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School holidays: plenty of things to do with the kids


By April Murphy

Due to the Greater Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown, the Easter school holidays are a little bit longer than usual. Week 3 begins, and parents are likely to be running short on ideas on how to keep the kids entertained. 

Our sunshine state offers many exciting things to do as a family. A great way to get out and see the outdoors, with an added bit of entertainment, is the Geocaching app. 

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that is happening all the time. To play, participants use the app or a GPS device to navigate to cleverly hidden containers called Geocaches. You will find them hidden in local parks, bushwalk pathways, under bridges and other creative locations. The app shows the nearby search areas, gives helpful hints and tips and clarifies what sort of container you are looking for. Some containers even include items for trade.

Are you looking to entertain the thrill-seeker child? Try the Shark and Ray Gardens located south of Brisbane at Loganholme. The Gardens gives everyone a chance to get in waist-deep water or sit on the side and interact with sharks and rays. It’s Brisbane’s only interactive marine aquarium! It’s fun, exciting, educational and won’t make a big dent in your wallet. 

Take a drive out of Brisbane to Hastings Point Beach. At Hasting, you have the luxury of flat water and surf all in one place. There are plenty of small rock pools for the kids to explore and look for marine life. Plus, there are thousands of shells to collect.

Stuck at home? How about these innovative ideas:

Race Car Track: encourage your kids to explore, build and create. There is plenty of DIY race car tracks on Pinterest.

Challenge a Day: set daily challenges for the kids. Simple things like only use one foot at a time for an hour, you can’t say yes or no all day or get to the letterbox without touching the ground.

Feeling crafty and handy? How about making a life-size Jenga puzzle or Connect Four? You can find instructions on how to do so on The Idea Room website 

Other great websites to find things to do and places to visit are:

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