Trying to find Australia Day activities to do with the family, but feel sick at the thought of over-crowded beaches, theme-park lines and waiting two hours just to use the BBQ at your local park? Here are 8 things to do with your kids this Australia Day, without the nightmare of festive crowds.
Australia Day is the perfect opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with your kids. If you're not in the mood for braving the crowds, these quieter and less populated activities will pique your interest.
1. Bake some lamingtons
It doesn't get more Australian than lamos'! Not only does this true blue dessert only take around 25 minutes to make, it's easy enough for kids of all ages to help with. Try these Classic Mini Lamingtons.
2. Head to your local trampolining arena
For many of us growing up in Australia, the backyard trampoline was a thing of epic childhood memories. Today, backyard trampolining has reached a whole new level with great indoor trampolining arenas such as Flip Out popping up all over Australia.
Trampolining arenas truly cater to the ultimate in kid-friendly-fun that requires minimal effort from mums and dads. The little ones can jump for hours on end while you kick back and take some time out.
3. Work your green thumbs
Even if you don't have the space or resources, you can still keep your green thumbs busy by getting involved with your nearest community garden. And what better way to connect your kids with nature than digging around in the dirt together?
Harvest your own fruit and veg - or better yet - educate the kids about local fauna and plant some Aussie favourites, including everything from Wattle and Kangaroo Paw to Grevillia or Chrysanthemum.
4. Do some Australiana craft
Teaching kids about Australian history can be tiresome to say the least. Enter art and craft. Craft activities are not only fun for kids; they can expand a child's ability to interact with the world around them and encourages a true sense of exploration.
26th January, think Australian-themed craft. Aboriginal dream time stories and Australian animals!
5. Water balloon games
Another Australian classic. All you need are balloons, a bucket and water, and you have yourself (and the kids) a very good time. Think water balloon fights, water balloon egg relays, water balloon dodge ball...the list is endless.
6. Have a picnic in the backyard
It all comes down to getting creative. Set up blankets in Aussie colours, and prepare a range of delicious treats to keep the kids happy. Share these Easy Sausage Rolls with the family.
7. Create your own photo booth
Use a sheet for a backdrop and set out lots of props! Take hilarious pictures.
8. Take part in a scavenger hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great boredom buster. Get in the true blue Aussie spirit, by coming up with clues associated with Australiana! Think Australian animals, typical Aussie foods, or names of popular beaches.