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Published April 18th 2012
Take 99 ... and action: It's Friday night; you collapse on the lounge exhausted from a stress filled work week. Kids, bouncing off the wall hanker for attention; you crave tranquillity, (sigh) you can almost feel it. Oh no, Saturday; dashing kids off to sports, scuttling around the grocery store, cooking, cleaning.
How did family life become perplexed and frenzied?
CUT! Director; this isn't our life script, we want a re-write!
We want to play a 'Simple Family Life'. Our characters are joyful parents and delighted children, enjoying life's simple pleasures.
A new script 'A Day of Simple Family Pleasures in Cronulla ' written just for you.
Act One -Scene One: Stress Free Journey. Moments before you open your eyes Sunday morning, begin humming, it puts a smile on your face and sets the mood for the day. Do nothing more than dress in comfortable clothing, footwear and hat, and head for the nearest railway station.
Family Funday Sunday' rail tickets are a family bargain @ $2.50 per person. (see below for conditions) As you hop on board the train bound for Cronulla on the Illawarra Line, allow a brief thought to wash through your mind, 'no dreaded Sunday traffic or parking hassles today'.
The journey is around one hour from the city, so get the ball rolling creating quality time. Talk to the kids, find out what they are doing at school, what excites them in life, and pass on your childhood stories.
Play games; Eye Spy and Scissor, Paper, Rock. Create games; ask the kids to locate various suburbs on the Rail Network Map (positioned at both ends of each carriage) It's a fun geography lesson.
Teeny Chocolate Crackles - Kids Milkshakes & Juices - Perfect sizes, easy on the sugar fix
Skip across the road to 'Anna's Shop around the Corner' for a late breakfast treat.
The menu and ridiculously low prices will launch you back in time. Prices range from 50 cents to $6.50 Reminisce over the kids menu.
'Boiled Eggs with Buttered Soldiers'. (Remember? toast cut into fingers) .
'Soft Drink Spiders'. (Go ahead, play with your food. Bob the ice cream in the soft drink with your straw and watch the colours and textures merge) .
'Kids Juices 'and 'Kids Milkshakes'. (Brilliantly served in manageable takeaway coffee cups with lids, avoids the trepidation of breaks and spills).
'Teeny Chocolate Crackles' topped with freckles, smarties or gummy bears . (Small, interesting and not too heavy on the sugar fix).
If you feel like eating breakfast in the adjacent park ask for a rug and they will bring the food to you.
Breakast in family friendly Monro Park - adjacent to Anna's
Fun in the Sand.
Walk along the mall to 'Hot Dollar' store and purchase some plastic buckets and spades, a couple of bottles of bubbles and head for South Cronulla Beach. Build wacky sand castles and jump over them when you are finished. Chase rainbow bubbles in the breeze then watch them pop. Play tag and fall in the sand laughing. Paddle your feet in the waves, feel the sand squish between your toes. Write your name in the sand and watch a wave wash it away.
Lunch in the Park.
With all the frivolity, tummies are in need of food. Stroll back to the mall and grab some well earned food at Ritz Chicks. The staff are a cheery bunch who takes pleasure in serving their customers. Succulent BBQ chicken and scrumptious salads are perfect for the family to share. Grab a bunch of napkins, drinks and you are set to stroll to Gunnamatta Park.
Gunamatta Park & Pavillion *image Wikipedia
There are plenty of tables and benches to sit and talk. Exchange silly knock, knock jokes, and laugh.
Lay on the grass and 'Cloud Watch' (If there are any). Allow your imagination to run riot as clouds drift by and merge, forming shapes resembling perhaps a rabbit, shark or swan, what will you see today?
Go ahead and giggle.
Cloud Watching - can you see a shark lurking in the waters?
Just a hop, step and jump to the train station, feeling relaxed and full of joy. Have a wee snooze on the train ride home. Get the kids to wake you at your station, remember, they can now read the Rail Network map!
Put the kids in the bath, whip up a few toasted sandwiches, get comfy on the couch and enjoy a funny movie together, wondering why we make life so complicated.
Now you have your acts together, you can re-write the rest of your life!
Rail Ticket: **(Conditions: Children must be under 16 years and related to the adults – parents or grandparents. Children under 4 years free.)
One of my special places is the rock pool at Oak Park. It was here I found I could swim without my bubble. My parents used to bring us here for picnics with my brothers and sisters.. Devon sandwiches on white bread with tomato sauce, and sometimes hot chips. A special treat. Now that I am grown up my parents tell me they were too poor to do anything else.
Thank you for reminding me of devon sandwiches and tomato sauce, I so loved them. Your parents, like mine were rich in spirit, they gave you a wealth of memories and taught you the simple pleasures in life are sometimes the best.
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