We've reached the halfway point of the summer holidays, but there's still a few more weeks left with the kids at home. If you're feeling in need of some fresh inspiration, look no further - we've compiled a huge list of activities from right across the region to keep them entertained.
Ice Skating at Cherry Street Sports
Ice skating is suitable for all ages and skill levels with $12 lunch specials while you sit and watch children.
Open every day until Jan 26. Sessions times are: 9.30 am, 11 am, 12.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 5 pm. Purchase tickets online for $20 for members and $22 for non-members (including booking fee). Spectators are free.
All skaters must wear gloves and socks. Helmets recommended. Book here.
Macadamia Castle Holiday workshops
During the school holidays your 7-12 year olds can become Wildlife Guardians and teenagers can become Keepers for a Day and spend the day behind-the-scenes in the animal park. Activities include learning about conservation and caring for our wildlife, design and building a reptile enclosure to create enrichment for the wombats and native birds.
The workshops run from 9am to 3.30pm (register 8.30am) Cost: $80 for Guardians, price includes lunch, afternoon tea and certificate of participation. Cost: $100 for Keepers, price includes afternoon tea and certificate of participation.
There is also a creative workshop called Critter Capture with Franki Kaneur. To book go to macadamiacastle.com.au
Tours of Australian Seabird Rescue
School holiday tours will be running until Jan 22 at 10am, weekdays only and excluding the public holiday. One hourly tour per day $8 per person. Bookings are essential. Call 6686 2852 (office hours 8am-2pm).
Ballina Fair Movies
Ballina Tenpin Bowl
Game including shoe hire: (A) $12.00 | (C) $10.50. Two games: (A) $18.00 | (C) $16.50
16 Clark St. ph: 02 6686 5342
The Lismore Regional Gallery is a hive of school holiday activities this summer, plus there are some excellent exhibitions to enjoy.
Regional Gallery - Current Exhibitions
Karla Dickens: A Dickensian Sideshow until Feb 21
- Friday Fundays
- The Quick Draw Club
With artist Michelle Dawson
6 - 7pm Thursday Jan 21.Cost: $15. Must book.
- Youth Skateboard Art workshop with Jeremy Austin
10.30am - 12.30pm Friday Jan 15. Cost $50. Must book.
- Youth Collage & Paste Up Graffiti weekend workshop with Erica Gully
10.30am - 12.30pm Sat Jan 16 and Sun 17 Cost: $30. Must book
- Kids' 'Mini me' workshop with Joanna Kambourian
10.30am - 12.30pm Saturday 23 Jan. Cost $15. Must book
- Deaf-Led Auslan Tour with Sigrid MacDonald
11am - 12pm Saturday Jan 30
Public Sessions: Mon - Fri til Jan 27: 10am -12pm,12.30pm -2.30pm, 3pm-5pm, Public Session 6.30pm-9.30pm (FRIDAY ONLY)
Saturday: Learn to Skate: 9.30am -10.30am with public sessions at 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm - 4pm.
Heritage Park Miniature Railway
Miniature trains 'Toby' and 'Katie' take kids on two laps around the track enjoying all the sights around Heritage Park. Cost is $3 per ride / $12 for a group (max 5 people).
Learn how to make towers, archways, stairs, animals and balls out of just sand and water with Sandman Steve.
Workshop 10 am - 11:30 pm for all ages on Jan 19, 21 and 25. On Belongil Beach (across from the Treehouse), Byron Bay. $25 per person. To book call or text Steve on 0428 699 614
The Farm kids workshops
Mini Farmers Program
Kids collect manure for compost for the market garden, work on our dedicated Farm Kids garden plot and tend to our onsite worm Subpod to learn about teamwork, community, and ethical farming practices.
January 18 @ 9.30 am - 12.30 pm | $65 | ages 4 - 12yrs
DIY Natural Products Workshop - Jan 20
Harvest flowers and herbs and turn them into gorgeous products that are good for the planet.
Email email@example.com for more detail.
Kids Art Classes at Art and Wine Co
The annual fair by the river at Brunswick Heads will wrap up this Sunday, January 17
This year's Woodchop is going ahead in a scaled back format due to Covid-19 restrictions. The event will be held at Memorial Park in Brunswick Heads over January 15 and 16. More details on Facebook.
Casino Indoor Sports Stadium
Now open. Casual entry from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday until school term starts.
North Coast Astronomy
Amateur astronomers that take their telescopes to see the beauty of our southern sky. Saturday January 23 Casino Golf Club, West St. Casino. Children are welcome.
Times: Moonrise: 3:03pm. Sunset: 7:48pm. Viewing: 7:30-9-45pm.
Casino, Evans Head, Coraki and Woodburn pools
The pools provide a safe and happy environment for learn to swim and squad training all with excellent facilities and friendly staff in convenient locations.
Casino Olympic Memorial Pool - 5616 6802
Evans Head Aquatic Centre - 5613 2693
Coraki Public Pool - 0421 693 664
Woodburn Public Pool - 0421 692 016
Casino Miniature Railway and Museum
Take a trip on a miniature steam or diesel locomotive, skirting the golf course, winding through the Geneebeinga Wetlands.
The ex-SRA station has been developed into a railway museum containing memorabilia from signals to tools to literature. Here passengers can disembark and catch a glimpse of the days of Casino's railroading past.
Entry:$5 per person. Opening Times:Sunday, 10am - 4pm. Public Holiday weekends. Corner West Street and Queensland Road, Casino.
Evans Head Heritage Aviation Museum
Offers visitors numerous heritage displays and hands-on experiences of our local military and aviation history. The main displays are the RAAF F-111 Bomber and a Caribou Transport aircraft.
Entry:$7.50 per person. $20 per family. Opening hours are Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm.Tuesday, 9am - 12 noon. Group tours by appointment.Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. 61 Memorial Airport Drive, Evans Head. Contact: 02 6682 6756
Kyogle Commercial Hotel and Ten Bowling
With the new Alley Bar and new state of the art children's play area, The Commercial Hotel on Summerland Way Kyogle has become a great place to hang out with the family in the holidays.
For more things to do in the Richmond Valley visit: discoverrichmondvalley.com.au