It’s winter school holiday time, which means plenty of reasons to huddle up inside, out of the cold, or head out into the sunshine for some much-needed defrosting. whichever you prefer, give these family ideas a try!

Indoor fun

Host a movie marathon

There’s nothing like snuggling up inside on a cold night (or day!) so gather the kids and your cosiest blankets and host a movie marathon at home. All you’ll need is a Netflix or Stan subscription (or a DVD player, if you’re old-school), a dark room and plenty of popcorn. And, if you’re planning on hitting the cinemas these school holidays, you’ll be in for a treat. Don’t miss out on The Secret Life of Pets 2, Toy Story 4 and The Lion King when they hit cinemas this June/July.

Get your skates on

Whether you prefer wheels or ice, a skating session is one of the best ways to spend your school holidays – it’s secretly exercise (perfect) for working off the inevitable holiday treats) and kids very rarely get sick of it. The best part? You can set up shop on the sidelines with your laptop, getting work done or just about anything else done while your kids skate up a storm.

Make your own fun

There are plenty of DIY ways to have fun indoors – from painting to cubby- making, card games, board games, dress-ups, and more – but if your kids are tired of the classic options, why not get creative making your own versions of some fun activities? Turn empty bottles into bowling pins, put a mattress on the floor as a makeshift trampoline or have your children set up their own scavenger hunt (it will keep them busy for hours).

Hit the museum

Just because the kids aren’t at school, it doesn’t mean they should stop learning. A trip to your local art gallery or museum will open their eyes to brand new things and fill their heads with interesting facts and ideas, and there are often kid-friendly activities to get involved in, too. There are plenty of interesting galleries and museums to visit – from the Gold Coast War Museum to Brisbane’s Maritime Museum, there’s always more to explore.

Mini Masterchef

Is there anything better than freshly baked goodies on a cold winter’s day? Get your kids in the kitchen and bake up a storm, whether it’s a gooey batch of choc-chip cookies, a healthy slice or an after-dinner delight (super- chocolatey brownies are our personal favourites). The best part? You’ll keep them entertained for a good chunk of time and have a delicious reward to enjoy after. And promise us you won’t stress about the mess – it’s half the fun!

Outdoor fun

On your bike

Get the blood pumping and see the city from the seat of a bike these winter holidays. The cooler weather means you can happily spend hours outdoors without getting too hot and sweaty, so make a day out of it and pack a picnic to enjoy when you find a picturesque resting spot. A quick Google will reveal the best bike paths near you.

Take a hike

Is it just us, or are mountain ranges even more beautiful during winter? Much like with bike riding, hiking in winter is ideal because you don’t have to worry about overheating. Make the most of the cooler weather and take on one of the longer hikes in Springbrook National Park, or whichever hiking spot is closest to you.

Picnic in the park

We love picnicking all year ‘round, but getting outside and basking in the sun – while munching on delicious sandwiches and cheese platters – is pretty much unbeatable. Pick a park with a great playground and settle in for hours of good, clean family fun. You’ll find some more of our ideas on Page 31.

Catch a game

Don your team’s colours and hit a nearby stadium to watch one of our many impressive local sports teams play at home. From the Brisbane Broncos and the Reds, to the Titans and Gold Coast Suns further south, we really are spoilt for sporting choice. Not to mention, the Queensland Firebirds have moved into their new home at the Queensland State Netball Centre on Brisbane’s southside, and they’re quite the force to be reckoned with.

Walk through history

How much time have you spent exploring your local history? Both Brisbane and the Gold Coast are home to some incredible heritage trails, that will literally let you take a step back in time to discover local secrets and important milestones. Head to your local city council website to find out where to start.



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