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pakmag JAN 2014

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ISSUE 15

magazine of choice for local families

Summer Fun!

Your Guide to School Holiday Activities

Kids

MINI MAG Inside

Event

Guide

Complete Guide of January Events

Return

to Work

Tips for Mums returning

Cover photo: Ta Da Photography

to the workforce

win a Sizzler Kids Salad Bar Voucher

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Tourism and Events Queensland

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JAN

Hello everyone and welcome to our first 2014 edition. Happy New Year! We hope your new year is off to a good start and you’re enjoying some time off with the kids. If they start complaining about being bored dive into our what’s on guide, there’s plenty going on around Mackay to keep them entertained. Since the new school year is approaching some of you may also be thinking about returning to work. If you’re feeling a little conflicted about it, we’ve got a few tips to help you make the transition. We’re really looking forward to bringing you more information for families this year so if you’ve got events that you want promoted or a story to share please email us at mackay@pakmag.com.au. Until next time, remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag.

Angela pakmag Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager Publication Manager: Angela Julian

parents 02 What’s New 04 Mums Returning to Work 07 Mackay Christian College 08 Girl Wise 11

Fighting Spirit

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Bella Rouge

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PakHealth

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Nutrition

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PakRecipes

kids 23 Kid’s MiniMag

babies 32 Baby News: Baby Sign Language

things to win

20 Top 5 Things To Do

24 WIN 2 Sizzler Salad Bar Vouchers

21 What’s On

25 Two mystery prizes to WIN

23 Mini Mag

40 WIN a mystery prize

31 PakBaby 35 Australia Day 37 Magnetic Island 39 Sizzler 40 Fav Pets/Prize Winners 42 Out & About

NQ Sales & Biz Development: Angelina Mortley

44 HOME: Playful Gardens

Sales MANAGER : Sonia Crowley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen

47 HOME: Keeping Recharged

Articles: Elaine Seager, Jutta Dempsey, Amanda Cranston and submitted writers

46 HOME: Stop, Drop & Go

cover Model: Lana Foxley-Conolly Photography: Thanks to Ta Da Photography

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January what’s new

inBRIEF Kasey Kilsby

AUSSIE, Aussie, Aussie Festival of the Heart

26 January (10am-2pm) Mirani State School

Celebrate the people who make our region great at this family-friendly event in the Pioneer Valley. Come along and find out who our 2014 Australia Day Award

Botanic Gardens

Families Week 28 February - 2 March

8-24 January

Airlie Beach

School Holiday Fun

winners are and enjoy live music and entertainment

The Botanic gardens will be running several of their

while the kids run wild in the children’s area featuring

Love is in the Air-lie with the Festival of the Heart during

jumping castles, face painting, a balloon man, art and

February with the Families Week kicking off from 28

craft activities, Aussie games and RSPCA rescue animals.

February to the 2 March. So save the dates and make

For more information visit www.mackay.qld.gov.au.

a plan for taking your family and friends to join in the

popular sessions for children these holidays: • Turn over a new leaf… Magnified! 8-10 January (10am to 12 noon)

colourful celebrations. Stay tuned for next month’s issue

Use magnifiers and microscopes to learn more

and find out more at www.festivaloftheheart.com.au

i Spy

about the leaves in the Gardens and then make artistic creations out of them.

Mummy Central 13 January (9am-12noon)

• Winged Wonders

Support a rising star!

13 January (9am-12 noon). If you haven’t already signed up to become a member go to the Customer Service Desk and find out how you can access various retailer offers and discounts. Save the date: Next month’s Mummy Central (11 February) will feature our quarterly PakPanel where we will be inviting guest speakers to speak on a range of topics from children’s health and nutrition to dealing with bullying.

14-23 January

During the holidays this month kids can

• Gordon White Library – 15 Jan

put on their detective caps and grab their

(10am-11am) and 22 Jan 22 (10am-11am)

at the local libraries. The school holiday ‘Investigation’ activities will be running as follows:

• Mirani Library - 14 Jan (2pm to 3pm)

He has won several competitions and is 2013 Male Juvenile Queensland Country Music Champion of Champions. This month he is intending to travel to Tamworth and he is in need of some assistance to cover his expenses. So if you would like to help him achieve his goals by allowing him to busk outside your premises or by offering him a paid gig please call Perry Kilsby on 0435 521 770. Alternatively you can go along and watch him hosting the Sunday Afternoon session at The Old Railway Hotel in Mackay on Sunday 5 January (2pm).

• Metamorphism Magic…Life Cycles 22-24 January (10am-12 noon) Learn about caterpillars, chrysalises and cocoons on a guided walk and then create your own magical creature. Each session is limited to 10 school-aged children (5-15 years). Hats, water bottles and comfortable shoes are recommended. Bookings essential. Call 4952 7300 or email botanic@mackay.qld.gov.au to reserve your place. Cost: $5 each

1-19 January MECC

• Mackay City Library - 16 Jan (10am-11am)

The MECC is the coolest place to be during the

and 23 January (10am-11am)

holidays. Ice skating sessions at this indoor ice skating

• Sarina Library - 17 Jan (10am-11am)

• Walkerston Library - 14 Jan (10am-11am)

Local singer/musician Kasey Kilsby is 10 years old and being acclaimed in the Country Music scene as having great potential for becoming a future star.

Ice City

Mackay Libraries

magnifying glasses to hunt down clues

Find out about butterflies, moths, dragonflies, damselflies and other winged insects.

Caneland Central

This month’s Mummy Central at Caneland Central is on

15-17 January (10am-12 noon)

rink run for one and a half hours and include use of the new and improved giant ice slide. There will also

Bookings are essential (and open from 6

be funky ice fun at Harvey World Travel Ice Disco

January). Contact your local library branch to

Nights every Friday night! Get your tickets from www.

reserve your place.

mackaytix.com.au. Cost: $20 Adult, $17 Children aged 6-14 and $14 Children under 5 (entry + skate hire).

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By Amanda Cranston

eturning to work can be a daunting

highlights time away from the workforce.

and overwhelming experience for

Sally Mlikota, director of a recruitment

many mums who feel they have

company, says it is also incredibly important

been out of the workforce for too long or

for mums to update their skills. “You need to

that their skills are out of date. They worry

be totally on top of your game, have strong

about how employable they are, about

data entry and typing skills if applying

finding work that will fit in around school

for office work, demonstrate flexibility in

hours, how childcare will affect their kids,

the hours you are willing to work, be well

separation anxiety, changes to routine and

groomed, professional and have a positive

how they will juggle work and family life.

attitude,” she says. “Unfortunately many

But with a little preparation and a positive

mums miss out on job opportunities because

attitude, rebuilding a career doesn’t have to

they are inflexible and will only work during

be stressful.

school hours and are not willing to work

Psychologist Jutta Dempsey says mums need to let go of their guilt and look at returning to work as a positive step forward. “According to an Annual Child Care Survey, many parents feel that “mother guilt” is the hardest thing about returning to work,” she says. “However, I think a mother who loves her work and gets excited about it is a good role model and teaches her children a good work ethic,

a few extra hours when needed or during school holidays.” Sally says mums who want to return to the workforce should do online courses or TAFE classes if necessary to update their skills. She also recommends a short, concise and professional resume. As a mum herself, Sally says it is possible to juggle work and family and just takes good organisation and communication within the family unit.

whether she chooses to be a stay-at-home

Jutta says returning to work doesn’t have

mum or work outside the home.” She adds

to be a stressful transition and can actually

that if a mum feels happy and fulfilled the

be a positive experience for everyone. She

family as a whole will benefit and function

suggests mums consciously plan regular

better and more harmoniously.

family time so everyone still feels connected

So where do mums start? The first step is to update your resume and look at focusing on skills and experience in your CV rather than laying it out chronologically, as this only

emotionally. “Mums need to let go of something, usually some of the household standards so that they have time left for family without distractions, especially once they go back to work,” she says.

Top Tips for Returning to Work

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work

house

chores

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Returning t the Workforce

[1] Make a plan and actively start

looking for a job

[2] Put yourself out there and refresh

your skills and update your CV

[3] Stay in the loop and attend

networking events

[4] Believe in yourself

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Written by Dr Craig Murison

There has never been a Bluer

Sky

One of the growing problems in our world today is the incidence of depression. Unfortunately depression is not unique to older people. Our young people can experience it too. We need to give our young people a realistic, balanced view of life. As Jaye Adams says in A Biblical View of

This young woman shared how every day her

If we continuously present an overly positive

Self Esteem, “Someone needs to tell young

grandmother would stand at her kitchen sink,

view of the events of our lives, which parents

people that not all days are good days and

look out the window, and say, “There’s never

often do with the good intention of protecting

not everything that happens to us is a positive

been a bluer sky.” It didn’t matter whether it was

their children, we do not equip them for reality.

experience. We need to deliberately prepare our

cloudy, or pouring with rain. She would just look

They will be puzzled and confused when their

children to handle negative experiences - help

out and, regardless of the evidence the weather

reality is different to that of their parents. We

them realise that some days, maybe even some

presented her with, say, “There’s never been a

need to deliberately teach our children that,

weeks or months, are really hard. But, when they

bluer sky.”

while bad things happen, difficult circumstances

are in the middle of those experiences, there is still a blue sky. In fact, there has never been a bluer sky. It might be hidden by clouds at the moment, but it is still there.”

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If you have ever flown in an aeroplane you know something of what this woman was declaring.

are a part of life, there are sad things in life’s journey but the blue sky is still there.

Even on the cloudiest, wettest days, at some point the plane will get above the clouds to

A friend of mine told me about a funeral where

reveal the bluest sky. The sky is always there. It is

a grateful granddaughter shared her reflections

just sometimes hidden from immediate view by

on the impact her grandmother had on her life.

the clouds.

There has never been a bluer sky than there is today and every day.

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As our daughters grow and develop, so do their friendships. In the early years, many friendships are developed through manufactured situations and groups we are involved in as parents. Mother’s groups, ante natal birthing classes and playgroups often become the first opportunities that our children have to play and develop these early skills of relating to their peers. It is during these early toddler years that we can safely observe and guide our children’s play time. We

[4] Hurt Feelings We can’t protect our daughters from being hurt in friendships but we can teach them how to respond. Use these situations as teachable moments since they are an opportunity to learn how NOT to treat others and to be mindful of other people’s feelings. [6] Most friendships won’t last forever

can help them deal with minor disputes and

To our daughters, their friendships seem

teach our child to play fairly, share and take

‘lifelong’ and permanent but the reality is,

turns.

most of our early friendships don’t continue

As our daughters enter their early Primary School years, these friendships develop more out of our earshot but there is a lot we can do to help guide our daughters through these years of critical relationship building. Indeed there will be days and weeks fraught with angst as girls encounter the reality of having numerous friends, differing personalities and misunderstandings. Developing the strategies to deal with friendship conflicts, tricky situations and issues of bullying are lifelong skills that will stand them in good stead for the years ahead.

Parenting Tips: [1] Talk about what makes a good friend

on forever and this is a good point to teach our daughters. [7] Be Friendly! It is important that our daughters learn to be friendly, even to those who are unkind or cause conflict. There will always be people who annoy us or speak rudely to us for no apparent reason but we are not always privy to what is going on in their life so demonstrate some grace and act with kindness. [8] Be a good friend If your daughter complains that they have no real friends, or they are not popular at school, this is a timely reminder that they need to

Talk to your daughter from an early age, about

practice being a good friend. The more you

what qualities make a good friend and teach

practice being friendly and being interested in

them to display these qualities themselves

others, the more people will be drawn to you.

so they attract these same qualities in their friendships. I have asked hundreds of girls what makes a good friend over the last two decades and the same qualities are always mentioned: honest, trustworthy, friendly, dependable, kind, humorous and forgiving.

Friendships will always be a lifelong learning opportunity. Hopefully, as we navigate and manage our own friendships as women, we can model to our own daughters how to best take this journey through life.

[2] Lead by example Whether we like it or not, our children are observing us all the time. They watch how we

Navigating

friendships Friendships are an important

friendships. Demonstrate that a friendship is a two way street by phoning your friend occasionally, sending an encouraging note or card or making a meal for them if they are unwell. When we do these things naturally in our own relationships, we are teaching our children how supportive real friendships can be.

aspect of all of our lives but

[3] Dealing with Tricky Friends

perhaps even more so for girls

Inevitably some friendships can become a little

as they navigate the often-

complex or tricky at times and girls will find this

complex years of growing up,

how to cope by setting our own boundaries

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speak, act and conduct ourselves in our own

very difficult when it occurs. We can role model with people who are difficult or tricky. For example, leaving if a friend is being negative or

Sharon Witt is an author, educator and parenting expert. Girlwise, her new series of books is written especially for girls aged 7-12. Girlwise: A Guide to being YOU! and Girlwise: A guide to FRIENDS! (RRP $12.95 each) are now available from all good book stores. For more info visit www.sharonwitt.com.au

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By Michelle Dryburgh

Fighting Spirit A trip to the local park becomes a logistical nightmare for a sick child attached to feeding tubes and oxygen but that was normal life for Mackay youngster Samantha Laird. It is also the inspiration for a new children’s picture book written by her mother as a legacy to her daughter’s short life. Photographs of Samantha Laird show a happy

Six years on, Sam’s legacy lives on as the

“I’ve had mixed emotions writing this book,

little girl with a beaming, cheeky smile. She looks

inspiration for Julie’s first book ‘Dreams Can Come

because it brings back bad memories, but

just like any other toddler, except for the feeding

True’. The book follows ‘Sammy’ on a journey to

they’ve mainly been good emotions,” she says. “It

tubes taped to her cheeks. Look closer and you

the park, which is made difficult because of her

was lovely to go through the photo albums again

see the oxygen prongs, wound dressings from

nasal feeding tubes and oxygen. It is a picture

and look at all the smiles and silly faces and the

her latest surgery, and scars from the many that

book intended for sick children and their families,

wonderful people that have touched our lives.”

came before. But still her smile could light up the

but Julie says it’s also an eye-opening read for

darkest of rooms. Born with Ivemark Syndrome,

anyone without illness. “My goal is to make a sick

a rare and fatal disease effecting the internal

child smile,” she says. “To read a book they can

organs, Samantha knew no different.

truly relate to and look at as ‘normal’.”

Samantha had open heart surgery at just five

Two months before Samantha passed away, she

Tabacon, is available from Collins Booksellers

days old, and underwent an operation on her

became a big sister to Sophie. Fifteen months

Shop 13/14 Sydney Street Markets Mackay, online

liver and a liver transplant in the following six

later, she would have another little sister, Abigail.

through Xlibris, Amazon and Barnes and Noble or

months. By the time she was four, Sam had spent

It was a time of emotional turmoil for Julie and

from Julie by email julielaird74@icloud.com

most of her life in hospital. She was suffering

Stuart, who had to say their final goodbyes at the

from countless complications and doctors had

same time as caring for a newborn.

delivered the heart-wrenching news to her parents Julie and Stuart that there was nothing more they could do. Samantha finally lost her fight for life on October 20, 2007.

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But ultimately it would all become inspiration for Julie to start writing and after two years of consideration, finally put pen to paper last year.

Dreams Can Come True is the first in a series of books Julie intends to write, which she hopes will provide comfort and support for sick children and their families. The book, illustrated by Marvin

People can also learn more about the book, or get in touch with Julie through her Facebook page www.facebook.com/JulieLairdAuthor

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Beauty edition JAN 2014

Beautiful

Beauty

review

C h a ng e

Story thanks to Michelle Dryburgh

Bella Rouge Skin and Beauty has reopened with a new owner, a new look and a new menu of tantalising treatments.

2003. It was here that she met her husband, Jason, and the couple moved further north to Echuca and started a family.

I love it.”

Fiji products, made in Fiji from virgin coconut oil and the extract of local nuts and tropical

Sally worked in many salons during that time before Jason was offered a building

All of the products used at Bella Rouge are available to purchase from the salon and

flowers. Also on the menu are relaxation massages, makeup by Napoleon Perdis, pedicures and manicures including IBD gel overlays, brow and lash tinting, eyelash perms and spray tans using certified organic Eco Tan products. Sally is thrilled to be receiving rave reviews for her treatments. A career in beauty therapy was a lifelong aspiration for Sally who suffered from severe eczema as a child. Wanting to learn more about how to treat problem skin, she enrolled with the Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty

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it looking healthy without expensive laser therapy or peels or injections is what I live for.

Bella Rouge Skin and Beauty offers facials using the Sothys Paris skincare range and a variety of luxury body treatments using Pure

job in Mackay in 2008 – so they packed up and made the move north. They arrived the weekend before the devastating floods of that year, but not to be deterred, the family made Mackay their home, with Jason eventually starting his own building business and the couple having another two children. But with four children under seven and no local connections, Sally found it difficult to find employment and decided it was time for a change. “Going into business for myself was a big thing, but I’m so passionate about what I do it just made sense,” she said. “Teaching people how to look after their skin and have

gift cards are also available, presented in a gift box. Sally has also been joined in the salon by her assistant therapist Mariah, but the business growth is only just beginning. “Someday in the future I would love to have my own day spa and a few salons. Then one day my daughter can take over,” Sally said. “She’s only seven now but she likes to paint her own nails and come in on Saturdays to ‘help mum’.” Bella Rouge Skin and Beauty is located at 45 Wood Street, Mackay or www.facebook. com/bellarougeskinandbeauty www.pakmag.com.au

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Health pak

Antibiotic Resistance

news

Epilepsy New Approach Neuroplasticity (a person’s ability to change their brain) promises exciting potential in the treatment of epilepsy as well as memory and learning problems often associated with the condition. Neuropsychiatrist, Professor Harry McConnell, says a growing understanding of neuroplasticity is making experts in epilepsy think differently about the

Parents can lead the fight

condition and consider new approaches to treatment.

One in four Aussie parents have kept left-over antibiotics or unfilled antibiotics prescriptions to use ‘next time’, according to research released recently during Antibiotic Awareness Week.

condition, but now we are seeing it as a dynamic

“We have always thought of epilepsy as being a static condition that changes over time because of different treatments and environmental stimuli. We are just now beginning to appreciate ways we can modify the brain and influence neuroplasticity for positive outcomes for people with epilepsy. “It is not just about suppressing seizures, but changing the connections that the brain is using.”

In the survey of 1000 people NPS

“If you or your child is prescribed

MedicineWise found that one in 10 people

antibiotics, take them exactly as directed

have taken left-over antibiotics without first

by your doctor. And if you have an unfilled

speaking to their doctor or pharmacist, and

script or any unused antibiotics, return

that parents are more likely to hold on to

them to your pharmacist for safe disposal.”

the medicines for next time they or their

the summer months there is a greater risk of

know that bacteria are becoming resistant

developing outer ear infections (Tropical Ear) and

Pharmacist and manager of NPS Medicines

to antibiotics, too few recognise the extent

middle ear infections. If your child seems to be

Line, Sarah Spagnardi, says while it can

of the problem in Australia and most are

suffering from the following symptoms see your GP:

be tempting to keep and use left-over

putting their faith in health professionals

medicines, the misuse and overuse of

to solve it.

antibiotics contributes to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria or ‘superbugs’. “When we use an antibiotic incorrectly,

However by using antibiotics correctly parents can help protect their kids from the future threat of superbugs.

or when it’s not needed, bacteria have a

• 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 and even vomiting.

greater chance of becoming resistant to that antibiotic in the future. Just because a

Learn more about antibiotic resistance

Children who are prone to ear infections can reduce

certain antibiotic worked for you or the kids

and appropriate use of antibiotics at

their risk by using Aqua Ear or custom-made ear

last time, doesn’t mean the same antibiotic

www.nps.org.au/antibiotics

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As children spend more time in the water in

NPS MedicineWise says whilst most people

children get sick.

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Nutrition pak

FOCUS on Fats

by Connie Eales

Product news

Sun Rice Food

review

Many of us are scared of fat because most of us have been influenced by the low fat (often energy and sugar laden) products of our generations. We may have updated our knowledge so we know logically that we should be including good fats in our diet, but we cower at the sight of an avocado or oil based dressing! However it is important that we don’t pass on these old habits to the next generation so here’s a refresher on what you need to know: • Saturated fats are found in meat, dairy, coconut oil and palm oil and are linked to increasing levels of bad cholesterol. • Unsaturated fats are found in many vegetable oils, olives, avocados and oily fish. These fats are linked to decreasing levels of damaging cholesterol and increasing levels of protective cholesterol. • Look for ways to decrease the saturated fats in your diet and replace them with unsaturated fat alternatives.

Tips for improving kids fat profile: • Include two serves of low fat dairy in their diet each day such as low fat cheese cubes in their lunch box or a glass of low fat milk after school. • Choose lean meats with fat trimmed before cooking. • Swap butter for an olive oil based margarine. • Swap mayonnaise for avocado or hummus. • Eat oily fish twice per week (this can be tinned fish in dishes such as salmon patties or tuna pasta). • Go vegetarian one night a week and include legumes and nuts. Good examples are chickpea curry or Mexican bean tacos.

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Rice is a staple in most households. Parents eat it, kids eat it and even dogs will finish any leftovers. Unfortunately, staple = boring sometimes so Sun Rice have introduced a new range of health and wellbeing rice products. My pick of the bunch is the brown rice and quinoa mix. This is a perfect way to introduce quinoa to kids, with it making up only 15% of the mix. It is a low GI, higher protein and fibre mix.

Connie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian at Health Management. You can connect with Health Management and ask Connie questions on Facebook.

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pakmag Team

pakmag TEAM Favourite Lamb & apricot pilaf By Bree James (Publisher) 1 tbs olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 x garlic clove, crushed 2 x tsp morrocan seasoning 400g lamb leg steak

pakmag

TEAM recipe

1 1/4 cup of basmati rice 2 cups of beef stock 1 tomato chopped 400g can of chickpeas

Bree's Fave “I love this meal as it’s a one pot wonder, quick, tasty, healthy and an affordable meal that can be made in less than 15 minutes.”

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1/3 cup apricots, chopped 1 x tbs toasted pinenuts 1/4 cup mint leaves

In a deep frypan, heat the oil and cook the garlic, onions. Add spice, stir for 30 seconds until coated, then add lamb. Stir in rice and coat in spice mix. Add stock and tomato and bring to the boil, then simmer stirring occasionally until rice cooks (8-10 min). Mix in chickpeas, mint, apricots and pinenuts and serve with toasted flatbread.

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ICE City ii

skating rink

1-19 January MECC

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'S PICK Courtneydow n to the Kidtastic

Fun

Keep cool this summer and test out your ice skating skills gliding

Caneland Central’s Kidtastic free school holiday program

in air-conditioned comfort to great music. This fantastic indoor

is back with the Monsters University Interactive Zone

skating rink was a huge success in 2011/2012 and it’s back again!

13-17 January (11am–2pm daily) and the Sesame Street

Enjoy the new and improved giant ice slide and funky ice fun at

Show with Elmo and Cookie Monster 20-24 January

Ice Disco Nights!

(11am and 1pm daily).

Cost: Skating $14 - $20, Spectator $5 - $15, Ice Disco Nights $23. Call the MECC Box Office on 4961 9777 for more information or

Things to do in JAN

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artspace mky

cool craft

January School Holidays Artspace mackay

Drop in and create cool craft in the air-con. Families with kids of all ages are encouraged to drop-in during January and make fun projects using the materials provided which you can then take home. You can stay for three minutes or hours and parents must stay to supervise children. Cost: Free. Bookings are not required. Call 4961 9722 for more information.

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eventGUIDE

Free School Holiday Programme Caneland Central

go to www.mackaytix.com.au

Make sure you get MECC to do some ice skating these school holidays

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Troppo Treasure

markets

January 2013 DATE 1/01/14

VENUE MECC

pink = family

green = kids

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

1/01/14

Birch Carroll & Coyle

Walking with Dinosaurs

2/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning studio - Lucky Dip sculptures

TIME

blue = adults

FOR MORE INFO

COST

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

www.eventcinemas.com.au

Cost

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

2/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Mixed Media 8-12yrs

12.30pm

4954 7350

$25

2/01/14

MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

3/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Mermaid Magic 4-7 yrs

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

3/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Mosaics 6-12 Yrs

12.30pm

4954 7350

$30

3/01/14

MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

4/01/14

Bunnings Mackay

Adults DIY Workshop - Indoor Projects

11.00am

4944 3400

Free

4/01/14

Bunnings Mackay

Kids DIY Workshop - DIY Project Weekend

10.00am

4944 3400

Free

4/01/14

MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

4957 3916

Free

4944 3400

Free

4/01/14

Milton Street

Showground Markets

7.30am

5/01/14

Old Railway Hotel

Kasey Kilsby Country Music in Concert

2.00pm

5/01/14

Bunnings Mackay

Adults DIY Workshop - Indoor Projects

11.00am

Free

12 January (7.30am-11.30am)

5/01/14

Bunnings Mackay

Kids DIY Workshop - DIY Project Weekend

10.00am

4944 3400

Free

Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre

5/01/14

MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

5/01/14

Palm Avenue, Seaforth

Seaforth Markets

8.30am

4959 0332

Free

5/01/14

Criterion Hotel Grounds

Finch Hatton Markets

9.00am

4958 3504

Free

Don’t miss the first one for 2014. It’s great

6/01/14

MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

fun for the whole family with plenty of

7/01/14

Botanic Gardens

Falun Gong meditation and relaxation

9.00am

4942 9538

Free

stalls, food and drinks and entertainment.

7/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Robots Rule 4-7 yrs

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

Cost: Gold coin donation.

7/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Mixed Media 8-12 yrs

12.30am

4954 7350

$25

4

7/01/14

MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

8/01/14

Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Leaves (must book & pay in advance)

10.00am

4952 7300

$5

8/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning studio - Fashionista Sista 7-12 yrs part 1

12.30pm

4954 7350

$25

8/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Create a creature cushion

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

8/01/14

MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

Creative Kids

Art Classes

January School Holidays Creative Kids ARts

Loads of fantastic creative art classes for kids of all ages where they can make their own 3D Robot, Creature Cushion or a Crazy Clay Creature to name a few of the activities on offer. All classes are two hours in length. Cost: $25-$30. Contact Shane for details on 4954 7350 or email creativekidsarts@live.com.au for a timetable.

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January 2013 DATE

VENUE

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME

TIME

FOR MORE INFO

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Make and Take your own game

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

9/01/14

Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Dream Catchers/Mobiles

12.30pm

4954 7350

$30

9/01/14

Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Leaves (must book & pay in advance)

10.00am

4952 7300

$5

9/01/14

MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

9/01/14

Birch Carroll & Coyle

Freebirds

www.eventcinemas.com.au

Cost

10/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Crazy Clay Creatures 4 yrs plus

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

10/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning studio - Lucky Dip sculptures

12.30pm

4954 7350

$30

10/01/14 Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Leaves (must book & pay in advance)

10.00am

4952 7300

$5

10/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

11/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Adults DIY Family Fun Workshop

11.00am

4944 3400

Free

11/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Kids DIY Nature Workshop

10.00am

4944 3400

Free

11/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

11/01/14 Milton Street

Showground Markets

7.30am

4957 3916

Free

12/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Adults DIY Workshop - Refresh, Repair & Maintenance

11.00am

4944 3400

Free

12/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Kids DIY Woodwork Workshop

10.00am

4944 3400

Free

12/01/14 Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre

Troppo Treasure Markets

7.30am

12/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

4959 0332

12/01/14 Palm Avenue, Seaforth

Seaforth Markets

8.30am

13/01/14 Caneland Central

Mummy Central

9.00am

Free

Monsters University Interactive Zone 11am-2pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

14/01/14 Botanic Gardens

Falun Gong meditation and relaxation

9.00am

4942 9538

Free

14/01/14 Paxton's warehouse Upstairs gallery

Little People's Learning Studio - Crazy Clay Creatures 4-7 yrs

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

14/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Mosaics 6-12 yrs

12.30pm

4954 7350

$30

14/01/14 Caneland Central

Monsters University Interactive Zone 11am-2pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

School holiday 'Investigation' activity

10.00am

School holiday 'Investigation' activity

2.00pm

14/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

Free Free www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

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How to make parachutes to take your toys on adventures You Will Need:

We’re going to make some

some help from your mum or

[4] Now you are ready to go.

parachutes to take our toys on

dad because it’s a bit hard.

Find a high spot from a verandah

an adventure. [1] Cut your plastic into a square

• String, wool or dental floss • Plastic (from a bag or wrapper or the stuff they wrap stuff in to keep it from breaking) • Scissors • A ruler (if you are fussy) • Lego man, squinky, or miniature action figure

or rectangle. Don’t make it too small because the bigger it is, the better it will fly. [2] Now pull out a bit of string to about the length of a ruler. Cut four bits of string this length and tie them to the corners of the plastic (pinch the corner between your thumb and finger, wrap the string around it and tie

just wrap the string around the arms and the back – but you can

it into a knot). You might need

just tie it to the head if you like.

Crackles "JOKES" Q. Why did the boy eat his homework? A. Because the teacher said it was a piece of cake.

or your bed and put your hand

pink = family

or finger up in the centre of the parachute, throw it up and watch

green = kids

blue = adults

it fly. If there is a breeze outside go race them, it's lots of fun.

DATE

VENUE

15/01/14 Gordon White Library

Q. How did the teacher knit a suit of armor? A. She used steel wool!

Q. When is a blue school book not a blue school book?

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME School holiday 'Investigation' activity

TIME

FOR MORE INFO

COST

10.00am

15/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning studio - Lucky Dip sculptures

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

15/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning studio - Fashionista Sista 7-12 yrs part 2

12.30pm

4954 7350

$25

15/01/14 Caneland Central

Monsters University Interactive Zone 11am-2pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

15/01/14 Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Winged Insects (must book & pay)

10.00am

4952 7300

$5

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

4954 7350

$30

15/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

16/01/14 Mackay City Library

School holiday 'Investigation' activity

10.00am

16/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Create a creature cushion

9.30am

Free

16/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Mermaid Magic 4-7 yrs

12.30pm

4954 7350

$30

16/01/14 Caneland Central

Monsters University Interactive Zone 11am-2pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

16/01/14 Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Winged Insects (must book & pay)

10.00am

4952 7300

$5

16/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

www.eventcinemas.com.au

Cost

4954 7350

$30

16/01/14 Birch Carroll & Coyle

Tarzan

17/01/14 Sarina Library

School holiday 'Investigation' activity

10.00am

17/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Make and Take your own game

9.30am

Free

17/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Crazy Mixed up Creativity

12.30pm

4954 7350

$30

17/01/14 Caneland Central

Monsters University Interactive Zone 11am-2pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

17/01/14 Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Winged Insects (must book & pay)

10.00am

4952 7300

$5

17/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

18/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Adults DIY Workshop - Outdoor Entertaining

11.00am

4944 3400

Free

18/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Kids DIY Workshop - Back to School

10.00am

4944 3400

Free

18/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Ice Skating - sessions every 2 hours from 10am

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

18/01/14 Milton Street

Showground Markets

7.30am

4957 3916

Free

19/01/14 Holy Rosary Church, Marian

Marian Markets

8.00am

4954 3424

Free

19/01/14 MECC

Ice City - Last day to enjoy Ice Skating

10.00am

www.mackaytix.com.au

Cost

19/01/14 Botanic Gardens

Sunday in the Park

2.00pm

49527300

Free

19/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Adults DIY Workshop - Outdoor Entertaining

11.00am

4944 3400

Free

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[3] You will then have string hanging down from all four corners. Bring them all together half way down and tie into a knot (about halfway down or a bit more). If you poke your finger up in the middle of the plastic it helps you bring all the string together. Then you just need to tie the bottom half of the string to your toy. With the Lego man

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eventGUIDE january 2013 DATE

VENUE

19/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

pink = family

green = kids

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Kids DIY Workshop - Back to School

TIME 10.00am

blue = adults

FOR MORE INFO 4944 3400

COST Free

19/01/14 Palm Avenue, Seaforth

Seaforth Markets

8.30am

4959 0332

Free

20/01/14 Caneland Central

Sesame Street Show - 11am - 1pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

21/01/14 Botanic Gardens

Falun Gong meditation and relaxation

9.00am

4942 9538

Free

21/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Dream Catchers/Mobiles

9.30am

4954 7350

$30

21/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Crazy Clay Creatures 4-7 yrs

12.30pm

4954 7350

$30

21/01/14 Caneland Central

Sesame Street Show - 11am - 1pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

4954 7350

$30

22/01/14 Gordon White Library

School holiday 'Investigation' activity

10.00am

22/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People's Learning Studio - Robots Rule 4-7 yrs

9.30am

Free

22/01/14 Paxton's Warehouse (Upstairs)

Little People Learning Studio - Fashionista Sista 7-12 yrs Part 3

12.30pm

4954 7350

$25

22/01/14 Caneland Central

Sesame Street Show - 11am - 1pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

4952 7300

22/01/14 Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Life Cycles (must book & pay)

10.00am

23/01/14 Mackay City Library

School holiday 'Investigation' activity

10.00am

$5 Free

23/01/14 Caneland Central

Sesame Street Show - 11am - 1pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

23/01/14 Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Life Cycles (must book & pay)

10.00am

4952 7300

Free

24/01/14 Caneland Central

Sesame Street Show - 11am - 1pm

11.00am

4944 7111

Free

24/01/14 Botanic Gardens

School Holiday session - Life Cycles (must book & pay)

10.00am

4952 7300

$5

25/01/14 Milton Street

Showground Markets

7.30am

4957 3916

Free

25/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Adults DIY Family Fun Workshop

11.00am

4944 3400

Free

4944 3400

Free

4944 3400

Free

25/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Kids DIY Workshop - Australia Day

10.00am

26/01/14 Mirani State School

Australia Day Celebrations

10.00am

26/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Adults DIY Workshop - Refresh, Repair & Maintenance

11.00am

Free

26/01/14 Bunnings Mackay

Kids DIY Workshop - Australia Day

10.00am

4944 3400

Free

28/01/14 Botanic Gardens

Falun Gong meditation and relaxation

9.00am

4942 9538

Free

29/01/14 St Francis Xavier School Hall

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By Shannon du Plessis

BabySignLanguage Frustrated by a screaming baby? Try sign language to help your baby communicate their needs, writes Shannon du Plessis Children pick up new words and develop their

Baby sign language stimulates brain

resources for you to try out before buying books,

language and communication skills at an

development, provides a strong foundation

posters, flash cards or DVDs. However, if you do

incredible rate. They go through many different

for early literacy, helping to advance a child’s

plan to implement baby sign language in your

stages, and each child is different, but there is

vocabulary, spelling and reading ability and also

routine, I recommend books based on Auslan

always a frustrating stage as babies are trying to

can accelerate the speech process.

sign language such as Tiny Talk or Australian Baby

express their needs but are not yet able to speak. Parents also get frustrated at not knowing what their child wants.

hearing and hearing-impaired children.

and “bed”. Each time one of these activities takes

Sign language also can be very helpful for

place, you say the word and repeat the sign in

parents of babies with special needs, such as

proven way of communicating with your child

front of your baby. Then, many days, weeks or

children with Down syndrome.

when they are not yet able to communicate

months may pass before your baby starts to sign

verbally. It is most suitable for babies aged

back to you, but when they do, it’s like a big brick

between six months and 30 months. Through

wall comes down and you start communicating

repetitive signing in front of your baby, they

with your child so much more easily.

Many childcare workers also are adopting baby sign language into their centres. One morning at my daughter’s day care centre, a helicopter flew overhead and a group of about four toddlers

If you are still sceptical, just think of the basic

all looked up and started signing “helicopter”.

signs they learn such as waving goodbye,

I was so impressed I started teaching my

By eliminating this frustration and temper

blowing a kiss or clapping hands. If they can

daughter signs for “helicopter”, “car”, “plane” and

tantrums, a stronger bond is developed between

learn these signs, they can learn others in order

much more. From my experience, breaking the

you and your baby. Research has shown that

to communicate with you.

communication barrier will not only help your

can really take its toll on your nerves!

children exposed to baby sign language are generally more self-confident and have increased self-esteem. www.pakmag.com.au

are used, such as “eat”, “more”, “dog”, “cat”, “milk”

Hands. Auslan is also used in schools among both

However, baby sign language is an excellent and

gradually learn to sign instead of scream, which

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When starting baby sign language, simple signs

There are a number of good baby sign language books available as well as lots of internet

child’s needs, but also save you from constantly guessing. www.pakmag.com.au

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Baby

TOILET Training

January 2013

BABY Hats

Baby books

review Starting School

Gift

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By Jane Godwin

Get your child Ready For Kindy

Lullabies best medicine You may not think you’re a great singer but when it comes to easing your baby’s pain and discomfort, it has recently been proven that singing lullabies to your baby is the best medicine.

Preparing for the start of kindy or prep can

Teaching young children to wear hats can be a very trying time for parents...

be stressful for parents and it seems that for a growing number of parents there is also the additional stress of worrying about whether their child is completely toilet trained. This reflects the trend towards

A study at Great Ormond Street Hospital

seems to works better than storytelling.

in London found that Twinkle Twinkle

The facial expressions you use while

Little Star, Hush a Bye Baby and other

singing are just as important in distracting

favourite well-known songs actually

your baby from their discomfort.

modern children beginning toilet training So if you’re struggling to find a hat that your baby or toddler will actually keep on their heads, check out the

at an older age compared to previous generations.

hats available at www.bedheadbaby.com.au. Bedhead

According to maternal and child health

Previous studies into the effects of music

create hats made with soft stretch cotton jersey and they

nurse and continence nurse advisor

on children’s health have found that when

have a UPF rating of 50+ so they offer great sun protection.

Janine Armocida, constipation is often the

The researchers also discovered that

lullabies were played to newborns they

Sizes start from newborn and there are a range of styles

overriding problem in delayed or incomplete

children respond best to live singing

put on more weight and were discharged

including bucket hats in a range of colours. For more info or

toilet training, and many children will

rather than a recording and music also

more quickly from intensive care.

to purchase online go to www.bedheadbaby.com.au

continue to use a nappy to poo in, long after

caused children’s heart rates to drop and they were in visibly less pain.

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they have learned to urinate in the toilet.

book

This is a great book for new preppies that follows children getting ready, embarking on their first day, meeting their teacher, making new friends, playing in the playground, learning classroom rules, doing school work, packing up and going home. Published by Penguin Books RRP $24.99

Starting Kindy

"It's a good idea for parents to keep a close eye on children's toilet routines, particularly in the lead up to a new school year to make sure they aren't becoming constipated. Often a change in routine, such as starting school or kinder, can increase the risk of constipation or even cause regression in children who have been dry for several years." Speak to your GP if you’re concerned about your child’s bladder or bowel health. You can also call the National Continence Helpline on 1800 330 066 (weekdays) or go to www. continence.org.au

Starting Kindy or Pre-school can be a big change for some kids but there are several ways you can ease their transition. [1] Start getting them used to being left behind by dropping them off at play dates [2] Start letting them take on a little bit responsibility so they’re used to doing things for themselves like packing their bag [3] Talk to them about how much fun it will be and what Kindy will be like [4] Read books together that are about starting school and kindy.

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By Elaine Seager

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Why not skip the stress and clean up this year and take the kids out for an Australia Day they’ll never forget? This year, Mackay Regional Council is bringing the entire community together for one regional Australia Day celebration – and it’s set to be a ripper! AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS The celebrations will kick off with a nod towards some of our local heroes with the presentation of the 2014 Australia Day Awards. These awards

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are held each year across a number of categories to give the Mackay region an opportunity to

getting up to:

recording, as well as some Aussie favourites. They’ll be supported by talented didgeridoo player and a favourite of the kids, William Anderson.

• Thong throwing competition • Cooee contest – complete with decibel reader! • Chase the Bilby – not a real one of course!

You’ll be able to sit back and relax to the music

people that make our region so special. This is

while the kids have a ball, or join in on the

an important tradition for our community, and a

activities! Take part in the Lamington eating

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significant value that we can pass onto our kids

competition, have a go at horizontal bungee or

• Hat decorating – and other arts and crafts!

– learning to appreciate the hard work done by

get to know some Aussie animals a little better – with the mini animal farm. Thanks to RSPCA

As well as the Balloon Man, face painting,

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others (Mum for example!) and how one person can make a difference in society.

and Wildlife Rescue, there will be a variety of

• Kitchen Installation • Door Fitting • Floor Laying • Wardrobes & Cabinets • Handmade Bookcases • General Carpentery

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

have a pat. There’ll also be prizes and giveaways throughout the day, for adults and kids alike –

P&C will be putting on a feast with all of the

who doesn’t love a freebie?

healthy options. There’ll still be treats of course,

THE BILBY’S BURROW

with slushies and ice creams plus the Café 2U van

The Pioneer Valley Youth Council have been

for your favourite coffee, beautifully made.

busy creating a fun zone just for the kids – the

And what would Australia Day be without some live Aussie tunes? This year’s entertainment comes courtesy of local band turned recording

• Water balloon toss – so a spare set of clothes might be handy!

colouring comps and more.

animals to introduce your children to meet and

Council and the Mirani State Primary School traditional BBQ favourites, as well as a variety of

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Here’s a sneak preview of what your kids will be

play some tracks off the album they are currently

collectively recognise and thank some of the

Kent

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artists – Chasing the Jeffrey. The boys are keen to

Bilby’s Burrow. Dressed head to toe in true Aussie style, the shaded kids’ zone will entertain and delight children of any age with a range of fun,

Australia Day 2014 Where? Mirani State School, Maud Street, Mirani When? 26 January (10am-2pm) Cost? Free entry, refreshments available for purchase

Australian-themed games and activities. www.pakmag.com.au

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Daytrip January 2014

Magnetic Island

FERRY PASS

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Sealink Family Pass Take your family over to Magnetic Island for the day and get return ferry trips, car hire and a drink on the ferry for $130.

The Views

Magnetic

Island Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Only eight kilometres from Townsville and made up of 70% national park, Magnetic Island is a tropical paradise.

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Tourism and Events Queensland

Tourism and Events Queensland

Tourism and Events Queensland

Beach

Our first stop was to Bungalow Bay Koala Village

Taking in the sights we enjoyed a walk to The

in Horseshoe Bay. We missed out on the popular

Forts which had a lookout over Radical Bay, but

bush breakfast tour as a result of missing the

we didn’t spot any koalas along the walk no

early morning ferry, but we enjoyed a two-hour

matter how hard we looked. And then it was

If you're staying in the Townsville area

hands-on tour with everyone getting to touch

onto Alma Bay to spot a rock wallaby. These

in the January school holidays check

and hold the wildlife. We held a baby saltwater

gorgeous little animals live amongst the rocks

out the Holiday Inn Townsville for

crocodile, a wombat, snake, koala, cockatoo and

and if you stand still long enough and put out

accommodation. They are offering 20%

lizards, taking plenty of photos as our tour guide

some kangaroo food they slowly come down to

off their best flexible rate in the

Tony passed the animals around. It was definitely

eat. We were lucky enough to see a mum with a

holidays. It includes a complimentary

the highlight of our day on the island. Before we

joey in her pouch, getting some great photos as

breakfast and kids stay and eat for free

left we were given a bag of kangaroo food to

the curious joey popped its head out for a look.

with a paying adult. Call 4729 2011 or go

feed the rock wallabies at Alma Bay, so set off to explore.

Before returning the car we took a drive to the other side of the island past Nelly Bay to Picnic

About two kilometres down the road is the town

Bay. With a population of about 2,500 there was a

of Horseshoe Bay and it is abuzz with trendy

school and residential area and it was easy to see

A 25 minute ferry ride over on Sealink will drop you

little cafes lined along the waterfront and lots of

why so many people choose to live on the island.

off at Nelly Bay where you can catch a bus or hire a car

adventure activities available from jet-skiing to

There wasn’t much traffic and everyone seemed

to explore the island and its 23 bays and beaches. We

horse riding. While there, a local suggested we

so laid back and relaxed. In fact, next time we

recently took a day trip to Magnetic Island and chose a

head to the Arcadia Hotel for lunch as the kids

might stay a little longer and make a whole

little pink topless mini-moke as our mode of transport

could have a swim in the pool and we were easily

weekend of it.

for the day and the kids loved it. It was really easy to get

enticed since the weather was so hot. There was

around as the island is only about 10 kilometres long

a Convention on at the Arcadia Hotel for the

with four small towns – Picnic Bay, Nelly Bay, Arcadia and

weekend so it was incredibly busy but the food

Horseshoe Bay.

was good and the pool was even better.

Hotel Deal

to www.holidayinn.com/townsville for more information.

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By Holly Moore

If you’ve ever taken young children out for dinner you’ll know the anxiety of wondering how the night will pan out. Tables too close, children’s menus full of fried options and an atmosphere where children are expected to sit in silence. It’s enough to stop you going out as a family at all! Well fear not, I would like to welcome you to the

prawn salad – YUM) when our grills were served.

Sizzler Mackay is located in Caneland Central,

home of family dining. A place where children

The grilled barramundi, shrimp and steak combos

Riverfront Dining Precinct. They’re open seven

laugh, parents relax and family memories are

and prime streak were cooked to perfection. The

days a week for lunch and dinner (11am-9pm).

made. SIZZLER!

kids loved the children’s healthier meal options

The lunch menu is available 11am-4pm, Monday

which included two new selections – chicken

to Saturday. The dinner menu is available 4-9pm,

tenders and lamb cutlets.

Monday to Saturday and all day on Sunday and

After a busy weekend with sports I decided to give myself a break from the kitchen, so we

After more trips back and forth to the salad

it turned out to be one of the wisest decisions of

bar it was time for everyones favourite part of

For more information including full menu and

the week.

the night – dessert! With selections like Apple

prices go to www.sizzler.com.au/menu

The staff greeted us with smiles before whisking us through to begin our feast. With cheesy toast laid out, we all headed off to the all-you-can-eat salad bar to create our very own individual salads. With over 60 fresh choices laid out, including a range of mixed salads, plus freshly cooked, seasoned potato skins, creamy potato bake, pasta and sauces, soups, and make-your-own nachos, the hardest decision was where to start! Back at the table, we were all busy sizing up everyone else’s plates (mine was loaded with

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public holidays.

headed off with the family to Mackay Sizzler and

and Macadamia Crumble and Summer Pavlova combined with their famous dessert bar, including real vanilla and chocolate dairy ice cream, sprinkles, marshmallows and jelly, the kids

Sizzler Summer Salad Bar

were in heaven. For those not as dessert-focused as my crew there is also a selection of fresh cut

The Sizzler Salad Bar is included in the

fruit. We finished the night with a selection of

price of all dinner Grill Meals for adults and

dilmah teas and real espresso coffees. So if you

children. You can also choose the Salad Bar

are looking for a restaurant with healthy food that

on its own - $24.95 for adults, $5.50-$9.50

the kids will enjoy, Sizzler has a relaxed family

for kids depending on age. Kids under four

atmosphere that guarantees a fun night for the

eat free with each paying adult.

whole family.

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Pets fav

Fav pet shot of the month wins a mystery prize to the value of $30!

Prize winner

January entries

Ernie loved by Ivy

Isa loved by Billie

Nikita loved by Vienna

Amy loved by Paris

Email your photo, name/s & address to: photos@pakmag.com.au • Deadline for photos is 18 January for the February 2014 edition of Pakmag.

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out&about

submit your photos

email to: photos@pakmag.com.au

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Mitchell at Mackay Botanical Garden

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Atlas at Mackay Botanical Garden

Kiara at Mackay Botanical Garden s

Kiara at Mackay Botanical Garden s

Lachlan at Botanical Gardens

Kyra at Botanical Gardens

Ella at Botanical Gardens

Preston at Botanical Gardens

Out & About photos thanks to Jodie Grosskreutz > For info call 0412 873 557

Bella at Mackay Botanical Gardens

Logan at Mackay Botanical Gardens

Emily-Rose at Mackay Botanical Gardens

Out & About photos thanks to Jodie Grosskreutz > For info call 0412 873 557

Joe at Botanical Gardens

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Home edition

Gardens

JAN 2013 Design Tips

TIPS Encourage a love of the outdoors with these garden design tips

Veggie Patch

lazy Time Kids love hammocks in the garden but lazy zones can also be created with some beanbags, mozzie nets hung from a tree, or a picnic rug with cushions. These Mocka Joey chairs are like a gorgeous hanging beanbag (available from www.mocka.com.au, $59.95-$89.95)

Playful Gardens

Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Kidding Around

Enchanted Garden

Growing Up

Designate a corner of the garden as a

• Playtime is made extra special in the

Encourage a love of nature by adding

total kids space where they can embrace

holidays with a tepee or playhouse.

a vegie patch. Plant straight into the

the outdoors, play and get dirty. Attach a

Check out www.limetreekids.com.au

ground or into tyres, planter boxes, old

blackboard to the fence or cubby where

($99.95) or the huge collection on

wagon wheels, wheelbarrows, old baths,

they can write messages like “Keep out” or

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barrels or store-bought raised garden

“Kids Only”. Fun & Games Swing sets might be the norm for family

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backyards but to really entice your kids

• For a little bit of extra magic create a fairy garden with Enchanted Garden Kits from NQ online business Garden Sparkle (www.facebook.com/gardensparkle)

beds. Make it extra fun with a scarecrow, noisy wind chimes and weather station. Make it Your Own Let your imagination run wild and add

outside, spark some backyard adventures

• Hang sparkly mobiles, wind chimes, red

creative touches to your outdoor space

with rope swings, telescopes, pirate flags,

toadstools with white poker dots and

such as a music station with hanging tins,

steering wheels, binoculars, an old boat,

fairy lights

pots, utensils or wooden signs pointing

tepees, pots and muffin trays for making mud pies and anything else your kids will need to sail the high seas, go on safari or oversee their kingdom.

• Set up a table and chairs for afternoon garden tea parties.

to your fairy garden and vegie garden. Perhaps cast footprints or handprints of your family members into clay tiles and then lay them in your garden, paint lots

of little birdhouses bright colours and attach them to your fence or hang them around your garden, or make a family of scarecrows to represent each family member and have fun creating their scary look. Whatever you do, making your outdoor space a fun place to be will help nurture a love of the great outdoors and entice your kids away from the TV.

Cubby Houses Kids love cubby houses and the addition of climbing walls, scramble nets, slides and swings gives them opportunities to improve their physical coordination. Check out NQ business ‘Grand Gazebos and Cubbies’ who provide kit cubbies with a variety of optional extras. www.grandgazebos.com.au www.pakmag.com.au

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Home edition

Keeping Recharged

JAN 2013

by Battery World

If you got a practical Christmas present this year you’re not alone – according to a national survey Queenslanders like to give and receive practical gifts. Battery World commissioned the research to find out more about people’s attitudes to gifts that required batteries.

Get Organised

According to Gabe Giannangelo, owner of Battery World Mackay, since rechargeable batteries hit the market in 2005 there has been a 50% increase in both awareness and purchase of the products since then. “Most homes can chew through hundreds of batteries a year but one Eneloop rechargeable AA battery is equivalent to 1800 regular batteries so they more than pay for themselves and don’t end up in the bin,” he said.

Keep up the Good Work

Made from sustainable wood this awardwinning family organiser is finished in water lacquer, making it better for the environment. It was designed by a mum so the slimline noticeboard and shelf is both practical and pretty. Available from www.tidy-books.com.au. RRP $129.00

Shine a Light With the new school year just around

if it needs painting, we have the paint.

the corner, Lighting Network have

Homework may be a more enticing prospect with the contemporary design of

some great desk lights to check

this desk and drawers from www.mocka.com.au. It will fit neatly into any room and match

out. This Sara Desk Lamp comes in

with any décor. Team it up with drawers for extra storage. Available in two colours.

assorted colours. RRP $29.95

Desk RRP $89.95, drawers RRP $89.95.

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Home edition

JAN 2013 Design Tips

Stop,Drop & Go diyhome

By Sofie Buchholz

Now is a good time to start thinking about creating a ‘family organisation station’ in your home to organise all the books, uniforms, bags and stationery that go back and forth to school.

Creating a single multi use family space where school items are kept and organised will not only help you stay on top of things but will also enable your kids to take ownership of the system too. A little organisation goes a long ways towards easing the morning rush. • Choose a space to locate your ‘station’. Near the front door is a good choice as things are naturally ‘dumped’ in this area. •

Use an old table, shelf or cupboard as your ‘organisation station’. Style it to fit your current décor so it becomes integrated within your home. Adding a pop of colour and working with existing items, such as the purple wall featured, helps determine a colour scheme and saves money.

Mount a desk style calendar onto the wall where all important family and school dates can be recorded. It is a quick visual check for all family members’ comings and goings.

Give each child in the family their own notice board where timetables and other information can be kept. Make them look interesting by covering them in fabric and individualising them with each child’s initial.

• Create a system of in trays - one for all incoming correspondence and homework from school bags and one for each child for things that need to be packed into their bag to go to school eg. signed permission slips. It then becomes the responsibility of the child to pack the contents of that in tray into their school bag.

DIY Featured Products: [1] Painted old desk, Taubmans ‘Birdie’ from Bunnings [2] Fabric covered notice boards from Target $15 each, fabric from Spotlight [3] Wooden letters, Bunnings $1 - $3 [4] Wooden door knobs, Bunnings $8 - $11 each Products: [1] Desk calander, Officeworks $9 [2] In tray, Officeworks, $18.70 each [3] Lamp, Bunnings, $40 [4] Custom lampshade cover from Tinker and Tailor Sewing School and Design [5] Basket, Kmart, $15 each

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• Create a place to store all the school bags. Hooks attached to the wall or table are an easy option. Baskets under a table are good for storing bulky items like library books and sporting equipment.

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