How do you keep your teenagers amused during the school holidays?
How do you keep them physically active and not glued to their fancy gadgets? How do you keep your teenagers happy?
Well, I don't have the answer, but SHAFT does.
Established by Moreton Bay Regional Council, SHAFT (School Holiday Activities For Teenagers) is a fantastic program designed for high school aged students (Grades 7-12) who live or attend high school in the Moreton Bay region.
I must admit that I got a little excited when I found this because not only do they offer a huge range of exciting activities led by experienced instructors, but also are extremely affordable ($2 - $30 per activity). I don't have any teenage kids myself and I'm far beyond my teenage years (nor do I live in the Moreton Bay region for that matter), but if any of those criteria fit your kids, then I would highly recommend this fabulous program.
From Monday 13 to Friday 24 January 2014, SHAFT is offering an abundance of activities so whether your teenage daughter/son is into water sports or indoor activities, has an adventurous spirit or a passion for sports, or simply want to try new things, SHAFT has you covered.
The only catch is that participants must be a high school aged student (Grades 7-12) in 2014 and each participant is only permitted to book a limit of five activities and only one for an activity offering multiple sessions. Book via their website or by phoning (07) 5433 2052 from 9am on Tuesday 10 December 2013. I'm quite certain that this is a very popular holiday program so make sure you get in early to avoid missing out.
Read the following pages for a summary of what's on and see what all the cool kids are doing nowadays. If you like what you see, then make sure you check out their brochure for more information.
There are heaps of water sports sessions available. If you're a competent swimmer and absolutely love the water, then feel free to sign up to any of the water sports activities.
At Go Wakeboarding, you can carve your way around the lake on your wakeboard, water skis or kneeboard. This is a great way to learn and the Go Wake Cable Park crew will help you learn the ropes, but before then, don't be afraid to fall off.
Get fit while having fun with stand up paddle boarding, a sport that has become vastly popular all over the world. You'll feel the excitement and exhilaration when you catch a wave, but also the calamity and tranquillity when you're cruising on flat water. It's an extremely rewarding sport and an excellent way to work out.
If you're an adrenaline junkie, then learn to windsurf because you will love the thrill of this sport. If you're not so much an adrenaline junkie, but have an adventurous spirit, then learn to windsurf also because it is easy to learn and a lot of fun for everyone. You'll know that this is true as you're skimming and cruising over the waves.
Like stand up paddle boarding, outrigging is becoming increasingly popular also. You'll learn about this fascinating sport, get to test your speed on the water, learn to work as a team and have the best time.
There are plenty of other water sports on offer include surfing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing. So you've got a wide variety here. Have fun picking.
Perhaps you'd like to register for some indoor fun to escape the heat. Just remember, you may still work up a sweat.
Start your school holidays with some ten pin bowling. It really is fun, and easy too. All you have to do is roll that bowling ball down the lane. Of course your aim is to get a strike, but even if you don't, it's still fun anyway.
You can also challenge yourself and dare others to scale new heights at Indoor Rock Climbing or eradicate your enemies at the high-tech indoor sport, Laser Tag.
Youngsters with an adventurous spirit will be in heaven with the huge variety of activities on deck.
For adventurous journeys, join Bushranger Bike tours on their mountain bike adventure, sign up for Camp Warrawee Adventure, or Bribie Island Beach Adventure. They will get your blood pumping, hearts racing, brains working and legs moving. You don't have to be a super experienced biker or possess any special talent. Just bring your sense of fun.
There are also challenging activities such as the Low Ropes Course which will test individuals and groups on a set of low cables, ropes and obstacles; conquering the Glass House Mountains; and completing the ultimate Survivor Challenge. All you need to do is be brave, be game, and be courageous.
Perhaps less challenging, but just as awesome, are activities such as abseiling the tower and laser skirmish giving you the ultimate adrenaline rush.
For all kinds of sporty souls, there is an enormous range here for you to pick from.
Hit the bull's eye at archery, test your driving skills at go-karting, and get on your horse (literally) for a ride through the beautiful, peaceful Ocean View. If you're sick of the summer heat, then why not hop on the bus to Iceworld Olympic for a session of ice skating fun? Just make sure you relish and savour the cool air before you step into the heat again.
You can also get some self defence training, where you'll have the basics down pat and maybe even convince your family and friends to practise your new skills on them; spend a day on the green and have a game of golf and discover your potentials; challenge your friends to a game of putt putt; and gain some knowledge and skills in skateboarding.
For something completely different, why not give parkour or slacklining a go? They are definitely guaranteed to keep you walking, jumping or even bouncing. Be prepared for an awesome experience.
Perhaps not as sporty and action packed as other activities, but don't underestimate the power of braiding and make-up workshops.
Most ladies in high school now wear make-up and are doing all sorts of fancy and tricky things with their hair. Well, at the Beautiful Braiding and Make-Up for Teens workshops, you can learn how to do that perfect braid and become the expert at applying make-up and looking after your skin. And you can even offer your friends some advice.