School holidays - a well deserved break from the stress of making lunches, pick-up and drop-offs, and grappling with Year 5 homework for a couple of weeks ... But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Now you’ve got to find something for the kids to do. No need to worry! We’ve got you sorted with some school holiday activities on a budget.
Cubby House Building
Admit it, this one won’t just get the kids excited, we know you’ll probably end up taking over and having just as much fun. All you need is a few items from around the house (think blankets, boxes, and chairs), a wild imagination and you’re good to go! Set up the cubby with a little laptop or tablet and you’ve got yourself a mini cinema the kids will love. This one’s bound to keep them entertained for hours and can be set up anywhere.
Not only is it a lot of fun, but it’s a great skill to pass down to your kids (and you get some delicious food to snack on for a couple of days). Pick something quick and easy, but above all else, make sure it’s got chocolate in it - the best baked goods always need a bit of chocolatey goodness. Getting the kids to lick the bowl and spoon once you're done with them is obligatory (just make sure it’s safe to do so beforehand).
Painting is a fantastic way to get the kids to have fun and be creative. You can pick up paint, paintbrushes, canvases and easels for cheap at any two dollar shop. Get more bang for your buck and get them to paint something for someone’s birthday - it’ll make for a great sentimental gift for a family member. If we can give a word of advice - put the kids outside to paint. Saves you the headache of inevitably getting paint on the carpet if they were to be inside!
Family Games Night
Whether you let them win or not, that’s entirely up to you. Get a couple of your favourites out and get ready for chaos to ensue a great family night. The night’s never complete without snacks and someone getting upset over a game of Monopoly. Up the ante by playing for lollies - you’ll have never wanted to win a game of Uno more.
If things are getting a bit rowdy at your place and it’s time for a change of scene, a bushwalk is the perfect opportunity to get away from the franticness that is school holidays - and a great excuse to get out of the house. Here in Brisbane, we’re pretty fortunate to have some really awesome walks to explore. If you don’t mind a bit of scenic drive, Tamborine Mountain has plenty of great walking tracks, awesome views, and good food. Closer to home, you’ve also got D'Aguilar National Park and Mount Coot-Tha. Lookout for koalas, lizards and some funny looking birds on your trip.
For all of your school holiday snacks head into your local GCFO at Morayfield or Capalaba and buy in bulk to save heaps!