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Trying to keep a child sitting in one spot for many hours on end can be quite a nightmare. But on a plane, there’s really no other choice! Here are the top 10 ways to pass time on a plane with kids.

1. Make use of the in-flight entertainment

This one is pretty obvious. If the flight you’re on has in-flight entertainment, make good use of it. They always have family-friendly and kids’ movies, perfect to keep them entertained for an hour or two.

2. Listen to a podcast

There’s a huge variety of podcasts out there, and surprisingly, a fair few for kids too. From educational shows to story-telling sessions, these podcasts encourage your child to explore their imagination.

3. Write a journal

This is a fantastic way to documents your thoughts and feelings on travelling. If your little ones are old enough to write, this is a fun idea for them, too; and they’ll love to look back on it years down the track.

4. Write a letter to yourself in 5 years

Where are you? Who is with you? What are your dreams? This is a fun way that really puts life into perspective a few years down the track.

5. Colour in

Colouring books are just as popular with adults as they are with children nowadays, and once you give it a go you can see why. It’s relaxing, creative, and leaves you with a beautiful piece of art.

6. Write a short story

Encourage the kids to let their imagination run wild. Let the story take place on a plane, or your travel destination; when you’re finished, swap stories and read the others’ creation.

7. Find shapes in the clouds

Look out the window with the kids and see what shapes you can make of the clouds as they drift past. That cloud over there might look like a dog to you, but a lion to your kids. Have some fun with it!

8. Surprise them with a toy

The element of surprise never gets old. Hide a new toy in your bag and present it on the plane.

9. Bring a Workbook

Bring a book full of find-a-words, sudokus, mazes, and other brain-puzzling activities to ensure some quiet time. They may even learn something, too!

10. Bring a sticker book

These are so much fun and come in all sorts of themes, including dress-up, numbers and letters, farm animals, and even holiday scenes.

Long story short, don’t stress too much. There are many ways to pass time on a plane with kids, but sometimes even if you try them all, your child ends up feeling upset. Other passengers are generally pretty understanding if kids become upset during a flight. Kick back, try to relax, and you’ll be at your destination in no-time.


Parent fails. We’ve all had them. The funniest one I’ve seen was a lady that fake tanned her body and then breastfed her baby. The baby ended up with a fake tanned boob circle on his face.

I’ve had some shockers.

When my son was 2 years old, he hurt his arm whilst being taken care of by a relative. He seemed ok,
but a week later we noticed he was favouring one arm. We took him to the doctors and left with his arm in a cast. Same thing happened to same child 3 years later. Twice he had an injury but we thought it was minor and it wasn’t… oops.

Or the time my husband messed up the time for our youngest child’s performance for his last day of Kindy. Not only did we miss the concert, but all the other kids left at midday and he was the only child left at 2.00pm when we turned up for the concert. That was a very sad day.

The thing is… we all have parent fails. If you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying hard enough right? Please tell me that statement rings true for parenting?!

I remember my parents failed quite a few times.

Picking us up from gymnastics often meant hours of waiting due to miscommunication between them
(and there were no mobile phones back then).

The home birthday cakes that no one would eat because they were as dry as cardboard.

The DIY haircuts to save money, that literally looked like Mum put a bowl on my head and thought “that will keep my scissor line straight” (this always ends up as a parent fail, don’t do it!).

The conversations they had (or the adult activities) not thinking we were listening.

To the food left in the fridge that we thought was ok to consume… I ate 2-week-old chicken at my dad’s house once. I was hospitalised and couldn’t eat chicken for 2 years or I’d get sick again.

Parent fails happen.

In the moment, parent fails are not always funny, and we are traumatised for a long time (I was too scared to see a hairdresser until I was in my twenties and I am still really careful with chicken). However, some make nuggets of gold for their 18th birthday party and beyond. Like the times you find your kids eating dog food, cockroaches, or their own bodily fluids.

As much as I hate failing, I do wonder which parent fails I have done that will potentially scar my kids into adulthood! Probably the forgotten Kindy performance, fractured arms, and the time I said licking a 9-volt battery is fun. But hey, we can’t be perfect parents, or we wouldn’t have any funny stories, right?

And if we really think about it, I am sure our kids have had many kid fails that have made us look bad too. Like the time they pee down the slippery slide at Bunnings or take Panadol to daycare to hand out… Kids sure have a fine way of helping us with our parent fails.

If you are beating yourself up right now because of a parent fail, stop. We all have them, and it’s what makes the parenthood journey the rollercoaster it is.



It’s January mums and dads. And we all know what that means – it’s time to get out and get active in Townsville.

Well, we have some great news for you. We’ve uncovered plenty of activities in Townsville that you’ll actually WANT to keep doing, even after the initial “New Year New You” mantra has worn off.

Best of all? These activities are all for YOU. After all, we parents deserve to enjoy a bit of fun in our downtime too. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the daily kids’ activities that we forget to do anything for ourselves. It shouldn’t be like this – make it a New Year’s resolution to try something just for yourself this year (and stick to this one!). Trust us, it will make a huge impact to your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

So push the pile of washing to the corner of the lounge, enjoy a bit of me time and let’s get active! Step out of your comfort zone (and your cosy pjs) and work up a bit of a sweat. From cardio programs to core-strengthening activities, these energetic programs are sure to get the endorphins a-flowing.


Head on down to your local PCYC and discover all there is to do for mums and dads looking to get active.

Offering programs in gymnastics, fitness and Free-G (an exciting fusion of gymnastics, martial arts, and acrobatic tricks), there’s something to suit everyone, whether you’re looking to get active, make friends, or just try out something new.

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Always wanted to give Martial Arts a try? Take the chance this year with United Martial Arts and Fitness Academy, offering a range of classes for adults.

Wing Chun Kung Fu – Learn the martial art Bruce Lee trained in. Learn martial art principles as well as how to utilise focus and awareness.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – A martial art, combat sport system focusing on grappling and ground fighting all while promoting physical fitness.

Jet Kickboxing – Lean and fit kickboxing workouts offering training in endurance, quick recovery, timing, balance and much more.

Free women’s self-defence – Train to be a strong opponent with the right kind of training.

Street Edge Krav Maga – A real world self-protection training focusing on self-defence rather than combat sport.

THUMP Boxing – Open to all levels of fitness, THUMP boxing classes offer a range of health and fitness benefits as well as making you part of a unique team culture.

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Rather than sitting in the aircon, cool off a different way and head on down for a refreshing swim at Kirwan Aquatics.

The 25m outdoor pool is perfect for lap swimmers, with plenty of lanes and space to take it at your own pace. Whether you’re looking to swim competitively or as a relaxed outdoor activity, Kirwan Aquatics has got you covered.
Why not invite some friends or family along and try to race each other in laps down the pool?

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There are a variety of options available that allow you to get active right here in our beautiful city.
Live Life Get Active – In partnership with Townsville City Council, Live Life Get Active inspires a fitter, healthier and happier community. Programs offered include boxing, X training and yoga, in a fun, motivating and friendly environment. Everyone can join in, no matter your fitness level – whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been participating for many years.

If you’re not sure where to start, this is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.



Did you know that Townsville City Council is a host organisation for Australia’s biggest community-based walking network? Heart Foundation Walking makes physical activity enjoyable and easy, and it’s free!

There’s a total of five walking groups in Annandale Aitkenvale and Townsville City including PCYC. Groups come in a variety of different sizes tackling various distances and levels of difficulty, so there’s sure to be something out there to suit what you’re looking for.

You can register as a walker via the Heart Foundation website.


Explore Nature

We live in such a gorgeous part of the country, why not improve your outlook and get active outdoors? Townsville and surrounds offer many great tracks ideal for cycling, hiking or a stroll.

Castle Hill – If you’re reading this, chances are you might have walked up Castle Hill before. It’s the most popular walking trail within Townsville City with multiple tracks. Why not mix things up and go with a different track on your next visit? If you’re more into cycling, you can ride your bike to the summit, too – just make sure you share the hill with everyone.

Riverwalk – The Riverwalk overlooks the gorgeous Ross River. Can you spot local birdlife during your walk, jog or cycle?
Gabul Way – This 710m walkway is adjacent to Arcadia Road on Magnetic Island and is suitable for both walkers and cyclists, boasting unbeatable views along the way.

Booroona Trail – If you’re looking to get closer to the environment, Booroona Trail is for you. It offers the perfect opportunity for people to get closer to the environment through boardwalks and walking trails through the wetlands.

10,000 Steps – Townsville has a number of 10,000 Steps signed walkways around the region, including the Ross River Parkway Aplins Circuit, Rowes Bay to Pallarenda, Wetlands Circuit, Anderson Botanic Garden Circuit, Riverway Circuit and a number of Castle Hill tracks.

There are several friendly and welcoming groups that walk together – why not consider joining one?




It’s January mums and dads! And we all know what that means – it’s time to make a bunch of New Year’s resolutions that we probably will break by February! Or March, at the latest.

Well, we have some great news for you! We’ve uncovered plenty of activities in Cairns that you’ll actually WANT to keep doing, even after the initial “New Year New You” mantra has worn off.

Best of all? These activities are all for YOU! After all, we parents deserve to enjoy a bit of fun in our downtime too. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the daily kids’ activities that we forget to do anything for ourselves. It shouldn’t be like this – make it a New Year’s resolution to try something just for yourself this year (and stick to this one!). Trust us, it will make a huge impact to your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

So push the pile of washing to the corner of the lounge, enjoy a bit of me time and let’s get active!

Get Sweaty!

Step out of your comfort zone (and your cosy pjs) and work up a bit of a sweat. From cardio programs to core-strengthening activities, these energetic programs are sure to get the endorphins a-flowing.


Always wanted to get into martial arts? Here is your chance.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Designed to equip individuals with an effecting method against larger and stronger attackers.

Muay Thai – Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced players. Whether you’re in it to get fit or would like to fight competitively, you’ll be well looked after.

Fusion, Fight and Fitness is committed to a relaxed, family-friendly and ego-free community.
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Head on down to Cairns Indoor Sports for a game of cricket, netball, soccer, beach volleyball or dodgeball. The perfect way to revisit an old sport you loved or get into a new one.

Bring your friends along and form a team, or make new friends along the way.

Introducing the PLAY NOW program where you don’t have to wait to find a team – Cairns Indoor Sports will do the leg work for you. Game on!

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Facebook: Cairns Indoor Sports


Whether you’re wanting to spend more time in the water or looking for a place to do fitness, Tobruk Memorial Pool is the place to be. Facilities include a 25m accessible pool, multi-use warm water pool, and the Tobruk Functional Training Zone.

Programs offered include adult squad swimming, SUP yoga and pilates, mums n bubs, bootcamp, 1 on 1 personal training and group fitness classes.

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PCYC is a not-for-profit organisation supporting local communities and offering a wide range of facilities. There’s something to suit various skills and abilities.

The gym is open from 6.00am-9.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.00am-5.00pm Saturday and 1.00pm-5.00pm Sunday.
The basketball court is available for hire – contact your PCYC club for booking enquiries.

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This small family-run gym teaches both Muay Thai and Jump Fit classes.

Thai Fit – Suitable for all fitness levels and ages, the Thai Fit classes partner you up with someone of a similar ability and size and you take turns learning different combinations.

Thai Fight – classes for intermediate to advanced Muay Thai practitioners. In this class participants will learn more advanced skills and push themselves to their limits.

Jump Fit – These mini trampoline classes are a mixture of dancing, jumping, fun, and laughter. Jump on mini trampolines to different tempos and songs.

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Empower your life with Empower Yoga. Take some time to focus on yourself – you deserve it! Jana offers one on one sessions as well as classes and workshops. Sessions are ideal for those who suffer from PTSD, anxiety or depression.

Sessions can be held at the studio or at your own place for convenience.

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At Choi Kwang Do you’ll learn how to maximise your body’s force-producing capabilities, but more importantly you’ll learn how to enhance your health.
The environment is not designed for competition, but for individuals who want to learn real life, practical self defence skills.

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Whether you are 2 or 72, a beginner or looking to embark on a professional career, FNQ Dance Academy has something to offer everyone.
Discover a way to get moving in a fun, friendly environment with classes being taught in a number of different dance styles.

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Get Social


Join together and celebrate women in business in Cairns. The club seeks to support, educate, and bring together women all over Cairns sharing common goals through monthly luncheons. Over the years, the club has evolved into a professional body of like-minded women sharing business experiences.

Facebook: Cairns Business Women’s Club

Get Pampered


Put your body in good hands. After a long day of parenting, you deserve to pamper yourself. Healthy Me offers massage, reflexology and reiki at your convenience. The service is flexible, offering appointments 7 days a week from 9.00am-9.00pm on weekdays and 11.00am-7.00pm on weekends.
Can’t find a babysitter? No problem – Healthy Me is completely mobile and will come to you!

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Just looking at our kids or seeing an old photo of when we were young is evidence enough that parents pass down many traits to their children. Children’s genetic makeup is a combination of both their biological mother and father. Traits such as eye colour and hair colour can be passed down from parents to children, so does that mean that ‘bad teeth’ can be hereditary as well?

This question depends mainly on your definition of ‘bad teeth’.  Most true genetic conditions of the mouth are rare.

Some of the more common conditions include:

Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

Clefting, the incomplete fusion of the lip and/or palate, can appear alone or as part of a hereditary syndrome. Family history of clefting increases the chances of inheriting the disorder.

Amelogenesis imperfecta

An inherited disorder, resulting in the defective formation of tooth enamel, the hard outer surface of the tooth. The disease affects both baby and adult teeth and because of thin and soft enamel teeth are yellow and easily damaged.

Dentinogenesis imperfecta

An inherited disorder, resulting in defective formation of tooth dentine. In this condition, teeth are discolored (blue-gray or yellow–brown) and transparent. Both baby and adult teeth are damaged. They are weaker, easy to damage and prone to falling out.


Anodontia, also called congenitally missing teeth, is a hereditary condition in which one or more adult teeth do not develop, though baby teeth usually erupt. Anodontia may involve the absence of all (total anodontia) or only some (hypodontia) teeth.   Cases of hypodontia/oligodontia may or may not be associated with various syndromes such as hypohydrotic ectodermal dysplasia, cleft of the lip or palate etc.

All of these conditions can be identified early in life and require varying degrees of treatment.

If by ‘bad teeth’ you are referring to tooth decay or gum disease there is some evidence that shows certain individuals have a greater genetic susceptibility to contracting these diseases.

However, recent research has shown that overwhelmingly it is the child’s environment and not genetics that plays the most important role in whether or not the child will experience these diseases.  If your child has a low sugar diet, has excellent oral hygiene and is constantly well hydrated (to optimize saliva) they will be at very low risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease during their life.  Of course, having regular dental checks is also paramount so that potential problems can be prevented or treated early.

How to keep your kids teeth healthy:

  1. Limit their intake of sugary food and drink.
  2. Help them with their brushing and make sure they brush for two minutes morning and night.
  3. Make sure they drink plenty of plain water.
  4. Bring them to see their dentist every six months.




Dropping off your child to kindy or childcare can be hectic, you can be feeling rushed, they can be upset which can all lead to you feeling sad or anxious making the whole drop-off experience quite stressful.

The good news is some simple steps can be introduced to your morning routine to help make morning drop-offs more and calmer for you and your child.


Jane Harpley is C&K’s Children Services Regional Manager for North Queensland, she has been teaching and supporting teachers for many years. Here are her 5 tips to make drop-off time as smooth as possible.

1. Establish an arrival ritual

Rituals are most likely already quite common in your home. At night you might read a book together before bed, in the morning you might eat breakfast before getting dressed. Rituals provide an opportunity for a child to feel secure in knowing what to anticipate and can learn what to expect.

Establishing an arrival ritual can allow your child to feel secure and calm as they are aware of what the next step is as they transition from being in your care to that of their educators.

Arrival rituals can be different for each family, and that is ok. What is important is to be consistent and to involve your child in the ritual. It could include, greeting your child’s educator, putting their bag/lunch/water bottle away, then walking them to an area of the playground or to activity that they particularly enjoy. Morning rituals centre around ensuring children feel welcome while creating a sense of belonging.

2. Bring something familiar

Many children have a toy or blanket that can bring them some comfort.

These items are often referred to as ‘security’ objects and can be a great tool when transitioning children from home or to childcare or kindergarten.

If your child has a favourite toy or blanket, bring it to kindy or childcare with them. It can act like a little piece of home and can help reduce their anxiety or stress.

3. Talk it through

Talking about the morning and drop off will greatly benefit your child. You can say, “we’re on our way to kindy this morning. I know your teachers have a great day planned for you. You’ll play with all your friends, eat, play with toys and then I’ll pick you up.“

Don’t sneak out the door, instead, let your child know when you are leaving and say goodbye. If your child starts to cry or becomes upset from the separation, don’t brush over his or her feelings. Instead, let them know it’s ok to miss you. When we support our children’s feelings of loss or pain, we are helping them understand their emotions, reinforces your bond and help them develop resilience.


4. Play together

C&K childcares and kindies always encourage parents to take as much time as needed when separating from their child.

In the morning spend time playing, do a puzzle together, look at some of the toys or features of the room together and talk to your child’s educator. This will help them become familiar and comfortable within their environment.

C&K understands that drops off can be stressful and aim to help parents feel relaxed, unhurried and settled during the arrival period.


5. Talk to your educator

Every child is different, and their worries and anxieties are very real and distressing for them. C&K educators are here to help you and your child. Discuss any concerns you have and let your educator know the routines you currently have in place. They’ll be able to give you some strategies and will partner with you to make the transition from home to their kindy or childcare as smooth as possible.

Find a C&K near you today!

C&K is a not-for-profit organisation that has been offering rich and varied learning experiences for Queensland children since 1907. At C&K, children are encouraged to be involved in play that promotes a lifelong love of learning. We nurture happy and healthy minds, hearts and bodies so every child can achieve their full potential.  Visit our website to find a C&K near you today.