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Hip hip hooray it’s holiday time!

By Sheree Hoddinett 

 

School’s out, the sun’s out (hopefully!) and with that the school holidays are upon us once again. Yep that dreaded…ahem I mean welcome…time of the year where kids are on the hunt for entertainment and parents just want to keep them occupied as much as possible. Throw Christmas into the mix and it’s just a crazy time for everyone! Well, I may be able to help with a few ideas to help alleviate the holiday boredom, hopefully for a day or two anyway! 

 

If your kids are still little enough to let you control the holiday fun, you’re already off to a great start, but if your usual ideas aren’t cutting it, here are a few more that might just get you off the hook. 

 

Fun in the great outdoors 

While Bribie is home to some beautiful beachfront areas, there is plenty of places further afield you can head to if you feel up to a day trip. 

 

  • Take the whole family for a drive up to Mt Coot-tha to check out the view.  

  • Head out to a BMX track, skate park or mini-traffic track with bikes, scooters and skateboards.  

  • Check out all the local parks and playgrounds. 

  • Visit Opals Down Under up towards the Sunshine Coast - kids can fossick for real life gems. 

  • Get hands on with the fun animals of the farm at White Ridge Farm in Elimbah. 

  • Beautiful flowers, fun playgrounds and plenty to see and do at the Roma Street Parklands in the city.  

  • Spend a day checking out everyone’s favourite animals and creatures of the ocean at SEA Life Aquarium on the Sunshine Coast. 

  • Check out all the local pools/aquatic centres and other outdoor water play from the Island to Caboolture, out to Redcliffe and down to the city/Southbank. 

 

Things to do at home 

There are times where you may not feel like going out, the weather may ruin other plans or if you’re working and still need to entertain the kids, here are some activities that may help pass the time. 

 

  • Make a family time capsule.  

  • Have a picnic/camp in the backyard.  

  • Arts and crafts. 

  • Do a family movie day/night. 

  • Organise a clean-out day and declutter the house. Okay, so it might not sound like much fun, but you’ll certainly feel a great sense of achievement once it’s done! 

  • Bake some treats together. 

  • Write your own story – this can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry or any other form of writing you desire.  

 

Out and about 

If you need to escape the house, but aren’t sure where to go, try these: 

  • Check out your local Bunnings for free holiday activities for kids. 

  • State Library of Queensland  

  • Queensland Museum 

  • Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) 

  • QPAC  

 

Christmas inspired fun 

With just under two weeks to go until Christmas Day, there’s still plenty of time to take part in a few festive themed activities before the big guy in the red suit arrives. 

  • If you haven’t organised your Santa photo yet, make sure you pop into your nearest shopping centre and have that snap taken. 

 

Check all location/event details prior to travel in case they have changed. 

Enjoy the school holidays, the kids will be back at school before you know it! 

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