School Holiday Activities COVID style
Small Ideas has adapted as best we can to help families still use their membership to access many discounts during lockdown.
We have responded to families requests for discounts at Takeaway venues like Boost Juice, your local hamburger shop and many others.
What has been most popular are the activity boxes that range from educational helping pre schoolers with their learning, craft and art boxes, games for older children and some zoom classes.
Here is our Guide:
All playgrounds have re opened and parents are responsible for exercising social distancing and safety measures. To find a list of popular playgrounds in your Melbourne click here Melbourne Playgrounds or Sydney hood click here Sydney Playgrounds
Above pictured playground is Booran Reserve and across the road is Hendrick’s Burgers & Salads which offers Small Ideas members a discount on your takeaway order.
2. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
This school holidays Sea Life Melbourne have 2 holiday camps provided online via zoom. One for kids aged 7-12 and Junior Shark keepers for younger ages.
Both can be booked online at www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/explore/sea-life-holiday-camp and www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/junior-shark-keepers. Lots of inclusions and a good way to continue learning and supporting the businesses and fishes we love!
3. Makin Doh
From the makers of Roasting Warehouse we present Makin Doh. An assortment of loaded cookies with all our popular flavours. This is an ideal gift box and so affordable. Delivery on offer across Melbourne and surrounds and there’s even Dog-nuts a popular treat for family pet!
School Holiday workshop for children 5-12yrs. ARTea art school is a vibrant studio offering dynamic workshops for all interests online. All our workshops are facilitated by talented and qualified artists/teachers. Small Ideas members receive classes for just $15 phone and book with Helen and let her know that you are a member!
5. Meryl Mosaics
Phone & mention Small Ideas to receive 20% off your ‘Do it yourself Mosaic or Bead Kit’
Beads are suited for toddlers and the glass for children such as my 9 year old depending. Lots of different themes such as Dinosaurs, Guitars, Unicorns and Rainbows to suit all desires!
6. Hand in Hand Activity Kits
Exciting complete craft kits delivered to your door, a with early learning guides.
My 4 year old purchased the ‘Dino’ pack and it game complete with a board game, arts and crafts, word puzzle and enough activities for us to do over the course of a couple of weeks!
7. Code Create – Learn Engineering with Minecraft!
FOR AGES 7 TO 14 YEARS
Although normally I try to get my 9 year old away from the screen I have found Code Create is something that he is so interested in because it’s still ‘gaming’ but he doesn’t realise that it’s actually ‘learning-time’ too. Noah is participating in the normal weekly class which is 1 hour a week and doesn’t conflict with his schooling as they allow you to choose the time and date and it’s literally just him and a mentor so the benefits are mind blowing!
The school holiday program is 4 classes and they learn to create an amazing amusement park in Minecraft! Live now under our School Holidays category under Code Create.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is delivering daily Boredom Busters challenges for kids to enjoy at home throughout the school holidays! Available for free on the website and Facebook page, Boredom Busters is made up of videos, worksheets and activities to inspire kids to create, have fun and experiment with LEGO.
Parents can purchase the Boredom Busters Builder’s Kit to treat their kids to a daily LEGO delight during the school holidays!
More information at melbourne.legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au/boredom-busters-hub
9. Four Little People Education Packs
I’ve raved about these packs in the last lockdown and I’ll say it again. For my 4 year old or any child learning to count, write their name, practise letter writing and alphabet I found this pack invaluable! The best part is they come with white board and paper so you can just rub out and re use over and over again! So cheap for something that lasts so long!
Live now under our Products category!
10. Castle & Kite
Famous for their Spot & Dot Markers and pre-prepared Craft Boxes, they also have a huge range of art supplies, learning resources and digital activities. Both my boys enjoy scratch art so we downloaded some videos from you tube on scratch art animals using your hands to trace and the results have been worth framing!
11. Cookies by Moo
12. Corkies Creations
13. Living Legends
There are many beautiful walks around Victoria most of which are free. It is free to walk around the woodlands area but if you want to enter where the horses are and give them pats there’s an entry fee although they are not running the tours. There’s also a great takeaway Devonshire tea which you can enjoy on their property and go for a great walk. Check out your app under our Takeaway category for the Devonshire tea discount.
14. Wolfpack Games
Games for the whole family to take part from dominos to snakes and ladders and mind challenging games too!
Under Products category with 10% discount.
Free entry and discounts to over 500 indoor and outdoor deals. All vouchers are ACCESSIBLE & REDEEMABLE through your mobile phone. Valid 12 months from time of sign up so you can sign up at any time!
DUE TO COVID there are some vouchers that cannot be used during this time so in light of this all existing and new members will receive 15 months for $34.95. That’s 3 months extended to your membership automatically for free.