Brisbane Kids https://www.brisbanekids.com.au Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:12:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Evo Espresso at Yeronga – Child Friendly Cafe https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/evo-espresso-yeronga-child-friendly-cafe/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/evo-espresso-yeronga-child-friendly-cafe/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:15:28 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=191606 A firm favourite with the local parents, this cafe offers great coffee and a huge outdoor fenced area to enjoy it in. What’s On The Menu? For the Parents Evo Espresso is well known for its incredible coffees and warm hot chocolates.  There are smoothies and frappes and a lot of other drink options too but its ...

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A firm favourite with the local parents, this cafe offers great coffee and a huge outdoor fenced area to enjoy it in.

What’s On The Menu?

Evo Espresso Child Friendly coffee and cake

For the Parents

Evo Espresso is well known for its incredible coffees and warm hot chocolates.  There are smoothies and frappes and a lot of other drink options too but its not all about the liquid goodies here.  Their breakfast menu has some fun surprises like the Breakfast Pizza, homemade waffles, The Vegan Bowl and even a Chorizo Burger.  They have a cabinet that displays a range of sweet and savoury snacks as well as different lunchtime specials too.

For the Kids

For children they offer a half serve of meals that you find on the menu.  They also have kids smoothies, little cupcakes, yoghurt pots and fresh fruit juices.

Allergy Free Options

You will find many gluten free and dairy free options at Evo, including their delicious bliss balls.

Kids Play Options

Evo Espresso Cafe Play space outside

This cafe has a fantastic outdoor courtyard which is an absolute favourite amongst the local school parents.  With Yeronga Primary School situated across the road, this large turfed space is fully fenced and even has some fun toys and a ride on for kids to play with.  Children are free to wander, explore and play safely while their parents sit down in the shade under one of the large outdoor umbrellas and enjoy their meal or drink.

Other Child-Friendly Services Provided

This cafe is generously spaced so there is plenty of room for kids to move freely and for comfortable pram parking.  There are high chairs available but no formal baby change areas.

Once you have finished your coffee make sure you save some time for a quick stroll. There is a lovely large park at the end of the road as well as the popular Yeronga Pool.  If you follow the path around behind the pool you will find a large dog park, tennis courts and the delightful Yeronga Memorial Park.

Contact Details

Address: 4 / 100 School Road, Yeronga

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday:  6:30am – 4:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 1pm

Phone:  0414 367 638

Social Media:  Facebook and Instagram: @EVOespresso

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Brisbane City Council Library Locations https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/brisbane-city-council-library-locations/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/brisbane-city-council-library-locations/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:20:55 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=192312 Brisbane City Council Libraries Annerley Library 450 Ipswich Road | Mon, Tue, Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm Ashgrove Library 87 Amarina Avenue | Mon, Wed, Fri: 10am – 6pm | Tue, Thur: 10am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 2pm Banyo Library 284 St Vincents Road | Tue: 12noon – 6pm ...

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Brisbane City Council Libraries

Annerley Library

450 Ipswich Road | Mon, Tue, Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Ashgrove Library

87 Amarina Avenue | Mon, Wed, Fri: 10am – 6pm | Tue, Thur: 10am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 2pm

Banyo Library

284 St Vincents Road | Tue: 12noon – 6pm | Wed: 10am – 5pm | Thu: 10am – 6pm | Fri: 12noon – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 12noon

Bracken Ridge Library

Corner Bracken and Barrett Streets | Tue, Wed: 10am – 8pm | Thurs: 10am – 6pm | Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 3pm

Brisbane Square Library & Customer Centre

266 George Street, Brisbane | Mon to Thu: 9am – 6pm | Fri: 9am – 7pm | Sat, Sun: 10am – 3pm

Bulimba Library

Corner Riding Road and Oxford Street | Tues, Thu, Fri 9am-5pm | Wed 1pm- 8pm | Sat 9am- 2pm

Carina Library

Corner Mayfield Road and Nyrang Street | Mon, Tue, Fri: 10am – 6pm | Sat: 9am – 12noon

Carindale Library

Carindale Regional Shopping Centre Creek Road | Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 5.30pm | Thu: 9am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 3pm | Sun: 10am – 4pm

Chermside Library

375 Hamilton Road | Mon, Wed, Fri: 9am – 6pm | Tue, Thu: 9am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 3pm | Sun: 10am – 4pm

Coopers Plains Library

107 Orange Grove Road | Tue, Thu, Fri: 10am – 5pm | Wed: 10am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Corinda Library

641 Oxley Road | Tue, Thu, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 12noon

Everton Park Library

561 South Pine Road | Tue: 10am – 6pm | Wed: 10am – 5pm | Thu: 12noon – 8pm | Fri: 12noon – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Fairfield Library

Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, Fairfield Road | Tue, Wed: 10am – 6pm | Thu: 9am – 7pm | Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 2pm

Garden City Library Corner Logan and Kessels Road Upper Mt Gravatt Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 5.30pm Thu: 9am – 8pm Sat: 9am – 3pm Sun: 10am – 4pm

Grange Library

79 Evelyn Street | Tue, Thu: 10am – 6pm | Wed: 12noon – 8pm | Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Hamilton Library

Corner Racecourse Road and Rossiter Parade | Tue, Thu, Fri: 10am – 5pm | Wed: 1pm – 6pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Holland Park Library

81 Seville Road | Tue, Thu, Fri: 10am – 5pm | Wed: 1pm – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Inala Library

Corsair Avenue | Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 6pm | Thu: 9am – 7pm | Sat: 9am – 2pm

Indooroopilly Library

318 Moggill Road | Mon, Wed, Fri: 9am – 6pm | Tue, Thu: 9am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 3pm | Sun: 10am – 4pm

Mitchelton Library

37 Heliopolis Parade | Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am – 5pm | Thu: 12noon – 7pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm | Take a look at our review of Mitchelton Library and its neighbouring park here.

Mt Coot-tha Library

Administration Building, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong | Mon, Fri, Sat Sun: 10am – 3pm | Tue, Wed, Thu: 10am – 4pm

Mt Gravatt Library

8 Creek Road | Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 5pm | Thu: 9am – 7pm | Sat: 9am – 12noon

Mt Ommaney Library

123 Dandenong Road | Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 6pm | Thu: 9am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 3pm

New Farm Library

135 Sydney Street | Tue, Wed: 10am – 6pm | Thu: 12noon – 8pm | Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 10am – 2pm

Nundah Library

1 Bage Street | Tue: 10am – 6pm | Wed: 1pm – 7pm | Thu, Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Sandgate Library

Seymour Street | Tue: 10am – 5pm | Wed, Thu: 10am – 6pm | Fri: 12noon – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Stones Corner Library

280 Logan Road | Wed, Thu, Fri: 9am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 2pm

Sunnybank Hills Library

Corner Compton and Calam Roads | Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 6pm | Thu: 9am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 3pm

Toowong Library

9 Sherwood Road | Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 5.30pm | Thu: 9am – 8pm

West End Library

178 Boundary Street | Wed, Fri:10am – 5pm | Thu: 10am – 7pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Wynnum Library

Bay Terrace | Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am – 6pm | Thu: 9am – 8pm | Sat: 9am – 2pm

Zillmere Library

Corner Jennings Street and Zillmere Road | Tue, Thu: 10am – 6pm | Wed: 12noon – 5pm | Fri: 10am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm

Moreton Bay Regional Council Libraries

These libraries have an array of activities and services for kids-. For example the Albany Creek library has a computer just the right size for a toddler- with a mouse to suit. Awesome 🙂

Albany Creek Library

Ferguson Street, ALBANY CREEK, QLD 4035

Arana Hills Library

Narellan Park, ARANA HILLS, QLD

Beachmere Community Library

Shop 5, Beachmere Plaza, 874-876 Beachmere Road, BEACHMERE, QLD 4510

Bribie Island Library

Cnr First Avenue & Welsby Pde, BONGAREE, QLD 4507

Burpengary Library

Station Rd, BURPENGARY, QLD 4505

Caboolture Library 

4 Hasking Street, Caboolture

Deception Bay Library

Cnr Captain Cook Pde & Bayview Tce, DECEPTION BAY, QLD 4508

Donnybrook Community Library

Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Level 1 33 King Street, CABOOLTURE, QLD 4510

Kallangur Library

1480 Anzac Avenue, KALLANGUR, QLD 4503

Library Express Caboolture Central Library

Ground Floor 33 King Street, CABOOLTURE, QLD 4510

Mobile Library

Cnr Gympie and South Pine Roads, STRATHPINE, QLD 4500

Mount Mee Community Library

Level 4 33 King Street, CABOOLTURE, QLD 4510

Narangba Library

Shop 1 A, Narangba Village Shopping Centre, Main Street, NARANGBA, QLD 4504

Pathways Dispenser

1 The Corso, NORTH LAKES, QLD 4509

Pathways Library

1 The Corso, NORTH LAKES, QLD 4509

Redcliffe Library

470-476 Oxley Avenue, REDCLIFFE, QLD 4020

Strathpine Library

Corner Gympie and South Pine Roads, STRATHPINE, QLD 4500

Toorbul Community

Library Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Level 1 33 King Street, CABOOLTURE, QLD 4510

Woodford Library

Cnr Archer & Elizabeth Sts, WOODFORD, QLD 4514

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Moreton Bay Regional Library Locations https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/moreton-bay-regional-library-locations/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/moreton-bay-regional-library-locations/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:19:56 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=192313 Moreton Bay Regional Council Libraries These libraries have an array of activities and services for kids-. For example the Albany Creek library has a computer just the right size for a toddler- with a mouse to suit. Awesome 🙂 Albany Creek Library Ferguson Street, ALBANY CREEK, QLD 4035 Arana Hills Library Narellan Park, ARANA HILLS, QLD Beachmere Community Library Shop ...

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Moreton Bay Regional Council Libraries

These libraries have an array of activities and services for kids-. For example the Albany Creek library has a computer just the right size for a toddler- with a mouse to suit. Awesome 🙂

Albany Creek Library

Ferguson Street, ALBANY CREEK, QLD 4035

Arana Hills Library

Narellan Park, ARANA HILLS, QLD

Beachmere Community Library

Shop 5, Beachmere Plaza, 874-876 Beachmere Road, BEACHMERE, QLD 4510

Bribie Island Library

Cnr First Avenue & Welsby Pde, BONGAREE, QLD 4507

Burpengary Library

Station Rd, BURPENGARY, QLD 4505

Caboolture Library 

4 Hasking Street, Caboolture

Deception Bay Library

Cnr Captain Cook Pde & Bayview Tce, DECEPTION BAY, QLD 4508

Donnybrook Community Library

Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Level 1 33 King Street, CABOOLTURE, QLD 4510

Kallangur Library

1480 Anzac Avenue, KALLANGUR, QLD 4503

Library Express Caboolture Central Library

Ground Floor 33 King Street, CABOOLTURE, QLD 4510

Mobile Library

Cnr Gympie and South Pine Roads, STRATHPINE, QLD 4500

Mount Mee Community Library

Level 4 33 King Street, CABOOLTURE, QLD 4510

Narangba Library

Shop 1 A, Narangba Village Shopping Centre, Main Street, NARANGBA, QLD 4504

Pathways Dispenser

1 The Corso, NORTH LAKES, QLD 4509

Pathways Library

1 The Corso, NORTH LAKES, QLD 4509

Redcliffe Library

470-476 Oxley Avenue, REDCLIFFE, QLD 4020

Strathpine Library

Corner Gympie and South Pine Roads, STRATHPINE, QLD 4500

Toorbul Community

Library Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Level 1 33 King Street, CABOOLTURE, QLD 4510

Woodford Library

Cnr Archer & Elizabeth Sts, WOODFORD, QLD 4514

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What is Holoverse on the Gold Coast? https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/holoverse-gold-coast/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/holoverse-gold-coast/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:21:20 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=191699 Holoverse is the new Hologram based theme park on the Gold Coast opened by the government in 2016. It merges the latest in cutting edge technology with amazing and safe experiences never seen before. Holoverse is a must see and is fun for the whole family and contains a large number of Hologram rooms where ...

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Holoverse is the new Hologram based theme park on the Gold Coast opened by the government in 2016. It merges the latest in cutting edge technology with amazing and safe experiences never seen before. Holoverse is a must see and is fun for the whole family and contains a large number of Hologram rooms where people can experience solid objects made of light. There are a range of experiences on offer with prizes and a range of snacks.

Holoverse theme park on the Gold Coast

Where is Holoverse located?

The centre opened very recently in Southport and has been doing well ever since. Located on the tram line beside Officeworks in Southport, the grand entrance stands out and draws crowds from its surrounding areas, Brisbane as well as national and international tourists. It was opened in 2016 by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and was partially funded by the government. The centre is owned and run by Euclideon Entertainment who have created the all-Australian technology.

Holoverse theme park on the Gold Coast

Adventures on offer

Entrants do not place screens up to their eyes like with Virtual Reality (VR), instead they enter Hologram Rooms where digital objects appear all around them in the real world. They fly through the sky, visit the moon, go on safari, jump down holes and swim with fish and sea turtles. Players can see their own arms, legs and torso, avoiding the motion sickness associated with many forms of Virtual Reality. Plus without the presence of any moving parts and the player simply standing in and moving about a small room, there is no danger associated with any of the experiences.

The centre contains 40 booths, the largest number of Hologram Rooms in the world, with 5 separate experiences to enjoy. These include:

Experiences Vol.1

Players of this experience get to walk through walls, jump down virtual holes, pick digital apples and swim with manta rays, all in the safe confines of the Hologram Rooms.

False Eden

Players fight dinosaurs and other creatures on alien planets to save humanity’s future.

Fly Over the Gold Coast

Visitors fly across the digital skyline of the Gold Coast, ducking and weaving before walking about the sky scrapers.

Holographic Planetarium Parts 1 & 2

Visitors take a trip through the solar system, learning up to date facts about the heavenly bodies. They get to jump in alternate gravity and visit the surfaces of the planets.

Holoverse theme park on the Gold Coast

Constant New Attractions and Educational Value

A new experience emerges every 3 months, the centre constantly offering its visitors a new, immersive Holographic experience. While highly entertaining, some experiences focus on educational content, providing valuable and uniquely immersive opportunities for learning. These experiences have proven popular among primary and secondary schools, attracting excursions from prominent educational providers.

A visit to Holoverse is fun for the entire family and has received a large amount of media attention since its opening.

Find out more about Holoverse in the videos below:

A peak inside –

A media frenzy –

The world seems increasingly hungry for Holoverse’s Aussie made technology with a new centre opening in Dubai in September 2017, and Chicago the following year.

Holoverse is located at 59 Nerang St, Southport. Find out more via https://holoverse.com.au/.

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St Ambrose’s Primary School at Newmarket Review https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/st-ambroses-primary-school-newmarket-review/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/st-ambroses-primary-school-newmarket-review/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:20:55 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=191658 At St Ambrose’s, they are committed to excellence in learning and teaching while nurturing the holistic growth of their students within a vibrant community. Their approach to education is underpinned by their Habits of the Heart: ‘Love, Tolerance, Generosity, Hope, Perseverance and Remembering’. These habits are six principles that permeate the St Ambrose’s community and ...

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At St Ambrose’s, they are committed to excellence in learning and teaching while nurturing the holistic growth of their students within a vibrant community.

Their approach to education is underpinned by their Habits of the Heart: ‘Love, Tolerance, Generosity, Hope, Perseverance and Remembering’. These habits are six principles that permeate the St Ambrose’s community and link them to their heritage. It is through this ethos that the diverse needs of their students are best met.

St Ambrose's Primary School in Brisbane

What St Ambrose’s Primary School Offers

Equity and Excellence for All Learners

St Ambrose’s offers the latest in teaching and learning, technology and extra-curricular activities. Their ‘Visible Learning’ pedagogy ensures a challenging and purposeful learning experience that develops their children into successful and inquisitive learners who are well prepared for secondary education.

As a technology-rich school, St Ambrose’s Primary School offers students a one-to-one program and access to iPads, iPod Touches and laptops. Their aim is to rapidly develop students’ digital literacy skills for success in the modern world.

St Ambrose’s provide specialist lessons in Japanese, Physical Education, Integrated Arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Their extensive array of co-curriculum and extra-curriculum activities develops the various gifts and talents of their students; many of whom have achieved sporting and academic representative honours through these programs.

St Ambrose's Primary School in Brisbane

What St Ambrose’s Primary School Does Differently

Nurture and Encourage Holistic Growth

At St Ambrose, their dedicated teaching staff cater to the individual learning needs of each child to ensure high quality learning outcomes for all students. By combining a love of learning with a focus on intellectual, emotion and spiritual growth, their learners are motivated to become not only independent learners, but successful individuals.

St Ambrose's Primary School in Brisbane

The St Ambrose Community

Effective Collaboration and Communication

St Ambrose’s Primary School takes pride in making their younger students and new parents feel welcome and secure at school. St Ambrose’s knows that great parent partnerships are essential for student prosperity. A major strength of St Ambrose’s is their well connected and loving learning community. Their committed Parent and Friend Association, passionate teachers and student Leadership Program add to the holistic growth and academic success of their students.

St Ambrose's Primary School in Brisbane

Secondary Pathways

Equipping Students for the Future

To ensure each child’s effective transition from primary to secondary school, St Ambrose’s staff work proactively and positively with their secondary schools in the Jubilee Catholic Parish, including Marist College Ashgrove & Mount St Michaels College Ashgrove. Other secondary schools they work with outside the parish include Gregory Terrace, All Hallows’ and Stuartholme.

St Ambrose's Primary School in Brisbane

You are invited to join St Ambrose’s Primary School in 2018 as they ‘Build Community. Learn Together’. Find St Ambrose’s Primary School on FB and through their website http://www.stambrosesschool.qld.edu.au/.

St Ambrose’s Primary School is located at 23 Davidson Street, Newmarket.

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Camping at Cullendore High Country https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/camping-at-cullendore-high-country/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/camping-at-cullendore-high-country/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:27:18 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=188974 This peaceful and spacious campground is located on a 4000-acre cattle property, half of which is used exclusively for camping.  Your drive to the property takes you along a scenic dirt track with beautiful views of the mountains.  Kangaroos, Cows and an abundance of birdlife greet you as you drive in and will continue to ...

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This peaceful and spacious campground is located on a 4000-acre cattle property, half of which is used exclusively for camping.  Your drive to the property takes you along a scenic dirt track with beautiful views of the mountains.  Kangaroos, Cows and an abundance of birdlife greet you as you drive in and will continue to be seen throughout your stay.  After checking in at the office and being given your maps; you will begin your drive through the property.

Cullendore High Country

The campgrounds are divided into four regions:

Mountain Camp – Set on a mountain top amongst the trees, these campsites offer a degree of privacy and lovely views of neighbouring mountains.  Flushing toilets are located at the beginning of the camp.

Forest Camp – These campsites range from larger sites on the tree line with open grassed areas to smaller sites dotted throughout the trees.  These tree sites offer fantastic shade and privacy from other campers.  Camp here to be closest to the hot showers and toilets.

Creek Camp – This camp area is the largest most open camping area at Cullendore High Country.  The campsites have plenty of space between them and a large open grassed area through the centre.  Most sites will offer the shade of a tree or two you can pitch your tent under.  You will also find a small creek flowing along the edge of the camp and a small dam to one end.  Flushing toilets are located at the entry to Creek Camp.

The Overflow – These sites are set along the border of several small streams or along the edge of Clancy’s dam.  Set at the furthest end of the campground, these sites offer seclusion and choice of pitching your tent under the shade of trees or on the sunny grassed areas.  Some of the sites would require a drive to the toilet block which is located at the entry to “The Overflow”

Accessibility

Each of the four camp areas is fully accessible to 2WD vehicles with only a few tracks limited to 4WD.

The property is suitable for caravans, camper trailers and tents alike, though offers no powered sites.

Cullendore High Country

Facilities at Cullendore High Country

Flushing toilets can be found near the four camp areas, though some campsites may require a small drive to get there.  Those wanting a more secluded camping experience would be better off bringing a toilet with them.  However, there are no dump sites on the property so you will need to take its contents with you.

Showers can be found at two locations on the property.  Hot showers are conveniently located at ‘Forest Camp’.  You will also find a lukewarm bush shower at ‘The Overflow’ camp area

Fire Pits can be found at each camp site, firewood can be purchased from the Office

Ice can also be purchased from the Office

Rubbish Bins can be found next to the toilet blocks at each of the four camping regions

Activities to enjoy at Cullendore High Country

Scenic Driving Tracks can be found throughout the property.  Upon arrival at the camp, you will be giving a map of the roads you can explore.

Be sure to check out ‘The Lookout” for amazing views of the mountains.

Mountain Biking tracks for kids and more advanced riders

The wildlife makes this campground extra special for the kids and grownups alike.  Kangaroos are seen often, other species such as Bettong, Possums and Rabbits can be spotted on a night time animal hunt.  You will also often hear the Cows mooing throughout the day and night.

Bushwalking is a great way to explore the property for those with a love of nature or a keen eye for photography.

You will find plenty of room to play, why not strike up a match of footy, cricket or soccer – whichever you prefer

Take a drive to the nearby Maryland National Park or visit Queen Mary Falls just a 30-minute drive away

Swimming – You will find lots of small streams and a couple of dams in various places around the campgrounds.  These areas may have too many reeds and lilies for some swimmers.  However, the office is more than happy to provide a map showing the locations of local waterfalls and swimming holes, all within 30minutes of the property.

Camp Fires – Nothing feels more like camping than sitting around the fire at night toasting marshmallows and warming your fingertips.  Lucky for camp goers at Cullendore High Country, each campsite offers a fire pit for your convenience.  You can also purchase firewood from the office for $15 a bag if you find yourself in need.

Cullendore High Country

How to make the most of your stay at Cullendore High Country

  • If you would like to book one of the more secluded campsites, bring your own toilet as you may not be within easy walking distance.  Also, remember the camp offers no dump sites so you will need to take your waste with you. You will need to bring your own drinking water.
  • The office only accepts cash payments, so be sure to bring some money with you. You may also want to bring a little extra if you would like to purchase some firewood or ice.
  • Take a footy or cricket set with you for some extra fun.
  • If you are staying in the cooler months, bring plenty of warm clothing and bedding as the temperature can drop significantly at night.
  • Be sure to check out the Website (http://www.cullendore.com/location.html) beforehand and download the Map and Directions to ensure you arrive with ease.

Rules to be aware of at Cullendore High Country

The property is aiming to be a family friendly campground for those with an appreciation for the quiet and serenity of bush camping.  Therefore, radios and music should be kept to a minimum, with absolute restrictions placed after 9pm.

No Pets are allowed at the campground.

Drivers are limited to 15kph throughout the property for safety reasons and extreme 4×4 Driving is prohibited.

Cullendore High Country

Cullendore High Country is located at 248 Cullendore Creek Road, Cullendore NSW. Please visit the website for more information – http://www.cullendore.com/.

Take a look at the Brisbane Kids list of Your Favourite Camping Spots for lots more recommended family camp locations to explore, like Bald Rock & Boonoo Boonoo National Parks.

 

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How To Be A Foster Carer In Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/foster-carer-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/foster-carer-brisbane/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:15:46 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=191598 Mercy Family Services provides foster care placements for children and young people requiring out of home care due to statutory intervention.  Foster carers are volunteers who are able to include these children in their own home and family.  Mercy Family Services are currently recruiting foster carers to provide care for babies, children and young people. ...

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Mercy Family Services provides foster care placements for children and young people requiring out of home care due to statutory intervention.  Foster carers are volunteers who are able to include these children in their own home and family.  Mercy Family Services are currently recruiting foster carers to provide care for babies, children and young people.  Care to join them?

What Is Foster And Kinship Care?

Foster and kinship carers provide safe and caring homes for children who are unable to stay at home because of their protective needs. Foster carers are people living in the community who are able to care for other children and who, after training and assessment, have been approved as carers.

Kinship carers are people within a child’s family or community who take on the responsibility of caring for the child.  Children and young people can be in foster care for a few nights, a few months or until a child reaches independence.

Are There Different Types Of Care?

Each child or young person’s circumstances are unique and foster and kinship care is tailored to their needs.  Short-term care focuses on maintaining family connections and reuniting the child with their family. Long-term care is needed when a child is not able to return to their family and lasts until they reach eighteen years of age.

Foster and kinship care also includes emergency care (for brief periods at short notice), respite care (for short periods when children and their carers need a break) and intensive care (for a more focused level of care).

Who Can Become A Foster Carer?

Anyone over the age of eighteen years and an Australian citizen or permanent resident, single or in an established family, in good health and able to offer a warm and welcoming family environment can apply to become a foster carer.  Once the necessary training, assessments and checks have been satisfactorily completed, the Department of Community Child Safety Services will give approval for you to become a foster carer.

We will help you through this process to ensure that everyone in your home can consider what foster caring will mean for you and your family.

What Do We Expect From You As A Foster Carer?

Foster carers need to be able to provide a safe and supportive home environment for children and young people who may be troubled or have experienced trauma. You will need to be prepared to attend training to develop new skills. You will be required to keep information in relation to foster children confidential, even from close friends and family.

Foster carers need to be prepared to work closely with the Department of Communities Child Safety Services and the child’s family to plan and maintain the best care for the child.

Foster carers are also expected to:

• Provide emotional support and care to meet the child’s everyday needs.

• Help the child communicate and behave in positive ways.

• Support the child in their schooling and recreational activities.

• Help the child maintain contact with their parents and extended family.

• Support the child’s cultural and religious needs.

To find out more about fostering in Brisbane check out the Mercy Family Services Website

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What are Play School Live Shows like for Toddlers? https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/what-are-play-school-live-shows-like-for-toddlers/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/what-are-play-school-live-shows-like-for-toddlers/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:51:13 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=190811 There’s a bear in there, and a chair as well.  There are people with games, and stories to tell.  Open wide.  Come inside.  It’s Play School. I think you would be hard pressed to find a child or adult that cannot sing the entire opening jingle to Play School.  For over 50 years now this much loved ...

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There’s a bear in there, and a chair as well.  There are people with games, and stories to tell.  Open wide.  Come inside.  It’s Play School.

I think you would be hard pressed to find a child or adult that cannot sing the entire opening jingle to Play School.  For over 50 years now this much loved children’s program has been a staple on our national television sets and has featured regularly in the lives of our children as each day well known actors take turns hosting this beloved show.  Designed specifically for preschoolers, it is a simple yet clever mix of colour, stories, music, craft, fun and laughter.  Overflowing with smiles and full of imaginative play, it is little wonder Play School is Austalia’s longest running children’s program – and the second longest in the world too.

Play School 2017 Prince of Bears

Play School Live in Concert

With such a huge television following it is not surprising that the live concerts they have created are so popular.  Their latest show, Play School Live in Concert: Prince of Bears 2017 kicked off in Brisbane this weekend and, with a heart laden with nostalgic love for a childhood favourite, I happily went along with both my young son (aged 2.5 years) and my niece (almost 2 years).  This was the first time I had attended one of the live shows and I was interested to see how it transferred to the stage as well as how much the little ones would enjoy it.

I wasn’t disappointed.  From the moment I walked into the auditorium I was greeted with a relaxed space, a room of excitable chatter and a stage adorned with a simple and bright set that could easily be related to that viewed on the television screen.  The two hosts for this show, Teo Gebert and Abi Tucker, seemed even brighter and more cheerful in real life and, along with the talented Bill on keyboard, the three did a fantastic job of interacting with the audience and building excitement for the kids.

Of course, the real stars of the show are the much loved toys themselves and Prince of Bears is based around long time favourite, “Prince” Big Ted, who has a crown and a royal cloak but doesn’t have a royal castle.  The show follows him as he travels through a fun filled world of nursery rhymes, songs and stories on his journey to finding one.  Along the way he is joined by other Playschool favourites like Humpty, Jemima, Little Ted and Meeka and with each new face came a new level of exhilaration from the crowd.

Favourite nursery rhymes like Twinkle Twinkle, Wiggly Woo and Hickery Dickery Dock were peppered throughout the entire performance which meant the littlest audience members barely sat down at all.

Playschool Stage show

What are the shows like for toddlers and who else would enjoy it?

My two older daughters had also wanted to come along to the show when I said that I was going but, knowing it was marketed for children of pre-school age, I thought that at 5 and 7 years old it may be a little too young for them.  In hindsight though, I think they would have loved it.  Even though, much like the television show itself, everything in the concert is carefully paced for the smallest of children, going to see a show like Play School is in part because it is fun for little ones but it also in part because it is such a loving reminder of our childhood.  Anyone who has grown up watching this show will appreciate the familiarity of its format, of its characters, of its songs and of its warmth.  I admit I actually felt a little disappointed when we didn’t get to choose, and look through, one of the infamous four shaped windows (diamond, pick diamond!).

Toddlers will love the simplicity of the show and its familiar songs and toys.  The fact that is ran smoothly in one continuous motion for the entire 50 minutes with quick and fun character and scene changes meant that the younger kids could not easily get distracted. It was completely interactive with a lot of audience participation, singing and dancing but there were also some quiet times to just watch and listen.

And, although the small kids sang loud and danced with much enthusiasm throughout it, the older children and adults in the room seemed just as happy to be there.  The hosts threw out a few witty lines that only the parents in the rooms would appreciate (Teo saying “come on, I have helped you guys out daily for years” when he asked for the parents to sing louder) and it is wonderful to share a generational love for the same show with your kids.

I think the concerts are light hearted, fun and entertaining and the perfect outing for any family who are long-time Play School fans.  If that is you and you haven’t booked a ticket yet then you can do so as well as check out all dates and venues here.

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Places to see Animals near Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/places-see-animals-near-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/places-see-animals-near-brisbane/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:21:46 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=191563 We might be raising kids in the city, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get up close and personal with friends of the furry kind once in a while. And we don’t need to wait until the Ekka rolls into town every August. There are plenty of places in South East Queensland to see animals ...

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We might be raising kids in the city, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get up close and personal with friends of the furry kind once in a while. And we don’t need to wait until the Ekka rolls into town every August. There are plenty of places in South East Queensland to see animals and wildlife all year round.

We have wildlife sanctuaries, zoos, animal encounters, and working farms all within easy driving distance of Brisbane. Places that provide wonderful opportunities for our little ones to learn about animals and see how they live. You may find these animals roaming free, or living in purposely built environments that resemble their natural habitat.

Here are some of our favourites.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Opened in 1927, Lone Pine is the world’s largest koala sanctuary and is home to over 130 koalas. Don’t be fooled by the name though, you will also find plenty of other animals at this Brisbane institution. It is home to barn animals, snakes, birds, and the elusive platypus. The daily show schedule means you can see all these animals in action.

If you’re staying in the city, why not take a trip up the river to Lone Pine? Mirimar Cruises (www.mirimar.com) operates a daily cruise service to the zoo. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the view from the water.

You can find Lone Pine 12km from the city at Fig Tree Pocket.

Where: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Q 4069

Open: 7 days per week. 9am – 5pm.

What’s On: Farmer’s Market every Friday from 4pm followed by movie screenings at their outdoor cinema.

Find out more at www.koala.net, or take a look at our Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Review.

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre

Image by Hannah S, courtesy of Queensland Government

Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre

Located at The Gap, a leafy suburb to the north-west of the city, Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre has been set up to educate visitors about the animals that are found around South East Queensland.

The Wildlife Centre sits at the edge of the D’Aguilar National Park, a 36,400 hectare park made up of eucalypt forest and rainforest. The centre has been designed with natural exhibits to replicate the animals’ actual habitat. You will find reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and mammals here. There is also a nocturnal-house so you can see the animals that usually only come out at night. Don’t miss the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool! Check the information centre for daily feeding times.

The information centre also offers virtual lookouts showcasing sights and landscapes from other South East Queensland national parks.

You can spend a whole day at Walkabout Creek. Located next to Enoggera Reservoir, it’s a perfect place for a walk or swim once you’ve finished seeing all the animals.

Where: 60 Mt Nebo Road, The Gap, Q 4061

Open: 7 days per week. 9am – 4.30pm.

What’s on: A wildlife discovery show is held every weekend and kids can participate in Junior Ranger activities on school holidays.

Check them out at www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/daguilar/walkabout-creek, or read our Walkabout Creek Review.

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Trevena Glen Farm

This 22-acre farm located at Mount Samson offers visitors an insight into farm life on the first Saturday of every month. Only a 40-minute drive from Brisbane City, Trevena Glen Farm gives kids the chance to feed and cuddle their favourite farm animals. You will see horses, sheep, pigs, guinea pigs, miniature ponies, and even a donkey. You may even be lucky enough to meet some baby animals. They also offer tractor wagon rides, pony rides and a jumping castle.

Event numbers are capped so book your tickets early. You can book tickets and keep up to date with special events on their Facebook page.

Where: 1132 Winn Road, Mount Samson, Q 4520

Open: 1st Saturday of each month. 9am – 12pm.

What’s on: You can have your birthday party or take horse-riding lessons at Trevena Glen.

Find out more at https://grookea.odoo.com/.

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Ipswich Nature Centre

Set among lush landscaped gardens, this nature centre has been set up to replicate the local bushland and habitats for native animals. Described as Ipswich’s best kept secret, you will find wallabies, emus, quolls, wombats and a rainforest bird aviary here. Kids will love seeing the farm animals in the barn too. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the iconic bilby in the nocturnal exhibit.

Although it has free admission, a gold coin donation is appreciated to help with care of the animals and improvements to the centre.

Where: Queens Park, Goleby Avenue, Ipswich, Q 4305

Open: Tuesday to Sunday. 9.30am – 4pm.

What’s on: Call the council on 07 3810 6666 for feeding times.

Find out more at https://www.discoveripswich.com.au/attraction/ipswich-nature-centre/. You may also like to check out our Queens Park, Ipswich Review.

Staying in Lamington National Park

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat – Wildlife of O’Reilly’s

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat offers something for everyone. But when it comes to animal experiences, you can’t go past their Birds of Prey show and Wildlife Encounters.

The Birds of Prey show is held daily at 1pm. In this show you will see owls, falcons, or eagles in full flight showing off their amazing aerobatic skills. O’Reilly’s also offers a one-on-one experience after the show if you want to get up close and personal with these majestic birds.

The O’Reilly’s Wildlife Warriors lead the Wildlife Encounter every day at 10am. This guided experience teaches about native animals, their habitats, and the impacts humans have on the delicate ecosystem in which these animals live.

You can find O’Reilly’s within Lamington National Park. The park is home to over 160 species of birdlife, reptiles, frogs and mammals. You might even spot them on the many walking tracks around the park.

Where: 3582 Lamington National Park Road, O’Reilly, Q 4275

Open: 7 days per week. 10am and 1pm

Check them out at www.oreillys.com.au, or take a look at our Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Review.

If you feel like travelling a bit further afield… here are a few extra places to visit.

Darling Downs Zoo (Pilton) – A privately owned zoo open daily from 9am – 4pm. You can see animals from Africa, South America, South-East Asia, and Australia. www.darlingdownszoo.com.au.

The Farm (Byron Bay) – An 80 acre farm where behind-the-scene farm tours are held each Saturday and Farm Kids Workshops are held on Sundays. Farm entry is free but a charge applies to the tours and workshops. www.thefarmbyronbay.com.au.

Mon Repos Turtle Centre (Bargara) – Join QPWS Rangers on a guided tour to watch Logger-head turtles nesting (November to January) and the hatchlings make their way to the water (January to March). You may also like to read our Mon Repos article, or find out more about Things To Do In Bundaberg With Kids while you are there. https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/mon-repos/turtle-centre.html.

Extra special sightings you might see on your travels around Queensland – Koalas in the trees at Noosa National Park, Glow Worms at Springbrook National Park, Cassowarys in the Daintree Rainforest, and Cockatoos at Coolangatta Beach.

We have more inspiration for your Brisbane Kids who love to get outside! Get amongst nature at these Conservation Centers In Brisbane, or head to the seas and go Whale Watching from Brisbane.

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Down Syndrome Support in Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/down-syndrome-support-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/down-syndrome-support-brisbane/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:36:56 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=191259 Recommended Services – Brisbane Down Syndrome Association of Qld (DSAQ) DSAQ have been an association that has supported us 110% from first meeting us. They provide such professional and caring services to the community. We have been just so lucky to be a part of their amazing music therapy program since Ella was a baby. ...

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Recommended Services – Brisbane

Down Syndrome Association of Qld (DSAQ)

DSAQ have been an association that has supported us 110% from first meeting us. They provide such professional and caring services to the community. We have been just so lucky to be a part of their amazing music therapy program since Ella was a baby. A recent resource they have launched to their members and the community is ‘Reading Our Way,’ a whole word reading program for those with Down syndrome or intellectual impairments.

Some staff members recently travelled to Cape Town for the World Down Syndrome Congress, so they are even taking their training programs and sharing with the world! There is also a Parent Conference in the 2013, and they are offering discounts if you register by early December.

I cannot thank or recommend DSAQ highly enough for all they have done for our family, the community of Brisbane and Queensland! The staff are so caring and friendly, and their resources are exceptional!

Website details – http://www.dsaq.org.au

Phone – 07 3356 6655

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Technical Aids for the Disabled (TADQ)

This was another organisation I have only just discovered. I heard of them once again from networking with other parents in a Facebook support group. We have just been through the process of ordering a block trolley with their assistance. This will help our daughter at her pre-walking stage, and give her the much-longed-for independence to walk without our assistance.

Here is some information about TADQ from their website:

TADQ (Technical Aid to the Disabled Queensland Inc), is a statewide not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that provides technical support for people with disabilities and the frail aged to assist with their everyday living.

We deliver project services to the community through the skills of our Volunteers.

Our Project Team work with the TADQ Volunteers to design, modify and manufacture pieces of equipment not commercially attainable. Always adhering to strict safety procedures and guidelines. We provide this service at a minimal cost to our clients.

There are also TAD groups in each state, to assist those with disabilities or special needs.

They are also actually looking for volunteers in Brisbane and regional Qld. If you have any of the skills listed below and some spare time, please call them and help out those in our community who need extra assistance.

Engineers                    Upholsters                   Technicians Trades People              Fitters & Turners          Industrial designers Handy Persons

TADQ depend on the help of volunteers so please give them a call if you can donate some time to this really amazing organisation that helps out so many people!

Website details – http://www.tadq.org.au

Phone – 1300 663 243

Carer’s Associations

Carers Queensland  offer a wide range of services to assist carers. Here is a list of the services on offer through this organisation.

Carer Advisory Services                                 National Carer Counselling Program

Carer Support Groups                                    Young Carers Program

Cultural & Linguistic Diversity                      Education and Training

Family Support and Advocacy                     Friends Care – peer support

Better Start                                                        Carer Support Initiative

No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS)             Policy and Research

I have accessed their counseling and support services and can highly recommend their services. They helped us through our sleepless period with our toddler and assisted me in applying for Sleep School. I really needed help since I was so sleep deprived and was just not functioning well. They were awesome!

Website details – http://carersqld.asn.au

Phone – 1800 242 636

Services for Carers and their children/teens with disabilities

Xavier Children’s Support Network – is a Brisbane-based support organisation for families of children aged 0-18 who have high support needs arising from a variety of disabilities including physical, sensory, intellectual and autistic spectrum disorders.

The support we have received from Xavier has been just lovely. The staff I have had the pleasure of dealing with at Xavier genuinely care about their clients, and do their utmost to help in a variety of ways. I cannot recommend them as a support service highly enough.

Website details – http://www.xcsn.org

Phone – Brisbane North Office – (07) 3261 6950

South Office – (07) 3216 8811

Sports

Paralympic Football Program – A football program that encourages children with many different disabilities to have a go at sport and to connect with others as they enjoy themselves. I have met Jay at a Christmas Party with the Down syndrome Association of Qld, and he is passionate about kids with disabilities playing sport! After their recent interview on Channel 7 news, so much interest has been shown they are holding an Open Day on the 11th November, 2012. contact Jay Larkins at cpfootballbrisbane@hotmail.com.

Website details – http://westsidesports.com.au/brisbane-paralympic-football-program

Phone – 0411 134 531 (Jay Larkins)

Donations

If you would like to donate to any of the organisations mentioned above, DSAQ, TADQ, Xavier, Carers Queensland, or the Paralympic Football Program, please call them. Every dollar donated helps to assist those who are carers and the ones they care for within our community.

Swimming Classes

Albany Creek Leisure Centre – We love our Sunday mornings at the pool and have a great teacher for our daughter who challenges her and treats her like all the other kids whilst also understanding her disability.  PS They have classes seven days a week to suit busy families!

Website details – http://www.albanycreeklc.com.au/facilities/swim_school

Phone – 3264 9903

Osteopathy

Brisbane Osteopathic Centre at Wilston, Brisbane. Scott Baxter – comes recommended via a Facebook support group for parents of children with Down syndrome. The clinic and several of the staff have a particular interest in helping children with special needs.

Website details – http://www.brisbaneosteopathic.com.au

Phone – 07 3311 5655

 

 

 

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