Immersive Adventures – Vala program

Fantasy, Legend, History, Literature.

Full-day Immersive Adventures your child will never forget! Children & Teens aged 7 – 16 will play a character in a collaborative tale; they’ll experience a unique blend of storytelling, tabletop roleplaying and live-action physical games. Led by a supportive & creative team of educators, performers & mentors this exciting, one-of-a-kind program will engage & inspire.

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Vala Immersive Adventures – Summer Holiday Program


Week 1

Monday 4th January

Omens of Ragnarok  – Thor & the Giants of Fire, Ice & Stone

Stretching his strategy-challenged intellect to near breaking point, Thor God of Thunder has led a band of Heroes far away from Asgard in an attempt, with a preemptive strike against the Giants, to avoid Ragnarok, the prophesied end-of-the-world which Odin has seen looming.

There will not only be Giants of Fire, Ice and Stone to fight, but also the opportunity to recruit allies from the Realm of the Dark Elves and the wondrous mines of the Dwarves, as well as to contend with the challenges of the mysterious hybrid creatures… the Trolls, who dwell in the uncharted woods and fens that lie between the Realms!

Can you fight AND provide brains that Thor seems to lack in this romp through the worlds of Norse mythology?


Tuesday 5th

The World of Oliver Twist  – Burglars, Conspirators and Spies

Be a part of the ragged cast of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and explore the sooty streets of London at a time when orphan children had few options other than petty theft and crime. Practice your pickpocketing and join a band of child thieves working for the old fence Fagin in exchange for somewhere to sleep and a scrap or two of bread. 

Meet the Artful Dodger and Oliver Twist, steal the purses of the rich and foolish, plan a daring heist, and see for yourself what life was really like before kids had to go to school.

Will you discover Fagin’s secrets, or get caught and kicked out as spies?


 Wednesday 6th

Time Bandits – The Spear of Destiny

Travel back through history with the Time Bandits, midgets who once served the Supreme Being (and starred in a film!) but were fired for their practical jokes during the creation of the Universe. 

Pack your WWII helmets and grab your winter coats as you sneak into the city of Nuremberg just as it’s about to fall to the Allies. Dodge falling shells, trick soldiers of both sides, keep an eye out for treasure hunters, and battle Nazis to claim the legendary Spear of Destiny. And do try not to get distracted and lose your head when faced with all the stolen treasure in Europe…

Will you claim the power of the Spear of Destiny, or let it slip through your fingers? 


Thursday 7th 

The World of Oliver Twist – Fatal Consequences

The gang’s back together! 

Meet the old ‘fence’ Fagin, the Artful Dodger and Oliver Twist. Steal the purses of the rich and foolish, plan a daring heist, and see for yourself what life was really like before kids had to go to school.

Be a part of the ragged cast of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and explore the sooty streets of London at a time when orphan children had few options other than petty theft and crime. 

Will you face punishment for your life of crime, or escape to steal again another day?


Friday 8th  

Viking Warriors of Tiw

Winter snows blanket the harsh landscape of Norway, and ancient feuding and bloody strife divide the Vikings that live there and turn village against village, tribe against tribe. Take up arms and join a band of warriors sworn to protect their families, crush their enemies, and uphold the justice of the one-armed god Tiw. 

Sneak and skirmish in the snowy woods, stand united in a shield wall, steal secret knowledge from the dwarves, defend your home from raiders, ambush your enemies, fight in bloody melees, quest to learn the secret that could end this war, and prove yourself as Tiw’s true champion.

Will you uphold the justice of Tiw, and protect your tribe and village honourably


Week 2

Monday 11th 

Sci-Fi HorizonsThe Phobos Effect

The Year is 2123. The resources of an Earth severely damaged by global war, pandemics and environmental breakdown, can barely sustain its population. A single gang of Smugglers, made up of survivors of the failed ‘Freedom Wars’, are the only challenge to the total world domination of a Neo United Nations ruling from giant Resort-like Space Stations and overseeing slave labour mining operations running on the Moon, Mars and in the Asteroid Belt. 

Conspiring to foment rebellion on the main Martian Mining Colony, our intrepid crew set out to deliver crucial supplies and equipment to the desperate miners. The delivery is going smoothly, until a brief communication about a problem in the mines comes in, then cuts off. When the crew investigate, they slowly start to suffer – one by one – from the oncoming dread of… the Phobos Effect.

Can you overcome the Phobos Effect so your team succeeds in its mission on Mars?  


Tuesday 12th

Court of Mary Queen of ScotsThe Last Battle

Everyone in the royal court of Mary Queen of Scots has been swept up in the great events and vicious politics of Queen Mary’s eventful reign, which lead to her imprisonment at the hands of the so-called Confederate Lords.

Winning over her jailors and making a daring escape from her imprisonment in Loch Leven Castle, the Queen of Scots begins planning to retake her throne. Many in the Court and amongst the Nobility still support her and her claim to power, so alongside an army of old allies and new friends she marches out to reclaim her kingdom. But with her cunning and resentful half-brother James Stewart the general of the opposing army, Queen Mary may find that this is The Last Battle of her reign.

Will you remain loyal to Mary Queen of Scots even though treachery, conspiracy and armed force surround all sides?


Wednesday 13th 

Elf Towers of Dawn – Tower of the Unicorn

Sites of mystic wonder, the Elf-Towers map out a weblike system of flowing earth-power across the Ancientmost Realm. 

Join a band of adventurers, the Peregrines, and answer the Summons of the Towers to the greatest quest of your life- to harken to the ancient elvish songs, to raise the sleeping power of the Towers, and to heal The Realm and prepare the Way for the Choosing of a High King and Queen to lead us against the Evil Empire that threatens the Realm’s destruction.

It is said to be more than a century since the Unicorns ranged across the Plains of Parvonne. The Tower of the Unicorn seems to stand stark and forlorn as if mourning their loss. Yet a strident cry from a lone Knight astride a great white mount on the causeway leading to the Tower breaks the Peregrines out of their reverie. If they know anything yet about the Old Elf Heartland, the Peregrines know that the Knight’s challenge is sure to hide more mystery than a mere joust for passage?

Do you have the making of a true Peregrine? Come test your mettle in the mystery of the Unicorn Tower.


Thursday 14th 

Padmasambhava in Tibet – Great Guardian of Samye

Long years have passed since the Mystic Master Padmasambhava first came to Tibet and bound the unquiet spirits that had stopped constructions of the King’s new temple at Samye. 

King Trisong Detsen and his ministers have grown old and weary, and worry for the fate of the kingdom and the safety of the great temple when they are gone. And so they are all too willing to listen when Padmasambhava proposes an ambitious plan to steal a demi-god from Mongolia and bind it for all time to serve as defender of the line of Tibetan kings and Great Guardian of Samye.

Fancy yourself as a Master of the Mystic Arts? Come exercise your magical muscles alongside the King of Tibet.


Friday 15th 

Vala Knight School – Days of Tyranny, Knights of Freedom

New Adventures abound!

Like their Templar ancestors before them in medieval times, students in today’s world accept secret invitations to join an ancient College of Knighthood which remains hidden deep in the countryside of mysterious time-hallowed Wales.

Under the tyrannical regime of the new Headmaster and his Enforcers the faithful students of Templar knighthood struggle to stay true to their chosen path, delving ever deeper, during nights of stolen freedom, into the ruins beneath Temple College and their mysterious connection with the ancient court of King Arthur.

Pack your sword & shield and reply via eagle post to your invitation to join Vala School of Knightcraft and Chivalry


Week 3

Monday 18th

Time Bandits in the Valley of the Kings

What better way to explore history than by joining the Time Bandits, dwarfish servants of the Supreme Being (and stars of their own film!) who were fired for pulling practical jokes during the creation of the Universe? 

Set your sights on mountains of treasure and unfold your Maps to All-of-Time-and-Space as you visit the Valley of the Kings in Ancient Egypt long before the tombs of the Pharaohs had been opened to the outside world. Face deadly traps, navigate maze-like corridors, dodge guards and other grave-robbers, and watch out for those magical temple cats. 

Will you make it out as rich as a Pharaoh, or be trapped forever in the tomb?


Tuesday 19th   

Knights of the Round Table – Quest for the Grail

Take up arms and ride out in search of adventure and a better world for all as founding Knights of the Round Table. Chase mystery and mischief as young squires, come face to face with legendary figures like Merlin and Morgan le Fey, prove your mettle in battle and your nobility of spirits, pursue legendary quests and strange monsters, and take your place in the story of King Arthur and Camelot’s golden age.

The Kingdom is united, Camelot is in full flower, the greatest knight and the greatest sword have been found. Where to from here, the knights wonder. Merlin of course has the answer, in the form of a Quest. A Quest which marks the end of the beginning of the legend, as well as the beginning of its end.

Does your Knight choose the path of glory and honour or do you aspire to the truth of the Holy Grail itself?


Wednesday 20th

Elf Towers of Dawn – Last of the Elf Lords

Sites of mystic wonder, the Elf-Towers map out a weblike system of flowing earth-power across the Ancientmost Realm. 

Join a band of adventurers, the Peregrines, and answer the Summons of the Towers to the greatest quest of your life- to harken to the ancient elvish songs, to raise the sleeping power of the Towers, and to heal The Realm and prepare the Way for the Choosing of a High King and Queen to lead us against the Evil Empire that threatens the Realm’s destruction.

Deep into the Old Elf Heartland, the Peregrines get more than they bargained for, when they gain an audience in the Great Tower of the city of Lonti Lith with the Last of the Elf Lords. 

Will you rise to the challenge of this loftiest of Elf Towers or is treasure-hunting more the name of your game?


Thursday 21st

Bushrangers of Van Diemen’s Land – Van Diemen’s Land Conquered

Explore the tangled wilderness of colonial-era Tasmania and learn how convicts lived and thrived there before the harsh tyranny of Governor Arthur. Range the bush hunting for valuable kangaroo and emu, make friends and allies among the Big River Tribe of Palawa Aboriginals, party and carouse down in Hobart Town, and meet the infamous Michael Howe, king of the bush, before the heyday of Tasmanian bushranging comes to an end. 

Contacted by powerful figures in search of vengeance, our bushranging gang find themselves drawn into an investigation that will inevitably bring about the downfall of the king of the bush.

If you’re given the chance will you choose the freedom of the Bush or to betray your mates for the Governor’s pardon?


Friday 22nd 

Vala Knight School – Quest for the Hallowed Grail Begins

New Adventures abound!

Like their Templar ancestors before them in medieval times, students in today’s world accept secret invitations to join an ancient College of Knighthood which remains hidden deep in the countryside of mysterious time-hallowed Wales.

Delving deep into ruins beneath Temple College to escape the tyranny of the new Headmaster, our faithful students of knighthood have discovered the original Round Table of King Arthur, and stand ready-at-arms around it to follow the guidance of their mysterious Mentors and embark on the quest for the Hallowed Grail

Pack your sword & shield and reply via eagle post to your invitation to join Vala School of Knightcraft and Chivalry


Week 4

Monday the 25th Centre closed

Tuesday the 26th Public Holiday


Wednesday 27th 

Days of Narnia 1 – The Lion, the Witch & the Wolves

Endless winter grips the enchanted kingdom of Narnia, made famous by C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the terrible White Witch rules the land with an iron fist. Cast aside your two-legged form and join a pack of talking Wolves roaming and spying across all Narnia in service to their wicked, wintery Queen. 

You’ll eavesdrop on animals, compete for promotion, watch out for human children, and even face a towering giant! But as the snow starts to melt away and rebellion takes root all across the land, there may be a chance for you all to find a better way to live. 

Will you follow the White Witch in her wicked ways, or find another path?


Thursday 28th

Days of Narnia 2 – Wild Days of Narnia

Maugrim, Chief of Wolves, is dead! But the terrible White Witch, villain of C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, still rules Narnia and her greatest triumphs are still ahead of her. Trade two legs for all fours and join a pack of talking Wolves working as spies and messengers for the wicked Witch in this time of crisis and opportunity.

You’ll compete to see who will take Maugrim’s place as the next Chief of Wolves against the backdrop of melting winter, growing unrest, unfolding prophecies, all-out war, and Deep Magic being cast, and decide if you’re with the Witch or against her and her wicked reign.

Will you follow the White Witch faithfully, or answer the true Call of the Wild?


Friday 29th

Return of the Viking Warriors of Tiw

Mad furious viking woman warrior in the attack. Sward and shield. Close-up portrait. Book Cover

After a devastating defeat the intrepid Warriors of Tiw bounce back!

Winter snows blanket the harsh landscape of Norway, and ancient feuding and bloody strife divide the Vikings that live there and turn village against village, tribe against tribe. Take up arms and join a band of warriors sworn to protect their families, crush their enemies, and uphold the justice of the one-armed god Tiw. 

Sneak and skirmish in the snowy woods, stand united in a shield wall, steal secret knowledge from the dwarves, defend your home from raiders, ambush your enemies, fight in bloody melees, quest to learn the secret that could end this war, and prove yourself as Tiw’s true champion. 

Will you uphold the justice of Tiw, and protect your tribe and village honourably?