Brisbane Kids Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. 2017-05-26T07:44:20Z https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/feed/atom/ WordPress Ngaire Stirling http://www.brisbanekids.com.au <![CDATA[Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre Review]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=187844 2017-05-26T07:44:20Z 2017-05-24T20:07:41Z Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre (MPC) is a not for profit community kindergarten, affiliated with The Gowrie. With options for 2 or 3 days per week, Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre operates from 7.30am to 5.30pm through our Before and After Kindy Care program. Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre offers kindy programs for children between 3 to 5 years which includes ...

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Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre (MPC) is a not for profit community kindergarten, affiliated with The Gowrie.

With options for 2 or 3 days per week, Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre operates from 7.30am to 5.30pm through our Before and After Kindy Care program. Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre offers kindy programs for children between 3 to 5 years which includes a unique 2 day program for 3 year olds.

Their experienced staff provide a high-quality education program that fosters children’s engagement across different learning environments and with a range of resources. The natural and leafy setting enables children to explore the natural world and increase their understanding of sustainable practices. At MPC we help your child develop a love of learning!

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Enrolments can be lodged via our website for next year and beyond. Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre’s early childhood education services have a rating of Exceeding on the National Quality Standard.

07 3355 2535 – www.mpc.net.au – 29 Kedron Av, Mitchelton

Why Choose Mitchelton Pre-schooling Centre

  • Consistency with class composition
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff
  • Before and after Kindy care. Your child can be in a caring environment from 7.30am -5.30pm on the days they attend
  • Natural play spaces with big leafy trees, lots of shade, timber play structures and lots of space
  • Dedicated kindy which means a safe stepping stone to develop and practice the life skills children will need for school and community
  • Central location making it easy to walk to or access via public transport (bus, train)

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What is Lady Gowrie

The Brisbane Lady Gowrie Child Centre was established in 1940 as a demonstration centre for excellence in early childhood education and care, by Lady Gowrie, the wife of the Governor General at the time. Lady Gowrie is committed to delivering client-focused early childhood and parent support services in Queensland and driving excellence and innovation in early years service delivery.

The Lady Gowrie name in Queensland is synonymous with high quality and affordable early childhood services that promote a sense of emotional well-being and social and cultural awareness for children while supporting parents and enabling greater workforce participation.

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Leigh Knaus Child <![CDATA[Diary of a Wombat | September 2017]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=188099 2017-05-24T13:48:42Z 2017-05-24T13:48:42Z Monkey Baa presents Diary of a Wombat on a national tour and stopping in Queensland for a number of shows at various locations in September 2017. Diary of a Wombat The award winning picture book Diary of a Wombat, by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley is being brought to life in a beautiful stage play ...

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Monkey Baa presents Diary of a Wombat on a national tour and stopping in Queensland for a number of shows at various locations in September 2017.

Diary of a Wombat

The award winning picture book Diary of a Wombat, by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley is being brought to life in a beautiful stage play of the same name. Diary of a Wombat, the live stage production, will see Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia, create chaos in the lives of many as she gets bored with er daily routine of eating and sleeping and goes in search or some shelter and food. Just like in the book, doormats, bins and washing lines will not deter Mothball as she searches for some delicious food and in the process discovers that people can be trained to giver her exactly what she wants.

Puppets are used, along with a few talented actors, to bring this tale to life, while music by accomplished composer and cellist, Oonagh Sherrard, adds the final layer to the show.  Puppetry and Movement Director, Alice Osborne (War Horse 2012/13) and Designer Imogen Ross (Hitler’s Daughter) also add the the shows list of impressive talents working on the Australian production.

Diary of a Wombat is a charming, fun and engaging show that is recommended for Brisbane Kids aged 3 years and over and their parents and any fan of the book Diary of a  Wombat.

Diary of a Wombat Queensland Shows Dates and Times

  • 4th – 5th  September : The Empire Theatre Toowoomba @ 6.30pm (4th September) and 9.30am and 11.30am (5th September)
  • 7th – 8th September: Logan Entertainment Centre @ 4.30pm (7th September) 10.30am and 1pm (8th September)
  • 11th – 13th September:  The Arts Centre Gold Coast @ 6pm (11th September) and 10.30am and 12.45pm (12th and 13th September).
  • 16th September : Redlands Performing Arts Centre @ 10.30am
  • 19th September: Lake Kawana Community Centre @ 10.30am and 12.30pm

The show runs for approximately 45 minutes with no interval and a 10 minute Questaion and answer session after each show with the cast.

Diary of a Wombat Queensland Shows Ticket Prices

  • The Empire Theatre Toowoomba – all tickets $20 and $15 per ticket for a group of 10+
  • Logan Entertainment Centre – all tickets $15  and $12 per ticket for a group of 8+
  • The Arts Centre Gold Coast – all tickets $22.50. Under 3 years are FREE on the knee.
  • Redlands Performing Arts Centre – all tickets $18 until 4th August then $22 per adult, $20 per child and $72 per family (2 kids and 2 adults)
  • Lake Kawana Community Centre -all tickets $20 and $68 group of 4 ticket ( must be a minimum of 2 children). Under 2 years are FREE on the knee.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

For more information and to book tickets click here.

Watch this video for a sneak peak of Diary of a Wombat

 

For a list of  shows and concerts now showing or coming soon to Brisbane that your Brisbane Kids will absolutely love, take a look at the Brisbane Kids Upcoming Shows page or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter. 

 

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Ngaire Stirling http://www.brisbanekids.com.au <![CDATA[Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 2017]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=188046 2017-05-24T10:08:57Z 2017-05-24T00:48:24Z Have you ever considered trying your hand at pumpkin rolling or pumpkin shot put? If so, this is the festival for you. Included on RACQ’s 150 Must Do list, the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is held each year on the last Sunday in May. In 2017, the festival turns 21 and will be held on Sunday ...

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Have you ever considered trying your hand at pumpkin rolling or pumpkin shot put? If so, this is the festival for you. Included on RACQ’s 150 Must Do list, the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is held each year on the last Sunday in May.

In 2017, the festival turns 21 and will be held on Sunday 28th May.

Originally started in the 90s to boost the business economy and town morale, the festival has grown to become a popular event for Queensland families. The festival is a regional tourism award winner and continues to grow each year with organisers expecting more than 15,000 visitors to the event.

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Pumpkin Rolling Competition

The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll is the festival’s signature event. Compete with hundreds of others rolling pumpkins down Policeman’s Hill to become the Pumpkin Rolling Champion. The pumpkin sports bonanza also includes pumpkin bowls, pumpkin shotput, and the pumpkin pull.

Kids can test out their creativity in the decorated pumpkin competition. The competition is split into four age groups with an open category as well. They can also dress up in their best pumpkin-themed costume in the pumpkin pageant. All pumpkin pageant entrants get to walk in the street parade too.

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The family-friendly event now includes more than just pumpkins. There will be pig races, pony and camel rides, and an animal nursery. Kids can get involved in the skateboarding workshops and there will be chainsaw demonstrations and competitions to watch.

Gourmet Food Offerings

A new addition for 2017 includes ‘Gourmet Destinations’. Watch local celebrity chefs prepare tasty dishes using local produce and ingredients to showcase what the region has to offer. You may get called on for taste-testing and you’ll have the opportunity to buy ingredients direct from the producer. There is also a full-day program of live music and entertainment on the main stage in the Railway Yards Precinct.  And with more than 200 market stalls, there will be something for everyone.

How to get to Goomeri

Goomeri is located on the Burnett Highway, 265km north-west of Brisbane (approximately 2.5 hours from the CBD). There are many picturesque routes you can take to get there. The easiest option is to head north and take the D’Aguilar Highway from Caboolture. An easy drive where you will get to see some great little towns such as Woodford, Blackbutt, Yarraman, and Nanango on the way.  (Here’s an insider’s tip – On your way back to Brisbane, stop in at Blackbutt Bakery and pick up an amazing wood-fired loaf of bread).

Goomeri is part of the South Burnett region which boasts Queensland’s largest wine region and is home to two of Queensland’s largest inland waterways (Lake Boondooma and Bjelke-Petersen Dam).

Find out more information about the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.

Click here to see what else is happening in the South Burnett Region.

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Melanie Byers <![CDATA[Health St Cafe Jindalee – Child Friendly Cafe]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=187840 2017-05-23T03:55:28Z 2017-05-23T00:43:39Z A great place to enjoy fantastic food and drinks on an open deck under the trees.  Kid’s portions and options are happily catered for and there is a kids corner set out inside for them to play. What’s On The Menu? For the Kids Although the Health St Cafe does not actually have a designated children’s menu, all ...

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A great place to enjoy fantastic food and drinks on an open deck under the trees.  Kid’s portions and options are happily catered for and there is a kids corner set out inside for them to play.

What’s On The Menu?

For the Kids

Although the Health St Cafe does not actually have a designated children’s menu, all of their regular menu can be reduced to a kids sized portion and they are also happy to custom make whatever your child will eat providing they have the ingredients on hand.  How is that for child friendly??!

You can check out their delicious breakfast menu here or head in at lunch when your food will be cooked to order – with anything from huge steak sandwiches to salads and vegetarian delights!  You are also free to choose something small from their cabinet – with healthy and delicious options like slices, muffins, protein ball and quiches all on offer.

Allergy Free Options

Most of their meal options can be served gluten free and many of the treats on offer are gluten free, dairy free and vegan.

Kids Play Options

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Inside, the cafe has created a designated kid’s play area with small tables and toys, a chalkboard and a soft play mat.  There are also some books for the kids to read and colour pencils and stencils are available on request.  This play space is easily visible from the tables nearby and so you can easily enjoy your coffee or meal while the children are happily occupied.

Other Child-Friendly Services Provided

The cafe has high chairs and plenty of pram space but there are no baby changing facilities on site.

Contact Details

Address: 225 Sinnamon Road, Jindalee (inside the same building as the Genesis Fitness Club)

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri: 6:30am – 3pm

Saturday: 7am – 12pm

Sunday: 8am – 12pm

Phone: 3713 3914

Social Media:  Facebook

Jindalee playgrounds a short drive away

Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks | Riverside waterpark and recreation zone

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Leigh Knaus Child <![CDATA[The Hills Carnivale | May 2017]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=187826 2017-05-19T18:57:32Z 2017-05-19T18:57:32Z A highlight on The Hills Festival program, the annual Hills Carnivale is an event full of colour, fun and excitement that is sure to entertain the whole family on Sunday 27th May. Brisbane Kids is very excited to be sponsoring this family friendly event in 2017 and hopes to see lots of Brisbane Kids enjoying ...

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A highlight on The Hills Festival program, the annual Hills Carnivale is an event full of colour, fun and excitement that is sure to entertain the whole family on Sunday 27th May. Brisbane Kids is very excited to be sponsoring this family friendly event in 2017 and hopes to see lots of Brisbane Kids enjoying a fun day out and making the most of the awesome range of activities on the day.

The Hills Carnivale 2017

The Hills Carnivale features a program bursting with fun activities, rides, roving performers and live entertainment for both young and old making it the perfect day out for any family. The program includes:

The Main Stage

The main stage at the Hills Carnivale this year will offer a great variety of local Brisbane based performers from alternative pop to blues, folk and soul music. Performers include Sam Hattersley, Johanna & Jayden, Kent Tonscheck, The Fergies, Fieu, the Dave Orr Band and Pocketlove a fun band with a soul/funk feel will be the last band on stage before everyone will look up to the sky to see an explosion of colour at the fireworks finale which will close the Hills Carnivale for 2017 at 7.30pm.

The Kids Stage

The Kids Stage boasts a great line up that will keep the kids entertained all afternoon. The Kids Stage will open with a gorgeous performance by Flutter The Fairy, closely followed by the Jelly Eating Competition and the hilarious Larrikin Puppets. Nickleby the Magician will entertain kids of all ages with his optical illusions and magic trick before the days entertainment ends with the Curly Cousins and The Fabulous Lemon Drops who will have everyone up on their feet singing and dancing.

The Kids Zone

The Hills Carnivale Kids Zone is an area just for Brisbane Kids and the best bit is that everything in the zone is absolutely FREE!  This year the Kid Zone will include main stage will feature pony rides, the Bean Bag Game, face painting and a balloons sculpture that will be available to make whatever your heart desires from balloons. Kids can run away and join the circus for the day and learn how to juggling, hula hoop, diablo’s, flower sticks, poi, dancing ribbons, hack sacks, spinning plates and more at the circus workshops.  While the littiler Brisbane Kids will keep busy in the Kids Play Centre where they can have fun in the ball pit, play house soft play shapes and more.

Rides

The Hills Carnivale has a great area set aside for thrill seekers and kids featuring rides for young and old. This year you can expect to see the Super Sizzler, Ferris Wheel, Two Up G Force, Rock Wall, Merry-Go-Round, and the Screamer Slide. The best bit is that rides are great value for money at only $2 per ride!

The Hills Carnivale Food, Drinks and Markets

The Hills Carnivale boast an amazing food court featuring international cuisine, delicious snacks,  coffee and gourmet food stalls. There are also a great range of market stalls for the whole family to wander through.

The Hills Carnivale Time and Dates

The Hills Carnivale is held at George Willmore Park located at 52 Ferny Way, Ferny Hills.

  • Saturday 27th May  – 12pm – 7.30m

For more information on The Hills Carnivale click here.

To find out more about Brisbane’s wonderful array of regular cultural festivals, take a look at the upcoming Brisbane Festivals or our Brisbane Kids Event Calendar

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Ngaire Stirling http://www.brisbanekids.com.au <![CDATA[Brisbane GP for Kids with Dr Nicole White]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=187773 2017-05-16T18:43:03Z 2017-05-16T18:42:01Z Dr Nicole White is passionate about providing focused healthcare for children and is excited to announce the opening of gp 4 kids in Brisbane’s inner north.   Through many years of medical experience and education with a focus on paediatrics, Dr Nicole has obtained the skills and knowledge to offer you a focused general practice service ...

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Dr Nicole White is passionate about providing focused healthcare for children and is excited to announce the opening of gp 4 kids in Brisbane’s inner north.   Through many years of medical experience and education with a focus on paediatrics, Dr Nicole has obtained the skills and knowledge to offer you a focused general practice service for your children.

How can gp 4 Kids help your family?

Are you worried about an aspect of your child’s health?  Perhaps you are concerned about their growth or physical development. Maybe the school or kindergarten has raised concerns about your child’s behaviour or learning.  Do you have a newborn baby and you are struggling with breastfeeding or an unsettled infant?  Are you worried about your child’s diet?  Or perhaps you are concerned about their emotional wellbeing.

Parenting is one of the most challenging roles we face in our lives and stress around the health and wellbeing of our children can be overwhelming.  As a parent of three young children herself , Dr Nicole fully understands these issues.    She is available to give you the time, expertise and attention required to address your concerns.

Dr Nicole works with a close network of paediatricians and allied health practitioners including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians and psychologists and can help you access these services should they be required for your child.   When it comes to issues around development, learning and behaviour, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your child and targeting intervention will improve outcomes for children.  Figuring out how and where to begin this process can be confusing.  Dr Nicole can assess your child and then arrange the most appropriate pathway for further assessment or intervention as appropriate.

Who is Dr Nicole White?

Dr nicole white brisbane

Dr Nicole is a general practitioner who has a special interest and additional training in the field of paediatrics.  She spent many years working at the Mater Childrens Hospital on the paediatric training program and subsequently as a GP in the Emergency Department.  She has recently completed a Diploma of Child Health through the Sydney Childrens Health Network and is currently taking part in additional training through the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital around ADHD management in the General Practice setting.   Dr White also works as a GP at Hummingbird House, Queenslands first and only palliative care hospice for children.

Prior to completing her medical degree Dr White was a physiotherapist who worked for a period at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

What services are provided by gp 4 Kids?

At gp 4 Kids, Dr Nicole White offers consultation across all areas of children’s health including:

  • Everyday medical care for babies to adolescents
  • Newborn care and feeding
  • Infant growth and development
  • Infant and childhood immunisation
  • Childhood behavioural, developmental and learning challenges
  • Asthma, eczema and allergies
  • Adolescent health
  • Complex care co-ordination

In addition, Dr Nicole prioritises continuity of care and care of the family as a whole unit and will also provide consultation for:

  • Preconception care
  • Antenatal and postnatal care
  • Women’s health
  • Parental mental health and wellbeing.

Where is gp 4 kids located?

gp 4 kids is located within the Kedron Wavell Medical Centre, a family owned General Practice which has been providing medical care to patients of Brisbane’s north for almost 70 years.  As well as gp 4 kids, there are male and female doctors available to ensure continuity of care for all family members.   There is easy parking directly underneath the medical centre with lift access direct to the clinic.   There is also a pharmacy and pathology collection centre on site.

Contacting gp 4 Kids

If you are worried about your child and need an opinion from a trusted, friendly and caring GP who is experienced in paediatrics, arrange an appointment with Dr Nicole White at gp 4 Kids.  No referral is required.  www.gp4kids.com.au

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Ngaire Stirling http://www.brisbanekids.com.au <![CDATA[Speechcare : Brisbane Speech Pathologists Who Care]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=187606 2017-05-13T08:49:30Z 2017-05-13T08:49:30Z   Welcome to Speechcare, a dedicated team of speech pathologists who have been providing high quality and caring speech pathology services to families in Brisbane since 1992. About Speech Pathology Speech pathologists are allied health professionals who are trained to assess and treat communication and feeding disorders. Communication begins at birth and is how we ...

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Welcome to Speechcare, a dedicated team of speech pathologists who have been providing high quality and caring speech pathology services to families in Brisbane since 1992.

About Speech Pathology

Speech pathologists are allied health professionals who are trained to assess and treat communication and feeding disorders.

Communication begins at birth and is how we connect and bond with our children. If children have difficulty with communication they can become frustrated or withdrawn. It is important to seek help early to help your child to make vital connections with people. The Speechcare team is experienced in dealing with children. We know how to make kids feel comfortable and to make therapy fun.

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Communication disorders include:

Language Delay: Children who are late talkers, have limited vocabulary development, find it difficult to express themselves or who experience difficulty following directions

Speech delay: Children who are difficult to understand, find it difficult to sequence sounds correctly or who produce speech sound errors beyond the acceptable age.

Stuttering: Children who produce repetitions, prolongations, and blocking of sounds and syllables.

Social Difficulties: Children who have difficulty understanding and using social language conventions and difficulties seeing things from another person’s perspective.

Literacy Difficulties: Children who find it difficult to learn the decoding skills necessary for learning to read or the encoding skills necessary for learning to spell or who may be able to read but find it difficult to comprehend the text.

Voice disorders: Children who have husky voices as a result of incorrect use of their voice, have unusual intonation patterns or use inappropriately loud or soft voices.

Feeding difficulties include difficulties with the skills required to eat and drink including sucking (in babies), biting, chewing and swallowing.  It also can include food refusal resulting in a very limited range of foods or a restricted way in which children will accept foods.

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Why choose Speechcare for your child?

Conveniently located in Carina close to public transport and with dedicated parking and pram access, Speechcare offers a well-resourced, comfortable clinic. Our therapists have many years of experience, commitment to evidence-based practice and numerous extra qualifications such as training in Picture Exchange Communication System, Hanen parent and teacher training, Lidcombe and Camperdown interventions for stuttering, PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and UQ PAL (Phonological Awareness for Literacy) programme. We offer school readiness programmes in January each year and provide services on campus at schools.

We are a Government approved provider with the DSS ‘Helping Children with Autism’ and the ‘Betterstart for Children with a Disability’ initiatives.

From the moment of your first contact with Speechcare, our friendly administrative staff is ready and willing to help with your concerns and can provide suitable appointments (usually within the next week).

www.speechcare.com.au

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Paula Johnson <![CDATA[Kayaking in Brisbane with Kids]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=183967 2017-05-18T19:39:25Z 2017-05-06T04:18:04Z Kayaking is becoming an increasingly popular pastime in Brisbane, and it’s easy to see why. With the beautiful Brisbane River meandering around our city and some awesome serene spots in surrounding seas, we are in the perfect position for getting out and exploring life on the water. Kayaking is also a fun activity to do ...

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Kayaking is becoming an increasingly popular pastime in Brisbane, and it’s easy to see why. With the beautiful Brisbane River meandering around our city and some awesome serene spots in surrounding seas, we are in the perfect position for getting out and exploring life on the water. Kayaking is also a fun activity to do with family and friends, not to mention a great thrill, heading out on an adventure to explore an area from a duck’s eye perspective. What’s more, it’s excellent exercise and a fantastic way to keep fit!.

We’ve pulled together everything you need for having the best kayaking experience in Brisbane, including what to know before you kayak and where you can kayak in Brisbane.

What to know before you kayak

Age limits

Many companies have an age limit for who can use their kayaks, which is usually 8+ or 10+ (may be younger when using a double kayak with an adult). So make sure you check with the company before you book.

Water safety

When it comes to any water-based activities, it’s always safety first.

The Brisbane River Code of Conduct is a great guide for using the Brisbane River safely, with information on rules of the river, interacting with other vessels, environmental factors, safety and incident reporting. It’s a must-read if you ever plan to kayak on the river without a professional guide.

You can also check out the Brisbane RiverShare pocket guide, which summarises the Code of Conduct and includes a handy map which you can use to find your way safely when on the river.

You can also watch this awesome RiverShare video.

Equipment

Always make sure any equipment you use is in excellent condition. Make sure everyone has a well-fitting lifejacket and any other safety equipment needed. Remember suncream and plenty of water too.

Weather

Make sure you check reliable sources for forecasts and warnings and any other conditions you may need to know before heading out onto the water, e.g.

Emergencies

Make sure you check contact information for marine emergencies and take it with you. You can call 000 in an emergency. You can also check with Marine Rescue Queensland to find your local Marine Rescue Queensland Service.

Where to kayak

There are many great places to try kayaking in and around Brisbane!

Image courtesy of Riverlife

Image courtesy of Riverlife

Riverlife, Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Explore the Brisbane River with Riverlife. They offer kayak hire or guided kayaking adventure sessions. There is day kayaking and night kayaking, all led by qualified instructors.

Location: Naval Stores, Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point

Redlands Kayak Tours, Redlands

Redlands Kayak Tours offer a unique eco-adventure on Redland’s stunning waterways. There are tours led by qualified guides, at several amazing locations, with both short tours and full day tours. There are also lots of options for kayaking for kids, including After School Kayaking, School Holiday Kayak Camp, Private Kayaking Lessons, and even a Class Kayak Tour for class outings!

Locations include: Cleveland Point, Coochiemudlo Island, Thompson Beach, Tingalpa Creek and Wellington Point

Walkabout Creek Adventures, Enoggera Reservoir

At Walkabout Creek Adventures, you can hire single or double kayaks to paddle around the reservoir, or join one of the Kayak Adventure Tours to explore the lake, spot wildlife and have fun.

Location: 60 Mt Nebo Road, The Gap

Kayak Hire Brisbane, Scarborough and Hays Inlet

Hire a single or double kayak from Kayak Hire Brisbane to enjoy the local surrounding waters, or if you have the right transport, you can even take a kayak to your favourite spot to explore! Another great option is to join the Hays Inlet Kayak Adventure to discover the amazing water bird habitat.

Location: Queens Beach North, 59 Flinders Parade, Scarborough, Qld

Brisbane Canoeing, Graceville

Get into kayaking safely and quickly with Intro To Kayaking Sessions held by Brisbane Canoeing Inc. Sessions are generally held in January, April and September and run over three weeks on Saturdays.

Location: Simpsons Playground, Graceville (off Graceville Avenue, mouth of Oxley Creek

Floatin’ Fun, Scarborough or Redcliffe

Floatin’ Fun offers kayaks for hire for a half hour or full hour, or book a family package with free instruction. They even have stand-up paddle boards and pedal boats for extra fun on the water.

Locations: Scarborough Beach, opposite 89 Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough (alternative in windy weather: Jamison Park, Scarborough), or by booking at Redcliffe Jetty, opposite 157 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe

Bribie Island Hire Hut & Tours, Bribie Island

Explore Bribie’s waterways and Pumicestone Passage in single and double kayaks, which are available for half hour or full hour hire from Bribie Island Hire Hut & Tours. There are also fishing kayaks available for 2 hour hire. Half-day and full-day kayak tours are also available, but seasonal.

Location: Welsby Parade, Bongaree, Bribie Island

Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island

Tangatours

Tangalooma Island Resort offers Tangatours, which are great kayaking tours to the Tangalooma Wrecks, as well as kayak hire by the hour if you want to discover the amazing area and marine life on your own.

Location: Tangalooma Island Resort, Moreton Island

Australian Sunset Safaris

The Australian Sunset Safaris are guided tours of the wrecks in unique, fully transparent kayaks, allowing you to see straight through to the sea and sea life below! There is even Illuminated Night Time Transparent Kayaking available.

Location: Tangalooma Wrecks, Moreton Island

Water sport Brisbane

For more great water based fun, check out Fun on the Brisbane River and Lakes and Dams that You Can Swim in around Brisbane.

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Paula Johnson <![CDATA[How Can Families Join the Slow Ethical Fashion Movement? | Multiculti Co]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=187213 2017-05-12T01:13:23Z 2017-05-06T04:04:20Z In a world where it seems we want everything fast, from fast food to fast fashion, a movement is taking off that challenges this approach. More and more consumers are choosing to shop in a more meaningful way, turning away from mass-produced clothing in favour of garments that are made in a more ethical and ...

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In a world where it seems we want everything fast, from fast food to fast fashion, a movement is taking off that challenges this approach. More and more consumers are choosing to shop in a more meaningful way, turning away from mass-produced clothing in favour of garments that are made in a more ethical and sustainable way. This is the slow fashion movement and you can be a part of it!

Ethical, sustainable clothing

What is slow fashion?

While mass-produced fashion may bring us the latest trends at very low prices, more and more people are wondering at what cost. Not only does overconsumption have a very negative impact on the environment, using up natural resources and fossil fuels and increasing carbon emissions, it also has a negative impact on the workers in the supply chain, with poor working conditions and unfair pay. Slow fashion takes the opposite approach. It is ethical, eco, sustainable fashion. Slow fashion is all about taking the time to ensure the quality of products, caring about who made them and how they were made, and looking after the environment for future generations.

Ethical clothing

How can families be part of the slow fashion movement?

The slow fashion movement is happening right here in Brisbane and it is easy for families to be part of it! Local social enterprise Multiculti Co is leading the way when it comes to offering unique, traditionally made slow fashion for babies, children, and even their mums and dads, as well as empowering the clothing makers and embracing diversity.

Ethical, sustainable clothing

What does Multiculti Co do?

Multiculti Co sources spectacular, unique, incredibly beautiful children’s clothing from remote places around the world, chosen specifically to empower the women who make them, and to connect us with their Mama makers’ children and culture through storytelling. The clothes are made by some of the world’s lowest income and marginalised women, including refugees and indigenous women. All of Multiculti Co’s profits are reinvested into providing an ongoing, fair, ethical income for their Mama makers, so by supporting this local enterprise we are also supporting them.

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What is Multiculti Co’s clothing like?

Multiculti Co’s clothing is made slowly and carefully, using traditional materials and techniques. You can find traditional African wax print dresses, beautiful Indian hand-loomed khadi cotton garments, stunningly embroidered Latin American shirts, and so much more.

The clothing is all handmade by artisans, using methods that have been passed down through the generations. By purchasing this clothing, we are not only getting beautiful, quality products, we are also helping to keep these artisanal cottage industries alive.

Current collections include:

  • The Africa Collection
  • The India Collection
  • The Latin America Collection
  • The Middle East Collection

They also offer a collection of multicultural toys. Shopping from these collections is a way for us as families to embrace cultural diversity with our children, not only through the clothes we wear but also through the amazing stories behind each item.

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Who will I be supporting?

The aim of Multiculti Co is to help as many marginalised, poor women as possible by improving their economic and social empowerment and consequently benefiting their children, community and nation. All of Multiculti Co’s artisans receive a fair wage, as well as training and support to access healthcare, childcare and educational institutions for their children, and to exercise the skills they need for self-determination.

By supporting Multiculti Co, you will have a direct impact on providing a sustainable income for some of the world’s most marginalised women, from Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Jordan, to the Indigenous women of Mexico and Guatemala. Your support will mean that they can provide for their children, support their children’s health and education and help them to realise their dreams.

Each collection from Multiculti Co showcases the Mama makers and how your support will help them. And through their detailed stories, videos and photos on the site and through social media, you and your children can connect with these amazing women and their cultures.

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To view the full range of beautiful collections on offer and to read more, go to multicultico.com. You can also follow Multiculti Co on Instagram or Facebook or email hello@multicultico.com for more information.

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Junior Engineers is passionate about shaping the future by teaching children the skills required for the Digital Age.  They offer after school programs; school holiday workshops, a Saturday academy and in-school programs.  Operating since 2013, Junior Engineers is based in Brisbane with instructors and courses offered at over 40 schools across Queensland, Melbourne and Sydney.

What will my child do?

  • During the courses, children learn computer programing languages such as Basic, JavaScript and Python
  • How to design and build robots in a fun and engaging environment
  • Junior Engineers offers a challenge based learning methodology, which allows children to learn complex concepts by taking them through a series of challenges in increasing order of complexity. Each challenge will expose the student to a new concept/idea. Using these building blocks the students are gradually building their understanding and enhancing their skills.
  • Junior Engineers maintains a small instructor to student ratio which translates to each and every student having the opportunity of more teaching time with the instructor.

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  • Weekly 45min lessons
  • Students learn using industry most used languages such as Basic, Python and JavaScript
  • Students learn problem-solving strategies  and improve their mathematical thinking, logic and algorithms
  • The programs are delivered at many primary and high schools in QLD, VIC, NSW look at the website to find a school near you
  • The program is focused mainly on computer programming

Saturday Academy

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  • Weekly 120 minutes lessons run on Saturday at Indooroopilly State High
  • Each student designs a project and then builds it over a period of 2 terms.
  • Students are developing projects using Arduino, Robotics, Coding, 3D Printing, Virtual reality and additional technologies.
  • Suitable projects will be presented as part of the Young ICT explorers competition run across Australia by CSIRO’s Digitals Careers unit

School Holiday programs

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  • Run during school holidays including Christmas break.
  • The programs are offered from single day courses to multiple day workshop.
  • The workshops deliver classes in Robotics, Minecraft and Coding programs
  • Look at the website to learn more about next school holiday program

How do I enrol my child as a Junior Engineer?

To book your next activity and for additional information visit: www.jnrengineers.com.au

What else do I need to know?

Ever since 2013, Junior Engineers has been providing students with a rich and diverse learning environment in computer programming. Our unparalleled teaching methods help to promote students and set them up for a successful future they have always dreamed of in coding. Junior Engineers is located in Brisbane and teaches in over 40 schools across Queensland, Melbourne and Sydney and consist of a team of 45 qualified instructors with exemplar reputations and skills with many sourced from leading Australian universities. We encourage both staff and students alike to grow, learn and create each passing day.

At some classes, students are required to bring their own device. Parents needs to pay attention to the details provided to them at registration. Please read more on our website.

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