26 September 2022

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (23 - 30 September)

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Zoo Curator Wendy McNamara and Zoo Keeper Brooke Caines with Zeke and Diego

Zoo Curator Wendy McNamara and Zoo Keeper Brooke Caines with Zeke and Diego. Photo: Wagga Zoo & Aviary.

The spring school holidays officially start tomorrow (Friday 23 September) with plenty of things to keep kids big and small occupied in the Riverina.

Kick off the weekend at the September Aircraft Showcase or the free Soundbreak Music Festival, which has events for 18+ and under 18s.

Recreation meets education at the tennis club or workshops covering Lego stop motion workshops and dinosaur “impression” making.

In between, all week long the Junee Chocolate Factory offers its ever-popular chocolate freckle-making sessions, there are movies at Forum, Spring School Holiday Roller Discos in Narrandera and Wagga Zoo and Aviary has some special new friends to meet.

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Zoo Curator Wendy McNamara and Zoo Keeper Brooke Caines with Gus and Madeline

Wagga Zoo curator Wendy McNamara and zoo keeper Brooke Caines with baby wombats Gus and Madeline. Photo: Wagga Zoo & Aviary.

Wagga Zoo & Aviary

When: All week, 9 am to 4 pm (no entry after 3:45 pm)
Where: Macleay Street, Turvey Park
Cost: Free.

Head down to Wagga Zoo & Aviary to see their new fur babies. The zoo recently welcomed four adorable new addition to the family that kids will love. Meet Gus and Madeline the baby wombats and Zeke and Diego the dingo puppies.

Forum cinema counter

Forum 6 Cinemas offers plenty to keep the whole family entertained over the school holidays. Photo: Visit Wagga.

Movies at Forum

When: All Week, various times
Where: Wagga Bowling and Forum 6 Cinemas, 77 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga
Cost: Various, book here.

Opening today, the kids will love Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, Little Monsters or The Curious Case of Dolphin Bay. Those looking for date night can experience the re-release of James Cameron’s aesthetic triumph Avatar in 2D and 3D or, for edge-of-your-seat action, Jeeper Creepers: Reborn will get the heart racing.

Roller skates on carpet

Don those rock ‘n’ roll theme threads and lace up them skates – it’s disco time. Photo: Envato.

Spring School Holiday Roller Disco

When: Saturday 24, 6 pm -9 pm, Sunday 25, 12 pm – 3 pm, Wednesday 28, 12 pm – 3 pm, Thursday 29, 12 pm to 3 pm, Friday 30, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Pioneer Hall Narrandera Showground, Elizabeth Street, Narrandera
Cost: $20 skate hire, $15 own skates, $5 “too scared to skate”, payable at the counter.

Lace up those skates for a night (or nights) of roller disco at Narrandera. The rock ‘n’ roll theme roller disco is a special event held as part of the Rockin’ on East Festival. There is a prize for the best dressed in rock ‘n’ roll-themed attire.

Girl with chocolate freckle

A day of chocolate freckle making at Junee Licorice Chocolate Factory. Photo: Chris Roe.

Chocolate Freckle Making

When: Monday 26 to Friday 30 September, 9 am – 3 pm
Where: Junee Licorice Factory, 45-61 Lord Street, Junee
Cost: $5 per plate, bookings not required.

Head to Junee Licorice Chocolate Factory with the family for a day chock-full of happiness. The kids can get their hands dirty (delicious?) creating a freckle masterpiece. Note: sticky fingers likely, fun guaranteed.

Legs and tennis rackets lined up

Tennis club – an excellent cure for couch-potato-itis these holidays. Photo: Visit Wagga.

South Wagga Tennis Club Holiday

When: Monday 26 to Thursday 29
Where: South Wagga Tennis Club, Murray St and Morgan Lane Wagga Wagga
Cost: $25, book here.

Register the kids for this holiday club which will run from Monday to Thursday on the first week and Tuesday to Friday on the second week of the school holidays. Parents can have a break while the kids have a great time playing, making new friends and learning a range of new skills.

All Weekend

Flyer for soundbreak festival

After an amazing first event, Manic Entertainment presents the second edition of the Soundbreak Music Festival 18+ and under-18 events. Image: Soundbreak Festival Facebook.

Soundbreak Music Festival 18+ and U18 Events

When: Saturday 24 September, 2 pm to 11 pm (18+ event) and Sunday 25 September, 3 pm – 10 pm (under 18s)
Where: Wagga Showground, corner of Bourke and Urana street, Turvey Park
Cost: Free, book here.

The smashing lineup for these events includes Summit, Filthy Rocks, DJ Soundbreaker, Dazler, The C.A.V.E and Matty Loco. Split over two days (Saturday for the 18+ and Sunday for the under-18s), “the Riverina’s biggest party” will include food, drink and the Festival Fairy Princess Crew dancing, taking photos with everyone and handing out freebies.


The Temora Aviation Museum’s September 2022 Aircraft Showcase is on Saturday. Photo Temora Aviation Museum.

The Temora Aviation Museum Aircraft Showcase

When: Saturday 24, 8 pm to 5 pm
Where: Temora Aviation Museum, 1 Tom Moon Avenue, Temora
Cost: Adults $30, child $15, family $75, book here.

Temora Aviation Museum’s September 2022 Aircraft Showcase will feature all serviceable aircraft from the RAAF 100 SQN Historic Flight Collection at the Temora Aviation Museum, which includes the Supermarine Spitfires, CA-13 Boomerang, Cessna O-2A, Gloster Meteor, Lockheed Hudson, Wirraway, Tiger Moth, Ryan STM S2, and English Electric Canberra. The aircraft showcase promises to deliver a full day of entertainment for all generations, including flying displays demonstrating the aircrafts’ capabilities, informative commentary and music, a guided tour of the static exhibition, interviews with pilots and veterans, a children’s playground and a pilot meet and greet.


Person using phone to film stop motion

Kids may discover a new passion at this stop motion animation workshop. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Library.

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

When: Monday 26, 1 pm to 4 pm.
Where: Mary Kidson Hall, Hudson Avenue, Turvey Park
Cost: Free, register here.

This workshop invites kids aged 12 to 15 to learn how to create their own stop motion animation using Lego. Guided by local animator Alice Peacock, participants will learn how to set up their animation, use the iMotion app, animate their blocks and figures and export the animation.


Dinosaur impressions in clay and plastic dinosaur figurines

This workshop is a great few hours for young dinosaur enthusiasts. Photo: Unique State Art Space.

Dino Stomp Holiday Workshop

When: Thursday 29, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Unique State Art Space, 43 Thompson Street, Wagga
Cost: $32, register here (valid NSW Creative Kids Vouchers can be redeemed for eligible participants).

This is a chance to stomp, paint and print as kids make their own dinosaur impressions. Kids aged seven to 10 years old are invited to register for the three-hour session during which they can create clay “fossils” and print, draw and explore prehistoric animals. This is a great few hours for young dinosaur enthusiasts.

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