The last hurrah for columnist Bindy Scott
ASK most parents of school-aged children and they will tell you the Christmas school holidays can be both the best and the worst of the year.
The kids get a substantial break to recharge their batteries after a long year of studies.
But after so much mental stimulation all year, the cries of “I’m bored” can wear thin very quickly for parents.
There are a number of activities to stimulate their minds, and don’t need to break the bank.
Highfields has some wonderful parks, nature walks and sporting fields to keep busy young bodies moving.
Williams Park, Highfields, is a beautiful wildlife corridor; it is a lifeline for many native wildlife species in the area and is the last connecting section of native bushland to the north.
Butterflies, dragonflies and birdlife are prolific, and the scenery of beautiful tree ferns and gum trees is very picturesque.
The northern end of this park contains a dry creek bed with informal tracks; the southern end has large mature trees, playground in shade, slide, formal tracks, toilets, barbecues, and an old-style slide.
The best way to access Williams Park Walk is through either Cecil Cres or Mavis Crt.
Starting behind the toilet block at Williams Park, the steps will take you down to a bridge over Klein Creek.
This will lead you to a beautiful track that follows the creek north towards Reis Rd.
From there you can turn back to Williams Park and extend your walk following a grassy area towards Clarke Rd.
Please leave your pets at home.
Many children love to get in the kitchen and help - and it is a valuable life skill to learn.
Sure it will be slower and messier than doing it all yourself, but worth it to see their sense of satisfaction.
Pick easy-to-follow simple recipes to start with, and depending on the age of the children, let them do all the hard work with supervision; younger children will need help with some tasks - like measuring, cutting, using appliances but with practice their skills will improve.