Austin Health kids on safari

Could you use some help entertaining the kids during lockdown?

Lockdown 2.0 is hard for those with young kids, especially for those parents returning for a second round of remote learning this term.

To support parents, Austin Health has partnered with KidsCo to provide a virtual after school program open to staff with primary school-aged children. The program runs for three hours each weekday afternoon.

The first session in the four-week program, ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, ran yesterday. The children designed and decorated their own safari hat and binoculars, before going on a virtual safari, doing some dancing and catching and eating wild snakes (which may have actually been sour gummy worms).

One participant, Evan, who is ‘almost 9’, says "I liked doing the snake escape and then eating the sour worm candy after! I loved the binoculars and hat making activity too. It was all so really fun!"

This week’s sessions are closed, but there are still some places available for the next three weeks of the program (from 2-5pm from August 3 to 21).

Themes from next week’s program include Despicable Me, Join the Circus, and Party Time, and each session is facilitated by a primary school teacher.

Get in quickly though: places are filling fast, and next week’s sessions close for new bookings at 9am Thursday.

Sessions are free for children of Austin Health staff. You are asked to only book your child into one session each week, to allow as many staff as possible to take advantage of the program.

Find out more and register your kids today.