Family adventure day – Werribee Open Range Zoo

We are all about the mini adventure at the moment. Sometimes a day or two is all you need if you spend it connecting, moving and being outside. It's an unusual mid-week public holiday so we decide to take a trip to the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Our family membership had lapsed, but we forked out the money to renew it, as you make your money back after a few visits and it means you can be relaxed about your visit - after all, you can come as often as you want! We were helpfully told … [Read more...]

10 reasons to go camping with your kids

It's disruptive - bad patterns from home don't come along. Whinging happens less. Working together happens more. We parents used fun and silliness more to get stuff done and kids listen more where there's actually a real need to follow instructions (hold my hand or you might fall off this cliff, don't go too close to the kangaroo or it might hurt you with its huge claws). Small domestic tasks become fascinating. Making up beds in a tent. Washing dishes in a camp kitchen or bucket. Finding … [Read more...]

Family adventure – Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Due to our important Sunday commitment (The Teddy Bears Picnic at Ripponlea Estate), we swapped our weekly adventure to Saturday and made it close by to Lou's music lesson. We went to Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and had a great time, apart from Belle that is who seemed freaked out by the whole thing following a close encounter with a fish. A sure sign we need to take her to the pool less and the beach more! The Sanctuary is located in Port Phillip Bay 20 kilometres south east of the … [Read more...]

Family adventure – Newport Lakes

On Saturday we went and explored Newport Lakes for a few hours as part of our plan for our family to have a weekly 'family adventure day'. This is where we get out in nature and move and explore as a family. Newport Lakes is a bushland area created from a former blustone quarry and rubbish tip site in the middle of Newport. The park is 33 hectares in size. The lakes area of the park has been extensively revegetated using native plants, with over 200 species of plants and 85 species of … [Read more...]

Treat day – a solution to junk food bombardment?

Somedays I feel as though the world (well modern society) is conspiring against my aim of a healthy, toxin free diet for my family and I. I generally pack lunches and snacks for us all to save money and to make sure we have something good to eat, but when we are out with the kids there is temptation at every turn - babycinos that come with not one but two marshmallows, offers of free fairy floss and lolly pops, cupcakes at every cafe and at the moment a visiting Nanny who shares her milkshakes, … [Read more...]