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Don't be bored - adventure awaits these holidays
5 Different School Holiday Courses for Kids Summer 2012/2013
At the moment the prospect of summer holidays is delightful: long, hot days, Christmas in the offing, everyone full of seasonal, good cheer. But after the presents have all been unwrapped, the turkey and ham demolished and the kids finally tire of their computer games, what then? Get them outside of course, out in the fresh air and sunshine, boosting their vitamin D and fitness levels, and having a great time as well.
While there's nothing wrong with the regular sporting programs and activities offered by local councils and sports providers your child may be more tempted by something a bit out of the ordinary. So if you want to think outside the sporting box this summer here are some great courses available in Brisbane and surrounds during December and January.
I bet you thought you had to go all the way to the Gold Coast for surfing lessons. Wrong. Get Wet Surf School also provide lessons by highly qualified instructors at Whitewater World at Coomera (not quite all the way to the Gold Coast). They offer a money-back guarantee that you will be able to stand during your first lesson. The cost is $75 for a 2 hour lesson, which includes use of the board and photos of your lesson on CD. See all the information here.
Of course they also provide lessons at Surfers Paradise, where prices range from $20 per person for a family lesson (2 adults and 2 children) to $95 for a private lesson. See details here.
I've only ever played one round of golf (the less said, the better) but my husband and sons tell me it's great fun. At least that's what they say after a good round, I probably can't print what they say after a bad round. That aside, golf is good exercise for the mind and body and you're never too young to learn. Victoria Park is at 223 Herston Road, Herston in Brisbane's inner north. They offer 2 hour junior golf clinics for kids aged 4 to 8 and 2 day junior golf camps for kids aged 6 to 17 these summer holidays. Prices range from $39 for the clinics to $150 for the camps. See here for details, dates and times.
Brisbane Golf Club also offers school holiday junior golf clinics. Please call (07) 3848 3158 for details.
Summer Adventure Pass
Image from Riverlife website
Can't decide whether you'd like the kids to learn kayaking, paddle boarding or abseiling? You don't have to. With a Summer Adventure Pass from Riverlife Adventure Centre at Kangaroo Point Brisbane residents aged over 8 can participate in instructed tours (equipment hire included) in all of these adventure activities, as well as bike riding and roller blading. The pass is valid from 1 December 2012 to 1 March 2013 and it's only $49. Depending on how often you use the pass it could be worth hundreds of dollars. You can book online here or call (07) 3891 5766 for more information and to make sure you understand the fine print.
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly has a variety of learn to sail courses and sailing activities for summer fun in the sun.
The very popular Sail and Play course involves sailing, raft building, fishing, nautical knots, navigation and more. The December course is already booked out but at the time of writing places are still available for the January sessions. You can book your child in for just one day at $70 or all five days for a discounted rate of $300, and everything in between. See all booking information here. You might even meet Jessica Watson on the opening day (January 7)
Brisbane's own Flipside Circus runs a range of circus classes in December and January at their Alderley training centre. For the littlies there is Wriggles and Giggles ($25), where parents are also encouraged to participate, or try 15 Tricks in 1 Day Workshops for 6 to 16 year olds ($160 per child) or 5 Day Circ-cation Workshops for 7 to 16 year olds ($590 including all meals and drinks). See here for all details and dates.