1. Kids MasterChef
Keep meals simple – something such as pizza is perfect. This works especially well if the kids have a few friends over. Have a competition as to who makes the best pizza – you can be the judge. Making dough from scratch is fun (and tiring!!) and very inexpensive. Plus an added bonus – you don’t have to cook dinner!
2. Visit a Park
Ohh yeah – you’ve heard that one before. But not just any park – get out the UBD or on the internet and find a park that you haven’t been to before. Many of the new Council playgrounds are marvellous. There is water play, flying foxes, all sorts of do-be-watchits and thing-a-majigs! A lot of them are fun for parents too!
3. Visit a Country Market
If your in a big city – travel to the countryside to see what it can offer. There are many beautiful markets around that offer fantastic local foods, wines (for you – not the kids), craft etc. Have fun exploring new and exciting places. If your in Queensland, Eumundi is an excellent market!
4. Art at Home
Collect all your old egg cartons, cereal boxes, old socks, plastic containers, rice etc – anything you can find around the house (that Mum says is OK). Have a craft day – put an old shower curtain on your dining room table, get out the clag and have fun creating!
5. Go Swimming
Well this one is for Summer – check out your local pool. It’s cheap to get in – all kids love swimming and there is always a nice shady spot for Mum to sit and read whilst Dad watches the kids!
6. Take a Train Ride
There are still a couple of old steam trains around the trap. The Mary Valley Rattler in Gympie goes to Imbil twice a week and isn’t that expensive. Make a day of it and take the whole family – even grab Nanna!
7. Back Yard Olympics
Grab out your old yoga mat or some foam mattresses to use as a landing pad. Pillows or bean bags make good substitutes. Then get out all the hula hoops, skipping ropes, trampoline, ping pong table – whatever you have in the yard or house – and make it a competition – parents you can join in too! You could do events such as long jump, back yard sprint, gymnastics, dance – anything. Gets the kids active and out of the house!
8. Go to the Movies – at Home
Rent your favourite kids movie, make some popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy the cinema at home!
9. Get out the Board Games
They are always loads of fun and can keep kids amused for hours….
10. Kids Adventure
Let the kids pick somewhere on the map (say within 50km) that you haven’t been before – and make a day of it. Take a picnic lunch and explore your surroundings. You never know what you might find!