Children & Young People

Children & Young People

Orbit Newsletter

Orbit Newsletter - Autumn 2019 Issue 3 contains a full list of school holiday activities. For more information contact Barjinder on 4732 7891 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Term 2 Activities

Tickets will be available on Monday 18 March 2019 online at the Penrith City Library Eventbrite website. Bookings are essential.

Children

CHESS CLUB with Sydney Academy of Chess

Great fun for all ages no matter if you’re a beginner or a pro. Learn the basics and challenge a new player each week. Take your chess game to another level with great instructors who share the inside scoop on great chess game play! Great fun for all ages no matter if you’re a beginner or a pro. Learn the basics and challenge a new player each week. Take your chess game to another level with great instructors who share the inside scoop on great chess game play!

WHO: Students in Grades 1 and above
WHEN: Thursdays, 4.15-5.15pm (2 May-4 July 2019)
TICKETS: $80 for a 10 week term - Buy tickets for Chess Club on EventBrite

Young People

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS with Ian Zammit

Join us for a weekly D&D game series played out over five sessions. Jump straight into a game with your own 1st level character or create a new one. Hone your new D&D skills and get great tips from Ian. Open to all girls and guys keen to join a new party of D&D players, in a bold new adventure.Join us for a weekly D&D game series played out over five sessions. Jump straight into a game with your own 1st level character or create a new one. Hone your new D&D skills and get great tips from Ian. Open to all girls and guys keen to join a new party of D&D players, in a bold new adventure.

WHO: Students in Year 7 and above
WHEN: Mondays, 4.30-6.30pm (27 May, 3, 17, 24* June & 1 July) *24 June session runs 5.30-7.30pm
TICKETS: $65 per student for 5 sessions - Buy tickets for Dungeons & Dragons on EventBrite

Holiday Activities

Tickets will be available on Monday 18 March 2019 online at the Penrith City Library Eventbrite website. Bookings are essential.

Family Shows

YOU BEAUTY! STORIES OF AUSSIE SPORTING LEGENDS with Charlie Truscott

Shelly is spending the holidays with her sport-crazy grandmother. She has a video project to finish on Aussie Sports Legends and looks for inspiration in grandma’s dark, dusty attic full of sports memorabilia. Watch on as Shelly recreates historic moments of sport in all sorts of weird, crazy, cool ways. Shelly discovers that sport has the ability to unite, excite and inspire us all. In this children’s theatre show, Charlie Truscott brings to life the stories of sporting legends like Don Bradman, Cathy Freeman and Dawn Fraser using high energy physical theatre, circus, slapstick, storytelling, characterisation and audience participation. Don’t miss it! 

WHO: For the whole family
WHEN: Wednesday 17 April, 10.30-11.30am
TICKETS: $7 per person (children under 2 free) - Buy tickets for You Beauty! Stories of Aussie Sporting Legends on EventBrite

Children

POSSUM MAGIC LIBRARY TRAIL POSSUM MAGIC LIBRARY TRAIL - Penrith, St Marys & St Clair Library Branches 

Join Hush and Grandma Poss as they travel around Australia and through the library shelves to find the famous Australian foods that will make Hush visible again! Collect all the food stamps on the way. Glue them on your map and receive a special free gift*. * Gifts available only while stocks last 

WHO: 3-6 year olds 
WHEN: Saturday 13 April - Sunday 28 April - during library opening hours. 
Free

ORIGAMI FOR BEGINNERS with Midori Furze 

We are going to make some simple yet fun origami at this workshop. No experience required. 

WHO: 7-11 year olds 
WHEN: Tuesday 16 April, 11-12pm 
TICKETS: $15 per child - Buy tickets for Origami for Beginners on EventBrite

GAMES, GAMES, GAMES with Stephanie Cooper

Bring a friend and try out some great new board games and card games like Dixit, Spot It and Rhino Hero to name just a few. Socialise and have fun stretching the mind and imagination at the same time. 

WHO: 8-11 year olds 
WHEN: Tuesday 23 April, 10-11am 
TICKETS: $7 per child - Buy tickets for Games, Games, Games on EventBrite

BRICK WORX with Brickany

Learn about the history of LEGO and how to create lots of possibilities with a simple brick! This workshop includes a range of fun, team-based and individual creativity challenges where children can let their imaginations run wild. Brickany’s bubbly character and high-energy instruction will encourage children’s creativity and co-operation. Age limits apply. 

Workshop 1 
WHO: 4-7 year olds 
WHEN: Thursday 18 April, 10-11am 
TICKETS: $10 per child - Buy tickets for Brick Worx 4-7 year olds on EventBrite

Workshop 2
WHO: 8-11 year olds 
WHEN: Thursday 18 April, 11.15–12.15pm 
TICKETS: $10 per child - Buy tickets for Brick Worx 8-11 year olds on EventBrite

Young People

3D ORIGAMI with Midori Furze

This workshop is for high school students. We are making some 3D shapes by connecting origami units without glue or scissors. Challenge your mind!

WHO: 12-16 year olds 
WHEN: Tuesday 16 April, 12.30-1.30pm
TICKETS: $15 per student - Buy tickets for 3D Origami on EventBrite

GAME PLAY DAY with Stephanie Cooper

Check out great new board games like Dixit, Codenames, One Night Vampire and lots more. Social game play to stretch the mind and imagination and get you thinking on your seat. 

WHO: 12-16 year olds 
WHEN: Tuesday 23 April, 1-2.30pm 
TICKETS: $7 per student - Buy tickets for Game Play Day on EventBrite

Story Time

Story Time for preschoolers is the ideal way to nurture young children's love of stories and reading skills. It runs during school terms at Penrith, St Marys and St Clair Libraries. Sessions consist of theme-based, social activities including singing, listening to stories and doing art and craft.

Penrith: Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30am 
St Marys: Tuesdays 10.30 - 11.30am 
St Clair: Thursdays 10.30 - 11.30am 

Rooby Roo visits Story Time in Term 2 – 28, 29 & 30 May.

Baby Time

Baby Time sessions include songs, games and activities to share with your baby. Guest speakers talk on interesting topics once a month.

Penrith: Mondays 10.30 - 11.30am

Toy Library

A boy using dinosaurs at Penrith Library's toy library

Our toy library includes study toys for under 8s and a range of family board games. There are baby toys, construction sets, puzzles, vehicles, food, animal and house play sets. 
Toy Library does not run during school holidays. 
Find a session at a branch near you:

  • Penrith: Wednesday 10am-Noon and Saturday 10am-Noon
  • St Marys: Tuesdays 10am - Noon and Saturday 10am - Noon (Saturday session temporarily unavailable due to lack of volunteers. Apply to become a toy library volunteer.)
  • St Clair: Thursday 10am-Noon and Saturday 10am-Noon. 

Toy library conditions of use:

  • If you bring a child to a toy library session be sure to supervise and accompany them at all times.
  • Toys in the cupboards are for browsing and borrowing. Toys are made available for play during Toy Library sessions.
  • Care for the toys and return them in a clean condition.
  • Return damaged toys and parts as toys are repaired wherever possible.
  • A replacement cost may be charged for lost toys when negligence results in damaged toys.
  • The library is not liable for damage/injury resulting from borrowed toys.

Toy Library Outreach Service

We specialise in providing toys for children with disabilities and high support needs. Featuring switch-adapted, sensory and educational toys, children will delight in making them function through lighting up, playing sounds and movement. Through hands-on play, they can build valuable problem-solving, coordination, reasoning, numeracy, literacy and fine motor skills.

A specialised outreach service is available, with the Library Children’s Inclusion Officer providing home visits for families living in the Penrith area or one-on-one borrowing sessions by appointment and opportunities for extended loan periods. Referrals are required to access this service. 

For details on the referral process for the Toy Library Outreach Service This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 0418 664 879

Fox Tales

‘Fox Tales’ was developed by the DIG Creative Maker Space Program, a creative and professional development program for Greater Western Sydney digital artists/designers within their first 5 years of professional practice. Penrith Library sponsored the 2nd DiG project which was completed in late 2018, to encourage teens to visit our library and use our collections: visit penrith.city/foxtales

Studiosity

Studiosity is an online service providing live homework and study help for years 3-12.

Go to Studiosity and log on from home with your Penrith City Library card. Membership is free for all students living or going to school in the Penrith Local Government Area. Studiosity provides one-to-one academic support in English, Maths, Science, assignment research, and study skills.

Tutors are online Sunday to Friday between 3pm and 10pm.

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