Walk on the wild side

Giraffes, zebras and rhinoceros will take centre stage in Hume City Council’s spring teenage holiday program.

A visit to Werribee Open Range Zoo headlines this September’s activities, and bookings for all excursions open on Monday, 17 August 2015.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, encouraged youth to check the calendar of events and book quickly.

“The September holidays are always wonderful because the warmer weather starts to return and summer is within striking distance,” Cr Atmaca said.

“A safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo will be really exciting, as Hume’s teenagers ride across a landscape that’s akin to an African savannah.

“The animals are free to roam and the giraffes and zebras are so spectacular up close.

“It’s a special excursion which every animal lover will enjoy, and we’ve organised buses to transport attendees from Sunbury, Craigieburn and Broadmeadows.”

The teenage holiday program comprises a number of other outdoor activities, including:

• a full day at the Royal Melbourne Show, where young people can enjoy carnival rides, live music, roving entertainers and an animal nursery;
• unlimited rides at Luna Park, on thrilling attractions such as the mini roller coaster, Pharaoh’s Curse and Power Surge; and
• splash downs at Melton Waves, a leisure centre with a wave pool, jungle ropes and big inflatables.

Cr Atmaca said the teenage holiday program would include an afternoon for fans of Manga characters.

“Animation has become very popular with young people across Hume, and many of our residents love Manga,” he said.

“We’ve organised a day at the Craigieburn Youth Centre for teenagers to participate in a drawing workshop which will assist them to develop their very own Manga characters.

“It’s an appealing Japanese art form, and participants on the day will be able to make and eat their own sushi.”

The teenage holiday program is open to young people aged between 12 and 17 years.

Hume Libraries will also offer activities for school students across the September holidays.

Events include a FIFA 15 PlayStation tournament, digital photography workshops, a Lego challenge, and the painting of tote bags.

Cr Atmaca said Hume City Council provided a variety of services for youth.

“Our youth centres offer activities throughout the year, and young people are invited to pop in at set times and play pool, table tennis, and Play Station,” he said.

“Hume also runs a Youth Leaders program in which our leaders of tomorrow can discuss topics that they are passionate about.

“We also make available counsellors for teenagers who simply need to chat about something that is on their mind.”

Hume City Council’s youth centres are based at Broadmeadows, Sunbury, Roxburgh Park, and Craigieburn.

Booking information about the teenage holiday program is here.

For an outline of holiday activities at Hume Libraries, visit www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 13 August 2015

Updated : 9:25 AM, 13 August 2015

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