Counting down your last few days of freedom before the kids finish school? Here are some ideas to keep your child entertained this holiday season.
It’s no secret that the holiday period is both an exciting and stressful time for most parents and kids alike. Among last-minute Christmas shopping and finishing work for the year, the holidays present a myriad of challenges when it comes to entertaining your four foot, curly-haired gremlin.
But don’t stress – bmag’s got you covered with some of the best activities to keep kids entertained these holidays!
Check out the list below – and feel free to add any suggestions in the comments to help out other stressed parents!
1. Visit a zoo
Get out and embrace the outdoors and Australia’s native animals these holidays. Put a face to the classics of Possum Magic and The Hungry Caterpillar at Australia Zoo or the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Kids can participate in school holiday programs and your aspiring zoo keepers can partake in action-packed days of adventure including shows by Australia’s very own Wildlife Warrior, Bindi Irwin, performing live in the ‘Crocoseum’, or feeding the lorikeets at Currumbin.
2. Skate by the lake
For many Australians, the idea of a ‘White Christmas’ is a foreign concept. Instead of log fires, soft snowfall and hot roasts, the day usually includes sweltering hot weather, the beach and trying to stay cool! Give your child a white Christmas this year – an experience surely not to be missed. From Monday 9 December to 22 December, Lake Eden in North Lakes is transformed into a Christmas Winter Wonderland, where a giant ice-skating rink will make itself at home for two weeks. The ice-rink is open from 9am until 9pm daily with sessions running for 60 minutes.
- Adults (15 years and over) : $18.00
- Children (15 years and under) : $15.00
- Concession (must show concession card) : $15.00
3. Strawberry picking or a family picnic
Strawberries are the perfect sweet treat for little ones and what better way to enjoy a family day out. Gather your pails and join in the hunt for the biggest and reddest berries and take a road trip this school holidays. It is also a very affordable and fun way to get your child to eat more fruit! Check out your local farms for strawberry season dates and open times. Call in advance as weather conditions can affect the crop yield and hungry pickers can reduce the availability.
- The Berry Batch at Chambers Flats which is a well know South Brisbane Strawberry Farm
- Strawberry Fields at Palmview which is a Strawberry Farm on the way to the Sunshine Coast
- McMartins Strawberry Farm at Bli Bli also offers pick your own strawberries
Feeling slightly less adventurous? Pack up a bundle of food and head to your local park for a family picnic this holidays!
4. Visit your local aquatic centre
Can’t make it to the beach this holidays and don’t have your own swimming pool? Let the kids enjoy the water at some of Brisbane’s best aquatic centres this season. With water-slide attractions and a number of pools to enjoy, these parks will provide countless entertainment for both yourself and your child.
5. See a show
Is your child too old for water parks and playgrounds? Take them for a night out on the town to one of the many shows QPAC is hosting this holiday season. With Chitty Chitty Bang Bang running til 22 December and Shake and Stir Workshops till the 21 December there is plenty to see and do this holidays – not to mention you can also sit back and relax! There’s plenty for the younger ones as well with Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Party running from the 4 to 25 January and Angelina the Ballerina The Mousical from 8 to 12 of January just two of the many shows to come.