Mama of two. Finding fun, new and thrifty ways to entertain my little girls.
Published November 3rd 2012
Moving house can be so unsettling, especially if it means moving suburbs too.
I've lived in six houses in four different suburbs in eight years, so that unsettling feeling (followed by the transitional getting-resettled and finally the settled feeling) is one I'm familiar with.
Moving brings excitement but then there's the anxiety and frustration of not knowing where anything is (chemist, doctor and great parks if you have little ones), and sometimes it's not having anyone you know close by.
Here are my best tips for getting to know your neighbourhood. Add your tips in the comment section below.
Explore - Going for a walk is a great way to get active, find walking paths and parks, and why not chat to people in your neighbourhood if you bump into them too? A quick five-minute drive to explore your area is a great way to find where parks and local shops are. We discovered a fantastic children's park with plenty of equipment, open space and BBQ a few streets away. We would never have driven that way if it wasn't for our intention to explore.
A quick walk around your neighbourhood is a great way to discover what's close by
Neighbourhood houses - These are your best bet for cheap activities for kids, courses and activity groups, including exercise classes. A great place to find more about what's in your area.
Information centres and your local shire/council offices - For all the nitty gritty basics - when the bins go out, where the local pool is, library, maps etc - it's worth a visit here. They usually have a what's-on board or flyers you can pick up too.
Happy neighbourhood exploring! Let us know your tips for getting to know the place you call home too by using the comment section below.