The summer school holidays are nearly here! Find out what City of Bunbury facilities are offering to help keep the kids entertained.
All programs and events will be delivered in accordance with State Government guidelines and regulations to ensure community safety around COVID-19.
The Unleased school Holiday program in back in January 2021, with four fun activities on offer for 10 to 17 year olds. The activities cover a range of interest areas to encourage everyone to get involved.
For more information please visit the Unleashed page here.
BUNBURY REGIONAL ART GALLERY
Check out these exciting activities and tours that are free entry and open to all ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please make sure to RSVP for these events. Attendance is free, however places are limited.
Art in Conversation
Saturday 9 January, 2pm to 3pm
Join us for a conversation with contemporary artist, Christopher Young to discuss his newest show Eight. Eight looks at end-of-life cultural experiences, how people respond to such experiences and the environments and institutions they encounter.
City of Bunbury Art Collection Tour
Tuesday 12 January, 11am to 12pm
Did you know that the City of Bunbury have an art collection that is over 70 years old? Come and join on an insightful tour and talk about the history of this incredible diverse collection, and learn some valuable tips on where to start on becoming an art collector yourself!
Art Gallery Tour at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (BRAG)
Thursday 14 January, 11am to 12pm
See some fantastic art at BRAG and hear about our exhibitions and the wonderful historic building in this fun guided tour.
For more information about upcoming workshops and exhibitions, visit BRAG's Facebook page or website.
BUNBURY PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Christmas Craft for Kids – Free
Tuesday 22nd December, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Join us in our refreshments area anytime throughout the day between 10am and 3pm and Enjoy a day of mixed Christmas crafts and activities. Decorate your home or gift your craft to a loved one this Christmas. Suitable for 3+ year olds.
Take-Home Activities – $5 each
Get busy creating your very own windmill, foam owl, dreamcatcher, suncatcher or pencil holder! These packs come complete with all the equipment you need and step-by-step instructions. Purchase via Eventbrite for $5 each and collect from Bunbury Public Library. Suitable for 5+ year olds.
Willy Wonka Scavenger Hunt & Golden Ticket Prize Giveaway – Free
Anytime during Library opening hours between 4 to 30 January 2021
Visit Bunbury Public Library and grab yourself a scavenger hunt map and locate as many of the hidden Wonka items as you can during your visit. Loan a book with a hidden Golden Ticket and win an instant prize pack! Don't forget to mark your scavenger map with how many Wonka items you find and include your name, age and contact phone number - then pop it into the entry box to be in the running to win a prize pack! Open to all ages.
Build a Thermometer House & Learn About Temperature - $5 each
Monday 11 January, 10.30am to 11.30am
Build a Thermometer House and learn about temperature (both Celsius and Fahrenheit) using this handy dandy thermometer in the shape of a house. But what's better than a helpful tool…? One that you get to decorate yourself of course! Ages 5 to 12 years.
Cartooning and Comics-Making Workshop with author/ illustrator James Foley - $5 each
Friday 15 January, 10.00am to 11.30am
Cartooning and Comics-Making Workshop with popular children’s author and illustrator James Foley. Join James and learn the basics of cartoon drawing and comics-making which will cover topics such as; facial expressions, creating characters, drawing bodies, drawing backgrounds, speech bubbles, sound effects, story planning, you name it - all the skills you'll need to start making your own comics. Ages 8 to 12 years.
Children's Clay 'Maquette' Sculpture Workshop with author/illustrator James Foley - $5pp
Friday 15 January, 1pm to 2.30pm
Clay 'Maquette' Sculpture Workshop with James Foley, popular Australian children's book author and illustrator, with his newest book 'Chickensaurus'. Join James for a clay 'maquette' workshop where he'll guide you through the process of building a model of a character you design. Learn how to go from a 2D drawing to a 3D model using clay and simple tools. Ages 8 to 12 years.
Dancing Hungry Caterpillars – Free
Monday 18 January, 10.30am to 11.30am
Remember the very hungry caterpillar? Bunbury Library has dancing caterpillars waiting to be coloured in and decorated! Bunbury Library welcomes you to join us in this morning session to create your very own Dancing and Very Hungry Caterpillar! Simply cut, colour, paint and decorate your caterpillar then pin him together to get him dancing his way through the library! What snack do you think your hungry caterpillar will want to enjoy first? Suitable for 5+ year olds.
Family Fun Day in the Park – Free
Wednesday 20 January, 10am to 2pm
A free day of fun for everyone! The first 50 participants to say hello to Mr Whippy will receive a FREE ice-cream! Join library staff and guests in Anzac Park (adjacent to Bunbury Library) for a fun-filled day of outdoor games, activities, competitions and more. There is something for everyone. Meet the ‘Police Rangers’ and participate in their forensics lab or Nerf Target Range! Get ‘camo’ face painted and challenge the Army Cadets in their obstacle course! Hop along in a sack race, join in on the egg and spoon races or take a break in the ‘Chill Out Zone’. Create your own monster bubbles or challenge a family member to a game of giant Jenga or tug of war! Food, hot and cold drinks as well as ice-cream will be available for purchase.
Art & Crafts Day at the Library – Free
Friday 22 January, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Mixed Art & Crafts Day at the Library! Join us for a day of mixed art, crafts & activities! Design and make your own or follow one of our patterns or activities. Simply attend the library anytime between 10am and 3pm to join in on the fun! Everyone is welcome. Suitable for 3+ year olds.
Wonka Bubble Gum Slime – $5 each
Thursday 27 January, 10.30am to 11.30am
Come along and make your very own super stretchy bubble gum slime! Make it, keep it and blow bubbles with it over and over again!
The Amazing Race: Family Edition – Free
Friday 29 January, 10.00am to 1.00pm
Participate in 'The Amazing Race' which will start and end at Bunbury Library for the whole family - of all ages and abilities - to enjoy! Your mission is to figure out each of the clues provided to get to each check point where you will receive your next clue - until you finally make your way back to the library for lunch. Join Danae from HappyWhenFit Bunbury who will guide participants in general fitness and nutrition in a fun and interactive way. Prepare your very own scrumptious but nutritional lunch and enjoy a picnic in Anzac park (adjacent to the library) to end the event. *conditions apply*
SOUTH WEST SPORTS CENTRE
The Little Lappers Holiday Swim program runs for three weeks from 4 to 22 January 2021. This program includes three five-day blocks, with classes for infants and toddlers through to Stage 10. The five days continuous sessions allow the child to become more familiar and confident over the series. Our smaller class ratios give your child more personalised attention by our Austswim qualified Swim Instructors. Click here for enrolment form and series information.
The Jitterbugs Crèche will be open all school holidays for children from eight weeks old to five-year-olds, with activities for all ages. For more information click here.
We are also running our popular School Holidays Kids Club every morning from 8.45am to 12pm from Friday 18 to Thursday 24 December on weekdays. Prices start at $5.10 with mini-sports, games and fun activities on offer at our basketball or squash courts every day run by our qualified child care staff. Keep an eye out for our special Christmas program! Bookings are essential, please call 9795 2246 or click here to download an enrolment form.
Please note Jitterbugs Creche and Kids Club will close from 25 December for the Christmas break, reopening Monday 4 January 2021.
BUNBURY MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE
Thursday 7 January 2021, 10am to 12pm
Make a mini landscape using natural materials suitable for your favourite dinosaur to live in, while learning more about these amazing creatures. Suits ages 5 to 10 years.
Price: $8 per participant
Click here to register.
Thursday 14 January 2021, 10am to 12pm
Learn about the history of dolls across different cultures, then spend some time creating and painting a personality for your own doll figurine. Suits ages 8 to 15 years.
Price: $5 per participant
Click here to register.
BUNBURY WILDLIFE PARK
Bring the kids and a picnic for a fun day out at Bunbury Wildlife Park
From Sunday 27 December 2020 to Sunday 31 January 2021 the Wildlife Park will be operating seven days a week. Until then we will remain Thursday to Monday trading hours. Just a reminder the Park will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Our ice-cream supplier is on standby for weekly deliveries to the Park because who doesn’t like ice-cream on a warm day?!
Please follow us on our social media for all the updates, operating hours and keeper encounters over the holidays. Stay connected with Bunbury Wildlife Park Facebook page.