Mosman Insider: Free Things To Do During The School Holidays!

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AFTER THE ADDED EXPENSE OF CHRISTMAS, MANY LOCAL PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR ACTIVITIES TO KEEP THE KIDS ENTERTAINED, WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK. MOSMAN COLLECTIVE WRITER PETA GARRETT HAS FOUND THE PERFECT FUN (AND FREE!) MOSMAN EXPERIENCES, THAT PROMISE TO KEEP BOREDOM AT BAY DURING THE SCHOOL BREAK.

 

 
 Mosman Art Gallery is offering kids the chance to make their own free artwork this January!

Mosman Art Gallery is offering kids the chance to make their own free artwork this January!

Mosman Art Gallery

Immerse yourself in the various collections at Mosman Art Gallery - featuring local, national and international artists of the visual arts, craft and design fields.

On now is Bush to Bay, featuring historical works by Charles Condor, A J Daplyn, Henry Fullwood, Lionel Lindsay, Sydney Long, Francis McComas, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and H.J. Weston.

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Children are invited to make their own free artwork for the Little Bohemians Art Wall in the Gallery foyer, until January 28th.

Ph: 9978 4178

W: mosmanartgallery.org.au

 

Sydney Institute of Marine Science 

Discovery Centre (SIMS)

Discover the world of marine life and sciences at the SIMS Discovery Centre at Chowder Bay.

SIMS was founded in 2005 to undertake research into urbanisation, biodiversity, climate change, ocean resources and marine management.

 SIMS Discovery Centre at Chowder Bay. Have you been?

SIMS Discovery Centre at Chowder Bay. Have you been?

Housed in a heritage listed building, the Discovery Centre has interactive exhibits including touch screens, models and a 3D virtual dive.

It's become a popular local destination for Mosman kids and parents looking for something a little different to break up the monotony of holiday time!

Ph: 9435 4600

W: sims.org.au

Georges Heights Headland Park

 Spend the day exploring Georges Heights and enjoy the free BBQ facilities!

Spend the day exploring Georges Heights and enjoy the free BBQ facilities!

Explore Mosman’s military history at Headland Park, which is home to a WW1-era military hospital, gun pits, underground tunnels and barracks.

Formerly a lookout spot for approaching enemy ships, Headland Park has amazing views across to Manly and Vaucluse; and also features an Artist Precinct where visitors can explore 15 artists’ studios, including sculptors, painters, photographers and potters.

 Mosman Markets are back in February 2018.

Mosman Markets are back in February 2018.

An added bonus? Free electric BBQs!

W: harbourtrust.gov.au

 

Mosman Market

The Mosman Market is held on the first Saturday of each month on the Mosman Square and Village Green at Spit Junction from 8am-3pm.

Over 150 arts and crafts stalls including jewelry, handmade toys, candles, clothing, gourmet food and much more.

Editors note: Please be aware there is no January market.

W: mosman.nsw.gov.au

 

MacCallum Pool

 The pool with a view. MacCallum Pool is right on our doorstep - and the perfect location for some great holiday photo snaps with the kids!

The pool with a view. MacCallum Pool is right on our doorstep - and the perfect location for some great holiday photo snaps with the kids!

Take a dip at the historical MacCallum Pool, located at Cremorne Point.

Created by Olympic swimmer Fred Lane as a rock pool in the 1920s, MacCallum Pool is a unique 33m harbour side pool with spectacular views of the city, Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

 MacCallum Pool.

MacCallum Pool.

It is a favourite local spot and perfect for picnics and family days out.

Note that the pool is emptied, cleaned a refilled usually once a week, so please check council website for closures.

W: northsydney.nsw.gov.au

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Playgrounds

Venture outside and enjoy the sunshine with the kids at one of Mosman’s 13 public playgrounds - or those nearby.

Featuring swings, slippery dips, pirate ships, climbing apparatus and educational equipment for all ages.

Our current favourite spot is the new and improved Forsyth Park in Neutral Bay, with a flying fox and much more to keep kids of all ages occupied! 

W: mosman.nsw.gov.au

 Forsyth Park in Neutral Bay is a current favourite for local kids.

Forsyth Park in Neutral Bay is a current favourite for local kids.

Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach Walk

 Get the kids moving on one of our many beautiful walks.

Get the kids moving on one of our many beautiful walks.

Take in the sights of Mosman on this scenic bush walking trail starting at Taronga Zoo ferry wharf.

Along the way, you’ll discover Athol Hall, Taylors Bay, Clifton Gardens Reserve, remnants of Balmoral’s Tramway system and historic military sites; plus native flora and fauna.

W: mosman.nsw.gov.au

 

Curlew Artists’ Camp Walk

and Self-Guided Tour

 The Curlew Artists' Camp walk begins at Sirius Cove.

The Curlew Artists' Camp walk begins at Sirius Cove.

Walk in the footsteps of Australian artists Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts on the Curlew Artists’ Camp Walk.

These two artists were among a group of painters who lived and painted at Curlew Camp at Little Sirius Cove in the 1890s and early 1900s.

The walk is over 1.6km from South Mosman ferry wharf to Taronga Zoo wharf. 

W: mosman.nsw.gov.au

Balmoral Beach

 God's Country: The jewel in Mosman's crown is Balmoral Beach.

God's Country: The jewel in Mosman's crown is Balmoral Beach.

A must-see Mosman attraction is beautiful Balmoral Beach.

Not only a great place to spend the day with family and friends, Balmoral is perfect for swimming, kayaking, picnics or simply relaxing by the harbour.

Dining options range from fish ‘n chips to cafes and fine dining restaurants, including the historic Bathers’ Pavilion.

Kids will love the netted Balmoral Baths and boardwalk at the southern end of the beach. There is also a playground and toilets/change rooms at various locations.

 Lego Madness is just one of the FREE activities on at the Library this summer!

Lego Madness is just one of the FREE activities on at the Library this summer!

Barry O’Keefe Library

Your kids will love the free activities on offer at Barry O’Keefe Library in January. 

Just check out what's on offer, without spending a dime (just remember to book online!)

LEGO MADNESS - Tuesday January 9th. 2pm-5pm

Wii GAMES - Thursday January 11th. 2pm-5pm

DOLLY PEG FANS - Tuesday January 16th. 10:30am-11:30am

ROBOKIDS WORKSHOP - Wednesday January 17th. 10am-12:30pm

 3D Printing is on offer at Mosman Library every Tuesday and Thursday. Bookings essential.

3D Printing is on offer at Mosman Library every Tuesday and Thursday. Bookings essential.

PLAY STATION VIRTUAL REALITY - Wednesday January 17th. 2pm-4:30pm

3D PRINTING - The printer is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-5pm

MODELLING CLAY ANIMALS - Thursday January 18th. 10:30am-11:30am

OIL PASTEL SELF PORTRAITS - Monday January 22nd. 10:30am-11:30am

MATCH STICK PATTERNS - Tuesday January 23rd. 10:30am-11:30am

INTRODUCTION TO SCRATCH 2.0 FOR ROBOTS - Wednesday January 24th. 10:30am-11:30am

W: mosman.nsw.gov.au

* BOOKINGS FOR ALL LIBRARY ACTIVITIES ARE ESSENTIAL! Ph: 9978 4091

 

 

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