The question is, what can I do with my kids this Australia Day? Definitely a great question to ask, and depending on your city the activities are quite different. A couple of these activities are either city or country specific, while a couple can be done anywhere. This is a simply a guide to help you plan your Australia Day for the family for 2013 and for future Australia Days.
All of the major capital cities (and off hand speaking for Melbourne and Sydney) have a fireworks display for the whole family. Darling Harbour is the obvious and most awesome hot spot for the family in Sydney, while in Melbourne, Alexandra Gardens is great as an ice cream van is also available.
2. The Wiggles - a Wiggly Australia Day in Sydney
Sydney's Hyde Park will be home to some top Australia Day entertainment for the kids, and The Wiggles as well as Dorothy The Dinosaur will be performing. An animal farm will be available, as well as a fitness zone. Parents will enjoy a Garden Bar zone to unwind. This Australia Day kid friendly event will be on from 9am to 4pm. Further information can be found by clicking here. Sydney will also host some fantastic kid friendly Australia Day activities in Circular Quay and Sydney Olympic Park.
3. The Nations Capital
Commonwealth Park will be home to some free children's entertainment, including Peppa The Pig. Kids also get the opportunity to get their face painted with the Australian Flag. Rides, games and other leisure activities will also be available to ensure that kids have a great day out. Further information can be found by clicking here. The action commences from 7:30am.
4. Marvellous Melbourne
The city and Docklands are the key Australia Day hot spots in Inner Melbourne. Check out and see what fellow writer Natasha Abrahams has to say on the top family friendly Australia Day activities in Melbourne, the city of culture.
5. Bris Vegas
Likewise for Brisbane, fellow writer Geraldine Massey has some great family friendly activities covered.
6. The West Coast and Other States/Territories
Adelaide has plenty of family friendly activities to do this Australia Day, and some of these traditional events involve the Aussie BBQ. Some top kid friendly regional areas in South Australia, such as Coober Pedy, will hold events as well. When it comes to Darwin, you will discover what outback Australia is truly like. If you are planning on a weekend escape for the family this Australia Day, Darwin should be considered. There are plenty of tours for the whole family to enjoy, including to Kakadu National Park. Just watch out for the crocodiles, even in the wet season. Another WeekendNotes writer who is based in Perth, Sarah has this city (Perth) adequately covered also.
7. Let's not Forget Tasmania
Poor tassie gets left out sometimes. Music on the Park will still be held in Launceston. Musical performances for the family will be available, as well as a jumping castle for the kids with City Park train rides. Further information can be found by clicking here.
8. Other Australia Day activities the kids will love
The kids might enjoy cooking with you at home this Australia Day. A great chance to teach them how to make some yummy lamingtons. A great resource can be found by clicking here. If you're a single mum, you might find inspiration from another single mum on the top things to do on Australia Day. Other kid friendly Australia Day events in your city might also include the iconic thong challenge. The beach is also perfect.
Happy Australia Day everyone, and whatever you're doing remember to have fun and enjoy all round.