Lake Macquarie City Council's annual You're Kidding Me program moves online | program

NO JOKE: Lake Macquarie City Council's annual You're Kidding Me program will move online this year. It kicks off May 12. Pictures: Supplied
NO JOKE: Lake Macquarie City Council's annual You're Kidding Me program will move online this year. It kicks off May 12. Pictures: Supplied

Lake Macquarie's annual You're Kidding Me event will move online this year, offering families free workshops to stream at home.

The digital move is a response to COVID-19 and a way for parents to access information in a time when it's needed more than ever, said program hosts Lake Macquarie City Council.

"The current situation has seen more parents at home with their kids," the council's community planner, Jess Salvador, said

"We've designed our workshops to be informative as well as enjoyable. There's a mix of sessions where parents can learn new skills, as well as interactive activities where kids can get involved too."

You're Kidding Me is in its sixth year. With usual activities not possible with current restrictions, Ms Salvador said the team behind the event had worked hard to tailor it to go online.

She added that it was important to create a program that focused on supporting families and creating stronger communities.

Kicking off on May 12 to coincide with National Families Week, this year's You're Kidding Me program will include five online workshops aimed at both parents/carers and children.

Lake Macquarie City Council's You're Kidding Me event organisers Peta McGrath and Jessica Salvador.

Lake Macquarie City Council's You're Kidding Me event organisers Peta McGrath and Jessica Salvador.

Each workshop will cover a different topic including cooking and healthy eating, children's emotions during the current pandemic, music, and STEM learning.

The first session will be led by nutritionist Mandy Dos Santos of Little People Nutrition, who will guide families through a tutorial on how to cook an easy and healthy lunch.

Little People Nutrition will also be offering a Q&A session on May 19 where parents can ask questions about getting the right food for their children's growing bodies.

Peaceful Playful and Present, a paediatric occupational therapy service, will host a session on May 14 that will focus on supporting children's emotions towards COVID-19.

There will also be a workshop on STEM, from international presenter Niki Buchan and a musical session from Julie Logan Music, a regular at previous You're Kidding Me events.

You're Kidding Me workshops are free, but each session has a maximum attendance, so bookings are essential.

All sessions will be run via online video conference platform Zoom. Registered participants will receive the link to the session the day before.

Go to lakemac.com.au for bookings and more information.

You're Kidding Me 2020 program

Date and time: Tuesday, May 12 at 11am

Session: Family cooking class

Presenter: Little People Nutrition

Date and time: Thursday, May 14 at 4:30pm

Session: Supporting kids with emotional regulation during COVID-19.

Presenter: Peaceful Playful and Present - paediatric occupational therapy service

Date and time: Monday, May 18 at 10am

Session: STEM in the home

Presenter: Educator Niki Buchan

Date and time: Tuesday, May 19 at 8pm

Session: Kid's nutrition answered Q&A

Presenter: Little People Nutrition

Date and time: Wednesday, May 20 at 10am

Session: Music time at home

Presenter: Julie Logan Music