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Thanks so much to Judy from Coffs Libraries for this great article on the resources the local libraries have for kids interested in cartooning, graphic novels and drawing!

It is exciting to see the inaugural Coffs Coast Cartoon Festival being held in conjunction with the 30th Rotary Cartoon Awards.

We love supporting personal development in all forms, and cartoons are a great medium to show creativity, and develop self-expression skills. Cartoons can be a one image statement, or an elaborate Graphic Novel – and all things in between.  Many readers enjoy the journey through a graphic novel, or love to see the depictions of cartoon characters in a story. Stories such as the “Cat in a Hat”, “Garfield” and “Charlie Brown” are great cartoon character favourites. Cartoon stories and graphic novels are a great introduction to reading when a traditional novel seems a bit daunting.

You can see what is available at your local library by checking out our online catalogue: –

http://libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au

If you are feeling inspired by the festival, and you are looking to create your own cartoons there are also books available to borrow from Coffs Harbour Libraries  to provide you with ideas, inspiration, tips and tricks.

You can call into any branch of the library & staff will help you find what you are looking for.  You can also have a look at our Catalogue Online and see what’s available.   It is easy to arrange to have books, videos or magazines transferred to the library branch closest to you for collection.

You can access the library catalaogue online at any time-here are some options to get you started: –

Cartoon Books for Kids


Graphic Novels


Cartoons & Comics


Enjoy the Coffs Coast Cartoon festival – and maybe make it last all year by creating your own personal cartoon festival with the help of book you can borrow from the library.

Call in to Harry Bailey Memorial Library (Coffs Harbour), Toormina Library or Woolgoolga Library & staff will help you find what you are looking for.

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To celebrate Australia’s FIRST Cartoon Festival coming to Coffs Harbour, The Bunker Cartoon Gallery are running a very special Father’s Day colouring-in competition.

One of the amazing cartoonists who will be coming to the Coffs Coast Cartoon Festival on Sunday 2nd September is Christophe “Hagen” Granet, from “It’s a Jungle Out There!” cartoons.

“Hagen” has very kindly offered us 10 different outlines of his comics for kids to colour in!

Thanks also to the Australian Cartoonists’ Association for their support.

PRIZES:

The winning kid will win a very special prize pack worth over $500 including:

  • Family TreeTops Voucher
  • Ticket for Dad on a Whale Watching cruise thanks to Jetty Dive
  • 2 x tickets to the Sydney Comedy Festival on at C.ex Coffs, Thursday 13 September (for Mum & Dad)
  • Caricature of Dad (must attend Festival on 2/9 @ Harbourside Markets, Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour Jetty) to redeem this prize as it will be drawn live)
  • Dad & child “happy teeth” pack thanks to The Dental Centre
  • 1 x kids entry to the October school holidays workshop at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery with Rob Feldman
  • Family pass entry to the Bunker Cartoon Gallery
  • A mini prize pack thanks to Revmax Hobbies

The winning child will also win his or her class/group VIP entry to: 

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery.

The class will receive entry, a tour of the gallery, a chance to look at the amazing library and try drawing some cartoons of their own.

The entry will also include an online class on how to draw cartoons by Phil Judd.

2nd prize:

  • Micador Drawing Activity set thanks to Coffs for Kids
  • Art & book pack thanks to the Book Warehouse
  • $20 voucher thanks to K-mart
  • EPO foam glider thanks to Revmax Hobbies
  • Family entry to The Bunker Cartoon Gallery
  • Bunker Cartoon Gallery merchandise pack
  • “Zig Zag Zali” book thanks to May W. Pax

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Open to kids under the age of 12 years
  • Kids can enter as many times as they like
  • To enter, simply download as many colouring-in pages as you want. There are 10 to choose from!
  • Once completed DROP IN your entry to the Bunker Cartoon Gallery, 1 John Champion Way (near Racecourse roundabout), POST to: PO Box 1483, Coffs Harbour 2450 OR send via EMAIL to: alison@coffsforkids.com.
  • Entries will close 5pm Thursday 30 August.
  • Winners will be contacted Friday 31 August.
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash.

 

 

Colouring in #1 – Seals

Colouring in #2 – Dinosaur

Colouring in #3 – Lion

Colouring in #4 – Sea creatures whale

Colouring in #5 – Elephant

Colouring in #6 – Sea creatures shark

Colouring in #7 – Cow

Colouring in #8 – Monkey

Colouring in #9 – Sloth

Colouring in #10 – Vulture

 

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Junior Marine Ranger Program

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During the school holidays I was lucky enough to accompany my boys and their friends on a day out at Dolphin Marine Magic to participate in the Junior Marine Ranger Program.

At the risk of sounding a bit “Disney”, it was one of those days that none of us will ever forget. I felt so honoured to share the experience and we are very fortunate that Coffs kids have an opportunity like this!

The day started at 9am with a bit of a ‘briefing’ on what we were going to do for the day. At the end of this session normally parents are asked to leave but I was allowed to stay so I could “document” the day’s activities (that was my excuse anyway…!)

You can read about what’s included on the Dolphin Marine Magic website. There was SO MUCH involved, so much learnt and experienced – but here I will share with you our highlights of the day:

Jasper, 13 years: My favourite activity was hiding the food & toys in the seal enclosure because it was nice to see the seals getting their treats and it was fun. 

Lenny, 9 years: I liked the penguins because we got to feed them and they were so cute and they tried to snatch the fish off me. I learnt how to check turtles. We got to prepare buckets of fish for the dolphins and I learnt that there are different types of fish that have different tastes to dolphins such as M&M, broccoli, carrots. We had to make sure they had a good mix of different fish. Even Mummy had to help!

Zenny, 8 years: Getting kissed by the dolphin was the best because it felt like sushi being pressed on my face. My other favourite part was preparing the fish buckets for the dolphins and penguins because I liked the feel of the fish. When feeding the penguins it was funny because when I dropped a fish the penguins played tug of war with the fish until one of them won and ate it.

Mason, 12 years: I liked feeding the Stingrays, Sharks and fish because it was exciting waiting for them to snatch the fish from the tongs and every time they did it scared me. I also liked getting front row seats at the show because we got to see close up the different behaviours of the seals & dolphins and tricks they can do. 

Mummy: one of my favourite parts was when we went to the Marine Hospital and we got to look very closely at a turtle, learn the reasons various marine animals are bought into Dolphin Marine Magic, how they are cared for and monitored until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

Mason, 12 years: I couldn’t believe we got to get into the pool with Bella, the dolphin. She was so calm and friendly. We learnt more about dolphins close up and got to touch her!

At the end of the day the kids were all presented with their Certificate of Completion for the Junior Marine Ranger Program, then they were given photos of all their seal & dolphin kisses as well as the dolphin swim. These will be cherished forever!

 

Side-note & disclaimer:  Dolphin Marine Magic were extremely generous in allowing the 4 boys and I to experience the Junior Ranger Marine program complimentary. I wish to thank them wholeheartedly for the experience, all the kids were absolutely enthralled the entire day and have already asked if they can do it again. While the cost of the program might seem quite expensive, for the inclusions and experience it is well worth it. When relatives and friends ask what to get your kids for birthday or Christmas, suggest money towards this program. I guarantee you it will give your kids memories and an experience they will never forget!


For more information on Dolphin Marine Magic visit the website:

www.dolphinmarinemagic.com.au

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Instagram @dolphinmarinemagic


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