The EKKA 2016

the ekka brisbane show

One of the things I was looking forward to this year (after moving from a year in New Zealand back to Brisbane) was The Ekka. The Ekka is short for the word exhibition in Brisbane Exhibition, and we don’t think of it as anything else! I have extremely fond memories of attending The Ekka as a child with my […]

Coffee Pod Lion

coffee pod lion craft

Instead of throwing coffee pods away, why not recycle them for the kids to make some fun creatures? Today I’m going to show you how we made a coffee pod lion using a few simple craft materials that we had on hand from previous projects. This coffee pod craft is great for: Imaginary Play Party […]

Whale Watching on the Gold Coast

Whale watching - Gold Coast

Whales in Paradise Last weekend, my family and I headed out with the fantastic crew from Whales in Paradise on the Gold Coast. They are a whale watching operator taking 3 tours each day from the centre of Surfers Paradise. We were waiting on the pier for the 11am tour and I must admit, I was […]

10 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip

Road Trip Games

Road Trips. Driving holidays. Four-wheel-drive adventures. Exploring days. We do it all as much as we can as a family.  There is huge list of (non-tech) ways to entertain kids here, and if you’re looking for the top 10 games to play on a road trip, below are the winners! Image used with permission from Party […]

Make Your Own Pizza Night!

Make your own pizza night

I use this simple dough mixture a lot.  I’ve made scrolls for the lunch box & flat bread for soup, and I also use this recipe for pizza bases sometimes. Personally, I prefer the regular pizza base recipe, however this is so quick and easy and the husband and the kids love it so I […]

Taking Kids to Crowded Places

EKKA 2011

The husband and I took the kids to the EKKA (aka The Brisbane Show) for the first time last weekend.  One of the reasons why we haven’t ventured out to the show with our children before is, well…because taking four children to a heavily crowded event is a nightmare challenging. Now the kids are more independent, we decided to attend the annual show this year. I […]

100 School Holiday Activity Ideas

have fun this school holidays

School holiday are here! And I like it. Mind you, there is always an adjustment period at my place, when the children are settling into a new routine and getting used to being around each other more.  Three days it usually takes for us all to adjust. This school holidays, I’m looking forward to lazy […]

15 Adventurous Things To Do With Kids

adventurous things to do with kids -- drive down a different road to a new place

I’m a sucker for adventure. I love the thrill of visiting new places and the excitment of doing new things. Adventure doesn’t have to stop once you have a family. Quite the opposite in fact. Children tend to embrace adventure with open arms.  As a family, we find many ways to be adventurous and I’m sharing some […]

Family Fun: Taking a Walk Down Memory Lane

Family Fun: Revist Childhood Memories

I felt a buzz as I looked around the familiar setting. Memories flooded back as I remembered myself as a carefree child running around in the cool mountain air making stick cubby houses and drinking hot Milo. Fast forward 20 years and here I was, not a child anymore, but a parent, bringing my my own children to Tamborine […]

Planning a Family Holiday plus Giveaway

planning a family holiday

Planning a Family Holiday by Laine Yates I have to admit: I’m a research nerd. So, planning a family holiday is right up my alley.  Often, friends ask me if I’ve researched a certain topic before they do anything because chances are, I’ve already explored it to the nth degree! I’ve have planned many trips […]

Entertaining Kids When Travelling plus Special Offer

Spot It Travel Game

Summer holidays are right around the corner so I’ve asked Laine, Mum of 2, experienced traveller and founder of Ickle Kids, to share her tips for travelling with kids. Laine’s didn’t stop travelling when she became a mother, instead she found ways to continue to travel with her family.  That’s what Ickle Kids is all about.  It was borne out the desire […]

What Other Fun Mums Are Doing

Pink Pasta Day

Welcome to a new section here at Be A Fun Mum where I’ll be showcasing the fun things YOU are doing with your kids.  If you would like to be featured in the next one, read the submissions guidelines.  1. We Did a Post IDEA! FunMum Erin read this post: Pink Lemonade and Pink Pasta Please, and made some […]

Paper Dolls

Children playing with Paper Dolls

What fun can be had with a bit of paper cut out into the shape of a doll! 1.  Decorate with pencils and play “Mums and Dads” like this pair. 2.  Make a family line for the wall like my older daughter did. See what your child can do with paper dolls. Note: For best results, […]

Balloon Batting Fun

fight fun

Materials newspaper tape balloon 1. Roll a section of newspaper 2. Tape roll together along entire roll All that is left to do is blow the balloon up and let the games begin.   Hit the balloon Roll a pair of socks and play golf or baseball Sword fight (obvious rules apply) Balloon soccer Snowball fight using rolled […]