A month of practical workshops every parent must see

Published on 22 April 2021

A foodie workshop to help stretch your dollar further is one of eight events Lake Macquarie City Council is supporting as part of this year’s You’re Kidding Me program.

Kicking off 6 May, the program features a series of free in-person and online workshops for parents and children.

Council’s Community Planner Children and Families Erin Peterson said You’re Kidding Me was an opportunity to showcase practical information to help support local families and create a stronger community post-COVID-19.

“The program includes a variety of informative workshops, from cooking, music, children’s emotions and sleeping strategies, to energy and water saving tips,” Ms Peterson said.

“We’ve designed our workshops to be educational as well as fun – parents can come along and learn new skills, ask questions, get advice and involve their kids too.”

French for Tuesday, a Lake Mac based eco-living business, will host a ‘From Pantry to Plate’ introductory talk at Charlestown Library on 7 May focusing on sustainable meal planning and feeling confident in the kitchen.

Founder Mardi Lee said there was much benefit in supporting families and young children to develop a positive and stable base for lifelong learning.

“The program brings families together to learn about the type and variety of services in the local area which they may not know about,” Ms Lee said.

“This can then help with taking small, actionable steps to create a stronger and healthier family and local community”.

Other You’re Kidding Me workshops include a 6 May session at Toronto Library led by occupational therapist Bonnie Berry from Peaceful, Play, Present, who will help parents understand how children’s bodies and brains deal with big emotions and why.

Local sleep and settle guru Natalie Ebrill will host two talks on infant and toddler sleep strategies to help parents getting little ones to self-settle and sleep longer. They will run from 11:30am-1pm and 1:30-3pm on 17 May at Charlestown Library.

There will be a yoga session on 26 May, led by children’s yoga teacher Clio Badenhorst, and a musical session on 20 May by Julie Logan Music, a regular at previous You’re Kidding Me events.

An energy and water saving workshop, children’s dance session and a talk on the importance of tummy time is also on offer digitally throughout May via Zoom.

You’re Kidding Me will run 6-27 May, with bookings essential.

For more information and to book - lakemac.com.au