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67 WAYS TO ENJOY THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

67 WAYS TO ENJOY THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

School holidays are here! Regardless of whether you have two full weeks of activities to plan or you only have a couple of days off with the kids, you are sure to find something for the whole family with our 67 school holiday activities, hand-picked from our team at PakMag.

Get Outside, Get Active

Make sure your child gets at least thirty minutes of exercise each day with these fun ideas.

1. Have a water-balloon fight.

2. Set up a relay race for the kids.

3. Plant a garden in your backyard.

4. Visit your local zoo or wildlife park.

5. Check your local council for free activities in your area. You will most likely find there is something every morning to suit the kids, from face painting to futsal trials.

6. Pack up a picnic, blindfold the kids and drive to a surprise location.

7. Visit a local farm or farm stay.

8. Take a hike with the entire family. Just make sure you choose a route that is suitable for everyone.

9. Go for a family bike ride.

10. Plan a beach day – it might be too cold to go for a swim, but collect shells, bring a fishing rod or make sandcastles.

11. Visit your local botanical gardens.

12. Play tennis at your local tennis club.

13. Set up an outdoor obstacle course.

14. Dig out the tarp from your shed, add some soap and water to it and create your own slippery slide.

15. Stage a garden tea party outside, complete with delicious homemade cupcakes and backyard games like cricket and crochet. Dress in fancy attire and talk in British accents.

But… it’s Raining!

Never fear. We’ve got heaps of indoor activities that will take all day (or at least a couple of hours) to complete.

16. Spend the morning at the movies.

17. Stage an old school movie marathon. Pick three of your childhood favourites. Some of our picks? The Goonies, Stand by Me, E.T. and anything Disney from the 90’s!

18. Set up a dance disco in your lounge room, complete with fairy lights and costumes.

19. Celebrate Christmas in July. Drag out the old Christmas tree and set up the decorations. Play Michael Buble on repeat.

20. Reignite your love for old board games. Remember Monopoly, Life, Taboo and Pictionary? You loved them. And chances are, so will your kids.

21. Have a theme day. Choose foods, games and activities in that certain theme.

22. Set up a box challenge. Every child gets a box and has a certain amount of time to create something cool.

23. Make an inside obstacle course with cushions, pillows, boxes, chairs and blankets.

24. Stage a play or puppet show.

25. Set up a colour treasure hunt in your home. Ask your kids to find 10 things around the house in a certain colour.

26. Stage a salon day.

Visit your Local Recreation Centres

Pick and choose what is available in your area and what your children would be interested in trying.

27. Flip over at your local trampoline centre.

28. Burn some energy at an indoor play centre.

29. Spend the day roller skating or ice skating.

30. Lounge around at your local swimming pool.

31. Check out your local PCYC for any school holiday activities on offer (martial arts, kindy gym, etc).

32. Get competitive with laser tag.

33. Catch some waves with cable ski.

34. Go bowling.

35. Play a round of mini golf.

Educational Activities

The kids may have a break from school work but keep their little minds busy with these ideas.

36. Check out your local library. Most libraries will have various school holiday activities including crafts and games for kids of all ages.

37. Visit your local art gallery or museum. Choose one you’ve never been to before.

38. Visit your local planetarium.

39. Host an outdoor bake sale or lemonade stand.

40. Write a letter to a relative and post it.

41. Make a robot out of cardboard boxes.

42. Write a story and get your children to illustrate each page.

43. Stage a painting class outside.  Choose something in nature to paint and showcase your work in a gallery in your lounge room.

Night-time Fun

Let the kids stay up a little later and give these ideas a try.

44. Set up a backyard campout. If you don’t want to brave the crowds or the fickle weather, then why not set up the tent in your backyard for the night?

45. Go to a drive-in movie, if your area has one.

46. Set up a blanket on the grass and watch the stars.

47. Go night-fishing.

48. Organise a neighbourhood street party for one evening. Ask every neighbour to bring a dish and organise party games for the kids.

At-Home Activities

49. Get creative in the kitchen. There are so many great recipes that are not too tricky for the little ones.

50. Make a collage. You can use things you collect at the park, beach, magazine cut-outs or anything really.

51. Paint rock animals – take a walk to your local creek and pick a few larger rocks to take home, wash and paint. You can make little rock critters, like ladybugs or caterpillars, or stick to abstract patterns and stripes.

52. Create your own placemats – use stickers, magazine cut-outs and clear contact to give your old plain placemat a fresh new look.

53. Make a blanket fort.

54. Play “play dough surprise”. This is a game we just made up the other day. Take little items around the house (bouncy balls, figurines, play jewellery, toy cars, etc.) and hide them in the play dough in various play doh containers. Let your kids open each container and dig out the surprise. Repeat for infinity.

55. Create an aquarium diorama out of an old shoe box.

56. Set up a toy circuit with five different stations such as Lego, puzzles, books, colouring and play dough. Your children will have fifteen minutes to play at each station before rotating.

57. Have a LEGO building contest.

58. Make a photo book out of old photographs.

59. Coordinate a dance. Perform it for your partner when they return home.

Multi-Purpose Activities

School holidays is a great time to get organised for the rest of the year. While your kids may not be too happy to spend the entire time cleaning, try convincing them to take on at least one
of these tasks:

60. Organise their wardrobe.

61. Wash the cars. If you are feeling extra ambitious, let the kids set up a ‘car wash’ station and see if any of the neighbours are interested in a free car wash.

62. Cull any toys they no longer play with and give them to charity.

63. Rearrange their rooms.

64. Host a freezer cooking day.

65. Make jams.

66. Do the bi-yearly doctor and dentist visit.

67. Host a weekend garage sale. Get rid of all that old stuff and make a bit of pocket change on the side.

Why not play some games in the backyard or make crafts out of a cardboard box?

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INJECT COLOUR INTO YOUR LOUNGE ROOM

Your lounge room is probably one of the most-used areas in the house. It should be a place where you can feel comfortable and unwind after a long day.

Pastels are one of the hottest trends this season, but whatever colour scheme and décor you choose, here are some tips to ensure the perfect blend of comfort and style with minimal clutter.

Consider the 60-30-10 Rule

When decorating a particular room, try to stick to 60 per cent of a dominant colour, 30 per cent of a secondary colour and 10 per cent of an accent colour. Often your accent colour comes from the accessories that you choose.

Accessorise with things like lamps, throws, rugs, pillows, candles, wall hangings, and indoor plant holders. A few bright pillows can add a splash of colour and freshness to any living space.

Know the Colour Schemes

Essentially there are two main types of colour schemes: complementary and analogous.

Complementary colours are across from each other on the colour wheel, such as red and green, blue and yellow, or purple and orange and are typically reserved for formal living areas.

Analogous colour schemes are next to each other on the colour wheel, such as yellow and green, blue and violet, or red and orange and are best for casual family rooms and dens.

Understand Colour Codes

We may not even notice but certain colours are associated with particular emotions, seasons and feelings. Blues and browns tend to be associated with a more restful feel while reds and yellows are associated with a lively living space.

Colours are often also associated with the season – autumn colours such as mustard yellows, russets and browns will create a calm and subdued space, perfect for resting. Spring colours, on the other hand, are more uplifting; pinks, lilac and saffron yellow create an innocent, fresh look to a room.

Are you considering a new look for your lounge area. Check out our home section for more tips on decorating and redesigning.

PAKMAG REVIEWS LASERFUN CAIRNS

The PakMag team recently went along to Laserfun Cairns to check out one of the newest attractions available in Cairns.

Laserfun Cairns has the biggest and best indoor laser tag venue for all your party and event needs. All Weather, Air-conditioned & Indoor – so you can book your event with confidence.

Clean, spacious lounge and cafe allows you to relax with a coffee and watch the action on the TV screens. There are arcade games and a Laser Maze and awesome Birthday Party Packages available.

Laser Tag players must be 6+ yrs and wear enclosed shoes. Discounts for groups with over 15 players. Gift Vouchers Available.

Check out our time at Laserfun here:

Call them today on 07 4031 9865 or visit www.laserfun.com.au

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7 WAYS TO DECORATE A PUMPKIN FOR HALLOWEEN

You’ve seen them in the grocery stores. You’ve probably even contemplated buying one. Yes, we’re talking about the big orange pumpkins typically reserved for Halloween. We’ve compiled seven ways to decorate them for Halloween.

Pumpkin carving can be a great family activity. But you don’t have to stick to the traditional scary face. In fact, you don’t even have to carve your pumpkin! Here are some great pumpkin decorating ideas to inspire you this Halloween, perfect to do with the kids.

1. Happy Pumpkin Family 

Got some silly hats and extra clothes lying around the house? Then you’ve the makings of these adorable orange friends.

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2. Spider Stencil Pumpkins

Here’s another clever idea! Add a bit of spray paint and stencil spiders to your pumpkins for a spooky way to decorate your front entrance.

3. Striped Pumpkins

My kids absolutely adore painting on everything (rocks, walls, each other…) so why not add pumpkins to the mix with these clever painted pumpkins.

4. Cat and Mouse

Cut out a bit of wrapping paper to create a clever cat and mouse combination. Simply glue the paper to the pumpkins for the eyes, ears and tail.

Go and make these ones right meow.

5. Pirate Pumpkin

Argh matey – why should the kids get to have all the fancy dress fun? You can easily craft a pirate out of a pumpkin with a pirate hat, eye patch and black button.

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6. Button Heads

Speaking of buttons, these equally cute and creepy heads could be just the thing you need. Use a variety of buttons to make each pumpkin unique. Display them stacked or solo.

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7. Tennis Ball Pumpkin Men

Use tennis balls for the eyes and give these pumpkin men a bit of personality!

Looking for more Halloween crafts to do with the kids? Check out these adorable lolly gloves and fun rubbish bag spider webs.

(images thanks to Ally You)

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MAKE YOUR OWN BIN BAG SPIDER WEBS

Get your house ready for Halloween with this fun and easy craft for Halloween.

You Need:

  • Large black rubbish bag
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Black Sharpie pen

Method:

  1. Lay your rubbish bag flat.
  2. Trim off the sides and bottom so you are left with two big rectangles of plastic.
  3. Cut each piece into an approximate square.
  4. Fold one of the squares in half diagonally to form a triangle.
  5. Fold that triangle in half two more times to narrow it. Use a few pieces of tape to fasten the layers together where the loose folded edges come together. It will help hold the shape together when you’re cutting.
  6. Use a black Sharpie to sketch some guides on the plastic: draw a “stem” from the folded point out to the end of your triangle. Then sketch some scallops that come off the stem.
  7. With scissors, cut out the negative shapes and unfold your web.
  8. Tape several webs together and add extra strips of plastic to connect them if you like.

(Thanks to How About Orange)

FREE HALLOWEEN FUN AT FOGARTY PARK

What are you and the kids up to this Halloween? We’ve got a Halloween event that will have everyone in the household howling with excitement.

Fogarty Park will be transformed into a spooky spectacular complete with costumes, music, games and plenty of prizes on Halloween night. Join in on the fun from 5:00 pm to 7:30pm on Saturday 31 October.

What’s on?

Let the kids dress up and dance the night away. We will be playing all the classic Halloween tunes and also be featuring a Talent Quest where our future Cairns superstars will be performing for a prize. We’ve got tickets to give away to PakMag’s exclusive screening of Hotel Transylvania 2 on November 1st so make sure you dress up!

Even if your kids don’t want to get involved in the Talent Quest, there are plenty of other great activities on the menu, from ghoulish games to a pumpkin lantern competition.  Browse through the bargains with our various stall holders and enjoy an assortment of tasty treats.

Proudly sponsored by PakMag, Queensland Country Union, Calanna Pharmacy, Sea FM, Overflow, Event Cinemas and BCC Cinemas, all proceeds from the stall set up will go to helping the Leukaemia Foundation.

Whether your kids are too young to trick or treat or you would prefer to stay off the streets, come down and celebrate with PakMag. The party is perfect for children of all ages and everything is completely free!

To book your stall, contact ajarrett@leukemia.org.au or 0478 408 157.

To register for the talent quest contact promotions@pakmag.com.au.

Happy Halloween!