These school holidays don’t need to be hard.
Winter school holidays can be a bit of a challenge. It’s cold, often it’s raining, and kids get bored. As any parent knows, boredom is the worst thing that can ever happen to a child, EVER. It’s drama like this that normally ends with us handing our children a device, just for a bit of peace and quiet.
These school holidays, I want to rely less on technology and just have more fun. A challenge in the cold, I know.
Thankfully there are plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained these school holidays, and not all of them involve screen time. Here’s what I have in mind for the next two weeks. Wish me luck.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Kmart. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
1. Indoor Sports
There are so many indoor sports centres that offer a range of activities for kids. My children are into rock climbing at the moment and most centres cater to children of all ages. After rock climbing we love indoor soccer and netball centres, then there’s bowling, ice skating and even laser tag works up a sweat.
The best exercise for kids is always accidental, when they’re just playing around and having fun. Invite lots of friends so it becomes an official school holiday catch-up.
There are a range of kid’s school holiday camps on offer to suit any child’s interests. My son is into band camps at the moment. He is trying to master a trombone that is almost as big as he is. At band camp he learns important skills and hangs out with old friends and makes some new ones.
If your children aren’t into band camps then there are plenty more on offer from art to sport to ones that offer a range of activities.
3. Local Art Galleries and Museums
During school holidays local art galleries and museums always have a terrific range of exhibits on offer for kids at great prices. When’s the last time you learned something new about dinosaurs or science? Don’t wait for the next school excursion. Art galleries and museums are so much fun and you’ll all learn so much.
A trip to an art gallery or museum will fill an entire day, leaving some very satisfied and exhausted children at the end. It’s a win-win.
Taking a road trip with your children is so much fun and the beauty is you can stay in your nice warm car and only get out for the really interesting things. We love to drive up to the Blue Mountains near Sydney during the winter school holidays and head for attractions like Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters. No matter where you live in Australia, there are local sites you live just an hour or two away from, that your children would love to see.