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If there’s one thing we love more than awesome school holiday activities, it’s FREE awesome school holiday activities. We’ve rounded up our top ten faves for you below.

Hit the beach
We’ve missed long hot days at the beach, haven’t you? Sure, the weather is a little temperamental at the moment, but if it’s too cold, just make some sand castles! When the weather’s warm, hit the water for some boogie boarding, body surfing or actual surfing, or just opt for a classic beach comb. You can even make up some craft activities with broken branches and shells you find.

Scavenger hunt
Nothing keeps the kids occupied like a scavenger hunt, even if it’s just hiding random household objects around the place. Sure, it’s a little time consuming to set up, but once you’ve done it, your kids will be busy for ages (especially if you “accidentally” forget to hide one of the items you’ve hinted at). 

Start a book club
We’re not talking meeting up with your girlfriends every month – though we totally recommend doing that, too. We mean giving your children a reading task every day, whether it’s a chapter, a page or an interesting piece of reading material, and meeting up at the end of the day to discuss it. You’ll be amazed by the conversations that come from talking about something someone’s read.

Baking
Get clever in the kitchen and bake your heart out these school holidays! Whether it’s a recipe by our resident foodie, Georgia Harding (www.wellnourished.com.au) or whipping up your latest pin on Pinterest, get the kids in the kitchen and try a school holiday activity you’ll all love. Check out our recipe archive right here // www.havenmagazine.com.au/category/wellbeing/food

Vision boarding
We love vision boarding – not just here at haven magazine, but in our own homes, too! Grab a pile of old magazines, some scissors and a large sheet of paper and get vision boarding. Your vision board can include anything, whether it’s a piece of clothing you’d love to have or a hobby you want to pick up.

Explore your local botanic garden
Botanic gardens are totally magical, aren’t they? There’s something about the bursting flowers and beautiful streams that make them so different to your standard park. Plan a picnic in your local botanic garden, or even just go for a stroll – we promise, it will be an afternoon very well spent.

Bike rides
Get some exercise and some fresh air and have a blast at the same time, exploring your neighbourhood (or a little further afield) from the back of your bike. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bike tracks here in south-east Queensland – check out this article from our sister mag, scout // www.scoutmagazine.com.au/beachside-bikin

Crafting
You don’t need to duck out to Spotlight to get materials for a crafting sesh – you’ll likely find everything you need in your own home! Old t-shirts make for awesome tote bags, leaves and flowers are perfect for painting and, when all else fails, whip out the food colouring and make some marbled paper or ‘fireworks’ in a glass.

Free fun with your local council
From Kids Collective in South Bank and Roma Street Parklands to workshops, talks and reading sessions at your local library, there are a bevvy of free activities to be found around town. A quick Google will reveal what’s close to you.

Active & Healthy
From running groups to team sports and even outdoor yoga sessions, there’s something for everyone on the City of Gold Coast’s Active & Healthy program. The best part? Almost all of it is free and, where not, super affordable – we’re talking as cheap as a gold coin donation. Check out our run-down of our favourite events // www.havenmagazine.com.au/i-can-be-active-healthy

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