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wesley hospital baby and maternity services

One of the biggest decisions you will make during pregnancy is where to give birth. You want to find a Brisbane hospital where you can trust that you will get the best possible care for you and your baby. You want to be... Read More


Get started in sport – $150 vouchers available for kids

There’s no doubt that playing sport has multiple benefits for kids – improving problem solving skills, learning to be a good sport, playing as part of a team and developing fine and gross motor skills, to name a few. But being part of a sport or recreational activity can be expensive. There are membership fees, …

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Where Can Families Park in South Bank Brisbane

Families can park at many places all around South Bank Brisbane with most parks being underground and secure. South Bank is a wonderful place for families to visit any time of year whether it be for a cool swim in Summer or a market stroll in winter. With a firm focus on family fun, you’ll …

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Must-have family memberships in Brisbane

Brisbane is the home of near-perfect weather, passionate sporting teams, world-famous zoos, thrill-laden theme parks and a vibrant arts community. To make the most of everything on offer, we have collated these must-have family memberships in Brisbane. Brisbane sport memberships Brisbanites love their sport, and now you can show your support for your favourite team …

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Which Pharmacies Are Open in Brisbane on Christmas Day?

As every parent knows, kids often get sick at the worst possible times, and Christmas Day is no exception. Unfortunately, many local pharmacies are closed on Christmas Day. To make sure they get the healthcare they need so they can get well and enjoy all the excitement and fun of this special day, we’ve pulled …

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Free vision screening for all Brisbane Prep students

Every Prep student in Queensland will have their vision screened under the new Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program, which was launched in Brisbane last month. The program aims to detect any vision conditions early, including amblyopia (or a ‘lazy eye’) which affects about 1 in every 50 Australian children. If left untreated, amblyopia can …

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Can I become a foster carer?

At the heart of it, fostering is caring for another person’s child – for as little as a few days or weeks, or sometimes years until they’re able to join their family again or head out into the world as an adult. Never underestimate the lasting difference you could make in a child’s life by …

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Learn about bush tucker in Brisbane and grow your own

Bush tucker may be only a recent addition to the menus of trendy Brisbane restaurants, but it has been a mainstay of the local indigenous people’s diets for hundreds of years. Back in the 1980s and 90s, the iconic Bush Tucker Man brought bush foods into the mainstream with his popular television show and associated …

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Should I be concerned about childhood Gaming Addictions?

Playing games is a normal part of development for any child. With the significant improvements in video game design and interaction over the past 30 years, video games are increasingly more engaging and vivid and the number 1 form of entertainment for many children. Why? Because it engages parts of brain that releases chemical (neurotransmitters) …

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Questions to Ask an Au Pair When Hiring

It can be quite challenging to contemplate entrusting your children into someone else’s care, and finding the right person for that job is a serious matter not to mention finding the right questions to ask an au pair when hiring. We hope this resource hopes you compile a list of questions that will give you peace …

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The Brisbane Magazine for Families

For families in Brisbane, ‘The Official Guide to Child-friendly Brisbane’ is an invaluable source of information on everything that’s happening in and around Brisbane in a handy A5 Brisbane Magazine for Families. Released quarterly, with editions focusing on Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, the team at Brisbane Kids can ensure that Brisbane families are being …

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Gaming Obsessions in Children – The Expert’s Guide for Parents

Kids Hooked on Video Games? Read This Before Anything Else. “My kid is gaming all the time and I don’t know why”. Sound familiar? Read on – this might just be the article you’ve been looking for. Unlike marbles or pinball machines, video games are no longer just a passing ‘fad’. And, with no sign …

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Brisbane Family — What It Means

Family means many different things to different people. Here in Brisbane, families come in every shape and size. Yet despite this, they also tend to have some pretty cool things in common. We take a look at what Brisbane Family means and what makes Brisbane Families so awesome! Spending time together In Brisbane, families work …

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How to identify a quality childcare centre in Brisbane

When it comes to entrusting others with the care of our children, we understandably want to take this matter extremely seriously. Our children are going to spend a great deal of their time in the care of the chosen centre and we need to ensure that time is safe, engaging, educational and above all, enjoyable. …

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What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick at Night in Brisbane

It’s so often the case that when our little ones get ill it’s at night, and of course this is the most difficult time for families. Bedtimes are looming or even passed, siblings need looking after, and taking care of your sick child can’t wait till the morning. At times like these, it can be …

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How Childcare Works in Brisbane

Whether you need care for your child due to work, study or other commitments, or you wish to give your child an opportunity to socialise with other kids and learn new things, childcare is an invaluable service for families. With anything from occasional or casual care services to long day care, there are great childcare …

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Recycling Facts for Kids

It is time we acknowledged recycling facts for kids are just as important brush their teeth or take the plug out of the sink. We all know that it’s important to recycle in order to reduce waste, save energy, save our precious resources and protect the environment for future generations. Here in Brisbane, we’re extremely …

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Finding support for late miscarriage and loss of baby – A mother’s story

As I looked at the faces of the other people in room, I was overwhelmed with gratitude. For the past few years these faces and many others had been so integral in my life, knowing I would soon be leaving them filled me with bittersweet sadness, my time here was coming to an end and …

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Where Can I Find a 24 Hour Pharmacy in Brisbane?

There is nothing more stressful for a parent then to have a sick child and wondering, “Where can I find a 24 Hour Pharamacy in Brisbane”.  Watching your little one go from driving you crazy with their endless energy one minute to complaining of a sore tummy and running high fevers the next is no …

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The Myths And Truths of Solar Energy

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Origin Energy Recently I was invited to attend a day with Origin Energy, who are the leading energy retailer in Australia. They wanted to talk to me about solar energy, and I was keen to attend. I have a pretty alarming electricity bill and, yes, I have never felt like …

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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA)

This is the face of postnatal depression and anxiety. Well, one of them. It’s the face of crippling self-doubt, relentless self-hatred. It’s the face of throbbing guilt and constant, constant failure. I know, because it’s my face. This picture was taken during the most difficult time of my life. But you wouldn’t know, would you? …

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Personalised Medication Service For Kids in Brisbane

Corinda Compounding Chemist Does your child have allergies, or intolerances to certain additives? Are they unable to take certain types or forms of medication? Are they very sensitive to the taste of medication? Are you looking for medication that is preservative free? Or are you worried about the possibility of overmedication through standard off-the-shelf options? …

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Until What Age Should I Still Be Holding My Child’s Hand?

Pedestrian Safety Campaign from CARRS-Q We all held our children’s hands around roads when they were really young, but do we let go too soon? QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety — Queensland (CARRS-Q) recently conducted an Australia-wide survey of parents focused on keeping kids safe around roads and cars. The results will …

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Bedwetting Help for Kids in Brisbane

One of the things we love the most about Brisbane Kids is that it’s so much more than just a website and social media hub of useful information — it’s a community. It’s an amazing network of support for parents and carers to make their journey a little easier and to enrich the lives of …

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Brisbane School Holidays & Public Holiday Dates 2016-2017

Queensland state school terms now run parallel to other public school terms across the majority of Australia, with the goal being that each school term averages no more than 10 weeks in total. Of course, other school-free dates do pop up throughout the year, such as Staff Professional Development Days (pupil free days), and Public …

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Education & support for expecting & new parents | Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness

Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness is a local Brisbane charity that offers education and support to parents and expecting parents regarding emotional health and mental wellbeing. The organization was founded and is operated by Mums who have lived experience with perinatal mental illness. Services on offer at Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness Peach Tree’s services include PEPP …

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Postnatal Depression Support in Brisbane

Brisbane Mum of twins, Lisa, recounts her experience of postnatal depression. Thankfully, there are plenty of support options in Brisbane, listed below, for women and men who are experiencing anxiety or depression, both before or after the birth of a child. When Brisbane Mum, Lisa, had her long-awaited and much hoped-for twins, things didn’t quite …

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40 Ways for kids to give back to their community

Giving something back to the community is something we can all do, even kids. Volunteering and contributing can help families learn about their own community, as well as develop a respect and understanding for different people and lifestyles. Not to mention the shared sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in having helped someone in need. Here …

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Changes to Queensland’s Bike Riding Rules

Attention all Brisbane bicycle riders and drivers (so pretty much everyone). The start of each new year brings a raft of law changes and this time they include new rules for cyclists. The State Government says the changes were prompted by a safety review and are designed to update confusing or inconsistent rules. They also …

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Minors and Alcohol — What Does the Law Actually Say?

When it comes to minors (those under 18 years of age) and alcohol, there is always going to be a long and lasting debate over what is and is not acceptable. What is more worrying though, is that there is also a large degree of confusion over what is and is not actually legal. Is …

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Snakes in Brisbane | Avoiding slithering Summer visitors

Snakes. It’s probably not the first ‘S’ word most of us associate with Summer. But as the weather warms up, close encounters with these feared reptiles can become more common. And so can snake bites. In September and October 2014 alone, the RACQ CareFlight helicopter transported seven Queenslanders to hospital after they were bitten by …

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When is it ok to leave kids at home alone?

“Ma’am, I’m eight years old. You think I would be here *alone*? I don’t think so.” Macaulay Culkin’s breakthrough performance in the cult classic movie Home Alone was full of comedic magic. But the question of when to leave children unsupervised is a serious one for many Brisbane families. Some parents want to watch their …

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Sun Safety for Kids in Brisbane

There’s no doubt that Brisbane Kids live in a fabulous city that’s safe, fun and family friendly. But when it comes to skin cancer, they’re in the firing line. The sunshine state has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. In the world! Cancer Council Queensland figures show melanoma was the second leading …

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How to hold a successful garage sale in Brisbane

The Brisbane Kids Great Garage Sale Guide The balmy Brisbane weather is here and Spring has well and truly sprung. Yep, it’s time to replant the veggie patch, dust off that old tin of spray tan and brace ourselves for the sprint to Christmas. It’s also the perfect time of year to get the house …

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10 Ways for Brisbane Kids to make pocket money

With the last school term of the year already in full swing it is time to start thinking of ways our Brisbane Kids can not only keep themselves busy over the forthcoming Christmas break, but also how they can self-fund it with a bit of extra pocket money! ” If you’re 13 or older you …

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Raising a Guide Dog and Raising Awareness | Guide Dogs Queensland

Brisbane Kids love pets, and puppies are definitely firm favourites for their cheeky and energetic playfulness, their beautiful and loyal companionship and of course their squidgy, furry cuteness! Raising a puppy can be a joyful and enriching experience, especially for kids, but raising a puppy as a guide dog can be all that and more! …

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Volunteering with Your Family in Brisbane

Volunteering early in life can have a positive influence on children and how they value their time, skills and service to the community. Volunteering with your family can build self-esteem, draw you all closer together and foster a sense of community spirit. Shelley Davis, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Volunteering Queensland, says there are many ways …

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Keeping Kids Safe in a Crowd

Attending events such as the Out of the Box Festival, the iconic Ekka or the awe-inspiring Christmas parades in the Queen Street Mall each year are a rite of passage that Brisbane Kids should experience at least once. But, unfortunately, with the excitement comes HUGE crowds and safety concerns for parents, especially those attending with …

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Public Holidays QLD | 2015

Who doesn’t look forward to the Queensland Public Holidays! The chance to get out and about with your Brisbane Kids, playground hopping and enjoying the company of each other! Public Holidays in QLD have changed with the moving of labour day from early in the year through to October, but happen at pretty much the …

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The Brisbane Kids guide to Government Payments for Families

NOTE: This information is current as at October 2014. It’s daunting, but unavoidable. Almost all Brisbane parents have to wrap their heads around the many government payments for families and the other subsidies that are available. The paperwork starts before you’ve even left the maternity ward, or before if you’re really organised! Brisbane Kids has …

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Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Brisbane families take note: Australia’s largest paediatric hospital is set to open in South Brisbane one month before Christmas. The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital brings together all of the services and staff of the Royal Children’s and Mater Children’s hospitals. Based in a new building next to the Mater, the merged facility will open its …

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Our Top Tips for New Families Moving to Brisbane

Here’s the good news — Brisbane is an absolutely awesome place to live and an even more awesome place to raise kids! We have wonderful weather, a great outdoor lifestyle, beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife, loads of cool things happening and brilliant facilities and services for residents. But because we know that relocating to a new …

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Crisis Help for Brisbane Families in Need

It’s a sad truth, but for some families, there may come a time when they face a crisis. A recent post on our Facebook page highlighted one such case, where a family’s situation left them with nothing but the clothes on their backs. For anyone in this situation, it can be hard to know where …

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What are the Signs of Dehydration in a Baby or Child?

Many thanks to Kids First Aid Australia for this article. There have been some scorching hot days in the past couple of weeks that have generated many online articles and discussions around keeping babies and small children cool in order to avoid dehydration.  As paramedics, we do see an increase in really sick little ones …

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Foster Care for Brisbane Kids | We are their Village

By Foster Mum Rose Pearse In Australia we have a very sad statistic. The number of foster carers is going down and the number of kids in care is going up. What’s wrong with that picture? In my mind, I think it has to do with the way in which we are connected  (or not) …

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Birthing Options in Brisbane

No matter what your ideal birth plan entails, there are a huge variety of birthing options in Brisbane. Specialists are readily on hand within public and private hospitals and many professionals offer support in home or alternative birthing options, so you will always be able to find the right person to assist you in your …

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