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Holiday fun on offer

Tuesday, 18th January, 2011

The National Parks visited the PCYC yesterday and Sarah Hinton (8) and Phoebe Lane (8) enjoyed learning about animal track-ing from ranger Julieanne Doyle The National Parks visited the PCYC yesterday and Sarah Hinton (8) and Phoebe Lane (8) enjoyed learning about animal track-ing from ranger Julieanne Doyle

With several weeks left to go before school starts, parents may be running out of ideas to keep their children entertained.

The PCYC and the YMCA have school holiday programs that provide a mix of indoor activities and excursions.

The YMCA has held excursions to the Silver City Cinema, Royal Flying Doctor Service and the pool.

In the coming weeks excursions will be made to the Living Desert, the Sculptures, a picnic will be held at White Rocks, and there will be a tour of a radio station, bingo at the Barrier Social Democratic Club and every Friday a trip to the pool.

The YMCA will also have indoor activities and party days.The new manager Kerry McDonald said they had been full up for the whole holidays.

"We have had tremendous vacation care ... we've had a wonderful successful program," Mrs McDonald said.

"We based it on history and getting to know the local area."

Mrs McDonald said the program was quiet before Christmas but since then they have had an average of 12 to 14 children per day."

The kids are telling their friends and then they are coming along," she said. "It has been really good for the kids." 

The PCYC has run trips to Silverton, had a visit from the National Parks and have cooked, made craft and played games.

Club manager Heather Picken said the kids had been stuck inside during the storms, but yesterday's sunny weather was a welcome change.

The PCYC has had an average pf 22 children attending each day. 

The YMCA and PCYC offer their programs to children over the age of five and under 12.

The cost per day is $35, depending on excursions and Centrelink rebates. The activities run until February 4. 

For more information contact the YMCA on 8088 1999 and the PCYC on 8087 3723.

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