I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Published April 3rd 2013
Get the kids out of the house these holidays
If you're looking to get out of the house with the kids these holidays, George Clayton Park just off the Lower Esplanade at Manly is a great spot, with heaps of room to let off some steam.
Children can climb the stairs and look out for ships over Moreton Bay.
Young children will love to play on the sea themed playground, where they can climb inside the lighthouse, play on the ship and have fun on a variety of swings and rockers. There is plenty of seating available for parents and coffee shops just up the esplanade will provide much needed refreshment.
Climb the rope ladder, duck through tunnels and slip down the slide.
If you're feeling a little more energetic there is plenty of space for ball games. While we were there, one family had set up their own volleyball net and were having a lively game, while others had brought footballs and soccer balls along.
Next time we go we will throw the kids scooters and bikes in the back of the car, as there are plenty of flat, safe paths well away from the road suitable for children to ride on. A great idea would also be to bring BBQ supplies, as there are two BBQs available. What a great breakfast it would be, sitting at one of the picnic tables with freshly cooked bacon and egg rolls, looking out over Moreton Bay.
There are amenities available too - at the back of the bandstand is a new and reasonably clean toilet block and there are taps and power access. The park is also available to be booked for weddings and special occasions by contacting the Brisbane City Council.
George Clayton Park is also a venue for community events throughout the year, with one of our favourites being the Wynnum Manly Jazz Festival held on Father's Day each year. Local jazz bands perform throughout the day, along with The Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland Detachment. There are a variety of rides and food and drink stalls set up around the park so that you can relax and enjoy the sounds of jazz from the Bandstand. To find out more follow this link. Make sure that you get there early to get a seat near the front.
All up, the park is a great venue for a relaxing morning or afternoon beside the ocean, with plenty of room for all the family.