Scavenger hunt – write a list of objects and send the kids outdoors to find as many as possible.
Treasure hunt – bury some ‘treasure’ and give the kids a treasure map with clues to follow to find the treasure.
Go for a bike ride – there’s plenty of lovely local paths to follow or head down to the foreshore at Redcliffe for a ride by the sea. The kids will enjoy all the parks along the way and the adults will enjoy the cafes.
If you have a concrete driveway, draw roads using chalk for the kids to ride their bikes/scooters around. Don’t forget traffic lights, roundabouts, give way signs, train crossings, etc. Better yet, if you have older kids, they can draw it themselves!
Go for a picnic - in the bush, at the beach or in your own backyard.
Have an evening campfire in your back yard (or in a fire pit or brazier) and roast marshmallows.
Set up an obstacle course for the kids to complete and then get them to repeat to try to beat their time. Then complete it yourself while the kids time you!
Make indoor forts using tables, chairs, beds, sheets, blankets, whatever!
Have a movie day at home. Pull out some mattresses, pillows and blankets. Serve popcorn and warm milos.
Go for a family drive in the country or along the coast. There are lovely local drives through Moorina (out the back of Morayfield), or the Shorncliffe and Sandgate coast line, or you could head further afield and head out the D’Aguilar Highway towards Woodford.
Do some baking together. There’s nothing like warm, fresh muffins on a cold day.
Encourage your kids to write letters and post to family and friends.
Head to the local library and let your kids choose books they are interested in and want to read. Check the reading level and content is appropriate for your child.
Get your kids to help you sort through their toys and clothes, and donate to charity everything not used or outgrown.
Teach your kids how to make a word search by drawing up a grid, writing in the words to find and then filling in the blank boxes with other letters. They can make and complete each other’s word searches.
Here's hoping these ideas help you and yours to have a wonderful holiday!