Ten cheap or free school holiday activity ideas

VISIT the Cape Byron Lighthouse.
VISIT the Cape Byron Lighthouse. David Young

1. Explore Cape Byron Lighthouse

The Cape Byron Trust runs tours of the Cape Byron lighthouse from 10am daily.

Those visiting can climb the lighthouse tower and get a bird's eye view of the most easterly point of Australia as well as learn about the lighthouse's history.

2. Take advantage of your local library

On Thursday, October 3 Brunswick Heads Library will hold ukulele lessons for children aged eight to 14.

Mullumbimby Library will run circus lessons for kids aged five to 12 on September 26.

All classes are free.

To book, phone Mullumbimby Library on 6684 2992 or Brunswick Heads Library on 6685 1816.

3. Strap on some skates or hop on a bike

It doesn't matter if your kids are the next Tony Hawke or still on training wheels, there are areas for all skill levels at skate parks around the region.

Top pick is Missingham Bridge Skate Park in Ballina which has a variety of bowls and mini-ramps to skate on.

There is also a small playground nearby for those not-so-skating inclined.


4. Go for a swim


On a hot day there is nothing better than getting off the couch and getting wet.

Swimming pools around the region will be open throughout the school holidays and Ballina Swimming Pool has a waterslide if you're after more of a rush.


5. Write a story

The Northern Rivers Writers' Centre is holding a "story to social media" workshop on October 3.

Young writers between 10 and 15 years old can learn how to use social media, video, audio and images to tell stories.

To book phone 6685 5115.

6. Go for a bushwalk

The Northern Rivers has a variety of bushwalking tracks.

Pack a picnic lunch and head to Rocky Creek Dam to take in the natural flora and fauna.

Rocky Creek Dam is located on Rocky Creek Dam Rd, Dunoon and there are bushwalks available for all fitness levels.



Australian Seabird Rescue
Australian Seabird Rescue Jerad Williams

7. Visit the Australian Seabird Rescue Sanctuary


From September 23 to October 4, Australian Seabird Rescue will be running tours of their sanctuary from 10am on weekdays.

Guests will find out how turtles are treated and why they end up stranded.

The Wildlifelink Sanctuary is at 264 North Creek Rd, Ballina.

8. Take a drive

There is nothing like a drive in the country and being stuck in the car without any technology could only be a good thing.

Make a mixed playlist for the trip and let the kids choose some of their favourite songs to listen to on the drive.

9. Do some baking

If it's raining, why not get in the kitchen and cook something with the kids.

Scones are an easy treat to make and whipping cream to put on the top can be a bit of fun, too.

10. Design your own board game

Making your own board game is as easy as getting some cardboard and markers and drawing up your very own version of snakes and ladders. Once you're done, sit around and play your game together.

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