Double borrows for the holidays
So that's 6 toys + 3 puzzles per child.
Stock up on all of your favourites from now until the end of school holidays!
Things to do in the holidays...
Yarra Libraries Holiday Science and Space Program
24th Sept – 6th October
Lots of space and science themed activities for kids 3-12years.
Events are FREE but do require bookings
www.yarralibraries.vic.gov.au > events
Thursday 4 October
Convent Kids presents: ‘Books with Friends’ by Kids’ Own Publishing, tracking with Shazza
Who is hiding in the bushes? What’s made that little pattern in the dirt? Join Yamitji woman Sharon ‘Shazza’ Hughes on a hunt for tracks, and hear some stories about the critters around us. Wander through the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent uncovering secrets hidden in plain sight. Learn to read the ground you walk on for signs of animal friends, then make yourmark in a book of your creation.
Tickets $12. Session times:
10.00 am – 12 noon or
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr
Behind Federation Square, Melbourne
Thursday 4-6th October –
Join our last sessions for the season and come play in the ArtPlay Backyard.
The Fair season is upon us!...
These school holidays we’ll have all sorts of materials on hand for you to create your artwork. There’s a different theme each time, so you could draw in the dirt, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials or muck about with water. Or you could make a mandala, wrap up some rope or ribbon and dream up your own mini landscape. Anything is possible! ArtPlay Backyard runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm Thursday 4 October and Saturday 6 October. Note: This event may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. Please call ArtPlay for latest updates. Please note: we are unable to accommodate groups in this drop-in. Age: Family Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Melbourne Royal Show
22nd September - 2nd October
9.30am - 9pm daily
Lots of great family fun but the all time favourite has to be getting up close to lambs, ducklings, chooks, goats and more, and make sure you grab a cup of food for $2 to hand-feed the animals.
Kindergartens and schools all around are gearing up for Fair season so if the Royal Show is a bit too big to manage check out some smaller events in your area.
Richmond Primary Halloween Fest 2018
Saturday 27th October, 2-8pm
Brighton Street, Richmond
A frightfully awesome affair with loads of prizes for all ages: Sideshows with oodles of disgusting games; Food stalls and Bar; Creepy craft; Curl Up & Dye facepainting, hair and tattoo salon; Rides for big and little people (some not so scary!); Spooktacular Arena with live entertainment, best dressed parade, giant raffle and more! Like our Facebook page @RPSHalloweenFest or follow us on Instagram @rpshalloweenfest … See you there if you dare!!!!
Our Toy Library will also be there with a sandpit full of toys for some 'chilling out' fun from 2-5pm!
Dame Nellie Melba Kindergarten Spring Fair
Friday 19th October, 4–8pm
18 Goodwood Street, Richmond
Sausage sizzle, jumping castle, petting zoo, craft activities, food, drinks and live performances. Gold coin entry. Activities wristbands $5. All welcome. (A great showcase of the timeless charm of DNMK and a favourite event for our preschool kids).
Sweet Fair recipes to donate...
If you're stuck for some ideas to donate for your Fair here are some tasty treats…
Salted caramel popcorn
120g unsalted butter, cut into 3cm cubes
2 tablespoon canola oil
165g (3/4 cup) popcorn kernels
2 cups caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat the oven to 170C. Coat 2 large baking trays with 20g of the butter. Heat a heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, and then add the popcorn kernels and cover the pot. Cook until the first kernels begin to pop. Then, using pot holders and keeping the lid slightly ajar, shake the pot occasionally over the heat as the kernels pop for about 7 minutes, or until the kernels stop popping. Immediately transfer the popcorn to the baking sheets, dividing equally. Heat a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and cook without stirring for about 5 minutes, or until the sugar melts and then turns a deep amber colour. As the sugar browns, tilt the pan to distribute the melted sugar, but do not stir. Once it is a deep amber colour, remove the pan from the heat and gradually add the remaining 100g butter, whisking until the butter melts and the butter is completely blended into the caramel. Working quickly, drizzle the hot caramel over the popcorn and toss with two wooden spoons to coat the popcorn lightly. Having a bit of help from a family member or friend works great for this! Take your sea salt and lightly sprinkle it over the popcorn. Bake the caramel corn for about 5 minutes, or until the caramel begins to melt again. Toss the caramel corn to redistribute the caramel more evenly, and then continue baking the caramel corn for another 5 minutes. Toss the caramel corn again to redistribute the caramel, and then allow the caramel corn to cool completely. The caramel corn will be come crunchy and delicious as it cools.
Serve in spooky bags for a Halloween theme!
Not-so-Naughty GF Chocolate Crackles
These are the best little treats as they only need five ingredients and they take just 5 minutes to make and 10 minutes to set, so you can have a sweet dessert or snack in just 15 minutes. They taste totally rich, chocolatey and indulgent.
60g of popped/puffed quinoa
80g of raw cacao powder
6 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
5 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of butter
mini cupcake cases
Place the coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup and butter into a saucepan and gently heat it for a few minutes until it’s totally smooth and melted.
While this melts pour the quinoa pops into a mixing bowl. Once the mix has melted pour it over the quinoa pops and stir it all together, until all the quinoa pops have been covered in chocolate.
Scoop the mix into small cupcake holders and place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes, until they’re firmly stuck together.
Halloween style games for holiday fun...
Halloween can be a bit creepy for the little ones so to help keep it fun how about these simple games…
Spooky Knock ‘em Down
Use some tins and go crazy with your decorations or just keep it simple with some white cups and ghostly faces. Try a ball bowling style, throw bean bags or for the older ones who have succumbed to Nerf, you can add points to the targets and get them to practice their addition skills. My kids like to add Lego characters on top of the cups for extra points! www.remodelaholic.com/10-fun-halloween-games-for-kids/
This is really fun with a group of kids on Halloween or at any party really. Even more fun if kids wrap parents (might need to kneel down)! Each team has 1 or 2 rolls of toilet paper to wrap their mummy up. You could time it as a race or have the neatest one be the winner. Remember to leave a space for mouth and nose and start at feet!
Happy holidays and hope to see you soon...
Some online fun to check out...
This Victoria Government website created by the Department of Education and Training contains a lot of great articles, including how to read to your kids, fun activities, healthy food, playing with words, as well as cyber safety. It’s a great resource for kids, parents and teachers.