CHAMPION COLUMN | There's something for everyone these school holidays

WSROC PRESIDENT: Cr Barry Calvert. Picture: Geoff Jones

WSROC PRESIDENT: Cr Barry Calvert. Picture: Geoff Jones

With the school holidays upon us, many parents will be looking for good-quality activities for kids to enjoy. The good news is local governments do much more than roads, rates and rubbish. From toddlers to teens, councils have a range of free and low-cost activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

Creative kids of all ages will enjoy the Casula Powerhouse's holiday program, including art, singing, dance and drama classes. The Fairfield Museum & Gallery also has craft activities planned. Create a beautiful poppy wreath for Anzac Day, craft a seasonal Easter basket and learn to build a tee-pee out of sticks and recycled fabrics.

Western Sydney libraries offer far more than just borrowing services. Future builders will enjoy the Lego Fun workshops at Bonnyrigg, Fairfield and WetherillPark libraries. Tech-savvy kids will love Casula Library's Super Robotix and Learn to Code workshops, while the All hands on Ukes ukulele sessions at Miller and CarnesHill libraries offer a chance to try a musical instrument.

For kids who like outdoors, milder April weather is ideal for exploring the 500 parks and open spaces across the South-West. From walking trails, to BMX tracks, play equipment and skate parks, there's something for everyone. Larger parks such as Western Sydney Parklands and Chipping Norton Lakes are home to many species of birds and other wildlife, with barbecue facilities and tables for family picnics.

If wet weather hits, councils' swimming and leisure centres offer the chance for kids to stay active indoors. For older kids, Fairfield Youth & Community Centre offers opportunities to try rock climbing, trampolining or stunt skills at Parkour Park.

Western Sydney kids are fortunate to have access to a wide range of natural reserves, recreation parks and council-run facilities. Explore what the region offers.

CR BARRY CALVERT, President

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

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