACV members can save up to 15% on admission & entry after 5pm is a huge 50% cheaper admission!
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: September 26-October 6, CherryHill Orchard, Yarra Valley
Take the Family on a trip to the Yarra Valley for their annual Cherry Blossum Festival, where you can see rows of gorgeous Cherry trees in full bloom (almost like a trip to Japan) and sample some of the cherry beverages on offer. There’ll also be live music, kid’s games & face painting to keep the kids happy.
YARRA VALLEY CHOCOLATERIE & ICE CREAMERY: Old Healesville rd, Yarra Glen
If you are heading to the Cherry Blossom Festival, you cannot go past without popping in to visit the Chocolaterie! With self serve unlimited chocolate bud samples out of huge bowls and delicious ice cream & sorbet, what more could us adults secretly wish for? A play area outside for the kids to run that chocolate off you say, well they have that and stunning views of the Yarra Valley as well. You can also order meals & snacks and purchase from the endless array of chocolate goodies in the gift shop.
BRICKMAN CITIES: Until October 1, Scienceworks, Spotswood
A must-see for our Lego lovers is this creation of world-famous skylines by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught and his team. The exhibit showcases the histories of London, New York, Dubai, Tokyo & Sydney going back almost a thousand years.
PAULINE GANDEL CHILDREN’S GALLERY: Melbourne Museum, Carlton
Melbourne Museum’s children’s gallery is designed for very young children from babies to 5-year-olds, setting a new standard for early childhood learning. In amongst the exploring & playing, there are quiet spaces like the ‘nothing nook’ to recharge in between adventures.
CLIP N CLIMB: 144 Murphy Street Richmond
I’m tipping this will be a popular hang out during school holidays with 33 different climbs featuring different themes & difficulties. This is a sure bet to a good night’s sleep for the kiddo’s, suitable for ages 3 years plus.
KATENA LUMINARIUM: September 27-October 6 Bunjil Place Library, Narre Warren
They may look like Retro spaceships from the outside but venture inside this inflatable maze and you’ll find a labyrinth of uniquely curved & beautiful tunnels lit in dazzling colours. Designed by UK company ‘Architects of air’, they’ve previously exhibited a different luminarium in Federation Square early 2018 & on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.
SPACELAND: September 23-October 6, Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood
Eastland is hosting an intergalactic event for budding astronomers & astronauts aged 4-12. Spaceland is filled with lots of fun, kid-friendly activities that will keep little minds occupied.
LITTLE CREATURES: Play & party centre, Balwyn
Imagine. Explore. Create. Play…This is such a great idea for the tiny tots and preschoolers. They offer play sessions where your kids get to dress up and play in themed playrooms while you have a coffee & catch up with friends. They’ve also been awarded ‘Top 25 most popular 2018’ from Active Activities. www.little-creatures.com.au
EDENVALE FARM: September 23-October 4, Eltham
This Community farm has been a favourite for many years and has some super school holiday activities to get into. The holiday theme is ‘New Growth’, referring to Spring and the sprouting plants & baby animals in abundance at the farm. There are tours of the farm, free daily activities & craft and Café Eden which serves coffee, cake & delicious meals on their new alfresco deck.
FOOTY FEVER & JURASSIC WORLD: September 21-October 5, Greensborough Plaza
So this one’s a little more low key but for the Parents who need to leave the kids for a bit while they grab the groceries, this could come in handy. This program is for the under 10 years age group and they’ll be kept busy showing off their footy marking skills on an inflatable footy field & AFL digital face painting in week one. The second week is Jurassic World & they can whip up some dinosaur craft in the Centre Court of the Plaza on Level 1. The only catch is you have to be a Kids Club member, which is easy enough to do by signing up online.
MELBOURNE ZOO: They have a ‘Keeper Care Hub’, where you get to see how Zoo Keepers care for their animals.
HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY has ‘Bushland Explorers’ & WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO-’Kulin Dreaming’ with songs, dancing & crafts.
So, we hope this gives you some inspo to help get you through the school holidays. If you’re heading away…remember, it’s not always about the destination, the journey can be just as fun with so many games to play and things to see along the way.
DISCOVERY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
Our Jets Gymnastics Bendigo members can catch some of the daily shows on offer like the Special agents, Planetarium & Codebreakers shows. There’s also access to over 100 hands-on exhibits which include a special space for the under 6’s and of course the Vertical slide which a regular highlight.
KIDSTOWN CARNIVAL & MAUDE ST MALL
Wow, Shepparton has some awesome activities like their Kidstown Carnival with a giant ferris wheel, rides and a giant slide! It’s a gold coin donation entry & rides are an additional cost. Back in CBD the Maude St Mall has loads of free activities to keep them happy-Treasure hunts, craft, super jumping castle and pedal go-karts are sure to send them home happy!
GISBORNE AQUATIC CENTRE, ROMSEY LIBRARY, WOODEND COMMUNITY CENTRE
• The Aquatic Centre is open over the holidays and no doubt the pool inflatable will be lots of fun.
• The Romsey Library has a School holiday Program for Primary aged kids but the ‘Going on a bear hunt’ event on Saturday 5th is one for the whole family, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic family favourite. www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au/storytimes
• Stage School Australia is presenting a one-hour adaption of the musical Dr Suess. This will be Thursday 26th at the Woodend Community Centre for kids aged 5-12 years & FREE!
These activities and more are on the Macedon Ranges Shire Council website www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/See-do/School-Holiday-Activities
Safe travels & we’ll see you back at Jets soon!
BACK IN THE THE GYM:
This week we’re working on our agility, with fast feet and jumping exercises. Zig zag jumps down the Tumble Trampoline, jumping under & over the rope and tracking around the cones while balancing our bean bag on our head.
We’re working on our seat drop ½ turns and angry cat to tummy drop. We start the Tummy drop skill from our angry cat position then slowly progress to standing. The aim is to not jump forward but drop straight down onto the tummy, with the legs going straight back (no ‘worm’ action!) Hands under chest with fingers making the diamond and arms bent.
Our footy fever steps up a gear with handballing and marking balls, cartwheeling through goals and some awesome side shoulder rolls too. Don’t forget to tuck your chin to chest before back dropping onto the safety mat. We’re also starting to work on handstands on floor by doing our lunge and a small ‘L’ handstand.
BARS AND RINGS
Watch me build up my arm strength in cross support swings and get even more confident in my pullover with the wedge. Our backward rolls on rings are improving more and more and today I might even try without a box!
We’ve added the ladder & slide to our beam circuits again this week. We’ll combine this with jumping, walking backwards and forwards whilst holding our pom poms-always a winner! Let’s see how we go with a run along the floor beam & dismounting in a motorbike. Can you catch the footy as you land?
This Week: FOOTY
Sep 30th: SPRING
Oct 14th: CIRCUS/CARNIVAL
We look forward to seeing you back in the gym for our last few weeks of the year.