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Posted on 1 July by Smithfield Centre

Entertain the kids these school holidays

Usually our school holiday activities include a line-up of free events in-centre to keep the kids entertained, however, this time it’s a little different due to social distancing. So, we’re thinking outside the box, and we’ve created a go-to guide with plenty of fun ideas to keep the kids happy and entertained these school holidays.

Take-home craft packs

From Wednesday 1 July - Sunday, 12 July, parents and kids can pick up a FREE take-home craft pack, with both paper plane and origami templates, from the Customer Service Desk located near Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski.

You can also download our paper craft designs.

Virtual story time

The State Library of Queensland is now streaming live storytime sessions on Facebook every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am. You can also watch all your favourite Baby Play, Story Time and Rhyme Time sessions online, anywhere and anytime. Grab your comfiest pillows and enjoy the magical stories performed by the State Library of Queensland team from the comfort of your own home. Visit the Cairns Libraries website for more information.

Family bike ride

Looking for a fun and active way to entertain the kids but also get them out of the house? Cairns Regional Council have put together a map of all the local family friendly bike paths and cycle ways you can explore. Download maps from the Cairns Regional Council website.

Embrace nature

Explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in spectacular surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture at Cairns Botanic Gardens. Renowned as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia, Cairns Botanic Gardens has a range of activities that have been designed to promote fun, hands-on learning about plants, people and the environment. Visit the Cairns Botanic Gardens website to find out more.

Mindful Toys

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing a gentle and accepting attitude to the present moment, and promotes happiness, connection and brings joy to our day. There are many toys that can help to develop mindfulness, without you even knowing it! Any play that involves capturing a child’s attention and requires concentration will help to transport them into the present moment. Visit your local park with a kite, introduce classic games such as dominoes and cards, get creative with mindful colouring or you could try a good old kaleidoscope or Rubik’s Cube.

For everything you need to create your own mindful moments these school holidays, visit Smithfield Shopping Centre and our list of retailers below.

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