The mercury is rising, the beaches are heaving, and you’ve got cubs to keep cool, busy and entertained. We know, it sounds like an impossible task.
Fear not, we’ve done all the hard work for you! Check out our ideas for fun places to take your little ones this summer.
The kids don’t need to be outside in the harsh sun to get their daily dose of exercise — escape the heat with a visit to your local trampoline centre! Not only will it tucker them out for the rest of the day, but they’re sure to have a blast. Sydneysiders can enjoy two-hours of jumping fun for just $17 at Flip Out Prestons, while Brisbanites can head to Flip Out Strathpine and Bunbury residents can visit Gravity ETC in Dalyellup, both just $9 for a one-hour jump.
2. Water Park
You don’t need to own a pool to enjoy some aquatic fun! Keep the little ones cool and very busy with a day at the local water park. Wet ‘n’ Wild on the Gold Coast and in Western Sydney are always good for thrills and spills, but if you’re looking for some cheaper options, you’re in luck. Aquatastic Water Park in Busselton is offering one-hour passes from $7, while a full-day pass to Bradbury’s Water Wonderland is just $32 and a two-hour pass to Water Worx Dapto will set you back just $17.50.
3. Rock Climbing
Put their monkey skills to the test with some good old-fashioned indoor rock climbing! Not only is it great exercise, but it’s almost impossible not to have a good time. Right now, just $10 will get them a one-hour session at Newcastle’s Climb Parc, otherwise, they can enjoy a full-day session at Exodus Adventures in Narangba for $10 or City Summit Rock Climbing Centre in Malaga for just $9 per person.
4. Virtual Reality
They already love playing regular video games, so imagine how much they’d enjoy stepping inside the game and becoming the main character! Make their dreams a (virtual) reality with a gaming sesh at your local VR studio. Canberrans can enjoy one VR game for just $4 per person at VR Canberra, while Sydneysiders can enjoy a one-hour experience for $45 for two people at VR Corner in Chippendale and Adelaide residents can head to Virtual Reality Adelaide for a $59 one-hour session for two.
Escape the heat and catch that flick everyone’s talking about at the same time. Win, win! Our top picks for kids movies that you’ll love too are Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, Mary Poppins, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Right now, you can grab Event Cinemas movie tickets for just $13.50 per person — but hurry, they won’t last long!
6. Escape Room
Think you’ve got a little genius in the family? Test their wits with an escape room adventure, where they and their group will have one hour to solve the puzzles and find their way out. Melburnians can visit Xcape for just $39 for two people or Lost Australia Station for $59 for two, while Adelaideans can give their brains a workout for just $35 for two people at Escaplex Escape Rooms in Klemzig.
7. Play Centre
Let them run amok with a full day of non-stop fun at an indoor play centre! The slides, jungle gyms and inflatables will keep them occupied for hours on end while you can chill out with the other parents in the onsite cafe. Right now, you can take your child to Funkee Monkees Cafe and Play Centre in Coopers Plains or Tropical Twist in O’Connor for just $5, or visit Little Dynamos in Alexandria for $8.
Even with all the cool new consoles and toys available today, it’s hard to go past a classic game of ten-pin bowling. Treat the kids to some old-school fun with one game of bowling, shoe hire and a soft drink for just $9 per person at Go Bowling Ashmore, or head to Marion Bowland for one game and shoe hire from $5 each!
Remember, keeping your little ones busy doesn’t have to be a struggle. With Cudo, there’s always something fun to do near you, and it won’t break the bank. Click here to see what’s on in your local area!