Australia Day is all about sitting back and enjoying the Australian lifestyle, enjoying the spirit of the larrakin and have a bit of fun. Playing some games while waiting for the sausages to cook on the barbie is what it is all about!
1. Toss the Thong
You will need chalk or some sort of marker. You can either go the dart board approach OR go for distance. warning- Thongs can cause injury!
2. Backyard Cricket
You might need to improvise with your stumps and in past years we have resorted to a baseball (used like a cricket) but if you prepare just a little hopefully you will be blessed to own a cricket bat and ball on Australia Day.
3. Cockroach Races
You could catch them yourself or head along to the Story Bridge Hotel for their annual cockroach racing- they even have box seats.
4. Water Fights/play
I love this idea. It does need a pool, just a couple of water pistols or a bevy of water balloons. If you aren’t a water pistol type family then use the Australia Day weather to your advantage and pop the sprinkler on for some red rover fun.
5. Beach Frisbee and/or football
The frisbee or football on an Australian Beach.. can we get any more Australian… probably not.
6. A Game of Two Up
Ok.. its more Anzac Day but its still an iconic Australian game and perfect for when the kids have retired to watch blinky bill for the afternoon
7. Australia Day Quiz
This can be fun for all ages. Buy some trashy $2 prizes and discuss your answers over some yummy slices of Australian watermelon
8. Egg and Spoon Races
This is an under valued game at parties everywhere – its absolutely great entertainment to watch little Brisbane Kids race each other with an egg balance precariously on a teeny tiny spoon.
9. Bite the Arnotts Biscuit into Aussie Shape
This is a fun one for the little kids to nibble their way through an arnotts milk arrowroot biccie until they think it resembles the Australian flag. The closest one wins!
10. Best Dressed
Make your Australia Day Celebration into a fancy dress. The person who made the least effort wins.. because being relaxed is what being an Australian in all about
We would love to hear your ideas about Australia Day and what fun your family has- feel free to share in comments.