As busy parents, we always have different ideas about school holidays from our kids. For grown-ups, holidays are about relaxing and taking time out and getting a much needed break. For the kids it’s a time for excitement, mischief and adventure. So how can we relax while the nagging is constantly drilling through our brains: “Mum, I’m sooooo bored…”?
According to Simone Chen, founder of ourkidz.com.au “If the parents start to think about the holiday and plan for it from now, the chance is that both the parents and the kids will have a great time
together,” she said.
“There are so many activities and programs around that are specially designed for kids during the April holiday, and a lot of them are either free of charge or low-cost.”
On its School Holiday Activities and Programs page, OurKidz.com.au lists many events and opportunities provided for school aged children and youth by various local governments, community organisations and private service providers, as well as those organised at the major tourist attractions, parks, zoos, galleries and museums.
OurKidz holiday information also offers parents and carers useful tips and ideas to keep the kids busy free of boredom – Fun Activities – things kids can do during school holiday:
- Cook something simple in the kitchen;
- Clean up and decorate his or her room;
- Drawing, painting or crafting;
- Hire a video to watch it at home or go to movies;
- Chalk art on a wall or your own concrete driveway;
- Have friends over or go over to friend’s house;
- Have a picnic in a park;
- Do something in the garden, plant some seeds and watch them grow;
- Go to beach – don’t forget hat and sun screen;
- Go to your local libraries. There are always plenty of activities on, and most of them are either free or low-cost;
- Take advantage of the “Family Funday Sunday Tickets” transport scheme at http://www.131500.com.au/faresandpasses/funday.asp, visit some of your favorite places around Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong on public transport, at a flat fare of $2.50 for each family member whole day every Sunday, or take the CountryLink’s “Kids can go a long way for a dollar” deal this school holiday at http://www.countrylink.info/promotions;
- Visit local shopping centre – there may be some school holiday activities, too.
- There is also the Sydney Royal Easter Show coincides with most part of the April holiday this year. Either go the Show as a family or find some suitable friends for your kids to go with.
Parents and kids can also visit Ourkidz.com.au Fun For Kids section, for colouring pages, safe online activities and games.
Also join the fun activities provided by sports/activities venues or book into one of school holiday programs, e.g. school holiday camps, workshops or classes – we have listed many of them for your, either in Ourkidz Calendar, or in School Holiday Activities Directory.
For more information visit the website www.ourkidz.com.au.