Knox Park Free Day Sunday 13th March

Looking for something to do in Murwillumbah tomorrow?

Then come along to Knox Park and join in Park Week activities for a celebration of great outdoors.

skateboarding_workshop_170448_640 Photo: Free skateboarding workshop for beginners at Knox Park as part of Parks Week 2016.

A skateboard workshop for beginners, yoga and story-telling will be among a number of free activities at Murwillumbah’s Knox Park tomorrow, Sunday 13 March, to celebrate Park Week 2016.

The inaugural Free Day in the Park will be held at the Nullum Street park from 10am to 12.30pm and will also include arts and crafts, drumming and a free barbecue for participants.

“Everyone’s invited to this community event to celebrate our great outdoors,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne said.  “We hope to see the park packed out with people having fun, trying out all the different activities, enjoying the park’s fantastic new facilities, and catching up with friends and locals.”

Council’s Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said there would be activities for people of all ages, to “celebrate the Tweed’s wonderful outdoor spaces”.

Free_Day_KnoxPark_170329_480 Photo: Storytelling with Annie Bryant

“Tweed residents are particularly passionate about our fantastic parks. That was evident in the feedback we received during community consultation for a new Open Space Strategy being created by Council,” Ms Stinson said.

Parks Week is jointly organised by Parks and Leisure Australia and the New Zealand Recreation Association, to promote the benefits provided by parks and open spaces.  Events are being held concurrently in Australia and New Zealand on that day to raise awareness on the value of parks and open spaces, and to get people to enjoy the outdoors.

The Knox Park celebrations will include a yoga class by Free 2 Be Yoga for all ages and abilities, stories and songs for children with entertainer Annie Bryant, and a beginners skating workshop at the new skate park with Ownlife.

The Coolheads youth service will host drumming groups, slackline activities, a barbecue and sumo suit wrestling. Arts and crafts will be coordinated by Possums Community Preschool.

Previous Parks Week activities in the Tweed included two other Council-supported events, the Tweed Enduro triathlon at Pottsville last Saturday (5 March) and the Relay for Life in Kingscliff today (Saturday) 12 March.

The Knox Park Program tomorrow includes:
 Yoga for all Ages (45-minute class) – 10am and 11am
 Skateboard workshop (1-hour class) – 10am and 11am
 Songs and Stories for Children (30 minutes) – 10am and 11am
 Drumming, slackline and sumo suit wrestling – 10am-12.30pm
 Art and Craft – 10am-12.30am
 Free barbecue for participants – From 11am

Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

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See also: Big Volcano towns: Murwillumbah

Fun for kids of all ages at Tweed Regional Gallery these holidays

Manga drawing, play and portraits in clay

Japanese cartoon drawing workshops, animal games and clay classes are all part of the kids activities being offered at Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Gallery these school holidays.

Free Activities

Tweed Regional Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said kids could get involved with Animal Self, a new exhibition of self-portraits by Joanna Braithwaite where the artist is surrounded by animals in three large and interactive paintings.

“Kids can play with dog puppets, add a kookaburra to the fence or put themselves in the picture with large cut-out chickens. These activities are free and available each day during Gallery hours,” Ms Muddiman said.

Free Salt Dough Supper activity

On Sunday 10 January children can work with salt dough to create and mould special food items when artist and teacher Carleen Joy leads a free Salt Dough Supper activity in the Gallery foyer.

The first session will be held from 10.30am to 12noon DST and the second from 1pm to 2.30pm DST.

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Photo caption: A Manga drawing by David Lovegrove.

Manga Workshop on Monday 18 January

Ms Muddiman said talented illustrator and Manga buff David Lovegrove would hold a Manga Workshop on Monday 18 January for kids aged 10 to 14 years who are interested in comic book art or drawing.

“Working with the Japanese Manga style of cartooning, kids will learn how to build a character, map out a story and environment and draw up a short comic about their adventures,” she said.

“Kids can come dressed up as their favourite character whether it be manga, a super hero or a character from popular culture, and the best-dressed will win a ‘How to Draw Manga’ book. David will be dressed as Ronin, the masterless Samurai.”

The workshop will run from 10am to 2.30pm DST and costs $45.

Portrait in Clay workshops on Thursday 21 January

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Photo caption: Thirteen-year-old Tarah Wilkinson’s clay bust, ‘My Mum’.

For kids who love to work with the tactile nature of clay, Marianne Galluzo will hold a Portrait in Clay workshop on Thursday 21 January.

“Instead of drawing, kids will be able to make a 3D portrait of a person and are invited to bring a photo or work from their memory or imagination,” Ms Muddiman said.

“Participants will model the head shape, add defining details and take home a bust that will air dry ready to paint or be left bare.”

The clay workshop costs $25 and will be held in two sessions.

The workshop for kids aged 5 – 8 years will be held from 10am – 12pm DST, and the second session for kids aged 9 years and over will be held from 1pm to 3pm DST.

Bookings are essential for both workshops. To book, contact the Gallery on (02) 6670 2790.

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