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ISSUE 82 September/October 2019 GOLD COAST

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ay, spring has sprung, is anyone else excited to see the mercury rising?! As we roll into summer, the first thing on many people’s minds is getting back in the water. Whether it’s nippers, surfing, or lazy Sundays at the beach, living in such close proximity to the ocean means that water activities are always on the agenda. But what if you can’t swim? I’m faced with this problem every day. As one of those unfortunate people that grew up in a big (English) city, I never learnt to swim as a child. Now I have a very profound fear of water which has stuck with me throughout my adult life. “Just jump in…” people often say, “you’ll get over your fear once you take lessons…” is another. I’ve tried, failed, tried and failed. (I know, I know, I’ll try again!) Because of this, ensuring my kids learn to swim to a high level is top of the activities list. As the biggest hypocrite ever, I’m parked on the side of the pool (with very

dry feet) coaxing them into the water to learn this vital lifesaving skill, knowing that you’ve got to do it early before they are too old and … end up like me! So, this issue swim is IN! We chat to the Centre Manager at leading swim school Kingswim, to find out the critical swim skills every child should learn. And to help get your kids into the pool, we have a comprehensive directory of all the swim schools across the region. As well as getting splashy, the experts at Kings Christian College explain why handwriting still matters and what you can do to help your child with this important skill. And we also sit down to chat with the mama behind the Burleigh Wagon to find out the inspiration behind this must-have beachside accessory. With love and sandy toes,

Angela xo

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CONTENTS

Features

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SWIM IS IN!: We all want our kids to be fit

EDUCATION: Why handwriting matters in

and active, but swimming is more than just

a digital age, and what you can do to help kids

another activity to fit into a busy week.

develop this important skill.

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FROM THE EDITOR ............................................................................................................... 3 WHAT’S ON: The best events on the Gold Coast for September and October ................... 7 LOCAL NEWS: The latest news from across the region ........................................................ 10 CHECK THIS OUT: The latest products topping our #want list ......................................... 12

INTERVIEW: Five minutes with Matt Golinski ...................................................................... 19 THINGS TO DO: All the kid-friendly fun at Brisbane’s Southbank this spring................. 20 REVIEWS: Movies and books for the family........................................................................... 25 SWIM SPECIAL: Ready to dive in? Here’s our directory of swim schools near you ........ 28 CLASSIFIEDS: Family-friendly products and services......................................................... 32 LOCAL LIFE: We chat to the local mama behind the Burleigh Wagon .............................. 33

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DENTAL SERVICE GOES BEYOND YOUR TEETH Going to the dentist isn’t just about brushing your teeth and cavity protection! Gold Coast Dental and Denture Centre is the only certified practice on the Gold Coast to offer the ‘Thumb Sucking Cessation Program’. Owners James and Imola Foster pride themselves on creating a child friendly environment and along with Dr Philippa McCarron their aim is to help children grow healthy teeth and jaws into adulthood.

“Our team and practice is a family practice with a passion for early intervention, developmental assessment and detecting growth in children’s oral health,” said Imola Foster. “We are parents of young children ourselves and the passion has come from lack of services for early years’ intervention.” We treat children from as young as six months old for tongue tie assessment, feeding issues, sleep and development; a complete service for the whole family.

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WHAT’S ON VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO SEE MORE EVENTS! S I G N U P AT K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U F O R O U R W E E K LY W H AT ’ S O N G U I D E

* WE PUBLISH INFORMATION BASED ON WHAT IS SUPPLIED TO US - TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE ALL DETAILS ARE CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PRINTING, HOWEVER WE DO RECOMMEND YOU CHECK EVENT DETAILS WITH THE ORGANISERS.

SPOT

18 SEPTEMBER Logan Entertainment Centre loganentertainmentcentre.com.au Spot and his friends are off on a new adventure to visit Spot’s Dad on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive, all the animals are lost! Can Spot and his friends find them all? Eric Hill’s beloved puppy comes to life on stage with puppetry, songs and puzzles for children aged 18 months+ and their adults.

Laser Beak Man

Koala Kindy

2–5 OCTOBER QPAC, Playhouse qpac.com.au

23 SEPTEMBER – 4 OCTOBER Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary currumbinsanctuary.com.au

Jampacked with visual puns and featuring live music, the world of Laser Beak Man is brought to life in puppet form in this stunning visual theatre work loaded with cutting edge digital imagery and spectacular free-flying AirOrbs.

Buskers on the Creek 18–20 OCTOBER Currumbin Pub, Winders Park buskersbythecreek.com.au

Currumbin Creek will once again become a kaleidoscope of musicians, mimes, acrobats and joyful crowds when it plays host to the award-winning Buskers by the Creek. Across 14 stages, this family-friendly event will showcase non-stop entertainment over the weekend, with an eclectic program that promises to not only entertain but inspire. 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

Spring has sprung at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the new koala joeys are ready to meet the world! With a fun new info hub and a cool new sticker map, can you find all the koalas in the Sanctuary? See the young koalas in the koala kindy and you can even catch a glimpse of the tiny joeys in the koala nursery!

Surfers Paradise Kids Week 28 SEPTEMBER Surfers Paradise surfersparadise.com

This annual family friendly event celebrates all things kids, and it’s FREE! Enjoy entertainment and educational live shows. While the kids are entertained, take advantage of discounts, deals and giveaways at local venues throughout the precinct. Bring the whole family along for hours of fun!

Baby

RHYME TIME WEEKLY Your local library goldcoast.qld.gov.au/library Join the library at Baby Rhyme Time and share in a fun and interactive time rhyming, singing and talking with your baby. For parents and babies aged zero to two years.

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WHAT’S ON VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO SEE MORE EVENTS! S I G N U P AT K I D S O N T H E C O A S T.C O M . A U F O R O U R W E E K LY W H AT ’ S O N G U I D E

OutdoorX 2019 13–15 SEPTEMBER The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove sanctuarycove.com/outdoorx

Perfect for the adventure-seekers, OutdoorX is an interactive and experiential event, giving families the chance to see, touch and interact with the very latest in outdoor lifestyle products. With caravans, motorhomes, 4×4’s, trailerboats, campervans, water sports and so much more, it’s a fun day out with plenty of adventure!

MERMAID FAMILY FUN DAY

13–22 SEPTEMBER Currumbin Beach swellsculpture.com.au

22 SEPTEMBER GC Aqua Park, Southport events.destinationgoldcoast.com

Queensland largest outdoor sculpture exhibition set along beautiful Currumbin Beach returns. Experience 10 days of awe-inspiring sculptures created by local, national and international artists; delve deeper and attend a free artist talk or kids’ workshop.

Get set for a splashtacular morning of inflatable fun at GC Aqua Park! Open to all Mermaid Physie members, their family, friends and friends of friends! Book your 1-hour time slot (10am or 11am) on the fun inflatable floating playground located at the Broadwater Parklands!

Kids take over INTO THE WILD

PALMY FEST 22 SEPTEMBER Rotary Park, Palm Beach

3–5 OCTOBER HOTA, Home of the Arts hota.com.au

This fierce and fun mini fest is the place where kids can create, explore, and let their imaginations go wild. Discover mythical monsters, design your inner wild creature, learn to play African drums, run away and join the circus, and plenty more!

Bring along a picnic blanket and enjoy an outdoor open-air concert in the heart of Palm Beach. There will be a fun kids area with loads of entertainment including an animal farm, pony rides, face painting, craft activities, roving performers, rides, open mic for the kids and much more.

Little ARTLAB: Water Marks 9 OCTOBER HOTA, Home of the Arts hota.com.au

Play with the way water drips and explodes! At this Little ARTLAB, kids learn how to experiment with water to make markings on paper. Each family will make a drawing on watercolour paper together.

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Music

Sat 5 Oct

DAN SULTAN –NALI & FRIENDS Join Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan in a musical tale about unconventional, oddball animals from different parts of the world inspired by his journey through Uganda and Kenya.

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Tue 1–Thu 3 Oct, 10am & 11.30am

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Make your own movie in this Stop Motion Animation workshop. Shoot your movie, add cool voice sound effects, then watch it on the BIG screen.

A fierce and fun mini fest where kids can create, explore and let their imaginations go wild.

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Gold Coast Libraries

Give your little ones a head start! Gold Coast Libraries presents an event for parents and educators that encourages language development in the early years. Spend a morning with leading early years experts, discover the benefits of shared reading with your child, and pick up some great tips to try. We’ll show you how reading, talking about stories and even making up your own stories, has huge benefits for children’s development.

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NOTICEBOARD ALL THE NEWS AND ACHIEVEMENTS FROM OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS E M A I L YO U R S C H O O L’S S TO R I E S TO: I N B OX@S H O R E M E D I A.C O M.AU

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ith roots spread across the South “Learning occurs naturally when teachable East and a recent expansion into moments are captured and that is why our the Sunshine Coast, Queensland’s skilled educators implement this approach newest network of community based to encourage children to be curious and early childhood education centres – Edge active learners,” Annie said. Early Learning – is on a quest to become Established in 2017, the privately owned Australia’s best in early childhood education. and operated childcare group has centres Now with two purpose-built centres in spread across South East Queensland. Pimpama and a new centre opening From two locations in Pimpama on the in Bilinga in the coming months, Edge Gold Coast to Tarragindi, South Brisbane, Early Learning Chief Executive Milton, Strathpine and dual sites Officer, Annie Bryce explained in West End in Brisbane, as well “WE’RE MORE that their vision is to create safe as centres in Aroona and two THAN JUST and welcoming environment locations in Peregian following A PLACE for children and families the recent Sunshine Coast TO LEARN.” with shared community and expansion. educational values. To find out more about Edge Early “We’re more than just a place to learn, Learning, the Pimpama and North our centres offer a sense of community that Pimpama centres are hosting a Family Fun underpins our mantra to give children the Day on 14 September from 9am–12pm. best opportunity to develop new skills and Bring along the whole family and enjoy free learn about the world,” she said. entertainment, children’s activities, face “Our emergent curriculum allows our painting, balloons, a sausage sizzle and children to thrive and builds on capturing much more! their interests and passions, beginning with For more information, visit the value we place on play-based learning.” edgeearlylearning.com.au

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anctuary Early Learning Adventure has announced the opening of a new centre in Maudsland by the end of the year. With a popular centre already at Mermaid Waters, the childcare service specialises in purpose-built learning environments designed to provide the highest level of education, experiences and care. Lauren Hall, Owner of Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure said that the new centre will continue the existing philosophies and approach to early education. “Like our Mermaid Waters centre, Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure Maudsland will be an exciting, heathy and inspiring place to be, with outdoor play spaces including mud kitchens, play forts and sensory paths,” Lauren said. “The new centre will also have a commercial style kitchen with its own chef, who will deliver daily fresh nutritious meals based on rotating seasonal menus.” “We believe that the childcare environment should be an extension of a child’s home environment, so we purposely design the centres to reflect this, providing children with a place to explore and learn in a natural elemental environment that encourages inclusive and creative play.” The educational programs incorporate the Early Years Learning Framework, STEAMbased educational experiences, sport, music and yoga sessions with a mindfulness and self-awareness focus. Call 1300 00PLAY or visit sanctuarylearning.com.au.

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CHECK THIS OUT THE LATEST PRODUCTS TOPPING OUR #WANT LIST!

STRUCKET Spawned from a single moment of desperation, Strucket is the world’s first integrated strainer bucket with plug, invented by Sunshine Coast mother, Kelly. Just like a normal bucket (but better), the Strucket makes soaking simple and clean. Never fear putting your hand into the residual dirty, unhygienic, toxic mess again. Taking the strain out of soaking! $59.95 strucket.com

CROCHET FOOD A super-cute range of crochet food that will bring any tea party and open-ended play to life. Choose from fruit, cupcakes, donuts and more. From $4.95 classykids.com.au

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PLAYMOBIL COUNTRY FARM On the Playmobil Farm there is so much to discover! In addition to the stables and the equipment room there is a lounge area for your Playmobil farm family. Freight elevator inventories are transported on the overhead storage. The milking machine is mobile and the apples can be picked from the tree. Set includes 2 x Playmobil adult figures, 1 x Playmobil child figure, cows, pigs, rooster, hens and chicks, cats, geese, farming tools and equipment, furnishings for the house. $149.99 rainbowfun.com.au 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


ETHIQUE BEAUTY BARS Ditch the plastic bottles with this gorgeous range of beauty bars. Choose from shampoos, conditioners, body washes, moisturisers, face cleansers and scrubs, there’s even a selection for pets! Don’t worry, the Ethique range also includes eco-friendly in-shower containers for your bars – made from bamboo, they last for up to five years in the shower and are fully compostable! Stocked at Priceline pharmacies, nourishedlife.com.au, or check the website for a stockist near you. From $9 ethiqueworld.com

BABY BUM SHOWER This clever new product is an essential addition to any baby bag! Fill with clean water and your own choice of soap, and a quick squeeze creates a soft spray of cleansing soap and water, whenever you need it. Leakproof and easy to use, it doesn’t create the environmental hazard of using many baby wipes and it’s a natural way to wash away the many childhood messes. RRP: $19.95 babybumshower.com

SUNSUIT Made from lightweight and breezy 100% cotton woven fabric, these cute sunsuits are a bub wardrobe staple! In this season’s must-have balloon style, they are perfect for days spent having fun in the sun. Available in Lemon Curry, Silver Pink, Red Clay and Winter Pear. $5 bestandless.com.au

ARCH BABY BAG Need a fresh alternative to traditional nappy bag? Most nappy bags are large shoulder bags, which can be impractical for parents on the run. The ARCH baby bag easily converts from tote to backpack making it a winner with mums and dads. Convenient, stylish, and unisex! $132 archbags.com

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How long should children take swimming lessons?

We all know that swimming lessons are important. But as kids get older and schedules get busy, are our little ones quitting lessons too early?

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sk any parent and swimming lessons are usually the first activity that kids undertake. From as early as 12 weeks old, babies can head into the pool to begin the very important process of learning to swim. But as kids get older and they start to pick up other extra-curricular activities, many parents wonder how long their kids need to take lessons for.

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It’s critical that all kids learn to swim to a competent level, but it’s also important that lessons are FUN!

While this is completely dependent on the individual child children aged 12 still doing swimming lessons. and their development and confidence in the water, there is one “While children may seem competent from an early age, crucial factor to keep in mind – safety. a discontinuation of swimming lessons can result in The 2018/19 summer proved catastrophic for drownings in children losing their feel for the water both physically and Australia and compared to the previous year, there was a 60+ per psychologically,” says Terri-Anne. “What’s worrying is older cent increase in fatal drownings. children, who are less likely to be in regular Furthermore, a 2018 report by The Royal Life lessons, are usually taking part in water activities Saving Society Australia found that three out like snorkelling or surfing, often unsupervised. of four children had quit swimming classes by It’s crucial they have the ability to keep Parents often age eight – long before they’d learned skills that safe.” overestimate their themselves could save their lives. The Royal Lifesaving Report also found: children’s swimming • Only 25 per cent of children stayed in lessons While starting swim lessons early is proven to assist with children’s physical and cognitive and safety abilities, long enough to reach national safety and development, it’s important to remember the with only 2 per cent swimming benchmarks at age nine and 10. skills learnt at an early age must be maintained. • 83 per cent of 12-year-old children couldn’t tread of children aged Even stopping lessons during the winter water for two minutes (the goal for children by 12 still doing months typically results in a decline in a child’s the time they finish primary school). confidence and independence in the water, as swimming lessons. • 40 per cent couldn’t swim 50 metres of freestyle well as a drop in technique and stamina. or backstroke. Terri-Anne Ransfield, Centre Manager for • One third of children couldn’t swim 25 metres of Kingswim Lutwhyche says that even if children survival strokes. aren’t interested in competitive swimming, “Learning to swim is much more than an learning proper strokes and becoming a strong swimmer is vital. extracurricular activity, says Terri-Anne. “It’s a necessity for “Repetition is key to mastering and maintaining these children of all ages.” lifesaving skills,” Terri-Anne says. The Australian Water Safety Council’s aim is for 100 per cent Studies have shown that parents often overestimate their of children being able to achieve all their swimming and survival children’s swimming and safety abilities, with only 2 per cent of skills list before leaving primary school (see opposite).

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SURVIVAL SKILLS LIST: 1. Entry and Exit A FALL IN ENTRY AND EXIT FROM DEEP WATER

2. Sculling and body BODY AWARENESS SKILLS

3. Movement and swimming strokes SWIM CONTINUOUSLY: 50 METRES OF STROKES WITH RECOGNISED STROKE TECHNIQUE MUST BE USED

4. Survival and lifejacket skills SWIMMING, SCULLING, FLOATING IN CLOTHES FOR 3 MINUTES AND LEARNING TO FLOAT WITH A FLOTATION DEVICE AND LIFE JACKET.

5. Underwater skills SEARCHING AND SWIMMING UNDERWATER

6. Rescue skills THROWING RESCUES

7. Water safety knowledge KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGERS IN THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT

8. Extension skills COMPETITIVE STROKE DEVELOPMENT

“Although it is logistically challenging to get the kids to the pool as they get older, swimming isn’t just another sporting pursuit, it’s a matter of life and death,” says Terri-Anne. “Living in Australia where 85 per cent of the population live with 50km of the coast, it’s essential we teach our kids to swim to a high level, at the minimum meeting the Australian Water Safety Council’s benchmarks.” Terri-Anne suggests all swimmers should be competent in all four of the competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. “They should also have the ability to swim at least 400 metres freestyle non-stop, using the correct breathing and technique, and illustrate competence in the key safety skills,” Terri-Anne says. If a child is competent in the pool and is becoming bored with swimming lessons, Terri-Anne suggests creating more

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water options to keep them interested and build on their water knowledge. “Sports such as kayaking, canoeing, surfing, scuba diving and yachting become accessible options and great activities for the family to do together.”

WATER SAFETY AT HOME • Never leave a child unsupervised around water • Shut the gate (secure pool fencing is vital) • Learn how to swim • Learn CPR • Don’t swim alone

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5 MINUTES WITH...

MGatt olinski We sit down to chat to local legend Matt Golinksi about produce, veggie gardens and the power of slow food for kids.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE SUNSHINE COAST? Having grown up on the Coast and lived here most of my life, it is definitely my home and I love every part of it. I’ve lived in other places but always come back to where my heart is. It’s hard to find anywhere in the world that has a better climate, a more relaxed lifestyle or a more diverse natural beauty than the Sunshine Coast.   W H AT’S B E S T A B O U T LO C A L P R O D U C E? The key word when it comes to produce in this region is diversity. We’re lucky enough to have access to world class seafood fresh from the trawlers each day, as well as beef, pork, lamb, chicken and dairy from the hinterland, and so many different microclimates on the Coast means we have a greater variety of fruit and vegetables than probably any area in all of Australia. And what makes it the best is the pride and care taken by the producers themselves.   WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR PRODUCE? I have developed some great friendships with producers on the Coast over the past 30 years, and that network means I have direct access to a lot of the best ingredients available straight to the kitchen door. As a rule, the shorter the distance that your produce travels to get to you, the fresher and better quality it is, and the better the end product.   Y O U A R E PA R T O F A C H A R I T Y T H AT H E L P S S C H O O L S B U I L D V E G G I E G A R D E N S ! T E L L U S A B O U T T H AT … Many years ago I was president of Slow Food Noosa, a convivium of a world-wide movement that advocates for good, clean, fair food. I had been to Melbourne and visited Stephanie Alexanders School Kitchen Garden in Collingwood, and saw what a powerful experience that was for the kids. I suggested to the group that this was something we should be involved in establishing within schools in our region. Slow Food Noosa has since helped lots of schools in the area set up gardens and bring kids on the coast that bit closer to understanding how food is grown and why it should be respected. 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

Matt Golinski training Apprentice Chef Harry Jenner how to fillet the Ora King, a popular dish from View by Matt Golinski’s dinner menu. AMONGST ALL OF THIS, YOU ALSO RUN VIEW BY MAT T GOLINSK! Luckily I don’t have to do much running of the restaurant, head chef Andrew Wilcox does most of that! My involvement with View by Matt Golinski is largely a creative one. I get to experiment and come up with new dishes using all the bounty of seasonal, local ingredients that are available to us in Noosa. My favourite thing about my job at Peppers is working with the great team and showing them ingredients and techniques that they may not have seen before. We’ve all grown together so much over the past 18 months.   AND THE RESTAURANT ALSO HAS A VERY SUCCESSFUL APPRENTICE PROGRAM! Yes! I love teaching apprentices, they are the next generation of cooks, and any chance I get I like to teach them something new and inspire them to want to learn. It’s a tough industry with a low retention rate for young chefs, so the more we can encourage them and make working in a kitchen a fun experience the more likely we are to keep them.    W H AT ’S YO U R FAV O U R I T E T H I N G T O D O O N A D AY O F F ? I love just being with my girls when I get a break. I’m a keen distance and trail runner, so I do a lot of that, and I also love playing music with my friends. A N D L A S T LY, W H AT W O U L D YO U C R E AT E F O R A 7-Y E A R O L D T H AT O N LY E AT S P L A I N PA S TA A N D CHICKEN NUGGETS, TO TEMPT HER TO TRY SOMETHING NEW? (ASKING FOR A FRIEND!) One thing I’ve noticed working with kids in school gardens is that if they grow radishes and turnips from a seed into something they can pick, they’ll eat them by the armful! Try getting a kid to eat a turnip normally and they’d scream the house down, so there’s something to be said for that connection to food. Hiding zucchinis and carrots in bolognese always seems to work too! S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2019

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tuck for something to do with the kids? Kids Collective at South Bank Parklands has a bundle of kid-friendly fun happening throughout September and October. From soccer to storytelling, ballet to Big Top, there's something for every little one. And if you've got bigger ones to cater for, don't miss the exciting range of activities in store at Roma Street Parkland this September school holidays!

5 SEPTEMBER

INTERACTIVE PLAY

Roll up, roll up for an engaging session of music, dancing, games and craft; all done in Big Top style.

12 SEPTEMBER

QLD BALLET PETIT POINTERS

An early years dance class to encourage movement and rhythm, creativity and musicality in each child, whilst introducing the fundamentals of ballet.

19 SEPTEMBER ROCKET SCIENCE

Includes launching bottle rockets plus creating a rocket using colours and shapes.

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26 SEPTEMBER

SUPER SCRIBES PLAYTIME

Children will have a ball in this interactive learn and grow session that is full of play based opportunities for motor skills development. Through a range of dynamic activities, children will practice their hand-eye coordination, balance and coordination and writing skills. This session is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience the fun of social interaction through play.

3 OCTOBER

STORYTIME AND PLANTING

Have fun with Brisbane City Council's First 5 Forever storytelling and music session. Little Green Thumbs can also plant herbs into take home pots. 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


SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT ROMA STREET PARKLAND

10 OCTOBER TENNIS PLAY

A fun tennis class based on the racket, ball and net skills found in the game of tennis covering all fundamental motor skill elements. This program will improve your child’s personal growth focusing on movement, coordination and fun games.

26 SEPTEMBER & 3 OCTOBER INTERACTIVE ART

Using clear vinyl stickers and mixed media, create art from leaves and flower petals. Take home to hang against a window so the light cascades through.

17 OCTOBER MUSICAL PLAY

SOCCER PLAY

Join Cheeky Monkey Club on an interactive musical adventure with Kinda Oktoberfest. Yodel, dance around the maypole and do the chicken dance.

Ginger Sport comes to Kids Collective, with fun inflatable soccer fields and activities for boys and girls. No need to register, come and go as you please.

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27 SEPTEMBER & 4 OCTOBER

Fun soccer activities for boys and girls. This program will improve your child’s personal growth focusing on movement, coordination and fun games.

A fun and energetic session where children will play hilarious drama games, engage in physical activities to stretch the body and the imagination, and enjoy a scavenger hunt in the beautiful surrounds.

SOCCER PLAY

INTERACTIVE PLAY

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FUN WITH YOGA

MUSICAL PLAY

Yogababy provides fun, interactive classes involving movement & yoga postures, breathing & relaxation. Parents/carers and children learn how to be strong and calm, bringing their attention to the qualities of joy, safety and connection. Please bring along a yoga mat or towel.

Red Rocket 3's high-energy show that helps kids explore the world through music, games and a whole lot of fun! Expect crazy sing-alongs, silly dress ups, zany lyrics, improvised antics and energetic interactive games.

28 SEPTEMBER & 5 OCTOBER FUN WITH KITES

WANT TO KNOW MORE? For further information on these activities and more, head to kidscollective.com.au

Join this sustainable kite-making activity and help create a Flying Forest on Celebration Lawn. Everyone gets to make, decorate and fly an original Leaf Kite, then take your kite home to play some more!

INTERACTIVE PLAY

Free building for younger children and construction, problem-solving activities for older children.

Fun, interactive yoga classes for kids and parents.

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THINGS TO DO

ImagiNation FESTIVAL

I M A G I N AT I O N F E S T I VA L .C O M .AU 21 S E P T E M B E R – 6 O C T O B E R 2019

Bookings are essential for activities and are open now!

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eady to be inspired? The City of Logan’s ImagiNation Children’s Festival is a monster-sized program of fun, games, activities, culture, art, music, nature, technology, stories, poetry, movies and colour – lots and lots of colour! With sport, adventure, art, culture, music, dance, entertainment, animals, nature, technology, robotics, stories, poetry and cooking, the festival is designed to inspire children to play, explore and exercise their talents and unleash their creative potential. The 16-day action-packed program brings together more than 270 free and low-cost activities in every corner of the city, sparking the ImagiNation of children with a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the September/October school holidays. The festival kicks off on 21 September with

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a new event – a free Colour Blast Fun Run for 5–17 year olds. This new attraction at Griffith University, Meadowbrook Campus, is a partnership between KRANK, MSK Events and the ImagiNation Children’s Festival. Another new event to the festival this year is Movie Night at Event Cinemas. On Monday 23 September, from 2.30pm until late, for just $5 you can see any appropriately rated movie at any session. High school students need to bring Student ID and Cinebuzz card. One parent per child can also take advantage of this great offer for only $5 each with a Cinebuzz card. While most events at the ImagiNation Children’s Festival are free or low-cost, bookings are essential for most of them. Head to imaginationfestival.com.au for more information and online bookings. So, what are you waiting for?!

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Discover a rainbow fun run Learn new arts and crafts Movie nights Explore nature & adventure trails Try new sports & water activities Get creative in the kitchen Perform, dance and sing Create projects from recycled goods Have fun with technology

Launching Sat 21 Sep at Griffith Uni — Logan Campus Free colour fun run for all ages from 8.30am Limited spots available. Booking are essential — imaginationfestival.com.au

21 September to 6 October 2019 Free and low-cost activities for the school holidays

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PARENTING ARRANGEMENTS AFTER SEPARATION

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ollowing separation, there are four approaches that parents can take when setting up parenting arrangements for their children. Determining the best approach depends on several factors. If you have recently separated, answer the questions below to find out which approach might be suitable for your family. When answering, choose a single response that best describes your situation. 1. The communication between you and your ex is generally: A Very good: we communicate regularly and easily and agree about most parenting matters; B Good: we communicate when required and when we have differences, we work these out; C Poor: we communicate mainly by text or email and struggle to resolve our differences; D Non-existent: we are unable to communicate at all and disagree about everything. 2. The level of trust between you and your ex is generally: A Very High: we keep our word and uphold our agreements;

B High: there have been a few minor

issues with agreements not being followed; C Low: there have been times when core agreements have not been followed; D Very Low: there is no agreement to uphold. 3. Describe your preference regarding the structure for parenting arrangements: A Very Low: flexibility and being able to change arrangements as needed is a high priority; B Low: routine has a place but the ability to make changes to arrangements is more important; C High: routine is important and the ability to make changes should be limited; D Very High: consistency and certainty are very important. MOSTLY A’S: A verbal agreement may be the suitable arrangement for your family. MOSTLY B’S: A parenting plan may be the preferred pathway for your family . MOSTLY C’S: A consent order may be the best option for your family.

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A parenting order made by the court may be what is needed for your family. While the above may be a starting point in understanding which parenting arrangement may work well for your family, it does not represent legal advice. In our next editorial, we will go into more detail about each parenting arrangement option. In the meantime, if you would like legal advice about parenting arrangements or other family law matters you can call (07) 3548 5868 for a free 20 minute phone consultation with one of our family lawyers. By Carolyn Devries, New Way Lawyers

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When disaster separates Gwen from her family, she must fend for herself, all alone in the wilderness. When a wolf puppy, a Labrador, a Chihuahua, and a greyhound want to make friends, Gwen discovers talents she didn’t know she possessed. It will take all her new skills and strength just to survive. Does Gwen have what it takes to be leader of the pack? Bestselling author Anh Do returns with a wildly exciting new adventure series for ages 8–14.

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That hat is too big! That hat is too small! That hat is too short! That hat is too tall! That one’s too crazy! And that one might bite! How hard can it be to find a hat that’s just right?! A hilarious story about finding the right hat. There’s sparkly hats, noisy hats, royal hats, taco hats, even potty hats! Kids will love the laugh-out-loud rhyming text and vibrant illustrations from the award-winning creator of Butt Out and Zoo House.

Get set for one shell of a story as this crabby crustacean grabs life by the claws! This charming, almost wordless picture book about being a crabby crustacean, is excellent for encouraging visual literacy and super-fun to share. Create your own narrative, voices and more, as the illustrations tell the story of a crab discovering what it means to be a friend, how to be kind, and the consequences of being crabby. A tale so tall you will pinch yourself!

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REVIEWS

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD

In cinemas 19 September (CTC)

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Enjoy Family Fun Day Screening on Sunday September 1st at 10.30am BCC and Event Cinemas. Fun in the foyer from 10am. Tickets on sale at eventcinemas.com.au

UGLYDOLLS

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2

ABOMINABLE

In cinemas 19 September (G)

In cinemas 12 September (CTC)

In cinemas 19 September (CTC)

In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After travelling to the other side of the mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection – a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different – ultimately realising that they don’t have to be perfect to be amazing. A classic underdog story! Voice cast includes Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Emma Roberts, Janelle Monáe, Bebe Rexha.

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red, Chuck, Bomb, and Mighty Eagle recruit Chuck’s sister Silver and team up with pigs Leonard, his assistant Courtney, and techpig Garry, to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to come up with a scheme to save their homes, and return to their respective paradises intact.

Go on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of those intent on capturing a Yeti, to help Everest get home.

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Enjoy a Family Fun Day Screening on September 15 at 10.30am at BCC and Event Cinemas. Fun in the foyer from 10am. Tickets on sale at eventcinemas.com.au

Enjoy a Family Fun Day Screening on September 22 at 10.30am at BCC and Event Cinemas. Fun in the foyer from 10am. Tickets on sale at eventcinemas.com.au 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


The benefits of

READING ALOUD TO YOUR KIDS

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e all know that reading is critical to developing vocabulary, literacy skills and a vivid imagination. But did you know about the uniquely positive effects of reading aloud to kids?

IT BOOSTS BRAIN ACTIVITY

Listening to stories fires up different parts of the brain. Research has found that when children are frequently read to, the brain areas that support mental imagery and comprehension are highly engaged. This then helps with word recognition and literacy when they do start to learn to read.

IT IMPROVES LANGUAGE AND IMAGINATION

Reading books exposes children to a broader vocabulary than they typically hear in childdirected speech. Also, listening to speech (rather than reading it) is more linked to the emotional brain centres, sparking the imagination. This power of imagination may help children to transition more quickly to

independent reading of books without pictures.

IT IS MORE ENGAGING

Reading aloud offers a more engaged and inquisitive experience for the child, where they can ask stories and make further associations as you follow the narrative together.

IT SETS KIDS UP FOR A LIFETIME LOVE FOR READING

Exposing children to books at an early age teaches kids that reading is fun. Allow children to be adventurous and choose their own books; make the stories fun by using funny voices and actions.

IT’S QUALITY TIME

Learning aside, the biggest benefit of reading aloud to your child is that it’s a wonderful

opportunity for one-on-one cuddles and quality time with your little one. Helping you to bond, enhancing their social skills and sense of belonging, this face-to-face time will become their (and your!) favourite part of day. Not sure what to read? Pop along to your local library where they have a huge range of children’s books to borrow. Find your local branch at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/storytime.

Gold Coast Libraries

�ead and �hyme A celebration of stories for children aged 0–5 Dress up as your favourite storybook character and enjoy a morning of stories, singing, music and dancing to inspire a love of books, words and song.

Friday 25 October, 9am to noon. Albert Waterways Community Centre – corner Hooker and Sunshine Boulevards, Mermaid Waters

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DIRECTORY

Look for low student to staff ratios.

Ready to dive in? Check our directory of swim schools for a pool near you.

COOPERS SWIM SCHOOL

6 Flagstone Dr, Burleigh, QLD 4220 (07) 5520 2250

G O L D C O A S T A Q U AT I C CENTRE

Marine Parade, Southport QLD 4215 (07) 5591 3533 | www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au

HELEN’S SWIM SCHOOL

43 Thredbo Dr, Worongary QLD 4213 0408074690 | helenswimschool.com.au

JUMP! SWIM SCHOOLS

Locations: Bundall, Miami, Ormeau jumpswimschools.com.au

KINGSWIM ROBINA

2 Santa Maria Court Varsity Lakes QLD 4227 | (07) 5520 4122 kingswim.com.au/robina Kingswim offers learn to swim programs to babies from 12 weeks through to graduate level. With purpose-built learning areas such as graded pool depths and lane lengths, immaculate water quality, and family friendly change rooms, the pool provides a comfortable experience for kids and parents.

L APS SWIMMING CENTRE

Unit 15/3-15 Jackman St, Southport QLD 4217 | 0416 203 196 lapsswimming.com.au

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L A U R I E L AW R E N C E S W I M SCHOOL

6 Flagstone Dr, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 0449 209 727 laurielawrenceswimschool.com.au

NERANG POOL

34 Martin Street, Nerang, QLD 4211 (07) 5578 1976 | swimfit.com.au/nerang

M U D G E E R A B A A Q U AT I C CENTRE  

Robert St & School St, Mudgeeraba, QLD 4213 | (07) 5530 5288 mudgeerabaaquaticcentre.com.au

PA L M B E A C H A Q U AT I C CENTRE

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SUPERFISH SWIM SCHOOLS

Locations: Benowa, Pacific Pines Marina Concourse, Ross St Benowa (07) 5597 1311 | superfish.com.au Specifically designed for teaching and coaching, Superfish swimming pools are heated for year-round swimming. The acclaimed programs are delivered by fully qualified, highly trained instructors and in classes with low staff to student ratios.

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23 Glade Dr, Gaven QLD 4211 (07) 5502 3066 | shapland.com.au

S T H I L D A’ S A Q U AT I C S

Whitby Street, Southport QLD 4215 (07) 5577 7277 | sthildas.qld.edu.au/aquatics

RACKLEY SWIMMING

Locations: Canungra, Coomera, Helensvale, Miami, Pimpama, Rackley Parkwood, Rackley Southport, Robina, Runaway Bay, Tamborine Mountain, 1300 733 053 | rackleyswimming.com.au Rackley Swimming is a family owned swim school with 23 locations across Queensland. The friendly, qualified staff are passionate about teaching children to develop the necessary skills and confidence needed to be safe in and around the water.

Available all year round in a temperaturecontrolled environment, lessons cater from Learn to Swim through to National and International competition level. Focus is placed on development of correct technique for long term athletic development. 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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Why handwriting matters

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n an increasingly digital age, it’s easy to view handwriting as a dying art. Few people own fountain pens; most written correspondence is tapped directly into devices. In Finnish schools, children are no longer taught cursive (joined-up) writing but move straight to keyboards two years after learning their letters. Yet writing by hand is a complex craft that exercises visual, memory and fine-motor skills. It helps children remember spelling and develops their phonics skills. Older children recall facts and information better through the process of writing out notes by hand; brain imaging studies show that cursive writing, in particular, activates parts of the nervous system that typing does not. Our brains appear to work harder and process information at a deeper level when we write things down.

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WRITING FLUIDLY Children need to develop fluency in their handwriting in order to concentrate on what they are writing, rather than the act of writing itself. Without this automaticity, the process of writing will distract a child from their composition. Fluency is far more important than neatness. How can parents help their children develop this skill?

1. MAKE IT PERSONAL When your child first learns to write, start with the thing most personal to them – their name. Get them to trace, copy, decorate, paint it, join dot-to-dot letters and more, until it’s second nature. Then introduce family names, pet names – things that matter to them. Repetition is key. 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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“Writing by hand is a complex craft that exercises visual, memory and fine-motor skills.” PROVIDE A VISUAL AID

STRENGTHEN LITTLE HANDS Use complimentary activities to strengthen hand muscles and develop fine motor skills, such as: • play dough • cutting • drawing • colouring-in • tracing • piano playing • sewing

Make sure your child has a visual aid when practising their writing, should they need a reminder. You can buy handy rulers or work mats with beginner’s letters on, or print a visual aid off the Internet. Your child’s school/preschool should also be able to provide you with something you can use at home.

USE ‘REAL LIFE’ SITUATIONS Try to weave writing tasks into your family’s day-to-day, for example: • Shopping lists • Writing birthday cards • Labelling • Filling in forms • A home chores roster for your children to sign when they have completed their tasks. • Jotting down family members’ choices before ordering at a café. • Use a family whiteboard to leave notes for each other • Experiment and have fun Let your child explore different media – coloured pens, markers and white board, chalk and blackboard, black paper with white pen, highlighters, paint. Kids love writing secret messages to each other with ‘magic ink’ pens, where the writing only showed up under ultraviolet light. Or go old school and get your child to write ‘invisible’ messages in white crayon on white paper. Paint over the paper with watercolour paint to reveal the message.

ENCOURAGE AND REWARD 2. PRACTICE LETTER SHAPES AND MOVEMENTS Focus on the movement used to create letters, rather than just copying and tracing. It is as important to know how letters are formed as what they look like. If a child gets into the habit of starting ‘p’s at the bottom or going clockwise with their ‘o’s they will find it difficult to write fluidly and will struggle to join up their writing later on. Demonstrate the direction the pencil moves to make a letter. For pre-schoolers and Preps, practice the drawing movements they need for writing: • anti-clockwise circles (practice for a, c, d, e, g, o, q) • clockwise circles (b, p) • straight lines, starting at the top (b, d, f, h, i, j, k, l, p, q, r, t) • diagonals (k, q, x, v, z) • curves and wiggles (s, k, g, y, f, j, m, n, r, u, w) • Practice letter shape and movement Don’t worry about size or neatness at this stage. Use different media to reinforce technique – draw in sand, shaving foam, steamy windows and flour, finger paint, use chalk, markers, crayons, pencils or try an app like Writing Wizard or Eggy Alphabet.

LITTLE AND OFTEN Better to practice five minutes every day than do a long 30-minute session. Learning to write can be boring and frustrating for many children, so do short ‘blasts’ of practice, for example: how many times can they write a specific letter or word in 30 seconds? Don’t focus on neatness so much as proper shape formation and movement. 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

Perseverance is key to a child’s success in writing but learning to write can be an emotional rollercoaster for many children. Nurture a positive attitude to help develop their confidence. Praise and encourage but hold back on the superlatives. It’s not helpful to tell a child that everything s/he does is ‘wonderful’, ‘fantastic’, ‘amazing’. Be specific with your feedback – for example, “your ‘k’s look neat” doesn’t give your child any useful information, whereas “Your ‘k’s are at the same height as your other tall letters and you started the loop beautifully at the half-way point here. Well done!” is more constructive. Ask your child to assess their own work. Which part of their writing did they do well? Where did they struggle? Is there anything they would like some help with? Don’t compare their writing with others’. Do compare their writing with previous work they have done, where there is an improvement. It is important they recognise and acknowledge their achievements. Talk about the content of their writing, not just what it looks like. Show interest in their thoughts and ideas. Display good work somewhere prominent, such as on a wall or on the fridge, as a sign of your appreciation. If your child has worked very hard at their writing, consider rewarding them with a special novelty pen, ruler or notebook. Make sure they know you are rewarding them for their hard work rather than the writing itself. By Stephen Wruck, King’s Christian College kingscollege.qld.edu.au S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2019

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Pre-school based soccer training for kids aged months 18 to 7 years. Learn the foundations of team sports in a non-competitive, nurturing environment. Little Kicks: 1½-2½ years Junior Kickers: - 2½-3½ years Mighty Kickers - 3½-5 years Mega Kickers: 5-7 years

“GymbaROO is the best part of our week!” A fine and gross motor skill development focused program that includes an age-appropriate indoor obstacle climbing course, dancing, ball skills, music and rhythm. Children learn to roll, crawl, climb, walk, jump and problem-solve. Best of all, KIDS LOVE IT!

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Bring your child's dream to life with a themed portrait! More than just a photoshoot, become a mermaid, drive a vintage pedal car, run through a fairy flower garden. Pony shoots available too! • Props available for boys and girls. • Every detail is taken care of. • Photos are personalised and hand edited by professional retouchers. • Packages available from $250.

QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM

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Sunburnt? Take a day off from the beach and enjoy the unique experience Queensland Air Museum has to offer. There are not many museums that allow you to get up close and personal to more than 90 historically significant aircraft!

WITTACORK FARMSTAY

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Stay on a real working dairy farm! With 150 acres of pristine rainforest to explore, guests can milk a cow, feed calves, goats, pigs and chickens and collect eggs. Our self-contained 2 and 3 bedroom cottages are set on a ridge overlooking Lake Baroon and the Kondalilla National Park. We now also do led pony rides!

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FINN & LULU TOYS

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GINGER SPORT

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Book online anytime! Soccer is a great first sport, and Ginger Sport offers fun soccer for kids aged 18 months to 10 years. Learn the basics and have fun in the Weekly Program, or develop your skills in the awesome Weekly Soccer Skills sessions. You can book a Birthday Party for your little soccer star as well, from just $170! 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


Aimed at making family outings as stress free as possible, the Burleigh Wagon has been making waves since mother of two Regan Merka launched her creation. We sat down with Regan to find out more.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH CONCEPT FOR THE WAGON? My husband and I moved from California almost three years ago with our two young daughters. We love the lifestyle Burleigh offers, however, like a lot of mums, I found getting out of the house to be a challenge. My girls were not keen to ride in the pram anymore, but I still needed an efficient and safe way to get everyone from A to B without all the fuss. So, I decided to create an outdoor alternative to a pram. The Burleigh Wagon was designed here on the Gold Coast by myself and the help of an engineer, with the intent to help families get out of the house more efficiently and with less stress. HOW DOES IT MAKE LIFE EASIER? We created an innovative beach wagon with 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

accessories catered towards a day of fun in the sun with the family. An alternative to a pram, we have created an easy and enjoyable way for the family to cruise around the beach, parks, markets vand more. Our product was born out of necessity for us. We tried a few wagons available on the market, but we found most were hard to steer, the wheels would get stuck, and we couldn’t fit our children in them AND everything else we needed for the day. Most of my trips consisted of the kids constantly asking for snacks and lugging around all their gear while they simultaneously asked me to pick them up. After being disappointed in what was available, I thought that there surely must be a better way! I have poured all my wants and needs as a mum into the Burleigh Wagon, ensuring

it’s a practical, easy to maneuver beach wagon that fits right into our busy outdoor lifestyle. Most importantly, the kids absolutely love it and want to get in it. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT A FEW USES FOR THE WAGON? Currently, Australia has multiple collapsing wagons on the market. Yet none are designed to fit children to ride in AND sufficiently carry all your beach gear. Australia is a beach-loving country that enjoys a good celebration no matter what time of year. The Burleigh Wagon is the perfect companion to accompany any family to some of Australia’s most renowned beaches, gorgeous parks, local markets, hiking trails, and more. When you reach your destination, take a seat on your wagon that J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2019

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transport when the cup holder at the rear is removed. It seems simple, but a lot goes into making something like this work. In addition, our rear boot storage compartment was quite hard to achieve as the cavity under where the child sits are hollow, thus requiring additional structure.

converts to bench seating, pop open a cold beverage from your built-in ice chest, and turn up the volume on your wagon speakers to enjoy your day to the fullest. Also, we built it to last. It is durable, UV fade protected, warrantied for 12 months, and carefully designed to genuinely help enhance a family’s quality of experience when heading out for the afternoon with kids. IS IT JUST FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS? No, the Burleigh Wagon is for anyone who loves the outdoors and needs a bit of assistance carrying all the gear! The Burleigh Wagon is amazing for outdoor activities such as fishing, surfing and camping. The surfboard rack doubles as a place to store fishing rods, the esky doubles as a tackle box, the snack tray doubles as a water/dog food dish for furry friends, the bench seating configuration is handy for seating at outdoor festivals, concerts, or simply a nice to spot to take in the view at your local beach or park. Older people would also benefit from owning a wagon as it’s easy to pull and gives you a seat wherever you are. Also, it allows the person to be hands-free and not have to physically carry any items. If you like to have

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some drinks or a picnic on the weekend, then this wagon is also for you. It allows for a shady spot to sit and enjoy a cool beverage and a meal wherever you are. The tyres are off-road so feel free to bring it with you on any outdoor or festive occasions. YO U ’V E R E C E N T LY W O N AN AWARD, TELL US ABOUT THAT! Burleigh Wagon recently won the Highly Commended Innovation Award at the Gold Coast Girls in Business Awards 2019. We are so delighted to be recognised for the innovation of our product even before it has arrived. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO START A BUSINESS OR LAUNCH A PRODUCT? We had quite a few challenges within the design phase of our product. Some of the unique features took us much longer to design than we anticipated. For example, the handle design took almost a month due to its folding mechanism and removable cup holder feature. This allows the wagon’s handle to fold flat over the top for easy

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE GOLD COAST? Wow, so much! The Gold Coast is a safe, picturesque and happening place. We love the mix of city and relaxed beach vibes that it offers. It truly is a place that has something for everyone. The people are friendly, the beaches are gorgeous and the places to go for adventure are endless! W H AT A R E YO U R FAV O U R I T E FA M I LY F R I E N D LY P L A C E S T O HANG OUT ON THE GOLD COAST? We love Burleigh Beach, Tallebudgera Creek, all the great theme parks, and Mount Tamborine. These are probably our top picks that we love to cruise to and frequent often. HOW DO YOU FIND THE WORK / LIFE BALANCE? Going from a stay-at-home mum to a fulltime business owner has been a hard transition. I experience a lot of ‘mum guilt’ for not being as present as I used to be, not preparing as many home-cooked meals, and not picking them up straight after school like some of the other parents. But I’m learning to find a balance as I go along and hope to continue to implement the family and work life balance I want to achieve. burleighwagon.com.au 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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