Bust the boredom with our school holiday tips

Head to Penrith Women’s Health Centre for the free Planting Seeds program.
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With the school holidays now just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how you’ll prevent the dreaded phrase – ‘I’m bored’.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of fun events happening right here in Penrith, and they’re perfectly suited to kids of all ages.

Ages five to eight

For the next two weeks, Panthers will be putting on a host of activities which make for the perfect boredom busters. Head down on Tuesday, September 26 for a free showing of ‘Mummies’, or on Wednesday, October 4 for a 90-minute Lego workshop.

If your little one loves to dance, take them to St Marys Band Club instead for a Taylor Swift Tribute for Kids. The show, on at the club next Monday, September 25, will bring all of their favourite Taylor Swift songs to life including ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Bad Blood’. Plus, kids under five get in free, so there’s plenty of room for little siblings to come along.

Ages nine to 12

On Thursday, September 28, Penrith Women’s Health Centre is putting on a one-day program for Mums with children up to 14 years of age. Already very popular in primary schools, the program, called Planting Seeds, is designed to teach kids and young people about the environment and use gardening as a means of therapy and mental health support.

PCYC Penrith is also holding loads of fun activities for primary school kids. For $43 per day, or three days for $110, your little ones can learn new skills and have fun with friends in workshops such as gymnastics, laser tag, and under the sea craft.


For big kids, The Joan is the place to be this school holidays.
Here, they can attend a one-day filmmaking workshop to learn from an industry pro and bring their ideas to life on the big screen, or learn everything from juggling to baton-work and beginner acrobatics in a circus and clowns workshop.

Book in budding filmmakers for the Film-In-A-Day Workshop at The Joan. Photo: Christopher Hayles.

If they want to get a little more down to earth, 12 to 16-year-olds can book in and make their own personalised terrariums at Penrith Regional Gallery.

Taking inspiration from the work of artists like Jana Hawkins Anderson and Paris Taia, teens will build their own creation by layering pebbles, soil and decorative features, resulting in a thriving home for small plants, and a new decoration to take back with them.

All ages

Encourage them to read the Western Weekender.

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