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Holidays packed with fun at the Y

Posted: 8am 24 Jun 2021

The Y-Mango Hill Gymnastics Youth and Community Centre has kids of all ages covered for the winter school holidays.

Events Co-ordinator Jacqui Musiello says while younger children will be well catered for, special emphasis has been placed on creating programs for teens.

“There’s a lot out there for Prep to Year 6, but not much for kids in high school, so we’re filling that gap,” Jacqui says.

“I put it together thinking of my two 14-year-olds and what life is like for them so they’re not sitting around on their screens.”

A Youth Holiday Workshop run by life coach and educator Sanford McMurray covers life skills, wellness, mental wealth and self-care.

During the life skills sessions, 13-21-year-olds can learn about growing a garden, automotive care, and cooking, while wellness covers movement, fitness, dance and circus skills.

Mental wealth sessions look at physical, emotional and spiritual health, with self-care working with a beauty therapist to cover hygiene, skin care and basic make-up.

Renowned Tricking expert and Tumble coach Phill Gibbs is hosting two workshops – one for kids aged six-12 and the other for people over 13 – to get everyone moving.

Tricking combines gymnastics with martial arts and moves from breakdancing to produce an aesthetic display of tricks.

“Phill has been in the business for years,” Jacqui says.

“He’s been on Australia’s Got Talent and performed overseas.”

Rounding out the holiday offering are Drop n Shop sessions, where children aged five-12 can enjoy two hours of free play with qualified gymnastics coaches.

“It gives kids who are bored the chance to burn some energy – the coaches do some planned activities and there’s free play too,” Jacqui says.

Sign up for a workshop

The Youth Holiday Workshops for 13-21-year-olds are on July 6, 7 and 8 from 9am-3pm. Each day costs $60.

The Tricking Workshops will be held on July 3, with the session for six-12-year-olds from 1-2pm costing $20, and the session for those aged 13 and over from 2.30-4.30pm costing $35.

Drop n Shop sessions for five-12-year-olds are on June 28 10am-noon; June 29 10.45am-12.45pm; June 30 10.45am-12.45pm, July 1 10am-noon; July 2 11am-1pm; July 5 10am-noon, July 6 10.45am-12.45pm and July 7 10.45am-12.45pm. Cost: $20 per child per session, $35 for two children and $50 for three.

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