Lake Macquarie City Council's Cultural Projects Officer Meredith Downes polishes the teeth of a giant deinosuchus featuring in the upcoming exhibition.

Kids are set to go wild, writing, printmaking and facing off with giant dinosaurs as part of a new school holiday program.

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said a range of activities and shows had been tailored to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, with smaller group sizes creating a more intimate atmosphere for participants.

“Our school holiday programs are always popular and we expect the July edition to be no different,” Ms Hemsley said.

SEEN@Swansea will host the new exhibition Tyrannosaurs: Ultimate Predators, featuring life-sized bone casts, models and information panels to catalogue the history of these prehistoric carnivores.

Dino-themed zine-making workshops will be held in conjunction with the show, hosted by local illustrator Tallulah Cunningham.

Lake Mac Libraries will feature a ‘Go Wild for Libraries’ theme, with colourful animal sculptures at each branch and a series of writing, illustrating and zine workshops to bring them to life.

Successful local zine-maker Bastian Fox Phelan will host the Thursday 16 July zine workshop at Charlestown Library, aimed at children aged 13 and older.

Meanwhile, hands-on artmaking is making a return to the Museum of Art and Culture for the school holidays.

Printmaking classes for kids aged seven and older will take inspiration from the gallery’s Yapang exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, while separate ‘Connect and Reflect’ classes for kids aged 10-plus will create artworks based on the theme of hope.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the school holiday program provided a chance for families to re-engage with the community.

“After months in lock-down, this is a chance for kids and parents to get out and enjoy our libraries and other cultural venues,” Cr Fraser said.

Ms Hemsley added that numbers for all school holiday activities would be strictly limited to comply with COVID-safe guidelines.

“We will have a range of measures in place to help make our school holiday program COVID-safe, but they won’t detract from the fun and fascination for kids who take part,” she said.

For bookings and information go to the Lake Mac Libraries website.

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