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by Silika Boxer (subscribe)
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Published July 5th 2015
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So we're into the second week of the school holidays. Ideas are getting thinner on the ground. You are exhausted trying to keep your children busy, entertained and active. Don't stress, here I have 5 fabulous school holiday ideas that will get you through the rest of this week.

Unless you have some wonderful overseas (or interstate, or even in the same state!) holiday planned, school holidays can sometimes seem like the interminable stretch of bored, restless kids. Check out these great (and cheap!) ideas that will have the kids loving every minute (and giving you some well deserved respite!) plus keeping them active and outdoors (and away from the dreaded iPad!).

1. Inflatable World -- this is a huge indoor jumping castle playground that suits all ages from the under 5's to the tweens. A one off price for each child (cheaper for the under 5's) and you can stay for as LONG as you want. No one hour Bounce session here ... I recently visited a new Inflatable World that has recently opened in Morningside and found the service was extremely helpful and friendly, the jumping castle selection fantastic and made for a very relaxing morning. Perfect for a rainy (or not!) day.

2. Spend a day at South Bank (take a packed lunch and picnic blanket!) -- here there is a whole day of activities to tire the little one's - and all free. Catch a ferry to South Bank Parklands and head to GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) first. Here they always have a children's section that is interactive, art-based and heaps of fun. Following GOMA head to the State Library to the 'Corner' where there is free arts and crafts activities, book readings, music and heaps of fun to be had. Have a picnic lunch on the many lawns spanning the river front and watch the world go by. The Museum is next, with its free exhibitions (including the Dinosaurs) the kids just love it. After this have a wander past the big Wheel and along the promenade to South Bank Streets beach. Loads of buskers to watch and entertainment to be had. They have nearly completed the grand playground which will be a welcome addition for the little kids.

3. Visit Coochi Mudlo Island. A fantastic little island that literally takes 10 minutes on the ferry direct from Victoria Point (head towards Cleveland). Its a great little island that many people do not know about. Take a packed lunch and sit on the beach to watch the older kids jump off the ferry. There is a small store in which to buy fish and chips or just an icecream. I took my children there and spent the day just playing in the sand and exploring the little island. Well worth a visit!

4. There is a plethora of playgrounds to visit in Brisbane, and in this sunny weather a perfect way to get the kids outside. Today we visited Whites Hill playground in Carina and it was brilliant. A huge fenced in park with scooter / bike tracks, sandpits, forest walks and more. Heaps of space for picnics and relaxing while the children have fun!

5. My last idea is one that I do every holiday with the kids. Drive to Kangaroo Point playground, you can park here for 4 hours for very cheap. Take the pram, scooters, snacks etc and follow the cycle trail around the bottom of the Kangaroo cliffs until you get to the Goodwill Bridge. This trail is fantastic as it has lots of little stops to check out (like the abseiling and the great statues along the way, including going past the Maritime Museum). Once you have taken in the view from the bridge follow the path to QUT building and take the lift to level 4 and you will get to The Cube and utterly brilliant space (for students and public alike) that includes a virtual aquarium (it is ceiling to floor and HUGE). It also includes a virtual plasma on the other side that changes but is also interactive that the kids love to play. Highly recommend! After this, walk through the Botanical Gardens where they have a new playground, have a bite to eat and relax while the kids can go crazy! Jump on a cross river ferry back to Holman Street (from Riverside) where you car is parked. A brilliant way to spend the day!
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