WIN 4 tickets to Strike Bowling – perfect for the school holidays

Win 4 Free Games of Bowling at Strike Bowling

Thank you to everyone for entering this giveaway. Congratulations to our 3 winners:

A Cleland

N Biviano

S Hinaki-McDade

A great indoor activity for the kids these school holidays is ten pin bowling. No matter what the weather is outside, there is loads of fun awaiting inside.

Strike Bowling Bars in VIC, NSW and QLD offer ten pin bowling alleys, where you and your friends can play a traditional game of ten pin bowling, 7 days a week.

As well as ten pin bowling lanes Strike also have projector screens that play the latest video clips, creating a party atmosphere and keeping you rocking out between turns.

We have 4 games of bowling (to give away to 3 winners) at Strike Bowling so you and the kids can ‘strike’ your stuff these school holidays.

To enter simply tell us your kids favourite indoor activity in the comments below.

Terms & Conditions: Contest open Australia-wide until 9pm AEST Wednesday 25th June 2014, entrants must be aged 18+. 3 winners will be randomly drawn on Thursday 26th June after contest deadline closes. Each winner will win 4 games of bowling at Strike Bowling. We will share the winner’s details on this page, so keep watching. You’ll have 7 days to respond and claim your prize.

Best educational holiday destinations for kids on the Gold Coast

Koala’s at Currumbin Wildlife

The Gold Coast is famous for its golden beaches and fun theme parks.  The Gold Coast also offers plenty of interesting and educational attractions to entertain and captivate your children on holidays.  Even in winter time, the Gold Coast has plenty to offer and there are fewer crowds to battle with.  Days are beautifully warm without being sweltering hot so it’s the perfect time to visit.

Here are a few of the activities you might want to explore during your next Gold Coast getaway.

Sea World is more than just a theme park.  It is a marine animal sanctuary.  Children can get up close with king penguins while learning about ecosystems and conservation.  Don’t miss the sharks, manta rays and of course, cheeky and intelligent dolphins.

In the hinterland behind the Gold Coast is a rock feature carved into the side of a rockpool known as Natural Bridge.  Located in Springbrook National Park, the rock has been worn into a natural arch that has become home to thousands of glow worms.  Hike down there in the early evening for a close encounter.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a perennial family favourite on the Gold Coast.  Kids can visit the wildlife hospital, learn about endangered species and cuddle a koala.  The highlight of any trip to Currumbin is feeding the wild lorikeets by hand.  These friendly birds will nestle on your hands, arms, even your hair.

Brisbane is a only a 1 hour drive from the Gold Coast, making a day trip to the Queensland Maritime Museum in the heart of South Bank a perfect family day out.  Kids can take a voyage through Australia’s seafaring history, learning about shipwrecks, mutiny and diving for pearls and explore the Diamantia, a Royal Australian Naval frigate used in the Second World War.

Build-A-Bear

Ripley’s Believe It or Not in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise is a great way to spend a wet afternoon.  Brain teasers and mind benders will entertain adults as well as kids.  The science of levitating frogs and the surprising amount of static electricity in your t-shirt will all be revealed.

Keep an eye out for one the Build a Bear Workshops taking place on the Gold Coast. Children of all ages can learn how to create their own plush toy and enjoy the interactive experience of designing and dressing it themselves.

In the heart of the hinterland is a skywalk high above the rainforest.  The Tamborine Rainforest Walk is an eco-adventure exploring rainforest habitat and breathtaking scenery.  It includes the Rainforest Eco Gallery containing fun and educational displays of local flora and fauna for the budding conservationist.

Tamborine Rainforest Walk

Connect kids to the source of their food at Tropical Fruit World.  This is Australia’s largest plantation orchard farm and research park, just 10 minutes south of the Gold Coast in northern New South Wales.  There are daily Magic Garden shows letting children touch, taste and learn about a kaleidoscope of tropical fruits and take a Plantation Tour to see how avocados grow and learn to crack open a macadamia.

Conclusions
As you can see, there are so many wonderful and interesting attractions you will never be short of fun and educational ways to entertain the whole family.  It is worth planning ahead to make the most of your time on the Gold Coast. There are also many accommodation options to help you enjoy your stay so it is worth looking for a holiday house deal on the Gold Coast for you and your family.  The money you save will leave you more to enjoy these great family attractions!

Been to the Gold Coast? What was your favourite family activity? I’d love to find out.

Carla C. Burton is a self-employed Travel and Hospitality writer with a BBA in Business Administration from Bond University.  Although a Gold Coast native, Carla moved to Melbourne in 2008 to further her writing career in the Travel industry.  Carla has become a top contributor to many Travel blogs world-wide and thoroughly enjoys the freedom that self-employment has provided her.  To find out more about Carla or to follow her other posts, follow her on Twitter @CarlaCBurton.

Lightning expected to hit Brisbane – June 30 with Disney on Ice!

Lightening McQueen in Disney on Ice

Due to unseasonal activity in the higher strata of atmosphere, there’s a lightning warning out for Brisbane between June 30 and July 3 – weather conditions are expected to be ice-like with spectacular lightning, particularly  over Boondall, in the city’s north.

In a strange twist, meteorologists have issued a specific warning for those with the surname McQueen to be particularly careful, and to stay away from red, number 95 cars.

In addition to the extreme weather conditions, and in unrelated news, local zoologists have reported rumored, yet unsubstantiated, sightings of African animals in the Boondall wetlands.

Lion King in Disney on Ice

There’s been talk of lion sightings, wildebeests, hyenas, a meerkat and a warthog. Apparently the meerkat and warthog answer to the names Timon and Pumbaa respectively – again this is rumor only. Similarly, local Marine Biologists undertaking various studies in the waters off Moreton Bay said they may be on the brink of making some major announcements regarding a new species including giant clam shells and even mermaids.

And in the last update, Fairyologist Ms T. Bell has reported evening sightings of fairy lights throughout the Boondall area. “Anyone would think they are in Pixie Hollow,” she is reported to have said.

No-one from the Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Entertainment Centre or Alma Park Zoo would comment; not even Terri Irwin would return calls.

Of course this has nothing to do with the latest Disney on Ice spectacular about to hit the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. From June 30 some of the biggest names in entertainment will be here for one of the best Disney on Ice shows to tour Australia yet – Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, in Brisbane from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3. Tickets go on sale THIS MONDAY, April 4 at 9am through Ticketek on 132 849 or visit www.ticketek.com.au/disneyonice

Tinkerbell & Terence in Disney on Ice

Names like Lightning McQueen and Mater from Disney/Pixar’s Cars; Simba, Scar and Pumbaa from The Lion King; Ariel, Eric and the wonderful Under the Sea creatures from The Little Mermaid, and the magical cast of Fairies from Walt Disney Pictures Tinker Bell will take to the ice under the playful direction of the world famous Mickey and Minnie in an action-packed spectacular which will entertain and excite kids of all ages.

Locals are urged to exercise caution in the Boondall area.

School Holiday Idea in SE Qld – Kids Dig It!

I have just discovered a really fun and unique activity to take my kids to in the September School Holidays, Kids Dig It! Archaeology Fun Day at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology in Caboolture, Qld.

On Friday 24th September they have an action pack day planned for kids with a great range of activities including:

  • Roman Shield Painting – Declare your allegiance to the Empire. Little soldiers can paint shields based on authentic Roman designs.
  • Mosaic Workshop – Mosiac is the art of using small pieces of material known as tesserae to create a larger picture or pattern. Great for creative minds.
  • Build a Replica Pyramid – Who built the pyramids? Kids can choose whether they are Ancient Egyptian slaves or aliens when they reconstruct our 3D Pyramid Puzzle.
  • Cultural face painting/body painting/temporary tattoos – Kids can learn the history and cultural significance behind an authentic historical design from Ancient Egypt, Rome, China or other cultures when they have it painted or tattooed on their faces or bodies.
  • Roman drill training – Report for duty. Kids can join a Roman Legion and learn authentic Roman drill techniques.
  • Plus loads more!

Flintstones Fun Corner
For an additional $2, kids can gain access to the Flintstones Fun Corner. In this special area, kids can get their faces painted, test themselves in the Super Sleuth Challenge Area, Build a Castle Wall, and much more.

  • Super sleuth Challenge Area – Hunt down broken pieces of pottery and reconstruct a pot, test your historical knowledge, ‘You’re getting close…gumshoe’
  • Face Painting – Kids can get their face painted in colourful patterns and nature designs.
  • Know your skeleton – Kids can learn the bones of the body in this fun and educational activity.
  • Mammoth Puzzle – Put the mammoth back together
  • Build a Castle Wall – Protect the King from the invading rebels by fixing the castle walls.
  • Building with boxes – Construct a house or even a city out of cardboard boxes

Entry to the museum is $3 per child plus extra per activity, most activities are between $1 and $4 each, I have booked the kids into 5 activities each plus the Flinstones Fun Corner and it was only $15 per child – great value for a fun filled day out! Suitable for kids 3-12 years.

Visit their  website for more information, to download the program for the day and to book in to the activities.

Lego Workshops and Lego Birthday Partys for kids

Lego Education Centre

Last school holidays my eldest son did a Lego Workshop at the Lego Education Centre in South Brisbane (they are also in VIC) and it was great. He got to build huge lego masterpieces and challenge his lego building abilities!

I have just discovered that the Lego Education Centre does not only run school holiday programs but also has great things happening all year around.

Sunday Funday – Each Sunday the Centre runs a Sunday Funday where they encourage a child to bring a buddy, dad, or nanna/grandad for some serious building fun. Each Sunday they have a different theme, for example lego community, mad machines, space odyssey, fantasy fun.

Each session is 45 minutes long, they run at 11am, 12 noon and 1pm and are $5.00 per person. Suitable for kids 4+. Note at least 1 adult must be present per 3 children for these workshops.

Lego Birthday Party – The Centre also has a Lego Birthday Party Program where your child and their friends spend 1 hour creating lego masterpieces around a theme. Birthday Party themes include Wacky Wheels, Medieval Madness, Lego Grand Prix, Mad Raging Robots, and many more and parties can be catered for age groups – age 4-6, 7-9 and 10+.

The Birthday child also receives a free gift and all party guests receive a lego brick name badge to keep. The Centre creates a great party atmosphere with birthday candles on a lego brick! A minimum of 10 children is required at $12 per child.

Note the Lego Education Centres are not like the Legolands around the world that have more of a theme park feel. They are an educational centre that give children the opportunity to build some fantastic lego structures in a guided environment.

Currently there are two Lego Educations Centres, one on Merivale Street, South Brisbane, QLD and one on Hall Street, Moonee Ponds, VIC, visit the Lego Education Website for further information and bookings.