Family friendly events for the school holidays

There are plenty of fantastic workshops for kids as part of this year’s Sydney Craft Week festival, from paper folding to tile-making, and fairy gardens to 3D printing, plus lots of other kid-friendly events to explore.

Check out these crafty workshops for kids:

Monster Mice Collective in Marrickville have great workshops starting from Friday 5 October that encourage sustainability and mindful art for kids aged 6 and up.  Kids can create a lovely Japanese mosaic tile or get busy with felt-making to create a Felt Loofah Soap.

Creative Kids Co in Paddington are hosting Fairy Gardens for Kids and Mini Maker Sessions on Wednesday 3 & 10 October. Fun for kids 5+, create a miniature garden from a range of recycled and used materials. In the afternoon, children aged between 2-5 are invited to listen to an inspirational story and create a special work to take home.

Create paper sculptures with the kids, aged 6+, at Melissa Carey’s Art Studio in the Inner West on Saturday 6 October. Learn the art of paper cutting and folding techniques to create a 3D sculpture.

Head to The Rizzeria in Zetland on Tuesday 9 October for a special Halloween craft workshop. Create all sorts of critters and ghosts to decorate your house with.

Mosman Art Gallery are running ‘Art Attack! Workshops’ for older children, aged 9+. On Tuesday 9 October, kids can get busy in Birds from Wire and Wool to create a 3D sculpture from wire and colourful wool. Come back on Thursday 11 October for Botanical Watercolour Mandalas where children will collect flowers and leaves from the Mackie Lane Community Garden and form an arrangement to create a mandala with watercolours.

Made by Me Workshop will be hosting a series of creative workshops for kids at Westfield Bondi Junction including making terrariums, painted pots, floral crowns, polymer clay play and canvas painting.

Kids aged 9-12 can explore 3D Printing technology in the hands-on workshop led by Modfab at Australian Design Centre. Everyone will get the opportunity to sketch, 3D model in CAD, and then print their own small work to take home. [Workshops now sold out.]

Bring the kids along to these great events:

Kids are welcome to view a live demonstration and workshop in chopstick making at the opening night of Feast of K-Chopsticks hosted by the Korean Cultural Centre.

Perfect for the whole family, visit the pop-up market hosted by A Handmade Life Collective in Lewisham. Across two days, come and experience a range of community crafting workshops.

Take part in interactive activities with the sewing machine, hosted by a diverse number of contemporary fibre artists at the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW.

Discover the art of basketry and make work ranging from functional vessels to sculptural forms with Basketry NSW Inc at North Sydney Community Centre.

Billy, Peg & Tom invite children and adults to create beautiful and unique pieces of art in a natural environment. Celebrate the magic of yarn bombing with a day out at Eden Gardens.

With over 90 stalls at the Hazelhurst Art & Design market, discover artisan wares by local and emerging artists and designers. Families will be able to enjoy sketching in the garden, face painting, a free craft hub, special tours, live music and open studios.

Other exhibitions which the whole family can enjoy include Artisans in the Gardens at Royal Botanic Gardens , Bravery Unmasked at Casula Powerhouse, Fish out of Water at Object Space, Australian Design Centre, Traditional Afghani Textiles at Guildford Library, Hypersensitive/ Hipersensitif at Gaffa Gallery and Meroogal Women's Art Prize presented by Sydney Living Museums in Nowra.


Published: 7 September 2018

Images: Kids resin workshop with Made by Me Workshop. Photo courtesy Made by Me Workshop; Yoko Kawada, Square+Round Wash Basin, 2018. Photo courtesy Micky Rabbit