REVIEW: Bricktastic school holiday fun at Bricks for Kidz

08 April 2018

School holidays in my house are ALWAYS a struggle. I love my kids to bits, but I also have a very busy job that doesn’t pause every time they have a few weeks off school. 

Therefore, whenever school holidays roll around (which, let’s be honest, seems to happen veeeerry often!), I often go into a bit of a spin as to how I’m going to manage the working mama juggle. Because, though there are a lot of holiday activities out there, there’s not many that tick ALL the boxes on my list.

What I look for:

  • An all-day activity (not one that lasts two hours, or three hours, but all day).
  • One both my kids can attend (sorry, but I’m not the sort to be ferrying multiple kids to multiple venues every day). This one’s a tough one as it's a boy and girl of different ages.
  • One I know will always go ahead - rain or shine.
  • Most importantly, one where I know they will both be well cared for and happy.

Sound impossible to find?

Well, the challenge is on. Because my diligent mini reporters, Miss-5 and Master-9, set off to Bricks for Kids Mining & Crafting School Holiday Camp last week to see if it ticked ALL the boxes as the perfect school holiday activity.

A day at Bricks for Kidz

Starting at 9am, the room was perfectly set up for a super-easy drop off. Sign in, grab your name tag (it’s amazing how popular lanyards are with kids!) and get stuck into the mountain of Lego (seriously, I thought we had a lot of Lego at home, but this was another level).

With stacks of different bricks to dig into straight away, any initial hesitation from the more nervous mini reporter were immediately forgotten.

Once the parents had gone, the crafting fun really began.

Kids were split into age-specific groups and in these groups they rotated through a range of different activity stations.

There was a crafting table set up with designs and instructions to build all manner of Minecraft related items: a TNT box, Steve, a Creeper, a Zombie Pigman, a Skeleton. You name it, you can build it.

Next there was a station with motorised Lego where you could build a jackhammer or a dumptruck.

There was also a Hama bead table, again with more Minecraft designs, or simply build anything your Minecraft brain can create.

And there was also stacks of free play time - with several giant bags of bricks and some giant foam Lego to create with. It was seriously bricktastic heaven!

They took a break part-way through the day to stretch those legs, burn off some energy and play some basketball and indoor games. During this time the stations were updated to have different designs and activities.

I must confess, I was a bit worried how you fill a whole day with Lego building, but when I picked them up they didn’t want to leave!

And the feedback said it all...

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Master-9 said: “I loved the jackhammer. It was really cool to build with the motor.”

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Miss-5 said: “My favourite bit was the Crafting table. The instructions were easy to follow and you could make loads of things - I made a skeleton, a TNT box, a Steve, a Skeleton… I had so much fun!

Bricks for Kidz absolutely ticked all the boxes and more for the perfect school holiday activity. Running 9.00am - 4.00pm and being held indoors I could do a full day’s work without worrying it would be called off due to wet weather. There was stacks to keep them off screens and creating, and there was plenty of staff there to help them out.

And being Lego, it appealed to all ages and both genders. There was a really nice even mix of boys and girls there and a lovely spread of ages.

But for me, the best school holiday activity is one that the kids can’t wait to go back to. Already, both Miss-5 and Master-9 have asked to do it again next holidays. So Bricks for Kidz will certainly become a regular in our school holiday diary from now on!

The workshops fill up super-fast! You can find out more and grab your place for the next school holidays at bricks4kidz.com.au/qld-sunshinecoast 

 

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. Now owner and editor of Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. 

When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.

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