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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 24th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Monday, December 22, 2008 11 Alive Movies at the Overflow 12 How to keep kids busy in the holidays IT'S a task that many parents come to dread -- the annual duty of finding activities to occupy the kids over the Christmas holidays. But youngsters do not have to be confined to home for their six-week break from school. Burwood, Canada Bay, Strathfield and Ashfield councils all run holiday programs outside of school term. Contact your local council for more information on what's available over the break. Sydney Olympic Park's Kids in the Park holiday program runs from December 22 to January 20. Children can take part in a range of free activities, including movie screenings and a sports clinic. For the creative type, performing arts workshops will be held at the LA Talent School in Homebush. Children aged five to 16 years can learn to sing, act and dance at a cost of $35 per day. Croydon Art Studio also runs school holiday art classes during January. Casual classes for kids in Kindergarten to Year 10 cost between $25 and $35 per class. For sporty kids, Tiny Tots Tennis offers holiday classes at locations in Five Dock, Haberfield, Croydon Park and Concord West. Classes are graded by age and ability, with coaching, racquets and equipment all designed for children. Contact the Inner West branch on 9712 5218 to find your nearest location. EzySwim programs are offered at Cabarita Swim Centre and Drummoyne Swimming Centre. Learn to swim classes, squad training and holiday express swim programs will help keep the kids cool during the summer months. Visit www.ezyswim.com.au for more information. Spectacular end to year New Year's Eve in the city is renowned for its spectacular fireworks. FIONA BRADY LOCAL pubs and clubs are pulling out all the stops for New Year's Eve -- the biggest party night of the year. Here are a few tips on where to farewell 2008. Bring your dancing shoes to Wests Ashfield which is hosting a free Groove and Latino celebration party in the lounge. There'll be complimentary champagne at midnight, a summer cocktail menu and a video DJ. Party poppers and glow sticks will help create a great atmosphere. The club is at 115 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield. Phone 8752 2000. There's also a Latino theme at Burwood RSL. The club's Viva La Vida night will feature Christian Guerrero, Raquel Martinez, dancers and the Salsa Kingz. There'll be plenty of audience participation, so get set to party. Tickets cost $15. Burwood RSL is at 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood. Phone 9744 7444. Or you could get glammed up and head to PJ Gallaghers in Drummoyne. The White Bros will be live from 8.30pm and the free party will keep going until late. PJ Gallagher's is at 195 Victoria Rd, Drummoyne. Phone 9181 1229. The Rowers Club in Drummoyne is counting down to a big night on New Year's Eve. There's a four-course menu for $68 per person and a DJ will play from 9pm to late. The Rowers is on Henley Marine Drive, Drummoyne. Phone 9719 1522. At Club Five Dock you can dance your way into 2009 to the free band, Celebration Mix. The club's Three Peppers restaurant will be serving up a festive grub and there'll be party items for all. Club Five Dock is at 66 North Rd, Five Dock. Phone 9712 2055. For something completely different, celebrate New Year's Eve Polynesian style with a cabaret and dance night in Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL The Supper and Dance night costs $35. Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club is located at 20-26 Canterbury Rd, Hurlstone Park. Phone 9559 0000. For those who want to head to the city, the family fireworks on the harbour go off at 9pm, followed by a parade of 50 illuminated boats, then the midnight fireworks. Visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nye for details on vantage points. Bars, Cafes Restaurants Guide
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