HOL­I­DAY EVENTS

THERE’S PLENTY ON OF­FER FOR FAM­I­LIES IN OUR OWN BACK YARD THIS SCHOOL BREAK,

The Cairns Post - - FRONT PAGE - WRITES LAU­REN PRATT

THIS Septem­ber school hol­i­days, the Blair fam­ily of Whit­field won’t ven­ture be­yond Far North Queens­land.

Mum Mo­era Blair says the plan to ex­plore their own back­yard for the two-week break was based on fi­nan­cial rea­sons.

“We are sav­ing money to go to New Zealand at the end of the year,” Mo­era says.

“So we won’t be do­ing any­thing too flash. My niece is vis­it­ing from New Zealand so we will be out­doors a lot with her swim­ming with the kids.”

In her job as an Er­gon plan­ner, Mo­era says her role al­lows her the flex­i­bil­ity to tag-team with hus­band Shan­non, a shift worker, so both par­ents will have time with their chil­dren these hol­i­days.

“When he’s work­ing I will be at home with the kids,” Mo­era says. “My job is flex­i­ble and I have a good work-life bal­ance. We can swap shifts and tag team. It’s so good be­cause I get to spend that pre­cious time with the kids.”

As for how they plan to fill the two-week break with chil­dren An­gel, 15, Ajah, 13, TyraJade, 7, and Tal­lis, 6, Mo­era says ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude movies, swim­ming, time out­doors and a trip to the Aus­tralian Ar­mour and Ar­tillery Mu­seum.

“We spend a lot of time at the Es­planade, walking or rid­ing our bikes,” she says.

“We have a park at the back of our house and we have pic­nics there. The kids love that kind of thing. It’s so easy to keep younger ones happy – just throw some fruit and Shapes in a cold bag and they think you are the best mummy ever.

“For the older ones, we’ll have a movie ses­sion and lunch.”

They’ll all gather as a fam­ily to watch movies at home, with Mo­era say­ing Marvel films, such as The Avengers, were a favourite.

“We’ve been re­ally lucky be­cause we all love the same kind of movies,” she says. “Marvel movies are re­ally good be­cause we all like them, all six of us.”

Mean­while, shop­ping cen­tres are gear­ing up for the on­slaught of ex­cited chil­dren for the hol­i­days, from Mon­day, Septem­ber 24, un­til Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5.

Cairns Cen­tral will host Back­street Dance per­for­mances from 11.30am-noon daily from Septem­ber 24-29.

Mt Sheri­dan Plaza of­fers ses­sions where chil­dren can dec­o­rate their own trick or treat bags daily from 10am-2pm, Septem­ber 24-28, along with magic shows at 10am and 11am daily with Flip the clown.

From Oc­to­ber 2-6, the south­side cen­tre will host cookie and dough­nut dec­o­rat­ing ses­sions from 10am-2pm.

Smith­field Shop­ing Cen­tre and Event Cin­e­mas is plan­ning a fam­ily fun day on Sun­day, Septem­ber 30, which will in­clude face paint­ing, bal­loon twist­ing, arts and craft, and fam­ily movies for $6, along with a De­spi­ca­ble Me 3 ac­tiv­ity cen­tre the first week of the hol­i­days and a Dreamworks Trolls Craft Vil­lage the sec­ond week.

DFO Cairns will host a 3D Pen Workshop the first week, fol­lowed by Old Macdonald’s Trav­el­ling Farm the sec­ond week. Book­ing es­sen­tial. See the DFO Face­book page.

Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

LO­CAL FUN: Mo­era Blair and her chil­dren Tal­lis, 6, An­gel, 15, Tyra-Jade, 7, and Ajah, 13.

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