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Hands-on holiday fun
Naragebup Environment Centre’s Pauline Whitehead introduces Rex, a stimson python, to Elliot Wavish-Dixon, 7, and Samantha Wavish-Dixon, 10.

School holiday fun is in full swing at Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environment Centre.

Yesterday the centre’s two-week school holiday program began and Naragebup chairwoman Pauline Whitehead said children would learn about the environment and animals, but the main objective was having fun.

‘‘It’s about kids having hands-on fun,’’ she said.

‘‘They also learn about the environment and other things in the centre.’’

Samantha and Elliot Wavish-Dixon visited WA from New South Wales and their mum, Leith Wavish, said they had extended their holiday so her children could take part in the centre’s holiday activities.

Ms Wavish said her daughter Sam was particularly interested in snakes and being able to get up close and personal with animals and reptiles and the centre was something special.

‘‘Samantha’s snake mad,’’ she said.

‘‘When she could touch a real snake (at the centre) and talk to snake enthusiasts, she was really happy about that.’’

Ms Wavish said the turtle rehabilitation program and feeding the chickens at the centre had also been a highlight for her family.

Activities at the centre during the school holidays include arts and crafts, recycling projects, gardening, turtles and reptiles and fishing games.

To learn more call 9591 3077.

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