Where children can have heaps of free fun in sun

The line-up of activities for Kids in the Park at Sydney Olympic Park is bound to have the young ones bouncing with excitement.

Story appeared in: Review | September 18th, 2017

FROM basketball to netball, cricket, rugby league, soccer, tennis and everything in-between, kids will have a ball of a time at Sydney Olympic Park during the spring school holidays, with a Kids in the Park activities line-up that's bound to have them bouncing with excitement.
Boasting more than 50 activities, including many free and plenty of fun options costing $25 or less per person, Kids in the Park spring 2017 will be on every day of the school holidays from September 23 to October 8 (inclusive).
The program will see three new activities bloom this spring, including a Rugby League: Footy Clinic on September 26. The newest program to hit the Sports Centre will involve National Rugby League coaching experts lead kids aged 5-12 through a structured and fun program focused on building skills, drills and tactics to become a rugby superstar.
Other ball-based activities featured in the Kids in the Park spring 2017 program include Soccer- Wanderers in the Park, Cricket: Camp Thunder, Netball – Captain's Class, Tennis World Junior Holiday Camps and Basketball: MyHoops to keep kids' bodies moving and their spirits high.
For an unforgettable experience – especially during the NRL Finals period – families can go behind-the-scenes of where legends are made on the ANZ Stadium Explore Tour. With access to player-only areas, photo-opportunities on the Olympic medal dias and even an exciting laser show, the 90 minute tour will be available most days of the holidays, with a varied schedule on Stadium Event Days.
For lots of free fun in the sun, kids aged 4-10 can try their hand at all kinds of team-sports and even move to the groove at Cathy Freeman Park, where the loveable and upbeat Sports Star and Dance Star will have smiles shining bright most mornings of the school holidays.
NSW Sport Minister Stuart Ayres said the benefits of playing sport from a young age were infinite, especially when it came to team-sports.
"In addition to the physical health benefits, playing a team-sport requires critical thinking, self-discipline and the ability to work in harmony with others. These are skills that go beyond the playing field, and programs such as Kids in the Park help to encourage these valuable life skills to young people in a safe, enjoyable and creative environment," he said.
Sydney Olympic Park is also renowned for its facilities in fields of science, sustainability, arts and education, with Kids in the Park spring 2017 to also launch the Neew Coding and Robotics Holiday Program. Designed to facilitate learning in using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), the engaging activity will encourage kids aged 6-12 to try coding, robotics, origami, science experiments, mindfulness and plenty more.
Creative kids will be transported out of this world with the brand NEW activity from the Writing Workshop – Wild Worlds. Kids aged 6-9 will create planets where nothing is as expected. Run by award-winning author, Bernard Cohen, Wild Worlds will create inside-out houses, upside-down creatures and topsy-turvy thinking.
There will also be the regular favourites such as free Clue Trails and The Amazing Chase bike race as well as archery, gymnastics, Walk and Squawk at the BirdLife Discovery Centre and loads more, including a Film Festival at the Armory Theatre on September 25.

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Publication: Review | Section: News | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 131199 | Viewcount: 18992