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July 3: Nature Play

Kids go wild - nature play rotations

Book online to take part in this free activity. Combine natural resources with art to create eco-friendly masterpieces. Children will be able to freely explore each activity station, giving them the balance between learning about our natural world and using their imagination. Soundsations is an approved NaturePlay QLD activity provider, aiming to intertwine sustainability concepts at every opportunity.

WHEN: 10am – 12pm

WHERE: Queens Park Environmental Education Centre, Merle Finimore Avenue, Ipswich

COST: Free. Bookings are essential.

Treasure Hunt

Experience the thrill of discovery these school holidays!

Start by creating your own treasure bag, then dig for treasure in the massive Treasure Hunt sand pit. What you discover is yours to keep….so fill your treasure bag with jewels, gems and special things.

Treasure Hunt is a playful experience for young children aged 3 – 8 years (and their families). It is the perfect way to learn about fossicking and geology while having fun.

For children under three years, there’s a toddler area with safe and stimulating activities.

NB Due to the choking hazard posed by ‘treasure’ items, children under 3 years must stay in the toddler area.

WHEN: 10am – 4pm

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery

COST: $5 per child. U3 free.

A Day Out With Thomas

They’re back! Everyone’s favourite little blue engine and The Fat Controller will be at the home of trains, The Workshops Rail Museum, this winter with carriage loads of holiday fun and entertainment for the whole family.

WHEN: 9.30am – 4pm daily until July 15

WHERE: The Workshops Rail Museum, North Street, Ipswich

COST: Family – $44.50, Adult $14.50, Child $11.50 U3 Free

Writers Circle

Join budding writers and share creative ideas, enjoy a chat and find out about writing resources.

WHEN: 11am-noon

WHERE: Ipswich Central Library, 20 South Street, Ipswich

COST: Free

Story Time - Orion Springfield

Enjoy the magic and make new friends as we explore  a different theme each month with stories, songs and movement. Share in the fun of stories, rhymes, songs and games to build important language and reading readiness skills.

WHEN: 9.30am-10.15am

WHERE: Orion Springfield, near JB Hi-Fi

COST: Free

Wriggle and Rhyme at Orion Springfield

Exploring language through movement. Bounce, clap, wiggle and giggle as we share fun rhymes, songs and stories with our older babies. Ages: 6-18 months with mums, dads and/or carers.

WHEN: 10.30am – 11am

WHERE: Orion Springfield (near JF Hi-Fi)

COST: Free

Reading Circle

Readers – bring a book, enjoy a chat and share your favourite reads.

WHEN: 11am – 12pm

WHERE: Redbank Plaza Library, 1 Collingwood Dr, Redbank

COST: Free

Boxing

Live Life Get Active is suitable for adults of all ages, body shapes and fitness levels and has a ‘go at your own pace’ philosophy to exercise. The boxing class goes for 45 minutes.

Find out what other exercise you can do for free or low cost around Ipswich – Active and Healthy Ipswich – click here

WHEN: 9.15am

WHERE: Soverign Park, Sovereign Drive, Deebing Heights

COST: Free

FOREIGN BODIES: NEW WORK BY CHRISTOPHER TROTTER

These new sculptures by Christopher Trotter are created from natural objects and discarded machinery. Drawn to the unique forms and weathered surfaces of these materials, Trotter’s creations appear to have lived a hard life performing the task for which they were invented. Since each creation is made by joining unrelated materials in an illogical yet seemingly plausible combination, we are left to ponder exactly what function they performed.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until 22 July

WHERE: d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

COST: Free

SILVER & GOLD: UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN OBJECTS 1830–1910

Silver & Gold: unique Australian objects 1830–1910 showcases exceptional nineteenth and early 20th Century Australian silver and gold objects drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s significant collection of colonial decorative arts and design. The theme of this exhibition is celebration, with objects marking significant personal, community and professional achievements and milestones, or displays of prosperity and artistic accomplishment.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until August 26, 2018

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

COST: Free

Learn tribal bellydance

Take an hour out of your busy week and give tribal bellydance a try. Classes are for women 15 and above. Tribal bellydance helps strengthen your core and is great fun. More info on 0409 414 151.

WHEN: 6.30pm-7.30pm

WHERE: Ipswich Masonic Centre, 82A Nicholas Street, Ipswich

COST: $15 per class

Wind Tubes

Design and build your very own flying creation to test in the Wind Tubes. See your creation take flight and soar to the ceiling and defy gravity by hovering high overhead… or just fall to the floor. It’s all about air and invention, with a little bit of mid-air mayhem.

Wind Tubes is a hands-on exhibition that challenges you to make a flying creation out of everyday materials and launch it into large, clear vertical tubes of moving air.

Plastic, paper cups, polystyrene, ping pong balls, propellers and more … all the materials you need are provided. But can your design overcome turbulence, drag, air resistance and gravity?

Wind Tubes is a fun, interactive exhibition for the whole family. There’s a special space for children under two to enjoy.

WHEN: 10am – 5pm

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place (Nicholas Street), Ipswich

COST: Free

Seniors walking group

Find more activites for seniors at Active and Healthy Ipswich – click here

WHEN: Every Tuesday at 4.30pm

WHERE: Limestone Park (meet at entry opposite Central School), 42A Chermside Road, Ipswich

COST: Free

Social cooking group

Do you love to cook? Want to learn new recipes? Have fun cooking with friends at Gailes Community House’s weekly social cooking group. More info on 3879 3004.

WHEN: 9.30am-12.30pm every Tuesday

WHERE: Gailes Community House, 30 Karina Street, Gailes

COST: $5

Paper Craft Group

Try your hand at card making and scrapbooking. Make beautiful greeting cards and gifts. Learn techniques for stamping, embossing and die-cutting. Materials supplied. No experience necessary. More info on 3879 3004.

WHEN: 12pm-2pm every Tuesday

WHERE: Gailes Community House, 30 Karina Street, Gailes

COST: $4

Ipswich House Portraits from the collection

Image: Bruce Buchanan Claremont 2004 (detail) | Watercolour on paper, 67 x 100cm. Ipswich Art Gallery Collection. Commissioned with funds donated by the Friends of the Ipswich Art Gallery, 2005

This selection of ‘house portraits’ examines the city’s significant domestic architectural heritage as seen through the eyes of contemporary Queensland artists.

These house portraits are more than mere pictorial representations of the city’s heritage-listed buildings, instead offering explorations into the architectural design, construction and fabrication methods while also exposing more than a hint of the personal histories and memories of their former residents.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until August 26, 2018

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

COST: Free

19th & 20th Century Works

View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage.

WHEN: 10am-5pm daily, until October 14

WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Nicholas St, Ipswich

COST: Free entry

Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future

Showcasing works by seven Australian and one international maker, this exhibition explores how 3D printing has revolutionised the way we design and apply products in our everyday lives. Artist creations on display include jewellery, fashion and prosthetics, all created using 3D printing technology. A series of workshops will accompany the exhibition including hands-on opportunities for adults and children to design and print their own 3D objects.

WHEN: Daily, until 2 September, 2018

WHERE: The Workshops Rail Museum, North St, North Ipswich

COST: Free with admission

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