After six months of paperwork I have finally gotten confirmation from Fair Trading NSW that Sydney Creative Play Collective is no longer an Incorporated Association, following a vote by our board in December 2018.
As also decided by our board, we have closed our bank account and distributed the remainder of our funds to Story Factory.
I have also decided that I will no longer be publishing on this website or the Sydney Creative Playworker Facebook page, in order to focus on other priorities.
Thank you so much to the volunteers, parents, children and community members who have supported this endeavour over the last five years.
One of the best investments you can make for your family is a museum membership. Particularly if you travel a lot, you can often get reciprocal member benefits at museums out of state. In the past we’ve bought memberships to Questacon and the Melbourne Museum and reaped the benefits here in Sydney.
Perhaps our most oft-used membership though, is for the University of Wollongong’s Early Start Discovery Space.The name is a bit of a mouthful, so my kids usually refer to it as “Wollongong Museum”. Though, museum isn’t quite the right word for it. It’s more of a giant play space. Not the kind with ballpits and slides and chaos that haunt my nightmares. The kind that is incredibly well thought out, engages the senses and imagination, and holds awesome, creative events.
One of the reasons we headed to Adelaide during the school holidays was to check out the Nature Play Festival, hosted by Nature Play SA.
Set in the Kuitpo Forest, about 45 minutes south of the city, the Festival spanned three days and we attended on the first. There were some logistical parking issues, but once we actually made it to the festival, it was a beautiful sight to behold.
My kids love a good museum and Adelaide has some great ones, all of which offered school holiday activities.
We started off at the South Australian Museum in the city – and as luck would have it, we were there on the last day of “Fossil Week”, a free event with lots of activities out on the front lawn around dinosaurs and fossils.
I have in the past lamented a lack of free kids’ arts activities in Sydney, but I have to hand it to the City of Sydney’s libraries which have been running some really great free afterschool programs.
My partner stumbled upon them when I was sick one afternoon and he came home early to take the kids out of my hair. They headed to the Newtown Library where we’re frequent visitors and I started getting very excited texts from him “Did you know they do coding workshops here??”
I’ve been trying to combat after-school fatigue as much as possible with creative, open-ended projects. This one was inspired when I saw a neighbour throwing away this big plastic sheet. With the use of washable paint it’s completely re-usable and I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve.
Yesterday we had some friends come by for a playdate after school so it was a perfect opportunity to try out this one. I don’t have a very big back yard so we took this activity to the park around the corner. Along with the plastic sheet we brought a container full of paintbrushes, a towel and an Ikea storage box that I’ve repurposed into a sealable paint tray with a variety of washable paints.
Today I have to give some major props to my (soon-to-be) sister-in-law Charlotte who made my kids probably the coolest Christmas gift ever: an interactive puppet theatre. This thing is truly a work of art.
She designed it all herself and it’s got so many little details, from the red velvet curtains and decorations on the facade to the hand-painted interchangeable backdrops.
You may have read me post before about “pop-up adventure playgrounds” but I had never actually been to a “proper” adventure playground before. I don’t know of any that exist in Sydney, but there’s one in St Kilda that had been on my radar for years and we finally got to go check it out.
I first came across ArtPlay by accident while on holiday in Melbourne in 2016. I’d been looking for good parks to take the kids to and Birrarung Marr came up. It’s a lovely playground between Fed Square and the Yarra River. But what of course grabbed my attention most was a building labelled “ArtPlay”.
A quick google search told me that ArtPlay was an initiative of the City of Melbourne offering a variety of children’s programs from structured school holiday workshops to regular weekly events. I was a little bit floored.
Abbotsford Convent is one of my favourite places in Melbourne, maybe even in all of Australia! So it only made sense to kick off my recent Melbourne Adventure here.
Quick background: for a few different reasons I decided to take a trip to Melbourne with just my 6 year old daughter and we planned out a week jam-packed with art and play! It was the best!
So we began at Abbotsford Convent, which, if you’ve never been, I highly recommend for the grounds alone. It is, indeed, a former convent that has been converted into a community arts and events space.