Sum­mer­time mum look­ing for­ward to hav­ing fun in the sun

QT Magazine - - HOME & GARDEN/PARENTING - PAR­ENT­ING: WITH CHARISSE FARR

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.

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