Summertime mum looking forward to having fun in the sun
THE school summer break is right around the corner.
Is it just me, or does the school year seem to speed by these days? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were talking about Easter?
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what to do with your offspring over the summer holidays. Of course, where it is available and within your budget, there is always the option of vacation care – or as I like to call it, “summer camp, but the kids still come home every night and you still have to feed them”.
If you’re not terribly flush with money (and let’s be honest here, who really is?), there are still plenty of cheap entertainment options around that will create lasting memories (hopefully good ones).
The Queensland Museum at South Bank: lots and lots of hands-on exhibits. Most of the museum is free (but the visiting exhibits usually have an entrance fee). There’s a family friendly cafe, it’s pram friendly and you can set your own pace for the day. The South Bank Lagoon is nearby so if you want to have quick dip, go for it.
The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) @ South Bank: entry to the Children’s Art Centre is free. There are lots of interactive projects here and you’ll be sure to find something to keep everyone entertained.
Daisy Hill Koala Reserve at Daisy Hill: this free-entry koala education facility has large koala enclosures and loads of interactive displays.
Robelle Domain Parklands at Springfield: a little closer to home, there are 11km of boardwalks, walking and cycling tracks, water park areas, playgrounds, picnic facilities, waterfalls and a cafe. This will surely be one of the places you come back to over the holidays.
Ipswich Art Gallery at Ipswich: from November 17 to February 18, Built for Speed is back. Design, build and race your own Lego hot rod dragster or supercar down rad ramps and slick tracks. Modify your ride for extra speed then re-race your turbocharged wheels for ultimate victory. There is a small fee of $5 per person or $15 for a Family Pass which admits up to five people with at least one adult.
Let’s be honest though. If you’re like me, you start the holidays with big plans of doing lots of activities… but usually just end up bumming around at home, building Lego, making forts, and running under the sprinkler in the back yard.
Whatever you decide to do with your kids over the holidays, make sure you try to enjoy it. Because you know what will be here before you know it? That’s right – covering school books and making school lunches.
So enjoy the giggles, the playing, and the inevitable constant chorus of “I’m bored” that will start after the first week of holidays.