Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Get busy like a bee
Bees are a very important part of our natural environment, but sometimes us mere mortals tend to forget that and take these busy little insects for granted. Perhaps, it's because we don't really realise how important they really are.
Get busy like a bee at these workshops over the school holidays - Image: The Ginger Factory FB
Bees pollinate plants, which means they carry pollen between plants of different sexes to fertilise them, or even between different parts of the same plant, which helps plants to reproduce. Bees even help plants survive by preventing inbreeding.
Australian native bees don't store nectar and therefore generally cannot produce honey, at least not in sufficient amounts for our consumption. This is the main reason that European honey bees were introduced into Australia about two hundred years ago - to produce honey.
Did you know that one honey bee probably only produces a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its whole life. So, if you do the maths, it would take approximately twelve hundred bees to create 500 grams of honey.
Make bees feel welcome by helping them out with a home - Image: author
Over the September school holidays, The Ginger Factory are running Busy Bee Hotel Workshops. Children, aged between five and fifteen years of age, will have the opportunity to learn about bees plus learn about running and managing their very own Bee Hotel. The Busy Bee Hotel Workshops will encourage children and teenagers to get creative with decorating their own masterpieces and finishing off with their very own naming rights.
These exclusive Busy Bee workshops will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school holidays from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Lookout for the Gruffalo, who will be making an appearance every day - Image: author via Gruffalo Spotter 2 App
Why not plan for a whole day trip to The Ginger Factory? I hear tell that the Gruffalo has been in winter hibernation for the past few months, but is planning on 'coming out' in time for the school holidays. Keep a lookout for the real-life Gruffalo, he will be making an appearance every day during the school holidays.
The Overboard Boat Ride is always a favourite with families, including mine. Join the gingerbread man on an adventure around the world as he ducks and dives to escape the clutches of the world's hungry chefs. Overboard is a boat ride suitable for the whole family with music and animated puppetry featuring more than two hundred handmade moving puppets.
FREE Entry to The Ginger Factory for everyone - Image: author
The Ginger Factory are very proud to have been nominated for the RACQ People's Choice Queensland Tourism Experience Awards, as part of their partnership with the Queensland Tourism Awards. Please VOTE for The Ginger Factory, via this link and you will automatically go into the draw to win one of five $1000 Repco gift vouchers. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Vote for The Ginger Factory for a chance to win a Repco gift voucher - Image: The Ginger Factory FB