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Our top school holiday activities to entertain

by 1 October 2018

Our top school holiday activities to entertain

The school holidays are here!

What if it rains? What if the kids get bored? How are we going to get through on a budget?

If you’re a little unprepared, that’s ok. We’ve got you covered with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, and with a variety of budgets.

All we want to do is make sure you and your kids have a fun-filled school holiday.

Have a read over these great ideas and make sure you leave some spare time over the 8th - 12th October (read on to find out more).
 

1. Let them do their own shopping

Instead of guessing what the kids might want to do these holidays, let them choose.

Head to Kmart on a wee outing, give the kids a $10 budget and set them a challenge.

They have to find an activity for $10 or under. Although, this won’t be much of a challenge as Kmart has heaps of activities for under $10. From colouring pens, to board games, and modelling clay to dress up costumes.

 

2. Buy one get one half price

Good old Paper Plus are thinking about those busy kids who just need something on the go, all the time.

They’ve made all their games, toys and puzzles buy one get one half price. So when they get bored of one thing, they’ll have a second to keep them going.

You’ll find something for every sort of kid. Art sets, card games, practical joke pocket set, family games and puzzles.

 

3. Centre playground

When the energy exceeds the rooms of the house, it’s time to head outside. Our Centre Playground is the perfect place for them to come and let off some steam whilst you sit and have a coffee.

 

4. Free entertainment at the Secret Garden

We’re super excited about our free entertainment these school holidays. You can bring your kids down to our secret garden (located at the Centre playground) during the 8th to the 12th October, from 10am - 2pm to make their own grass head.

It’s just a gold coin donation that will be donated to Cure Kids.
 

5. Always have something up your sleeve

For those times when you’re out and about, the kids are a little wild and they just a distraction. You need pocket-sized games at the ready. Gateway games have a bunch of easy to transport games, like this Disney themed Monopoly Deal ($21.90), or you could grab the classic Bananagrams for $28.90.

 


 

6. Plant a butterfly garden

If you’ve got some little green fingers amongst the family, then they’ll sure be into planting some swan plants.

Swan plants create a perfect habitat for butterflies. So if you want to see some butterflies visiting this summer, get your swan plants in now. Hammer Hardware have lots for $4.90 each.

 


 

7. Keep their bellies full

Challenge your little baker to making something filling and delicious.

Countdown have some great recipes online to suit all. Including these yum pizza pinwheels. See below for the full recipe.

 

 

Ham, cheese and pineapple pinwheels

Ingredients

2 cups self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

75g cold butter, cut into cubes

¾ cup milk

¼ cup tomato paste

100g shaved ham, sliced

225g can pineapple pieces, drained

1 cup grated mozzarella

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (180ºC fan-forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the milk and mix together with a knife until a soft dough forms.

3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and lightly knead it until the dough is smooth. Roll the dough out into a rectangle approximately 35 cm x 25 cm.

4. Spread the tomato paste over the dough, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge. Cover with ham, pineapple and cheese. Brush the edge of the dough with a little milk.

5. Roll the dough up lengthwise to form a log. Cut the log into 12 even slices, approximately 2cm thick. Place the pinwheels on the baking tray.

6. Bake the pinwheels in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

 

8. Be super organised

For some of you out there, you’ll be wanting to tick off all those jobs that need to get done before school starts again.

If getting a haircut for the kids is one of them, pop into Just Cuts. You don’t need an appointment and they’re pros at cutting kids hair. Prices start from $17.
 

Whatever you end up doing these holidays, we hope you enjoy some precious family time and some well-earned downtime.

We hope to see you around the Centre soon.