Thursday, July 03, 2014

Welcome To The "Love Boat"

Julie Love Boat 16 School Holiday Activities

School holidays are once again upon us, gee don't they seem to come around fast!

I love the prospect of sleeping in each day, no pressures of getting everyone out the door on time, no school lunches to prepare and time just spent snuggling up under the doonas watching a good movie with my girls.

There is no rushing to after school sport training or activities, dinners are bit more relaxed and can be eaten later,  as I tend to relax the bedtimes a bit..... or maybe it's because I just don't want to cook dinner twice....

But with the school holidays I also find myself acting like "Julie" The Cruise Director from the "Love Boat" you remember her? (Or maybe you are a lot younger than me and have no idea who she was!)

Let me refresh your memory.  

She was responsible for ensuring everyone was having a good time, organising the activities for the day, making sure everyone remained happy and occupied and ensuring that everyone was well fed and the buffet well stocked....are you seeing the similarities?

The only thing I am missing is the trusty clipboard that she never went without... on second thoughts I think I need one of those too..

Julie Love Boat

Why do my kids seem to think that we need to be doing some sort of activity every moment of every day?

I'm just happy to sleep in, crawl leisurely out of bed, have a relaxing coffee and just spend the day pottering.

Don't they seem to understand that school holidays are for rest and relaxation and we CRAVE some downtime?  

The main objective of the school holidays is not to be actually busier than if we were actually still in the school routine!

So in order to keep the little munchkins happy and entertained over the course of the next two weeks,  I am organising activities and outings that hopefully my girls will love.

They vary from activities that I will have to spend some money on and some that will be some inexpensive family fun.

Here are some suggestions I have come up with, of course we will only be doing some of these, I'm not that silly to try and cram all these in:-
  • Trip to the movies:- Some kids movies that are out these holidays are How To Train Your Dragon 2, Rio 2, Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy. For the older girls, Fault In Our Stars, Maleficent, Transformers: Age of Extinction (If they are a nerd like my Miss 16).
  • Cool Yule at Darling Harbour Sydney:- We will be checking this out next week.  There are literally loads of "cool" things to do such as ice skating, tube sliding, visit the snowy forest, the snow pit, zorb balls in Cockle Bay and of course the Frosty Fireworks a great way to spend a "cool" day in Sydney.
Cool Yule Darling Harbour

  • Sydney Olympic Park:- There are loads of stuff for the kids to do these school holidays and most of it is free, check out all the activities on offer here.
  • Play tourist in your home city:- It doesn't matter where you are from. How often do you get to play tourist in your home town? We are extremely lucky and my home town just happens to be Sydney. An inexpensive way to see the harbour is to take a ferry ride. Why not catch the ferry to Darling Harbour or to the Zoo! A great way to see the harbour.  Why not see what your own city has on offer.
Sydney Opera House

  • Go Ten Pin Bowling
  • Have a PJ day
  • Have a family game night, play your favourite board games, turn the TV off and enjoy each others company...have fun!
  • Have a fire pit outside, roast marshmallows and tell stories.  We got our fire pit from BBQ's Galore and it's one of the best things we have bought, we love it in Winter.
Fire Pit BBQ's Galore

  • Visit your local library, often they have lots of free activities for kids during school holiday time.
  • Have a baking day.  Make some cupcakes and get the girls to ice and decorate their own.
  • Make a lounge room fort and cook up some popcorn and watch a movie.
  • Have a makeover day, get your girls to give you a makeover, if you are game, lots of fun and laughs.....
  • Do some painting and craft
  • Organise a sleep over with some of their friends, what girls don't love a sleep over!
  • Go for a picnic and play in the local park
  • Have a shopping, coffee and afternoon tea day. What girl could resist that!

Have a great break!!

What plans to you have these for these holidays?

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  1. This used to be one of my favourite shows and I have sometimes even said to the kids "Hey my name's not Julie the Cruise Director"!

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one!!! Although my kids look at me with a confused expression....I might have to introduce them to the wonders of the Love Boat

  3. We had a few activities in mind when the hols started, but it turned out these are our "pottering" holidays after all. Play dates, bush walks and idleness have been wonderful. And no screens!! I'm looking forward to checking out Cool Yule during the week, though. x


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