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WIN 1 of 3 Monster Jam Prize Packs with Tickets for you and your Family The spectacular, action-packed moto-tainment extravaganza Monster Jam®returns to Australia this October; with Brisbane the first to host all the revved up action on Saturday October 7! Standing nearly four metres tall and four metres wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that weigh around 5,500kgs. Built for short, high powered bursts of speed, the powerful Monster Jam beasts perform breathtaking stunts and can accelerate from 0-100kph in under 3 second! See more including ticketing information at www.MonsterJamOnline.com.au 3 Prizes (4 tickets each) to the October 7 Show valued at $156 per prize to WIN

WIN 1 of 5 Leaps and Bounds with LeapFrog Prize Packs LeapFrog toys are all about on-the-go learning fun! Little ones can take their best friend Scout wherever they go! Press Sing & Snuggle Scout’s tummy to hear about letters, numbers and shapes in his friendly, loving voice. Discover the alphabet from Alligator to Zebra with Sing & Spin Alphabet Zoo Ball! Little ones learn about animals and their sounds plus the letters A to Z with each spin of the wheel. LeapFrog toys are available from Big W, Toys R Us and independent toy stores. Each prize contains 1x Sing & Snuggle Scout, RRP $16.95ea and 1x Sing & Spin Alphabet Zoo Ball, RRP $34.95ea. Find more at www.leapfrog.com.au 5 x Prize Packs valued at $51.90 each to WIN

WIN 1 of 3 Build-a-Bot Toy Build-a-Bot is the latest in STEAM learning toys, allowing kids to build and personalise their own colourful robots. Every pack of Build-a-Bot contains all the necessary pieces for kids to build their own bot, including a full sheet of stickers and a “birth certificate” to record the creation date. With three adorable designs to choose from (Bunny, Fox and Dino), children can create unique characters by mixing and matching their various parts. Build-a-Bot is a fun and easy hands-on learning experience suitable for boys and girls aged five and up. Build-a-Bot will make its international debut this spring. 3 Build-a-Bot toys valued at $39.99 to WIN

WIN 1 OF 3 FIDGET CUBE™ Prize Packs The original and best ZURU Fidget Cube™ is now in Australian stores. Designed by Antsy Labs to satisfy the natural urge to fidget throughout the day. Glide, flip, roll and click your way into focus at school, home or work. You could WIN a prize including the Fidget Cube™ AND A ZURU Fidget Cube™ Prism, RRP $14.99. Keep your ZURU Fidget Cube nearby with Prism. Can be used with or without the keychain. Customise yours today! 4 colours available AND A ZURU Fidget Spinner™, RRP $7.99 - An unusually addictive, high-quality desk toy designed to help you focus. The ZURU Fidget Spinner™ unique design uses high-quality ball-bearings for an even smoother spin, flip and twirl. Fidget Cube™ is available in Australia from Kmart, Big W , and Toys “R” Us. 3 x Prize Packs valued at $37.97 each to WIN

To enter and for full competition terms and conditions, log on to: www.FamiliesMagazine.com.au and click on ‘Competitions’ 2 Your Local Families Magazine - Gold Coast Issue August/September 2017

August/September 2017

Contents Welcome to term three. As predicted, the school year is flying by! If you have a little one getting close to beginning their school journey, you might like to join us at our Facebook event at 8pm on Monday, August 7; To Prep or Not to Prep? Should I delay my child's entry? where well have experts on hand to chat all things Prep, and answer your questions about your child and their beginning of school journey. And were almost at my favourite time of year – Ekka time! This year's Ekka promises to be bigger and better than ever for families with new features, including not one but TWO fireworks shows each night and half-price entry after 6pm. We're loving the 6pm fireworks for little ones - such a welcome addition for families at the show.

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If you're looking for more info on Whats On don't forget to pull out the calendar from the centerfold, and stay on top of all the great events near you.

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An innovative start to school


The future of Education re-imagined!

For Kings Christian College Kids The Early Years Precinct provides a dedicated focus to the start of school

Farm stays 5 Reasons a farm stay is the perfect

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Rebel is a mum-of-four living in Northern NSW. In her spare time (ha!) she is an ambassador for Rafiki Mwema. You can see more about why she does that at www.rafikimwema.com


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Book Week is Coming

The hunt for the Gold Coast’s first Young Whale Warrior

Each year, across Australia, The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week. This year’s event: 18th - 25th August Theme: Escape to Everywhere

Long-time operator Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching has just launched the competition to find, crown and reward the local youngster who best reflects the Spirit of a Whale Warrior. Students in Years 3 to 6 at primary schools across the Gold Coast are invited to get themselves into the running by submitting a poem, story, drawing or video that demonstrates their love of, and dedication to, everything whale.

Check out the site for great ideas to get your kids reading PLUS costume inspo for this year’s theme @ www.familiesmagazine.com.au/childrens-book-week-costume-ideas/

What’s new at this year’s Ekka?

As the first Spirit Young Whale Warrior, the winner will receive a family season pass for Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching, an ultimate day out onboard with a marine biologist, and a prize pack. Entries for the Spirit Young Whale Warrior competition should be submitted to info@spiritwhalewatching.com.au by the August 28 closing date. For more information, visit www.spiritwhalewatching.com.au or phone 07 5572 7755. Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching is offering an Adults at Children’s Prices Special for Families Magazine Gold Coast followers. Simply call Spirit on 5572 7755 or email info@spiritwhalewatching.com.au to book. ......................

Great news for Tweed families Families in Tweed will have more opportunities to find preschool places following an investment of $420,000 to upgrade early childhood education services as part of the NSW Government $8 million Capital Works program. Member for Tweed Geoff Provest announced Bilambil Community Preschool and OOSH Inc received funding to give children quality early education in improved facilities. An amazing investment to enable the team to extend the centre, upgrade their facilities and continue to provide the quality early education services that they do. “It’s great to hear that local families in Tweed will benefit from upgrades to our local services, making it a better place for children to spend their time,” Mr Provest said. “The investment will extend existing pre-school buildings, build new facilities, buy new vehicles for existing mobile pre-school services all with the aim to deliver more pre-school places for local families.” 4 Your Local Families Magazine - Gold Coast Issue August/September 2017

The 140th Ekka is jam packed with more than 300 free things to do and see each day of show, including not one but TWO fireworks shows each night and half-price entry after 6pm. The Ekka is introducing a special early Children’s Fireworks presented by MG Motor at 6pm. The early fireworks shows, inspired by the Colours of the Great Barrier Reef, will make sure everyone gets a chance to see some fireworks after a big day out at show, particularly the little ones who are often asleep before the Ekka’s major fireworks finale ends the night show each evening. And a Twilight Ticket is on offer for this year’s show, meaning people can enjoy Ekka for half the price of an adult ticket from 6pm until late as they watch the sun go down. More info @ www.ekka.com.au ......................

Are you raising happy kids? If you want the best education for your child – both in and out of school, make sure you go to the Raising Happy Kids: Nurture Your Child's Education Expo on 9-10 September at the Southport Community Centre. It will showcase experts in the fields of education, resources for parents wanting to take an active part in their child's education, information and services for children with special needs and activities for children of all ages. There will also be free sports activities for kids Saturday and Sunday, free science workshops for kids all day Saturday and free art & craft workshops Sunday! Fun for the whole family and entry is only $5 per family if you buy your tickets online or $10 per family at the door. www.raisinghappykidsexpo.com.au

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Hot? EDITOR’S FAVE! Skin Boss - rrp $45

Hotmilk Show Off Silver Peony

Tiny Tots 2-in-1 Balance Trike & Bike - rrp $159.95

Created by husband and wife team, Kirsten and Scott Smith, the only thing in a bottle of SKIN BOSS face oil is oil. There no fillers, no parabens, no sulphates, no nasties! Just 100% all natural face oil that will leave your skin feeling hydrated and nourished like never before. Available online from www.skinboss.com.au www.buddywagon.com.au/shop/

Nursing Bra - rrp $69.95 Matching Briefs - rrp $29.95 Hotmilk's best selling, award winning Show Off range is now available in Silver Peony. A dusty pink colourway with contrasting black straps and bow is perfect for the summer months. This style offers a flexible fit and smooth profile under tops and the A-frame offers support and discreet feeding for every woman and mother. More info @ www.hotmilklingerie.com

Possibly the most beautiful 2-in-1 balance bike and trike you've ever seen. Kinderfeets Tiny Tots Trike is the smallest 2-in-1 balance bike on the market. One year olds can start with the Tiny Tot as a trike. With three wheels they can learn how to use their feet to get moving. When a parent feels the child is ready, the Tiny Tot converts easily from a trike to a 2-wheel balance bike. More info @ www.wildmountainchild.com.au


NEW Ergobaby Cool Air Adapt Carrier - rrp $229.00 The NEW Ergobaby Cool Air Adapt Carrier is a breath of fresh air. Designed for wearers who appreciate high performance breathability, this carrier delivers maximum comfort when out with your baby, making it the perfect companion for any adventure. More info @ www.babesinarms.com.au ......................

Tad’s Get Ready for Preschool - rrp $34.95 This book contains 12 pages of fun learning and introduces ABCs, numbers 1 to 10, colours, animals, shapes, community, emotions and music. Press the music button to hear six learning songs and watch the light flash along. Then practise telling time by turning the hour hand on the clock. More info @ www.leapfrog.com.au



St Frock Downtown Dress - rrp $59.90

Stack & Tumble Elephant - rrp $29.95

We LOVE ST Frock, it’s so easy to shop online. The Downtown Dress is a perfect trans seasonal day dress for Gold Coast weather. A shirt-dress inspired shape with drawstring waist, breast and skirt pockets, a wide hem and an exposed zip feature. So easy to wear when you’re chasing the kids too. 100% Cotton. Unlined. Available in sizes 8 -16. See more at www.stfrock.com.au

Brief Description (50-60 words): Stacking is tons of fun. Stack the five brightly coloured, textured rings on the elephant's trunk to help build fine motor skills. As each ring is placed on the trunk, the Elephant will introduce colours, numbers and shapes. Or press the music button on the elephant's trunk to hear playful songs. Then play again! More info @ www.leapfrog.com.au


Babiators New Navigator Sunglasses - rrp $33.95 Eye health is so important for kids. Babiators offer great sun protection for little eyes. Your kids will love the style, colours and comfortable fit of these rockin’ sunnies. More @ www.babiators.net.au

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Yumbox Tapas Box - rrp $45.95 Yumbox just got bigger and better with the new Yumbox Tapas the biggest and best yet at 25mm longer and 20mm wider than the popular original. Yumbox Tapas trays come in four and five compartment options that are interchangeable with the same Yumbox. More @ www.minihippo.com.au

Saturday 5th

Cracker Night Fireworks Extravaganza,

Nature Play QLD Embracing 2018

Tweed Heads Join in for a fun-filled event for the whole family at Seagulls with...Fireworks extravaganza, comedy stunt show, gladiator duel, magical ponies, jumping castle, face painting, live music, Piggabeen market stalls and so much more! Seagulls Club. 2 – 8pm www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/cracker-night-fireworks-extravaganza-tweed-heads/

Saturday 5th

Passport Lau nch, Benowa Nature Play QLD is launching the new edition ‘Nature Play QLD Embracing 2018 Passport’, in partnership with the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. This launch is presented in partnership also with City of Gold Coast’s Active and Healthy program. A great day of nature play fun and games! This launch is also a media event, so please anticipate for video and photography recording to be taken on the day. A waiver is included in the registration form for your participation. 9am – 12pm. Gold Coast Botanic Gardens. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/nature-play-qld-embracing-2018-passport-launch-benowa/

Saturday 5th &

Burleigh BBQ On the mornings of 5 and Sunday 6th 6 August, it’s not fog you’ll see rising over Burleigh… it will be smoke from 50 of Australia’s best BBQ competition teams battling it out for the highest honour in the annual Burleigh BBQ Championships. Using low and slow cooking and BBQ techniques across five categories – chicken, lamb, pork ribs, beef and seafood – teams will present their plates to a panel of 50 judges for tasting. So pack a picnic blanket, grab your family or friends and head to North Burleigh Heads Esplanade for two huge days of BBQ and free entertainment. 9am – 4pm daily – North Burleigh Beach. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/burleigh-bbq/

Guanaba Rural Fire Brigade

Sunday 6th

Friday 11th Sunday 20th

Family Fu n Day, Guanaba Join in on the fun. Everyone is welcome, and entry and car parking are free. Enjoy a day out with your friends, family and neighbours. Learn important safety messages with on-site fire safety displays, including how to manage a hot kitchen fire. Heaps of children’s activities. 11am – 3pm. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/guanaba-rural-fire-brigade-family-fun-day-guanaba/

The Ekka - Royal Queensland Show,

Bowen Hills Held over 10 full days, Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from all across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane. Ekka began in 1876, attracting 17,000 visitors to the grounds, and is now Queensland’s most celebrated event with an average attendance of 400,000 visitors annually. 2017 marks the 140th show and brings with it a variety of talent, culture, produce, fun and entertainment. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/ekka-royal-queensland-show-bowen-hills/

Saturday 12th Discovery in the Gardens, Benowa Get your hands dirty with a free day of science and gardening fun at the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Interactive displays and activities include bats, bugs, koalas, boomerangs, botanical art, bush food, racing robots and reptiles. Great speakers tent with Jerry Coleby-Williams, Annette McFarlane and more, plus guided walks, nature journaling and nature adventures for the kids. Not to mention plants for sale, face painting, great food and coffee. 10am – 2pm. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/discovery-gardens-benowa/

Saturday 12th Emmanuel College Fete, Carrara Head along to the Emmanuel College Fete for a full day of fun with rides, entertainment, market stalls, pig races and a host of activities and displays to keep you and kids going for hours. Plus see a host of live performances and indulge in a variety of great foods. It all kicks off at 11am and wraps up at 6.45pm with an explosive fireworks display not to be missed. See you there. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/emmanuel-college-fete-carrara/

La Fiesta Taste & Sou nds from South America,

mal gardée delights and entertains audiences as a love triangle creates comic chaos. Lise loves Colas. Colas loves Lise. But Lise’s mother, the Widow Simone, has agreed that her wayward daughter should marry Alain, son of a pompous, wealthy vineyard owner. Alain however, is more interested in his precious umbrella than romance. A popular family favourite because of its engaging story, colourful humour and beautiful dancing, this stunning production will leave you applauding for more. The Arts Centre, bookings essential. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/la-fille-mal-gardee-surfers-paradise/

Saturday 9th

Raising Happy Kids: Nurture Your Child’s

Southport Because they love to see the happiness in the community, looking after everyone, they are so proud to announce the 2nd edition of the biggest South American Festival on the Gold Coast. 8 hours of the sounds & tastes from South America, bringing all the colourful culture together!!! La fiesta, it’s bringing the best quality entertainment of live bands, djs, food and performances...all in 1 day! Broadwater Parklands. 12 – 8pm. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/la-fiesta-taste-sounds-south-america-southport/

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th

Education Expo, Southport If you want the best education for your child – both in and out of school, make sure you go to the Raising Happy Kids: Nurture Your Child’s Education Expo on 9-10 September at the Southport Community Centre. It will showcase experts in the fields of education, resources for parents wanting to take an active part in their child’s education, information and services for children with special needs and activities for children of all ages. There will also be free sports activities for kids Saturday and Sunday, free science workshops for kids all day Saturday and free art & craft workshops Sunday! Fun for the whole family and entry is only $5 per family if you buy your tickets online or $10 per family at the door. www.raisinghappykidsexpo.com.au

Gold Coast Relay For Life, Main Beach

and enjoy a community of First Nations cultural arts, crafts, dance and food. Bring a fale (mat) to bask under the city scape while listening to the unique talents of pacific entertainment. Celebrate Pasifika this September! The Arts Centre. 8am – 5pm. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/pasifika-gold-coast-surfers-paradise/

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th

Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Gold Coast community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Cancer Council’s Relay For Life each year in the fight against cancer: start or join a team in the Gold Coast 2017 Relay today! www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/gold-coast-relay-life-main-beach/

Fri 29th Sept -

Mullumbimby Circus Festival The biennial Sunday 1st Oct Mullum Circus Festival showcases the incredible talents of Australian circus artists, profiling established shows and companies as well as supporting emerging artists and works in development. Join Australia’s circus community for a three-day celebration of circus arts and physical theatre, ranging from youth circus performances to award-winning, internationally acclaimed acts. Enjoy a wide range of performances in the big tops, cabarets, sideshows, the outdoor flying trapeze, circus workshops, industry talks and more. Grab a bite to eat from a range of delicious, healthy food stalls or a have a drink and talk shop with your favourite circus artists at the bar. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/mullumbimby-circus-festival/

Friday 1st -

Sep Gold Coast Show, Bundall. Every year the Sunday 3rd Gold Coast Show hosts popular and traditional Show events featuring extraordinary fireworks displays, Australiana displays, show bags, wood chops, side show alley, visual arts and home crafts displays, stage shows, roving entertainment and a free family circus. Added to this is a free entertainment package changing each year. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/gold-coast-show-bundall/

Gold Coast Pregnancy & Baby Expo,

Sunday 3rd Botanical Bazaar, Nerang Kids will be entertained with plenty of nature based creative activities at the ‘Mr Fothergill’s Kids Hub’, hosted by Natura Education. They can make their own nature crafts, walk inside a butterfly enclosure, learn about recycling and composting. To inspire and motivate the children, the Kids Hub will also get a personal visit from King of the Compost ‘Costa’ from ABC Gardening Australia. PLUS kids will receive a FREE take home from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds and Bulbs. 9am – 5pm. Country Paradise Parklands. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/botanical-bazaar-nerang/ Friday 8th & Sunday 10th

SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach

Broadbeach. Planning, pregnant or have a little one under 12 months? There’s so much to think about! Don’t worry, the Gold Coast Baby & Pregnancy Expo is here! Packed with inspiration, ideas and everything you need, there’s even free workshops to make your new journey a whole lot easier. Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/gold-coast-pregnancy-baby-expo-broadbeach/

Friday 8th Sunday 17th

La Fille Mal Gardée, Surfers Paradise Set in the French countryside in the 1950s, Queensland Ballet’s La Fille

SWELL presents high quality outdoor art and cultural events, connecting people, art and place. The signature event is the SWELL Sculpture Festival held annually on Currumbin Beach in early September. Now in its fifteenth year, the ten-day festival brings over 50 works by nationally and internationally renowned artists to a free public exhibition on the beautiful beaches of Australia’s Gold Coast. The event delights 275,000 visitors annually and also inspires with master classes, art activities for children, sculpture workshops and a music stage showcasing the local music scene. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/swell-sculpture-festival/

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th

Saturday 9th -

Brisbane Festival Each September, it explodes Saturday 30th across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events. Some of the family friendly events include: • Kaleidoscope QPAC 26 – 30 Sep • Treasury Brisbane Arcadia South Bank 8 – 30 Sep • Grug and the Rainbow QPAC 22 & 23 Sep • The Chipolatas – Gentlemen of the Road South Bank 28 & 29 Sep • Driftwood South Bank 19 – 24 Sep • The I Hate Children’s Show South Bank 26 Sep • Justine Clark - ook! Look! It’s a Gobbledygook South Bank 16 & 17 Sep • The Mudcakes in Concert South Bank 27 Sep • Oliver Up a Tree South Bank 10 Sep • Sunsuper Riverfire South Bank 30 Sep • Fantastic Planet South Bank 9 – 30 Sep www.familiesmagazine.com.au/organiser/brisbane-festival/

Monday 11th -

Diary of a Wombat, Surfers Paradise Millions of Wednesday 13th young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate (2014/15), Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained! The Arts Centre. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/diary-wombat-surfers-paradise/

Pasifika Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Join in

Saturday 16th

Thursday 14th Ukitopia: A Celebration of Uki, Uki Since 2007, the Uki community have gathered together once a year for a weekend of creativity and art. It is one of the nicest times of the year in Uki. The days are long. The fire flies are out and people seem to be having a little more time to share with each other. Every year they come together and celebrate unique Uki – Life, Arts and Culture. Uki Hall and Village Green. 6 – 7pm. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/ukitopia-celebration-uki-uki/

Saturday 5th &

Gold Coast Multicultural Festival,

Parks Alive Parks Alive Sunday 6th is a fantastic free event showcasing Roma Street Parkland to residents and visitors to Brisbane. The weekend will be full of workshops and talks by well-known gardening personalities, specialised walks through the parkland, children’s activities, music and food trucks. Highlights of the weekend include the launch of our brand-new train, the Parkland Explorer on Saturday and two special live shows from dirtgirl on Sunday. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/parks-alive-roma-street-parkland/

Sunday 6th Southport. The Gold Coast Multicultural Festival provides a venue to celebrate and showcase the skills and talents of the city’s diverse cultural communities through a variety of exciting an educational multicultural activities culminating in the main Festival Day. The annual Festival has been running since 2008 and is one of the few low-cost, family-friendly events that can be enjoyed by all community members. Broadwater Parklands 10am – 4pm. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/gold-coast-multicultural-festival-southport/

Saturday 12th &

Gold Coast Car Show, Mudgeeraba The Gold Coast Car Show runs over Sunday 13th two days and kicks off on the Saturday 12 August from 11am -7pm with the Retro Rockabilly Show and Sunday 13th August from 6am-3pm the Inspirations Paint Gold Coast Car Show. A walk down memory lane to see Retro Displays such as VW Bugs, Kombi’s, Sandman Panel Vans, Hot Rods and Vintage Caravans. Don’t miss the Monster Trucks & Fireworks Spectacular! The Truck Arena is always a crowd pleaser with Prime Movers and Trucks of every kind displaying amazing graphics, polished chrome and lights. Sat 11am – 7pm. Sun 6am – 3pm. Mudgeeraba Showgrounds. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/gold-coast-car-show-mudgeeraba/

Monday 14th -

National Science Week, Gold Coast City Monday 21st Libraries has brought some of the greatest nerds and interesting ideas to the Gold Coast for Science Week 2017. Book online at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/libraryevents or contact your local library. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/ national-science-week-gold-coast/

Saturday 19th &

Children’s Book Week @ Gold Coast City Libraries This year’s theme Saturday 26th is Escape to everywhere, and they have got lots of exciting activities to fire your child’s imagination! There’s a colouring completion for kids aged 6 and under, while children 7 and up can enter our Words Out creative writing competition. There are also special story times for children 3 to 5. Join in for the annual celebration of children’s books and reading, from 19 to 26 August. www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/childrens-book-week-gold-coast-city-libraries/

Education King’s Christian College

An innovative start to school for King’s Christian College Kids ........................................... At King's Christian College in Reedy Creek, the Early Years Precinct

provides a dedicated focus to the start of school. The Early Learning Centre (called 'Noah's Ark) has recently been renovated and sits within an Ark-shaped facade that 'floats' on a living coral reef garden. For the two-to-five-year-olds who come to 'Noahs Ark', it is a fascinating world of imaginative discoveries.

A smooth transition to school

The staff in the King's Early Learning Centre focus on preparing children for a smooth start to school at King's. Kindy and Pre-Prep teachers work closely with Prep teachers as they help children develop the social and emotional skills they need to start school. In their Pre-Prep year, children visit the Prep Centre and become familiar with its facilities. For most, the first day of school is exciting, but also very familiar.

Dedicated start to school

The King's Prep Centre is dedicated to the first year of school. This innovative self-contained facility contains classrooms, breakout areas, a theatre and its own contained playground - all designed to be fun and engaging for five-year-olds as they start their school journey.

YOUR CHILD’S FLYING START TO SCHOOL Enrol now for our 2018 Early Learning and Prep programs >> Pre-Prep program that prepares children for starting school >> Early Learning, Prep - Year 12 on the same campus >> Develop independence and problem-solving skills >> Differentiated program based on each child's stage of development >> A Christian education that nurtures the individual >> Two Gold Coast campuses - Reedy Creek & Pimpama >> Contact us for a personal tour

ENROLLING NOW FOR 2018 See www.kingscollege.qld.edu.au or phone 5587 7600 for more details and to register for an Open Day 68 Gemvale Road, Reedy Creek Qld 4227 198 Pimpama-Jacobs Well Rd, Pimpama Qld 4209

Roma Street Parkland

5&6 AUGUST Workshops, children’s activities, talks, walks, music and food trucks. Free fun for the whole family. EE FR NT E EV


special guest appearance by dirtgirl on Sunday

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Visit www.parksalive.com.au to create your own itinerary.

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Education The Future of Education – RE-IMAGINED! The future of the workforce is shifting. Think advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, genomics and more. A report from the World Economic Forum (2016) advocates that the education system needs rethinking to change 20th century training to re-imagined 21st century learning, and Trinity Lutheran College is riding that wave.

Bright prospects and pathways beyond Year 12 Trinity Lutheran College began the re-imagined journey two years ago, and continues to nurture and empower each learner to develop their own unique gifts and talents. Their focus is on developing the 21st century soft skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking as well as on developing personal and social competencies such as leadership, resilience, mindfulness and global connectivity.

Innovative, flexible learning Trinity’s flexible classrooms and innovative teaching and learning framework, anchored by their core values of respect, service, community and personal excellence provide their students with the foundation needed for a bright future, from both a work and life point of view.

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reasons a farm stay is the perfect experience for your little farmer! Are you aware of the educational and developmental benefits of taking your pre-prep child on a farm stay? Farm stays provide the perfect link between play and learning in a natural environment. Taking advantage of this innovative family experience may just provide your child with the boost they need to start school ahead of the herd!

What is a farm stay? A farmstay is a place where families can live, work and enjoy an authentic rural farm experience. Many farmstays, such as Hosanna Farmstay in Northern NSW, offer a wide range of exciting and challenging activities for all ages to promote the ideals of family togetherness, community and a sense of ‘getting back to basics’. At any farmstay worth its weight in chicken feed, you’ll find all the authentic farm activities you’d expect – milking cows, tending to animals and learning about paddock to table processes. You’ll also come across a range of tasks available for multiple age and ability levels like swimming, kayaking and cooking.

Why are farm stays an ideal choice for pre-prep children? Your child will soon be walking the corridors of their primary school and be called upon to learn in a range of new environments. Selecting a farmstay as an educational family holiday destination means that your child will be exposed to a range of early years’ curriculum areas without even knowing it!

Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

Your child will be running, jumping, climbing, rolling and tumbling their way around a beautiful natural environment. They will be responding to instructions from a variety of farm workers, making a difference and contributing to the preparation of meals. These are all experiences that foster confidence, sense of self, sense of community and a strong sense of identity. Plus, think of how delicious those tired cuddles will be at the end of the day in front of a roaring fire! This is a place where your family will be able to renew their connectivity.

Children are confident and involved learners

This is the learning outcome where many prep students struggle. Our kids can become very used to having everything done for them. A farmstay is the perfect experience to try and gain back a little of that independence and resilience. We want kids who are willing to try, get involved and to not give up if things don’t work the first time.

Children are effective communicators

Communication is not just about speech. It’s also about listening, non-verbal cues and about remembering and being able to interact. A practical environment like a farmstay is the perfect place to hone these skills to help your little one get school-ready. After the farmstay is completed you can ask your child to retell their experience, draw it or re-enact their favourite part – the possibilities are endless!

The curriculum areas that farm stays link to are…

Children have a strong sense of identity

One of the most elemental parts of the early years learning framework is the idea that, through trial and error and experimentation, children will develop confidence in their learning which will promote a real sense of self. A farmstay is perfect to enhance this area. Your child will be asked and trusted to complete a range of tasks in order to care for animals. Children will have the freedom to roam and move in a safe and natural environment that still involves a certain level of ‘risk,’ which also promotes problem-solving skills.

Children are connected with and contribute to their world

We often bemoan the fact that our children seem to be living very indoor lifestyles. A farmstay, therefore, gives them the opportunity to move away from screens and towards nature. At farmstays your little one will get up close and personal with animals, investigate herbs and vegetables from their source, splash in natural waterways and help move cattle down cow tracks. Watch as your child marvels at the impact they can have on the world around them!

Farmstays – a healthy, innovative and productive link between home and school Holidays don’t always have to be the same old unit at the same old beach with the same old activities. Now is the time to start thinking outside the box – how can you engage your pre-school child in educational, exciting activities that will have a lasting impact? Farmstays are the way forward for the thinking parents’ family holiday. Hosanna is a 100-acre family and dog friendly farmstay just behind the busy coastal strip of Northern NSW, offering accommodation, activities and functions for individuals, families, groups, and schools. For more information: www.hosannafarmstay.com.au Your Local Families Magazine - Gold Coast Issue August/September 2017


Local Clubs & Classes Directory

Clubs, Classes & Activities If you would like a listing for your club, class or activity in our next issue’s inclusive directory, contact us now! Email: Listings@FamiliesMagazine.com.au GC = Gold Coast TH = Tweed Heads BB = Byron Bay

CLASSES Paediatric First Aid Classes Apply First Aid (BB) This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to infants, children and adults. The unit applies to educators and support staff working within an education and care setting who are required to respond to a first aid emergency, including asthmatic and anaphylactic emergencies. 0491 107 343 www.applyfirstaidnorthernrivers.com.au Coolangatta First Aid (GC) We offer a fully accredited Childcare First Aid course. This course is enjoyable and very educational, covering all things required to effectively administer First Aid in a childcare setting. This course is run over one day and is suitable for those needing CPR, first aid, asthma and anaphylaxis training to work in childcare. 0431 011 352 www.coolangattafirstaid.com.au Panoptic Solutions (GC) This Course is designed to educate parents and adult family members how to respond calmly and confidently to common first aid emergency situations which may involve a child. 1300 651 40 www.panopticsolutions.com

Health & Wellbeing Bloom Cottage Retreat (BB) Day retreats are available with an early morning private yoga/ chi gung/meditation class, followed by a detoxing smoothie. Next you will have the opportunity to have an infrared sauna and swim in a heated pool before a fresh and healthy lunch. Then you will have a choice to finish off the day with a hands on demonstration of how to prepare some easy and healthy meals for your munchkin or a health coaching session. 0412 240 385 www.munchkinkids.com

Acting Thornton’s Youth Drama Academy (TYDA) (GC) A boutique drama school for children located in Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast. TYDA offers a variety of children’s drama classes every week for different age groups and caters for beginners wanting development, through to the more advanced students seeking performance advancement. TYDA offers a wide range of children’s drama classes every week. The classes take place on a Thursday and Friday evening, and also Saturday morning. From Tiny Sensation development classes through to the All-Star performance classes, there's something for everyone. thorntonsacademy@yahoo.com www.tyda.com.au

ARTS & CRAFT & COOKING ARTORY (TH) Kids art classes taught by award-winning and internationally exhibited artist Anne Smerdon. Held every afternoon in Kingscliff, NSW. The Junior Art Skills class (5-9yrs) is for kids that love being creative and want to try a bit of everything - collage, drawing, sculpture etc. 0423 171 245 www.artory.com.au KidzKlub Australia (BB) Children can paint with cotton tips, spotters, rollers, stamps, and droppers. Collage and glitter and glue, drawing, stencilling, mask making, beading, play doh and paddle pop stick construction are also on offer. 0429 770 147 ww.kidzklub.com.au/art-craft-zone/ Think Purple Art Studios (TH) Located in South Tweed, Think Purple offers a creative space for all ages including children’s afternoon art session, teenage art classes, pre-schooler art fun, Saturday morning art clubs, school holiday creative workshops. 0415 611 342 www.thinkpurpleartstudios.com.au

LANGUAGE & BABY DEVELOPMENT AEIOU Foundation (GC) Creating a lifetime of opportunities for children with autism AEIOU Foundation’s specialised early intervention program helps children aged 2 – 6 years to develop essential life skills, fostering greater independence, confidence and inclusion. Our evidence-based program is delivered by a transdisciplinary team comprised of behaviour therapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and skilled educators. At AEIOU, we support the individual needs of each child. Parents and carers are involved in their child’s program and are provided with regular training to acquire skills and tools to achieve therapy goals in the home and broader community. 1300 273 435 www.aeiou.org.au Kindy Roo (GC) Kindyroo's mission is to help parents to understand the natural development of their children. Kindyroo's aim is to show parents how to help their children to reach their full potential in life and to prevent underachievement. 0411 109 853 www.kindyroogoldcoast.com Shaping Outcomes (TH) Services are designed to meet the individual needs of the child and focus on supporting the child in their own environments and in their everyday activities. The overall aim is to provide families with the skills and support to meet the needs of their child and to assist the child's development and ability to participate in family and community life. 07 5536 1320 www.shapingoutcomes.com.au

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Sign Language The Deaf Society (BB) The Sign Language 1 and Sign Online courses are designed for beginners. Sign Online is an online course which you can access from anywhere in Australia and is equivalent to Sign Language 1 www.deafsocietynsw.org.au/courses/ sign_language_courses

ACTIVITY CENTRES Infinity (GC) An extraordinary series of around 20 multi-sensual environments filled with unique special effects, atmospheric sound fields, ultra groovy music and illusions that appear to go all the way to infinity! 07 5526 8935 www.infinitygc.com.au iFLY Indoor Skydiving (GC) The state-of-the-art, fully-controlled, ultra-safe environment gives everyone the opportunity to FLY. It is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers; simply lean forward inside the giant glass tunnel into a column of air and float effortlessly into flight, guided by a qualified instructor. There's no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet earth! It's just you, the air and an incredible adrenaline rush. Looking for birthday party ideas for your child? Looking to share a family day out but run out of ideas? With the 360 degree glass tunnel, everyone can share in your flight experience and feel the excitement. 1300 366 364 info.gc@ifly.com.au www.downunder.iflyworld.com Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium (GC) Offering fifteen individually themed galleries with more than 400 unbelievable Artifacts, over a Dozen Interactive Games and Ripley’s LaseRace where you will surely test your speed and agility! Ripley’s is the perfect venue for Birthday’s with a ton of games and interactives including a Giant Operations Board Game, Musical Stairs, Shooting Gallery, Pinball Machine, Sound Effects that travel through the Room and Over a Dozen Optical Illusions. An amazing journey of an hour or more. Ripley’s is open 365 days from 9am – Late! 07 5592 0040 surfersBION@ripleys.com www.ripleys.com/surfersparadise/

Local Clubs & Classes Directory MUSIC Byron Music Academy (BB) This not-for-profit academy tutors everything from guitar, to saxophone and flute. “My Music” classes available for kids aged 3-12. www.cbmacademy.org Discover Music Robina (GC) Students enjoy a fun approach to music where they can learn a piece from their favourite band. Private tuition is available for ages five and above in brass, woodwind, guitar, drums, piano, singing, violin and strings. 07 5596 3727 www. discovermusic.com.au

SPORTS & EXERCISE First Swing Golf (GC) First Swing is grassroots golf for all ages (starting at 3 years) and all abilities - beginners are their specialty. The perfect mix of fun, physical activity, and instruction all in an inclusive environment teaching the basic golf FUNdamentals along with rules and etiquette. All First Swing programs are developed and delivered by Australian PGA Professional coaches. 0432 740 073 www.firstswing.com.au Little Leagies (GC, TH) delivers health and fitness programs to children with a key focus on gross motor, social, rugby league and touch football skill development. Developed in consultation with junior rugby league, junior touch football and early childhood professionals, Little Leagies caters for boys and girls aged as young as two years. www.littleleagies.com.au info@littleleagies.com.au

Ready Steady Go Kids (GC, TH) is Australia’s most reputable multi-sport and exercise program for pre-schoolers aged 1.5-6 years. Classes are run all across the Gold Coast and Northern NSW with new classes added regularly. It is a physic-designed program teaching children the fundamentals of 10 different sports in a fun, non-competitive, team-based environment. 1300 766 892 www.readysteadygokids.com.au

Horse riding Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat (GC) Offering a professional, personalised, safety conscious approach for you to have fun and achieve your goals in horse riding, horse care, training or ownership. Providing customised services to your needs building confidence, connecting safely with horses and riding skills from complete beginner to advanced. 07 5667 7468 w  ww.horseretreats.com Pegasus Park Equestrian Centre and Accommodation (GC) Horse riding activities catering to all ages and abilities. Kids saddle club classes, and pony rides catering to children as young as two-years-old. Lessons, trail rides and beach rides available. 02 6687 1446 www.pegasuspark.com.au

Yoga Mini Buddhas Yoga (GC) Mini Buddhas Yoga was created as a means to bring yoga to everyone from prenatal, mums and bubs, and kids to seniors. It's about bringing yoga to everyone no matter what their age or ability. 0404 668 109 www.minibuddhasyoga.com

Dance Addicted 2 Dance (GC) We continue to nurture all of our dancers, from our Tiny Movers to our Adult Groovers! Offering classes to students from the age of 2 and up, as well as catering to various levels, means there really is something for everyone. 0479 063 223 www.addicted2dance.com.au Dance Dynamics (BB) Providing excellence in Dance education and personal and professional development. Dance Dynamics provide a service for those seeking a career in the industry and are lifelong friends of the arts. 0410 448 184 www.byrondancedynamics.com.au



Laurie Lawrence Swim (TH & GC) A program that's been developed over 35 years and incorporating baby’s social, emotional and physical growth and development into the swimming lessons. We follow gentle learn to swim methods that recognise the baby’s physical capabilities and readiness to perform aquatic skills. Centres In Banora Point - Call 07 5523 3177 and Currumbin - Call 0449 209 727 www.laurielawrenceswimschool.com.au

A Team Tuition (GC) Students are taught how to behave, study and excel like 'A'standard students throughout academic strategy and mentoring programs, where the tutors are specifically handpicked, screened, molded and developed into the ultimate educators and mentors. 07 5526 0351  www.ateamtuition.com

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