THEY SAY THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE SO WE HAVE ASKED THE HOT 91 TEAM WHAT THEIR FAVOURITE ZERO OR LOW-COST ACTIVITIES ON THE COAST ARE?
We’re in school holiday mode now and there’s a sense of anxiety from parents desperately trying to come up with cheap ideas to fill in the days. If that’s you, congratulations you have come to the right place. I am the king of free. If there is a deal to be had or just someone’s free birthday cake in the kitchen, I’m there.
When you’re trying to pay the bills for a family of five, you’ve got to be frugal. I suppose telling your kids that they’re going to a zoo and taking them to the local pet shop is a bit rough, but once they see those cute little guinea pigs all is forgiven.
A lot of people will say that the best things in life are free, but I’ve found that the best things are usually about $19.95.
Ok, let’s get serious about sorting your free-ish school holidays, so here is a quick top five. 1. Build a sand castle. We’re surrounded by the best beaches in the world, so get down to the ocean and start piling sand. Make it a competition with the reward being a macca’s ice cream.
2. The Happy Valley playground is one of the best on the coast, then make your way down to the free interactive fountain at Kings Beach.
3. Do a “Big Things” scavenger hunt. Take a tour around the Coast finding the Big Pineapple, Big Pelican, Big Child and even the Big Shell.
4. Noosa National Park is a family favourite, when you can get a park.
5. Grab a big piece of cardboard and head up to Rainbow beach at Carlo Sand Blow.
Living on the Coast we are spoiled for choice when it comes to the number of natural beauties we can explore, close at hand and completely free. Number one would have to be our beaches, from Golden Beach in the south to Rainbow in the north. We truly do have the best of the best when it comes to variety, beauty, surf ability and fun. Whether you’re up for a surf, body bash or just a stroll you can take your pick and within 30 minutes from just about wherever you are you can be squidging your tooties in the sand of officially one of the top 10 beaches in Australia of which we have three. Mooloolaba, Kings and Noosa Main are easily every Coasters favourite free pastime. I personally think the hinterland is number two. Now, there are some among us that can’t cope with sand. I know, hard to believe, but I get it. It’s not for everyone. Luckily enough, stand at any beach turn your back to it and within 15 minutes you are in the magical hinterland. The epic Glasshouse Mountains, Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton are stunning hinterland towns offering views, window shopping, bushwalks and more. Up North Eumundi, Cooroy and Pomona all offer charm, character and natural beauty. Find a waterhole or walking trail and get lost. But the last free activity I indulge in and thoroughly enjoy is people watching. Hastings Street, Noosa even provide seating to facilitate said activity. Other hot spots for people watching would have to be Ocean Street, Sunshine Plaza and Currie Street, Nambour.
Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson once sung, “Some of the best things in life are free.” (Is it weird, that I know that Dave and Sam are going to use this as their opening line too?) Mums and dads all over the Coast are freaking out that there are only a few days left of school holidays and when next week rolls around, the “bored chat” is going to start! “Mum, I’m borrrrred.” So, let’s get one step ahead of the little tuckers and let’s get a school holiday plan displayed proudly on the inside of your pantry that has a list of what they can do each day. Arts and crafts is a no brainer. There’s so many great things that you can make with just things that are lying around at home. You could try a “Paper Plane Contest,” get a big piece of cardboard and cut circles of all shapes and sizes (but big enough that a paper plane can go through.) Hang it from the top of the doorway. They have to make their paper planes then stand back and try to get it through the cardboard target, each circle is worth a different amount of points. Pom pom racing. Use black tape on the tiles or outside on the concrete. Create two black tape circuits and they have to blow the pom pom through the circuit with a straw. First kid to complete the challenge wins. You also can’t go wrong with cooking! That is the saving grace! As a kid baking cupcakes or cakes then getting to eat the batter was the best part. There’s so many great recipes and healthy ones too. Google will become your best friend these school holidays, so take a deep breath and enjoy these next few weeks!