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SCHOOL HOL­I­DAYS ARE UPON US, WHICH MEANS IT’S TIME TO PUT YOUR THINK­ING CAPS ON TO FIND SOME FREE FUN TO BE HAD ACROSS THE COAST

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DAVE

We’re head­ing to school hol­i­day mode 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. I’ve been called stingy and tighter than a fish’s butt, but I re­sent those re­marks. 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 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 5.

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.

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. It’s a great lit­tle walk­ing track with dol­phin and whale spot­ting.

5. I’ve left the best for last, be­cause not many peo­ple think about doing this. Grab a big piece of card­board and head up to Rain­bow Beach at Carlo Sand Blow.

SAM

My mate Brad Richter had a tinny, and ev­ery day of the school hol­i­days we would cruise around the wa­ter­ways of Mooloolaba, fish­ing, div­ing and muck­ing about. I re­mem­ber we would drop an­chor and dive as deep as we could with one breath up near the prawn trawlers and try and grab a hand­ful of what­ever from the bot­tom.

It was cold and dark down there but we were kids and we didn’t care. How bliss­fully ig­no­rant you are as a kid with a tinny when nowa­days as a reg­u­lar scuba diver, parent and ed­u­cated lo­cal you wouldn’t catch me for quids doing this or half the things we did.

We would jump off the bridge near the bowls club, try and spear st­ingrays in the shal­lows off River Es­planade, even park the tinny up at the newly opened wharf com­plex and with a fist­ful of coins. hit the video game ar­cade and lose it all. It was $3.80 well spent. Oc­ca­sion­ally, Brad would sug­gest we go to my place, which we would and he thought it was cool. But apart from a bas­ket­ball hoop and bikes, my place had noth­ing on the free­doms a back­yard canal sys­tem with ocean ac­cess had to of­fer.

We ran out of fuel once in the man­groves be­hind Moun­tain Creek. It took hours to row back to Brad’s. We took turns and pre­tended we were in our own ver­sion of what’s known to­day as Sur­vivor. Not a drama but an ad­ven­ture. I trea­sure those days, those mem­o­ries, those mo­ments with my mate with the tinny. I’m not sure if I ever said thanks to Brad. Ev­ery­thing was taken in our stride. It was just what we did. It was life on the Coast. Sim­ple, un­com­pli­cated, un­fil­tered and stacks of fun.

ASH

Spring has sprung. I re­mem­ber spring hol­i­days be­ing the best. The weather is start­ing to get warmer, the bees are buzzing, the birds are singing and it’s just a de­light to be out­side in the amaz­ing weather. This is what the spring hol­i­days should be all about.

Get­ting down to the beach, tak­ing the boo­gie boards, the surf boards and hit­ting up the waves.

There’s so many great things that the Sun­shine Coast has to of­fer dur­ing school hol­i­days, es­pe­cially when it comes to free fun. There’s a new sec­tion on the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil web­site where you can go to and de­cide if you want to hike, horse ride or pad­dle and then you choose your dif­fi­culty level and then a whole heap of ac­tiv­i­ties pop up.

Then, you and the whole fam­ily can set off all these dif­fer­ent ad­ven­tures out­doors and ex­pe­ri­ence some real fun.

Oth­er­wise, I would sug­gest good ol’ spring time camp­ing fun up at Dou­ble Is­land or Strad­die. There al­ways seems to be good hot spots up there. If you’re lucky, you may even run into the Hemsworths. Re­mem­ber the campers who were up at Strad­die and they ran into Chris Hemsworth and Matt Da­mon and ended up hav­ing beers with the boys? What an ex­pe­ri­ence that would be. A great story for the kids for show and tell, on the first day back at school.

Then you’ve al­ways got your arts and crafts, which is a nice lit­tle ac­tiv­ity to do at home, to try and keep the kids quiet for two sec­onds. Any­way, take a big deep breath par­ents and brace your­self for a killer school hol­i­days, good luck.

TUNE IN FOR DAVE, SAM AND ASH ON HOT 91.1 ON WEEK­DAYS FOR BREAK­FAST FROM 5.30AM.

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