Family Style Finds

by on July 31, 2010
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Baby brolga at Serendip Sanctuary

At the end of each month I’d like to share the interesting bits I found on the web.  These are some of the things that caught my eye over the last few weeks.

Flying with kids on budget airlines

Flying with kids can be tricky at the best of times.  Add budget airlines to that, with their stripped down service, stringent travel requirements and (at times) crazy delays, and there’s a whole new set of challenges to deal with.  The always organised Planning Queen shared her experiences of taking her young kids to Sydney, by herself, on a budget airline.  As usual her advice is golden.

Learning on family vacation

I’ve been mulling over a post on this very topic for a few weeks now.  It’s something close to my heart and one of the reasons I love to travel with our kids so much.

Ngilgi cave

This image from Science at Home caught my eye, as we’ve not long returned from the Buchan Caves in Victoria.  Deb has managed to capture a great range of formations in this image and gives a good explanation of what they all are.

How to have a completely peaceful car ride with three small kids

This post from Simple Mom certainly isn’t what I expected when I read the headline.  Nonetheless, it is great advice and something that I should try to practice more often.

The new 7 wonders of nature

The New7Wonders of Nature campaign is in its final stages.  After an initial pool of 440 possibles, 28 candidates are vying for a spot in the New 7 Wonders of Nature.  Uluru and The Great Barrier Reef are in the final group.  So forget about Julia and Tony for a while and give these two natural wonders of Australia your vote.

Enjoy!

Happy travels,

10 fun family games for travel time

by on June 30, 2010
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“Are we there yet?” morphs into cries of “He’s looking at me!” Then it’s incomprehensible screaming with flailing arms and desperate parents (OK, me) wishing the car had one of those nifty privacy screens like the limos have.  Ah, the road trip with no games for travel planned.

A small arsenal of travel games can save your skin, not to mention your sanity and your eardrums, on a long road or plane trip.  These are a few of the games that work Read more

Family Style Finds

by on June 25, 2010
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On the last Friday of each month I’d like to share the interesting bits I found on the web.  These are some of the things that caught my eye over the last few weeks.

Free things to do in Melbourne

I think this list from Why Go Australia pretty much nails it.  The kids might not be so interested in the lanes and window shopping, but everything else is great family fun.

7 kid friendly picnic ideas

Relaxing with a family picnic is a fantastic way to enjoy your surroundings, new or old.  Zen Family Habits is known for it’s simple, practical tips and these are no different.

7 ideas for screen-free travel with kids

I can vouch that all these ideas from this post on Simple Mom work better than a DVD player.  One idea I hadn’t thought of was to tell family stories.  What a lovely, quality way to spend travel time.  I would be careful having the kids read books in the car, as it can induce carsickness in those prone to it.

An Australian Alphabet

This review by Playing by the Book is of a wonderful Australian book called Possum & Wattle – My Big Book of Australian Words.  I love that the book focuses on real words rather than the colloquial slang than no-one uses.  I’m keeping an eye out for this one in the bookshops.

Camping checklist

I’ve just discovered List Bean and, being a bit of a list junkie myself, have fallen in love with it.  This camping list is a bit more comprehensive than my packing list, as we keep a lot of stuff in the caravan ready to go.

Enjoy!

Happy travels,

Family trip to the snow. Heeelp!

by on June 23, 2010
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This year we plan on taking the kids for their first visit to the snow.  I have to admit that skiing isn’t one of my favourite things. The last time I was on a high mountain with white stuff I spent most of my time on parts of my body other than my feet, sliding down a hill fearful for my safety.  My husband, on the other hand, was a keen cross country skier and has been eager for the kids to experience the wonders of snow for some years.  So, I’ve been picking my friends’ brains and researching my little heart out in the hope of having a fun family experience later in the year.

We’re not doing the full on ski holiday.  A day trip is plenty for this blogger.  I’m hoping a little tobogganing, followed by a snowman and a snowball fight will see us through.

These are a few links that have helped my decidedly un-snow bunny outlook:

Help me readers!  What are your tips for taking the kids to the snow?

Happy travels,

Image by Tony the Misfit

Planning a family holiday

by on June 17, 2010
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Enjoying a family outing in Orbost, Victoria

Going on holidays is one of our favourite things to do.  As much as it’s tempting to focus on all that R & R, a little planning before the big departure can help minimise unexpected hiccups that could eat into your valuable holiday time.

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