Kids in the City Magazine | Brisbane - Issue 47. Jul/Aug 2021

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ISSUE 47 July/August 2021 BRISBANE

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ood and travel are two words that have completely changed in meaning over the last 18 months. Instead of lengthy flights and currency changes, travel now means exploring the many wonderful corners of Queensland. Since dining out was subject to restrictions, there’s a renewed sense of appreciation for eating out as a family and supporting the local eateries on our own doorstep. Unexpectedly, these shifts also mean the experiences of food and travel now exist in a far more vibrant and meaningful way. It’s less about seeing sights and more about seeing each other. This is because we now use these experiences to do what really matters— to reconnect. Obviously, being parents of wriggly children with zero attention span, we

still want to do these things without too much hard work (or the risk of epic meltdowns). And so, to make this important shared family time simple, affordable, and enjoyable for everyone, this issue is all about local food and travel for families. #supportlocal We’ve got family friendly resorts, loads of activities and day trips, some fab deals for eating out as a family. Everything you need to take that next family holiday without any of the hassle (or cost) of getting on a plane. Because, let’s be honest… when you live in paradise, why go anywhere else?

Angela xo


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TRAVEL: Looking for the perfect holiday? We visit the resort that is heaven for kids and a paradise for parents!

FOOD: The experts at King’s Christian College are here to help us get creative and think outside the lunchbox.




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FROM THE EDITOR ............................................................................................................... 3 WHAT’S ON: Events and activities for families........................................................................ 6 ARTS & CULTURE: All the family friendly events at this year’s Horizon Festival............. 8 NEWS: Community news from across Brisbane ..................................................................... 10 CHECK THIS OUT: The best kid-friendly gear topping our #want list............................... 12 EDUCATION PROFILE: The ELC meeting the many needs of local families................. 14 TRAVEL: A tropical haven in the heart of the Gold Coast ................................................... 20 ACTIVITIES: Get set for a marine adventure at North Star Hastings Point...................... 22 PLACES: Family feasts at Big4 Gold Coast............................................................................ 24 INTERVIEW: We meet a mermaid ......................................................................................... 26 FOOD: Flicks, Food & Fun ........................................................................................................ 29 THINGS TO DO: Dine & Ride on the Mary Valley Rattler................................................ 34 PARENTHOOD: Don’t be a stoic—it’s time to ask for help! ............................................... 36 FAMILY: Let’s hear it for more play on vacay!........................................................................ 38 BABIES: The secrets to sucesssful newborn photography..................................................... 40 CLASSIFIEDS: Family friendly products and services ......................................................... 41 REVIEWS: Books for the family ............................................................................................. 42 We encourage recycling. Please keep this issue for future reference, pass onto your friends and family, use for craft projects or place into the recycling bin.


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Extensive pathways and subject options Years 10 – 12




PLAY SCHOOL CONCERTS 29 JUNE – 6 JULY Various locations

Everyone’s favourite children’s television show Play School is coming back to Queensland this June/July with their brand new concert tour of Let’s Play Together. Filled with adventures, the show will take children across the sea, up in the sky and over the moon, with delightful games to play, songs to sing and stories to enjoy.


The stunning Skyline Ferris Wheel returns to Caloundra this winter. Take a ride 35 metres in the air and enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of Caloundra and surrounds. The ferris wheel is fully wheelchair accessible.


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11 August Matthew Flinders Anglican College

One of the Sunshine Coast’s leading independent schools, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, is inviting families to a Discovery Tour of its Secondary School campus on Wednesday, 11 August—the Brisbane Ekka Show Day. Families will be guided around the 22-hectare rainforest campus for students from Prep to Year 12. The tour highlights the Year 7 Precinct, designed as part of the Flinders Masterplan. Personalised tours are also available.


Parents, get excited! Now you can enjoy a guilt-free date night without the kids. Dine at any Kawana Shoppingworld restaurant and the qualified childminders will treat your kids to a movie at Event Cinemas Kawana… for free! The service is offered on selected Saturday’s each month. Bookings are essential. To secure your place, please book online at

ON THE MOVE UNTIL 18 JULY Ipswich Art Gallery Enter an interactive transport world created in collaboration with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock. Construct a paper plane and see how it flies, and build a vehicle of the future to test on our track. Discover how transportation works in busy cities, and how the fuel choices you make can have a positive impact on the environment. Plus find plenty of fascinating facts along the way. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


Horizon Festival

Horizon Festival is Sunshine Coast’s leading contemporary multi-arts festival, presenting 10 days and nights of visual art, music, theatre, dance and creative workshops; inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast. A dedicated kids program will feature an array of shows, activities and workshops for little people and their families to play, make, dance, sing, laugh and learn.

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Mindful Magic


Bring your kids along to the Wonderland Spiegeltent Garden for this hands-on art workshop, where they’ll discover the magic of mindful art. Ages 4-12 30 AUGUST

Ngamumu Pop-up Space Presented by Ngamumu (For Mothers), this is a relaxed immersive space for families to connect and experience through First Nations story time, sensory play, songs and lullabies. Ages 0-2 4 SEPTEMBER

Common People Dance Project

Ngamumu Pop-up Space

An over-the-top, sequined-clad dance battle and homage to the legendary Rock Eisteddfods of decades past. All ages VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Common People Dance Project

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Facing the Wild



orizon Festival is Sunshine Coast's leading contemporary multi-arts festival, presenting 10 days and nights of visual art, music, theatre, dance and creative workshops; inspired by the stories and beauty of the Sunshine Coast. A dedicated kids program will feature an array of shows, activities and workshops for little people and their families to play, make, dance, sing, laugh and learn.

Final Call + Final Call Kids


Mudjimba, Coolum & Mooloolaba Beaches

28 & 29 AUGUST / 3, 4, 5, SEPTEMBER

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden

Explore contemporary visual art display Final Call with the little people in your life and then head into Final Call Kids, a series of interactive nature based activities created by featured artist, Caitlin Franzmann. All ages 29 AUGUST, 5 SEPTEMBER

Siren A series of pop-up dance performances unfolding across the Coast’s beaches. All ages

Circus Wonderland A Mermaid’s Tale


An enthralling mix of acrobatics, aerials and comedy, this delightful hour of fun will keep everyone on the edge of their seats, as the world class cast bring to life mermaids, sailors, lifesavers and more hilarious characters from the sea. All ages

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Facing the Wild: Forest Portrait Gallery

Disco Rainbow Sparkle Dance Party Get ready to dance up a storm in this upbeat and interactive family disco, performance and dance workshop combo. With a high energy live music and dance set, it’s a dance party to satisfy the young… and the young at heart! Ages 0-12

I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You Watch as age collides with experience in a joyous and revealing tell-all, where adults take a backseat as a powerful group of 9 to 13 yearolds drop some truths… and the mic. Ages 9+ 5 SEPTEMBER

Wildlings Forest School

Encourage your littlest creative to explore their wild side in this nature based portrait making workshop led by acclaimed Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung artist, Jandamarra Cadd and Wildlings Forest School. Ages 4+



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fter a brief hiatus changing hands, kids urban streetwear store Five + Knux has relaunched with a fab refresh and stunning updated range. Offering the perfect combination of online shopping, design and creativity with some edgy attitude and cheeky playfulness, taking over the business was the ideal ‘covid pivot’ for event manager Renee Schmidt. “Choosing brands and key pieces in each range to stock, the styling, the mixing and matching of brands, taking photos and creating fun social media posts— it’s great fun!” Renee said. “And it is true, when a small business gets an order in, we really do do a

happy dance!” With an urban, edgy and streetwear vibe, Five + Knux is all about giving kids a chance to express themselves. “It’s mostly unisex, so generally all our pieces can be worn by anyone,” Renee said. “We have a whole lot of attitude. We want kids to have the freedom to express their own style and have fun and be confident in who they are.” “With sustainability in mind it also works well as we stock great quality brands so we’re trying to bring back the ‘hand-me-down’ trend with our pieces—then it won’t matter if you’re wearing your big brother’s jeans or your little sister’s hoodie.”

Building new student pathways



onstruction Skills Queensland and Grace Lutheran College have teamed up to be able to offer students more opportunities in the building and construction industry. The Gateway to Industry Schools Program for the Building and Construction industry is designed to attract and develop a future workforce in this industry in collaboration with the school sector. Students seeking careers in this sector will be provided with opportunities to visit working construction sites and to attend ‘Try a Trade’ days. Work experience placements will be organised to ensure students have access to industry experience in both paraprofessional and trade roles.


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Within days of the agreement being signed, Year 10 student Logan Woolnough was given the opportunity of work experience with Paynters Constructions. Paynters Constructions was so impressed with Logan’s work ethic and willingness to learn, that he was offered a school-based traineeship in Certificate II Civil Construction. Logan still attends school but with a lighter academic load so that he can also be on the construction site. Being a more hands-on learner, this has been a wonderful opportunity for Logan, His whole attitude to school has changed, becoming more positive, more resonsible and more confident, because he has found a sense of purpose.

Logan Woolnough has an exciting construction career ahead.

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JW FAMILY COASTAL ESCAPE Create life’s most meaningful moments in luxury accommodation with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast Hinterland. Enjoy a poolside retreat and snorkel in the resorts iconic saltwater lagoon streaming with tropical fish. Reconnect with a family getaway including 3 night’s accommodation, daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, complimentary snorkel hire, complimentary kids meals, and a choice of JW Garden herb and gardening class or a kids culinary sushi or pizza making class. Valid until December 19, 2021. Promotional code HOL. *Terms and conditions apply. Kids 12yrs and under. Subject to availability.

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Made from 90% linen and 10% cotton, this super cute dress is the ideal yearround staple. Pair with a long-sleeved onesie in winter, or wear alone as a cool and stylish essential in summer. Available in three colours, Chocolate, Snow, Dusty Pink, it’s just one of many wardrobe must-haves from My Little Wardrobe. If that’s not enough to tempt you, they currently have 15% off storewide! $25.50

Make mealtime magic with this Lunch Punch Unicorn sandwich cutter set! Create a majestic full-sized unicorn sandwich or versatile heart shaped bite-size pieces. Lunch Punch sets are available in several fun themes, including Dinosaurs, Space, Puzzles and Mermaids. Made of USFDA approved food-grade virgin ABS plastic, Lunch Punch products are dishwasher safe, BPA free, phylate free, lead free and PVC free. Both product and packaging are 100% recyclable. $14.95

TREASURED LITTLE GIFTS HIDE & SEEK KISSES Perfect for imaginative little ones, this gorgeous game contains 10 little ‘kisses’, inside a natural cotton bag, to play Hide & Seek with. This is a game that can be played in endless different ways—invent a treasure hunt, use them to practise counting, or plant them in surprising places to brighten a tough day. This game encourages flexible thinking and will get you and the kids moving and having fun together. $39.90

Celebrate your child’s next birthday party in style with a great alternative to the traditional party bag full of lollies. You’ll find something special for every boy and girl to help make your celebration a memorable one! These quality party favours are the new way to say ‘thank you!’ From $6

COOLOOLA MILK Shopping local just got a whole lot tastier, with pure and wholesome milk from the heart of the Mary Valley! 100 percent rural Queensland owned, Cooloola Milk has been operating for 22 years, their Jersey cows grazing on the rich pastures of the Mary Valley producing delicious milk and cream for everyone to enjoy. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


CONVERTIBLE TOTE/ NAPPY BAG This stylish bag easily converts from nappy tote bag to baby backpack, to see you through playdates or a lunch date with the girls. Available in black, tan and grey, it features 100% cruelty free vegan leather, several compartments, adjustable shoulder straps, a change mat, side pockets, bottle holder and pouch. $239


Does your cheeky little monkey sometimes need help to find their inner calm at bedtime? Meditate Mate is a soft plush monkey designed to introduce kids to meditation. The monkey has a 7 minute guided meditation that is followed by 20 minutes of soothing music. Created to help out with the struggles of getting kids to go to bed happy and calm. Meditate Mate is designed to ease your child’s ‘monkey mind’. $79.95 // K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

This double-sided playmat is the perfect combination of casual style and imaginative play. One side features a stylish design, then simply flip the mat over for a playful map for the whole family to enjoy. Made from 15mm thick, ecofriendly, shock-absorbent memory foam, it’s soft on hands and knees, and perfect for tummy time, crawling, playing and exploring. $189 //

HOODED DENIM JACKET Your winter favourite, the denim jacket, has a new twist... sweatshirt arms and hoodie! This super soft and stylish jacket has the best of both worlds—looking stylish and being able to be comfy. Featuring branded copper snaps, two front functioning pockets with snaps and classic yellow stitching, fitting is true to size, with the intent to have a roomer fit. Pair with Five + Knux star trackie pants or go for double denim with black distressed jeans! $44.95 //

CRAYOLA COLOURS OF THE WORLD Crayola has teamed up with MAC cosmetics and MOB Beauty to create 24 new specially formulated colours representing over 40 global skin tones across the world. With the Colors of the World art tools, Crayola hopes to support a more inclusive world for children of all ages, races, cultures and ethnicities. The range includes 24 new specially formulated crayons, 24 coloured pencils, 24 markers and 48 page colouring book. From $4 // J U LY / A U G U S T 2021






s a provider of high-quality early education, Green Leaves Early Learning recognises that all children are unique. Delivering flexible and customised learning journeys that suit each child’s strengths, culture, abilities and interests, as well as reflective of the communities they live in, is something they take pride in. Since opening their first centre in 2014 in North Brisbane, Green Leaves is excited to have recently opened it's tenth centre in Carindale. Committed to engaging with local communities, Green Leaves has three more bespoke centres scheduled to open this year in Margate, Newport and Kenmore. With each centre carefully constructed to reflect the educational and architectural needs of their suburbs, these brand new learning havens provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to grow, learn and thrive in their formative years. W H AT M A K E S G R E E N L E AV E S DIFFERENT? INNOVATIVE LEARNING SPACES Every Green Leaves centre is made up of age-appropriate learning hubs. These hubs are bright and inviting, filled with rich, warm timber resources and innovative educational


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materials and technology. Each hub leads out into an expansive outdoor play space, where children can enjoy hours of fun on the bike track, in the cubby house, or working away in the raised edible gardens. With a focus on protecting and cherishing our natural world, the eco conscious learning spaces at Green Leaves, invite children to explore and investigate their natural world.

Large learning spaces with innovative education materials.

UNIQUE LEARNING JOURNEYS Each child has the opportunity to learn and engage in customised learning journeys. Bachelor qualified early childhood teachers deliver Kindergarten approved programs (4-6 years old) designed to support children to develop their skills and abilities, which are essential to future learning success. UNDERSTANDING THEIR FAMILY’S NEEDS We all know the importance of all-inclusive fees and the peace of mind that it brings to parents and caregivers. Therefore, at Green Leaves, daily fees include all linen, nappies, hats, nutritious chef-prepared meals and snacks, and extra-curricular activities. These activities range from yoga to culinary and music classes, to visiting shows and excursions.

Green Leaves is committed to raising the benchmark for early education and care across the country. They achieve this by doing things differently, and in doing so, are able to provide a high-quality educational experiences envied by others in the education sector. Places at their new Margate, Newport and Kenmore centres are filling fast. Visit to find a Green Leaves Early Learning centre near you. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

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water park, ice skating rink, kids club, cafe, retail shops, deluxe family rooms and an adultsonly pool and bar opening this Christmas, all situated within one resort and just a few short minute’s walk from some of the Gold Coast’s best beaches. What could this place possibly be? Paradise Resort on the Gold Coast has just undergone major renovations as part of its 2021 post-COVID glow-up. And here at Kids on the Coast HQ, we just can’t get enough of it! The project has included a captivating upgrade of the resort’s main lobby, complete with a jungle gym, sleek marble walls and stylish decor. Before you even unpack, you’ll find yourself relaxing as you sink into the lobby lounges, soaking up the view of the tropical aquarium behind the front desk. Once you’ve checked in, it’s off to your room in the brand-new deluxe accommodation wing ‘Dusty’s Digs’, a tribute to the iconic Aussie adventurer and one of four resort mascots, Dusty. From there, the choices are endless, rock climbing or laser tag? Perhaps some snacks from one of four new dining venues? Or if you are staying later in the year you can utilise the kids club and sneak off to the adults-only pool bar that is currently under construction and due to be open this Christmas. No matter your mood, personal style or family size, one thing is for sure, the whole family is going to love the new-look Paradise Resort! However, while this multi-award-winning family resort may be basking in the glitz and glamour of a 10 million dollar renovation, behind the scenes there’s a whole different story of what could have been. At the start of 2020, the future for Paradise Resort looked bleak. Amidst a global pandemic and an infrastructure boom, it was set for demolition to make way for a new apartment tower, just another to

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Pew pew pew! The kid-sized fun never stops! blend into the skyline. After having been an integral part of the Gold Coast tourism scene for nearly 40 years, and having hosted generations of Australians throughout its time, hotel owner Dr Jerry Schwartz knew this couldn’t possibly be the end. So, Jerry and the team at the Schwartz family group put their heads and their pockets together to come up with Plan B—a great big do-over. This refurbishment is revolutionising the meaning of a one-stop-shop holiday destination. Together, Jerry and the resort’s dedicated general manager Mr David Brook, pride themselves on the experience they offer. A place they believe is not somewhere simply to just stay, but a place to visit and experience together as a family. With endless kids club adventures, two giant water parks, a lagoon pool, a large heated spa and a daily entertainment program, you’ll be lucky if you even see the kids! Making the escape to the newly established adults-only poolside bar and cafe all the more appealing, because once it opens, all you’ll need to do is sit back,

relax and replenish. There’s never been a better time to take a staycation right here in Southeast Queensland, as Queensland tourism is revamping its $28 billion dollar industry. With world-renowned theme parks, glorious beaches, a stunning hinterland and some of the state’s best national parks, Mr Brook believes that locals don’t get enough time to explore their own backyard—a backyard that other Aussies travel thousands of miles for. “No other state in Australia has weather like this, especially as we come into winter. J U LY / A U G U S T 2021


The holiday resort that has something for everyone!

The Gold Coast itself is renowned for being Australia’s favourite playground, so why not take advantage of a wonderful, fun-filled holiday right here at home!” he said. It’s a holiday that Mr Brook says has become a growing family tradition. “Families keep coming back year after year because they know we value them,” he said. microwave, toaster, crockery and cutlery (for “There is no one size fits all, and every when you’re craving that easy home-cooked family loves us for a different reason. meal), and thoughtful little extras such as Whether it’s because of the quality time USB charging points, a 55 inch Smart TV and spent with the kids riding our waterslides, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. They have or the precious time enjoyed alone while the also been fitted with an environmentallykids are amused at teens club. Sometimes friendly ducted air-conditioning system and it’s our unforgettable live shows or just the a new telephone system that provides free fact that they can holiday somewhere that guest calls locally and nationally. has something for everyone. We know that With all these exciting changes, we couldn’t Paradise Resort is, and will be, help but ask Jerry, what is his at the centre of many family favourite part of the project? THERE’S NEVER BEEN memories for years to come. “That’s like saying you have A BETTER TIME TO TAKE And we don’t think this will ever A STAYCATION RIGHT a favourite child, we couldn’t change, these memories will just choose just one,” he chuckles. HERE IN SOUTHEAST “However, we have received keep getting better!” QUEENSLAND rave reviews about the new So enough about the amazing rooms, many guests rating them facilities, what about the rooms? 5 stars! Many comment on how mesmerised We hear you. Sometimes you book yourself a they are by the new aquarium featured holiday at these amazing ‘family’ resorts but behind our arrival desk. Families, both young the rooms are too small, not kid friendly and and old, are in love with our new signature don’t even have a TV! (We know sometimes restaurant ‘Penguins’, which has added family you just need that late night veg out when the kids are finally asleep.) fun back into our dining experience.” As part of the $10 million dollar Paradise Resort is proving one thing that refurbishment, all of the resort’s rooms we’re sure you can all relate to—even in your are getting upgraded through phases, with forties, you can still be fun! The resort is all rooms due to be finished by the end of gearing up for its birthday bash celebrating 2023. However, you can make the most the big 40 later this year in November. Jerry of these luxurious and newly renovated said, this milestone is even sweeter given the rooms right now. The new Dusty’s Deluxe resort’s predicament just a short 18 months wing exudes family comfort and style. The ago. So, they plan to celebrate big! Be sure to generously sized rooms have two plush keep your eyes peeled, and your November queen size beds, an ensuite bathroom with a schedule cleared, as some exciting plans are shower and double vanity, kitchenette with a in the works.


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DEALS FOR FAMILIES Take advantage of Paradise Resort’s three-night Family Staycation package from just $499* per family. This includes: • 3 nights’ accommodation for a family of up to four • Daily continental breakfast for the entire family • $50 Resort Credit when you stay 3 nights or $100 Resort Credit when you stay 5 nights • One Kids Club session for every child. • Unlimited use of the water park • A range of daily activities and entertainment plus much more for the entire family to enjoy • Full flexibility to change dates • Option to pay-off holiday, with interest-free periodic payments • Valid for travel on selected dates until 21 Dec 2021 *Rates are from $499, subject to availability. Conditions apply.

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Experience NOOSA alive! July 15th – 24th 2021 Over 25 events spread throughout Noosa region celebrating 10 days of unique performing arts excitement! Noosa’s unique natural environment and village-style atmosphere provide the inspiring backdrop Community events for all ages An experience for the body, mind and soul

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A five-star experience for the whole family

The new jewel ON THE

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f you think you know all that the Gold Coast has to offer, then think again. While Queensland slowly opened back up to the rest of Australia last year, one iconic hotel was quietly undergoing an incredible $35 million transformation—and the result is every traveller’s dream. The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort has reopened as the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, and it’s already impressed families around the country with its amazing offerings. The five-star property, right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, has 223 beautifully redesigned rooms and suites with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean right around to the Gold Coast hinterland. As the very first JW Marriott in Australia, no expense has been spared making little travellers welcome and giving their parents the relaxing break they deserve. When guests check in, children are gifted their own package with an activity book, crayons, and a schedule of all of the family activities that week. And there’s no shortage of those. The Family by JW program caters to families who are creative, active or culinaryminded. The complimentary activities include scavenger hunts, fish feeding at the Lagoon Pool and use of sporting equipment on the basketball and tennis courts. Pre-booked activities start from just $20, and include junior mixology sessions, Mini Minoso sushi classes, pizza making in Citrique restaurant, and herb planting in the

JW Garden. The hotel also has a games room, open from 8am to 10pm, which has arcade-style amusements for all ages. While the beach is only a leisurely 300-metre walk away, families can happily spend hours in the Marriott’s famous water attractions, which include a heated freshwater resort pool, slides, hot-tub, and the ever-impressive saltwater lagoon surrounded by rocky grottos and waterfalls. The four-metre deep lagoon will delight kids—and adults—of all ages, with its reef and more than 300 tropical fish that can be explored with on-site snorkel and sea scooter hire. The lagoon’s sandy shoreline even has a silicone-base that prevents it from sticking, how great is that! And because this is a five-star experience, there’s no need to bring your own towel for the sun loungers and cabanas dotted around the pool’s lush tropical gardens. When it comes to mealtimes, children are well-catered for at the Marriott’s four restaurants and bars. Not only are they all equipped with high chairs and children’s utensils, the menus are both kid-friendly and reflect the hotel’s farm-to-table program, using produce—including edible flowers— from the onsite garden. For those that prefer to eat poolside, they’ve taken care of that too, with a retro food van serving delicious Asian-inspired street food. Now that’s a holiday both parents and kids can rave about!



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ooking for a school holiday activity that both you and the kids will love? Or the perfect venue for your child’s next birthday party? V-Golf is fun for the whole family! The 18 hole mini golf course has been designed with many natural features, including rocky terrain, pine posts, boulders and lush plants. Kids will love experiencing mini golf outside, with plenty of shade sails covering most of the course. The holes vary in difficulty, which means the fun isn’t just for the kids! The course has been created to challenge serious putters and is perfect to practice your short game. Adults can also put their swing to the test on our indoor golf simulators! With over 80 courses around the world to select from, why not beat the heat and have a game in the air conditioning? We are also a fully licensed venue, so you can enjoy all your favourite Australian beers, wines and ciders. For the kids, there are ice creams, slushies, a variety of snacks & soft drinks.

With a range of party packages & catering options available, you’re bound to have a ball at V-Golf! Parthenia St & Sandgate Rd, Boondall QLD 4034 | (07) 3265 7066 |

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orth Star Holiday Resort at Hastings Point has reopened its Marine Discovery Centre following a million-dollar transformation. Featuring a showcase of world-class marine and coastal science displays, state-of-the-art light and sound technology and interactive digital terminals, the upgraded Marine Discovery Centre is designed to inspire and educate, and help people of all ages to understand and care for the aquatic environment. Located above the new adult leisure centre at North Star Holiday Resort, the centre also has a purpose-built space for lectures, seminars, social and business events, and school trips. Since the original centre opened in 2008, thousands of school groups from across Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, along with holidaymakers at North Star Holiday Resort, have visited the centre to learn about the importance of protecting the marine environment. And with the refurbishment complete, the centre is now set to continue to be a leading destination for marine education for many years to come.

THE HISTORY OF THE NORTH STAR HOLIDAY RESORT MARINE DISCOVERY CENTRE The Marine Discovery Centre’s story dates back 60 years, to when Marine Biologist Ted Brambleby first began collecting marine specimens. The passionate environmentalist first shared his displays


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from the boot of his car in the ‘60s, driving coastal roads and stopping to educate beachgoers, scuba divers, snorkellers and like-minded ocean lovers along the way. In 1999, Ted joined forces with teacher and business partner Kerrie Trees and created a unique opportunity for camps and day visits for students, teachers, community groups and holidaymakers at Hastings Point Caravan Park. In 2008, proprietors of North Star, Ian and Diana Beadel, allocated space in their resort’s ‘Seascape Building’ for Ted and Kerrie to set up their marine specimens and displays.

THE MARINE DISCOVERY CENTRE REFURBISHED Fast forward to 2021 and Ian and Diana Beadel have funded the latest refurbishment, with a cost of $1M, to ensure the longevity of this unique environmental learning facility. Ian says he sees this investment as paramount to the continuation of the program’s success, fostering respect and knowledge of the marine environment amongst younger generations. “Many aren’t aware that it is one of the largest, privately funded marine education facilities in Australia; a valuable community asset that must be fiercely protected. It’s one of a kind, and this latest redevelopment is the next phase of our long-term strategy to ensure its future,” says Ian. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


“We aim to teach people to have a voice for the marine environment and be proud to use it” Having been an integral part of the education programs at the Marine Discovery Centre for over 12 years, Ted’s son, Rhett, is now busy reviving their popular school holiday camp program and weekly discovery sessions. “Prior to COVID, we ran a very busy school program, where schools from across Southeast Queensland would come for a one- or two-night camp to utilise both the marine centre and explore the unique rocky shores that we are so lucky to have at Hastings Point,” said Rhett. “At low tide, it’s an incredible place for kids to explore; looking in crevices and pools and finding all sorts of creatures.” “Kids can see octopus and wobbygongs, and hold sea cucumbers. They can experience the huge biodiversity around them and see marine life in action.” “We found that combining theoretical knowledge at the centre with field work at the rocky shores proved to be a huge success, so we can’t wait to welcome school groups to our new Marine Discovery Centre once more and continue that education.” Rhett also holds weekly discovery sessions at the Marine Discovery Centre, for families to visit and explore the centre. “We’ve got microscopes so the kids can explore micro communities and touch tanks for kids to see marine life up

World-class marine and coastal science displays.

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Interactive terminals for kids to explore.

close. These sessions are already proving to be a much-loved part of a family’s holiday activities!” For resort guests staying at North Star Holiday Resort during the school holidays, Rhett also runs free guided walks to the rocky shores. “Its quite easy in our modern world for kids to never really venture into an eco system. They might have gone to the park, watched the Octonauts on TV, but to actually hand them a sea urchin to hold, and see that joy of holding a real creature—it’s always an incredible moment.” Marine Discovery Centre Educator and passionate environmentalist, Kerrie Trees, says it is up to every person on the planet to be the voice for micro and macro fauna and flora that have no voice. “Through this centre, we can continue to encourage the young and the old, schools, communities and governments to take up the challenge and accept responsibility for our environment. “We aim to teach people, especially younger generations, to have a voice for the marine environment and be proud to use it,” said Kerrie. The launch of the new Marine Discovery Centre coincided with the announcement that North Star had been awarded the highly regarded Eco-Tourism Australia certification, which is internationally recognised through the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. For more information about the Marine Discovery Centre opening times, or student and group visits, go to J U LY / A U G U S T 2021




ooking for a holiday where you can have your cake and eat it? With their exceptional food and beverage offerings, a holiday at Big 4 Gold Coast means just that, with the popular park going above and beyond when it comes to feeding the family. Themed deals are their specialty, with Valentines Day, St Patrick’s Day and Australia Day all getting their own holiday specials. For example, on Mother’s Day, mums can relax with an Antipasto platter and a frozen cocktail. Yes please! To bring some fun to the menu, once a month the park holds a themed day. Their Hawaiian theme included Pulled Pork Tacos with a cocktail... yummo! They also have weekly specials like a seafood special, as well as parmi nights, cocktail

tastings, wine and cheese tastings and Happy Hour on Fridays. Coming into the colder months, expect some winter warmer meal specials, and an amazing selection of homemade cakes and cookies to enjoy with a barista-made coffee. To make the visit as easy as possible for families, Big 4 Gold Coast has also introduced QR codes in all the cabanas around the pool and the waterpark, on the tables in Nibbles Café and Nibbles Terrace as well as on the bar-top seating in the Terrace, so guests can scan, order and pay for their food and have it delivered straight to them. Combine that with their epic waterpark that features 317 metres of water slides, dog-friendly cabins and giant off-leash area, and you’ve got a holiday that’s perfect for the whole family.



ROAST LEG OF LAMB There’s nothing like a roast dinner to warm the soul on a chilly winter’s day. This roast leg of lamb is simple to make and deeeelicious! INGREDIENTS


1 large leg of lamb, approx 3kg 6 garlic cloves, minced (cut 1 clove into thin wedges) 1 bunch rosemary 1 bunch oregano 1 lemon, juiced and zested 6 tbsp olive oil 1.5 kg potatoes 400g can diced tomatoes ½ cup pitted kalamata olives

1. Preheat oven to 240°C. Combine minced garlic, lemon zest, half the oregano and a pinch of salt with pestle and mortar. 2. Mix in lemon juice and 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. 3. Score lamb with a small, sharp knife and stuff holes with herb paste. Insert garlic wedge and small sprig of rosemary. 4. Toss potatoes in remaining olive oil and herb paste. Place lamb in the centre and roast for 20 mins, then reduce temperature to 180C for 1.5 to 2+ hours*. 5. Baste every 30 min and shuffle potatoes. Remove lamb and let rest. 6. Simmer tomatoes and olives in pan juice over medium heat. Serve with potatoes, sliced lamb and your favourite greens.

*Cooking times may vary with different ovens

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he wonderful Horizon Festival returns to the Sunshine Coast this August, bringing 10 days of arts-fuelled fun to families across southeast Quensland. Top of our must-see list at the 2021 festival has to be Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid’s Tale. Held at the spectacular Wonderland Spiegeltent, that will be erected in Cotton Tree Park for the duration of the festival as festival HQ, this captivating mix of acrobatics, aerials and comedy brings to life mermaids, sailors and plenty of funny characters from the sea. We were lucky enough to chat to Maddy Burleigh, who plays the mermaid in the show, to find out more about circus life and what it’s like to be a ‘real life’ mermaid.


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How long have you been with Circus Wonderland and what was your path to joining the circus? I have been with Circus Wonderland for three years now. I stumbled upon circus classes one day and tried the aerials. After that I tried everything I could and found what I enjoyed most: acrobatics with the sailor and gracefully flying in the air on the aerials!

What do you think kids will love most about the upcoming show?

beginning, when I meet the sailor and it’s love at first sight and we perform a beautiful perch act together.

Any extra bits to watch out for? Keep an eye on our lifesaver Barry! That’s all I can say!

Any tips for families coming to the show? Barry tends to be very clumsy, so the front row is a potential splash zone! Also bubbles don’t taste as good as they look!

I think that not only the kids but the adults will love how fun and funny the show is!

What makes this such a great show for families?

What is your favourite part of A Mermaid’s Tale?

The show is enjoyable, engaging, and interactive for all ages. It will have you laughing and on the edge of your seats with the incredible talents of the whole cast.

My favourite part of the show is at the

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The mini Coasters were so blown away that we were chatting with a mermaid, they also insisted on asking their own questions… and of course they stole the show! #ImOutOfAJob What is your favourite thing about being a mermaid? Adventuring through the sea, looking for lost treasure in old sunken ships! Playing with the sea creatures, and swimming with my dolphin friends is definitely one of my favourite things to do. But also not having to add salt to any of my food!

What is the hardest thing about being a mermaid? Getting my land legs and having to remember how to walk again. It’s also very hard to keep my home clean when bottles and nets keep getting washed up.

“Mermaids must drink lots of water to stay hydrated and take lots of baths so we don’t dry out!”

As you are a mermaid in the circus, can you do lots of cool tricks?

If we are not near the sea we have a large pool I can relax in.

I can do lots of cool tricks not only in the water but on other humans and even in the air!

How do you go between land and sea? I was born with my mermaid tail. When you are old enough you are able to shed your tail for human legs for a short time, but we must drink lots of water to stay hydrated and take lots of baths so we don’t dry out!

Do you live in the ocean, or does the circus have a pool? We mostly perform near the ocean so I can go home when I lose my land legs.

How can I be a mermaid when I grow up? With a little bit of mermaid magic and lots of swimming practice you may just start to grow your own tail!

What do you do on your day off? I love exploring the human land and meeting all of the friendly people! But I also enjoy searching for sea shells and pearls in the ocean on my days off. MORE INFO

A captivating mix of acrobatics, aerials and comedy.

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ining out just got a lot more exciting, because Kawana Shoppingworld has recently launched their latest entertainment bundle: Flicks, Food & Fun. Simply enjoy a meal at your favourite foodie outlet and receive a free* ticket to a movie of your choice at Event Cinemas Kawana, plus a $5 games card for use at Planet Arcades. This is the latest addition to the growing range of family friendly services.

Free Childminding It’s not very often that, as parents, we get a night out without the kids. But Kawana Shoppingworld is giving local mums and dads the chance to enjoy a date night or catch up with friends without your bambinos in tow. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U

Once a month, kids will be treated to a screening of a family friendly movie at Event Cinemas Kawana accompanied by qualified childminders. And this new service is completely free! Bookings are essential, as there are limited spaces available. To book or find out more about free childminding visit the Kawana Shoppingworld website at www.

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Live Music Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get better, you can now have your meal with a side of tunes when dining at any of the outdoor eateries at Kawana Shoppingworld! Upcoming artists and talented local musicians will be pumping out cool beats in the precinct every weekend, so sit back, relax and enjoy! J U LY / A U G U S T 2021



Dining Out So you’ve decided to go out to eat? Well, that’s the easy part done. The next question is where to go? If you’re having trouble deciding, we suggest starting with your cuisine of choice and taking it from there. FEEL LIKE MODERN A U S T R A L I A N ? If an old-fashioned juicy burger is your thing, grab your crew and bond over burgers and delicious herbed chips at Grill’d. If you need somewhere quieter for avo-smash and coffee, try the all-day breakfast delights at The Good Place. As the café name suggests, their seasonal menus reflect modern, beachy flavours, that are completely gluten-free, wholesome and made from sustainably and locally sourced produce. They even have a kid’s menu too! Just thinking about pan-fried gnocchi or a mixed grill platter from The Groove Train makes our mouths water. This eclectic restaurant and bar serves up a range of flavourful, bold dishes that would appeal to any appetite. Whether it's an intimate dinner for two, a lively meal for 15 or a famly celebration, they’ve got it covered. A S I A N S O U N D I N G G O O D ? We may have had to miss out on overseas travel, but one thing we haven’t had to miss out on is delicious Asian food. You can get all the authentic noodle-goodness from P’Nut Street Noodles. Their chefs combine traditional cooking methods with handmade sauce

Grill'd bases sourced from Thailand to give all the dishes that signature street flavour. If you prefer Japanese, it’s never been easier to satisfy those sushi cravings than at the Sushi Chain. Dishes are served sushi-train style (a heap of fun for the kids, right?) and include a range of nigiri, aburi, gunkan, hand rolls and hot side dishes. MEXICAN MORE YOUR THING? Grab your sombreros, amigos! The muchloved burritos, tacos and nachos from Guzman Y Gomez are perfect for family time or a quick bite on the fly. Better yet, get some friends together, grab a frozen margarita and settle on in. HOW ABOUT SOMETHING FROM THE USA? Lone Star Rib House has rounded up the biggest flavours of Texas. So, pull out your boots and mosey on in for the best BBQ ribs in town. Just make sure you don’t go belly up before dessert. HOW ABOUT EUROPEAN SWEETS? Prepare to become obsessed with the chocolately goodness from Oliver Brown. Their mouth-watering waffles or freshly baked churros are perfect for a midmorning or afternoon treat. We are sure you’ll enjoy every chocolatey bite.

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hough we dream of being that parent who packs a Pinterest-worthy lunchbox, the reality is that our kids’ lunchboxes are usually a collection of whatever healthy-ish things we can throw together before dashing out the door each day. Fortunately, the team at King’s Christian College has compiled some handy tips to make that dash a little easier!


While variety and presentation may make a lunchbox more appealing, there is no need to cut sandwiches into novelty shapes or stuff a bento box with a myriad of tiny snacks. Focus on providing enough food, which you know they will eat, to get them through the day and balance their nutritional needs with other meals eaten at home.


They are much more likely to eat what’s in the lunch box if they have a hand in preparing it. Even getting their ideas and suggestions can boost the likelihood of success.


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Don’t be fooled by those glossy food photos! Think about how the food will travel and how it will look in a few hours’ time. Our enjoyment of food comes as much from how it looks as how it tastes.


There are many alternatives to the traditional sandwich that are quick to prep and pack:

• Left-over pizza slices • Noodles or soup in a thermos • Crackers and spread (with a plastic knife) • Pasta salads • Hard-boiled eggs


Most kids are quite happy to assemble their own sandwiches at school. So, when time is tight, just butter a couple of slices of bread and pack with small boxes of cream cheese/ chicken and leave them to it. Other ideas might include:

• Cruskits/Ryvita and spread (they go soggy if you spread in advance) • DIY ‘Lunchables’ - crackers with small portions of cheese and ham • Plain pitta bread with separate box of salad, grated carrot, cheese, etc. • Plain Greek yoghurt with small container of honey and/or granola


Keep an eye on dinner to see what leftovers can be repurposed. The following will make great lunches the next day:

• Meatballs or sausages • Strips of seasoned chicken • Garlic bread • Side salad • Slices of pie


Sneak in a little lunchbox prep whilst making dinner. If the oven is on, pop in some cheese straws or sausage rolls at the same time. Or slice extra carrot sticks to box up with dip, whilst preparing the evening veggies. K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


Making lunchboxes the night before is admirable, but not many parents actually manage it. However, starting the school week organised can significantly ease the morning stress, and this is as simple as preparing some lunch components in batches in advance. Weekend prep might include things like:

• Slices/tray bakes, which can be frozen • Muffins (sweet and savoury) • Banana bread • Home-made hummus • Savoury pastries or quiches • Home-made muesli/cereal bars • Mini lasagnes (using muffin tins) • Splitting fruit and veg such as carrot sticks and small bunches of grapes into individual portions • Packaging crackers/nuts/dried fruits in individual containers

While leaving sandwich assemblage until the morning keeps things fresh, it helps to have fillings prepped and ready to go in the fridge, such as:

• Shredded iceberg lettuce • Cooked chicken and bacon • Ready sliced cheese • Tuna and mayo

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Sandwich fillings that freeze well:

• Butter • Cream cheese (full-fat freezes better than low-fat) • Cheese (except for cottage cheese) • Ham • Pesto • Peanut butter • Vegemite • Meat/chicken • Mustard


By high school (at the latest), your kids should be able to prepare and pack their own lunches. Younger children should be able to assemble their own lunch box, if you’ve prepped the components. Of course, when kids are responsible for their own lunches, there’s the risk of them packing a box full of snacks and sugary nastiness, so it’s important to establish rules. This can be done with a simple checklist on the fridge:

• 1 piece of fruit • 1 sandwich, wrap or alternative • 1 dairy (yoghurt or cheese) • 1 vegetable • 1 fibre/grains (dried fruit, muesli bar) • Water


Even growing, active children need less food than we think they do. Here is a nutritionist’s guide to how much food children should consume for lunch: TO D D L E R (1-3 Y E A R S)

• 1 slice bread + avocado = 140cal • 100g yoghurt + fruit = 160cal PRIMARY (4-7 YEARS)

• Carrot sticks = 20cal • 1 piece of fruit = 80cal • Popcorn = 60cal • Chicken wrap = 200cal

P R E-T E E N S (8-12 Y E A R S)

• Cut-up salad = 60cal • 1 piece of fruit = 80cal • Popcorn = 60cal • Cheese and crackers = 150cal • Tuna and avocado bread roll = 250cal TEENAGERS (13+)

• 2 pieces of fruit = 160cal • Chicken sandwich = 200cal • Tuna salad = 200cal • Cheese and crackers = 150cal • Nut bar = 150cal

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DINE & RIDE A great day out for the whole family


or a day that ticks boxes for the whole family, we think we might have found the perfect solution in the newly introduced Mary Valley Rattler Dine and Ride Experience. For the kids: a chance to experience a steam train in action, along with a kids activity pack, souvenir, yummy kids meal and all the fun of a day out on a train. For the parents: a relaxing journey through the stunning Mary Valley countryside, a delicious lunch and beverage of your choice, a chance to explore the local history, and the kids enthralled with the steam train along the way. Step on board one of the meticulously restored trains and travel along the tracks that have been brought back to life. Sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Mary Valley. The journey through the Mary Valley passes through the picturesque small town of Dagun to Amamoor. Nestled in the centre of the Mary Valley, Amamoor is an historic town bordered by Amamoor State Forest which is home to more than 120 species of birds. Here the train will turn around on the restored turntable. You can watch this fascinating process or explore the quaint community of Amamoor. The Historic Gympie Station, Tozer Street is a typical Queensland rail heritage building which has been fully restored to its former glory, where your Dine and Ride


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experience stops for lunch. Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore the station which houses a historical display sharing stories of the Mary Valley Railway line and its people. With the Dine and Ride experience, the Mary Valley Rattler has combined the best of both worlds to have everything covered for your family! The Rusty Rails Cafe is open seven days a week, offering tasty station-made goods, making it a great destination cafe, whether you are travelling on the train or not! Visit the website to plan your Mary Valley Rattler experience or join the mailing list to keep up to date on special events and holiday services. THE DINE AND RIDE EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

• Priority pre boarding • Assigned seating • On-board morning treat • Lunch at the cafe • Beverage of choice with meal • Commemorative souvenir • Kids activity pack

INFO: Adults $125 Child (2 -12 yrs) $60 Tickets and more information:

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e chat to Kimberley Harper, Parentline Manager, to find out how we can normalise asking for and accepting help. Because, fellow parents, the era of perfect and stoic parenting is totally over. (Amen to that!) WHAT CAN WE DO TO NORMALISE HELP SEEKING? The shift in normalising help seeking has already begun. The world was different a decade ago—people were less busy, but also less likely to put their hand up when they needed help. Today, most people are more open to discussing their emotional needs. However, there’s still work to be done to remove that stigma that says you are failing if you need support. Parents need to know that needing support is not an indictment on their parenting. Everyone needs help! And this needs to be the norm, not the exception. HOW CAN PARENTLINE HELP? Parentline can help in so many ways! We offer a free (yes, free!) counselling service, available 365 days a year, 8am to 10pm. All you need to do is pick up the phone, or jump onto our web chat.

In this day and age, where wait times to see health specialists are long (and often very costly), Parentline is a service that is always available and always free, and every parent needs to know that. Most importantly, there’s no limitations to how you use the service. There’s a huge percentage that are one-off calls, but we can provide ongoing support too. We can book in calls for families and we can listen— no matter how big or small you feel the problem is. For me, parenting comes down to capacity. On certain days, it can be lower than others. When a parents capacity is low and they are struggling, to have someone non-judgemental to act as a holding space is invaluable. WHY DO YOU FEEL PARENTS ARE R E A L LY S T R U G G L I N G T O D AY ? Everything that happens in your life affects your capacity to parent. And we have so much more going on nowadays—work, managing finances, running a household, friendships, lack of extended family support. All these things impact on our daily life. I like to see it as: it’s not what pops the balloon, but rather what has been blowing it up.

WE ARE VERY PROUD TO BE YOUR MEDIA PARTNER! WHY DO WE ALL NEED TO J O I N F O R C E S T O D AY T O HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE? I’m a massive advocate for early intervention, and normalising use of the service for everyday families. Partnering with a wonderful magazine like Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City—that reaches a large proportion of parents in Southeast Queensland—is invaluable in letting families know that we are here to help. The sooner we get in there and assist, making this service as normal as calling the GP, the better it is for families. If we look after parents and their emotional wellbeing, the kick on effect is huge. I F Y O U C O U L D S AY O N E T H I N G T O N E W PA R E N T S T O D AY, W H AT WOULD THAT BE? Parents need to understand how important they are. The concept of self care needs to be top of mind, and and they need to know that free support is available to them, whenever they need it. And it’s ok to ask for help, everyone needs help sometimes.



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LET’S HEAR IT FOR MORE PLAY ON VACAY! The best family holidays aren’t about the budget or even the destination


By Josephine Agostino

lanning the perfect family holiday can leave many parents falling into a very familiar trap. In an effort to keep everyone happy, and avoid the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ from the kids, trips away from the hustle and bustle of daily life have become overscheduled with back-to-back activities and ticket bookings. New research has revealed that the most rewarding family holidays happen when there is far less planning both before and during a trip away. According to a survey conducted by vacation home website Stayz, the most memorable family holiday activity isn’t one of Australia’s most visited tourist sites. It’s playing. “Playing games, swimming in the pool, eating out and making sandcastles are the greatest holiday memories for Australians,” says Stayz travel expert Simone Scoppa. Regardless of whether the vacation is at a campground, farmstay, resort, rental house—or even a staycation at home—what Aussies really want out of their few precious weeks each year away from work and school with their loved ones is more unstructured downtime. “Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all had a very serious 12 months and it’s left


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us craving some good times with loved ones,” says Ms Scoppa. “Time for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, nieces and nephews to escape into a game of cards, hide and seek, dress ups or Marco Polo in the swimming pool. Time not to worry about work, homework or mowing the grass.” The hectic juggle of daily life is providing families with less time to play than ever before, and that’s evident in the survey, which revealed 61 percent of women and 59 percent of men agree that parents feel guilty for not having time to play with their kids. That means creating opportunities for this type of interaction on holidays is far more important than ticking off locations on an itinerary. The survey revealed that seven in 10 Aussies believe that playing with kids helps to create stronger bonds and memories. Of all the states surveyed, it’s Queenslanders who value play the most, with 76 percent of respondents believing play is key to achieving a quality family holiday. Making time to play is also much better for our health than we think, says leading psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. “Nothing lights up the human brain like three-dimensional play with loved ones,” says Dr Carr-Gregg, who is a specialist in

This Stayz holiday home in Castaways Beach is the ultimate play house. parenting, children and adolescents. “Not only does play relieve stress, improve brain function and enhance creativity, it also improves our relationships and our connections to other people. Play is what helps us feel young and energetic throughout our entire lifespan.” So, what’s high on the wishlist for Aussies to enjoy more playtime on holidays? Stazy reports some of the most requested items for family accommodation are: high K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U • K I D S I N T H E C I T Y.C O M . A U


speed internet, a swimming pool with inflatables, an indoor cinema room, board games, and scooters and bikes. “Once we drilled down into the research it was clear that it was human connection—not just internet connection—that really matters most to families,” says Ms Scoppa. It’s not just immediate families who benefit from playtime while on a break. Grandparents create stronger bonds with children in their family during this special time, according to 46 percent of those surveyed. That’s why holiday options that allow grandparents as well as other extended family members to spend more time with each other are becoming more popular than ever as people seek the reconnection lost during the pandemic. When choosing a destination, consider the type of downtime that your family enjoys most. Do they want to spend hours in the water cooling off, or would they rather somewhere to explore the bush and spot wildlife? Wherever you go, enjoying playtime doesn’t have to cost a cent. You could: • Take a dip at the property’s local beach or lake—or if it has a hose in the backyard, spray it at the kids for some old fashioned fun. • Take a few sports items from the garage and create a backyard Olympics. • Bring a portable speaker and have a nightly dance party. • Make a scavenger hunt and treasure map to explore the accommodation grounds. Deciding just what type of

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Ditch the itinerary, it's time to plan a holiday around fun!

accommodation may suit a family’s needs can be tricky, but there are plenty of online tools to help take the stress out of planning. Stayz provides the option to search for properties with items such as cots and high chairs, those that allow pets, and those that have been rated 4+ stars by reviewers with families. Having dedicated family time to rest and relax together does wonders in helping the family bond more. Look for the right accommodation that will grant you relaxing amenities, like a private pool or hot tub, as well as communal spaces for a game of charades or completing a jigsaw puzzle. Stayz also has a new function on its Trip Boards planning tool where you can now add a poll to allow members of your group to vote on their favourite place to stay. Taking a few shortcuts for meal planning will also give you more quality family time. Arrange a grocery delivery for your arrival day and have a few meals planned out. If you’re driving, take a meal kit box with you and share the cooking load with other family members without having to worry about what dish to make. Creating unforgettable family experiences is the goal of every holiday—and there are just as many opportunities to do that, despite not being able to go overseas. “Family holidays have been a lifelong tradition in Australia,” says Ms Scoppa. “And at the core of what holidays are all about is just bringing your loved ones together and making new memories to talk about for years to come.” J U LY / A U G U S T 2021





iny, curled-up bundles of love, the precious newborn stage is over in the blink of an eye. Newborn photography is the best way to capture this fleeting time, but with only one window of opportunity, how do you ensure you get it right? We chat to newborn photographer Radi from Snuggle Pix to find out.

Why do you feel newborn photography is important for families? Newborns grow so fast and that tiny baby stage is so incredibly fleeting. Newborn photography allows you to revisit and relive this poignant and beautiful moment time and time again, and share these moments with future generations. It also captures and signifies family bonding at this very new stage in your lives together. Plus, birthing a baby is a huge milestone and deserves documenting professionally!

When is the best time to book, considering you don’t know when baby will arrive? Capturing those fleeting newborn days.

It’s best to book during your final trimester and a good photographer will always put your date preferences first, and make time for you even if you book last minute.

What baby age is best? The best time to photograph is around one week old, if you are looking for those sleepy snuggly images where baby is easily moulded into poses and not fussing. Some clients prefer that baby is more alert during the photo session, so there is more family interaction and eyes are open. If you prefer this, then when bub is about 3 to 4 weeks works well.

Is there anything a parent should bring to the shoot?

I shoot at my client’s homes and bring all the backgrounds, posing bean bag, drapes and swaddles with me, so parents don’t need to wory about anything! I send my clients a ‘What To Expect’ information sheet before the session so they are


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well informed about feeding, clothing and how the session will run beforehand.

What tricks do you have for soothing a baby to get that perfect shot?

Baby should be fed right before the session and also during the session, as a full tummy makes for a more content and cooperative little bubba. If you’d like baby nude or half swaddled during the session make sure the environment is warm and cosy as this will induce a more womb-like environment and is likely to lead to a more settled baby. Using soothing techniques can be critical to a successful session. Gently patting or rubbing baby’s back can help ease them back to sleep, along with a “shhhh, shhhh” reassuring sound or using a white noise app. I suggest having a pacifier on hand, even if you aren’t intending to use it in the long-term. A pacifier just helps to soothe baby and keeps them calm during the session and can be removed quickly (and reinserted if need be) as you create the image.

What would you say to a mum who is finding the newborn days hard and is nervous about proceeding with newborn photography?

Choose an experienced newborn photographer as they will provide you with confidence and peace of mind during the session. Newborn photography requires skill, great sensitivity and natural intuition. Always check a potential photographer’s portfolio and make sure it’s in line with the style and level of ability you are looking for. A high level of professionalism is key.

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By Susan Quinn, illustrated by Marina Ruiz

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My Dad is a beautifully illustrated, stereotypebusting celebration of all the everyday things one child’s dad does, which makes him so wonderfully, daddish-ly awesome! From baking cookies and gardening to playing make-believe and watching the sun set, a child reveals all the simple yet wonderful things he loves to do with his dad. With lyrical rhyming text and gentle illustrations, this book is a special reading experience between a child and their father. For ages 4-7. $12.99

From the creator of I Just Ate My Friend, this is a gorgeous and hilarious exploration of enduring friendship. ‘Benz, are we friends?’ ‘Yes, Baz, we are best friends.’ ‘For how long?’ ‘For ever and ever.’ But what do you do when your best friend is … kind of annoying? Baz & Benz is a delightfully funny and warmhearted story about a little owl exploring the boundaries of love and friendship. For ages 3-6. $14.99



Inga Simpson, illustrated by Alicia Rogerson

When you first stand in a forest, the trees all seem the same. But if you look more closely, they are each a little different, just like people. Trees tell stories about places. Australia has some of the tallest, oldest and most unusual trees in the world. This book is a love song to Australian trees, from the Red Ironbark to the Grey Gum, the Moreton Bay Fig to the Queensland Bottle Tree. $26.99

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