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Keep holiday boredom at bay

Saturday, 6th January, 2018

On Friday, kids in the PCYC’s KidzCare program tie-dyed old shirts for a fun and colourful afternoon. PICTURE: Kara de Groot On Friday, kids in the PCYC’s KidzCare program tie-dyed old shirts for a fun and colourful afternoon. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

There’s still a month of holidays left for schoolkids, but there’s plenty of ways to keep them occupied. 

For parents with kids aged five to 12, they might want to think about vacation care.

There are a variety of home-based day-care options available, as well as the YMCA which will be beginning its inaugural vacation care program on Monday, and the PCYC, which has operated a vacation care service for several years.

PCYC children’s activities coordinator, Nicole Blackshaw, said there’s plenty of craft and play to ensure kids have a fun and productive time over the break.

“We do craft like painting and other hands on stuff, as well as outdoors play and quiet time so they get some rest,” Ms Blackshaw said.

“We’ve got plenty of excursions planned too, next Tuesday we’re going to the Silver City Mint for a tour and they’ll go to the movies twice over the next month,” she said.

“We have active games as well, some of the kids really love dodgeball, although we ask parents provide hats and water for the outside play.”

The PCYC has space for up to 30 children each day in its vacation program, which begins at 8.30am and ends at 5.30pm every weekday until January 25.

Ms Blackshaw said the kids enjoy having fun with each other and the variety of things they do.

“We’ve got a really good group of kids this holiday, they have a ball and the staff do to,” she said.

“Everyone’s fully qualified and they do a great job with the kids.”

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