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Published April 2nd 2017
Let's get the kids outside - we will all sleep better
I used to love the school holidays when my daughters were little people. Days that were not dictated by the clock and timetables were embraced with much joy and I have fond memories of these times.
Admittedly, I had the luxury of being a stay-at-home Mum, though this also meant that access to disposable income was extremely limited. Family vacations away were a once a year event only. Holiday outings were otherwise well planned and "on the cheap", which was in no way detrimental to the amount of enjoyment experienced by all.
Catering for young children to teens, the Redlands is rich in public parkland. Some parks include a variety of playground equipment, including fitness accoutrements, and there are others with sport facilities such as cricket nets and basketball hoops.
Lots of energy can be utilised here
There are parks with large open spaces suitable for ball games for a few, or for a footy team. Others have walking tracks which provide interest for all ages and help burn all that energy that comes hand in hand with kiddies. Some even include skate parks.
Parks with BBQs and picnic table facilities are great for a sausage sizzle, or a picnic as basic as sandwiches and fruit, especially when you co-ordinate such an outing with other families with children and really make a day out of it. ( Tip: You get enough families together, someone is surely going to bring along wine and some plastic cups, right?)
Reserves on the foreshore may include a swimming enclosure which opens up the possibility of a whole new range of activities. Bread scraps for fish feeding or catching can keep the young ones occupied for hours.
Our Parklands Vary So Much
There are even parks that cater for the four-legged member of the family, with designated off-leash areas in which the canine can romp freely.
For a list of parklands within the Redlands and their individual features go here
The possibilities, with a little imagination and enthusiasm, are endless.
Just remember to "slip, slop and slap", wear a hat, and if nothing else, pack water bottles.