Ideas to Beat Holiday Boredom on a Budget!
When you’re on holiday there are always lots of extra special treats to be had – like eating out or going to theme parks. It’s not always possible (or affordable) to be out doing things all the time, and while mum and dad might be in paradise just reading a book by the pool, the kids might think otherwise! Here are some ideas for keeping everybody entertained.
Oh No It’s Raining! – Rain doesn’t mean you need to stay in your apartment. Why not embrace the rain? If you’re staying near a beach (Kirra or Flynn’s Beach for example!) consider a water pistol fight. Make sure everyone has their swimming goggles and sunscreen on, and stage a family battle at the beach. You can decide the rules beforehand or make them up as you go. Either way it’s great fun and healthy exercise for everyone. COST: We recently had a water pistol battle and found water pistols at Big W for only 7.98 each! I recommend that you don’t let the kids team up against the adults – they’ll win!
Family Sing-a-long – I know it’s corny, but it’s surprising how much fun this can be! Some kids might take a little coaxing (especially teenagers) so you could make it more interesting for them by trying to sing their favourite song, or changing the words to an old classic. You can challenge each other to a ‘sing off’ (maybe let one of the kids be the judge) and make it as serious or as simple as you like. You can relive the ‘highlights’ in the car on the way home if you’re driving. We did this when we were kids and dad would keep us laughing for hours with his silly versions of songs. COST: Free + possibly your pride! If you’re stuck for songs to sing, try this Top 40 Sing-a-long site, or this link to my favourite sing-a-long song from my childhood.
Kid’s Club – Many WorldMark South Pacific Club resorts host Kid’s Clubs during school holidays which don’t cost much at all. Mum and dad can finish their book by the pool while the kids are entertained by our team. COST: Low. Currently Flynn’s Beach, Golden Beach, Ballarat, Kirra Beach & Denarau Island host Kid’s Clubs. For further details check with the resort. Remember that other resorts that don’t have organised Kid’s Clubs may still offer activities. For instance, Dunsborough runs free activities during school holidays, such as face painting and Easter egg hunts!
There is a plethora of information online with great ideas for keeping the whole family entertained. Funology is just one website with loads of ideas to get you started. Happy Holidays!
What was your favourite thing to do on holiday when you were a kid? Do you have any Boredom Busters to share? – we’d love to hear them.