Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bayside Kids Directory

I have started an online directory for services and products for kids in the Bayside area of Brisbane. Please check out the site here.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Brisbane Winter Festival

We had a fun visit to the Winter Festival in Brisbane yesterday. The festival is currently on at King George Square until June 26.
We watched an ice skating show and the kids went on a fun slide. It was a fun afternoon in the city. We went by car and parked in the parking underneath the square -- it's $10 during the weekend so pretty economical for city parking.
It's free to go to the festival, but you pay for activities. We decided to do the ice skating during the last week as the kids will be on holiday then and the skating is cheaper during the week.
The fun slide was great for the kids -- $5 for 3 rides. So they each went, and joined up for the last two times meaning that they could get an extra go!

We took some snacks and sandwiches to have in the car later, but did grab some hot chocolate and churros -- which were very welcome as it was rather cold!

Friday, June 10, 2011


We've recently had some really awesome visits to Indigiscapes, which is based in Capalaba in the Redlands.
They have a nursery, tea garden, wonderful area for walks, great kids play area, and tranquil gardens to explore.
Indigiscapes is a great place to visit at any time. We've had tea there at a delightful tea garden that offers bush tucker flavours and Australian native teas. We've done a short walk through the forest and we've visited on two special event days recently -- the annual Indigi Day Out and World Turtle Day.
Indigi Day Out was a two day celebration that included dancing, music, information and activities relating to wildlife, plants and the environment, and a wide range of kids activities mainly art related.
Entry is free, as were the activities -- we just paid for food, although it is permissible to take your own. The kids made things out of clay, stamped footprints into clay, spent ages drawing with a local artist (and trying out her range of art pencils), had their faces painted, played in the park and various other activities.
World Turtle Day was a smaller, half day event that was being held for the first time (although Indigiscapes does hold similar events on other special days). Everything was free (including juices and a sausage sizzle) and the kids did various activities, including screen printing on bags.
Indigiscapes is definitely on our list of great places to visit.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

We had a great -- and highly anticipated -- visit to the Planetarium in Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane at the weekend.

Highly anticipated because we'd planned to go there for ages. The first weekend we were the most determined to go, but they were closed for a two week revamp, then Kai was sick, then we had to pack boxes, move house, unpack boxes...But finally, we managed to go. And we really enjoyed ourselves.
Slade has been learning about the solar system at school this term so it was of huge interest to him. And being eight he's able to walk around, reading the information on the displays and understand a fair amount. We watched one show, which was very suitable for kids. It shown in a dome-shaped theatre, and you watch the show on the roof, so that's a novelty. There are shows specifically for children, and then others that are longer and are not for children under six. They do warn that if you leave the theatre, you are not able to return so it's wise to choose appropriate shows.
There is a cost for the shows, but entrance to the planetarium itself is free.
For a bit of history, the planetarium, which is Queensland's first, was opened in 1978, and named after Sir Thomas Brisbane, a Governor of New South Wales in the 1820s. Australia's first significant observatory was established by Sir Thomas Brisbane, who was responsible for the first extensive mapping of the southern sky. His observations led to a list of 7,385 stars.
The planetarium is situated in the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, which has a restaurant, and wonderful facilities for walks and picnics so it's possible to combine your visit to the Planetarium with a picnic in the garden or lunch at the restaurant.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Kids from Queensland in South Africa

Well, these kids from Queensland have been Kids in South Africa over the Christmas holidays. It was a fantastic holiday thoroughly enjoyed by all. Although not so applicable to the theme of this blog, I'm just going post about this once to include some links to some places that we visited and particularly enjoyed.
We spent quite a lot of time with family, firstly in KwaZulu-Natal, and then in Port Elizabeth.
In KwaZulu-Natal, we did a few things on the Midlands Meander, which has such a variety of delightful places at which to eat, stay and shop. In particular, I took my mom, sister in law and I stayed at Indigo Fields (for a special occasion, when we adults had a little get-away without the kids. Similarly, my husband and I spent a romantic night at Hawklee Country House.
A great places for taking the kids is Piggly Wiggly (renamed Wiggly Pig by my daughter), which now has two outlets, one on the Midlands Meander and the other in Kloof.
While staying in Port Elizabeth, we travelled almost to Plettenberg Bay to go to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. These are adjacent to one another and are highly recommended. They were definitely worth the drive.
In Port Elizabeth we stayed at Palm Lodge. A fantastic place where we had a large family unit so we had lots of space, had family around for dinners, and enjoyed some wonderful times outside around the pool.
Our final week in South Africa was spent in the Kruger Park, South Africa's biggest game reserve. A visit to the Kruger Park has to be on the 'to visit' list when visiting South Africa.