THERE’S PLENTY ON OFFER FOR FAMILIES IN OUR OWN BACK YARD THIS SCHOOL BREAK,
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.
LOCAL FUN: Moera Blair and her children Tallis, 6, Angel, 15, Tyra-Jade, 7, and Ajah, 13.