Set sail for holiday fun

Whyalla has plenty for kids to do these holidays, as one family from Tasmania found out during their visit to the Maritime Museum on Thursday.

The Chugg family are currently on a road trip with no end in sight, and decided to drop in and take a tour of HMAS Whyalla while they were in town.

But it’s not just the normal attractions which are available over the coming weeks, there’s a variety on offer including the Aussie Animal Adventure.

This fun activity is running 10am – 4pm every day of the summer school holidays, including weekends, with free entry for children in family groups.

Pick up your information sheet from the friendly staff at the Visitor Centre and let the adventure begin. Every child will come away with their own certificate and an activity pack to take home.

The Maritime Museum also currently has Remarkable – Stories of Australians and their boats exhibition on display.

Remarkable is presented by the Australian Maritime Museum Council and the Australian National Maritime Museum and is the result of a national project with workshops held across the country.

Visitor Centre Manager Teresa Coles said it was a great opportunity for families to check out the exhibition while the kids could enjoy the Aussie Animal Adventure.

“We’re following social distancing practices and bookings are essential because there are limited places on lots of the activities, we would love to get everyone on board,” she said.

Elsewhere the Whyalla Public Library are running their own School Holiday Program featuring workshops and activities that children and families can enjoy.

Running until the 21 January is the Summer Challenge. This is a self-paced activity booklet that is full of activities to enjoy both in the library and out and about around Whyalla.

Workshops for the rest of this week include a Teddy Bears Picnic and a STEM activity where children will design and build their own wind powered boat.

The uneARTh Hub will be transformed into a makeshift beach and come alive with a series of free summer holiday workshops.

Starting Monday, January 17 a workshop facilitated by local artist Michal Hughes will take place with participants using their imaginations and making creative sea creatures.

Tuesday 18 January is Beach Jars day, Come along and constructure your own mini beach inside a recycled jar to take home.

Keeping with the beachy theme on Wednesday, January 19 workshop participants with make a beachy wall hanging from items found at our local beach.

On Thursday, January 20 the fabulous Ali and Chris from the Whyalla Public Library will be at the uneARTh Hub with beachy themed stories and sand art.

The week will wrap up with the 1,000 Hearts Project! This is a kindness project which began in 2016 and will see participants making pocket hearts to bring comfort and hope to anyone who needs it.

For more information head to the Whyalla City Council Facebook page.