Sunday, 28 Sep 2014

School holiday boredom busters

School holidays can sometimes be a challenge for parents and carers. It can be hard to come up with fun, interesting (and cheap) activities to keep kids occupied and happy.

So, we've come up with a few ideas to help you bust through the boredom these school holidays!

Go outside

Spring has sprung in most parts of the State. Why not get out and enjoy the beautiful Spring sunshine? A trip to the park is a great way to spend a few hours. getting outside also means a chance to have some screen-free time, so make sure kids leave their tablets and phones at home.

Call up a friend, or encourage your kids to invite a friend or two of theirs along as well. There are also a number of speciality parks that include things such as skateboard ramps, or basketball courts. Find out where these are in your area. They can be a great way to keep kids entertained and exercising at the same time.

Movies

Cheap Tuesdays are still a thing at many cinema complexes. They provide a few hours of fun, and a chance for you to see a kid;s flick you've secretly been wanting to. Or, you can use the opportunity to catch up on some retail therapy. Either way, it's a win-win.

Pool time

If you don't have a pool. the local pool can be your new best friend. Admission is cheap, you can bring your own snacks, food and drinks and your kids might even end up making some new friends. You might even meet some new friends who live in your area as well.

Learn a new hobby - online

You don't even need to leave the house for your kids to try something they've never done before. Find out if there's a new skill or hobby your child is interested in, then do a little searching online on "YouTube". Bookmark a few of the best, and most age and skill-appropriate videos. Pick up any supplies you need beforehand, and you're all set. Your kids will be learning something new in no time.

Local councils

If you've run out of fun ideas yourself, why not see what the local council in your area has organised? They usually plan free or low cost activities, normally held at a local library or community hall. Bookings may be required, so contact your local Council (or Google their name and the term "school holiday activities") to see what's happening in your area.

72 Brisbane activities

If you're based in or around Brisbane, here's a link to 72 different low and no-cost activities taking place these school holidays. There are some great ideas, so it's definitely worth checking out.

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