Not long ago, my friend asked me whatever she should do with her teenager during the rainy Queensland summer. They had exhausted trips to the mall and were slowly going broke.
It's a problem many of you probably face: how to entertain your older kids without breaking the bank, and while keeping their online time down. (Yes, that's often the hard one!).
So, here are three of my favourites in Southeast Queensland:
East Coast Originals is held the first and third Sunday of each month at Peregian Beach just after the local market packs up shop, and in Nambour on the other Sundays. Kicking off around 1pm, bands travel from around the region for the priviledge of playing to this crowd. Music if varied, but always original and this is a place where families can take a picnic and spread out on the grass and teens will even be happy to be seen. Best of all it's free!
Departing from Boreen Point, Kanu Kapers leads kayak tours through the Noosa Everglades. It is not necessary to have kayak experience and this tour is suitable for all ages except the very young.
Push teens physical boundaries at Thunderbird Park in the Gold Coast hinterland. The high ropes course here is challenging and a great way to bond with older kids. Spend around three hours swinging and pulling yourselves along cables, sliding down flying foxes and balancing on high beams without touching foot on the ground.
Livewired at the Brisbane Powerhouse is a free comedy event. It will restart for 2012 on March 4 and takes place on Sundays from 6.30pm. In the past, the crowd has been treated to gut wrenching laughs caused by Tripod, Josh Thomas and Stephen K Amos. One word of warning is that the content can be a little adult at times so this is more suited to older teens than younger ones. It's also on the night before school, so bear this in mind!
For more cool events with teens, and younger kids, don't forget to check out www.kidswelcome.com.au
More to follow!!