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10 Things to Experience With Your Kids Before They Turn 14

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Published October 7th 2013
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I have always believed that children learn more from experience than reading books. As adults, we often taken for granted the things we have seen and learnt, but for children most things are brand new. So next time instead of buying a book about whales, why not take your kids on a whale watching cruise? Here are some more ideas of things to share with your kids while they still want to do them with you.

1. Go Snorkelling

It's amazing what lurks beneath the surface of the ocean. If you have not been snorkelling before why not invest a few dollars in a mask and a snorkel and take your children to the beach for some underwater exploration. Those that don't live near the beach but have a pool, you could sink some "treasures" in the swimming pool and let your kids see how they look under water.

2. Ride a Camel

Sitting on the back of these ships of the dessert is an exciting experience. They are very placid animals and so even young children are easily able to ride them. Most camels can carry 2 people, so you can ride with your child. There are several places in New South Wales where you can go camel riding including Central Coast, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. More about camel rides.

3. Go Camping

In today's society of electronic gadgets and the internet, this is an adventure your children will never forget. Connecting with nature, building a fire, roasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories, going fishing or collecting rocks will open their eyes to a different world. Check out campsites ahead of time to ensure they have good facilities to avoid any nasty surprises.

4. Dig for Buried Treasure

You can either bury something and give your children a map to follow and treasure to dig up. Alternatively, buy a metal detector and go looking for real treasure. Coins and jewellery can often be found buried on the beach or at camping sites.

5. Ride a Ferry

This is an inexpensive adventure that you can undertake at any time. Not only do you get to see what is along the way the shore line, other boats, people fishing, but you can explore the ferry, taking in the sound of the horn, the smell of the ocean, seagulls circling. Sydney buses offer Family Funday Sunday, where you can ride a bus, ferry or light rail all day for just $2.50 per person.

6. Swim With Dolphins

Something magic happens when you put dolphins and children together. They communicate without words and find so much pleasure in each other's company. Next time you are near a dolphin research and education centre, find out if they offer a swim with dolphins program. This is an experience your kids will never forget. Find out about swimming with dolphins

7. Ride In A Cable Car

An easy way to see the world from high above and gain a new perspective on life. Cable cars are usually used in ski resorts, but you will find other great places like the Blue Mountains, where you can experience this great adventure.

8. Share your Hobbies

Involve your kids in your hobbies. Your energy and passion which shine through when you do something you love will rub off on them. It will also give you pressure-free bonding time. If you enjoy taking photos, give them one of your cameras and let them loose. If you like jogging, take them with you for a run or let them ride their scooter or bike alongside of you.

9. Go Sandboarding

If you don't live near the mountains or don't have the opportunity to go skiing or snowboarding, you can have as much fun sandboarding. All you need are sand dunes and a cardboard box and you'll be able to fly down the hill at top speed. Great sand dunes can be found at Port Macquarie and Port Stephens , where you can book a sandboarding trip. They will drive you to the sand dunes and provide you with a board to ride on. More about sandboarding.

10. Visit a Dinosaur Museum

Children are fascinated by dinosaurs. They capture their imagination and sense of wonder. Sydney has an interactive dinosaur exhibition at the Australian Museum or if you are visiting Canberra, then check out National Dinosaur Museum.

For more fun things to share with your kids, check out 10 Things To Do With Your Kids Before They Turn 14
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