Get creative these school holidays!
School holidays are here again! To keep you busy, we’ve put together a collection of activities for you and the family. These activities include adventurous outings, plus some easy home days.
These activities will get the kids thinking outside of the box, finding new hobbies and learning new skills, thinking about teamwork, resourcefulness and innovation, all while keeping everyone active.
The school holidays are a great time to encourage team bonding activities!
- Try a new sport with friends or family - Encourage the kids to learn teamwork skills by getting into a new sport at your local leisure centre! Participating in a sport is a great way to meet new friends or build existing relationships with others. Weekly sport can also create excitement and give kids some new skills to work on at home. Home practice is a fantastic way to keep the family fit and working on sports skills.
- Get into swimming lessons - Summer is fast approaching, so it’s a great time to get water safe! Swimming lessons run in groups, with a qualified teacher, so they are a fun way for kids to interact with other children, their teacher and learn to be safe all at once!
- Day at the local swimming pool with friends and family - Get the kids involved in picking some healthy snacks and choosing their favourite SunSmart hat for a swim at the local pool. You could even think of some games to play or some swimming contests!
Resourcefulness is a valuable skill to teach your kids by thinking about the tools or materials you already have and how you can utilise them in different ways!
Build a tent, tepee or cubby house in the backyard - You can use a tent or challenge the kids to use household items such as bed sheets or blankets, clothes pegs, chairs and cardboard boxes to create an afternoon tea event or an overnight sleepover!
Set up an indoor or outdoor bowling alley - Set up a backyard bowling alley with items such as plastic bottles or containers to be the pins, and a tennis ball. Draw up a scoreboard on some coloured paper to track the game!
Walk to the local park for a healthy picnic or visit the playground - Get the kids to choose their favourite local park for a day’s entertainment and some exercise.
Inspire Innovation!Getting everyone involved to create a game or activity is a great way to encourage innovative thinking!
- Draw chalk hopscotch or roadmap on the ground outside - Get creative with the kids and create a hopscotch design or a map where they can play safely ride scooters, bikes, tricycles.
- Set up a fitness obstacle course - Set up a course using light objects like outdoor toys, plastic chairs and buckets. Then get the family or kids to create a plan with some quick, safe drills at each station. For example, you could do 10-star jumps, two handstands, or five star jumps at each station.
- Hold a scavenger hunt in the backyard - Get the kids thinking about nifty tricks and challenges by hiding items in unique places around the yard and creating clues to find them. Take it in turns to set up the game and then have fun!
- Set up an audience and perform a dance routine - Get the kids moving and excited through a dance contest with some judges! Ask the kids to gather their favourite toy audience or see if some family members are free to watch the new routine via zoom!
Taking the family to some new outdoor locations with beautiful surrounding scenery is a great way to spend time with the kids and let them put their explorer's hat on! Check out some cool family-friendly spots in QLD below:
- Lake Wivenhoe - Located in the Somerset region, Lake Wivenhoe is found approximately 90 minutes-drive north-west of Brisbane. Here you can enjoy barbecues, picnics, playgrounds and camping grounds, canoeing and kayaking, multi-use trails for walking, running, mountain biking and horse-riding all in a picturesque natural environment.
- Scenic Rim - the Scenic Rim is located just a short 80 kilometres from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with spectacular lookouts, historic national parks, adventure activities, farm stays and rare wildlife within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area Park, there is something for everyone.
- Byron Bay - Byron Bay is a quaint coastal town located on the far north coast of NSW, Australia. This famous destination is home to Australia's most easterly point, which also houses the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse and beautiful beaches!
Make sure to have fun these school holidays by challenging yourself to create new activities using some of the suggestions we’ve provided!
Remember to stay safe and follow the local state Government COVID-19 requirements.
To access more activities and games online visit the 'Kids' section in Home Fitness Network!