Boredom Buster is a program to help young children who have nothing to do over the school holidays – and it kicks off on Wednesday at Maitland Neighbourhood Centre in Rutherford.
The free program was the brainchild of Neighbourhood Centre manager Naomi Rees.
And to arrange the activities, Ms Rees engaged two experts: Bree Bishop, a mother of three and a social worker on placement to the Neighbourhood Centre, and eight-year-old Jessica Kowalski, Maitland’s 2014 Junior Citizen of the Year.
The action-packed program Boredom Buster starts at 10am and ends at 2pm and provides a range of activities for about 200 children.
Events include children dressing up and having their photographs taken, a sausage sizzle, a book zone where youngsters can read books donated by the community, and a chill out zone, which adults can also visit.
“There will be paper planes for boys to race and biscuits that children can decorate,” Ms Rees said. “We arranged our program because so many children find boredom a major problem over the holidays.
“Being a mother herself, Bree Bishop knows all about the importance of kids having things to do that also keep them motivated and happy.
“And Jessica Kowalski has been very inspirational with her ideas.”
Ms Bishop said: “We identified a need for this program because so many kids are bored over the holidays, which also leads to stress for parents.”
The last word came from young Jessica.
“I am lucky – I am never bored because my friends and I always find fun things to do.
“But with this program, we can help other kids – and we will all have fun together.”