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5 fun weekend activities

If you’ve run out of ideas to keep the kids occupied these school holidays, or you’re keen to do something different this weekend, here are five family-friendly activities that are as educational as they are entertaining.

 

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Introducing your kids to farmers at the local market is a great way to teach them where their food comes from. Photo by Veda Dante.

1.  Farmers’ markets

Farmers’ markets are a great way to teach your kids about where their food comes from while also picking up some delicious fresh, seasonal produce for the week ahead. They’re also a popular social hub attracting people from all walks of life, so can be a great place to connect with the local community as a family.

Most farmers’ markets also have other kinds of artisan producers, so you’ll be able to find things like fresh bread, jams, honey, flowers, and even local artists and jewellers.

There are markets all over the place, even during the cooler months, so you’re sure to find one near you if you look. Resources like the Australian Farmers’ Markets Association can help you find one nearby.

 

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Most zoos have interactive programs designed to engage and educate children.

2.  Zoos

Everyone loves a day out at the zoo and Australia is home to some of the best zoos in the world.

Not only are zoos a great way to show your kids the natural wildlife of Australia and from around the world, but they can also learn about exotic species and the places they come from.

There is plenty of information to get them interested in the natural world and teach them about the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment.

 

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Put the kids in the driving seat for once by going go-karting this weekend. Image via Ace Karts in Melbourne.

3.  Go-karting

If your family has a competitive edge, then go-karting makes for a perfect day out. It’s a good way for your kids to experience racing in an environment that is safe and more exciting than their video games.

Go-karting is a great way to teach teenagers about road safety, and how to abide by road rules. And, while it is a fun activity that doesn’t require prior experience, winning a race can be a great confidence booster as well.

And if you want to race as well, you’ll probably beat your kids since you have more driving experience than they do!

 

4.  Drive-in cinema

Drive in cinemas may seem like a thing of the past, but there are still quite a few of them around and they’re just as much fun as you remember.

You just need to get everyone in the car, bring some blankets, and maybe some hot chocolates or coffees and you’re all set to enjoy a good movie.

Drive in cinemas typically run year-round and play a selection of new and classic movies. It shouldn’t be hard to find one near you and choose a movie that everyone will enjoy.

If you do live remotely, or nowhere near a drive-in, check out the historical images in Drive-ins Downunder, which has some fascinating info about these iconic venues.

 

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You don’t need to travel far for an outdoor adventure – kids love when you pitch a tent in the backyard.

5.  Camping

It’s never too late to teach suburban and city kids the joys of the great outdoors. Don’t let the cooler weather scare you off, there’s still plenty of fun to be had camping at this time of the year.

If you’re not one to rough it, there are still plenty of options, from campgrounds with built-in facilities and powered sites all the way up to glamping. Of course, if you and your family are especially keen, you can go bush and camp in a place where the facilities are “dig your own”.

However rough or glamorous your trip is, the most important thing is to get out and see some natural beauty. And there’s no shortage of that, even if it’s in your own backyard.

 

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, the main thing is that you spend quality time with your family and have some fun.

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Reuben Sady

Reuben Sady is a copywriter and digital marketer. He got his pen-license writing ghost stories in primary school and hasn't stopped writing since. These days, you'll find him crafting copy, content and campaigns for Melbourne agency Digital360. There he helps small and medium sized Australian businesses to get the most out of their digital marketing efforts. When he's not at work, he still enjoys penning the odd ghost story.

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