3. Get the kids to put on a fashion show and join in. Make sure you film it or take photos to send to your partner at work (or grandparents) to give them a smile. Memories in the making. Cost $: FREE
4. At the start of the school holidays, plant seedlings or sow seeds that the children have picked themselves from your local garden centre of hardware store. Try to pick plants that are fast growing so your children can watch them grow over the holiday period. Have a graph or take photos to take note of which plants grew the fastest. My children have plant races! Cost $: $10-20 approx.
5. Whether or not you have a garden, you can have so much fun collecting recyclable pots, decorating them, filling them with potting mix (or dirt from your garden) and sowing some seeds. Buy some 'tester' pots of outdoor paint from your local hardware store in bright colours and set your little Picasso's to work. Cost $: $10-20 approx.
6. Walk or park your car at your closest City Cat terminal and take a ride to Southbank for a swim or to New Farm Park for a play. Cost $: $10-20 approx
7. Bush walk through one of the many State or National Parks such as Mt Cootha Forest Park, Toohey Forest, Mt Nebo or Mt Glorious. Mt Glorious is usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Brisbane and is a great way to get out of the heat. Pack a simple picnic for a snack after your walk. Cost $: Petrol or bus fare.
Bushwalking is a fun and healthy activity for kids
8. Rollerblade, skateboard, scoot or ride your bikes around the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Enjoy all the different species of plants and read the placards describing all sorts of interesting information about where they came from. Cost $: Parking metre
9. Visit the Museum and Art Gallery. Entry is free for most exhibitions. Then you can walk along the river boardwalk for a swim at Southbank. Cost $: Packed lunch your bus/train fare or Parking is $15 if you want to use their carpark. Street parking along Montague Road is also available.
10. Got a tent? Camp-out in your garden or living room if you have little ones. This is one of my childhood favourites. Dad would put the TV in the back yard for us on an extension cable and we would watch telly under the stars or make a little (supervised) camp fire. Cost $: FREE