Kids on the Coast Magazine - Sunshine Coast - Issue 83. November/December 2017

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ISSUE 83 November/December 2017 SUNSHINE COAST


Ho ho ho! Join us for a jolly local Christmas

WHAT'S ON: All the Christmas events from across the region

EDUCATION: Using psychology in the classroom

LOCAL: Meet the everyday mums making waves in business


Love the SUPER-COOL wagon on the front cover? WIN Yay, can everyone feel that summer BUZZ in the air? The days are getting longer, there is sand in EVERY pocket again, and that crazy run to the end of the year has us all chasing our tails a little! But Christmas is just around the corner and the summer break is even closer! I must be honest, this is a bit of a special issue for us. There’s been several changes behind the scenes at Kids on the Coast/in the City in the last month, with the previous owner deciding to move onto new things and myself and Helen taking the plunge to take ownership ourselves. We are super-excited to see where this journey takes us, so watch this space for the many plans we have in the pipeline. Talking COMMUNITY, this issue we are looking LOCAL, where we celebrate everything amazing about our region. We check in with a few mums across the region who have made the bold step to launch their own business and find out the secrets behind their success. Our EDUCATION feature visits two local schools using psychology methodologies in the classroom with impressive results, and we share an amazing creative project from one local photographer whose latest venture is to tell the unique motherhood stories of 50 women. We also get ready for the summer break, stepping beyond our immediate doorstep to explore the many highlights on offer across the region that are only a day-trip away. Not forgetting CHRISTMAS (gulp #notstartedshoppingyet), we have a round-up of the many festive events across the region and a fabulous Christmas Gift Guide for those in need of some inspiration. And as always, we have the latest news, school notices, events and fab local products to fill those stockings. If you have a story to share or any feedback, just drop me a line at I’d love to hear from you!

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Santa’s Arrival Christmas Parade Parade with Nickelodeon’s coolest genies Shimmer & Shine! Date: Saturday 18th November Time: 10am Where: Near the food court

Gift Wrapping Gold Coin Donation in support of the Kawana Surf Lifesaving Club Fri 1 Dec 9am - 5.30pm Sat 2 Dec 9am - 5pm Sun 3 Dec 10am - 4pm Mon4 Dec 9am - 5.30pm Tue 5 Dec 9am - 5.30pm Wed 6 Dec 9am - 5.30pm Thu 7 Dec 9am - 9pm Fri 8 Dec 9am - 5.30pm Sat 9 Dec 9am - 5pm Sun 10 Dec 10am - 4pm Mon 11 Dec 9am - 5.30pm Tue 12 Dec 9am - 5.30pm

Wed 13 Dec 9am - 5.30pm Thu 14 Dec 9am - 9pm Fri 15 Dec 9am - 5.30pm Sat 16 Dec 9am - 6pm Sun 17 Dec 9am - 6pm Mon 18 Dec 9am - 6pm Tue 19 Dec 9am - 6pm Wed 20 Dec 9am - 6pm Thu 21 Dec 9am - 10pm Fri 22 Dec 9am - 10pm Sat 23 Dec 9am - 6pm Sun 24 Dec 9am - 6pm

Santa’s Photography FREE GIFT for every child who has their photo taken with Santa! Sat 18 Nov 11am - 5pm Sun 19 Nov 10am - 4pm Mon 20 Nov 9am - 5pm Tue 21 Nov 9am - 5pm Wed 22 Nov 9am - 5pm Thu 23 Nov 9am - 8pm Fri 24 Nov 9am - 5pm Sat 25 Nov 9am - 5pm Sun 26 Nov 10am - 4pm Mon 27 Nov 9am - 5pm Tue 28 Nov 9am - 5pm Wed 29 Nov 9am - 5pm Thu 30 Nov 9am - 8pm Fri 31 Nov 9am - 5pm Fri 1 Dec 9am - 5pm Sat 2 Dec 10am - 4pm Sun 3 Dec 9am - 5pm Mon 4 Dec 9am - 5pm Tue 5 Dec 9am - 5pm

Wed 6 Dec 9am - 8pm Thu 7 Dec 9am - 5pm Fri 8 Dec 9am - 5pm Sat 9 Dec 10am - 4pm Sun 10 Dec 9am - 5pm Mon 11 Dec 9am - 5pm Tue 12 Dec 9am - 5pm Wed 13 Dec 9am - 8pm Thu 14 Dec 9am - 5pm Fri 15 Dec 9am - 5pm Sat 16 Dec 9am - 6pm Sun 17 Dec 9am - 6pm Mon 18 Dec 9am - 6pm Tue 19 Dec 9am - 6pm Wed 20 Dec 9am - 6pm Thu 21 Dec 9am - 10pm Fri 22 Dec 9am - 10pm Sat 23 Dec 9am - 6pm Sun 24 Dec 9am - 6pm

PLUS special Pet Photo and Sessions for children with special needs available, see website for details. * All hours advertised are subject to change, based on centre trading hours.

Toy Appeal Support the Sunshine Coast Donate to this year’s Toy Run. By donating a Christmas Gift to the 2017 Sunshine Coast Toy Run, you will be making a real difference to a local family in need this Christmas. You will find our Giving Tree near the Customer Service Desk, which is located near JB Hi-Fi in the Aldi mall until Sunday 3 December. All gifts will be distributed at the Sunshine Coast Toy Run.

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3 FROM THE EDITOR 8 WHAT’S ON: The best local events for November and December 13 WHAT’S NEWS: The latest news in your area 14 NOTICEBOARD: All the news and achievements from our local schools 16 YOU: The inspiring motherhood project 'The Light of the Moon'

20 CHECK THIS OUT: The latest products to inspire, create and play 23 LOCAL: Meet the local mums making waves in small business 29 EDUCATION: Psychology in the classroom 34 EARLY LEARNING: Fun books for reluctant readers 37 PLACES: Step off your doorstep for a day trip

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43 CHRISTMAS EVENTS: Find out the many festive events happening across the region 46 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: Fab ideas to fill those stockings 49 LOCAL LIFE: Meet the real estate agent with the big-hearted 'charity cuddle' 50 REVIEWS: This season's movies, books and apps

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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Studies have shown that young children can ask between 25-50 questions an hour before they enter Prep. The research from psychologist, author and lecturer, Susan Engel, has also shown that this decreases to two questions an hour in less engaging Prep environments. As we prepare children for school, one of the greatest tools we can equip children with is the ability to ask questions, and let curiosity fuel their learning. At Sunshine Coast Grammar School, our research based Early Years program, nurtures a learning environment where questioning and wondering is celebrated, and curiosity flourishes.



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7 NOVEMBER TINY TOTS Tiny Tots is back with more rides and more fun than ever before! Bring the little people in your life to Aussie World for their first theme park experience. It's fun, safe and affordable.

9 – 12 NOVEMBER WANDERLUST A 4-day celebration of mindful living, Wanderlust brings together a group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists, and chefs for a transformational retreat in one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural resorts.

13 NOVEMBER LIBRARIES ON THE MOVE Join libraries for a morning of stories, games, dress ups and fun at Muller Park, Bli Bli. The Mobile library will be there so you can become a library member and borrow books. No bookings required. Teddy bears, hats and picnic blankets are essential.

15 NOVEMBER STEVE IRWIN DAY Celebrate the legacy of Steve Irwin with a jam-packed day of action at Australia Zoo. With a free BBQ breakfast, live music, and stacks of familyfriendly activities.



FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAROLS Carols at Cotton Tree Park Coolum Christmas in the Park Buderim Community Carols Carols at Kings Beach Tewantin Christmas Carnival

24 - 26 NOVEMBER HACKFEST 2017 Encouraging bright sparks, big thinkers, change makers, inventors, student and artists to share and develop their creative ideas and find solutions to everyday community problems. Experience-Sunshine-Coast/Events/HackFest



17 NOVEMBER 2017 – 21 JANUARY 2018 DO YOU BEE-LIEVE? Somewhere over the rainbow and deep in the heart of a mysterious enchanted forest, an astonishing event is to take place, being the dream-like wedding of two Love-struck Dragons, Mr Trufflewafflepuff and Ms Lulu Lovebug.

25 NOVEMBER - 23 DECEMBER HORSE RIDING CAMPS FOR KIDS 18 - 19 NOVEMBER KAWANA TRIATHLON AND AQUATHLON In its third year, test your running and swimming skills against the best In Queensland. Events for kids ages 7+.

Kiah Park Horse Riding Camps offer a healthy outdoor, technology-free home away from home for your horse-crazy child. Various camps available throughout school holidays.

10 DECEMBER LIGHTS ON THE LAKE NOVEMBER – DECEMBER OCTONAUTS ZONE Sound the Octo-Alert, because the Octonauts have returned to SEALiFE! Explore a mysterious cave with Captain Barnacles, join Kwazii on a thrilling chase to reclaim his long-lost treasure and search the shipwreck for yourself to find the real creatures hiding inside.

Celebrate the festive season and the Coast’s wonderful assets. There will be supervised arts and crafts for kids, music, a water parade of decorated and lit kayaks, food and Santa will arrive across the lake. lights-on-lake/ •

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Grand opening of Infinity Martial Arts Maroochydore. A day of fun with free kids and adult classes held throughout the day and a BBQ lunch included! Hope to see you there!

10 – 11 JANUARY 2018 STORYTIME BALLET: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Dazzling dancing, sparkling tutus and enchanting music, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty is the perfect ballet for children. The first mainstage production from the Australian Ballet’s created especially for children ages 3-11, this live and interactive production features Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, a sparkling crowd of fairies, and storybook characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.



12 JANUARY 2018 STEVE BACKSHALL’S DEADLY 60 DOWNUNDER After two sell-out Australian tours, Steve Backshall, the star of the hit TV show Deadly 60 is returning to Australia with his brand new stage show, appearing live on stage with some of Australia’s deadliest animals! Plus, there will be loads of audience participation and lots of on stage fun!

12 – 22 DECEMBER & 6 – 20 JANUARY 2018 SUNSHINE COAST RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS & DANCE CENTRE A great school holiday programme with various activities to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays. Children will learn: Acrobatics – Rhythmic, Juggling, Broadway style, Neoclassical. School holiday program is for children aged 5+.

13 JANUARY 2018 ENGINES ALIVE Hear the noise, feel the power and see the restored engines come to life! BBQ sausage sizzle all day, WW2 Jeep rides, free jumping castle, live music, 70+ aircraft and related displays, and loads of family fun! •

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The official world premiere of The 78-StoreyTreehouse comes to QPAC! Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere?

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DID YOU KNOW US scientists calculated that

Santa would have to visit

822 homes per second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at

650 miles a second.

Despite having male-sounding names, the reindeers that pull Santa’s sleigh are probably female, as male reindeer shed their antlers in early December.

NEW EXPERIENTIAL GARDEN OPEN FOR KIDS A new playground with a difference has been opened at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanical Gardens. The new ‘Whipbird Walk’ has been carefully designed in a beautiful natural bush setting to mimic opportunities for nature-based play. Cr Jenny McKay, who opened the Sunshine Coast Council playground, hopes the garden will give kids across the Sunshine Coast the freedom to experience the joys of being in touch with nature. “This garden gives kids the chance to balance on fallen logs, make cubby houses from sticks, play in the dirt and look for creepy crawlies,” Cr McKay said. “There’s also a great sensory trail complete with blindfolds that encourages kids and families to open all their senses to the environment around us."






these popular workshops here on the Sunshine Coast. Based on the internationally acclaimed research by relationship expert Dr John Gottman as presented in his New York Times bestselling book The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work, the workshop is suitable both for couples wanting to improve their relationship, and those going through tough times and feeling challenged as a couple. Find out more at workshops.

ACCLAIMED MARRIAGE WORKSHOP COMES TO THE COAST Local Psychologist and Couples Therapist Madonna Hirning is now a Leader of the 'Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work' program for couples, enabling her to facilitate

AURA BRANCHES OUT WITH NEW TREEHOUSE PLAYGROUND A colourful treehouse adventure playground is the latest family-friendly addition to open at Aura, the City of Colour. The 12 metre metallic tree, adorned with brightly coloured birds, butterflies and leaves, is the centrepiece of a 5-metre high state-of-the-art climbing frame, which features two elevated wooden ‘treehouses’ linked by a tunnelled rope bridge. There are also climbing bars to shimmy up and a rope ladder leading to three different tunnel slides with a choice of heights to cater to children of varying ages. The nearby swing set includes a toddler swing and a bird’s nest swing, to make sure the littlest visitors will be entertained. The treehouse playground is the second park to open in recent months at Aura, following the opening of the popular Pedal Park, located on Steiner Crescent. Pedal Park features two circular bike tracks, a 9-metre high climbing tower and slide, a netball/basketball half-court, shelters and barbecues.



NOTICE BOARD All the news and achievements from ou r local schools

St Andrew’s Anglican College’s Georgia Eadie (Year 6) was placed fifth in Australia and Mila Dahmen (Year 7) third in Australia, in their respective divisions of the Scenario Writing section, both receiving invitations to attend the National Finals at Knox Grammar in Sydney.

NEW AQUATIC CENTRE OPEN AT SUNSHINE COAST GRAMMAR SCHOOL Sunshine Coast Grammar School is excited to announce that the Grammar Aquatic Centre is taking enquiries for the Swim Club and Swim School. Located within the grounds of the school, the new aquatic centre features a FINA certified 50m 10 lane swimming pool, a 17m indoor heated 'Learn to Swim' pool, undercover grandstand seating for 700 patrons, a gymnasium, cafe and outdoor barbecue area. There is also a first floor function area including a kitchen and 3 classrooms on-site. The School is looking forward to students, staff, families and the wider community enjoying this facility. Be one of the first to see and experience the pool facilities by registering your interest at www.

NEW CATHOLIC COLLEGE PLANNED FOR BLI BLI Brisbane Catholic Education plans to open a new Prep to Year 12 college in Bli Bli, to cater for the rapid population growth of the Sunshine Coast over the past five years. The yet-to-be-named college will be built on 11.56 hectares in Parklakes II, a master-planned 14


community located off Thomas Road and Yandina-Bli Bli Road, with students expected to come from areas such as Bli Bli, Coolum Beach, Marcoola, Mudjimba, Maroochydore, Kuluin, Diddillibah, Rosemount, Eumundi, or the eastern fringe of Nambour. Eventually catering to more than 1,500 students, the college is planned to open in 2019 with Prep to Year 3 and Year 7 students. The first Year 7 students will graduate from Year 12 in 2024 and the first original Prep students in 2031.

Year 7 students Maya Brown, Lyla Crouch and Isabella Fusco recently made it through to the National finals of the Program, which challenges young people to address real-world problems, with their Community Problem Solving program Recycling our Planet.

Maya Brown, Isabella Fusco and Lyla Crouch

Recognising that our world will be a very different place for 2031 graduates in which collaboration is at the fore, all building stages will feature flexible, inter-connected spaces for either small or large groups, or one-on-one learning, plus large, modern sporting facilities. Future considerations for the site also include Long Day Care, a Kindergarten and Outside School Hours Care.

Team leader Maya Brown said a problem was identified after the team carried out a recycling audit on the school bins.


The Recycling our Planet team have already taken significant steps in creating a better attitude including inviting a Council waste officer to speak at Assembly, creating easy-toread posters near bins, meeting with the College Executive team, marketing and attending an environmental talk at Immanuel Lutheran College with Tim Silverwood.

Stories set in the future and a mission to reduce landfill and improve recycling has seen five local students recognised nationally as the only Queensland representatives in the Future Problem Solving Program.

“We currently cannot access the Sunshine Coast Council recycling program as our litter would contaminate their recycling,” team leader Maya said. “Our intention is to develop a greater awareness, understanding and responsibility within the school.” •





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The Light of the Moon

With the aim of bringing women together and celebrating the beauty of motherhood, a Sunshine Coast photographer has embarked on an inspirational story-telling project called ‘The Light of the Moon’. The project is a curated series of written stories and intimate black and white imagery depicting the motherhood journeys of 50 Australian women. ‘The Light of the Moon’ Project aims to explore and acknowledge each mother’s significance in the world in her role of raising a child. These beautiful stories are therefore both unique and incredibly powerful. As a seasoned photographer, and mother of two, motherhood is one of Peta’s favourite things to document with a camera.



“The bond between a mother and child is incredibly beautiful to watch,” Peta explains. “In its ups and downs, in the closest moments and the most distant… I get lost in the connection, the intricacies, the unrelenting love, the courage, the devotion, the resistance, the curiosity, the compassion, the confusion… the holding tight, the letting go. And what makes it even more magical, is that all of it is fleeting – for a short time, yet for a lifetime.” Aiming to truly ‘see’ and celebrate women at some of their most vulnerable, precious and sometimes uncertain times in their lives, this

project is an empowering one, capturing beauty and strength; sharing moments that help make mothers realise that each of our journeys are significant, powerful, and beautiful. In today’s world where we often don’t slow down to share our stories and are often battling to find our similarities rather than celebrate our differences, Peta aims to bring the art of storytelling back to life. This beautiful and important project is gaining momentum and, as it unfolds, the community of women becoming connected by its honesty is rapidly growing.

"Motherhood is one of the strongest forces I have encountered. It is beautiful, raw, relentless, challenging, heart-warming, heart-wrenching, inspiring and magical. All at the same time." - Peta Hood •


“I had always assumed that when ‘my’ children came along, they would be a product of their parents’ influence, personalities, likes and dislikes. Pretty early on, Frankie made it clear she was here on her own terms. Her personality was strong. She wasn’t my possession. Beneath her soft round face and big alert eyes was a defiant message: “I am me. I will make my own way. I will be my own person.” Cass G

“You think you know yourself, you think you know all there is to know about your life, your feelings and your actions. Truth is, we don’t know half of it and we are not in control. We have birthed little miracles.” Jodi B

Words from Jodi ... a local mum

I didn’t think I’d have anything significant to say about motherhood. But the more I found the courage to open up to other mums, the more I realised I wasn’t alone. The amazing gift of birthing a child is beyond magic. Yet with all of this can come chaos, uncertainty, self-doubt and guilt as we want so desperately to be the best example of strength, love and harmony we can to our little people, and to raise loving, level headed, kind and confident human beings. As a mother of three, I understand perfectly the pressures of getting this ‘right’. It is so easy to fall into a spiral of questions and doubt about the very important ‘job’ we do. We often put ourselves last, our hair unwashed for longer than it should be, our eyes weary and our bodies not recognisable as our own for quite some time. We are filled with so much love for our babes but can question our place in the world. Motherhood is an incredible thing, we must take time out to stop and remember that. It’s finding that balance between steam-rolling ahead to get things done, and pausing to cherish the endless beauty along the way. I believe we not only need to embrace our own journeys as mothers, but share them with others so that they feel that they are not alone. Peta’s project helps us fall in love with ourselves all over again – as mothers and as human beings. To remind us of our significance and to help us celebrate it. •




“As just the two of us sit awake and he feeds, I take note just how small and new this little life is and knowing one day I will yearn for these moments back...” Aimee D

"Motherhood is everything,and sometimes nothing. It drives us in ways we sometimes don't understand. It strikes us at our core. It is complex, yet so simple. It is incredibly powerful and yet delicate." - Peta Hood “Every single day, motherhood encourages me to look a little closer and ask myself honestly – what kind of life do I want for my children? And for my family? What is most important to us? It has propelled me at great speed into living a more authentic life and being really conscious of whether my choices reflect my highest values.” Rachel M

Peta is a creative, natural light photographer with a particular passion for intimate black and white imagery. She lives in the Noosa hinterland but is available for bookings Australia-wide and plans to publish her beautiful project in a hardcover book that can be passed down over generations to come. You can follow Peta’s work at Can’t.Stop.Staring Photography on Facebook and Instagram, and at






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With two campuses on the Sunshine Coast, parents have the choice to discover the joy of learning that’s best suited for their child.




With our own pool on site at Nambour, both centres offer swim lessons, teaching early learners essential safety skills and developing water confidence. Our lessons are fun in a warm, nurturing environment.


Our NCC five-acre farm in Nambour gives early learners a unique experience visiting our miniature horses and chickens. Farmer Barry assists the students in collecting eggs and shows them how we harvest our NCC honey.


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Mumpreneurs MAKING WAVES

HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THERE’S A REAL VIBRANCY IN THE AIR RIGHT NOW? MUMS ACROSS THE REGION ARE BRINGING AMAZING IDEAS TO FRUITION; BUILDING A FLEXIBLE LIFE AROUND THEIR LITTLE ONES WHILST CHASING THEIR DREAMS. Southeast Queensland is busting at the seams with mums making their mark across all facets of small business. From handmade toys to kids’ yoga classes, you can now find a local mama doing it. With so many Queensland mumpreneurs making waves in business right now, we meet a few to find out more. You never know, they might inspire you to launch your own little side project!


Elisa Reeves,

ONE CHEW THREE Why did you start One Chew Three? I was maternity leave with my second son. Mid-way through maternity leave I felt like I wanted to do something that challenged me; I wanted something that was for me, but also something that supported my family. I’d also only recently come across silicone jewellery and couldn’t find one that I really liked, so I designed one. And that’s where it all began! A month into it and there was no looking back – it really ignited something inside of me. •




I’d always been creative, but it just gave me an opportunity to follow a passion I never really knew existed! From there it has grown very quickly, the jewellery has been really popular, and I’m so humbled by the success! Now, after 18 months, I have 240 resellers worldwide, I make 1,200-2,000 handmade pieces per month, as well as designing a manufactured line. So, it really is crazy!


What makes your business unique? I design jewellery that is modern, funky, and so it doesn’t feel like you are wearing something intended to be safe around baby. The whole concept is a little softer and natural, as we all seem to be moving towards living a little more naturally. We also now offer personalisation so the teethers can be a lovely and practical keepsake.

What do you think is the secret to your success? The growth happened organically, but I’ve been in corporate marketing for 15 years so the way I positioned and grown the brand certainly contributed to the success. The Internet and social media certainly make it easier to get the exposure and give you the momentum. The customers are also really supportive, they are mums like me! We want to shop with people we connect with and we have our roots in the community.

You’ve also won a few awards recently, congratulations! Yes, I was a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Awards, which was an honour to be recognised in that. And I won Gold in the handmade category of the national AusMumpreneur awards, which was amazing.

What do you enjoy most about running your own business? I spend a lot of time working, but I love the flexibility and I find it really satisfying. I think it’s very much about finding something that you are passionate about. As the kids grow up so fast you realise that you want to savour every possible moment, so I really aim to balance my work with my family.

Julia Rolando,

THE MAMA PROJECT What inspired you to start The Mama Project? When my youngest daughter started Kindy I really felt like I needed to go a spiritual journey, to find some peace and stillness. I had really struggled as my eldest daughter 24


passed away five years ago – with that comes a lot of depression and turmoil. Leading up to the start, I often wondered, ‘is there a better way to be supportive of mums?’ I didn’t have a great support system and I when I wanted to do something for myself – take a yoga class or a creative class – I couldn’t find anything that I could take her to. So, I decided that I would fix that! And that is when the journey began!

Tell us about what The Mama Project does? The whole theme is about slowing down, being more family based with soothing, natural activities that you can share with your kids. With this, we connect mums with other mums, and connect children with carers – whether that is Mum, Auntie, Grandma or Dad. The mama and youngster yoga classes include storytelling, yoga games, music and a nature-based craft activity, perhaps even something we've collected from a nature walk. Family yoga classes will be added late 2017 and will be an opportunity for the entire family to explore gentle yoga together, including grandparents!

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Why do you feel that embracing a slower pace of life is important for mums? We are so frantic. We have gotten to the point in our lives that we feel like we must prove something. Having the kids, the career and getting there on time – it’s marvellous, but do we really need to have it all? We need to put less importance on the material things and realise that what we are doing is enough. We don’t have to sacrifice, we just need to prioritise, as we are totally burning ourselves out, which isn’t helping anyone. As parents, we are their ultimate role model. So, let’s take a step back and think ‘What do I want my children to see?’ We are raising the future peacemakers of the world, so let’s find ways we can be gentler on our earth, and have kindness in our hearts, teaching our kids that there is happiness within ourselves.

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LITTLE MONKEY GREASE What inspired you to start Little Monkey Grease? It started mainly because my son has such bad bed hair… it was always all over the place! We wanted him to have the coolest hair, just like Daddy, but adult wax was way too strong for him – kids’ hair is so fine and soft, we didn’t want to use chemicals.

you get genuine mums sharing quality products. They wouldn’t put up something they don’t believe in as they know someone else will use it on their own child. I’ve found that lots of mums are now choosing to step away from the commercial products and shop this way for their family instead, which in turn helps these small mama businesses flourish.

How do you juggle running a business and being a mum? It is definitely a struggle sometimes, particularly as my husband is FIFO (fly-in-fly-out)! But I have automated processes that help me get through and I have incredible family support. But I really enjoy it too – I get a true enjoyment from the product because its mine, and I brought it up as a baby.

What do you enjoy most about running your own business? I enjoy the open interaction with customers – other mums and parents. Being able to connect with people and show them a genuine product that is safe and good quality is really satisfying. I always feel confident in telling them about it and letting them try it! But I think my favourite thing is when new people discover what we do and getting positive feedback on the product.

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“Choice Theory can be taught to anyone who is capable of understanding what a choice is,” Dr William Glasser explained. “All through our lives we make choices… we make choices that help us get along with people in our lives, and we make choices that harm us. In Choice Theory, we want to make mentally healthy choices… we believe that there are good things to choose.” When put into practice in the classroom at Sunshine Beach State School, the impact was significant. “We saw a huge change in the school,” said Gerard O’Brien, Intensive Self-management Support Officer from the Student Services Team at Sunshine Beach State School. “We were able to connect with those kids that we’d had issues reaching; we were able to build better relationships, teachers were happier, families were happier, and learning outcomes jumped through the roof.” NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017



Building relationships is at the core of Choice Theory. “Teachers put a lot of energy to create a safe environment for the kids; to build trust and get to know every side to the child,” explained Jenny Easey, Principal at Sunshine Beach State School. “Once this exists, when we ask them to do something, they want to do it.” Choice Theory brings with it a common language that is used throughout the school. Everyone knows what is meant when they talk about ‘filling a bucket’ and all the teachers are on the same page. “By looking at what happy people do and think and speaking to each other in a common language to achieve this, we can help kids grow towards those things and think those things,” Gerard said. Rather than forcing kids to learn and behave, and using punishment to achieve this, Choice Theory works from a different angle. Instead of an environment based on a coercive culture, where the aim is to get the kids to do what the teacher says, this theory focuses on self-directed learning. “The kids manage themselves, their behaviour and their learning. We are helping kids get to the point where they are helping themselves; they own their own behaviour,” explained Gerard. “Choice Theory gets kids to recognise

where the behaviour is coming from. They can then understand and know what not acceptable, and the teacher works with the child to help them find another way to get what they want – someone is there to talk to them to help them find a better plan.” Off the back of the success of this methodology, Sunshine Beach State School also began to offer a parenting program, so that Choice Theory could be introduced in the home environment and continued into the teenage years.

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY With 139 schools across the region and 71,000 students in their care, Brisbane Catholic Education is another organisation taking a holistic approach to every student’s development, incorporating principles of positive psychology in their approach to supporting student wellbeing and learning. “Our starting point is a principle of positive psychology; a strength-based approach to learning,” explained Kathy Shelton, Principal Education Officer – Learning & Teaching, at Brisbane Catholic Education. “Rather than trying to fix something, we look at starting at the point of what students can do and building from that.”

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Drawing from the research of leading researchers such as Carol Dweck and Michael Fullan, Brisbane Catholic Education’s foundation is based on key principles that include: developing a growth mindset, high teacher expectations for every student, explicit teaching of selfregulation and motivation, and using feedback and goal setting to improve learning. And these principles underpin both their pedagogy and teaching framework. Their strategy is based on a whole school approach, providing teachers with an excellent learning and teaching strategy that brings the psychology to the classroom. “Teachers need to understand the elements, as they are working closely and directly with the students, so we have done a lot of work in positioning teachers and the work of student wellbeing to happen within the curriculum rather than as a separate program – making it an integrated part of what teachers are doing in the classroom,” said Kathy. Underpinning that strategy is student engagement in learning and positive relationships with their peers and their teachers. “We look at their engagement in learning, their progress in learning and their wellbeing.” The combination of these psychology principles, a strong pastoral care program and the Catholic philosophy, ensures that the core values of the organisation flow throughout the network of schools. “We believe that every person should be fully supported to reach their full potential,” explained Kathy. “We have programs for social justice and you’ll find lots of examples of students helping others in the community; students are fully supported in their own spiritual and personal development.” Over time, Brisbane Catholic Education has put more resources into providing professional learning for teachers and providing schools with school-based guidance counsellors. “Every school in our system has a schoolbased guidance counsellor, many whom are psychologists, 32


providing proactive and leading approaches, as well as providing more targeted and individual support for students and families when needed.” Since implementing the changes, the schools have seen a definite change in the culture and environment. “These approaches have had a really positive effect,” said Kathy. “We are seeing a very positive impact in student learning growth, but the impact is because we have an integrated approach – we focus on improving literacy and numeracy, however it’s not separate from students’ engagement and wellbeing. We want students to be engaged in their learning and have positive relationships where they feel connected – there is positive impact because the two things go together.” With the systems in place, Brisbane Catholic Education has been able to collect a huge amount of data to perform detailed analysis of student progress and student behaviour, which allows them to see patterns and trends, making it possible to target resources towards areas of need. “We do collect a lot of data and we have a very detailed analysis of students’ progress in learning combined with student behaviour support policy and processes – reflecting students’ engagement in their learning,” said Kathy. “For example, we can look at data and notice that incidents are occurring more during transition between classrooms we can look at our structure and how students are moving around school – a preventative proactive approach to behaviour.” Because of this large network of schools working together, the organisation is also able to share a common language across the entire group. “We are a system of schools and we are able to get that common language and shared approach across the schools – providing a consistent approach to student behaviour, pastoral care, and excellence in teaching.” • •




RELUCTANT READERS IF YOU HAVE A RELUCTANT READER AT HOME, FOSTERING A LOVE FOR READING CAN SEEM LIKE ONE HUGE UPHILL BATTLE. THE HOME READERS THAT COME HOME IN THEIR SCHOOLBAG CAN BE BORING, AND THE LAST THING THEY WANT TO DO AFTER A DAY AT SCHOOL IS TO SIT STILL AND FOCUS ON A BOOK! We all know that reading is incredibly important. Not only is it an essential life skill, reading is just like exercise for your brain, stimulating imagination, improving memory function, building new connections and extending vocabulary. And a love for reading is something that will always be with kids as they grow into their adult life.


If you are struggling to spark the inner bookworm in your little one, there are stacks of great books out there that focus on providing fun, trending content that will really engage children and aid them in becoming independent readers.


DK READERS DK Readers are ideal for children who love all popular characters from film, TV and comics. Titles include: Star Wars, Avengers, LEGO and Angry Birds.

EARLY READER These books are perfect for younger readers, with the text divided into easy-to-read chapters and illustrations throughout. They are also for children who love popular series that may still be a bit too hard to read on their own. Titles include: Beast Quest, Rainbow Magic and Horrid Henry.

READ IT YOURSELF LADYBIRD Another great series for those children interested in popular characters. Titles introduce characters kids have grown up with such as: Peppa Pig, Charlie and Lola, How to Train Your Dragon and Snoopy.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS This series lets young readers discover the lives of animals living in the wild, exploring their behaviour, families and environment. Titles include: Puppies, Sloths, Monkeys, Horses… and many more.

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Another series packed with popular characters that children have grown up, with stars from television, movies and classic books. Titles include: OLIVIA, Charlie Brown, Mike the Knight, Smurfs, Katy Duck and Eric Carle.

Titles include popular characters and there are ‘think abouts’ and ‘say it out louds’ throughout each title to help build vocabulary. Titles include: LEGO Adventure in the Real World, Fly Guy, Pet Charms, Bizarre Animals, Dinosaurs, Sharks, Planets and Robots.

STEP INTO READING An enormous range of popular characters including all the latest movie releases and television shows. Titles include: Frozen, Moana, Trolls, Thomas, Cars, DC Superheroes, Barbie, Bubble Guppies, Dora, Paul Frank, Thomas, Finding Dory, Good Dinosaur, Spongebob and Paw Patrol. Not sure what your child will like? The local library is a great place to start. “Our philosophy is to provide books that are for recreational reading,” says Karen Gawen, Young People’s Services Supervisor from Sunshine Coast Council. “We encourage reading for fun so do not closely follow the school curriculum. Our junior non-fiction is stocked with lots of dinosaurs, animals, jokes and trivia to engage children to not only learn, but enjoy reading.” Each library has a selection of Beginner Reader series, and if you can’t find the one you want, the library offers a free service where you can look up and reserve titles from across the library network. “The titles will then be sent to the library of their choice to borrow from,” Karen explains.

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Main attractions GINGER FACTORY A Sunshine Coast institution and fabulous fun day out for the kids, the Ginger Factory is a must-do for the region. Take a ride on the train, wander through the heritage-style shops in Ginger Town, check out the live bee show and, of course, decorate your own gingerbread man! There are also free shows for the kids during school holidays; check website for details.

AUSTRALIA ZOO Crikey, no trip to the Sunshine Coast is complete without a day at Australia Zoo! A fabulous zoo for families, there’s plenty of opportunity to get up close with animals and supereasy to get around (just catch the train between areas if your family has little legs). Feed the kangaroos, take in the show in the crocoseum, and if you can, fit in a visit to the wildlife hospital to see the inspirational work of the vets there. •

MALENY DAIRIES Maleny dairies is a family-owned milk company with their own processing and bottling plant. It’s a great day out for the kids, to see how a dairy farm works and enjoy the Maleny countryside. Book a farm tour or take a tractor ride around the paddock, and make time to stop at the café for their delicious coffee and snacks. There is also a great grassed area for kids to play.

AUSSIE WORLD Perfect for families, Aussie World has rides and attractions for kids of all ages. For some tummy-turning action there are rides such as The Wasp and The Redback. For the little ones try the Giggle Go Round and the Tin Lids Tea Party. If rides aren’t your thing there are stacks of other games and attractions such as Mini Golf, Crazy Mirrors and Leak’n Logs water play.

SUNSHINE CASTLE Did you know that the Sunshine Coast has a castle? This Norman-style castle

is filled with medieval and historical displays. Wander over the drawbridge, feast with Kings in the Great Hall or explore the dungeon. Kids can dress up in themed headgear and take an interactive treasure hunt that leads to a free treat from the King’s treasure chest. And make sure you check out the stunning coast and hinterland views from the top of the castle keep.

QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM If you have a little aviator in your family, a trip to the Queensland Air Museum is a must! There are more than 75 historic aircraft on display, as well as WW2 Jeep rides and other displays to explore. Check out the website for any special events happening when you visit.

SEALIFE A great aquarium for little ones, SEALiFE has stacks of ocean life to explore. Touch a starfish, wander through the Ocean Tunnel, see the enormous stingrays devour their dinner, and don’t miss the very entertaining seal show. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017



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WILDLIFE HQ Located at the iconic Big Pineapple, Wildlife HQ is the new home for the 200 relocated animals from Alma Zoo. As well as the Aussie favourites such as koalas, wombats and dingos there are more exotic animals too such as red pandas, binturongs, ring-tailed lemurs and hamadryas baboons. With superfriendly staff and a simple layout, it’s a great zoo for families.

Out & about NOOSA RIVER/EVERGLADES The Noosa Everglades are a 60km stretch of pristine, untouched waters in the upper reaches of the Noosa River. One of only two everglades systems on the planet, it is known as the ‘River of Mirrors’ because of the amazing reflections in the water. You can explore the Noosa Everglades on foot, by boat from Noosaville or with guided and self-guided kayak tours from Boreen Point.

MARY CAIRNCROSS SCENIC RESERVE With 2km of tranquil walking tracks and a boardwalk viewing platform, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a wonderful rainforest day out for families. Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre to discover some of the hidden plants and animals of each ecosystem, and enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the picnic shelters by the playground. Walking tracks include stroller-friendly options. 38





Main attractions QPAC Nothing says a trip to the big city more than taking in a show, and QPAC always has something that will keep kids of all ages entertained. Check website for what is showing when you visit and for tickets.

QAGOMA (QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY & GALLERY OF MODERN ART) Though you might not think that kids and art galleries go together, QAGOMA offers some great interactive installations and art projects that kids absolutely love. They also have the Children’s Art Centre with several exploratory art programs for kids, and the regular ‘Toddler Tuesday’ activities.

STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND With one of the best kids’ sections, the State Library is top of the list for family friendly day out. Explore the creative hands-on activities and games in The Corner, or take part in one of the many events as part of their comprehensive school holiday program.

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE A magnificent arts centre on the Brisbane river, the Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture. Shows rotate and there is always something fun on for kids. Check website for things happening during your visit.

A treasure trove of hands-on experiments that appeal to kids of all ages. Challenge your body in the Body Zone, delve into the optical illusions and puzzles in the Mind Benders area, explore the human body in the Body Works zone, or get hands-on in the Action Stations area where you learn about sound, water, gravity and space. Check website for special exhibits during school holidays.

Out & about ROMA STREET PARKLAND Set in the middle of the city, Roma Street Parkland is a beautiful green space with something for everyone. Relax amongst the tranquil gardens and water features, wander the many boardwalks and paths, take a ride on the Parkland Explorer mini-train, then head to the playground with flying foxes, cubbies, bridges, climbing equipment and hedge garden.

SOUTHBANK Stretching from Queensland Art Gallery to the Queensland Maritime Museum, Southbank is home to 17 hectares of parklands, restaurants, cafés and stacks of activities to keep tiny tots busy. For a little adventure, head to Little Days Out – a free children’s program held every Thursday. For some splashy fun, try Aquativity in the heart of Southbank – a fun water-play park to cool off the kids. •


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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas. Hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings. Located only 12km from Brisbane city, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great place for kids to learn, connect with nature and be inspired to make positive changes to protect wildlife habitats.



SEAWORLD A marine park and theme park rolled into one, at SeaWorld you can get up close with a range of marine life including polar bears, penguins, sharks, sting rays. And when you are ready for a little action, enjoy the thrills and spills of the Storm Coaster, Castaway Bay and Jet Rescue, or for the little ones there is Nickelodeon Land, with kid-sized rides and shows.


A visit to the Gold Coast isn’t complete without a day at Dreamworld, Australia’s biggest theme park. As well as the big thrill rides, there are plenty of rides specifically designed for the littler ones to enjoy. After a busy morning of thrills and action, head next door to WhiteWater World, where you can cool off on one of their many water slides and water play spaces.

IFLY For ages 3+, iFly is the excitement of skydiving in an ultra-safe, state-of-theart environment. Not just a thrill ride but also the latest in action sports, simply lean into the wind inside in the giant glass tunnel and a column of air lifts you up to float effortlessly into flight. 40


Packed with thrill rides and family fun, Wet ‘n’ Wild has something to cool everyone down this summer. From the adrenaline-pumping Extreme H20 rides to the subtropical gardens of Calypso Beach, the whole family will be set for a splash-tastic day.

SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK Located on level 77 of the Q1 Building and soaring above the golden beaches of Surfers Paradise, is SkyPoint, Australia’s only beachside observation deck. Take in the panoramic views and if you are feeling brave, try the SkyPoint Climb – Australia’s highest external building climb with unparalleled 360° views of the Gold Coast and beyond (bookings essential).

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY There’s stacks to keep the whole

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Out & about SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK Just 45 minutes from the busy coastline is the idyllic forest wilderness of Springbrook National Park. Formed by the eruption of an ancient volcano 23 million years ago, this nature-lover’s paradise is brimming with waterfalls, cool rock creeks, fascinating wildlife and some of the oldest trees in Australia. With many walks and lookouts that are kid friendly and stroller accessible, it’s a great spot for families to escape the rat race for a day.

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN RAINFOREST SKYWALK Set in 30 acres of rainforest, this exciting eco-adventure offers a unique view of the rainforest. The 1.5km walk is a combination of forest floor trails and bridges that sour through the upper canopy. The walk is stroller friendly (but there are some steps) and there is also a rainforest eco gallery to learn about the local animals, birds and reptiles.

THE VILLAGE MARKETS Teeming with products from talented local designers and creators, as well as delicious food trucks and live music, the Village Markets is a great day out for the family and a popular place for locals to hang out. Grab a blanket, sit under the trees and enjoy the good vibes. •


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Bringing together generations of families, friend and community volunteers to celebrate Christmas.

Join Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Santa and special guests in King George Square to welcome the festive season by illuminating Queensland’s largest solarpowered Christmas tree. Soak up the festive cheer with a host of Christmas carols on the night and a special Christmas performance.

3 DECEMBER NORTH LAKES CHRISTMAS CAROLS With lots of family-friendly entertainment on offer, everyone can get into the spirit of the season while enjoying performances by local community groups and schools. The North Lakes Christmas Carols will feature plenty of free activities and workshops, roving performers and FUN! You can even do some last-minute Christmas gift shopping at the twilight markets.

8 – 17 DECEMBER THE ENCHANTED GARDEN Come and explore the magic of the Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland this Christmas. The Enchanted Garden is part of Brisbane's free Christmas program.

8 – 24 DECEMBER GOLD LOTTO CITY HALL LIGHTS This year, Brisbane’s City Hall will light up with an all-new magical light projection show. A must-do for everyone’s Christmas calendar, the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights will run every 15 minutes until midnight. •

9 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS EXPRESS Catch the Christmas spirit with a festive return steam train journey from the Workshops Rail Museum to historic Grandchester station. Trip duration is approximately 2.5 hours. Add museum entry and make a whole day of it!


GOLD COAST 2 DECEMBER MAYOR'S CHRISTMAS CAROLS Presented by Mercedes Benz Gold Coast, the free event is hosted by Channel Nine’s Shelley Craft and will boast a bunch of food trucks, a special Smurfs Christmas show for the little ones, and of course an appearance by Santa Claus himself. The main show kicks off at 5pm, with interactive kid’s fun commencing at 2pm, closing with a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm.


Brisbane’s favourite family tradition returns, brimming with music and merriment. Comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages. Nightly at 7pm, commences at the Edward Street end of the Queen Street Mall.

Community carols event with rides for the kids, face painting, giant inflatable snow globe, market stalls, food vendors and great entertainment, concluding with fireworks at 8pm. ChristmasintheParkPacificPines



Presented in the grandeur of QPAC’s Concert Hall, Spirit of Christmas has become a cherished annual tradition at QPAC. So, gather your friends and family and join us for this magnificent celebration, including traditional carols to singalong to.

Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols and be entertained as skydiving Santa arrives in style. There will also be activities for the kids and magical Christmas performances for the whole family to enjoy.

13 – 24 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS IN SURFERS PARADISE Roving carollers and colourful performers spread the magic of the season through the streets of Surfers, while merry decorations including summer-themed Santa statues and oversized gifts enhance the festive spirit throughout the precinct. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017



23 DECEMBER CAROLS ON THE BEACH AT SURFERS PARADISE A stunning line-up of talented local musicians and dancers lead residents in a chorus of traditional Christmas tunes to the accompanying soundtrack of the ocean lapping the shore, culminating in a colourful fireworks finale.



1-2 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS IN COOROY A free community event that kicks off with Carols and lighting of the tree on Friday night. The main Christmas events held on Saturday afternoon include stacks of entertainment, rides, the Great Santa Race and a Street Parade, followed by live music and fireworks.


Where to find Santa SUNSHINE PLAZA 16 Nov: Santa’s Arrival at Sunshine Plaza 17 Nov–24 Dec: Santa photography 18–23 Dec: Riverwalk Light Show 1–24 Dec: Charity gift wrapping station

NOOSA CIVIC 18 Nov: Santa Arrival Parade, with Ben and Holly live stage show and face painting 11–28 Dec: Stay N Play Kids child-minding facility filled with activities 18 Nov–24 Dec: Santa photos 1–24 Dec: Fundraising gift wrapping service

KAWANA SHOPPINGWORLD 18 Nov: Santa's Arrival Christmas Parade with Nickelodeon's coolest genies Shimmer & Shine 1–24 Dec Gift wrapping in support of Kawana Surlf Lifesaving Club 18 Nov–24 Dec: Santa's photography, plus special pet photo and sessions available for children with special needs, see website for details



A mix of pre-loved items including clothes, toys, books, cots and prams, a stall at Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Market is a great way to clean out your little one’s cupboards and earn some extra cash. You’ll also find beautiful handmade items, made locally. Every market has a free jumping castle, free facepainting, free bounty bags,and yummy hot food and coffee.

9 DECEMBER CAROLS AT COTTON TREE PARK Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a wonderful Christmas celebration with entertainment, food and fun at Cotton Tree Park. Also expect a visit from Santa. The evening will finish with a fireworks display.

9 DECEMBER NAMBOUR COMMUNITY CAROLS & TWILIGHT MARKETS Experience the wonderful Twilight Markets, buy a Christmas present, then enjoy a fun-filled concert featuring local artists, a special visit from Santa, and a fabulous fireworks finale!

10 DECEMBER TEWANTIN CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL A free event with live entertainment, food and drink, rides, carols by candlelight, and fun for everyone. The evening culminates in a fantastic firework display. All are welcome!

Free event with spectacular lights display, animal farm, musical night production at 6.30, 7.15 & 8pm, Christmas story walk through, carols sing-along show, popcorn, fairy floss, balloons, face painting, jumping castles, food court, café and markets for you to enjoy. Open 5.30 – 9pm each night. 186 Wises Road Buderim.

16 DECEMBER COOLUM’S CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK Each year Coolum’s Christmas in the Park gets bigger and brighter, attracting thousands of locals and visitors. Bring your family down for an early dinner and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere singing our favourite traditional Christmas carols.

16 DECEMBER ANNUAL BOAT PARADE The Annual Boat Parade in Mooloolaba has become a true Christmas tradition for the Coast. Don't miss the fun this year!

16 DECEMBER CAROLS ON KINGS BEACH Enjoy a wonderful Christmas celebration with entertainment, food and fun! Bring a blanket or chair and join in for a night of celebration. There will be entertainment, food stalls, coffee, fireworks and a visit from Santa. •

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Christmas Gift GUIDE - 2017 -

Triplex cubby house

My Cubby makes the coolest cubbies, here in Brisbane, so you create the perfect layout for your home! These cubbies are built to last and perfect for our QLD conditions. The Triplex Cubby House offers the best of both worlds – a fantastic play house combined with an upper level fort. Installation and interest free terms are available.

Hooded Towelling Robes

Back Beach Co Towelling Robes are the perfect gift for any age. Made from 100% cotton towelling complete with a full front zip, hood and pockets. Stay dry and warm - simply "Wear your Towel". With their UPF 50+ sun rating you will be covered and protected. Ideal for around the pool, beach, swimming lessons and holidays. Use code "Coast" to receive 10% off your order.



Cottontail Swim Nappies

Featuring a waterproof 100% Polyester PUL outer layer and soft lycra bindings for a secure stretchy fit, the Cottontail swim nappies are made of high-quality swim materials and one size to fit all as your little one grows. A swim nappy will be included as a bonus in each Nappy Service Kit throughout summer, or jump onto the Cottontail website and buy your own for just $15!


Create a family fairy garden this Christmas! Nurture the imagination, inspire hearts and create precious memories. Choose from Fairy Kate's hand-picked range of designer fairy garden kits, magical fairy houses and miniature accessories. Products shipped Australia wide and internationally. Afterpay + Zippay. Fast and friendly service with lots of sparkle! Visit us when you're next in Cairns! •




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Create countless floral arrangements with this eco-friendly toy for toddlers. Made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, this Green Toys playset includes 4 bases, 16 stem and leaf pieces and 24 flower pieces. Develop construction skills, colour recognition, fine motor skills and more! $49.99


Children's Hair Wax that is chemical free, natural, organic and safe for every member of the family from newborns to adults. A gift anyone will enjoy without the guilt or why not spoil yourself. Daddy and Me packages available now. From all corners of the world we are helping families bring a little more style to their everyday life. Who doesn’t want awesome hair without the guilt!


A super fun, compact indoor game of skill, these Wooden Skittles from Tiger Tribe are hand-made and fun. Based on the traditional game of skittles, each set comes with six character pins (each 10cm high) and two coloured balls. Its the ideal toy to get the whole family involved. RRP $25 •


The best gifts to give pre-schoolers this year are screen-free! Shapeeze activity kits feature pre-cut shapes and simple designs, which help fine motor skills, increase colour, shape and letter recognition. Activities can be completed without supervision, boosting independence and a real sense of achievement. Oh… and kids LOVE THEM! Use code: KIDS15 for 15% discount online:

SmarTFOLD™ Smartrike®

The new smart solution trike from the best-selling baby and toddler brand is fully foldable (down to 85% less than the original size), portable and compact enough to fit into small spaces. Designed to grow with your child from 9 months to 3 years, the SmarTfold™ from Smartrike® is the perfect travel accessory. From $199.99 Available at Target, Big W, Toys R Us and Baby Bunting



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The big-hearted

‘CHARITY CUDDLE’ When experienced real estate agent Amber Fox returned from maternity leave after having her fourth child, she knew she wanted to use her new real estate venture, The Property League, to make a real difference in the community. From there, the Charity Cuddle was created and is already well on its way to changing lives across the Coast. We chat to this inspiring property executive and busy mama to find out more. What inspired you to start the Charity Cuddle? I liked the idea of helping community groups, and I wanted to have a point of different for my new real estate business, The Property League. I thought there must be way of helping people, really helping people. Then when my son’s school had a recent fundraiser, I had the idea that I could sell someone’s house in the community and donate the commission so it really took off from there! How does it work? It’s quite simple! There are two aspects to what we’re doing. For any listings that are referred to us by an affiliated organisation, we will donate 20% of the commission to them upon settlement. It’s a great way for groups like schools, day care centres, sporting clubs and community groups to raise a significant amount for a project, and far less work than bake sales and plate painting! And for every other sale we make, we will give 20% to our chosen charity at the time. What types of organisations do you fundraise for? We look to the smaller local clubs, groups and charities that might not have the big endorsements that larger ones have. I’ve found that by choosing a specific target it gives us something to focus on and the team can really feel like they have achieved something when that project completes. •

What projects are you working on at the moment? We are currently raising funds for an elevator for the Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled Association’s recently built mezzanine level in their main arena building. I have already been able to tell them that we are almost half-way there, which was amazing to do. Why do you donate such a large amount of your commission? We could donate 10%, but 20% is a true mark that will make a significant impact and have a much further reach in the community. On a $15,000 commission, 20% works out to be a staggering $3,000. Selling homes is satisfying, but when it all settles and you’ve done the very best job you can do, that success remains between the vendor, buyer and your team. Making these projects come to fruition feels amazing, knowing that effort is going to change people’s lives. It gives us goose bumps to know that we’ve really made an impact and that our effort has reached more than the immediate people in our business. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Does the whole team at The Property League get involved? Absolutely! I felt a little nervous when I first suggested the 20% donation to the team, but they were all totally on board and it was really heartwarming to see how much the team embraced it.

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Movies For the December school holidays, families can save with the Cinebuzz discounted Family Pass available for a great range of family films at Event Cinemas. Membership is free to join. Join now at


In cinemas December 21, 2017 Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday – a unique pop-up book he discovered Mr Gruber’s antique shop. But when the book is stolen, it is up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief and recover the book. See a special advance charity screening of Paddington 2 at BCC and Event Cinemas on Sunday 3rd of December at 11am. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia. Tickets are on sale now at


By Nicki Greenberg. RRP $19.99 While all the other reindeer are sleeping, Ruby sneaks off with the present-laden sleigh in an attempt to get a headstart on the Christmas deliveries. So, when she crash-lands at George and Amelia's house, she abandons the presents to join them in the school concert. What could possibly go wrong? And what will Santa do when he discovers his sleigh (and all the presents) are missing? Will he be able to save Christmas? Ruby the reindeer makes Christmas Eve more entertaining than ever before! For ages 3-6.


By Laura and Philip Bunting. RRP $16.99 Koalas eat gum leaves. Everyone knows that. But this is the story of a koala who's had enough of his monotonous diet and goes in search of some tastier tucker. And he's about to make a discovery that changes everything. This humorous new book from Sunshine Coast-based husband-and-wife team Laura and Philip Bunting is a cautionary tale about the perils of having too much of a good thing.

In cinemas Boxing Day 2017 Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of 12-year-old Miguel, who comes from a family of shoemakers. For generations, his family has banned music because they believe they’ve been cursed by it. But Miguel harbours a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favourite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.


By Kylie Westaway; illustrated by Tom Jellett. RRP $24.99 Mum, Dad and baby Riley are all busy getting ready for Aunt Daisy's wedding and no one has time to listen to Nellie. But Nellie can't wear her flower girl dress today. Today, she's a dinosaur. Luckily Nellie might just have a brilliant idea... Why Can't I be a Dinosaur? is a warm, funny read-aloud story about determination and ingenuity, and a wedding with a difference. For ages 3-6.

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$5.99 The latest edition in the Thinkrolls series, Thinkrolls Kings & Queens is an epic adventure of logic, physics and fun! With castles, dragons, simple machines and enchanting spells, kids think their way through 228 brilliant puzzles that sharpen their memory and problemsolving skills. Collect gems to unlock costumes and customise your Thinkroll character along the way. For ages 5-8; levels get progressively harder.


In cinemas Thursday 14th December 2017 Ferdinand, is a giant bull with a big heart and gentle soul. Life is good until one day, he is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home and family. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover. •

An enchanting ballet experience for children aged three and up


The Storytime Ballet series is generously supported by The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and Gandel Philanthropy.




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