12 January 2015 Museum Hosts Holiday Kids Fun

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Young locals and visitors are invited to take part in two very special school holiday workshops with a difference on Thursday, January 15, and Thursday, January 22, at Coffs Harbour’s Regional Museum.

Maxine Jarrett is a proud Gumbaynggirr woman who teaches the Gumbaynggirr language in Nambucca, but on January 15, Coffs Harbour kids aged 6-12 will be able to enjoy and learn from her creative skills in a special holiday arts and crafts session.

“Maxine will inspire her participants with her cultural knowledge and love of colour as she teaches rock painting using stories and symbols to explore indigenous and personal stories,” said Museum Director/Curator Dr Leigh Summers.

“Children will decorate their own rocks and will no doubt be enthralled by this fascinating teacher.  All children are welcome to this cultural and creative event.

“Then on Thursday, January 22, children of all ages are invited to attend ‘old fashioned’ needlecraft activities at the Museum. 

“Young children can learn some basic sewing stitches safely using sewing cards, while older students can learn how to make a bracelet or small placemat using ‘french knitting’.

“Shirley Johnston-Learner, the Museum’s Education Officer, will also show children how to make their own pompom creatures at this class. All the children will be able to take home a creation of their very own.”

Both classes run from 10am-midday. Cost is $5 per session. This covers all materials. Bookings are essential. Parents are advised to pack a small snack for their child and all participants need a sunhat and sunscreen. There are limited places at both events. Bookings can be made by calling 6648 4847.

The Museum is located at 215 Harbour Drive.