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Published April 4th 2016
Tire out the kids & keep your sanity with these great ideas
If you're anything like me, then at some stage over the weekend you came to the sudden realisation that in another week's time, the kids are on school holidays and you haven't even started to plan ways to keep them entertained. Never fear, I've done the hard work for you and come up with a list of sure-fire ways to tire the kids out, and keep your sanity. Here are just some of your Tweed Coast School Holidays activity options:
Get out on the Water Whether you have your own gear or need to hire, the Tweed Coast offers some beautiful waterways to explore by kayak or SUP this school holidays.
Local Libraries Picking up a book and immersing in an adventure story is a great way for kids to escape those "I'm bored" moments during the holidays. A trip to one of the Tweed Regional Libraries is the perfect option for a rainy day or a quiet morning, but did you know there's a range of school holiday activities on offer too?
Monsters & Myths Art Class 1pm Monday 11 April Bring your ideas and get creative at Kingscliff Library. Bookings required for 8-12 years
Hoopla Circus 10am Tuesday 12 April or 11am Wednesday 20 April at Murwillumbah Library 11am Wednesday 13 April or 10am Thursday 21 April at Tweed Heads Library
Try your hand at acrobatic balances, juggling, hoops. Bookings required for 6-12 years.
Dr. Seuss Stories and Games
11am Wednesday 20 April 2016
Discover the crazy world of Dr. Seuss at Tweed Heads Library. Bookings required for 4-8 years.
11am every Wednesday at Tweed Heads, Kingscliff or Murwillumbah Libraries.
A Dose of Culture at Tweed Regional Gallery
Right on our doorstep in Murwillumbah is this local treasure featuring ever-changing exhibitions and the Margaret Olley Art Centre which includes a recreation of its namesakes' home studio. The gallery offers kids a mind-broadening experience overlooking the stunning green landscape of the Tweed Valley. There's also a café onsite with one of the best views in the region and a menu of tasty treats.
The stunning view from the Tweed Regional Gallery cafe
Enjoy a Stay-cation
If you really can't afford the time off work for a well-deserved holiday away, why not consider this very cool option? Book the family into one of the Tweed Coast's amazing resorts or camping grounds and find out why tourists keep returning to our beautiful region. What's more, you can still commute to work if you need to and drop in at home to feed the pets.
With beachfront locations and a huge range of kid friendly activities, Mantra on Salt Beach and Peppers Salt Resort & Spa are geared up and ready for the holidays with an extensive timetable of fun things to do. From yoga and hair braiding to kids club and junior adventure programs, there's stacks of things to do in addition to the swimming pool, tennis court, bicycle hire and patrolled beach.
Further North, the BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park is designed for families on holidays. You can kayak or paddleboard on the billabong, take flight on the floating trampoline or try your hand at fishing. There's also a huge water park, a toddler playground and a big kids playground. And during school holidays, the kids will love the movie nights and Kids' Club.
Down the road in Hastings Point is the BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort featuring three indoor recreation centres (supervised by Activities Staff during holidays), Sammy's Adventure Lagoon and three swimming pools.
Paw Patrol at TweedCity
Offering pawsome fun and an action packed show, your kids will love meeting Ryder and his pack of pups. The show is on at 11am and 1pm daily with a 'meet and greet' at 12pm in the Centre Court (11-15 April 2016).
Released in time for this school holidays are three fantastic looking kids movies, showing at both Hoyts Cinema in Tweed City or The Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah. All are PG rated so you might need to hand-hold the little ones at times but I think you will enjoy The Jungle Book, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Zootopia almost as much as the kids.
This really is just the tip of the iceberg for things to do on the Tweed Coast these holidays. You can head for the hills and go bushwalking, burn off some energy ten pin bowling, trampolining or roller-skating or explore every beach and creek between Tweed Heads and Wooyong. There's also plenty happening at local clubs and Tabatinga Tweed Heads, or there's nothing better than trying out a new playground or park.
The key is to plan ahead, have a few rainy day options and stock the fridge with plenty of wine for after the kids have dropped into bed… exhausted.