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Cover photo courtesy of Stu Frost from Frosty Photography

What’s on in January

Win Yogi Bear

Tickets! Comp details page 03

Pants on fire Handling kids who lie Check out the full story on page 4 Rock Climbing Centre New Year Enrolments What’s On Calendar




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editors note Hello and welcome to the 43rd edition of PakMag, our back to school and summer holidays extravaganza! We have covered everything for your family for the holidays, plus lots of tips for easing your kids in to school. As you can see, Jordan has finally had a haircut which was way overdue according to some people but I loved his surfy dude long hair. Now he looks all grown up like a proper little boy. Further to his escape tricks mentioned last month he is no longer sleeping in his cot. He now spends most nights sleeping  wedged behind the bedroom door, or walking around the house in the middle of the night. It’s an intricate process pushing the door open with his weight behind it to put him back to bed without waking him. I’m not sure why he thinks the floor is so comfortable. He’s also started having a few tantrums, and isn’t even two yet, so god help me.

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Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager What’s On/MiniMag: Trent Stievano Client Manager: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Amanda Cranston, Shannon du Plessis & submitted writers Phone: 4034 3331 Fax: 4034 3342 Email: Address: Level 2, 68 Abbott Street Virginia House, Cairns QLD 4870 Postal: PO Box 7433, Cairns QLD 4870 Disclaimer: No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may br reproduced, in part or in whole without the expressed permission of the editor. Whilst the greatest of care is taken to ensure that the information in the magazine is correct at the time of going to press, readers are advsied to check details before visiting. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The expressions expressed within PakMagazine are not neccessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers.

kids 25 Kid’s MiniMag

04 Liar Liar

26 Colour it in & win

07 Catholic Education

31 PakActivities

08 Starting School 11 Wide Bay 13 Tips for job seekers 15

Proarch Podiatry

17 New Year New You 19


23 Thermomix Food 24 Out & about photos

babies & toddlers 35 PakBaby - Abstinence safest option 38 PakParent - Coping with parents

things to win

25 Mini Mag What’s On

02 WIN Yogi Bear tickets

33 Out & about photos


WIN a Makeover

35 PakBaby


WIN Calanna Multivitamins

38 PakParent

26 WIN a mystery prize

41 Rock climbing

31 4 mystery prizes to WIN

43 Tackling Teens

35 WIN a Amber Baby Teether

45 School Holiday Guide

38 WIN a Morning Glory prize pack

48 Fav Pets / Competition winners

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51 Game, set & match 53 After school activities 55 Movie of the Month 56 Stockland Time for a Break

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02 What’s new




cover shot Model: Travis Drinnan (2011 TAS preppie) Photographer: A big thanks to Stu Frost from Frosty Photography


what’s new january

what’s new january Little Book Club

Movie Releases

New books this month at Cairns Libraries include:

Australia Day

Monster (Andrew Daddo) – A really clever ‘monster in my

Tangled (TBA)

bedroom’ picture

In cinemas January 6

book that 3-5 yr olds will adore.

Morning Glory (TBA) In cinemas January 6

WIN Yogi Bear 3D movie tickets!

Kids in the Garden

1pm). Final: Sat 22 Jan (11am). Call 4033 5315 for more information.

In cinemas January 6

bear is coming to the big screen in a 3D live action adventure. ‘Yogi Bear’ stars Dan


Ackroyd as Yogi and Justin Timberlake as his

[2] Stockland will be cooking up a storm in conjunction with Ferntree Little Chefs. See pg 38 for more details about cooking demonstrations and the junior cooking competition. [3] Smithfield check out their new Cat in the Hat activity centre where kids will be able to make eco-library bags with trained assistants during 10-14 January (11am-2pm each day).

Year of the Rabbit

New Backstreet Studio

The Chinese New Year Street Festival is

Backstreet Dance are moving. You can go

on again on Sat 29 January (3-8pm at the

and check out their new 2-studio complex

Fun Start

In Cinemas January 13

(June R Oberlander)

Esplanade Western Events Lawn). The Dragon

on Sat 30 Jan (1-5pm) at 170-182 Mayers St,

– Develop your child’s

Parade is great fun for the kids and starts at

Manunda. For more info call 0407 995 182

thinking and motor

4pm. For info go to

or go to

WIN movie tickets!

In cinemas January 13

The Green Hornet (TBA)

Southside Gymnastics

skills with one activity for every week of every year of their life.

The Yorkey’s Knob Australia Day breakfast starts at 7.30am with live entertainment, market stalls and a free BBQ. Plus, the Esplanade are planning a family fun day. See page 21 and 43 for more info on Australia Day events.

Sam Powers Show

faithful sidekick Boo Boo.

For your chance to win simply send an email to by 14 Jan and tell us which Hanna- Barbera TV series Yogi starred in before headlining his own show? We will also be giving away some tickets on our Facebook page.

Yogi Bear in 3D (TBA)

acting, joke telling or playing the spoons, make

fun in fungi, makes a mini at the science within our

In cinemas January 13

year old kids have a talent for singing, dancing,

– Nick Hardcastle puts the terrarium jungle and looks

Burlesque (TBA)

$10,000 in prizes up for grabs so if your 5-17

sure you enter them. Heats: 17-21 Jan (11am &

Everyone’s favourite pic-a-nic basket stealing

In cinemas January 13

[1] Cairns Central will be scouring the Far North for talent again in January. There’s

Gardening Australia DVD

Unstoppable (TBA)

The Dilemma (TBA)

Shopping centre fun!

Join Sea FM at Cazalys for lots of family fun on Australia Day including entertainment from the Bopstars and Flip the Clown as well as a jumping castle, face painting, movies and more.

Treat the kids to some magic these holidays with Sam Powers 2 kids for the price of 1 deal to his Xtreme Illusions Show. To book call 1300 500 331.


Cyclone Circus

Next PakClub: 9 Jan (5-7pm at Cazaly’s

The new term for the Tanks arts programme for under 5’s (used to be known as Art Start) starts on

Talent Quest” hurry and register by emailing

28 January. Classes run Fridays 9.30-10.30am. Cost $120 per term. Call Paul Barron on 4032 6627. spaces are limited.

Theme: Tropical - Participate in our “Tropical

In cinemas January 20 Southside Gymnastics Club is back in action with a new head coach, Kyle Luck, recently returning from Canada. They are a

How Do You Know? (TBA) In cinemas January 26

not-for-profit organisation specialising in all levels of Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Tumbling. Classes are available for all ages including Kindergym for 2-5 year olds (Tue-Fri 9.30am & Sat 8am). Cost $10 per class casual. Location: 93-99

Roberts Rd, Bentley Park. School holiday programmes are also available. For more information about classes and times, email




Liar liar feature Story thanks to Shannon du Plessis

liar liar All around the world, children’s pants are on fire – here are some tips on how to put them out, writes Shannon du Plessis


t some point, children will tell lies. The

amends. Older children should already

does confess for misdeeds, or he may avoid

reasons are many and varied, but parents

understand lying is wrong and should receive

telling the truth next time.

shouldn’t ignore a child who lies, but view

a consequence for both the wrongdoing

it as an opportunity to teach them about

and the lying. Habitual lying may be an

right and wrong. Children like to exaggerate

early indicator of a more severe problem.

to make people take notice. Often, they see

Compulsive lying has been indicated in the

some things as reality and others as fantasy.

early stages of social behaviour disorders,

Harmless stories come from big imaginations,

such as ADHD.

and some children convince themselves their stories are real, such as the monster under the bed.

out the truth”. Saying, “You really hurt me when you lie,” is often more effective than, “I’m going to smack you because you lied”.

Kids who lie habitually generally show

Allowing room for negotiation, compromise,

behaviours such as stealing, cheating,

listening before accusing, and staying

aggression, violent temper tantrums, skipping

calm helps develop more open and honest

school, constantly losing items, and poor


doesn’t hurt, but make sure they understand it

behaviour in groups, social settings or with

is just “pretend”. Some children lie as a means

authority figures. In such cases, immediate

of pleasing a parent and not wanting the

intervention by a qualified counsellor who

parent to feel disappointed if they forgot to

will work with the child and the parents is

do something. Some lie to divert blame for


The most important thing when dealing with a child who lies is to catch them. Each lie caught is an opportunity to teach honesty. You need to recognise non-verbal signs and body language that show your child is lying.

One of the most effective ways of dealing

It is important to be a good role model, by

with habitual lying is to give the child an

telling the truth yourself. When your child

opportunity to retract the lie without fear of

tells the truth, let them know how pleased

consequences. Often, children lie because

you are with their honesty. Children are

they are afraid of their parents’ temperament.

most at ease telling the truth if they know

Explain to your child you expect them to

Angry, shouting, rigid or restrictive parents

we are considerate of their feelings, and

tell you the truth when they do something

often end up with children who regularly lie.

that way they will grow up to be honest and

wrong and give them the chance to make

Avoid punishing too severely when your child

considerate of others as well.

fear of punishment. The best approach is to tell them you know they are lying while giving an appropriate consequence for what they did wrong.

“You are punishing me because you found

Playing along with a young child’s fantasy

something they did, feeling guilt, anxiety and


When the parent says, “I’m punishing you because you lied”, the child may be thinking,



Catholic Education

starting school

Story thanks to Dr Bill Sultmann

Starting school is a big step for children and it takes time to get used to it but they do best when their parents and teachers work together to support them. As parents you can start to prepare your child by: • Allowing them to take part in any transition to school activities organised by your kindergarten or child care centre which may include visits to the school.

Some children, when they first start school,

themselves; they will talk when they are ready.

find it so stressful that they don’t want to go.

Bedtime is usually a good time to listen.

They may get tummy aches or be very tearful in the mornings. If this happens to your child listen to their fears and reassure them that you believe they can manage to go to school and you will help them. Sometimes going

• Children are often ‘starving’ after school so have a healthy snack prepared. In the first few weeks they might be too tired to eat at dinnertime.

• Showing your child where the school is in

with another parent instead of you can help

• Some children wet their pants in the

relation to home by walking or driving there

or giving them something small of yours to

early months at school so pack an extra

a few times beforehand. If your school is open

look after gives them comfort. If things don’t

pair, encourage them to tell the teacher if

to the public after hours, you could even take

improve, talk to the teacher about the best

it happens and reassure them that it often

them for a walk around the school or play on

way to help your child.

happens to children and it’s nothing to worry

the equipment. Check with the school first. • Reading books about starting school and talking about when you started school (as long as it’s a happy story).

child has started school: • Don’t be late picking your child up - a few minutes can seem a long time to a young

• Asking them who they would like to take them to school on the first day, where they want to say goodbye, what they would like to do after school. Having some control over what happens helps relieve fears. 1/4 Page Pakmag Ad

Here are a few other tips to help once your


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about. • Be flexible in the early days of school and don’t expect too much. Children may be tired and grumpy for a while until they settle in. Help by taking an interest and showing you care.

• Some children want to tell you all about their day as soon as you pick them up so make time to listen. Other children like quiet time by

• Keep to routines that allow plenty of time for rest and free play (avoid planning to many activities after school).

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l o o h c s g n i t r a t s Starting school is an exciting time but also daunting. Whether moving on from kindergarten, childcare or just being at home with mum or dad, starting school is a big step and one that needs encouragement. So what can parents do to the make the

also a great way to help them focus on the

transition to school a stress-free one? Firstly

exciting adventure ahead. You may even

parents should talk through with their child

want to start a special school scrapbook with

any fears they may have, and reassure them

your child to stick photos of them on their

by emphasising all the things they will enjoy

first day of school, and to stick their artwork

about school. Lots of positive talk about

in once they start school.

school and making a big deal about how exciting it is will hopefully create positive

By the time school starts all prep children

[1] Starting School by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

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starting a daily routine at home similar to

little ones go to bed early on school nights,

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have breakfast every morning before school

painting or pasting, serve their lunch in their

and bring a healthy lunch every day. Your

new school lunchbox, have some quiet time

child will need shoes that don’t require laces

in the afternoon and then emphasise when

as most children this age can’t tie shoelaces

home time will be.

so velcro shoes are often preferred. And

A visit to the prep room at school before your child starts is really important as it will give your little one a chance to see where their class room is, meet their prep teacher,

there are many fancy label businesses around, teachers say labels can easily be

[7] Spot Goes To School by Eric Hill

Make sure you have all the school contact

for most children. And involving your child

details in your phone and make sure the

in shopping for their school uniform and

school has all your up-to-date contact

choosing their lunchbox and drink bottle, is

information including emergency contacts.

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Wide Bay Australia Story by Sally-Anne Fairley, Cairns Area Manager

it’s all in the planning Often the greatest cause of Christmas angst is the financial hangover that rears its ugly head with the arrival of the January credit card bill. Let’s face it, Christmas seems to become more

neighbours who may be interested in sharing

offset account – as you can access the funds

expensive every year and while many of us

some bulk purchases which can be a less

when you need them.

plan for other major expenses throughout the

expensive way to buy? This will help you set a

year, when it comes to Christmas most of us

budget for next year that you will stick to.

just ‘wing it’ and hope for the best!

• Investigate some of the vast array of

idea to talk to your financial institution about

hampers that are offered on line by many

the best way to rectify the problem. Battling

things you can do right now to help ease the

companies. They are no longer just food and

to make minimum repayments on a high

financial strain when Christmas comes around

they allow you to spread the cost over the

interest debt is just throwing money away.

in 2011.

year with delivery usually in early December.

Look at the cheaper rates that are offered

• Try and tally up your expenses for this years

• Start saving now. Once you’ve set a budget

shopping. Be realistic and as accurate as you

investigate a savings account that will pay

can be. Don’t forget the smaller items like

a high or bonus interest. Some financial

additional groceries, treats for family, nibblies

institutions still offer a Christmas Club into

in case friends drop in, cards and paper. It’s

which you can save regularly but are limited

not just about the presents!

to withdrawals until just before Christmas.

been spent and consider how wisely it was allocated. Were your gifts meaningful or frivolous? Could you have saved on the grocery bill? Do you have friends or

credit cards end up in a bad way, it’s a good

However, there are some simple and practical

• Think about where your money has


• If you do over indulge this year and your

It’s simply a matter of working out how much

on some balance transfers or perhaps debt consolidation may be a very simple solution for you, allowing you to start your planning for next year with a clean slate.

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you will need to put away each week to reach

information is general advice only and does not take into

your goal by December. If you have a home

account your personal situation or needs. We recommend

loan, you may like to consider putting this

you seek personal advice from your financial advisor before

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tips for job seekers


Money & work Story thanks to Diane Clarke

The old expression “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has never been more accurate than in today’s social media driven age.

Need help cleaning your world?

[1] If you are looking for work update your

[3] Remove incriminating photos and watch the

[5] Do not vent your disappointment

Facebook status to say which industry. Word of

language you post on Facebook, companies may

on-line if you do not get the job, it will almost

mouth is a powerful tool. Be careful with this one

be doing their research on you too.

certainly come back to bite you!

[4] Ask your cyber network for advice and

Diane Clarke is CEO of RediTeach Essential

[2] Find out if the company you apply to work for

information about working in different industries

Training. For more information visit:

has Facebook or Twitter, follow them or become

– chat is free!

if you are currently employed.

a fan. It will show that you are keen.

paid parental leave

Australia’s first national parental leave scheme finally starts operating on 1 Jan. This means that any parents who are working and give birth or adopt children from 1 Jan


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Proarch Podiatry Story thanks to Tyson Franklin

sport & your children’s feet Why is it important for children to participate in sport? Well, activity improves their cardiovascular and musculo-skeletal systems, their coordination and state of mind. It also helps develop a sense of self-discipline and teamwork. Early training should emphasise technique and

helps loosen the muscles and prevent injuries in

Podiatrists can offer a thorough examination

basic movement skills in all sports, especially in

athletes of all ages. Learning to stretch at an early

of the entire lower extremity and identify

children younger than 10. Most Podiatrists say

age will set a good pattern for sports activities as

biomechanical imbalances before they cause

children who concentrate on a single sport at too

the body develops.

an injury. Many young children suffer from mild

young an age are more likely to develop injuries of the foot.

Whether parents like it or not, part of a child’s image revolves around footwear, but for good

The immature bones of children are different from

foot health, the condition of the shoe is more

those of adults. The growth plates in children’s

important than the price tag. Excessive wearing

bones do not finish closing until their late teens,

out of the outsole or in the cushioned midsole

and if over stressed these plates become more

area indicates it’s time to replace the shoes.

susceptible to injury. Podiatrists warn repetitive overuse can cause inflammation of the growth plates and advise parents to promote diverse physical activities for their children rather than one sport. This is especially important in sports that require long hours of practice. Warming up before participating in sports is

Because children’s feet are constantly growing, it is important to allow at least one finger width from the end of the longest toe when buying shoes. You can have the best shoe in the world, but if it doesn’t fit correctly, it doesn’t do its job.

“torsional” imbalances, commonly known as in-toeing and out-toeing. Most children outgrow these imbalances without treatment, however, if it continues your child may be more susceptible to injury. This is also the case with feet that roll inwards too much (flat feet) and feet that roll outwards too much (high arched feet). Both foot types, if excessive will lead to overuse injuries and pain, which can all be prevented with early treatment from a trained Podiatrist.

This is why children should have their footwear

Tyson Franklin is a Podiatrist at Proarch

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working with a life coach. They can help you get

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back on track, set some exciting goals and give

on January 10.

coaches Jennifer McCabe on 0407 378 061 or


Karyn Stapleton on 0405 391 444 and give your

Step outside your comfort zone and join a choir,

new year a kick start.

learn how to play an instrument, take up martial


arts, join a dance group or enrol in a course you have always wanted to do. Belt out some songs

How long have you been meaning to throw

with the Soul Song Choir (Tel: 0412 255 587),

out the clothes you no longer wear or fit in

update your dance moves with hip hop or funk

to anymore? And wouldn’t it be nice to have

with Backstreet Dance (Tel: 0407 995 182) or

someone style you to suit your body type and

learn to paint and play a didgeridoo at Janbal

help you shop? Give local stylist Gerlinda Aras

Gallery (

a call on 0410 477 367 or email gerlinda@ PAMPER YOURSELF You deserve some pampering but it doesn’t


[2] 60-Second Secrets (Julie Maree Wood) [3] Buddhism for Parents on the Go

(Sarah Napthali)

[4] Seeking the Sacred

(Stephanie Dowrick)

At the Library: [1] The Best Year of Your Life: Dream it,

Plan it, Live it (Debbie Ford)

[2] Ask & It Is Given (Esther & Jerry Hicks) [3] Anatomy of Peace (Arbinger Institute) [4] The One Minute Millionaire

to them, it also makes us feel better about

(Mark Victor Hansen & Robert Allen)

ourselves. Why not volunteer at FNQ Wildlife Rescue (4053 4467), YAPS Animal Shelter (4057

mobile services at prices cheaper than salons

6373), Lifeline (1800 880 681) or Harold’s House

with expensive over heads, and Cairns Beauty

food van (0406 699 506).

they also have monthly specials - January’s is a

(Annie Evans)

Giving to others not only makes a big difference

need to break the budget. Bella Hair offer

Boutique not only offer free child minding,

New releases:

learning simple visualisation techniques to

If you feel like you’ve lost direction in your life

you the motivation to achieve them. Call life

Books to inspire


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$45 facial (usually $85). If your on a really tight

Why not decide to reduce your carbon footprint and

budget heap massages, haircuts and meals are

in 2011 and live more sustainably. Plant a vegie garden, buy a couple of chickens or even just

tell us why you deserve one and

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ear infections Swimming increases the risk of developing outer ear infections (Tropical Ear) and middle ear infections. Kids who are prone to frequent middle ear infections or kids with grommets inserted can reduce their risk of infection over the summer months by using:

PakHealth snippets School Sores story thanks to Dr Julia Driscoll

supplements The use of supplements has become widespread but they are not a substitute for a healthy diet. According to Mario Calanna symptoms which

[2] Ear wraps

may alert you to your body’s need for a supplement include

For extra protection, earwraps can also be worn

fatigue, recurrent infections,

as a headband over the ear plugs. They are

headaches, sore muscles,

useful for younger children as they prevent little

nausea, bloating or stomach

fingers from dislodging ear plugs and they are

discomfort. A good daily

also especially good for children who like diving

multivitamin promotes energy

in the pool. Contact Cairns Audiology Group for

and wellbeing and gives you

more information.

extra health insurance.

See your GP if your child displays any of these symptoms: [1] Ear Plugs Custom-made ear plugs can be made by an audiologist to minimise the risk of water entering the ear canal. They are made to the exact size and shape of your child’s ears so they create a more reliable seal than generic plugs.

• Tropical Ear - itching in the ear canal, redness, discharge, fever and pain. • Middle ear infections – rapid onset, varying degrees of pain, irritability, reduced response to sounds, fever, discharge, pulling at ears, crying

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and even vomiting.

school sores It’s hot and humid and school is starting. Perfect conditions for school sores, writes Dr. Julia Driscoll School sores, or impetigo, are bacterial

it can be advantageous to use an antiseptic

prescribed antibiotics it’s important to make

skin infections. Usually a staphylococcal A,

soap. School sores can be very itchy and they

sure that the complete course is taken. This

sometimes a streptococcal B, they commonly

are also very contagious with germs spreading

ensures that all the bacteria are killed off and

look like weepy sores or a burn-like lesion. They

easily, usually from touching the hands of

prevents breeding antibiotic-resistant bugs.

often have a yellow crust and they can grow

someone who has scratched an infected sore.

rapidly. They especially occur when the skin is

So it’s important to cover the sores and keep

broken – for example, from a mosquito bite.

your child home from school, kindy or daycare

These bacteria are always present in low numbers on our skin but they can divide and multiply in our tropical climate so sometimes


until you visit the doctor. Antibiotics in the form of an ointment or medicine are generally prescribed. Ensure that the affected child uses their own towel and washer. When you’re

Dr Julia Driscoll is a doctor at Apple Tree Medical Centre located in Smithfield, Cairns. She is also the author of “My Story”, a personalised, interactive children’s book that smooths the arrival of a new baby. For more info go to



PakHealth snippets

healthy holidays

Main story thanks to Fiona Bannister

Family holidays are a great way to relax and unwind after a busy year and a hectic festive season. However, because they’re usually associated with ice-creams, eating out and long days lounging around, it is also easy to slip out of your usual eating and exercise routines. So, try following these tips to protect your

explore your holiday destination on foot or

waistline (and your wallet):

hire some bikes and spend a fun day with the


family cycling. [1] Before you leave, do some research about what facilities are available so you

[5] Try to stay somewhere that has a fridge

can use your home away from home to your

so you stock up on your favourite breakfast

advantage. Most hotels, cruise ships and

cereals and healthy lunch ingredients such as

resorts have gyms and pools. So don’t forget

lean meat, salad and wraps, instead of eating

to pack your runners and goggles!

out for every meal.

[2] If you’re driving long distances to get

[6] Keep a lookout for active opportunities

to your holiday destination, try to avoid fast

such as ten pin bowling, mini golf or water

food drive through meals. They are generally

skiing. These are great ways to get the heart

loaded with fat, sugar and salt. Instead, choose

rate up while keeping the kids happy.

never far from the news headlines. A new

healthier options such as salad sandwiches, sushi or plain burgers with extra salad.

Fiona Bannister is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) at Health Management. For

[3] Keep healthy snacks such as fresh fruit,

more information call 4051 9093 or go to

rice crackers and plenty of water handy while

travelling. Follow Fiona on facebook and twitter [4] Getting out and about in the great

Binge drinking among Australia’s youth is

Nutrition Gurus

study by Drinkwise confirms that young people see alcohol as an important aspect of their social lives and as a way to gain a sense of belonging and camaraderie in social groups. Parents play a crucial role in shaping their children’s future attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol – they absorb your drinking from a very early age. Setting a good example is important if you want your child to have a responsible attitude towards drinking as they get older. Go to for lots of

outdoors is a perfect way to de-stress so

tips and advice by age group for parents.

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Thermomix food spicy chicken & vege sausage rolls Ingredients • 120g fresh bread • 2 cloves garlic • Handful of fresh parsley or coriander • 1/2 an onion • 1/2 a stick of celery • 1 zucchini, quartered • 1 carrot, quartered • 600g cubed fresh chicken breasts or chicken thighs • 1 egg • 2 tblsp vege stock concentrate • 4 tblsp tikka paste • 1 packet butter puff pastry (or homemade rough puff pastry)

Thermomix Method


Traditional Method

Grind bread, garlic and herbs in Thermomix

[1] Grind bread and herbs in a food processor or

down the centre of each sheet. Roll them up, seam side

on speed 9 until fine. Add veges and chop

blender until fine. Tip into a large mixing bowl. Mince

down, and slice into desired lengths. Cut slashes in the

on speed 5 for 5 seconds. Add remaining

garlic, and grate or finely chop vegetables and add to

pastry with a sharp knife and place sausage rolls on a lined

ingredients and mix on speed 6-8 until

crumbs. Mince chicken in food processor (or use chicken

baking tray, or in a container to freeze for later (separating

finely minced and mixed together, using

mince instead of cubed chicken.) Mix chicken and remaining

sausage rolls with baking paper).

the spatula to help it along.

ingredients into crumb mixture

[3] When ready to cook, brush sausage rolls with an egg and

[2] Partially thaw a packet of puff pastry. Divide the sausage

water wash, and cook for about 30 minutes in preheated

mixture between the pastry sheets, making a line of mixture

oven at 220 degrees, or until golden brown.



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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME New Years Day Recovery Pool Party with Bopstars Academy of Television - "Screen Acting" workshops New Years Day Public Holiday - Giant Games and Lawn Cricket Academy of Television - "Screen Acting" workshops Academy of Television - "Screen Acting" workshops Storytime and Rhyme Time Academy of Television - "Screen Acting" workshops Tangled Disney Movie Nikki J Duo Singer & Songwriters Night Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Mitch - Solo DRUM UP BIG Live Music - 3's A Crowd NBL - Taipans V Gold Coast Blaze Esplanade Cotters Market Alley Catz Trio Here is Now Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Latin Jazz Excursion PAKCLUB: TROPICAL THEME + TALENT QUEST School Holiday Kids Club - Bookings Essential 15 Minutes of Fame - school holiday workshops Mask Mayhem Holiday Workshop School Holiday Kids Club- Bookings Essential 15 Minutes of Fame - school holiday workshops

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Tanks Art Centre Stratford Library City Library Mossman Library Earlville Library Cairns Civic Theatre Birch Carroll and Coyle Cable Ski Cairns Tanks Art Centre

15 Minutes of Fame - school holiday workshops Mask Mayhem Holiday Workshop Storytime Games Arts and Craft Craft Holiday Workshop Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Yogi Bear Starts School Holiday Kids Club- Bookings Essential 15 Minutes of Fame - school holiday workshops

10:00 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 8:00 PM All Day 8:30 AM 10:00 AM

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Mossman Library Smithfield Library City Library City Library City Place Mondos @ the Hilton Cairns Civic Theatre Brad Hope Open Day Cable Ski Cairns Smithfield Library Smithfield Library Tanks Art Centre

Storytime and Rhyme Time Baby Rhyme Time Treasure Island Holiday Workshop Treasure Island Holiday Workshop Vikarious Singer & Songwriters Night Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Free 'try it' classes School Holiday Kids Club- Bookings Essential Treasure Island Holiday Workshop Treasure Island Holiday Workshop 15 Minutes of Fame - school holiday workshops

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James Braithwaite - solo Relay Rockers - Rock N Roll Dance Group Live Music - Russell Harris Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Esplanade Cotters Market Celine DeeAz Trio Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat NBL - Taipans V Melbourne Tigers Junior See Poy - Trio Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat School Holiday Kids Club- Bookings Essential School Holiday Kids Club- Bookings Essential Storytime Family Night Theme Night "Jungle Safari" Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Storytime Scrapbooking School Holiday Kids Club- Bookings Essential

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Stratford Library Mossman Library City Place Mondos @ the Hilton Cable Ski Cairns City Place Esplanade Cairns Civic Theatre Barron Valley open Day Esplanade Plaza Esplanade Esplanade PCYC PCYC PCYC PCYC Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanade Manunda Library Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanade Cazalys Cairns Yorkeys Knob Beach Cairns Civic Theatre Sugarworld Gardens Sound Node Combines Club Mossman Indoor Sports Centre Cazalys Cairns Mondos @ the Hilton

Baby Rhyme Time Storytime and Rhyme Time Lucky Phil Singer & Songwriters Night School Holiday Kids Club- Bookings Essential Hillbilly Goats Duo FORESHORE FIRESHOW - CYCAS CIRCUS Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Free 'try it' classes Esplanade Cotters Market Shari & the Mice Crooked KINDYCHEER - Awesome Cheerleading - Open Day/Sign On Day

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Mossman Library Earlville Library City Place Mondos @ the Hilton City Place City Place Mondos @ the Hilton Esplanade Plaza Esplanade Esplanade

Storytime and Rhyme Time Storytime Sweet K Singer & Songwriters Night Brooks Brothers Duo Relay Rockers - Rock N Roll Dance Group Live Music - Celine & Nikki Esplanade Cotters Market Marcus - trio McMenamins

Australia Day Public Holiday "Lawn Cricket" Aussie Flags & Memorabila

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regular weekly events XTREME ILLUSIONS Dinner Show Starring Sam Powers at the Reef Hotel Casino Every Mon-Sat @ 7.30pm > Call 1300 500 331 to book. GO Bowling Cairns Specials on all month for adults, kids, birthdays and groups! (07) 4053 3497. Super Special Sunday Sessions - 3pm until late ($15.50 p/p for 3 games) Cairns Recreation Centre Heaps of fun activities for kids 7 days a week. For further information and session times call (07) 4053 5353 Fun Free Fitness (07) 4044 3715 - For all timetables & class info go to:

The SANDS Support group meets on the second Friday of each month 10am-12pm at the Marlin Coast Neighborhood Centre in Smithfield (45 Cumberland Ave). If you would like more info call Nerissa on 4098 3089 or Kelly on 4033 7917. The 24/7 phone listeners line is 1800 228 655. Cairns PCYC MON to THUR - Kindy Kidz Gym @ 9am-10am Cost is $7. Call (07) 4053 1532 for more info Playgroup Queensland 1800 171 882 Mon-Fri for families with 0-5 year olds Gecko’s Indoor Play Centre (07) 4038 1181 Celebrate your child’s special occasion at Gecko’s. All your party food favourites, games & a party host so you can relax & enjoy.

CAZALY’s Wed throught to Sat - Live Music @ 7.30pm Cazalys Juniors Kids Club 6pm Sundays Brothers Leagues KIDS Club Every Sun - Kids Disco 3.30pm-6pm (ages 3-12yrs) AJ Hackett Live Music Sundays, BBQ & Free Jumping Castle for Kids Ravenshoe Rail 1.30pm Sundays Red Beret Kids Club Sundays 11.30-4pm, Sunday Buffet Breakfast $10, Monday-Believe it or not trivia

regular markets Atherton Markets 1st Sat of each month from 7am at Platypus Park

Cooktown Markets Every Sat from 8am - noon at Lions Park

Mt Sheridan Markets 2nd Sat of month at Mt Sheridan Plaza

Babinda Markets 1st Sat of each month, except January, from 8am, Munro St

Gordonvale Cottage Markets 1st Sat of each month from 8am-12pm at Norman Park

Pier Farmgate Market 7.30am-2pm every Sat at the Pier Shopping Centre

Rusty’s Markets All day Fri, until 2pm Sat & Sun, Grafton St

Innisfail Red Cross Markets 3rd Sun of each month at Anzac Memorial Park

Port Douglas Markets Every Sun from 8.30am-2pm at Anzac Park

Esplanade Markets Every Sat from 8am-4pm at the Esplanade

Kuranda Markets Every Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun 9am-3pm in Therwine St

Ravenshoe Markets 4th Sun of the month

Holloways Beach Markets 2nd Sun of month 8am-1pm at Holloways Beachfront

Malanda Markets 3rd Sat of each month from 6am-12pm at Jack May Park

Mt Sheridan Markets 2nd Sat of every month

Mareeba Markets 2nd Sat of each month at Centenary Park, Byrnes St

SPeewah Markets Every Sun 8am-2pm Carpark of the Speewah Tavern, Speewah Road, 6ks past Kuranda

Night Markets Daily from 4.30pm-11pm, entry from Espanade or Abbott St

Mission Beach Markets 1st & 3rd Sun of each month 6.30am-12pm, opposite Hideaway

Northern Beaches Markets 3rd Sun of each month from 9am-3pm, Smithfield Shopping Centre Tanks Art Centre Markets Last Sun of each month from 9am-1pm

Monster Markets Last Sun of each month 8am-2pm, April-Nov at Marcs Park Mossman Markets Every Sat from 7am-12pm under the raintrees

Swap Meet @ Rodeo Drive-in Mareeba Every Sun from April-September, Highway 3 Tolga Markets First Sun of each month at Morrow Park Race Course Tully Markets Every second & fourth Sat of each month at Tully Showgrounds Yungaburra Markets Fourth Sat of each month 7.30am-12.30pm in the Main St

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Multiples Expert Verity Hoyle shares her tips with parents of multiples Anyone who has cared for multiple babies will

routines tend to be hectic with one baby. With

both feeding and sleeping schedules. It is

tell you that failing to have a routine is rarely

two babies, it can be like a constant whirlwind.

a common belief that a structured routine

conducive to happy parents or babies. Having

(Or, to quote Alice Beer, ‘Trying to do things on

means leaving your child crying for some

a routine in place allows for a predictable and

a demand basis was a game show from hell’).

length of time, or not feeding when they are

consistently structured day. A predictable schedule like this will ensure that parents have a reasonable level of certainty as to when they will have sleeping babies (and can catch up

With a higher baby to hand ratio, an important benefit to parents of a structured routine is being able to identify (and consequently

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Postnatal depression is relatively common in new mums, but some studies seem to suggest that as many as 6% of women may actually be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of experiencing an unexpectedly difficult childbirth. The symptoms are often

A playgroup for families with a deaf or

confused but PTSD is different in that the

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rectify) the cause of upset as it arises, rather

Some popular resources with advice on

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and parents) has just started every Thursday

than playing the ‘WHAT’S WRONG NOW?’

routines written specifically for twins include

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during school term time. It is held at Down

guessing game. This is particularly important

‘A House with Contented Twins’ (Gina Ford and

seeking to avoid anything that will remind

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for parents that are often alone with both

Alice Beer) and ‘Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy

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9.30am-11.30am and is supported by

It is well documented that babies benefit

babies simultaneously. For example, you can

Twins’ (Dr Marc Weissbluth).

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Playgroup Queensland Staff. Children aged

from the predictable pattern and stability

prepare feeds and have everything ready

or those who have high expectations about

0-5 are welcome to come along and take part

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in the case of two simultaneously hungry

how they want their birth to occur. Follow

in dancing, arts & crafts etc. Membership is

of singletons adopt a baby led routine, this

babies, as you know when feed time is. A

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rarely works for parents of multiples. Baby led

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‘rocking’ kids club When I think about rock climbing I usually conjure up images of Tom Cruise hanging upside down off a cliff in Mission Impossible. It’s not an activity I imagine the average child or adult engaging in with all the muscle and technique required. By Angelina Mortley However, my opinions of rock climbing have changed thanks to the Cairns Recreation Centre who have just installed a brand new, indoor rock climbing wall that is an absolute must do for the whole family. As it turns out, you really don’t need to be super athletic to scale a rock wall. Secretly I have always wanted to try rock climbing so I volunteered to go along and try out the new rock wall with two 5 year olds in tow – one who had never seen a rock wall and the other who had some experience. I started on the beginner wall and surprisingly found that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I wasn’t scared because I was concentrating so hard on where to put my hands and feet and


I also found it exhilarating as I gradually nudged closer to the top. At the top I was encouraged to “just push out from the wall and let yourself abseil back down”! No one prepared me for that little leap of faith but once I managed to let go it was a total rush and I couldn’t wait to give it another go. How did my 5 year old companions go? They were absolute naturals and easily clambered up the wall like little spiders. CRC’s rock wall is one of the most unique systems in Australia, featuring a Stalic Tite structure which is a large cone-like rock suspended from an overhang. This provides a good challenge for those who can actually reach it! The wall is just short of 6 metres high and has been constructed using the latest technology – the surface is

sprayed sandstone which makes gripping a lot easier. The automatic belaying system also eliminates the need for a second person and all those extra ropes. There are four rope stations and up to 24 different climbs to challenge advanced as well as beginner climbers. The grips are moved around every four weeks so regular climbers can always be assured of a new test. Casual entries are $15 adults, $10 kids (under 12yrs), $45 family (2 adults + 2 kids) and $10 student/concession, plus harness hire of $5 per person. There are also multi-visit, group and school holiday passes as well as Rock Stars Kid’s Club Membership and fully catered birthday parties.


tackling teens Columnist Denise Bewert answers your questions about handling challenges with today’s teenagers. Reader Question: My Year 10 daughter has

refuse service to young people of school age

issues of concern. It may be appropriate to ask

been caught ‘wagging’ school. She said that a

or in school uniform between 9am-3pm on

your child to attend the meeting.

friend, who misses a lot of school, asked her

school days. Many schools are making changes

to take the day off with her. They were found

in curriculum, processes and procedures to re-

by the police in a shopping centre and taken

engage them.

back to school. I am worried because she

Try to get you daughter to focus on some good things about school. Together you may be able to find ways these positives can be improved and/or

Discuss with your daughter what it is about

extended. As your daughter is in Year 10, it might

school that she doesn’t like. Is the work too

be appropriate to speak to staff at her school

hard? Does she feel pressured by her peers to

about the possibility of work experience or a

Truanting and absenteeism are becoming issues

wag school? Does she feel safe at school? Is it

school-based apprenticeship for Years 11 and 12.

of major concern for some schools. Staying at

a particular subject or teacher who is putting

home unsupervised, going to local take-away

her off school? The majority of teachers are

cafes or wandering around shopping centres

professionals who are trained to ensure that

are activities many teenagers are choosing

all students in their classes feel respected and

over attending school. Principals often say they

valued. Yet, despite this, some teenagers perceive

struggle to find meaningful consequences to

they are being treated unjustly or unfairly

deter students from wagging. Some businesses

by their teacher. If there is a problem with a

in areas of high truancy have been asked to

particular teacher, arrange a meeting to discuss

doesn’t seem to care and says that she ‘hates school anyway’.

Denise Bewert is a Guidance Officer, mother of two and author of two books, Tackling Teens and Troubled Teens. If you would like to ask Denise a question about your teenager please send an email to:

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(Local ID required)

(There is also a $40 annual registration fee)

[4] Babinda Kayaks

[7] Lake Placid

Pool, adventure playground and mini golf.

50 mins south of Cairns. $35 for half day.

Great picnic spot. Take bread for duck feeding.

[2] Gecko’s

WHEN: Mon-Fri 9am-10am Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-11am COST: $10 per class

[1] Paradise Palms

Departing daily at 9am, 11am & 1pm P: 4051 0444 • E: •

Call 4067 2678 for more information.

Indoor fun for children up to 11 years.

[5] Green Island

Make sure you take your socks.

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises

[3] Tjapukai

offers a 30% discount for locals.

[8] Ross & Lock 20kms south of Cairns. Big swings and rapids. [9] Tinaroo Dam Great swimming and playground.

30% discount for locals. Kids free with

[6] Crystal Cascades

one paying adult.

Cool waters and rock slides.

[10] Davis Creek Beautiful falls 20 mins before Mareeba.

Free Family Fun Pak! Green Island is a great family beach destination. Big Cat has designed a special family program offered to children aged 4 -14 years. Inclusions: Snorkelling or glass bottom boat tour, guided island walk, free soft drink for kids at lunch (if lunch purchased), colouring in sheet and turtle club certificate.

physical activities [1] Go Bowling

[3] Lifetime Tennis

[5] Cairns Indoor Sports

Special for the holidays: 2 games of tenpin

The Cairns International Tennis Centre has a school

The ‘multi-sport madness’ programme is open

bowling, shoe hire, 4 game zone tokens, a lolly

holiday camp with non-stop games, activities,

every Wed, Thurs and Fri during the holidays from

bag, and the chance to win a big prize. Cost $19.50

prizes and giveaways. Cost: $25 per day or $99

1pm-3pm. It is open to kids of any age and they

pp. For more info phone 4053 3497 or go to

for a full week of half days. For info contact

can participate in any sport on offer. It costs just

LifeTime Tennis on 1300 301 530 or visit www.

$7. Located: 164 Mayers St, Manunda Ph: 4032

2844. Visit for

[2] AJ Hackett Great for older kids, both bungy’s and minjin

[4] Cairns Recreation Centre

more information. [6] Cable Ski

swings have an age-weight minimum of 10

Sports and recreation holiday programme

years or 45 kgs. School Holiday Specials include

weekday’s 8am-5.30pm. Children from 5-14 yrs

The Kids Holiday Club introduces kids aged 6-14

half price bungy jump or minjin swing. Sunday

will be able to participate in roller skating/blading,

to knee boarding, wakeboarding and water-skiing.

afternoons at AJ Hackett are family events with a

a range of indoor sports, agility courses, team

It runs 8.30-10am Monday-Friday. Cost $29 per

free jumping castle, live local music and an Aussie

building events and activities, novelty events, arts

session ($116 for the week). Call 4038 1304 for

BBQ in the beautiful rainforest surrounds. Located:

& crafts and educational visits. Cost $25 per day.

more info or go to

McGregor Rd, Smithfield. For info call 4057 7188.

For more info call them on 4053 5353.



Scuba Ranger Courses for 8-12 yr olds, plus Dive Clubs • Personalised classes of up to 4 people • School Holiday Courses $375per person • After school Tue & Thu $50/class • Junior Open Water Courses on weekends $500 For more information phone Scuba Rangers on 0411 612 442 or 4055 1954 44


school holiday fun classes & programmes [1] Cairns Libraries As usual, Cairns Libraries is offering several fun workshops, boardgames and craft activities across their branches for kids during the holidays. FREE. Bookings essential. Check the website at or call 4044 3785 for times and program details. [2] Pony 4 the Day The Ponies 4 Parties school holiday programme in Kuranda allows kids to adopt a pony for a half or full day. Includes learning how to care for the pony, riding lessons, horsemanship and games. Beginners welcome. For more info call 4093 0650 or email [3] Cairns Regional Gallery The Gallery is running art-based school holiday workshops for 5-12 year olds (10am-12 noon) with a different activity scheduled for each day. Bookings essential. Cost $18 per session, $80 per week. For more information or to book phone 4046 4800 or email programs@ [4] Tanks 3-6 January: Academy of TV workshop presented by David Armstrong. Call 4059 1141 10-14 January: New Leaf Theatre drama workshop (bringing reality TV to the stage).


Time: 10am–3.30pm. Suitable for ages 10 – 15.

crafts including beading, mosaics, papercraft,

Cost: $145pp. Call Sarah on 0401 758 188 for

yarncrafts and painting. Cost starts at $10.

bookings and info.

Contact Glenette 4033 0240 or email

[5] Barron Valley Gymnastics Club Lots of fun and games with crafts, cooking [9] Young Company

activities and lots more. No gymnastics

Summer dram school continues with 4-day

experience or leotards needed – it’s all playtime.

programmes exploring all the elements of stage

Suitable for kids 5+. Cost $25 per day. Times:

performance. Each is based around a theme: 4-7

9.00am-3.00pm. Venue: Barron Valley Gymnastics

Jan (Lord of the Rings), 10-13 Jan (Narnia), 18-21

Club, 46 Magazine St, Stratford. For more info call

Jan (Glee Club). Cost: $195 per course. Contact:

4055 1711.

4041 4066.

[6] Pioneer Arts Holiday Programme

[10] Carrot on a Stick

Drama, dance, sound & lighting, films & TV, visual

These family 5-day holiday programmes run

arts, sport, recreation, song writing and recording

in 3 locations around Cairns (10am-3pm every

for school aged kids 5-14 years. Redlynch State

day). FREE of charge. Includes cooking classes

College Performing Arts Centre. Dates: Weekdays

for adults, circus skills for kids and a paygroup

3-14 January. Daily & weekly rates available. For

for littlies. For more information call Corrollie on

more information call Chris on 0457 031 081.

4054 1260 or 0405 398 839.

[7] Cairns West PCYC

[11] Ranger for a Day

Lots of fun, fantastic activities for the kids

For something different, check out this new

including laser tag, break dancing, swimming,

programme at the Wildlife Dome. For more info

movies, face painting and fishing. Any school age

and bookings call 4031 7250.

children can attend. Morning and afternoon tea provided. For info call Jodie on 4053 1532 or visit [8] Craft n Sewing Studio Girls and boys can try lots of age appropriate

It’s Party

Time! Book your child’s next Birthday Party at Cairns Indoor Sports They can choose from Cricket, Netball, Soccer, Beach Volleyball & Dodgeball. Come & relax while your children have a blast!


Madness Every school holidays:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 1pm to 3pm Cost is only $7 per child per session. All ages catered for. ComE & Play Indoor CrICkET, nETBall, SoCCEr, BEaCh VollEyBall & dodgEBall.

164 Mayers St, Manunda Phone: 4032 2844 web:

[12] Zoo To You/Doyles Family Show A jointly presented school holiday programme with animals, art, craft and games. Cost: $40 daily. Times: 9am-3.30pm at Redlynch Community Hall. For more info call Jodie on 0415 696 439.


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Children’s activities


Tennis story thanks to Susan Dillicar

game, set & match The world’s top players are heading down under for the Australian Open so maybe now’s the time to introduce your kids to tennis, writes Susan Dillicar According to world-renowned scientists from

Fortunately, the tennis coaches in Cairns do

that they can’t stop talking so it’s the perfect

a variety of disciplines, tennis is one of the best

an excellent job of teaching these skills in an

opportunity to connect. The new Cairns

sports for kids to play. It provides an all-round

entertaining manner. Even my 6 year old son

International Tennis Centre on Sheridan Street

workout as well as developing a child’s mental

managed to hit a ball on his first lesson! And

runs LifeTime Tennis coaching programmes

and physical skills.

make no mistake, tennis is a wonderful workout.

for children as young as 2 years old. LifeTime’s

It improves aerobic fitness, speed and power

Play-n-Learn programmes are designed to make

while offering variety and excitement.

tennis fun and easy to play for children. Kids learn

Tennis outperforms most other sports in developing positive personality traits, such as


• Face Painting • Puppets • Balloons • Games • Music • Other costumes available 4057 8019 or 0408 183 032

Flip Ripley

to play using smaller racquets and soft balls to

optimism and confidence, because it encourages

My daughter’s love for the game encouraged

the development of mental and social skills.

the rest of the family to play tennis more. We

Children who play tennis on a regular basis

would all pile down to the local courts and play

learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, problem

a few games after school or on the weekends.

solving, self-discipline and managing stress.

Generally speaking, the only one playing with

During the three years my daughter played

any style was my daughter but that is the charm

tennis, I noticed a considerable improvement in

of tennis – it is still a lot of fun to play even if

her ability to focus and strategise. On a physical

you only hit the ball once out of three times!

level, tennis improves children’s eye-hand

And, playing tennis together gives you a perfect

coordination, speed and flexibility. It requires a

opportunity to find out what is happening in

For more info contact LifeTime Tennis at Cairns

child’s full attention to track a ball, move the feet

your child’s life. Kids get such a natural high

International Tennis Centre on 1300 30 15 30 or

and swing the racket in a coordinated fashion.

from all that running around and hitting balls,


help them progress until they are ready for more advanced programmes. The programmes are run over eight week periods for 30-45 minutes depending on the age and skill level. LifeTime Tennis has a 4 week introductory programme for $59 that includes a free tennis racquet. They also have great school holiday camps for kids with fun games, activities and prizes.

Magic shows • Characters • Clowning Comedy workshops • Juggling Unicycles • Comic telegrams 4039 0622 or 0410 510 095



The Singing Face Painter Available for themed childrens’ & adult parties

For bookings cAll 0428 600 213 50



after school activities

PakMag enrolments Story thanks to Elaine Seager

Time to enroll your kids in extra activities for 2011 [1] Kindermusik

weeks. Swimming lessons for all ages. Monday-

[11] Backstreet Dance

Saturday mornings and afternoons. For more Children’s music and movement classes in

information call 4045 2782.

Brinsmead (5-7 year olds). Learn how to read music and play basic instruments. Term 1

and Saturday mornings for 3 year olds to adults.

Thursdays 3.45pm-4.45pm (starting beginning

Paradise Palms) Classes from 5 months available

Cost from $100.

Feb). Cost $295 for 16 week semester inc.

Monday-Saturday. For more info call 4053 2549.

more information or call 0418 772 258.

Learn to sew, bead, mosaic and other craft classes

[2] Awesome Cheerleading (PCYC)

months to adults. For more info call 4036 8195.

for 8+ years. Wednesday & Thursday afternoons

Open day sign on day is 22 January from 9am

[7] Cairns Indoor Sports

10-11am, Open Tumble (any level or experience) 11am-12pm, Open Cheer (no experience needed) 12-1pm. Classes cost from $10. For more

Friday morning classes for kids 2-5 Saturday morning classes for kids 3-5 Kindy Cheer Program available for 3-5 year olds. Combination of song and dance + fun, fitness & friends!

information call Tamara on 0402 225 630 or email

[3] Barron Valley Gymnastics

For more information contact Tamara 0402 225 630 or email or visit 52


Programmes to teach 5-10 year olds the basic

Sign on day with free classes: Saturday 22

and Saturday mornings. Cost from $15 per class. For more information call 4033 0240.

[13] Academy of TV

skills of cricket, netball and soccer. Milo In2 Cricket classes start 25 Jan (Tuesdays 4pm). Cost

Film and television workshops for 11-17 year olds

$3. Have-a-go Junior Netball classes start 1 Feb

start 24 Jan (beginners to advanced). For more

(Tuesdays 4.15pm). Cost $6 per session. Have-a-

information go to

go soccer classes start 28 Jan (Tuesdays 4.15pm).

or call 4059 1141.

Cost $6 per session. For more info call 4032 2844

[14] Brad Hope Martial Arts

or go to January 9am-11am. Call 4055 1711 for more info.

[8] AFL Cairns Junior Clubs

Open day is Friday 14 January from 10am

[4] Southside Gymnastics Club

Annual sign on day Sunday 13 February for all

For more information call 4057 7869 or visit

ages. Go to for

Term 1 registrations are being held 21 and 22

more information or call Eddie Skiba (0402 116

January 12-5pm (all ages and levels available

614) or Tim Mackrill (0439 116 651). NAB AFL

[15] Junior Oztag

including Kindergym).

Auskick programmes will also be running in term

Sign on day for one of the fastest growing

[5] Dancescapes

1 for prep to year 7 students. Cost $30-$60. Go to

recreational sports in the country is Mon 31 Jan for more details.

from 5pm at West Barlow Park. Term starts 7 Feb

Jazz, funk, tap and contemporary classes start 31

[9] Lifetime Tennis

- sessions are Monday & Wednesday afternoons

Hall every day after school and on Saturdays. Kids

Open day on Sunday 30 January for world class

under 14’s. Cost $55 plus $20 insurance.

$11, High School students $13.20. Casual classes

tennis coaching programmes at the Cairns

For more information call 4053 5353 or go to

available. For more info call 0412 576 272.

International Tennis Centre. Sessions available

[6] Swim Schools

weekdays after school. For info call 1300 301 530

[16] Cairns Recreational Centre

January for kids aged 4+ at Redlynch Community

[a] Southside Aquatics (Edmonton)

Classes starting from only $10

[12] Craft n Sewing Studio (Woree)

[d] TAS Aquatic Centre (White Rock) High quality learn-to-swim programmes from 6

with free trial classes: KindyCheer 9-10am, Storms


1-5pm. Classes run Mon-Thurs 3.30pm-9.30pm [c] C-Me Swim (Edge Hill, Sportsworld and

materials. Go to for

Get fit the fun way

Open day for the new term is Sunday 30 January

or go to

onwards. Classes run Mon-Sat for 3+ year olds.

from 5pm for under 8’s, under 10’s, uner 12’s and

[10] The Young Company

Indoor Rock Climbing Wall, Skating & Fitness

sessions weekdays plus Saturday morning. Call

Youth theatre for 5-18 year olds with classes

Wed & Fri’s 3.30-5pm. Suitable for kids 5-16 years.

0409 347 064 for more information.

every weekday after school and weekends. First

Cost $130 for the term or $8 per session. Go to

workshops are free to trial. Cost $110-$180 per for info.

Ages 4 months to teens. Morning and afternoon

[b] Essential Swim Skills (Bentley Park) New term starts 17 January and runs for 13

program which runs in school terms on Mon,

term. Go to


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Potts, one half of the Sea FM morning crew, continues his chronicles of first time fatherhood The New Year brings exciting times and also throws up a few questions. For example, does Noah need a little brother or sister to play with? Will any of our grandparents move to Cairns to help us out with babysitting? Will the Aussie cricket team win a test match? We always intended having a sibling for Noah but the real question is when? Kylie prefers sooner rather than later; I say let’s get through the first one and then think about the next. So, we’ve compromised and decided on a 2-year age gap so that means I’m going to be busy soon. I learned a valuable lesson the other day. Noah loves swimming in our brand new swimming pool and sitting in his little floaty ring so the other day when we got back from a walk I decided we should cool off in the pool. I couldn’t be bothered to go inside and get a pair of disposable swimmers and thought Noah would enjoy a nudie swim for a change. This was a great idea until he got out of the pool and started walking around on the new white pavers. Suddenly he grabbed himself and starting doing a wee which we thought was hilarious. But then we soon stopped laughing when it was followed by a runny number 2 splashing down his legs and on to the pavers. Obviously I had to clean it up and I managed to clean most of it off him but another quick dip in the pool really cleaned him up well. Does anyone fancy coming round for a swim?



Time for a break jokes


Dentist visit

A kangaroo kept getting out of his enclosure at the

A man and wife entered a dentists office. The Wife said,

zoo. Knowing that he could hop high, the zoo officials

“I want a tooth pulled. I don’t want gas or Novocain

put up a ten-foot fence. He was out the next morning,

because I’m in a terrible hurry. Just pull the tooth as

just roaming around the zoo. A twenty-foot fence was

quickly as possible.”

put up. Again he got out.

You’re a brave woman said the dentist. Now, Show me

When the fence was forty feet high, a camel in the next

which tooth it is. The wife turns to her husband and

enclosure asked the kangaroo, “How high do you think

says “Open your mouth and show the dentist which

they’ll go?” The kangaroo said, “About a thousand feet,

tooth it is, dear.”

unless somebody locks the gate at night!”

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PAKMAG Cairns - January 2011  

Cairns magazine catering for kids and parent with heaps of fantastic articles, competitions, cairns what's on and much much more.