Runaway to the circus

30 Jun 2011

Runaway to the circus

Nothing can conjure up wonderment and excitement in quite the same way as the circus… except for the renowned Kids in the Park school holiday program at Sydney Olympic Park!

From learning how to swing through the air with the greatest of ease to showcasing the skills of a dancing star or the next creative storytelling genius, kids of all interests will be served a spectrum of amusements at Sydney Olympic Park every day of the winter school holidays.

To kick-off on Saturday 2 July and conclude less than ten days out from Cirque Du Soleil’s highly-anticipated show Saltimbanco at Allphones Arena, the Kids in the Park July 2011 program boasts more than 50 activities including loads of free and good-value options at less than $20 per person.

Kids can try tricks like knee-hanging and gravity-defying triple somersaults at Flying Trapeze workshops every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday during the holidays. Designed for kids aged 5-15, the 90-minute workshops will show kids to improve their coordination, strength and flexibility while flying through the air on a full-size trapeze! When combined with Circus Skills – where kids learn to juggle, walk the tight wire, low trapeze and get a laugh out of just about anyone – Kids in the Park is set to create a new generation of Aussie ringmasters, acrobats, contortionists and clowns.

For a bouncing good time, Trampoline and other Fun Stuff is the ultimate good-value activity at only $16.50 per child aged 5-12. It will be held on 4, 6 and 8 July at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre where a qualified instructor will take kids through the basics of safe trampolining. Gymnastics Gym Fun for 9-12year olds and Mini-Gym classes for 5-8 year olds will also happen at the Sports Centre, where Gymnastics for Littlies aged 2-4 is also sure to stimulate and delight.

Music-loving children will get the chance to play it loud at DrumzBuzz Music Funology at Newington Armory on 8 and 9 July. For $15, kids aged 5 years and older will not only get to thump the thunder dome marching drums and play games with wacky instruments, they’ll also make an airhorn to take home and enjoy!

For kids who prefer to move to the groove, free Dancing Star as well as Sports Star at Cathy Freeman Park will have them learning a new dance routine or team sport in next to no-time, and the Flamenco class for kids aged 8-15 will inspire them to move to the rhythmic and passionate sounds of a live acoustic guitar from 1pm on Sunday 17 July.

Also on the final day of the Kids in the Park July 2011 program, the whole family will enjoy a fun and affordable day out at Sydney’s coolest kid-rock festival. From 9am, the Rhymes Festival will bring all the latest and greatest in kids’ live entertainment to the Sydney Showground until 4pm.

For those who prefer to express their creativity off the stage, a myriad of Writing Workshops presented by award-winning author, Bernard Cohen will be available, in addition to Digital Filmmaking Workshops.

Kids in the Park makes Sydney Olympic Park the official home of the biggest range of school holiday activities of any single location in NSW. The Park is also home to the nation’s very best sporting facilities and more than 30 activities especially designed to get kids active in sports feature in the Kids in the Park July 2011 program.

"Getting our children engaged in sports and other forms of exercise is essential in helping to reduce childhood obesity," said Graham Annesley, NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation.
"I applaud programs such as Kids in the Park which help build active, healthy children of all ages".

Kids in the Park will operate at various venues within Sydney Olympic Park from 2-17 July 2011 (inclusive).

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