We're all about sharing the love with our community, so whenever we hear ideas for super duper fun activities to keep the kids happy over the school holidays, we just have to share it! A fortnight can feel like an eternity at times, so let's put our heads together to come up with some entertaining ideas for a whole lot of fun!
What will your family do this Winter? Some of you might be hitting the slopes for some winter wonderland fun, others might escape to the country for some time away from city life. Maybe you're quite the opposite and can't wait to head to the city for a mini break and ride the trams (if you're in Melbourne), or the ferry (if you're going to Sydney). Other lucky ducks might be heading to the tropics to warm up their bones (oh pleeease take us with you!).
Check out our ideas for entertaining the kids over the winter holidays; ideas not only for Torquay, but also for wherever you are in Australia.
Bust out the bubbles and blow, blow, blowwww! There's nothing more fun and filled with whimsy than watching giant bubbles float up high in wibbly wobbly shapes, before bursting in detergent-y mini explosions :)
Collect treasures... whether you're exploring in your own backyard, or further afield, the great outdoors is abundant with treasures to delight young minds. You could try playing a classification game like 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral' where the children go seeking and collecting items, before coming back to work together - a fun way to guess and interact with eachother.
How about sitting somewhere quietly for some drawing and scribing? They might like to sketch the scene they see, or make plans for a treehouse or fairy castle? Creativity runs wild when they they imagine themselves amidst a wild scene; a jurassic environment where dinoasaurs roam, or envisioning the miniature world of bugs and insects? How about bringing fairies and sprites to life, or drawing their ideal campsite? *Legibility not a concern/No pen licenses requred ;)
Take the dog for a walk in a totally new location... if you've ever done this with your pooch, you'll recognise the giddy excitement of excessive tail wagging and bounding around (ours behaves like a super duper bucking bronco!!)! The buzz is infectious, before you know it you'll all be playing chasey, and exploring the sights, sounds, smells and feels of a new environment (and did we mention kids and canines will all sleep well after the exercise?!).
Learn to skip, or make up your own hoppity, skippity, jumpity way of moving! Maybe there's prizes for the most imaginative way of moving, the highest jump, the wackiest walker or (our favourite) the fastest backwards runner?!
Get your friends together for a game of good ol' fashioned Ringarosy and other childhood classics... Who can resist the 'all fall down part'?! Our other crowd pleasing faves with friends include Hide and Seek, Duck Duck Goose, Jump Rope, Simon Says and Freeze Dance.
Sing and dance in the rain! Put on your gumboots and raincoat, grab an umbrella, and have fun in the puddles as the weather gets cold and the skies open up. See if you can identify all of your senses in this environment; taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight... The promise of hot chocolates to warm up afterwards is always appealling.
Visit your local Community Garden! Play, pull weeds, help with a harvest. They'll never say no to families joining in, and it teaches our children about the source of good, fresh foods.
So, this one might be a tad elaborate, but you could try building a cubby house from sticks in the bush, and watch them play for hours in a world of make believe.. or there's always a loungeroom cubby to be built from cushions, blankets, tablecloths and pillows. (*yes, your loungeroom will look like a bomb's hit it, but isn't it worth it on a rainy day?!)
Get lost in a Botanical Garden; search for the wild things, fairies, sprites and all things dreamy in lush verdant gardens... or visit a neighbour with a lovely garden and ask to pick some lavender, herbs and other flowers to make up potions, perfumes and tinctures in your cubby house.
We hope these ideas have whet your whistle and lit a fire in your belly for some fun activities. Here's a few more to keep up your sleeve:
- Make drippy castles at the beach (too cold for most people to swim down south, but it's so much fun to collect driftwood, feathers, shells and seaweed to adorn your creations before the tide comes in to wash it away..)
- Post real letters! Think of your extended family, cousins far away, or even your friend who's moved to a different school and you'll make their day when they open the mailbox and see your handwriting and artwork.
- Go fishing along a babbling river - you may meet some new friends...
- Hire a putt-putt boat or just play pretend on the 'high seas' at your local playground. Adopt a Captain's name and be salty sea dogs with the accents and all... Arrrrrr!!!
- Embrace your inner yogini at your local yoga studio... or download the 'Smiling Mind' app and create a sanctuary at home for some mindfulness and meditation together.
- Run around like crazy on a deserted beach! Roll up your pants and get your toes wet and sandy!
...and if they've still got energy to burn, send them on a commando course! This one is sure to see them tuck THEMSELVES into bed come night time ;)
Good luck with the school holidays mama's and papa's, nanna's and pa's, we're exhausted already!