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Swimming/ dancing/ sport lessons
Play centre passes
South Bank. We do the museum in the morning, swim in afternoon, Max Brenner chocolate shop for afternoon tea. Science museum on another day as both museums in one day is too much. You can go in on train, which gives them another adventure. I take iced water and some of their favourite snacks and sandwiches, which reduces the cost for food and drink. I take water and some food to theme parks too, because their food is mostly fattening, crappy, and overpriced.
-annual pass to the local pool
-vouchers for ice cream shop/ Sizzler/ movies/ Putt Putt golf
-tickets to Australia zoo/ Aussie World/ Underwater World/ Ginger Factory. ..if Sunshine Coast is close to you guys!
-tickets to a show/ play or concert...I think Aladdin is coming to Brisbane early next year.
Putt putt is a great suggestion. Its probably time we take them to putt putt. I always hold off as the 3 year old will probably hit us with the club and my husband and I are OCD about playing properly. Time to loosen up
Magazine subscription, museums, zoo, aquarium, food experiences (kids love hibachi) eating or cooking, walking tours, botanical garden, train trip, sport match, pool membership or community/kids club, geocaching needs, camping....
David Fleay Wildlife Park near Burleigh Heads (different to Currumbin Sanctuary). Has wildlife in natural surroundings, they breed Platypus. There is a train that takes you all round the extensive site, and you can hop on and off it. There is a really safe swimming beach at Rainbow Bay, near Snapper Rocks, which is good for the afternoon, if you still have the energy.
Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. Fabulous for a whole day adventure. Their food is very nice and reasonably priced. Don't wear clothes with buttons or any bits and pieces dangling, or jewellery, as the large parrots will help themselves to anything they can get their beaks around. Take your phone / camera, as the birds will stand on your shoulders. Provides treasured memories for a lifetime.
And the Noosa chocolate shop and fudge shop as well if you can fit them in.
I tried this when my girls were younger and was completely ignored, it was toys galore when they were younger and now its clothes. Ridiculous amounts of clothes, last year they ended up with something like 7 pairs of bathers each ( we live in Victoria)
We got our 2 boys a Little Passports 12 month subscription last Christmas (you can do less if you like). They love getting their package each month with activities, info, souvenirs and games... The Early Explorers 3-5 yo explore a new world theme each month, like Music, Oceans and Dinosaurs and the older ones 6-10yrs discover a new country each month. https://www.littlepassports.com/shop
It does come from the US so if you’re wanting the first package before Christmas, get on it! We have thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas gift that has lasted a whole year!
we have stop doing present two years ago it's just good food, family and help out at the Methodist church Christmas dinner they get what they want on birthdays and little treats during the year. an they honestly don't care
Beaches and parks around Brighton, Sandgate and Shorncliffe. Barbeques all along the foreshore, that are regularly cleaned. Great fish and chip shops along Sandgate.
Fishing off the banks of the river at Shorncliffe.
Redcliffe has some fabulous safe bathing areas with rocks for searching for crabs, and has barbeques. I cant remember if they are free or coin cost. Sausages, sauce and bread is a cheap and filling lunch. Ice creams for after. There is a soft serve van that comes around.