SUNfest kicks off today with plenty of fun for youth

THE SUNfest youth holiday program kicks off on Monday, with 12 days of organised fun in Gladstone and Calliope.

Gladstone Regional Council's SUNfest program for 12-17-year-olds also features Lil' Kids activities for 10-11-year-olds.

The youth begins with the SUNfest Mosaic Wall activity at Creative Gladstone, on the corner of William and Auckland Stsstreets, in which participants create a collaborative mosaic to be displayed at the Gladstone Aquatic Centre for years to come.

Skateboard Art, an all-ages event for 10-17 year olds, will be hosted at the Calliope Community Centre at 3 Don Cameron Drive, Calliope, with participants designing their own work of art on a skateboard to prepare it for hanging at home.

The Lil' Kids program also starts at the Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens on Monday with paper mache animal mask making, a multi-day event to be continued on Thursday, January 8, and two sessions of laser skirmish, also being conducted at the gardens.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said although tickets for a number of events had sold out, or were on the verge of doing so, places were still available for all first day activities.

"SUNfest has proved to be a popular event on the Gladstone region social calendar since its inception in 1998," Cr Sellers said.

"A wide range of events and activities means there is something for every youth and the opening day is evident of that."

To book your spot go to the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre website or visit council administration offices in Boyne/Tannum, Calliope, Miriam Vale, Mount Larcom and Agnes Water.

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