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issue 36

J u n e 2010


issue! Wow! PakMag turns 3!

WIN VIP Dora tickets

Party Time


From budget to blow-out

Have your kids got it? What to look out for


Eat Smart

great family tips What’s New with Lou What’s On Calendar Make a get better box

Healthy eating for a healthy family





editors note Hello and welcome to the 36th edition of PakMag. It’s our 3rd birthday this month, so as you can see, we’ve given the ol’ girl a makeover! We hope you like it.

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I have a lot of people to thank for making it to the 3-year mark including my exceptional team. It has been a huge learning curve launching and running a magazine and looking back now to our first edition I can’t believe how far we’ve come. We’ve learnt so much and we’re still excited about continuing to improve the magazine and make it even better for you, our readers. I must also thank our advertisers for their support – without them this magazine wouldn’t happen. And, probably the biggest thanks must go to Trent and Jordan for their patience, love and support when I’m working late in to the night. I am very lucky to have all of you. Come and help us celebrate with a piece of cake at our next PakClub on the 6th.June or at our Teddy Bears Picnic on the 27th June. Enjoy this edition, keep reading and don’t forget to tell everyone…you read it in PakMag.


contents parents 02 What’s new

19 Kid’s MiniMag

04 Birthday parties

20 Colour it in & win

08 Healthy eating

25 PakActivities


Catholic Education

Publication Manager: Bree James Editorial Manager: Elaine Seager What’s On/MiniMag: Trent Stievano Client Manager: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Maria Ngyuen, Amanda Cranston & 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 PaK Magazine are not neccessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers.

26 Elmo Review

13 PakHealth - 3D vision 14 PakHealth 2 - Wet nights 15 Dieting: slim or fat chance? 17 Kids in the kitchen 17 Parents in the pantry 18 Out & about photos 21 What’s on June 27

babies & toddlers 29 PakBaby - First birthdays 30 PakBaby - Flat head 32 PakParent

Out & about photos

29 PakBaby



things to win

32 PakParent 35 Weekender 37


03 WIN Wizard of Oz tickets 03 WIN Underage Rage tickets

38 Give me 5 for kids

17 WIN a double movie pass

39 Flying high

20 Colour it in & WIN!

40 Fav pets/winners

25 4 Mystery prizes to WIN!

41 Bill Spooner Academy

26 WIN an Elmo DVD!

43 Mumpreneurs

30 WIN vapour rub

44 Pass the parcel

31 WIN four OnTrays

46 SeaFM Daddy Diary

35 WIN a family pass to Mamu

47 BCC Movie of the month

48 Win one of 10 Stockland gift cards

48 Stockland time for a break


what’s new june

what’s new june Dora’s Coming

Little Book Club

Movie Releases Sex And The City 2 (TBA)

Following over 2500 performances

In cinemas June 3

Dora the Explorer will be live at


Help her search for the city of

Sunday 27th June (11am). Tickets are $15.

(Janet A. Holmes)

lost toys with her friends. Tickets

Go to

– a story about a boy

$26.90 adults, $24.90 kids

au the-wizard-of-oz-show-2/ for more

who loses his toy

through ticketlink.

information and to buy tickets. It is also

the Cairns Civic Theatre on 9 & 10 July (10.30am).

much he needs him.


Great for 2-3 year olds

our Teddy Bear’s Picnic for our Dora the Explorer Treasure Hunt.

Animal Kingdom (TBA)

Chef Laurent in Cairns The A-Team (TBA) In cinemas June 10

Chef Laurent, a French chef and author improve the food served in children’s

In cinemas June 17

(Fiona Roberton) of adventure and

Geraldine Cox, CEO of the Sunrise Children’s

friendship. Suitable for

Villages, will be presenting at the Cairns Business

4-5 year olds.

Women’s Lunch on Tuesday 15th June. Through

awards for his work and is now touring

of orphaned or disadvantaged children in

Queensland demonstrating his quick, meals and lunchbox recipes. Thermomix are hosting his demonstration in Cairns

In cinemas June 17

on 9th June. Tickets $30. Call 1800 004

Blue Skies

Cambodia. PakMag readers are invited to come

(Fleur McDonald)

along for this special event at members prices for

– a sweeping saga of

a table of 10 (ie. $48 a head)

love, loss and renewal for Mum to read.

If you can’t make the lunch you can make a

838 to book. For more information go to

donation at www.

(including sponsoring a child).

Grown Ups (TBA)

In cinemas June 24

Teddy’s Picnic Teddy Bear’s Picnic & Pakmag’s 3rd B’day Date: Sunday 27 June Time: 9-12 noon Venue: Esplanade Bring: Picnic rug & furry friends Food: BBQ courtesy of Calanna Pharmacy, cupcakes thanks to Brumbies & b’day cake Prizes to win: Reef trips & VIP tickets to Stay on between 12-3pm to make a kite

Get your PakDirectory

Under Age Rage

Community Day

It’s time to start thinking about what

During June we’re working with Sea FM

At the end of every school term Brothers

to do with the kids for the next school

to raise funds for the Children’s Ward of

has an event for 12-17 year old high

holidays. TAS offer vacation care to

the Cairns Base Hospital. You can help us

children from all schools in Prep to Year

school students only to party in a safe,

Gallery Community Day > 5th June

by buying one of our new PakDirectories

supervised environment. Strictly no

FREE organised talks about the

for a $2 donation. They are packed with

alcohol! The next one is Friday 25th June.

exhibitions on display. Children will have

Next PakClub: 6 June (5-7pm at Cazaly’s)

the opportunity to make funky ‘Fortune

Theme: Doctors & Nurses. We will be

Marmaduke (TBA)

White Rock). It includes heaps of fun

In cinemas June 24

activities and excursions. Cost from $37 and tell

Vacation Care

per day.


give away. To win simply email us at

see Dora the Explorer

7 at both campuses (Kewarra Beach and

TO WIN: We have 2 double passes to

along the yellow brick road.

Inspirational Mums Lunch

her organisation Geraldine cares for hundreds

Get Him to the Greek (TBA)

Toy Story 3 (G)

showing at the Brothers Leagues Club on

us the names of the four friends who go

school tuckshops. He has several

easy, low cost and healthy tuckshop

In cinemas June 24

for the next school holidays. It will be

– a loveable tale based in Queensland, is on a quest to

Shrek Forever After (TBA)

Wanted: The Perfect Pet

interactive children’s show will be here

showing in Atherton.

duck and realises how

In cinemas June 3

around the world, this acclaimed

New books this month at Cairns Libraries include:

In cinemas June 2

Legion (TBA)

Wizard of Oz tickets

local information for families. Buy your copy at Sea FM, Calanna Pharmacy and all of the fundraising events throughout

Contact Lyn Sinclair on 0407 162050 or

June including our Teddy Bear’s Picnic


and PakClub.

TO WIN: We have one double pass to

Cookie Hats’.

give away. To win simply email us at and tell us

For more information call 4046 4800 or

the legal age limit for drinking alcohol.


with Family Day Care

PakClub - 6 June

raising money for Sea FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids Campaign. Sponsored by Calanna Pharmacy



Birthday Parties

it’s time to

Great tips for saving your b’day budget

From budget to blowout, children’s parties come in all sorts of packaging, writes Shannon du Plessis


irthday parties for children have come

on top), the entertainment includes a petting

Clearly there is a massive demand for

a long way since I was a child. I was

zoo or ferris wheel, and the party bags contain

children’s party entertainment, but it’s

Tiffany jewellery.

important that parents don’t feel pressured to

fortunate in that my mum threw birthday parties for her children almost every year, but they were never extravagant. A home-made cake (thanks to Women’s Weekly), fairy bread, cheerios, bowl of chips, red cordial and lollies in a bag was about the extent of expenses. The party itself was just one backyard game after the next. We loved three-legged races, egg and spoon races, pin the tail on the donkey, limbo, musical chairs and pass the parcel wrapped in newspaper (or pass the balloon with the lolly inside). Parents would drop their children off and pick them up two hours later, so there was no need to cater for adults.

who aim to please not only their children, but their friends as well. Maybe parents realise their kids are only young for a short time and want to capitalise on special occasions. Or perhaps they didn’t have great birthdays

event that parents plan months in advance. I recently read a story from America about some of the elaborate parties put on by wealthy families in New York. Children are picked up in stretch limos, professional caterers are called in, the cake resembles something from a wedding (except with fairies

on a much tighter budget, there are ways to make your child’s birthday memorable without spending a fortune.

Here’s my top tips: [1] Decide how much money you are willing

Yellow Pages, and you’ll find advertisements

to spend. It’s very easy to start spending and

for all sorts of party entertainers. Browse the

spending and then realise too late how much

internet and there are dozens of businesses

the whole event has cost. Set up a budget for

who specialise in children’s parties from co-

the cake, food, party favours and games.

much more.

what was once a simple birthday party is an

because everyone else is doing it. For those

their kids to miss out. Browse PakMag, or the

of baby gear and gadgets, more children’s

marketing and their children’s pleas. Now,

throw a lavish do for their two-year-old just

when they were children and don’t want

ordinating plastic cups, themed bunting and

and parents are being sucked in to clever

gone to this extreme, there are definitely some

Over the years we’ve seen growing amounts TV shows, entertainers and toy shops,


While Far Northern families probably haven’t

[2] Many parents buy or make elaborate party decorations when in reality kids only

The choices for your child’s party are as

care about the cake and the games. Buy cheap

endless as their imagination and only

balloons instead.

limited by the size of your wallet. From the go-kart track and bowling alley, to cinema

[3] Same goes for food. Kids don’t care how

and museums, play centres and restaurants,

much effort has gone into making those

businesses are cashing in on the trend by

gourmet sushi rolls and bruschetta... they’ll

offering a party with a difference. And many

have home brand party pies and cheerios

will help time-poor parents by organising the


whole event including cake, party bags and invitations, and the best bit is there’s no mess for parents to clean up afterwards.

[4] Make your own cake. The Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake book is a great start. Or


pakmag main feature contd...

it’s time to

[6] Let the kids entertain themselves. Set

their bag using craft materials you already

up play areas around the yard where they

have at home, as well as cheap stickers from

can play with different toys you already own.

discount stores.

If it’s a warm day, let the kids play with water balloons, water guns and the sprinkler.

you could make a big batch of cupcakes and personalise each one with the names of the children written in frosting or sprinkle with hundreds and thousands. Another easy cake

the kids have fun drawing and writing their

class, let them host a sleep over where they

own messages for the birthday child.

invite only a small group of friends. Other than food and some lollies (and breakfast the next day), you won’t have to provide very much, other than pitching the tent in the backyard. [8] Take the party to a free location where

onto a large chilled plate. Decorate quickly

there’s already entertainment, such as the

with Smarties, Freckles, lollies and candles

beach, or a park with a playground.

and serve straight away. You can prepare this

[5] Look online for games ideas you can play

party, choose a time where finger food is all that is required, instead of a meal time. [13] If your child wants a themed party, choose a theme that doesn’t require buying new costumes (for example, most little girls will have a fairy or tutu outfit). I heard of one birthday party where the kids were asked to

computer and get your child to help with the

come in the craziest outfit they could imagine.

design, and writing out children’s names.

So the kids wore their clothes inside out, socks

small toy prizes from a discount store such as

[10] Use paper lunch bags as goodie bags.

yo-yos or stickers.

As a fun activity, get the children to decorate

[12] If you intend to invite parents to the

[9] Make your own invitations on the

with very little equipment or expense. Buy


food, use a big sheet of butcher’s paper. Let

[7] Instead of inviting your child’s entire

idea is to buy a big tub of icecream, turn it out

ahead of time if your freezer is big enough.

[11] Instead of using a tablecloth under the

around their arms, ties on backwards and so on. They had a lot of laughs and took lots of photos, and it didn’t cost a cent.



Healthy Eating

healthy eating for a healthy family

Great tips for a healthy balanced diet

By Camey Demmitt, Senior Dietitian at Health Management


eeding a family has never been an easy

those that aren’t highly processed such as

task. Looking back 100 years ago, it was a

whole grains like brown rice, fruit, vegetables,

daily struggle for parents to ensure the family had enough food on the table. Fast forward

vitamins and minerals. The body requires close to 30 different vitamins and minerals.

important for the growth and repair of cells.

So how do you make sure your family is

Between 15 – 25% of your daily kilojoules

getting a good supply? Your best bet is to eat

should consist of lean protein sources. Protein

a diet that has plenty of variety and is rich

is found in both plants and animal foods and

in plant-based foods such as whole grains,

At no other point in the history of human kind

healthy options include lean meat, chicken,

fruits and vegetables, contains mostly “good”

has food been so abundant. Despite the fact

eggs, fish, seafood, legumes, lentils, nuts,

fats, and minimal red meat and “bad” fats. A

that food is all around us, it can be a challenge

seeds and low fat dairy products.

multivitamin/mineral supplement can provide

find it difficult to feed their families. However, today the issue isn’t so much one of quantity, but instead one of quality.

for many of us to distinguish what foods are healthy. Going to the supermarket today feels more like wading through a dense jungle. Except instead of trees and plants making the pathway difficult, its colourful and cleverly

Fats have gotten a bad rap over the years. Fat is not our foe! We need some fat in order to absorb certain vitamins, maintain cell strength, and to help keep our immune

some insurance against potential deficiencies, but don’t rely on them to meet all your needs; our bodies prefer the real stuff from nature over a tablet.

system functioning properly. It’s the type of fat

Providing your family a healthy diet doesn’t

we eat that matters the most. Great sources

have to be daunting. Start with small steps,

of healthy fats are nuts, seeds, olive oil, canola

such as adding an extra serve of vegetables

oil, flaxseed oil, avocados, and fish. Choose

to dinner or switching from white bread

these ‘good’ fats over the ‘bad’ fats, such as

to multigrain. Lots of small steps over time

fatty meat and full cream dairy, as often as

will eventually add up to a big change. And

possible. Overall, strive to keep your total fat

remember when it comes down to it, a healthy

So what is a healthy diet for your family? Let’s

consumption to around 30 – 35% of you daily

diet is one that is mostly made up of foods

get started with the basics, the building blocks


that have no label or packaging at all.

packaged food products that taunt and tease you at every corner, “Buy me, buy me, I’m good for you, your kids will love me”. With literally hundreds of new food products claiming a spot on supermarket shelves each year, it’s no wonder many of us feel overwhelmed.

of a healthy diet, in other words, the nutrients. Food is made up of 5 nutrients: carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, and vitamins and minerals.

The final building block in a healthy diet is

Protein is found throughout the body and is

to 2010, and parents often tell me that they


legumes, and low fat milk products.

times and sip on it throughout the day.

Water is a nutrient that is essential to good health and yet is easily overlooked. Fortunately we get water not only from

Health Management is a private dietetic practice employing only university

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred fuel

drinking it, but also from the food we eat.

source and should make up the bulk of a

Generally most people need at least 6 – 8

healthy diet. It’s recommended that about

cups of water per day, but that figure can

45 – 55% of your kilojoules (calories) come

vary widely depending on the person and

from carbohydrates. However, this doesn’t

situation. An easy way to ensure you and your

For more info call 4051 9093 or go to

mean that any old carbohydrate will do.

loved ones are getting enough water is to

The healthiest options of carbohydrates are

keep a reusable water bottle with you at all

qualified dietitians who are Accreditied Practising Dietitians. They work with clients either in person, via email or over the phone.


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When it comes to choosing a school for their child, parents are faced with the choice of a state school or a ‘private’ or non-government school. For some parents, confusion exists as to just what is a non-government school, who can attend, and what it costs.


n a nutshell, any school that does not have

charge fees, they are surprisingly affordable

Catholic schools for many reasons. Research

‘State’ in its name is a non-government

and kept low to remain accessible to anyone

shows that these reasons include the Christian

school. Non-government schools may be of

who wants a Catholic education. No child is

values taught by Catholic schools, the care

many religious denominations, but Catholic

denied on the grounds of financial hardship,

of students, teachers and staff, self discipline

schools constitute the bulk of schools in the

and parents experiencing genuine hardship

based on respect for others, the commitment

non-government sector. In Queensland 18%

are encouraged to speak to the principal

to the holistic development of students -

of all school children are educated in Catholic

about concessions.

spiritually, intellectually, physically, culturally,

schools which is about 60% of those being educated in non-government schools.

Catholic schools are funded by federal and state governments, as well as parent

socially and emotionally, the pursuit of academic excellence, and a vision of hope for the future.

The Catholic school system is an integral part

contributions (fees). In general, parents can

of the Catholic Church. Many believe that only

expect to pay about $23 a calendar week for a

Catholic Education in the Diocese of Cairns

Catholics can attend a Catholic school, or that

primary education and $37 – $45 per calendar

draws on over a century of tradition, and

Catholic schools have to accept a minimum

week for a secondary education. School

although religious orders have decreased in

‘quota’ of non-Catholic enrolments.

levies are in addition to fees and add about

numbers in Catholic schools and lay teachers

$5 - $10 per week. Discounts apply for families

have assumed responsibility for teaching

with more than one child attending any of

and leadership, the ethos of Catholic schools

the Diocese’s Catholic schools, and further

as communities of faith, communities of

discounts apply for country areas.

learners, and communities serving their parish

While preference will understandably be given to Catholic enrolments, Catholic schools seek to be open to all those who seek the values of a Catholic education. This includes Christians who aren’t Catholics as well as non-Christians.

So what can parents expect from a Catholic

In terms of costs, while Catholic schools must

education? Parents and students choose

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PakHealth 3D-Vision Determine whether your child can see in 3D

Federal member for Leichhardt

3D-vision Is Your Child Ready for 3D Movies? Many children can’t see the special effects of 3D, writes Kelcey Hala.


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vatar has been such an enormous

If your child has been diagnosed with Lazy

their eyes and you will let them know when

success that it has also brought more

Eye (Amblyopia) or an eye turn (Strabismus),

they can open them again.

attention to the concept of 3D movies. More

they will not be able to see the full 3D effects.

3D movies are on the way and there are even

Most 3D movies provide visual clues, such as

3D televisions heading to your local store. But

objects appearing smaller the further away

if you’re planning on taking your kids to see

they are which anyone can see whether they

a 3D movie you should first of all determine

are using both eyes together or just one.

if they can even see 3D because surprisingly,

However, there are some special effects which

many children can’t and they are missing out

do require that you use both of your eyes at

on the special effects. In most of these cases,

the same time. If your child does not have 3D

their parents don’t even realise.

vision, he will not be able to see these special

There are some clues to watch out for that may indicate your child can’t see 3D. They are: [1] Clumsiness ie. They spill liquids when pouring, trip while running or walking and bump into things.

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3D effects. When a child has never seen a 3D movie before it’s always best to prepare them beforehand for what they will see. If you can, draw a picture to show your child how with most movies the picture stays on the movie screen. But in this movie the picture will look as if it is coming out towards them, and they

[2] Being wary of escalators, going down

may feel like they can reach out and touch the

steps or avoiding climbing play structures.

characters. Also be sure to tell your kids ahead

[3] Difficulty hitting or catching balls

of time that if they don’t like what they are

During the movie watch your child for any signs of a headache, nausea or dizziness during or shortly afterwards. In addition, observe and see how your child responds to the special effects to see if he responds the same way as the other kids do. These are signs that your child may have a vision problem and you should make an appointment with an optometrist to have it fully checked. If your child has trouble with 3D vision, has any of the problems listed above or has a lazy eye or eye turn, it is possible to teach them how to see 3D with optometric vision therapy. To find out more visit the website for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development,

Kelcey Hala is an optometrist at Bruce Mellick Optometry

seeing or feel uncomfortable, they can close

“I’ll keep working to make our community an even better place to live and raise a family” 12 Authorised by Jim turnour, 102 Grafton Street, Cairns QLd 4870



PakHealth wet nights Story thanks to Kylie Cloney

dieting: slim or fat chance?

wet nights Natural ways to encourage night-time toilet training

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between those of us who struggle with weight and those ‘naturally slim people’ who seem to be able to eat anything they want and still stay skinny?


The difference is they think differently. For example:

dieting and forced exercise, these underlying

unconsciously!). Many of our unwanted habits

associations will always sabotage your dieting.

or beliefs around food may not even be ours.

• You may think salad and vegetables are boring

Think of an emotional eater who reaches for

and associate them with dieting and restricting

food when they’re angry, stressed or upset. It’s

yourself...a ‘naturally slim’ person loves them

not surprising really that we turn to food when

and associates them with health and vitality

we’re emotional. When we cried as babies, our

id you know? It’s considered medically normal for children to still wet the bed

up to the age of 5yrs old.

are not guzzling water after dinner.

• Remove any negativity about wetting

• Limit sugar intake in the diet including cordials, fruit juice & fruits. Imbalances with

the bed. A child needs encouragement and support and no judgement about what is right or wrong around body control.

There are several factors which are considered

blood sugar levels in the body change the

possible factors in causing delayed night-time

concentration of the urine. The kidneys may

• Involve your child in creating a fun approach

bed wetting including: 1) stress and anxiety 2)

respond by eliminating excess urine in an

to dry nights.

excess sugar or blood sugar fluctuations and

attempt to establish balance.

3) food intolerances and allergies.

Tips for Dry Nights: • Make sure your child is adequately hydrated with filtered water during the day so that they

fun free fitness Get fit in the great outdoors with the FREE classes on the Esplanade. There’s a variety of classes all week including a Mums n Bubs class at 8am Fridays and you can shake your booty to Zumba at 5.30pm Fridays (Fogarty Park).

mothers fed us. Whose grandparents gave

food on their plate, even though they are full, because there are ‘starving children in Africa!’. There are so many nutrition, health and fitness ‘experts’ out there telling us conflicting stories about what we should eat - how do we choose

• Consult a naturopath about possible herbal

• You may find exercise a chore and associate it

• Include relaxation time into your child’s life –

and supplement support to strengthen the

them sweets every time they visited? For a

with pain and failure...a ‘naturally slim’ person

lot of people, it’s easier to find comfort from

a quiet story, some gentle music and soothing

nervous system and bladder (night time bed

really enjoys getting moving, finds it fun and

food than it is to find a way to deal with the

Once you become aware of your associations

massage before bed to nourish the soul and

wetters may have a nervous system that’s slow

loves how it makes them feel

unwanted emotions or emotional baggage

around food, you can start the process of

build the nervous system.

to process the feeling of having a full bladder).

that may be hanging around.

thinking differently and adopting new,

dry season sneezes The dry season’s here but unfortunately it means more sneezing for allergy sufferers – mould from the wet season, more dust due to dry weather and lots of

• You may love sweets (chocolate, cheese, cakes, chips!) and associate them with being a treat

Our beliefs have a dramatic effect on our

or reward...a ‘naturally slim’ person will reward

waistline. For instance, what happens when

themselves in different ways and wouldn’t even

you don’t believe that you’ll reach your target

consider these to be food

weight? You start successfully dieting until

These mental associations are unconscious and have generally been learnt over a long period of time. There are many that you are probably not even aware of. This means that, no matter how much you try to lose weight by

you’re heading towards your target weight

who to believe?

more supportive beliefs. When you think differently, you behave differently. Once you re-programme yourself to think more like a ‘naturally slim’ person, yo-yo dieting will be a thing of the past.

and then your unconscious mind kicks in to sabotage it. Your unconscious mind doesn’t do what is necessarily best for you; it simply does what you tell it to (even if you do it

For more information about how to think yourself slim, call Nada on 0401 510 911

pollen from the sugar cane. You can’t win! Australia now has one of the highest incidences of allergies in

For more information go to:

the world. Between 1993 and 2002, the number of

children diagnosed with hay fever rose from 9.7 per

Change your MINSET to become SLIM, FIT and HEALTHY easily, naturally and permanently.

cent to 12.7 per cent. The best way to avoid allergic

bottling up a risk

How many people find it impossible to leave

reactions is to avoid the triggers. It is possible to desensitise yourself to an allergy via immunotherapy but it’s expensive, time-consuming and doesn’t always

A recent study showed that men who

work. Most people manage it by minimising triggers

bottle up their anger about being unfairly

in their environment and taking antihistamines. See a

treated at work are 5 times more likely

GP if symptoms are severe and you’re not sure what’s

to have a heart attack. It seems the best

causing it. TIP for dust allergy sufferers: wash bed linen

coping strategy is to talk more.

(esp. doonas) with a capful of eucalyptus oil.


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pakfood kids in the kitchen 4 Ingredient Egg Tart

parents in the pantry Choko Salad

• Slices of white bread

• 1 kg chokos

• 2 eggs

• 1 tbspn white vinegar

• 3 slices of bacon

• 3 tbspn extra virgin olive oil

• Grated cheese

• 1 tbspn fresh crushed garlic • 1 medium onion finely sliced

Method [1] Cut the crusts off the bread and roll flat with a rolling pin.

Cut into shapes that will fit into a small muffin tray.

[2] Wisk the two eggs and spoon into the cases. After a few

moments the mixture will soak into the bread a bit so add

more again.

• salt and pepper

Method Heat enough water with a pinch of salt in a large saucepan and boil all the chokos for about 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from boiling water and allow to cool. Peel and halve the chokos.

[3] Cut the bacon into strips and give a quick sizzle up in a

Discard the seeds and cut into slices. Mix together the oil, vinegar,

salt and pepper to taste, and sliced onions. Pour over the sliced

frypan then place on top of the mixture.

[4] Put some grated cheese on the top.

chokos and carefully mix without breaking the choko slices. This salad makes a good addition to any meal as a side dish.

[5] Place into an over which you have pre-heated to 180oC and

cook for 15 minutes.

[6] Let them cool in the muffin tray and then you can either eat

them warm or they are nice and small enough to eat cold in

the lunchbox.

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VENUE Mondos Cairns Civic Theatre Gecko's Indoor Play Centre Gordonvale Library Brothers Leagues Club Manunda Library Cairns Civic Theatre Brothers Leagues Club City Place Cairns Civic Theatre Hambledon House, Edmonton Edmonton Library Mossman Library Brothers Leagues Club City Place Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanade City Place Mondos Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Brothers Leagues Club Esplanade Pier Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns Regional Gallery Fogarty Park Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Brothers Leagues Club Esplanande Mondos CAZALYS Red Beret Hotel Marine Hotel Cardwell Brothers Leagues Club Red Beret Hotel Mondos

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VENUE Stratford Library Earlville Library Gecko's Indoor Play Centre Brothers Leagues Club City Library Cairns Tropical Garden Motel Brothers Leagues Club City Place Hambledon House, Edmonton Smithfield Library Mossman Library Brothers Leagues Club Brothers Leagues Club Esplande Mondos Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Brothers Leagues Club Brothers Leagues Club Esplanade Pier Esplanade Trinity Beach Hotel Reef Hotel Casino Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Brothers Leagues Club Esplanade Mondos Red Beret Hotel Brothers Leagues Club Yorkeys Knob Boating Club Mondos Red Beret Hotel Mondos Sunrise Children Village Smithfield Library Gecko's Indoor Play Centre

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Storytime 10 June at the Mossman Library

For more information: (07) 4099 9496

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Storytime Stratford Library Baby Rhyme Time Earlville Library Colouring in Competition Live Music: Carrizma Storytime City Library Thermomix demonstration with: CHEF LAURENT! Live Music: Big Jim HillBilly Goats Trio Free Workshops - Financial Recording for Volunteer Committees Baby Rhyme Time Smithfield Library Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time Mossman Library Live Music: Barbary Coasters Live in the Auditorium – Jon English, Supported by Jonas Road MARKS AUSSIE ANIMAL SHOW Live Music:3's A Crowd Live Music: Shari Live Music: Rhythm & Groove Live in the Auditorium – ACCA DACCA supported by Snake Esplanade Markets Farmgate Markets Frontear Kids Club Black Tie Benefit: Give me 5 for Kids Bookings Essential Karaoke with Kaz & Gaz Live Music: 4 in a groove Junior See Poy - Trio All Day Sunday Dining Kids Club Live Music: Carrizma Live Music: Barbary Coasters Queens Birthday Celebration - Aussies V's England Cricket Trivia: Believe it or not Family Night with Terry Doyle & Rachel the Face Painter Inspirational Mums Lunch (see Whats New Section pg2-3) Storytime Smithfield Library Story Time

TIME 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 6:30 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:30 PM 8:30 PM 8:00 PM 7:30 AM 3:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 3:00 PM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 5:00 PM 1:30 PM 12:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM TBC 10:30 AM 10:00 AM

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12 June at Reef Hotel Casino

Cheeseburger Day Saturday 19 June

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20 June at the Red Beret Hotel

17 June roles of committee workshop

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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Live Music: Carrizma Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time Mossman Library Storytime Earlville Library Free Workshops - Understanding legal Obligations Vikarious Unsigned and Unplugged Live Music: Muthafunk Brooks Brothers UMI Arts Indigenous Market Live Music:Celine DeeAz & Nikki Doll Live Music : Sweet K Live Music: Swingin Alley Catz Esplanade Markets Farmgate Markets Cairns Show Wine Awards Public Tasting Day Miss Lolly's Community Fete 2010 CIC Showcase Karaoke with Kaz & Gaz Live Music: Celine DeeAz & Nikki Doll Kooii ($550) All Day Sunday Dining Kids Club TEDDY BEARS PICNIC & PAKMAG's 3rd Birthday Live Music: Carrizma Live in the Auditorium – The Wizard of Oz Show School Holiday Workshops - Weaving Baskets in Clay (Book NOW!) Trivia: Believe it or not Family Night with Terry Doyle & Rachel the Face Painter School Holiday Workshops - Painting Boomerangs (Book NOW!) Live Music: Billy May Live Music: Small Baggage School Holiday Workshops - Painting in Red (Book NOW!)

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regular weekly events Sam Powers EXTREME ILLUSIONS Starring Sam Powers at Velvet underground. Every Mon through to Sat @ 7.30pm

Cairns Indoor Sports Multi Sport Madness @ 1pm - 3pm everyday (07) 4032 2844

GO Bowling Cairns Specials on all month for adults, kids, birthdays and groups! (07) 4053 3497. Super Special Sunday Sessions - 3pm until late ($13.95 p/p for 3 games)

The SANDS Support group meets on the second Friday of each month 10am-2pm 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 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:

Cairns PCYC MON to THUR - Kindy Kidz Gym @ 9am-10am Cost is $7. Call (07) 4053 1532 for more info Playgroup Queensland 1800 171 883 Mon-Fri for families with 0-5 year olds

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Brothers Leagues Club Tues - Seniors Morning “Club Gold” @ 9.30am Brothers Leagues KIDS Club Every Sun - Kids Disco 3.30pm-6pm (ages 3-12yrs)

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

Mossman Markets Every Sat from 7am-12pm under the raintrees

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

Gordonvale Cottage Markets First 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 Third 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

Mt Sheridan Markets Second Sat of every month

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

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

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

Northern Beaches Markets Thirrd Sun of each month from 9am-3pm, Smithfield Shopping Centre

Mission Beach Markets First & third Sun of each month 6.30am-12pm, opposite Hideaway

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

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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Match the words & pictures

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First birthdays from around the world with Maria Nguyen In a world where every life event is celebrated,

pen for a writer, a measuring tape for tailor

(Japanese rice cake) to carry on their back. The

perhaps the one occasion that human beings

or seamstress, a rule for mathematician,

quantity of rice carries the same sound as “for

commemorate the most is a birthday. A baby’s

a thermometer for doctor, a comb for

the whole life” in Japanese and expresses a

first birthday is perhaps the most important

hairdresser, a ladle for a chef, and so on.

wish that the child will always have something

event. It looks back on the most crucial year


exhausting and worrying for his parents.

It is customary for Hawaiian families to hold a

wandering far from his parents, and if it’s a girl,

It’s surprising that some countries that are

lū‘au (a traditional Hawaiian feast) to celebrate

to prevent her from finding a husband that

continents apart actually share almost the

a child’s first birthday. A lu’au is set up as a

lives too far from her parents.

same ritual, while others are completely one-

buffet, where traditional Hawaiian foods and a

of-a-kind. We’re all familiar with the Happy

roasted pig are always present.


Birthday tune and making a wish before blowing out our candles, but what about adopting one of these customs for your baby’s


(over three kilos!) is to prevent the child from

In Korea, turning one is a huge milestone and the baby is dressed in colourful, traditional

For Hindus, a ritual called Annaprasanam is

clothes made specially for the occasion. The

held which involves giving the baby a mixture

celebration starts off with praying and giving

Malta, China & Vietnam:

of rice, sugar and milk. This ritual is sometimes

thanks to the gods followed by a party. Similar

conducted at the temples but is usually held

to Maltese and Vietnamese cultures, items

On a child’s first birthday, an assortment of

in the house where afterwards, guests are

predicting the future are laid out onto the

things are laid out on the floor, with each

given a good lunch.

table for the child to choose. If a boy chooses

upcoming first birthday?

object signifying a profession or talent. The child then sits in the centre of these objects

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to eat. Some say the heavy load of mochi

in the baby’s life, not to mention the most

and the first thing she picks up is said to foretell what she will grow up to become. A

Japan: There used to be an old custom in Japan where babies are given a bag of mochi

a bow and arrow, he will become a warrior. If a girl chooses a ruler, needle or scissors, she will be talented with her hands. And if they choose needle and thread, they will have a long life.



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baby competition

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If your pride and joy missed out on the

available at Cairns Libraries and is perfect

last baby competition, there’s going to

for reading to babies and toddlers. It’s a

be another opportunity to prove just

tale about sharing and friendship – other

how gorgeous they are on Saturday

books about friendship at the Library that are suitable for babies include:

19th June. Local Leukaemia Foundation baby competition at Stockland. Entry fees

by Angela McAllister

are $20 per baby. Venue: Centre Stage,

• Me and You

Stockland 10am-3pm. Register your baby

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from now at the Stockland Customer

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but I’ve got kids! We all know that exercise is important and helps to improve energy levels but many mums find it impossible to squeeze time into their busy schedules to do anything for themselves let alone exercise! Here are a few tips for finding time to exercise: [1] Take the kids with you in a jogging stroller [2] Exercise WITH your kids – trampolining is great for pelvic floor! [3] Join a gym with childcare (Genesis have one at Stockland) [4] Trade off or take turns with a friend

Local SEA FM Announcer Lou Morrow shares parenting tips: GUILTY! I’ve been feeling a bit worried and guilty recently and no doubt you’ve

[5] Go for a walk early while hubby takes charge of the kids

career opportunity

experienced the same at some point in

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just need to cut ourselves a little slack so

Do feel guilty if your idea of day care is the window of the pub you’re drinking at.

12th June is World Against Child Labour

Don’t feel guilty if junior accidentally

day. There are 218 million children

walks out of the shop with something

worldwide who are involved in child

unpaid for in his hand that you didn’t

labour, many of them in hazardous work. If you’re looking for a new career

Much of the worlds cocoa (chocolate)

Do feel guilty if junior leaves the shop

opportunity that fits around your new

production uses child labour.

with his pram full of unpaid items that

family, check out the baby massage

you shoved in there.

courses running at JCU. Anyone can attend the 3-day intensive training course

breast screening

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Do feel guilty if you’re feeding your little

assist with colic, reflux, wind, sleeping

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Life’s not perfect, and many parents

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with any of these guilty behaviours, stop

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being able to see the kids in the car from


• Extended day programs for children 15 months to school age (including Prep)

household chores and ongoing utility bills.

are going back to work.

cost of cigarettes.

• An exciting and innovative curriculum framework to be introduced in 2010

financial costs by sharing accommodation,

care because you need a child-free day or

cat’s food while you’re not looking.

• A Montessori based kindergarten program implemented by experienced and mature university trained early childhood and Montessori teachers

mums and dads together to halve their

Don’t feel guilty if you put bub into day-

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It’s an online resource that brings single

here’s a bit of perspective for you:

realise he was holding on to.


‘Education in Preparation for Life’

women can attend a breast screening clinic on 21-22 June at the Sackley Institute on Mulgrave Road. They will be offering an alternative to mammograms called ‘safe breast imaging’ which uses a non-invasive screening device. Cost $150. For appointments call 1300 818 280



for parents & kids


Weekender ‘Mamu’ Weekender story thanks to Angelina Mortley

Nurses & Doctors theme to raise money for Sea FM’s ‘Give Me 5 For Kids’ campaign • Heaps of medical themed competitions, raffles & more

mamu rainforest

Bookings are limited so hurry & book your table now!!! Phone 4054 1464!

I’m almost embarrassed to admit I was seemingly unaware of this little gem so close to Cairns but now I have experienced it I feel compelled to tell all! SuNDay 6 JuNe 5-7Pm Cazalys FunCtion Room

Fax: 4033 2038 • Email: • WEb: Terms & conditions apply: You need to be a member of Cazaly’s to enter due to the Qld Liquor Act 1992, which is $5 for the year, Pak Club visitors get $5 venue cash back on the spot.

get your

teddy ready pakmag’s Teddy Bears Picnic & Kite Day When: Sunday 27th June 9am – midday Where: North Side of the Lagoon on the esplanade Bring: your Teddy, picnic basket, rug & a kite for later • Family Day Care Kite making • Jumping Castle • Heaps of games • Face Painting • Cupcake & cookies from Brumbies Edge Hill • Sausage Sizzle thanks to Calanna Pharmacy Gold coin donation per bear to enter. Categories Include: Biggest Bear, Smallest Bear, Bold Bear, Beautiful Bear, Best Bear, Health Bear, Oldest Bear. All monies raised on the day goes to Sea FM’s Give Me Five For Kids Fund. Register your teddies from 9am-prize for every entry.

• $1000’s of dollars in prizes TO Be wON • TReASuRe HuNT TO FiND Vip dora TickeTs


amu Rainforest Canopy Walkway is

first wow factor is the 10m cantilever jutting

enjoyable journey. With the school holidays

just 90 minutes drive south of Cairns

straight out into the forest. Then, of course,

coming up, make sure you include Mamu

(north-west of Innisfail). We were very excited

there is the big wow factor at the end of the

as one of your absolute must do’s – it’s a

about embarking on our rainforest journey,

tracks - a 37m high observation tower. You

perfect time of year to experience this hidden

although not too sure about the overcast

need to climb stairs to reach the two viewing

treasure. Pack a picnic to enjoy at the covered

conditions with light wispy rain about, but I

platforms of the tower, but it’s well worth the

picnic areas as you enter or visit nearby

have to admit, by the end, this had added to

effort. The views are breath-taking. This is a

Gooligans or Henrietta Creek after your walk

the whole ambience of the experience and

wonderful place to sit and take it all in and

to finish the day off.

didn’t dampen the day at all.

appreciate just how incredible our part of the

Strolling at a very leisurely pace, it took us just over 2 hours to complete the whole 2.5km walk. We weren’t sure initially about the staying power of our 5 year old daughter


tower platform as light rain clouds surrounded us and passed through. Our daughter thought she was in the sky and was just so thrilled.

I would recommend the usual outdoor essentials – walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and water bottles and you might also want to take a rain poncho and light jacket. The walkway is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm

but she was so enthralled by every sight

The Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway has

with the last entry at 4.30pm. Admission fees

and sound I’m sure she could have gone

been well planned to cater for everyone’s

– Adults $20, Child (4-14yrs) $10, Family (2

another round by the time we finished! She

enjoyment. Elevated walkways rise from

adults, 2 children) $50 and Concession $16,

was captivated the whole way – mesmerised

ground level to 15m into the rainforest canopy

and of course there is a 20% discount for local

at the rain droplets on the spider’s webs, by

and you don’t even realise you are making


the amazing colours of the plants, leaves and

your way into the tree tops as there is next to

fruits and the beautiful birds. We even had

no effort required with very subtle gradients.

a maths lesson along the elevated walkway,

There are rest shelters throughout the walk

identifying the numbers at each platform.

that have some wonderful facts about the

For mums and dads, the rainforest is also

forest and its history. Special needs have also

truly enchanting – we found ourselves just

been given a high priority with tap rails, hand

standing and gazing into the thick of it all for

rails and tactile directional signs along all

ages – it’s almost like it’s trying to talk to you.

walkways. Braille and large print guides are

We thoroughly enjoyed it - it was so much

available from the ticket office and there is

more than I had anticipated.

also an electric buggy available on request

All forest walking tracks connect to the

Proudly brought to you by:

world truly is. We sat undercover on the top

elevated walkway, cantilever and tower. The

to help elderly visitors. The tracks are very stroller and wheelchair friendly – wide enough

For more information call 4064 5294 or email mamu.rainforestcanopywalkway@derm.qld.

Win a Family pass We have a family pass to give away to one lucky reader. Simply email us at and tell us which group of Aboriginal people call this rainforest their home?

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Cairns regional gallery CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Daytripper ‘Geckos’

JUNE/JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM Enquire now for June/July School Holiday Workshops. Monday to Friday, 28 June - 2 July, repeated 5 July - 9 July. 10am - 12 noon. $80 per child per week or $18 per session** (**$28 for the ukulele painting session.). Monday: Weaving baskets in clay with Di Thompson. Tuesday: Painting boomerangs and shields with Napolean Oui. Wednesday: Painting in red with Beverley Budgen. Thursday: Decorating ukuleles with Hayley Gillespie. Friday: Weaving a wallhanging with Stephanie Milne.

Daytripper story thanks to Bree James


party & play


INTERTWINED: Indigineous fibre art from North Queensland MEN’S BUSINESS: New works by Napolean Oui QUEENSLAND DRAGON: Chinese in North PAINTINGS OF HOME & ABROAD: The art of Beverley Budgen

Bree James checks out the children’s party facilities at Gecko’s


Artist talks, weaving demonstrations and children’s activities from 10.30am - 3.30pm. Tel: 4046 4800 E: for further information


Cnr Abbott & Shields Sts Open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday. 1 - 5pm Sunday & Public Holiday

Celebrate your special occasion with an ICeCream Cake. Starting from only $39.95

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Party Plan 1

Party Plan 2 Entry, Skate Hire, Invitations Chips & Lollies, Hot Dogs, Hot Chips, Bottomless Drink, Slushy, Birthday Song, Tea & Coffee for Mum & Dad

field h t i m S *mention Pakmag and you can buy 1 get 1 free iCe Cream and or get $5 Off any iCe Cream Cake only in June so book your Cake now!!! only avaIlable at Wendy’S Smithfield ShOpping Centre Store

Shop 105, Smithfield Shopping Centre 4038 1341 36

$16/person $1 extra during night sessions

Entry, Skate Hire, Invitations Chips & Lollies on table Birthday Song, Tea & Coffee for Mum & Dad

$13/person $1 extra during night sessions

eing a children’s entertainer, you would

option. If you want a special theme or

plans for Sunday breakfasts, disco nights

think I’d be well prepared to host Jordan’s

decorations, just ask. Gecko’s has two play

and a monthly dinner night so stay tuned

first birthday. Well, if there’s one thing I do

areas: one is for the littlies (under 4) with

for updates. Gecko’s is open 7 days a week

know, it’s the importance of outsourcing as

well padded flooring and age appropriate

9.30am-5pm and located in the northern car

much as possible so you can also enjoy the

equipment. It’s also got Jordan’s favourite

park of the Smithfield Shopping Centre (next

party yourself. Choosing to hold your child’s

– the little self-drive cars that he can push

to Overflow). Don’t forget socks. Entry fees are:

party at a venue like Gecko’s makes it easy

himself around in. The second play area is for

and convenient for the parents and the kids

bigger kids and includes climbing equipment,

absolutely love it.

big slides, a hang glider and jumping castle.

Gecko’s has three private function rooms and

Between the play areas is a great café with

can cater for parties from 8-50 children. Party

reasonably priced snacks and drinks. You

Packages start from just $130 for 8 children

can’t take your own food in (except a cake if

and include admission with unlimited play

you’ve booked a room) but that’s fair enough

time for the kids, party hats and invitations,

given the amount of time you spend there.

party room hire with a party host for one

Importantly, as a parent, you can come here

hour and four types of party food. The food

for coffee, meet some other mums and

options include old favourites like party pies

actually relax while the kids have fun in a

and sausage rolls, chicken nuggets, cheerios

safe environment. Some days they organise

If you are looking for a family friendly party

and chocolate crackles as well as sandwiches

extra activities like cooking classes and craft

venue for a special occasion or Christmas Party,

and fruit platters for those wanting a healthier

activities. And, word has it, there are also

Gecko’s is available for after hour hire.


School Day

Non-School Day

0 - 12mths



1 - 2 yrs



3 - 11 yrs



Adults (incl drink)



All Child Entry: School Day or Non-School Day after 3pm is $5.00

Party Plan 3 Entry, Skate Hire, Invitations Chips & Lollies, Mini Meat Pies Chicken Nuggets, Bottomless Drink, Slushy, Birthday Song, Party Bag, Tea & Coffee for Mum & Dad

• All parties must be booked in $19/person and numbers confirmed 24 hours $1 extra during night sessions prior to your event. • A non-refundable deposit of $50 must be paid on booking. • Minimum number of party guests is 10. • Parents or siblings of party guests wishing to skate must pay session prices.

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Give me 5 for kids

give me 5 for kids

Activities Circus Arts

Help support the Cairns Base Children’s Ward

Story thanks to Elaine Seager

Give Me Five for Kids is an initiative of 99.5 Sea FM. It has been running in Cairns since June 2005 and raises money for our local Cairns Base Hospital Children’s Ward during a month long fundraising campaign encompassing various events and activities. Since it’s inception Sea FM have raised over

for those participating and drop it into Sea FM

on-air and then donate what you can for the

$160,000 which has helped fund a special


ticket when you redeem it at the candy bar.

[5] Come along to the Black Tie Benefit at

[10] Put together a team for the Trivia Night

the Reef Hotel Casino on the 12th of June.

at Cazalys on the 23rd and you could win

There will be an auction, DJ from Millennium

some great prizes. Call Cazalys for more info

entertainment, performances from the June

4054 1464.

“Giraffe” bed for the special care baby unit, the decoration of the burns room, and several other important items that the hospital can only purchase if money is raised by the community. This year they are hoping to raise a further $50,000. You can help support this great local cause in one of the following ways: [1] Make a donation in one of the tins -

Vale Dancers and a sumptuous Buffet Dinner with a drink on arrival. Tickets are $110 each. Call Renee Amadio for more info 4056 3579.

[11] Come along to PakMag’sTeddy Bears Picnic on 27th of June. Now in its 3rd year this event is a great highlight of the local family

[6] Under Art on Spence Street will be

calendar. Enter your teddy for a gold coin

holding an Art Auction on the 17th. Local

donation, make a kite with the family daycare

artists are encouraged to donate a picture to

mums, or buy something from the BBQ off the

auction, or you can come along on the night

crew from Calanna Pharmacy with all monies

and buy one.

raised going to the fund.

[7] The Your Fitness 24-hour Spin-a-Thon will

[12] Buy a Pak Directory for $2 from one of

be held on the 18th from 8am at Your Fitness

the Calanna Pharmacies, Sea FM reception,

at The Pier. To participate it costs $50 for the

and any GM5 event throughout June. There

bike and it must keep going for the whole 24

are only a limited number so don’t delay

[3] Join us for our Nurses and Doctors

hour period. So get a team together to take

getting one! This directory will be your local

PakClub at Cazaly’s from 5-7pm. There will be

shifts and join in all the fun.

FNQ family bible filled with all the local parks,

hundreds of tins are going to be distributed in the last days of May. Simply pop your loose change in and we will collect it at the end of the month [2] Pop down to the Hospital on the 1st June for the launch of the campaign. Potts and Pacey will be broadcasting live from 6-9am so go and drop them a donation.

heaps of medical themed games and heaps of prizes to be won. [4] Get your school, community group, work place, playgroup, sports team or family to dress up “band aid style” and take donations

[8] The McDonalds Cheeseburger Day will be on the 19th with $1 from every cheeseburger sold on the day going towards the fund. [9] Toy Story 3 is previewing at Central Cinemas on the 20th. Win a ticket first of all

Potts & Pacey the SeaFM Morning Crew


flying high Of all the circus acts my favourite is the flying trapeze so when Bree and I got the chance to have a go we didn’t hesitate. In fact, it’s the first time I’ve ever known Bree turn up early to anything!

services, activities, and events to look out for during the year. For more information about any of the events, please call reception on 4050 0800 or visit


ircus Arts Cairns have been running

why trapeze artists are so fit looking! It

Next time you’re down on the Esplanade for

High Flying Trapeze workshops on the

certainly uses muscles you may not have used

a morning or late afternoon walk check it

Esplanade (between the skate park and

for a while. All you really need is a gung-ho

out. It’s a great spectator sport and if you’re

Muddies) since April. I wasn’t sure what to

desire to try something new and thrilling

tempted, you can ask to do a “single swing” for

expect from a 90 minute class but by the end

and the ability to listen very carefully to

$20 if there’s space.

of it we both managed to swing upside down,

instructions. In our group we met Tamara, an

catch on to one of the coaches and do a

8 year old who had been coming to classes for

somersault down to the net. There’s no doubt

10 weeks and who managed to pull off some

it’s an adrenaline rush. From the moment we

pretty impressive tricks.

cautiously climbed up the wobbly ladder and stood high above the Esplanade we were a nervous wreck (even though you’re always

Circus Arts flying trapeze workshops run on Wed-Fri at 4pm with two classes at the weekends (9am & 4pm). There will be extra classes during the school holidays. Each class

The beginner’s workshop starts off with

lasts approximately 90 minutes (maximum

ground instructions and a practice on the low

12 participants). Costs are $55 for one class,

bar to make sure you’re well prepared for your

$175 for 5 classes or $420 for 15 classes if

first “flight”. Then you get 3 practice runs at

you’re seriously keen. For more information

weekday MorningS FroM 5.30aM

securely fastened even when climbing the

mastering your ‘trick position’ before having

call 0420 895021 or go to

on the loCal you know,

Anyone over the age of 5 can take part. You

two attempts at trying to make a catch where

au. They also do workshops in Mixed Circus

don’t need to be particularly acrobatic, strong

you grab the wrists of a catcher and fly away

Skills (ground based) and offer packages for

99.5 SeaFM CairnS.

or flexible although when my body started to

with them... just like you see in the circus. And

birthday parties, team building and other

ache afterwards I soon began to understand

that’s all in your first class!

special events.




irlen syndrome

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

this month’s entries

Jai loved by Marquis

or parents who have an apparently

Some of the symptoms of SSS include

in school. It is a visual problem but it’s

intelligent child who just doesn’t seem to

difficulty reading text on high gloss white

distinctly different from visual acuity and

perform well in school, it can be frustrating

paper, print that shifts, shakes, blurs, moves,

refractive errors so visual examinations by

trying to understand what is preventing their

doubles, disappears, or becomes difficult to

ophthalmologists and optometrists will

child from fulfilling their obvious potential.

perceive and problems concentrating while

not detect it. Research has indicated that

Most people are aware of reading or learning

reading or doing school work. Many have

the difficulty may lie in the brain’s ability to

difficulties but research has shown that

difficulty staying on task, take breaks, look

accurately process information.

50% of those with reading difficulties are

away, and become restless, fidgety or overly

actually suffering from a little known disorder


called Irlen Syndrome or Scotopic Sensitivity

Bill Spooner is a qualified Irlen diagnostician and can offer an initial assessment to

span, listening, energy levels and motivation.

determine whether or not these are due to

This problem can coexist with other learning

Irlen Syndrome. Research has shown a 90%

SSS is a perceptual problem that prevents

difficulties. Some people diagnosed with

success rate with the Irlen method which

an estimated 10-12% of the population from

autism, dyslexia, or ADD may be, in addition,

includes using precision tinted filters worn as

being able to learn, read or study efficiently.

also suffering from SSS.

glasses. These are created for each individual

difficulty with reading and learning.

Until now, it has baffled educators and the Rico & Asko loved by Noah

scientific community because it remains undetected by standard educational, visual and medical tests.

Email your photo, name/s & address to: • Deadline for photos is 21 June 2010 for the July 2010 edition of Pakmag.

prize winners

Congratulations to our May prize winners!

[1] Charlotte Cairns, Babinda

[1] Sonja Leoni

“dumb”, “stupid”, or “lazy” and teachers and parents become frustrated with them because attempts at remediation have little effect. But, in fact, these children are trying a lot harder

and sometimes their environment differently.

than most to lean.

They must constantly make adaptations and compensate and may be unaware of the extra energy and effort they are putting into

battle of the brains

Often these individuals have been labeled

Individuals with SSS perceive the printed page

reading and perceiving.

colour in to win

cause of your child’s difficulties at school,

strain or fatigue, can also affect attention

diagnosed but which can cause tremendous

Jai loved by Nikita

If you’re wondering what might be the

Inefficient or poor reading comprehension,

Syndrome. It is a condition that is rarely

May winner!

For more information call 4041 3232

Little known and often undiagnosed, Irlen Syndrome can cause seemingly bright children to have difficulties in school.

F Honey loved by Olly

Bill Spooner Academy

Irlen is something you’re born with. However help is available for children to compensate for their difficulties and to perform well

to reduce or eliminate perception difficulties and scotopic sensitivity. The results show better reading comprehension, speed and accuracy, improved attention and academic performance as well as more effective study time and greater motivation.

For more info about Irlen Syndrome contact Bill Spooner’s Coaching Academy on 4041 3232 or

cleaning by us [1] Matt Wheatley, Brinsmead

[2] Errol Diefenbach, Redlynch [3] Nina Wylie, Mount Sheridan [4] Portia Armstrong, Cairns [5] Caitlyn Cullen, Edmonton [6] Tamzyn Miller, Brinsmead

Stockland trolley [1] Nic Chirio [2] Tabitha Jones [3] Michael Holman 40

word scramble [1] Alannah Guiffrida

hug a bub [1] Nerida Jeffery

norwex cleaning [1] Ashton Morris

organic baby cocoon [1] Leanne Jamison

designer mums [1] Melinda Simpson

code breaker [1] Jack Burnside Kuranda


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Mumpreneurs are the fastest growing sector of the Australian economy. Bree James reports on the rise of the ultimate jugglers who want to have it all. Mumpreneur is the term used to describe

Connect2mums provides a safe and

experts and celebrate the success of the best

mums who also want to able to fulfill their

supportive environment for women in

and brightest in the industry.

potential as an entrepreneur. In the 3 years

online businesses to get together and share

since PakMag launched we’ve seen an

information, network and gain support.

explosion in the number of local businesses

The site provides members with relevant

owned by local mums who have approached

information and opportunities to interact

us for support. These women are typically

and socialise with other mums across

successful, confident and innovative

Australia and New Zealand. Friday night live

entrepreneurs who choose to be self-

chats, newsletters, product reviews, real-life

employed in their own business while also

events, competitions and articles are just

caring for their children and families. They

some of the ways women get connected

are often driven to become their own bosses

at Connect2mums. These are professional

The AusMumpreneur Awards recognise

Flip Ripley

by the desire for their work life to be more

women who value their time with their

those achieving success in areas such as

creative and flexible around their family life.

children but are also highly ambitious and

business, product development, services

Magic shows • Characters • Clowning Comedy workshops • Juggling Unicycles • Comic telegrams

Two of these mumpreneurs are Peace

want to feel successful as businesswomen.

and innovation in both online and bricks and

They believe that when it comes to success in

mortar businesses from around Australia.

career and in family you can have it all.

Business owners can either nominate

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Brighten your child’s room with personalised art


Mitchell and Katy Garner from Innisfail. They launched their own book in June 2009 ‘What

The Mumpreneurs Conference will be a weekend of motivation, inspiration, networking and celebration. It includes two days of workshops with leading business experts to provide Mums in business the skills to move their business to the next level and keep them motivated, balanced and organised.

themselves or someone they know for each of

I wish I knew before I became a mother’, a

Peace and Katy are also in the process

collection of heart warming and uplifting tips

of organising the first Connect2mums

and advice that they wrote and illustrated

Mumpreneurs Conference and

together based on the lessons learnt as new

AusMumpreneur Awards to be held in

mothers. By November they had also become

Brisbane on 31 July-1 Aug. Their goal is to

For more info on the Mumpreneurs

editors of the online networking community

provide even more opportunities for women

Conference or the AusMumpreneur Awards

‘Connect2mums’, Australia’s leading online

from all over Australia to come together

visit or email

community for Mumpreneurs with more than

to gain new skills, connect with fellow

2000 members Australia wide.

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Pass the Parcel Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

pass the parcel Pass the parcel has been around for years and still brings joy to children today. Over the years many new variations of the game have been adapted and all of them are fun depending on the occasion. ‘Only One Winner’ Pass the Parcel: This is the traditional version where only one gift is wrapped in many layers of newspaper and guests sit in a circle and pass the parcel around. When the music stops whoever is holding the parcel gets to unwrap a layer of newspaper, but the only winner is the person who unwraps the final layer of newspaper. The ‘Gift In Each Wrapper’ Pass the Parcel: Many party organisers prefer to include a small gift in each wrapper so each person who unwraps a layer of newspaper during the game wins something. Small gifts for each layer can be lollypops, stickers, twirly straws or some other small party favour. However, the party guest who unwraps the final layer of newspaper wins something a little more significant that the items in each other layer.

singing a nursery rhyme, putting on a hat and scarf, shaking hands with everyone in the circle, playing the rest of the game with one hand behind their back, putting lipstick on, making farm or zoo animal noises, whistling or running round the circle twice. The older the children the more challenging the forfeits can be. The ‘Get To Know You’ Pass the Parcel: This pass the parcel isn’t played to music, instead each wrapper has a question so guests can get to know each other and then decide amongst themselves who gets to unwrap that layer. Questions can include Who has the longest name? Who has the most brothers and sisters? Or Who has the funniest middle name? This version is more suited to kids aged eight or over.

Trivia Pass the Parcel: This is a good one for slightly older kids and is a good one for filling time. Questions obviously need to be age-appropriate, but they can be on any topic such as nursery rhymes, sport, music or television shows. Examples of questions could be; Goldilocks visited how many bears? What was Hansel’s sister’s name? What did Humpty Dumpty fall off? How many stepsisters did Cinderella have? Charades Pass the Parcel: This pass the parcel has an action or person written on a piece of paper between each layer. The party host can start by acting out the first charade and the person who guesses the answer correctly gets to unwrap the next layer. The game continues this way until

This variation is often good for small children

The ‘How Well Do You Know The Party Girl or

someone unwraps the last layer to receive the

who are learning to share and often have

Boy’ Pass the Parcel:


For this version each wrapper can have a

Themed Pass the Parcels:

trouble understanding why they can’t unwrap every layer and why they haven’t won a prize. A small gift in each wrapper means each toddler wins a prize. The Forfeits or Dares Pass the Parcel: Including a forfeit or dare in each wrapper can be fun, as long as the action to be performed isn’t embarrassing or makes party guests feel uncomfortable. Fun forfeits can include wearing a wig until the end of the game,


question about the party host and the guest who answers the question correctly first, gets to unwrap that layer and so on. Questions can be about a sport the host plays, something unusual they collect, their favourite hangout, their favourite song or book, etc. This particular pass the parcel works best for smaller parties where all guests are close

Pass the parcel can be themed with trivia questions or charades being placed between each layer to tie in to the theme. For an Australia Day barbecue a pass the parcel can have trivia questions about Australia and for a safari party it can include animal charades. You are only limited by your imagination.

friends with the host.


daddy diary 14 Potts, one half of the Sea FM morning crew, continues his chronicles of first time fatherhood Well it’s finally happened. The thing I’d been dreading most and other parents had warned me about. TEETHING! Our little angel no longer sleeps through the night, the first screams start around 11pm. Luckily for me the wife gets up to look after him but it stills wakes everyone in the house and maybe even the street with his screaming.

World Environment Day is June 5. How are you helping the environment?

Movie of the Month GeT HiM TO THe GReeK

Hilarious new Comedy Get Him to the Greek reunites Jonah Hill and Russell Brand with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller in the story of a record company intern with two days to drag an uncooperative rock legend to Hollywood for a comeback concert. The comedy is the latest film from producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People).  

‘We feed our chooks kitchen scraps to reduce the waste we send to the landfill. My kids love them and they’re great for the environment.’

Aaron Greenberg (Hill) gets things done. The ambitious 23-year-old has exaggerated his way into a dream job just in time for a career-making assignment.  His mission: Fly to London and escort a rock god to L.A.’s Greek Theatre for the first-stop on a $100-million tour.  His warning: Turn your back on him at your own peril.

Amanda Mathiot

British rocker Aldous Snow (Brand) is a brilliant musician. Weary of “yes” men and with piles of money, the former front man is searching for the meaning of life.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t have a bit of fun while he finds it.  When he learns his true love is in California, Aldous makes it his quest to win her back… right before kick-starting his world domination.

All the tell-tale signs were there - dribbling saliva, grabbing his ears, me booking a trip to Melbourne. There really isn’t much we could do for him besides Kids Panadol and Hyland’s teething tablets. This week we’ve got a double whammy, the top front two teeth (try saying that without teeth) are coming through at the same time. This should take his teeth tally up to 4. Only another 20 to go… Noah has also been getting up some speed with his commando

‘Esther helps the world by helping people in need. As a mental health professional, Esther improves the world of her patients.’

crawling so we’ve invested in a baby gate to put at the top of the stairs. So it was off to Toys R Us again, the scene of many an argument with the wife about how much we should spend

Esther Cezan

on a cot. This time there were no arguments, it was a pretty straightforward purchase. We are now the proud owners of an Everywhere Safety Gate. The good thing is Noah can’t work out how to open it yet. The bad news is it will soon be covered in bite marks.

‘Emma is being environmentally friendly by starting a local branch of Norwex - a company, producing chemical free cleaning products.’

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As the countdown to the concert begins, one intern must navigate a minefield of London drug smugglers, New York City brawls and Vegas lap dancers to deliver his charge safe and, sort of, sound. He may have to coax, lie to, enable and party with Aldous, but Aaron will get him to the Greek.

Book your private screening in cinema by emailing or call 4052 1166

Emma Lodge 46


Time for a break jokes


My Mother taught me LOGIC ... “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION ... “Just wait until your father gets home.” My Mother taught me about RECEIVING ... “You are going to get it when we get home!”

My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE ... “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”

My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE ... “What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you ... Don’t talk back to me!”

My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD ... “If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get good job.”

Mini Crossword

Down (1) Pouch (2) Chromaticity (3) Large vase (4) Snappy (5) Rind (6) Fruit (7) Eclat (13) Relating to a city (14) Location of something (15) Affirm (16) Sort (19) Anger (20) Prevarication (21) Boy or man


w o h s s Cairn

0 1 0 2 J u ly

21 -2 3 sT


w o h S l a n o i g e R .1 Australia’s No Across (1) Eschew (5) Young canine (8) Nimbus (9) Self (10) Coin (11) Type of tree (12) Bulbous plant (14) Woodland deity (17) Type of vine (18) Beak (22) Summit (23) Elaborate song for solo voice (24) Female sheep (25) Requirement

w o h S l a n o i g e R .1 o N Australia’s


Match the Miss Universe contestants with their winning year

Visit or call Stockland Cairns on 4054 3066 for more information

1. Jennifer Hawkins

1. 1995

2. Stefania Fernandez

2. 1983

3. Natalie Glebova

3. 2004

4. Chelsi Smith

4. 2009

5. Lorraine Downes

5. 2005

Email or post your answers to us: or PO BOX 7433 Cairns 4870. Don’t forget to include details. Entries close 16th June 2010

“Just the best day ever” 48 537 Mulgrave Road, Earlville Tel: 4054 3066 Fax: 4054 7340

Daisy Jones - Age 9 - Cairns North

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