13 January 2023

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (13 - 19 January)

| Dione David
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Inflatable obstacle course in a pool

Plenty of fun is lined up indoors and out as the school holidays continue in full swing. Photo: Visitwagga.com.

With more than three weeks left until the new school year kicks off, the Riverina provides plenty of chances to create cherished summer holiday memories.

Whether your young’uns are outdoor adventurers, indoor creatives or up for a bit of culture and education (with a good dose of fun, we promise), we’ve gathered nine of the best of them here.

All week

Giant inflatable obstacle course in a pool

Here are the upcoming listings for Oasis’ inflatable days, which will run on certain days of this month only. Photo: Visitwagga.com.

Inflatable days at Oasis

When: (Mega Run) Friday 13 and Wednesday 18, 11 am – 3 pm, (Fun Run) Saturday 14 and Monday 16 January, 12 – 3 pm
Where: Oasis Aquatic Centre, 50 Morgan St, Wagga Wagga
Cost: $3 in addition to pool entry, see here (6 years and over 25 m swim test)

As Wagga heats up, Oasis Aquatic Centre offers the most fun way to cool off – with inflatable floating obstacle courses. The “mega run” course runs half of the 50m pool. Plans are subject to change depending on staffing, weather, bookings and events, so make sure you contact Oasis on 6926 9390 before attending to confirm availability and conditions of use.

This production of a classic tale will delight audiences of all ages. Photo: Wagga Wagga School Of Arts Community Theatre.


When: Sunday 15 to Friday 20 January, Monday to Thursday 11 am and 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday 2 pm
Where: Basement Theatre, School of Arts Civic Theatre, Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga and Up To Date Store, cnr Loughnan and Cowabbie sts, Coolamon (Friday 20 January only)
Cost: $8, payable upon entry.

This school holiday production by The Children’s Theatre Workshop is directed by Louise Blackett. Immerse yourself in the magic of this classic tale that has delighted children for generations. Doors open 15 minutes before the show and correct money is appreciated.

Children wearing harnesses on a high ropes course

From high ropes to hiking, canoeing to crafts – this camp is five days jam-packed with activities. Photo: Envato.

2023 Portsea Camp

When: Monday 16 to Friday 20 January, all day
Where: The Portsea Camp, Portsea (departure and return by bus from Jerilderie)
Cost: $500 (for children residing in the Murrumbidgee Council area aged between 9 and 12 years), call Eden Hercus or Toni Shaw on (03) 5886 1200 to book.

For 40 little adventurers of the Murrumbidgee comes five days of wholesome fun, with accommodation, meals and transport included in the cost. Then of course there are the activities, which include canoeing, giant swing, flying fox, high ropes, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, beach games galore, disco, bike riding, abseiling, arts and crafts, woodwork, campfires, face painting, hiking and so much more.


Flyer for a Wagga Art Gallery event

Elders and members of the Hands on Weavers Inc are set to share culture, stories and skills with children aged six to 12. Photo: Wagga Art Gallery.

Art camp kids – woven animals and storytelling

When: Friday 13 January, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Morrow St, Wagga Wagga
Cost: $11.64 (children aged six to 12), book here.

In a unique chance to connect with Country and culture, join Elders and members of the Hands on Weavers Inc in this weaving circle. You’ll hear stories of the Wiradjuri people and create woven animals to take home, inspired by the stories in the mayinyguwalgu ngunggirridyi exhibition.


Flyer for community event

Expect activities galore for the whole family at this Carrathool event. Photo: Carrathool Shire Council.

Carrathool Family Fun Day

When: Saturday 14 January, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Carrathool Hall
Cost: Free entry.

Offering everything you could hope for in a good old-fashioned summer holidays community event, don’t miss the Carrathool Family Fun Day. Expect a water slide, laser tag, inflatables, games, a barbecue lunch and a movie afternoon from 3 pm.


Little girl looks through a magnifying glass as an amphibian on the hand of another girl

Coolamon Shire Library is set to feed your kids’ innate curiosity about the natural world. Photo: Envato.

Reptiles on the go

When: Tuesday 17 January, 12 pm – 1 pm
Where: Coolamon Shire Library, 129 Cowabbie St, Coolamon
Cost: $5 per child, under 2s free (an adult must accompany all children), to book call 6927 2492.

When nature play comes to you – your kids will be so fascinated by this initiative they won’t even notice the education. They’ll meet live lizards, snakes and even baby crocs, interact with them, and learn a little about the animals in our backyards. Places are limited, so call ahead and book your spot.


Aboriginal artefacts

Decorate an artefact, take a bushwalk and taste bush tucker at this interactive and educational session with Uncle Mick. Photo: Supplied.

Cultural learning tour and bush tucker lunch

When: Wednesday 18 January, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Sandhills Artefacts, 16 Bamblett St, Narrandera
Cost: Free (young people 12 to 24 years), book here.

Join Uncle Mick in this interactive and educational session as he demonstrates how he creates his artefacts, carvings and artworks. Paint your own artefact – boomerang, coolamon or clapsticks – to take home. Take a bushwalk and experience Uncle Mick’s home-cooked bush foods. Participants must wear suitable footwear and bring a water bottle.


Hand made earrings from Lazy Daisy Creations

Fun and functional – learn to make your own beautiful earrings with Vitoria from Lazy Daisy Creations. Photo: Lazy Daisy Creations.

Youth earring workshop

When: Thursday 19 January, 10 am and 2 pm
Where: Outback Cafe & Gifts, 2 Punt Road, Darlington Point
Cost: Free (young people 12 to 24 years), book here.

Thanks to the NSW Government Summer Holiday Break Program and Murrumbidgee Council, 12 to 24-year-olds can participate in this earring-making session led by Vitoria from Lazy Daisy Creations. Registrations are essential as places are limited. Light refreshments will be available for participants.

Sports, entertainment, food and friendly competition are brought to Griffith by CareSouth. Photo: Envato.

Kick Bounce Skate with Mates

When: Thursday 19 January, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Skatepark, Olympic St, Griffith
Cost: Free entry.

Presented by not-for-profit CareSouth, this free and fun day for local children and young people offers food including a barbecue, coffee, sports activities, a skateboard competition and entertainment including a DJ. All are welcome and local youth support services will be on-site to chat.

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