Free Winter School Holidays Activities for Kids in Hamilton

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Looking for things to do for kids on winter school holidays might be challenging for some especially when you have a limited budget. Luckily, the Hamilton Library has whipped up several activities and workshops to keep the children entertained during the school holidays.

Check out the list below and see if your little ones will be interested in any of the following free library event for the winter school holidays.


Family Code Club with Sphero

Saturday, 30 June 2018 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Thursday, 5 July 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

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A BNEtechkids workshop dedicated to families interested in coding, this workshop will teach you the basic robotic and coding using Sphero robots.

This fun and interactive session will teach families how to program robots to navigate an obstacle course. The workshop is ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers.

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Bookings required. Call Hamilton Library on 07 3403 1050 to reserve your place.

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Maker Space

Multiple dates


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Let your child’s creative juices flow in this free session for kids aged 2-10 years and their carers. Activities include block building, free art, and craft activities.

Bookings not required. The Maker Space will run from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:
Saturday, 30 June 2018
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Saturday, 7 July 2018
Wednesday, 11 July 2018


Family Code Club with ScratchJr

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

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Another BNEtechkids workshop for families, you can learn the basics of coding with the use of an iPad.

This fun and interactive session will show you how to create a simple animated game about gravity on the moon using ScratchJr for iPad.

Don’t forget to bring your own iPad and Apple ID account details. This workshop is ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers.

Bookings required. Call Hamilton Library on 07 3403 1050 to reserve your place.


Board Game Fun

Fridays, 6 and 13 July 2018 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

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Drop by the Hamilton Library and have fun while playing board games. Team up with your family and friends or enjoy playing with new game partners.

This activity is open to all ages and bookings not required.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

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Celebrate Eric Carle’s birthday with a special The Very Hungry Caterpillar storytime. This event is ideal for children aged 2-6 years.

Bookings required. Call Hamilton Library on 07 3403 1050 to reserve your place.


Wild Things

Thursday, 12 July 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

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Whether you’ve been sent to bed without your dinner or are a wild thing, this wild rumpus is for you.

Join the Hamilton Library for activities, stories, and games that celebrate Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are.

This event is ideal for children aged 3-7 years. Bookings required. Call Hamilton Library on 07 3403 1050 to reserve your place.


YA Book Chat

Saturday, 14 July 2018 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

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For teens who love to read, this monthly event is for you. Join the YA Book Chat every second Saturday of each month to share your favourite books, activities, and good times.

This book club is ideal for high school students. Bookings not required.