All are welcome to our fabulous Open Days. Come and try your hand at clay work, painting, boffer weapon action, planting seeds in our kitchen garden or admire the exhibition of kids art work from the first 5 weeks of term and see how they’ve mastered their projects.
Try a delicious biscuit made in the Cornucopia cooking program and have a cup of soup for a gold coin donation.
Meet our dedicated staff and line up for a 20 % discount on any of the specialised programs we offer during the Spring Vacation. From hand coiled Ceramic Birdbaths to the Samurai & Ninja’s Final Stand in Dramatic Adventures.
We will also be introducing our new Creative Play vacation option, a foundation program which incorporates nature play and Play Pod for $107.50 a day.
Bring your friend for half price if you book before next Wednesday the 4th July. Who said all EOFY sales are boring? This Vala Promotion is a rare event so enjoy don’t miss out!
If you already know the joys of character play, getting in costumes and playing with boffer weapons then it’s time to spread the word.
Book in with a friend and get 50% off the second place in Vala if you are aged 7 years +
Vala is a unique mode of character play where kids enjoy the live action, immersive experience, of becoming people or beings from historical, literary and fantasy world settings.
Take Knights Templar – Lords of Outremer (Friday 13th July) for example.
The Second Crusade is over and the Knights Templar won great glory for themselves through their contributions to that campaign. Again, however, their deeds were eclipsed by their rivals the Knights Hospitaller and the Templars are no closer to achieving those goals for which they have long hoped. But as shocking events leave Tripoli vulnerable to the Assassins and neighbouring enemies and the Hospitaliers seem unable to resolve the crisis, the Knights Templars may have a chance to prove their quality and earn the title Lords of Outremer!
In this module participants will have a chance to dress as Knights, fight battles, travel to strange places and prove their valour.
If literature and high fantasy interest you then check out
Return to the Mountain – Bears, Bogats, and Barghests (Wednesday 11th July)
Setting off from the haven of Caer Llawn with wise counsel from their wizardly guide and the aid of the great black-bearded Bearskin, an alliance of the seven bloodlines of the former Dwarf Kingdom pursue a thief bearing a stolen scrap of their precious map. The trail leads into hills crawling with goblins they have only recently escaped. But worse still lays in store in the form of that dreaded bane of dwarfs… the beastly, bone-crunching ‘Barghest’.
Become a dwarf and enter a dangerous and fabulous world of monstrous beasts and unexplored landscapes.
Or perhaps an exploration of Feudal Japan?
Shogun Japan – Samurai & Ninja Under Siege (Thursday 19th July)
Hungry for glory and driven to win the respect of his legendary father Oda Nobunaga, the minor warlord Oda Nobukatsu leads his army over the borders of Iga Province and into the territory of its democratic Republic. Now in well-earned positions of trust and leadership among the local clans, the small but tightly-knit strikeforce of samurai and ninja handpicked years ago by Hattori Hanzō must battle to turn back the invading army of the ambitious warlord as Iga Province finds itself Under Siege.
Whether you love playing characters, dressing up, designing environments or action games, there is something in Vala for everyone. Check out our Winter Program for all classes
Time for high fantasy as we explore the realms inhabited by Elf Towers! Ever since Tolkien elves have been recognised as magical and wise entities with a close affinity for the natural world. Long lived and appreciative of fine craftsmanship, imagine what kind of towers they would build…
In this ceramic workshop we will explore hand building techniques combined with stamping and melted marble glass to create beautiful models of our imagined elf towers.
Just before the last Ice Age, tribes of early humans learned and thrived amidst fierce weather, dangerous surroundings, and fellow clans with very different beliefs and ways. Huddled around their guttering camp-fire as they wait out the winter, the Tribe of the Cave Bear must deal with dwindling firewood, desperate predators, and the strange spirits of the midwinter death and their own past as they dig down deep to find the ingenuity and adaptability to endure Deep Winter.
Sadly Ruth of Scrumpers Garden is leaving us to focus on her growing Farmers Market commitments. So we are looking for a caterer. If you ever wanted to get involved with catering with an ethical, organic and sustainable focus or believe healthy food makes a real difference in peoples lives, then you might like working with us!
Following a fabulous Open Day we now are open for bookings in any of the art, drama or Sparks workshops offered below. Call Saadia on 61423268 to make your Winter Vacation booking or for more information.
Call in for 10 minutes or a day to enjoy homemade soup and a play with clay, or get involved with a Vala live action game. You might even like to grab a 20% discount on our amazing Winter vacation all day workshops ranging from oil painting to Boffer weapon master classes…
see here for a sneak preview so you can plan your Saturday
On Friday 11th May a few daring souls braved the cold to attend our garden bee. Fortified with pumpkin soup and focaccia loaded with fresh herbs from our herb garden students, aeoncademy staff, students and volunteers helped to move garden beds, shift soil, rake leaves, plant bulbs, seedlings and even weed! As a result the front has been transformed into a new design ready to explode into action in Spring.
Over the coming months further gardening will continue the transformation of this space along with the garden beds into an interactive cornucopia of edible and sensory plants. We look forward to the nature play opportunities as well as nourishment this place is going to provide for our students and programs overall.
And never-fear, you can always make the next garden Bee 🙂