Hello school holidays!

Published Tuesday, 24th September 2019

School holiday activities - environment

There are so many ways to entertain the whole family over the school holidays, including plenty of affordable activities at Council’s leisure centres, libraries, FCMG and Nalawala Sustainability Hub.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone is encouraging parents and carers to take advantage of the fun and varied activities on offer.

“Fairfield City Council places families at the centre of everything we do, and we are proud to offer activities that encourage family time and get children active in mind and body,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Council has worked hard to deliver facilities and activities that make Fairfield City a great place to raise a family, so I encourage all parents and carers to get involved in something fun these school holidays.”

Registrations essential for most activities.

Fairfield City Leisure Centres

NSW Water Safety Week
Fairfield City leisure centres will run free classes, lifeguard rescue demonstrations and visits from Active Gator to encourage water safety in the community, as part of NSW Water Safety Week from 30 September to 4 October.
Council's three leisure centres are offering free Learn to Swim classes for beginner swimmers (bookings essential) and CPR demonstrations at Prairiewood Leisure Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at Cabravale Leisure Centre on Tuesday, and Fairfield Leisure Centre on Thursday.
There will be a free inflatable obstacle course at Prairiewood Leisure Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 1pm. Call 9725 0337 to book or for more information.

Prairiewood Leisure Centre
Prairie Vale Road, Prairiewood
Brace yourselves for another huge season at Fairfield City’s hottest attraction. Prices start at a low $15 per person, or $55 for a family pass for Fairfield City residents. Aquatopia is open weekends between 21 September 2019 and 28 April 2020, and every day during the school holidays (except Christmas Day).
Tickets are available at www.fairfieldcityleisurecentres.com.au/aquatopia.

Active Kids School Holiday Program
Fairfield Leisure Centre and Fairfield Youth and Community Centre
55 Vine Street, Fairfield
Kids aged 5-12 will have a ball at the Active Kids school holiday program, held over two weeks (30 September – 4 October and 8 – 11 October) at Fairfield Park Precinct including the Fairfield Leisure Centre, Youth and Community Centre and Adventure Park. The program runs from 8.30am- 4pm daily and incorporates a large variety of physical activities to keep kids active and improve confidence. Prices start at $50 per day.
Visit www.fairfieldcityleisurecentres.com.au or call 9754 2078.

Learn to Swim Spring Holiday Program
4, 5 or 9-day intensive program starting from $60
(30 September – 11 October)
Private lessons available
(30 September – 4 October and/or 8 – 11 October)
For enrolment enquiries call Cabravale Leisure Centre 9723 4412, Fairfield Leisure Centre 9754 2078 or Prairiewood Leisure Centre 9757 2433.

Dutton Plaza
8 Dutton Lane, Cabramatta
Dutton Plaza is serving up a sweet treat these school holidays! Registration not required, just drop in.
Cookie decorating and face painting
Thursday 3 October, 11am-2pm
Balloon bending clown
Thursday 10 October, 11am-2pm

Fairfield City Museum & Gallery

634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield
Bookings essential. Register at www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/fcmgschoolholiday.

Fancy feathered friends
Ages: 7-12
Cost: $8
Make your very own pet bird and design and construct a cage for your new friend to call home. Tutor: Linda Brescia
Tuesday 1 October, 10.30am –12pm

Fun with flags
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $8
Have fun creating a design with your favourite colours, on a fabric flag with textas! Tutor: Svetlana Panov
Wednesday 2 October, 10.30am – 12pm

Rainbow wrap hanging for kids
Ages: 6-13
Cost: $8
Create an adorable wrapped rope rainbow wall hanging. Rainbows are SO beautiful it will brighten your day, and makes a perfect gift to give to yourself, family or friends. Tutor: Rosell Flatley
Thursday 3 October, 10.30am – 12pm

Snack time!
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $8
Make sculptures of your favourite savoury food, dessert or snack. Tutor: David Capra
Friday 4 October, 10.30am – 12pm

Movie sets
Ages: 6-13
Cost: $8
Make a diorama of a scene from your favourite movie. Tutor: David Capra
Friday 4 October, 12.30 – 2pm

Stamping with veggies
Ages: 7-12
Cost: $8
Love tote bags but want the chance to design your own? Get creative and experiment with stamping using fruit, veggies, leaves and flowers on tote bags. Tutor: Michelle Lo
Tuesday 8 October, 10.30am – 12pm

Spring bouquets
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $8
Make your own bouquet of flowers with water coloured, scrunched paper just in time for spring. Tutor: Linda Brescia
Wednesday 9 October, 10.30am – 12pm

Harry Potter themed cupcakes
Ages: 6-15
Cost: $16
Get magical with master baker Karina Santillan by making and decorating your own Harry Potter themed cupcakes. Every participant will take away their own creations. Tutor: Karina Santillan
Thursday 10 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Mask making
Ages: 7-13
Cost: $8
With a ceramic mask as your base, paint and decorate your very own masquerade mask just in time for Halloween. With a different design for both boys and girls. Tutor: Kathie Raco
Friday 11 October, 10.30am – 12pm

Fairfield City Open Libraries

Libraries have a range of dedicated children’s activities including educational shows and craft workshops. Register at www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/libraryevents.

LEGO fun
Ages: 5+
Make, build and play with Lego. Contains small parts. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Wetherill Park Library
Monday 30 September, 11am – 2pm
Whitlam Library Cabramatta
Tuesday 1 October, 2pm – 4pm
Whitlam Library Cabramatta
Thursday 3 October, 2pm – 4pm
Bonnyrigg Library
Friday 4 October, 11am – 2pm
Fairfield Library
Tuesday 8 October, 11am – 2pm

LEGO WeDo-Robotics made simple
Ages: 8-12
Learn coding using LEGO bricks while developing problem solving and thinking skills.
Fairfield Library
Monday 30 September, 10.30am – 11.30am
Wetherill Park Library
Thursday 3 October, 10.30am – 11.30am
Whitlam Library Cabramatta
Wednesday 9 October, 10.30am – 11.30am
Bonnyrigg Library
Friday 11 October, 10.30am – 11.30am

Bunnings craft day
Ages: 5+
Join us for craft activities courtesy of Bunnings Bonnyrigg and Villawood. Bookings are essential and places will only be held for five minutes after program commencement before being made available to others waiting.
Whitlam Library Cabramatta
Wednesday 2 October, 10.30am – 11.30am
Bonnyrigg Library
Wednesday 2 October, 10.30am – 11.30am
Fairfield Library
Friday 4 October, 10.30am – 11.30am
Wetherill Park Library
Friday 4 October, 10.30am – 11.30am

Nalawala Sustainability Hub

All sessions are tailored for children aged between 5-12 years. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Fairfield Showground, corner Moonlight and Greenfield roads, Prairiewood. Register at www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/envirobootcamp.

Showcasing Council's garbage truck and the Local Water Catchment Model
Come and see how a garbage truck operates as well as interacting with Council's Local Water Catchment Model.
Monday 30 September, 9.30am – 12pm

Repurposing clothing
Bring an old t-shirt and repurpose it into place mats and shopping bags.
Tuesday 1 October, 9.30am – 12pm

Cooking with leftovers
Enjoy a fun day learning how to cook with leftovers.
Wednesday 2 October, 9.30am – 12pm

Critters in creeks
Have you ever wondered what critters are in our creeks? Kids have an opportunity to explore critters in our waterways in this exciting Enviro Bootcamp workshop.
Thursday 3 October, 9.30am – 12pm

Plant propagation
Come and learn how to create your own garden.
Friday 4 October, 9.30am – 12pm

Energy sustainability: the power of the sun
Ever wondered how solar energy works? Kids will get to explore the power of the sun through this exciting Enviro Bootcamp workshop.
Tuesday 8 October, 9.30am – 12pm

Native flora bush walk
Come and enjoy the great outdoors on a bush walk along Orphan School Creek.
Wednesday 9 October, 9.30am – 12pm

Nature photography
Photography combines art, science and the power of observation. This workshop looks at how different lights will affect the final product.
Thursday 10 October, 9.30am – 12pm

Recycled art fun day
Come and join us in a fun day of using recycled materials to create arts and craft projects.
Friday 11 October, 9.30am – 12pm