What to do with the kids over the school holidays can become a nagging problem for parents and caregivers as the summer weeks roll on. Trying to think of activities to occupy bored or fractious children can be a major challenge, especially if one wants to provide them with something educational as well as fun. When looking for musical events that are tailor made for younger children, one of the best places to look is your local council’s website; they often list free or low cost options that are held in libraries and community centres.
The Brisbane City Council, for instance, is running free Christmas song and music game sessions for 5-12 year-olds in suburban libraries through the holidays. For multi-day workshops, the best place to look is Brisbane Kids: here you’ll find listings for singing, making your own percussion kit and writing music for computer games.
In Sydney, the best portal for kids’ holiday events is Sydney for Kids, which has comprehensive calendar listings that include singing, Christmas concerts and performances of Aladdin The Musical in the Sydney area. Another good portal is Ellaslist, which lists participatory music session for infants and toddlers plus a range of instrumental workshops for older children.
Canberra has a major event coming up for children of all ages in January. This is the Young Music Society’s 2017 Summer Music School in 9-20 January. It offers intensive daily classes with opportunities to learn singing and beginner instruments such as violin, cello, woodwind and guitar.
For kids’ music events in Melbourne, the best place to go is Only Melbourne, which gives detailed daily listings of what’s on during the summer months. These include music classes for babies to 5 year-olds through to educationally themed pantomimes and musicals. Charteris Music School runs introductory piano and singing classes for children, while the Melbourne Recital Centre is offering a range of concerts for youngsters in its Music Play Children’s Festival 2017.
In the Hobart area, check for listings of music events in Hobart Kids. What’s On For Adelaide Families is a good site that consolidates the main musical events for children in that city, and Adelaide City Council has a useful What’s on for Kids! webpage that gives links to other key sites for children’s activities. We should of course mention that Adelaide is holding the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp this summer, 8-22 January.
In the West, the City of Perth holds story sessions with music for kids aged 2-7 in its Children’s Library each month. Forte School of Music in Canning Vale runs a comprehensive range of music classes for children of all ages, while the website Kidspot lists further well-designed music education classes in Perth for infants and pre-schoolers upwards.
Or if you’re really desperate for things to do, why not get the kids involved in musical games at home. Musical chairs, musical statues and the like are a failsafe if enough are involved. Three are more such games than you might imagine: find a list of them here.