School Holiday Guide

POWERHOUSE DISCOVERY CENTRE

¦ July 10 and 13: Comedy and physical theatre duo, Carpe Idiotus — as featured on Australia's Got Talent — present an interactive and entertaining feast of mime, music and mayhem, 11am-11.50am. For all ages.

¦ July 11 and 12: Join musician Jonas Tandoh to hear the shekere and learn about traditional African music and its links to pop music, 11am-11.50am. Shekere (pronounced she-ka-re) is the name of the African percussion instrument made from the dried fruit of the gourd vine and loosely covered with a wide, decorative band of beads. For all ages.

MAKE AND DO

¦ July 10-13: In Mask Menagerie, make and decorate a mouse, moose or monkey mask, 10am-4pm. For ages 3-plus.

¦ July 10-13: Cut out and construct a monster bookmark, with chomping teeth, 10am-4pm. Adult supervision: for ages 3-plus. Cost: $2 a child.

DISCOVER

¦ July 10-13: Solve the maze and colour it in for your chance to win prizes, including a movie pass. Runs 10am-4pm. Prizes are in three age categories: 4 years and under, 5-7 and 8-12.

¦ July 10-13: Put on your dancing shoes and do the Monster Mash, 1pm-2pm. For all ages.

¦ July 10-13: Take a journey of discovery through the centre, 10am-4pm. For ages 4-12. Free with general admission.

LOOK DEEPER

¦ July 10, 11, 13: Presented by Fizzics Education, M is for Miniscule allows you to get up close and personal with your own hair and skin. Runs noon-1.30pm. For ages 5-12. Cost: $20.

STAY ALL DAY

¦ Wednesday: Lego robotics workshop teaches you the skills of robotics, 10am-3pm. For ages 8-12. Cost: $70, $65 Powerhouse members.

¦ July 12 and 13: Lego build construction workshop, 10am-3pm. For ages 6-8. Cost: $60, $55 Powerhouse members.

Bookings for all Powerhouse activities are essential: 9762 1300.

¦ Every day: YMCA Children's Services' Holiday Adventures program is run across 30 locations in NSW. Kids' day camps, specialised clinics, such as cooking or art, and excursions. Book for a day, a week or all the holidays. Details: www.ymcasydney .org.au.

¦ July 11 and 12: Dress as a convict and experience the hardships of convict life under the watchful guard of the redcoats. Ages 5-12, Rouse Hill House and Farm, 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, 10am-11.30am. Cost: $15, $12 (concession). Bookings essential: 9627 6777.

¦ July 6-14: The Cumberland Gang Show brings its 43rd revue-style show to Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. Bookings: riversideparramatta.com.au.

¦ Wednesday: Kids can let their creative sides shine at Toys R Us Castle Hill, 10am-noon. The first 50 kids to arrive will create and build with new Creativity for Kids kits.

¦ July 11-13: Immerse yourself in the fun world of Looney Tunes at Westfield North Rocks' Looney Tunes Interactive Zone, 11am-2pm, opposite Subway. Free. Details: westfield.com.au/northrocks.

¦ Thursday: space racing for kids (8-14). Try the latest orienteering craze. Visit as many space stations as you can in 45 minutes. Coaching is provided. Parents/carers are welcome. Start any time between 11am and 1pm. Where: Castle Hill Showground, Doran Street, Castle Hill. Cost: $10 for club members, $13 for non-members. Includes electronic timing stick hire. Bookings: 0416 040 135.

¦ July 15 and 16: Prince Big Ted will be at Castle Hill RSL with his friends Humpty, Jemima, Little Ted and the Play School toys searching for his castle.

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