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Top 10 Activities to do with Kids or How to Rock Parenting

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by Lesley Mitchell (subscribe)
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Published February 23rd 2015
Go from Dad jokes to Rock Star Parent, secret guide
We've all seen the pictures of stressed out parents and screaming kids and none of us want to be that. Deep down we all secretly want to be "Rock Star" Parents/Guardians/Aunty or Uncles.

We want to get it right and be the cool dude parents who the other kids are envious of, so how to get started? What are some suggestions that could take you from dad jokes to rock star parent?

Toss out the "chilling on the couch while the kids are begging to do something" role model and jump into some of these great suggestions.

To get the ball rolling here's a few of my suggestions:

Movies and theatres are always fun and if you're really pooped you may even sneak in a cheeky nap. Try Gold Class or here's a list of the rock star parenting cinemas.

Sometimes you just need a little bit of relaxation and a chill out zone that the kids will join in with you - a perfect way to achieve this is at Peninsula Hot Springs where you can lazily soak the day away.

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bathe the day away at Peninsula Hot Springs

Sometimes a bit of fresh air is just the ticket, here's some great tips for Bushwalking with Kids.

Take the kids Tree Surfing at Arthurs Seat. Deck yourself out in the gear and join them - they will think you are the best.

I remember when I was a kid... well OK, maybe not that recently, but take them to the Yarra Valley for a spot of olde worlde archery at Yarra Valley Archery Park.

Sometimes this parenting thing gets expensive, budgets are stretched to the limits and you still want to do something fun with the kids. Here's a list of free things to do with the kids in the city and Top 10 Free Activities to do with Kids Outside the Melbourne CBD, so you can still rock it, with little or no wallet damage done.

A trip to Phillip Island would make a great day with a fun visit to A Maze'N Things Holiday Park.

Whilst you are visiting Phillip Island take a detour to Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate where, in true Willy Wonka fashion, every 3 minutes the chocolate waterfall showers down 400kgs of chocolate. Then not only are the kids allowed to play with the chocolate machine, they can make their own chocolate art and then eat it as it pops out the other end of the conveyor.

Waiting exitedly for their creations

Remember when we were kids, the old fashioned lolly shops where you could drool over all the sweets and then finally make your selection? Well there's still a couple of these around and one of them can be found at Warrandyte Lollies and Treats.

Take a step back in time and head to Ballarat for the day. You can visit Sovereign Hill, where the kids can see how life was lived back in the gold rush days, then head out to Creswick and take your own private Gold Tour with Creswick Gold Tours. You never know, you may even strike it rich. Wow how cool would you be then.

A visit back through the nearby Daylesford and a dip in the Daylesford Mineral Baths, followed by a browse in the curio shops and high tea in Daylesford before the trip back to Melbourne. If you possibly had spare time here, for a spot of history and fun you could even join in a GPS Treasure Hunt at Lake Daylesford.

Stay in a jungle treehouse with zoo animals in Canberra at the Jungle Bungalows at National Zoo & Aquarium Canberra.

If you make it to the UK, here's a few of our suggestions for London's Top Five Wackiest Restaurants.

If Bali is on your agenda, there will be plenty to keep the kids amused but for a touch of wow, take them for dinner at Frankensteins Laboratory Theatre Restaurant. You'll achieve rock star status.

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Looking so clean, amongst the dancing dead *Image copyright Lesley Mitchell

Over to you: We would love to hear your suggestions.
Where do you love to get away to for the day with the kids? What's your favourite must see / must do with kids or what can you think of that would really rock this parenting trip?

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