Any parent who has travelled with children knows all too well the pain that being conf ined to a small space can bring. Whether it’s in the car, on the plane, or stuck inside on a rainy day, the phrases, “are we there yet?” and “I’m boooored”can begin to sound like a broken record. To help you avoid cabin fever when travelling with the kids, two well-travelled mums in the team have compiled these tips.
IN THE CAR
1. Be Prepared
Pack a bag with essentials such as snacks, cool drinks, a change of clothes and wet wipes, and keep it in a place that is easily accessible in the car. This will prevent you from having to make too many pit stops, allowing you to reach your destination quicker!
2. Get Busy
Pack a ‘busy bag’ for each child to keep them occupied during the trip. Head to your local discount store and stock up on activity books, coloured pencils and stickers, and pop them into a small paper bag for each child with their name on it.
ON THE PLANE
1. Technology is your friend
If you have a smart phone or tablet, now is the perfect time to use it. Preload your device with your child’s favourite cartoons or movies and some fun educational apps, and invest in a pair of child-sized headphones so that you don’t annoy other passengers with backto- back episodes of Peppa Pig.
2. That’s a wrap.
Again, a few dollars invested at the discount store will pay handsome rewards. Buy a variety of small, cheap toys or treats, and wrap them up individually. Allow your child to unwrap one present every so often as little rewards to help break up the time.
3. Suck it up
If you are flying with an infant or toddler, remember that their ears will be very sensitive to the change in altitude. Bring along a dummy (if they usually have one) for babies, or a bottle of milk or water to drink during take-off and landing. Older kids may benefit from sucking on a lollipop during take-off and landing – check out your local health food store for some healthier, organic and/or sugar-free varieties.
AT THE RESORT
1. Get Crafty
Pick up a few supplies such as cardboard, crayons, stickers and glue, and create your own postcards to send home to Grandma and Grandpa.
2. Meet Wynnie & Friends
If you’re staying at a Wyndham or WorldMark Resort, visit the resort Reception desk and ask for a copy of the latest Wyndham Green Wynnie the Wallaby children’s activity book, which is packed full of puzzles and games.
3. Cook up a storm
When it’s storming outside, create your own storm in the kitchen. Book an apartment with a fully-equipped kitchen so you can whip, mix, bake and create with the kids.
Even if it’s raining outside, there are still a number of fun places you can head to around your favourite holiday locations without getting wet. Here are our top picks:
Timezone, located in the heart of Cavill Mall, will provide hours of fun for the little (and not so little) ones. Recently named the best family entertainment centre in the world, Timezone is a local institution.
Air Factory, Australia’s largest indoor trampoline park is located just 20 minutes’ drive from Kirra Beach and offers hours of bouncy fun. You have the freedom to jump around over 40 interconnected trampolines of all shapes and sizes. Be sure to pre-book online on rainy days as this venue can sell out.
A visit to an aquarium is a great way to stay out of the rain while experiencing creatures who don’t mind being wet. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is located on the Yarra River, opposite Crown Entertainment Complex. It is home to over 10,000 animals including one of the world’s largest saltwater crocodiles.
Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome is a spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of Cairns’ Pullman Reef Hotel Casino. Both a wildlife park and a zipline adventure course, this attraction offers hours of indoor fun.