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The perfect family day trip - without a tantrum in sight.

Have you ever decided to take your kids on a day trip to say, a theme park, the zoo, even the beach, only to have them launch into a tag team of whining – bored, hungry, hot, tired, not enough to do – within the first hour?

For me, I’ve learnt to expect it.

That being said, I still go through the motions of packing everything but the kitchen sink and embarking on the odd day trip in an attempt to provide the offspring with a full and varied life.

Yep, like most mums, I’m a sucker for punishment.

So this time we headed for Sea World on the Gold Coast.

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“Nickelodeon Land is a brand new attraction at Sea World featuring a range of rides perfect for younger children, including the first ever mini-rollercoaster.” Image: Supplied.

As expected the tribe was hungry within five minutes of walking through the gate, so after the four and six year olds argued about whether we’d see the penguins or the Creatures of the Deep attraction first, we made a beeline to the closest burger joint, where there was plenty on offer to keep both the kids and adults happy.

As soon as we stood to leave the boys saw the familiar sign – Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon Land is a brand new attraction at Sea World featuring a range of rides perfect for younger children, including the first ever mini-rollercoaster.

What kid hasn’t begged to get on the roller coaster?

There’s also a range other mini rides, mimicking popular adult rides which left the boys beside themselves with excitement.

“Totally WILD,” was how my eldest described the experience.

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“While the area was perfect for my two boys, my not-yet-two year old daughter had plenty to keep her entertained also.” Image: Supplied.
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While the area was perfect for my two boys, my not-yet-two year old daughter had plenty to keep her entertained also.

She was able to join the boys on the merry-go-round and loved watching the Dora the Explorer live show.

Dora wasn’t the only familiar face though – there were also visits from SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who were available for photos.

Nickelodeon Land is pretty much a day out in itself for young children, so even though there are so many other attractions at Sea World, it’s worth allocating some extra time.

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“In the end we had a fantastic day out with no complaints – except for when it was time to leave.” Image: Supplied.

The Dolphin show is a must see, while the Seal performance is a laugh a minute for all ages.

Feeding the stingrays was a highlight for my children along with the polar bears which were just divine.

In the end, the penguins and the Creatures of the Deep attraction were our final stops for the day, and none of the kids wanted to leave – including a very tired baby.

In the end we had a fantastic day out with no complaints – except for when it was time to leave.

And the best bit? The kids were all tuckered out, meaning a relaxing drive home and a good night’s sleep for everyone.

What are your thoughts on the infamous family day trip?

Tags: family , holiday-2 , kids , parenting-2 , vacation
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