Plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy this week


Goal! Follow in the footsteps of Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan by enrolling in the International Goalkeepers Academy at Blacktown Sportspark. The Plumpton-born, former Blacktown City goalkeeper is pictured in Brazil, during a pre-World Cup Socceroos training session. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Goal! Follow in the footsteps of Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan by enrolling in the International Goalkeepers Academy at Blacktown Sportspark. The Plumpton-born, former Blacktown City goalkeeper is pictured in Brazil, during a pre-World Cup Socceroos training session. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

■ Blacktown Arts Centre

Kids can experiment with mediums and techniques including drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, acting and music at the school holiday workshops. Ages 5-17.

Details: 78 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, 9839 6558, www.artscentre.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

■ Blacktown libraries

Winter stories and craft from around the world. Free. Ages 3-8.

■ July 9, 11: Dennis Johnson Branch Library, 10.30am-11.30am.

■ July 9: Lalor Park Branch Library, 10.30am-11.30am.

■ July 10, 11: Max Webber Library, Blacktown, 10am-11am.

■ July 8, 9: Our Library @ The Mount Druitt Hub, 10.30am-11.30am.

■ July 9: Riverstone Library & Digital Hub, 10.30am-11.30am.

Details, locations: www.libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

Multicultural Storytime is a free, fun-filled hour for preschoolers, their parents and carers to share stories and songs from various countries and crafts.

■ July 16: Lalor Park Branch Library, 10.30am-11.30am.

■ July 23: Dennis Johnson Branch Library, Stanhope Gardens, 10.30am-11.30am.

■ Fridays: Max Webber Library, Blacktown, 10am-11am.

Details, locations: 9839 6677 or www.libraries.blacktown.nsw,gov.au/Whats_On/Events/Childrens_Activities_and_Events.

■ Blacktown Sportspark

■ July 8, 9: The International Goalkeepers Academy with day, morning and afternoon camps for goalkeepers of all skill levels, 9am-1pm daily, 1pm-4pm daily, 9am-4pm daily, all day camp.

Details: Eastern Road, Rooty Hill. Bookings: Sue, 0402 390 705 or visit internationalgoalkeepers.com.

■ Blacktown Westpoint

■ Until July 13: Adventure round Westpoint, 11am-4pm, to find the code words for a Dinosaur Adventure Treasure Hunt. Collect the three code words at the centre to win a Dinosaur Adventure Prize. Claim it at the customer service desk on level 3. For kids aged 12 years and under.

Details: Blacktown Westpoint, 17 Patrick Street, Blacktown, 8825 2400.

■ Dennis Johnson Branch Library

■ July 10: Hands-on stars and planets workshop, 2.30pm-3.30pm. Ages 9-12. Free but book.

Details: Corner Stanhope Parkway and Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens, www.libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

■ Doonside Festival

■ July 12: Amusement rides, entertainment, stalls, 9am-3pm.

Details: Corner Cross Street and Hillend Road, Doonside, 9839 6000, www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

■ Emerton Leisure Centre

■ August 1-2, 8-9: Family Fish In, 5pm-6pm, 6.10pm-7.10pm, 7.20pm-8.20pm. Book. Cost: $11 a session (adults), $5.50 (under 15).

Details: 35 Jersey Road, Emerton, 9628 7016, www.elc.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

■ Featherdale Wildlife Park

Hand-feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu; have a face-to-face encounter with a koala and meet other native animals at one of the nation's largest private collections of Australian native animals and bird life. Cost: $29 adults, $16 children (3-15 years), $22.50 students, $20 seniors, $82 family (two adults/two children).

Details: Kildare Road, Doonside, featherdale.com.au.

■ Max Webber Library

■ July 8: Free Madlab Electronics Workshop, with soldering irons and safety equipment children construct electronic devices with electrical components. Materials provided, 2.30pm-4pm, for ages 9-12.

Details: Max Webber Library Function Centre, level 1, corner Flushcombe Road and Alpha Street, Blacktown. Free but book: madlabelectronics.eventbrite.com.au.

■ July 11: Free DIY class; make button badge accessories for backpacks, 2pm-3pm, ages 12-18. All materials provided.

Details: Corner Flushcombe Road and Alpha Street, Blacktown. Free but book: 9839 6677, or email Julian.Chung@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

■ Mt Druitt Hub

■ July 9: Gaming Tournaments for all skill levels, including prizes, 2pm-4pm, ages 10-18.

Details: Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt, 8886 2000 to book, or email Julian.Chung@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

■ July 16: Winning Wednesdays offers free monthly activities for high school children. This month is a fun, fast, game of Minute to Win, 4pm-5.30pm.

Details: Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt, 9839 6677 to book, or email amy.micallef@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

■ Plumpton Marketplace

■ Daily till July 4: Free Drop and Shop centre for kids, outside Big W. Activities include crafts, toys, reading and more. Details: Plumpton Marketplace, corner Hyatts and Jersey roads, Plumpton, 9832 7726.

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