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Tips to enjoy the Summer break

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There’s plenty to do in Bendigo and surrounds over the Summer. Here are some of our favourite activities to enjoy:

1. Go for a walk or ride at your favourite lake or garden

On a nice Summer day, soak up the beautiful outdoors by heading for a walk or spending the morning at a lake or garden. If it’s a hot day, make sure to get your stroll in early to beat the heat!  Here are some great places to visit over Summer:
Lake Weeroona, Midland Highway, Bendigo
Bendigo Botanic Gardens, Napier Street, White Hills Bendigo
Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, Walker Street, Castlemaine
Princes Park, Park Road, Maryborough
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens,  Frazier Street, Daylesford

2. Visit the local art gallery

It’s a great time to visit your local Art Gallery. There are always fantastic local art exhibitions and galleries taking place across the region. This includes the Bendigo Art Gallery‘s Frida Kahlo, Her Photos exhibition.
Find out what is happening at your local gallery here: 

3. Catch a movie

Visit your local cinema with friends or family to watch the latest release in the comfort of air conditioning! There is a great range of movies taking place across the Bendigo region in local parks and gardens too, including outdoor cinemas as part of the Bendigo Summer in the Parks program. Click here to read the program.
The Bendigo Cinemas offer fantastic Sensory sessions on selected films. These sessions allow families to enjoy their favourite films in a safe and accepting environment with the cinema lights turned up and the sound turned down. Click here to read the Sensory Friendly Films program.

4. Visit your local pool

Sometimes there is nothing better than simply going for a dip at your local pool!
Summer is a great opportunity to visit the brand new Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre in Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo. The centre features Bendigo’s first Changing Places – a fully accessible change room with a full-sized change table and hoist. Across the region, there are a variety of swimming pools to chose from, including:

Mount Alexander Shire Council – Castlemaine Swimming Pool
City of Ballarat – Swimming Pools & Facilities
Bendigo Swimming Pools 

5. Visit the library

Not only is the library a great place to get lost in your favourite book, but they also offer a range of free events for you to enjoy.

Bendigo Goldfields Library 

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Kristy Kum Too: Giant knitting 
Friday 11th and 18th of January 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Embrace the giant knitting craze as we continue to knit a giant-sized Dr Who scarf! Both children and adults are invited to come along to watch or have a go.
FREE
Click here to register

aboriginal weaving workshop

Aboriginal weaving workshop 
Tuesday 15th January 10:00 AM & 1:00PM
Trina Dalton-Ooges shares the traditional art of Aboriginal weaving. Come along and learn about weaving with hands-on experience in these two special workshops.
Ages 8+ years (with adult support)
Bookings required
Click here to register

Kyneton Library

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Wildlife Gone Walkabout – Kyneton
Thursday 17th January 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet creatures both cute and curious in a close-up encounter with Australian wildlife from Wildlife Gone Walkabout! Touch, hold and learn all about the wonders of our scaly, furry and slimy backyard friends.
Ages 4-12 years and bookings required.
Click here to register.

Plank Play – Kyneton

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Create simple and more complex structures with our plank kits from the Green Hat Workshop. Inspiration for creative minds!
For the young and young at heart. Available during library hours between 28th of January and 2nd of February 2019. No bookings required.

Eaglehawk Library

Crochet planter workshop with Kristy Kum Too – Eaglehawk


Learn to make a delightful crochet planter with 100% recycled cotton rope. Kristy will demonstrate, provide a basic pattern and teach you several modifications to personalise your planter. Basic knowledge of crochet is required.
$20 MATERIALS COST. Pay on the day.
Click here to register.

Kangaroo Flat Library

Plank Play – Kangaroo Flat

pictures of wooden blocks some stacked on top of each other and some laying flat on the floor

Create simple and more complex structures with our plank kits from the Green Hat Workshop. Inspiration for creative minds!
For the young and young at heart. Available during library hours until the 12th of January 2019. No bookings required.