SWIMMING FUN: Matthew Owens, Jashari McIntosh, Charlotte Stevens and Luciana Favero, all six-years-splashing away at their afternoon swimming lessons at WIRAC.
SWIMMING FUN: Matthew Owens, Jashari McIntosh, Charlotte Stevens and Luciana Favero, all six-years-splashing away at their afternoon swimming lessons at WIRAC. Sophie Lester

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: 10 things to do with the kids

THE school holidays have started and parents across the region will be scrambling for activities to keep their young ones occupied.

The Daily News is here to help and the following list contains 10 fun - and mostly free - events for the children.

1: Get scared

Night of Horrors will be held at the Warwick Showgrounds. This will be a frightfully fun night out for the whole family with mazes, rides, street performers, food vendors and shows. If you really want to get a good scare, check out the collection of replica and original haunted dolls.

WHERE: Warwick Showgrounds

WHEN: September 29, 5.30pm.

COST: Free to enter.

The magnificent Abbey of the Roses.
The magnificent Abbey of the Roses. Steven Kasper

2: Stop to smell the flowers

Warwick's Historic Abbey of the Roses garden is in bloom. Bring the family, wander through the gardens and enjoy the sights and smells of spring.

WHERE: Abbey of the Roses, Locke St, Warwick.

WHEN: Seven days a week.

COST: Free.

3: Hunt for treasure

The Warwick Library will host a two-week treasure hunt through the holidays. Children will be given a record form and allowed to hunt through the library for hidden badges. When they find a badge the participants record its location and hand in their record. At the end of the holidays library staff will draw a number of prizes based on these records.

WHERE: Warwick Library.

WHEN: All holidays.

COST: Free.

4: Read books and make craft.

There are three craft events held at the Warwick Library during the holidays. They include a sunflower and sun catchers session, a flower garland and butterflies session, and yarn vase and paper flowers session. They are free to attended but bookings are essential. Call 4661 0342.

WHERE: Warwick Library.

WHEN: September 28 and October 2 and 5.

COST: Free.

5: Party at the Pool

WIRAC will host a pool party for Year 9-10-aged children. There'll be a jukebox, inflatable pool activities and heaps of fun. It's a closed event with security and lifeguards on site. There is free entry but you still need to book a ticket. Visit www.warwicktickets.com.au

WHERE: WIRAC, Palmerin St.

WHEN: October 7, 9-11am.

COST: Free.

The Condamine River.
The Condamine River. Ray Black

6: Do the River Walk

TAKE the dogs for a walk or jump on a bike with some friends or family and enjoy the beauty of the Condamine River circuit. There are plenty of places to stop and play along the way. Head down to Queens Park and get started.

WHERE: Queens Park.

WHEN: Any time.

COST: Free.

Rowan Atkinson in a scene from the movie Johnny English Strikes Again. Supplied by Universal Pictures.
Rowan Atkinson in a scene from the movie Johnny English Strikes Again. Supplied by Universal Pictures. GILES KEYTE

7: See the latest blockbuster

THERE are some great kids and teen movies on the big screen at Warwick Twin Cinema during the holidays. Films include Christopher Robin, Johnny English Strikes Again, Smallfoot, The House with a Clock in its Walls and Ladies in Black.

Go to warwickmovies.com.au for movie times and details.

WHERE: Warwick Twin Cinema, Grafton St.

WHEN: See website

COST: Children $8.50, Concession $9.50, Adults $11.50.

8: Play some sport

WIRAC has a tonne of great activities on through the holidays. It hosts basketball clinics every Wednesday from 2-5pm at a cost of $10 per child and there are free teen gym sessions from 10am-3pm each weekday. The big activity is the Day on the Courts, held on each Tuesday and Thursday. There's rock climbing, jumping castles, bowling and heaps of fun games. They run from 10am-2pm and cost $10.

WHERE: WIRAC, Palmerin St.

WHEN: Every day.

COST: $10 per child.

9: Catch some dinner

HEAD down to the river or out to the dam and throw in a line. Sure the levels are a bit low, but people are still catching some good fish in both spots. Wayne from Warwick Outdoors and Sports recommends worms and saltwater yabbies or catch your own shrimp.

A fishing permit is compulsory and can be purchased at Australia Post in Palmerin St or booked online at www.daf.qld.gov.au.

WHERE: Condamine River

WHEN: Seven days a week

COST: Varies depending on licence.

THE MAGIC OF BUBBLES: Catch Magic Glen these school holidays at Rose City Shoppingworld.
THE MAGIC OF BUBBLES: Catch Magic Glen these school holidays at Rose City Shoppingworld. Rose City Shoppingworld

10: Play with bubbles

Warwick Rose City Shoppingworld will host four bubbles shows through the holidays. There are free and suitable for all ages. What Magic Glen does with bubbles is nothing short of amazing.

WHERE: Rose City Shoppingworld

WHEN: September 24-27 from 11am.

COST: Free

 



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