Explore Your City Like a Tourist

Wynnum foreshore

We’ve lived in many different places in Australia over the years. People often comment along these lines to us: You’ve seen more of our city in the one year you’ve been here than we have since living here our whole lives! Exploring new places has become a significant part of our family identity and culture. I think one of the […]

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

Oakes Fegley is Pete in Disney's PETE'S DRAGON, the story of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon.

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Disney I’ve been thinking about how our family culture has evolved over time. It’s one of the things I’m enjoying most about family-life at the moment. After fifteen years of parenthood, nine of which I’ve had all of my four children with me, there’s a history of shared experiences […]

TV shows from your childhood that you can still watch today

Astro Boy

If you love getting all nostalgic and telling your kids about life in the good old days when you were young, you might like to introduce them to your favourite childhood TV shows. The good news is, many of the old favourites are still around on Netflix – some in their original form, and others as […]

Family movie nights without the fights

How to pick a movie for family night - make a fortune teller!

Family movie nights without the fights Many families enjoy a regular movie night tradition, but deciding what to watch is not always so enjoyable! Gone are the days of trawling through the local video shop – now you can simply flick through the offerings available on Netflix and stream it into your home! Netflix also […]

Board Games the Whole Family Can Play

Board Games the family can play together

Siblings can be vastly different from one another in their looks, personality, likes and dislikes. And when there’s also an age difference, it can be challenging to find activities that brothers and sisters can happily participate in together. In my own family, my four year old daughter’s interests are vastly different to my eight year […]

The Sleeping Beauty – a new production for younger ballet lovers

Storytime Ballet The Sleeping Beauty

Going to see the ballet has become more accessible for families than ever before, with The Australian Ballet recently announcing its first main-stage production designed specifically for children – Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty. Currently touring Australia, this beautiful production is targeted at children aged three years old and up. Live and interactive, the Storytime […]

The Music (Backyard) Tree

Making a musical tree

Listen to how gorgeous this sound is!  Making a music tree is a lovely project for the backyard. It’s simple, cheap and fun. Plus the sound is glorious!  An idea is to couple this family activity with reading The Music Tree book by Catriona Hoy and Adele Jaunn. To make our own Music Tree, we visited a thrift shop to buy […]

Pan for Gold

Panning for gold

Kids love mystery and adventure! And we had plenty of that when we drove around the South Island of New Zealand last September in a camper van. One of the places we stopped at was Shanty Town. There we learnt how to pan for gold. I was chatting to one of the people who work there, and […]

Sharing Toys You Loved With Your Kids

All Stars Midge Barbie 1990 Doll - in box

Earlier this year, I did a campaign with Barbie because I love Barbie. There’s often a bit of contention around the doll, personally, my stance aligns with what my Occupational Therapist friend Nicole wrote in this post about the importance of play and allowing kids the freedom to gravitate to toys that engage them (within […]

Make Mini Parachutes That Work

How to make and fly a mini parachute made from a cheap thin plastic tablecloth

I asked my friend Liss (who has multiple boys) for fun ideas I could do with my son and a group of his friends. She showed me a video with instructions on how to make mini parachutes and I was like, yes. Yes, yes, yes. The process is really very simple, but it does take […]

Chalk Scene Drawings

Chalk Scenes - rainbow

The last school holidays, I did up a school holiday box, and one of the things I like to keep in there is chalk because it’s handy for all kinds of activities.  Below are some ideas: Play hopscotch Just draw anything Hit the target  Draw stepping stones across the driveway and the kids can pretend they […]

Portable Movie Theatre

How to do a portable cinema

Sponsored by Bose and Nuffnang I mentioned to my husband that I was reviewing a portable speaker. When I said the brand was Bose, he was ecstatic! Haha. I didn’t know the brand was such a favourite, so there you go. In a nutshell, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is a portable, bluetooth speaker designed […]