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I have two kids - an adventurous 5-year old girl and a chilled-out 3-year old boy. Most of my articles are based on outings with kids, but I sometimes go on dates with my husband too!

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My WeekendNotes - 82
My family visited the Collector Village Pumpkin Fair and barely saw the pumpkins. We arrived at 10:00am sharp and stayed... [more]
01/05/2016
Other than Hawaii or Cairns, where are the best places for kids when it's just too cold and miserable to play outside? ... [more]
Fadden Pines Playground (way down South) is another epic playground with gorgeous surroundings, a large grassy area, and... [more]
This is quite a nice playground featuring a very tall tower. Despite the height, it's invisible from nearby road... [more]
There are very few things that can get me to willingly set my alarm clock for 5:30 in the morning. In fact, this might b... [more]
07/03/2015 - 15/03/2015
Lake Ginninderra is very close to Belconnen Mall, Lake Ginninderra College, and AMF Bowling, but these are my personal t... [more]
This is a great new café at Kippax Fair, located at the Northern end (AKA the Maccers end, past Aldi if you start at the... [more]
I'm a teensy bit obsessed with playgrounds, and have even designed an Epic Tour by Playground, which I plan to attempt n... [more]
The Cotter Reserve is a large patch of gorgeous bushland surprisingly close to the city centre. The wildlife is ... [more]
With a population under half a million, Canberra is an appropriate sister city to the picturesque Nara in Japan. The two... [more]
This is a very popular waterfront Italian restaurant, so be sure to book in advance. The staff were attentive an... [more]
Canberra's newest playground is specifically designed to be as wheelchair-friendly as possible. Part of the main structu... [more]
This is a young climber's paradise. It's a great playground for the pre-school set with modern equipment and a couple of... [more]
If you live so far South that you have a polar bear for a pet, you probably already know about the Point Hut Playground.... [more]
George Gregan is a brilliant Wallabies player who began his Foundation after his son was diagnosed with epilepsy. The fo... [more]
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, but any day of the year is perfect for showering your loved one with beautiful sigh... [more]
Canberra's best (and oldest) bonsai are now housed at the National Arboretum, on the other side of the café from the Pod... [more]
This playground is old enough to still have a tambark floor, so kids end up looking like they've been cleaning chimneys.... [more]
This year, the theme of Floriade will be "Embrace Passion". Like every year, the practical expression of the theme will ... [more]
12/09/2015 - 11/10/2015
This great massage centre is located in a string of shops and restaurants beside Yerrabi Pond; an area known as "The Wat... [more]
When I was a small child, I climbed up the towering height of the playground tower and wriggled over and under the writh... [more]
This is a Massage Centre where the therapist always remembers your name. I visited her regularly for some time after hav... [more]
The South Coast (that is, anything South of Bateman's Bay) is much, much cheaper than the rest, and it has all the charm... [more]
Karaoke has been a feature of the Canberra Irish Club longer than at any other location in town. It's also the friendlie... [more]
This restaurant is not advertising falsely with its name. It's right on the water - an absolutely beautiful location. ... [more]
This Merimbula restaurant is a real treat. The setting is lovely - all wood and stone and glass - and the seafood isn't ... [more]
After fleeing El Salvador as refugees, the owners of Mazorca restaurant are well known for cooking traditional dishes at... [more]
There are very few people in the world who have gotten close enough to pat a big cat and then lived to tell the tale, bu... [more]
This zoo has been around for less than twenty years but it's hugely successful and is constantly expanding as even more ... [more]
The Pancake Parlour in Canberra is a familiar haunt of mine - so familiar and so good for any kind of event that it was ... [more]
"Where are you going tonight?""Ha Ha!"The name alone is reason enough to visit the Ha Ha Bar located on Emu Bank with vi... [more]
This is a lovely surprise tucked away in what appears to be the main artist's home. Monika Leone works prima... [more]
Braidwood has plenty of historic sites to draw in people driving past, but once kids know about The Boiled Lolly it beco... [more]
Gold Creek is full of funny little shops of wonders, and The Lolly Shop puts heart and soul into sourcing sweets from al... [more]
I've been lap swimming regularly for fifteen years, so I've swum in just about every lap pool in Canberra. Here are my r... [more]
Better known by locals as "Civic Pool" this centrally-located facility was so named because it was built in preparation ... [more]
This is the newest pool in Canberra, so I took my kids there to check it out. It is beautiful and fresh, with all the be... [more]
Kambah is very much the South-side equivalent of the Yerrabi Pond Adventure Playground in Gungahlin. It is designed with... [more]
Visiting this zoo was one of the greatest experiences in my daughter's life - and mine, too. I patted a koala for the fi... [more]
Belconnen Pool was greeted with alacrity by locals, and its popularity has only grown. The 25 metre pool is attache... [more]
Questacon is such a great science centre that it receives more visitors annually than the population of Canberra, an... [more]
The AIS is well known as a tourist destination, but it is also the cheapest lap pool in Canberra - if you know what to d... [more]
If you like movies, there's something you should know. the Australian National University has a film group - and you don... [more]
09/02/2015
In 2015, Enlighten is on from February 27 until March 7. There are loads of free events all around the Parliamentary Cir... [more]
27/02/2015 - 07/03/2015
Dickson Aquatic Centre is a series of outdoor pools including a heated 50 metre pool, a pool for children learning to sw... [more]
Canberra has a beautiful working steam train dating back to 1903. Once a month, it hosts delighted passengers fo... [more]
Black Mountain Peninsula is one of those classic Canberra picnic areas - surrounded by mature trees and pristine-looking... [more]
I love a unique playground. Weston Park Peninsula is a beautiful park surrounded by lakes and pretty scenery. There ... [more]
The Pod Playground at the National Arboretum is one of the greatest playgrounds in Canberra. It is surrounded by amazing... [more]
This is a fantastic series of playgrounds and picnic areas set in a well-maintained naturally shady park beside a lake -... [more]
This pool is as warm as the warmest pools in Canberra but was not surveyed because it isn't a lap pool - it is for child... [more]
You can tell how long a person has lived in Canberra by the moniker they give to Telstra Tower. Someone new in town migh... [more]
Tuggeranong Pool is situated beside a gorgeous park overlooking the lake. The free parking is very useful for people tha... [more]
You can always spot families arriving at The National Dinosaur Museum for the first time. The moment the kids spot the e... [more]
There are very few activities that can truly be considered "fun for the whole family" - usually either adults or childre... [more]
Canberra's Balloon Spectacular is one of the world's premier ballooning attractions. Dozens of balloons gather at dawn o... [more]
08/03/2014 - 16/03/2014
The Green Herring Restaurant is located in Ngunnawal's Gold Creek Village - a thriving tourist attraction of historical,... [more]
We caught a train to Badaling (one of many many wall-viewing options) from Beijing North Station. It's only an hour ride... [more]
Love and money don't often go together, but love and poverty do. When you meet a real charmer, here are three possible w... [more]
The Southern Cross Yacht Club on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin has a yacht for a variety of cruises, including high-c... [more]
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