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Published December 25th 2014
Keep Busy Doing What Kids Want
It's going to be a long hot summer for families if we don't find some simple ways to release the temperature valve and keep the kids entertained and happy.
It's all about the kids
I have four children and other regular visitors and I have finally learned that what I think is the 'be all and end all' idea for the school holidays doesn't necessarily cut it with the kids. So if decided to do a simple home survey about kid's picks for the holidays and entitle it kid's voice and choice. The title of it was completely lost on the children.
The results of my informal survey of preteens is included in this article for the sake of sanity. To make these activities possible and easy I have added some links.
Now for the results. I was amused by some of the suggestions and the explanations. I was also surprised to find that many of the selections were free activities.
On top of the list was flying a kite (see this article) and catching catching butterflies in nets. My son wanted to point out that you wouldn't kill the butterflies but just put them in the jar big enough for them to fly, but only for a few minutes, and then make sure that you let them go. Of course fishing is always on the list. For those of you who can't stand the thought of waiting around for hours of frustration the trout farm works wonders.
My son also suggested climbing trees and helping mum and dad. When I look surprised he said 'Well actually kids probably wouldn't want to do that'. Another suggestion was trying to invent things to make life easier. I kid you not. He added that you could just use household items so you didn't have to buy anything.
Take your pick!
Playing board games was a choice by a couple of kids so we started with Battleships and have yet to tackle Monopoly. That's on reserve for a rainy day. See a review of board games by clicking here.
If you are in the market for buying a new game you can't go past Games World - Northland Shopping Centre.
On the list of places to go was the park. This is a great free activity which is relaxing for kids and parents and a bit of Vitamin D is always good. Here's 5 Great All Abilities Playgrounds in Melbourne to consider or for indoor fun see Water Playgrounds in Melbourne click here.
For a combination of outdoor board games and a great family park click here.
Inevitably Maccas was selected with the suffix 'but that's not good for you'. I don't need to include a list of their whereabouts, I'm sure you know where they are.
The movies and watching DVDs is always popular with my daughter and she added going shopping, lego and craft activities. Find out about Bricks 4 Kids School Holiday Lego Workshops.
For the best movie clubs in Melbourne with free and cheap movies all week click here. Want to know where Melbourne's Cheapest Cinema is check out this link?
For a different cinema experience
Find out how to host the perfect movie night by clicking here. For a drive-in cinemas experience read more here.
The results of my original survey of Popular Activities for teenagers can be found here. Read all about activity ideas for thrill seekers, click here.
If all else fails and you need to stick them in front of an ipad, at least it can be educational. For Free Educational iPad Apps for Kids click here.