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What are your Holiday tips? I would love for Mom’s to share their school holiday tips?

Posted anonymously, 24th September 2015

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  • We mostly do simple things, free stuff and cheap deals. I always look on Groupon and Scoopon and see what they offer which may be things like ice-skating, lolli pops, movie vouchers, pin bowling, water parks, animal farms / petting zoo’s, face painting, fruit picking etc. And look up what’s on in your area what is free. Local Libraries often have free stuff going on, idem for shopping centers and there are plenty of museum which are free or have a low charge. Bush walking, picnic’s, playgrounds, play dates with a group of mums in the park, a day at the beach are simple free things we love to do.

  • We used to take them to shopping centres as they arrange a lot of school activities for the young ones, try libraries , outdoor parks, playgrounds, have picnics , movies etc

  • picnics are great. get their bikes and take them for a ride

  • As many free activities as you can. Back up ideas in case of rain

  • I tend to use the long range forecast & plan the week in advance. A combination of outings & activities at home. Cooking, wardrobe overhauls, and gardening are great get-the-kids-involved activities that are more difficult to incorporate during school terms. And then I consult websites & childrens magazines to see what free school holidays activities my kids my like. It really does need to involve quite a bit of planning though to successfully navigate a couple of weeks at home when they’re so used to constant stimulation at school.

  • I try to think free! The least amount of money I can spend, the happier I and my hubby are!
    My kids love picnics, so I try to do this a couple of times. At parks with friends, family time at the bike park. I do treat them to one fun thing that may cost like the movies, or bowling. We also have a family dinner out somewhere.
    I organise craft activities, baking activities, cubby tents and movie day, outside fun like bubbles, painting, chalk drawings.

  • Free activities are good and just remember planning ahead is key I think!

  • I pretty much do the same as what has already been suggested, but something I also like to do and get the kids involved in each school holidays is to have a clean up around the house. We go through each room of the house and look for things that are old, past their use-by date, outgrown etc and either throw it out or donate it. It stops us from accumulating too much or holding on to things that we are not going to use anymore.

  • I like free activities too and community based activities.

  • I like to alternate with a home day & then an outing day & enjoy discovering new things to see and do. Good tips Moms! :)

  • Plan ahead. Kids can insane if they are stuck at home doing the same thing every day, even if it is a craft activity at home it’s great to do different things!

  • I find getting out in the morning helps. Planning whatever it is we are going to do and getting up and going, and then have the afternoon to relax. If they have been out, they are less likely to be bored in the afternoon. We go a lot of free places like parks – often finding new ones a bit further afield during holidays, the library, for a walk and or picnic. I plan one or two activities a week – it might be the movies, a playcentre, Airtime, laser tag etc and try to stick to free activities all the other days. Lots of art and craft in the afternoon, and now the weather is better, water play, water balloons, bubbles , get the sandpit back out after Winter etc. We also cook lots of batches of muffins and biscuits etc to freeze ready for the school term.

    I find they don’t need to go out and be “entertained” every day. It’s good to just “chill out” at home too.

  • Brainstorm with the kids what they want to do. An ‘activity’ each day can be helpful to stop the boredom. Even just baking some biscuits, suggesting a specific ball game to play outside, morning trip to the park, craft activity (drawing and stickers is great), like others have said trips to the library or local free places like museum. Depends if your kids like structure but giving them an idea of the day or week timetable can be helpful for them. Such as today we will have free play in the morning, then morning tea, then a play outside, then lunch, then rest time, then a tv show. I think they get less restless knowing what’s happening. Have fun!

  • Check out your local botanical gardens to see if there are any things going on for kids, today my local one had a pond discoveryevent on for kids for a small fee. and my son loved it. and for the next few hours walking around the gardens having a picnic. we had lots of fun.

  • Keep calm , go with the flow, don’t stress yourself out thinking you have to be here at a certain time or you have to be doing this before lunch. Just cruise through, if it happens, cool, if it doesn’t…..there’s always tomorrow

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