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Ann Roberts School of Dance

Ann Roberts School of Dance opens the doors to the wide world of dance, providing each student with strong technical and performance skills as well as helping to enhance their personal development. Students can learn classical ballet, character, tap, jazz, contemporary, highland, song and dance, hip hop and fitness. All ages are catered for, from tiny tots right through to adults.

Teeny Tots – Mums (or a family member) and their toddlers get together to explore movement and music while connecting with each other. A great, light-hearted introduction to the dance environment.

Tiny Tots – For three- and four-year olds, this class encourages musicality, coordination and locomotion skills. Classes are structured to keep their attention, encourage them to explore movement patterns and have fun.

A 8-10 Fletcher St, Townsville
P 4771 3385
Fb Ann Roberts School of Dance

King Konz School of Music

King Konz School of Music’s unique programs give your child an experience that will inspire and enrich their passion and love for music.

From Baby Chimps to Rockstar Chimps, classes introduce children to learn through play. Engage their senses through gentle movement and engagement with other children while their brain actively begins the journey of music, song and dance. Each session will include activities that involve singing, dancing, percussion and fun music games!

The emphasis is on having lots of fun! Join us on a Musical Journey that will leave you smiling from ear to ear and with a feeling that only music can bring.

A 28 Hamilton Street, Level 2, Townsville City
P 0439 706 579
E info@kingkonzmusic.com
Fb King Konz School of Music

Wildcatz Indoor Sports

Wildcatz Indoor Sports is the perfect fully-airconditioned place to have fun, exercise, and meet new friends. They offer a variety of junior sports such as cricket, netball and soccer, as well as a range of levels, from social through to competitions. Nominate a team with your friends, or let the friendly staff find a suitable team for you. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Under 8’s play for FREE in the Rugrats soccer program.

Mum and dad can sit back at the café and enjoy a coffee while their little one plays.

A 18 Black Hawk Boulevard, Thuringowa Central
P 4723 1414
Fb Wildcatz Indoor Sports (Official)

Paul Sadler Swimland

Swim classes from four months of age.

A Swim Australia five-star accredited, private swim school where they ensure that every child learns the skills needed to swim confidently, to enjoy the water, and to feel relaxed in a safe environment. Lessons at Swimland are fun for all.

Swordy Tots – Baby, infant and toddler swimming from four months old.

Learn to Swim – For children aged over three years.

If you are looking for great value, then check out their unlimited make up policy for missed regular classes (for current customers) plus their new defence discount.

Bookings are essential.

For more information check out their website or give them a call.

P 4779 4647
A 20-22 Freshwater Dr, Douglas

Full Throttle Theatre Company

Full Throttle Theatre Company’s Props Youth Theatre is for performers aged five to 17 years. Some of the activities and initiatives include theatrical productions, kids in the city, play reading nights, audition preparations, social events, and day care visits. The theatre program consists of four six-week blocks from February to December, as well as five mainstage shows and two youth shows.

Through these activities, Full Throttle Theatre Company aims to be a hub of mentoring and training for young people with a love for the theatre.

Cost: $100 per term

A The Old Courthouse Theatre, Cnr Sturt and Stokes St, Townsville City
P 0476 590 004
Fb Full Throttle Theatre Company

Croft Gilchrist School of Dancing

Professionally-run dance classes offering a number of exciting courses.

Croft-Gilchrist School of Dance provides a variety of dance classes, from Tiny Tots and Dance with Me all the way to classes in ballet, modern jazz & tap, highland, acrobatic and teenage and adult.

Tiny Tots and Dance with Me – These classes teach students from the age of two to develop the skills of movement, coordination, music appreciation and to be flexible working with others.

A 36 French St, Pimlico
P 4771 5843
Fb Croft-Gilchrist School of Dance – Dance Studio

Townsville Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA)

TAPA cultivates the love of the art of dance in a nurturing atmosphere. The energetic pre-school programs Ready Set Dance and Ready Set Ballet focus on developing the 3 C’s for preschoolers – Confidence, Co-ordination and Creativity. Introduce your preschooler to the magic of these classes in 2020.

TAPA was recently awarded both Ready Set Ballet Studio of the Year and Ready Set Ballet Teacher of the Year for 2019 from over 200 studios in Australia and New Zealand.

They also deliver quality training from experienced qualified teachers in many genres of dance including, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, acrobatics, Irish, hip hop, song and dance.

A 1/14 Black Hawk Blvd, Thuringowa Central
P 4723 2101

CityLibraries Townsville

First5Forever Baby Rhyme Time, every Monday at Aitkenvale and Thursday at Thuringowa – Sing songs and rhymes, clap, move, and explore books together. Designed for children from birth to two years.

First5Forever Toddler Time, every Tuesday at Thuringowa, Wednesday at Flinders St and Thursday at Aitkenvale – Develop your toddler’s early literacy skills and concentration with fun songs, dance, and a story.

First5Forever Storytime, every Tuesday at Flinders Street, Wednesday at Thuringowa and Friday at Aitkenvale – Encourage and nurture your child’s love of books while helping them develop early literacy and social skills. Sessions involve several story readings as well as rhymes and a craft activity. Suitable for ages 3-5.

First5Forever Messy Play, every Wednesday at Aitkenvale – Your child will develop their fine and gross motor skills by exploring fun, sensory, and creative messy play.

Library branches are located at Thuringowa, Townsville City and Aitkenvale.

A 86 Thuringowa Dr, Thuringowa Central
A 4 Petunia St, Aitkenvale
A 1/280 Flinders St, Townsville

Inflatable Kingdom

Inflatable Kingdom provides a high-energy, action packed environment with inflatables of all shapes and sizes.

Book online to save 10% off entry price.

Don’t forget your socks!

A 72-88 Hervey Range Rd, Condon
P 4032 2844
Fb Inflatable Kingdom

Ninja Parc

Discover a world of movement through an indoor obstacle course with rope climbs, poles, vertical and horizontal doors and much more for your little ninja. 

Mini Ninjas – Nurture your mini ninja with these sessions, focused on the development of movement and coordination in a fun environment. This program is for children aged three to six.

Casual Play Sessions – Ninja Parc specialises in play, providing casual play sessions that allow children to move at their own pace. These sessions are mostly unstructured and ideal for little ones as well as families.

A 18 Black Hawk Blvd, Thuringowa Central
P 0427 139 762
Fb Ninja Parc Townsville


Sk8way provides a facility for both recreational and competitive skating.

Learn 2 Skate sessions – Broken up into three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced), let the staff guide you towards helping you become an expert in skating. Lessons are $10 per skater (includes skate hire).

Skating sessions – If you’d rather skate on your own terms, simply attend one of the general skating sessions. Skate hire available for just $4 per person.

A 72-88 Hervey Range Rd, Condon
P 4755 4422
Fb Sk8way Townsville

NQ Football

NQ Football of Excellence specialises in introducing children of all ages to “The Beautiful Game”.

They currently run free soccer training sessions every second Friday afternoon for children 5 years and under (Mini Cubs).

They focus on children learning in a fun, encouraging environment. NQ Football aims to develop their ball skills and general understanding of the game through team-based exercises and one on one training.

For more information please visit their website.

P 0427 919 997
E admin@nqfootballofexcellence.com





I think we can all agree that life is pretty tiring for some while others have endless energy. We all need to take time to recharge our batteries and energise ourselves, and each person has their own way of doing so. For some, recharging their ‘battery’ might involve sitting down in a comfy chair and reading a book, while for others it might be going to an event and socialising with other like-minded people.

These personality types fall into the categories of extrovert, introvert and ambivert. People with these traits require different things in day-to-day life to stay energised and happy, and the same applies to children, but in a different way.

What Type of Personality Do You Have?

Are you an introvert, extrovert or an ambivert? You may have caught yourself wondering at times, or have an answer to that question already.
If you find it difficult to fit into the introvert or extrovert box, you may just be an ambivert.

It’s probably fairly easy to pinpoint which category you fall into – but pinpointing your child’s personality type and nurturing that can pose a challenge. However, knowing this part of your child helps you better recognise and better respond to your child’s needs to help them become the best version of themselves.

Here is a quick rundown of these personality types in adults and children.


Extroverts are generally outgoing and sociable. They often love discussing their ideas with others and spending time with other people, and gain their energy from being around others.

If your child is the life of the party, loves to meet new people and is happiest in the company of others, they might just be an extrovert. Extroverted children are typically outgoing and find it easy to make friends.


Introverts are more reserved and tend to listen more than they speak. They often prefer to spend the evening at home with a cup of tea and their favourite show on the TV. Introverts find it draining to be around lots of people, and an outing is often followed by time alone in order to recharge.

Children who are more reserved when they meet new people and enjoy time playing alone may be introverts. They can be just as energetic as extroverts, but dislike being the centre of attention.


If you don’t quite fall under the extrovert or introvert umbrella, you may fall into the lesser known ambivert category. Ambiverts fall somewhere in the middle. They love socialising with friends but also crave alone time. They are confident, but have some reclusive tendencies – and all of this may be confusing to your loved ones.

Children who are ambiverts demonstrate a combination of extroverted and introverted traits. They get their energy from being around other kids, but also from being alone. They may be outgoing in some situations, but feel more reserved in others.

Pinpointing What Your Child Needs

What does all this information about varying personality types mean to you as a parent? Being aware of their needs is essential to help understand how they tick and how to help them reach their full potential. Even if all your other children are extroverts this does not mean your other child can’t be an introvert, and it’s important you help them energise themselves according to their personality type.

For instance, extroverted children may become sad, irritable or despondent if they go too long without meaningful interactions. Being aware of when your child’s social battery needs a little recharging helps them be the best version of themselves. Some extroverts crave social time on a daily basis, while others are satisfied going a few days without much social interaction. Scheduling regular play dates with friends and signing them up for extracurricular activities can keep them happy.

Introverted children tend to feel drained after spending time with other people in large groups such as at parties or family gatherings, making a full day of school tough for some. Many prefer to play quietly after school, and while they still crave social time, these needs are fewer and further between compared to extroverts. They are also often shy when meeting new people, and may be hesitant upon giving Aunt Mary a big hug.

Ambivert children gain energy from being around others, but also from being alone depending on the situation. Trying different tactics may help you figure out what your child needs. In some instances, it may be a play date, while other times they may prefer to have a cuddle with mum or dad, or quiet time reading a book.

Sometimes it can be a struggle to understand children who fall into the ambivert category. While in some situations they’re happy to be social, in others they may not, leaving some parents wondering why they’re being ‘rude’. Your child is likely working out their inner needs and not being rude at all, and probably shows their appreciation in different ways such as drawing a picture for somebody.

Is There Ever a Time to be Concerned?

It’s normal for the different people within the family to have their own unique personality traits. However, if your extroverted child suddenly becomes withdrawn, it may be a sign of an emotional issue. You know your child best and if they are suddenly not acting like themselves, it may be a good idea to have a heart to heart chat with them, or if it persists, take them to the doctor.



Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles in the hands. Developing these skills is crucial because these muscles are used for everyday tasks you probably don’t even stop and think of.

Dressing, eating and keeping up with personal hygiene are all easy tasks, thanks to your fine motor skills. They are essential for performing everyday tasks, and a child’s self-esteem can suffer if they lack the ability to do so.

We all know that the best way to learn is through play, and there are plenty of toys out there that can help your child develop their fine motor skills. Let’s look at a few.

LEGO Duplo Gentle Giants Petting Zoo1. LEGO Duplo Gentle Giants Petting Zoo

Little dinosaur lovers will LOVE visiting the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo. Young children will build fine motor skills through building and rebuilding the baby dinosaur enclosure. Buy it here.

First Learning Wooden Puzzle

2. First Learning Wooden Puzzle

Ideal for young children learning to recognise shapes, colours and animals. Through fun shapes and bright colours, your little one will learn to match each puzzle piece to its designated spot. Buy it here.

3. Make It Real Block & Rock Charm Bracelets

3. Make It Real Block & Rock Charm Bracelets

Make beautiful bracelets using this kit’s pretty charms, colourful beads and alphabet beads. Your child will develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they create pretty jewellery to their heart’s content. Buy it here.

4. Barbie Fashionistas

4. Barbie Fashionistas

Each Barbie Fashionistas doll has her own look and style, inspired by the latest trends. Dressing the doll will help your child with their fine motor skills. Buy it here.

5. Toot-toot Drivers Racing Rampway

5. Toot-toot Drivers Racing Rampway

Rearrange the tracks to create a dual raceway, stunt track or super raceway. Race your cars through exciting courses with cars designed for little hands. Buy it here.

6. Tooky Toy 50Pcs

6. Tooky Toy 50Pcs

A classic and playroom staple, you can never go wrong with building blocks. This mixture of brightly coloured blocks can be built into anything you can imagine – a house, a castle, a city? It’s all up to you. Buy it here.

7. Play-Doh Letters and Language

7. Play-Doh Letters and Language

Learn all the letters of the alphabet by moulding them with Play-Doh. Included in the set are 26 letter stampers, two double-sided play mats, six tubs of Play-Doh and sculpting tools to introduce your child to the exciting world of reading. Buy it here.

8. Pip & Squeak’s Cheese Stack Game

8. Pip & Squeak’s Cheese Stack Game

Stack, flip and build with these uniquely-shaped wooden cheese wedges in three fun games. Rippled pieces make them easy to grip, ready for stacking. Comes with two wooden mice, 22 wooden cheese wedges and rules for three games. Buy it here.

9. Tooky Toy 5 in 1 Play Cube Centre

9. Tooky Toy 5 in 1 Play Cube Centre

This 5 in 1 Play Cube Centre will provide endless entertainment for your child, including an abacus for counting, labyrinth and maze and much more. Buy it here.

10. Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks

10. Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks

These chunky, colourful blocks introduce colours and shapes to your little one. Stack and drop the blocks through the slots in the bucket lid, and carry the bucket for more fun again and again. Buy it here.

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Bad habits. We all have them. And they can be a nightmare to break. It can be even trickier to convince your kids to break them. But, as parents, this is part of our unspoken job description. Here is how we can break bad habits in kids.

So whether it’s your toddler biting, your preschooler hitting, your school-aged child swearing or your tween/teen lying, here’s how you can get them to break the bad habit.

Lead by example

Before you try to tackle a bad habit, make sure you’re not guilty of doing the same thing. It’s hard to break your child’s swearing habit when you’re constantly dropping the F-bomb at the dinner table (guilty).

Find a substitute

Whenever the frustration, the stress or the fear that is causing the bad habit hits, work with your child to find an alternative way to handle it. Taking deep breaths, cuddling a teddy, or using a different (not sweary) word are substitutes that might help.

Be persistent (and patient)

Offer plenty of support and encouragement. Even great kids develop bad habits and this shouldn’t be something they feel shamed or stressed about. Add little rewards to remind them that they are going great and you are proud of them.



1400 hours – this is the average length of time children spend wearing their school shoes every year. That’s a crazy amount of time when you think about it.

From walking around the classroom to climbing the monkey bars, from playing tiggy on the playground to skipping during sport, children are constantly on their feet. So how can you ensure your child’s school shoes will go the distance?

When shopping, take your children with you!

Yes, they will probably complain and you might need to bribe them with donuts after, but it’s so important they actually try the shoes on and walk around in them.

Have a professional check that the shoes are the right fit.

Often kids will say, “They are fine,” simply because they want to go home (or get a donut) when really they aren’t quite right. Get a second opinion in the shops to check.

Plan to Upgrade Mid-Year

Many parents go up a size when choosing school shoes. But the extra room can cause callouses, blisters and damaged toenails. Instead, it’s preferable to budget to purchase another pair half way through the year and check at the end of each term to make sure the shoes still fit.



You don’t need to make an Application to the Court to come to a parenting arrangement for your children. If possible, you and the other parent should try to reach an agreement regarding care arrangements. If you are able to reach agreement, you have two options to formalise this:

Signing a Parenting Plan.

A Parenting Plan is a written agreement between parents regarding children’s care arrangements. It is not registered in any court and is not enforceable. Parties will often make a Parenting Plan if they come to agreement at Mediation.

Applying for Consent Orders.

Consent Orders are binding Orders made by the Court regarding the care of children in terms agreed by the parents. Before the Orders are made, the Court must consider whether the agreement reached is in the best interests of the children.

Whether you should enter into a Parenting Plan or Consent Orders will depend on you and your situation. No two parenting matters are the same and there is no one size fits all answer. However, most of the time, Consent Orders are the better option as they are binding on you both. This means that neither parent can withhold the children or unilaterally change the arrangement. Parenting Orders are also a little more difficult to change after they are made. Unless there is a substantial or significant change in circumstances, Orders cannot be changed. Therefore, if a parent simply decides that they are no longer happy with the Consent Orders that they entered into, it is unlikely that a Court would change the Orders as there has not been a significant change.

Parenting Plans are flexible and easily changed, so they may be useful where the child is an infant and their needs are rapidly changing. However, they do not provide you with the protection of Consent Orders as they are not binding.

We often say that the two people best able to make arrangements for their children are the parents, as they know their children better than others. Therefore, you should only commence Court proceedings when you are unable to reach an agreement with the other parent.