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by S Lynn (subscribe)
A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
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From the 27th of October to the 2nd of December 2012, the Moreton Bay Regional Council sport and recreational unit is organising an outdoor recreation program for children aged between 7 to 17 years and their parents/carers.

The Moreton Bay Region is blessed by beautiful natural landscapes, coastal views and sandy beaches which makes the perfect base for adventure activities as well as active events. The baby boomer generation are well aware of the lures of fresh, open air and the simplicity of the great outdoors. In contrast, the latest generation occasionally need a bit of a gentle reminder of what resources are naturally available on their doorstep away from their laptops, televisions and computer games.

The lure of the beach
The lure of the beaches in the Moreton region

The options available in the Moreton Bay Region are endless paddling, surfing, climbing, biking, hiking, walking, swimming - the options are only limited by our imagination. With the weather warming up, this is the perfect opportunity to check out what's in store.

The Moreton Bay Council has lined up an extensive program aimed to provide new experiences to locals as well as to challenge daily habits. A great way to combat obesity and promote health, the activities are custom made for families to allow you to meet other like-minded adventurous people on a budget.

Families (max 2 adults & 3 children) can book up to 3 great activities. If your kids love a paddle, there are canoeing adventure sessions at Talobilla Park, Klingner Road, Kippa Ring for budding Robinson Crusoes. Costing only $2 per person for a two hour session, your kids will build up their love for the water. If indoor rock climbing is more their thing, Pine Rivers PCYC at Bray Park has a two hour session, also for $2 per person. The perfect way to build up muscles and gain strength. Once you and your child have mastered rock climbing, try abseiling at Baden Powel Park, Sanford for a $5 session or rock-climbing at the beautiful Glass House Mountains.

Picture by Stan Shebs Wikimedia Commons

If surfing is your thing, learn how to surf at Bribie SLSC, Woorim Beach. For only $2 per person, you may have a budding Kelly Slater on your hands. Or try stand-up paddle surfing, which is the latest celebrity craze at the moment to practise your balancing skills.

Picture by Nevit Dilmen wikimedia commons

If somehow, your family tend to shy away from the sea and are scared of the water, why not try horse-riding lessons in Ocean View and admire the majestic view of the mountains and Hinterland? You won't have to reach far into your wallet either at $5 per person for an activity that normally costs closer to $100. Mountain biking is another option, a 3 hour session at Albany creek for children over 9 years old.

With the line-up of quality and exciting activities available, it won't be difficult to drag your children off the couch with the assurance that this entertainment will not break the bank. Staying fit and healthy has never been this easy. View the full programme here.

For more information, brochures are available from council libraries, venues and customer service centres.

For all activities, remember to rub on the sunscreen, wear suitable clothing, enclosed footwear and bring a water bottle to keep you and your family hydrated. Bookings are made online and via the phone from 9am to 5pm from the 10th of October to the 22nd of October 2012. Phone: (07) 3205 0555
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Why? Get your Family Fit and Healthy for the Summer
When: 10 October - 22 October
Phone: (07) 3205 0555
Where: Moreton Bay Regional Council
Cost: $2 - $5
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