Make the most of your hol­i­day time

School break the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in some qual­ity time with your lit­tle ones

QT Magazine - - PARENTING - WITH CHARISSE FARR

SOME­HOW, Term 1 of school is al­ready me,as I I well don’twas be­hindthe as firsta know­bit can us. quar­ter ap­pre­hen­sivebe how ex­pected.ofit wasthe schoolabout­for you, schoolyear but went­forin gen­er­al­friends left this the year school be­causeat the Mr end 7’s of two last clos­es­tyear but he has set­tled into the new school year re­ally well. He seems to have widened his friend­ship cir­cle and I haven’t heard a ‘I don’t want to go to school today!’ for quite some time now. For me, that’s a win. So now, what to do, what to do, what to do for the im­pend­ing school break? To be hon­est, in the past, Mr 7 usu­ally went to va­ca­tion care a lot. Hav­ing two full-time work­ing par­ents kind of made that the only op­tion for us but since I’ve had a bit of a mid-ca­reer change (or a mid-life ca­reer cri­sis/gap year as I like to call it), I now have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­tu­ally do stuff with Mr 7 dur­ing the hol­i­days.

My ad­vice to all par­ents is that now is the time to make the best of the warm weather be­fore win­ter wraps its cold fin­gers around us once again.

Well, for a cou­ple of days at least. So, what shall it be? For me, a trip to South­bank to the GOMA (Gallery of Mod­ern Art) and the Queens­land Mu­seum is a must. I highly rec­om­mend it for a qual­ity, af­ford­able day out. It’s al­ways been a favourite ac­tiv­ity of ours and as an added bonus, there are now so many de­li­cious places to eat at South­bank (I’m drool­ing think­ing about those de­li­ciously deca­dent donuts). A bit closer to home is the Ip­swich Art Gallery (IAG). These hol­i­days the Tow­ers of To­mor­row will be at the IAG and for those who have kids who love Lego and build­ing, this ac­tiv­ity is a must. Adding to the ap­peal, the Ip­swich Top of Town foodie scene is only a short walk from the IAG and there’s al­ways yummy treats on of­fer. Of course a trip to the beach, less than 90 min­utes drive away, is also on the cards. My ad­vice to all par­ents is that now is the time to make the most of the warm weather be­fore win­ter wraps its cold fin­gers around us once again. What­ever you de­cide to do with your kids, here’s hop­ing you all have a great time. We all get so caught up in work­ing and pay­ing bills that we for­get how im­por­tant school hol­i­days are for fam­i­lies. These are the times that our kids will re­mem­ber for the rest of their lives, so go for it and en­joy your­self!

Spend­ing time do­ing fun ac­tiv­i­ties with your kids is re­ward­ing for ev­ery­one. PHOTO: LIGHTFIELDSTUDIOS

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