School’s out, so what are you going to do with the kids over the next few weeks? The Byron Community Centre has come up with some great ideas, co-ordinated by venue manager Tanja Greulich.
Tell me, what some of the highlights are for kids in the school holidays?
The Byron Community Centre has some amazing activities lined up these school holidays.
We have Kids Drumming Workshops with the fabulous (and local) Gabriel Otu. He has hosted these workshops throughout the year during school holidays and the response has been incredible: Smiles, laughter, rhythms, storytelling and even a bit of face painting!
Trudi from Kidzclub has also been with us all year hosting creative sessions for kids 4.5 years plus. These have become increasingly popular as the kids can play freely and creatively or join in with the structured art sessions facilitated by the qualified staff.
We are lucky to have the boys from Hoopla Cirque back with us again this September with their hilarious circus show Chores! A high-energy romp about two boys who need to clean their bedroom before Mum gets home or else all hell will break loose! The Trash Test Dummies’ family show will also be a hoot as these world-class circus performers and their household wheelie bins take fun to new heights.
Bright Lights Performance School hold drama workshops every holiday period culminating in a professional stage show at Byron Theatre and the annual Byron Bay Film Festival is up and running again this year with the Family-Friendly Movie Shorts running on the last weekend of school holidays.
What shows in your experience are the ones kids gravitate towards?
Kids love hands-on experiences and interaction. They also really enjoy watching shows that don’t take themselves too seriously, such as circus and comedy. Also audience participation is always a winner as kids love being onstage and getting in the mix with the performers either before, during or after the show!
Why did the Byron Theatre decide to put a kids’ program together?
We’ve been very focused on our kids’ programming this year because we discovered there was a real lack of quality children’s content and entertainment in the area for the holiday periods.
I have kids myself so I’m very familiar with the holiday saga of ‘What can we do?’ and ‘I’m bored’, so decided to put a theatre program together for everyone to take advantage of.
The theatre is right in the heart of Byron Bay so the location is easy to find. It’s also a safe, friendly environment where families can enjoy watching good local and national content that doesn’t blow the holiday budget.
How can parents find out about what’s on, or more about the shows?
They can go to the website for all the details, show times and tickets: www.byroncentre.com.au.
The box office will also be open one hour before all kids’ events during the holidays.