Five ideas that won’t break bud­gets

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE -

1. VISIT NEW PLAY­GROUND The Gold Coast is packed with safe, shel­tered and fam­ily friendly parks, so why not pack up the kids, their scoot­ers or bikes, slap on some sun­screen and get play­ing at a park you’ve never been to be­fore.

2. CATCH A BUS OR TRAIN If you don’t catch pub­lic trans­port with your child very of­ten you’d be sur­prised at how ex­cited they are by a sim­ple bus, train or ferry ride.

Bet­ter yet, make a day of it and catch the bus to the train sta­tion, the train to the city, a ferry to a park, have a pic­nic and re­turn home.

3. GET SPORTY Grab the roller skates or BMX bike and head out to a bas­ket­ball court or bike path. Take a bat and ball and get ac­tive.

Why not find a dog-friendly park, or one with an off-leash area, so that your four-legged friend gets ex­er­cise at the same time.

4. EX­PLORE NA­TURE With Mt Tam­borine and other na­tional parks nearby there are dozens of wa­ter­falls, bridges, an­i­mals and birds that kids will just love to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lam­ing­ton Na­tional Park has a tree­top bridge walk, a lad­der to the rain­for­est canopy, bird feed­ing and bush walks.

5. VISIT FREE AN­I­MAL LO­CA­TION Queens Park at Ipswich has a va­ri­ety of fam­ily ac­tivites. Aus­tralian wildlife and clas­sic farm an­i­mals are fed at 11.30am and 3pm each day.

Kids can feed Lori­keets twice a day at the Cur­rumbin Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary.

Daisy Hill Koala Cen­tre has walking tracks, bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties and chances to see koalas in their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Take the kids koala spot­ting.

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