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Louise Heginbotham4 years ago

Northern Rivers parents, get those crayons ready!

Wondering what you can do to keep the kids occupied over the weekend? It can be difficult finding activities that 1. don’t cost an arm and a leg and 2. the kids are actually interested in! If you’re struggling to come up with ideas to keep your tykes out of trouble this weekend, read on! We’ve found some engaging and cost-effective things you can do with the kidlets to keep them occupied all day long. Best of all, most of these ideas won’t cost you more than a few paints and some sticky tape. Try some of the following ideas and you'll soon find you're the coolest parents on the block!

Have some spare painter’s tape lying around? Grab it and let’s make some cool activities!

Put coloured tape on carpet to make some custom roadways. Didn’t have enough in the budget for that super-cool printed playmat? Not to worry, some coloured tape will do just as well! Just be sure to make a parking lot for all your child’s toy cars too!

Make an outdoor activity board game. Put that masking tape to good use and outline a giant board game with a range of activities in each square. Better yet, you can easily create a hopscotch game too!

Tape a paper towel roll to the wall with painter’s tape. This is a great activity for the younger bubs. Simply pop a plastic bowl underneath the roll and give your bub some soft balls (that aren’t choking hazards) to drop through the roll and land in the bowl. They will love it!

Here are some other great ideas that won’t cost a cent!


Don’t think you’ll need those old packets of clean sponges? Cut them up into rectangles to make a safe, soft and silent game of Jenga!


Have an old tarp lying around? Cut some large diamonds and squares in it to make a quick DIY throwing game. Give each hole a set point amount and challenge the kids to a game!


Are those pool noodles getting on a bit? Instead of tossing them out, cut one or two in half to make race tracks for their marbles! Quick, easy and won’t cost you anything.

Is it time for your kids to socialise with other children their own age? Check out these child care centres in the Northern Rivers.


Ballina River Street Children’s Centre Inc

Nice large outdoor play area, Ballina River Street Children's Centre Inc - Ballina
Nice large outdoor play area, Ballina River Street Children’s Centre Inc – Ballina

Providing occasional child care for children from 2 to 5 years of age, and preschool programs for children 3 to 5 years during school terms, you can count on Ballina River Street Children’s Centre Inc to provide a safe, fun and stimulating environment for your child. With a large outdoor play area and colourful interiors, your child will love coming to Ballina River Street Children’s Centre Inc. Give them a call today!
Where: 12 River St, Ballina, NSW 2478

Ocean Shores

Little Dolphins Early Learning Centre

Bright and colourful interiors, Little Dolphins Early Learning Centre - Ocean Shores
Bright and colourful interiors, Little Dolphins Early Learning Centre – Ocean Shores

If you’re looking for a child care centre in Ocean Shores that goes above and beyond for each and every child, talk to the team at Little Dolphins Early Learning Centre. Their facility is fully air conditioned with a large shaded outdoor play area. Catering for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age, you can be sure your bub will be in loving and caring hands. Learn more about their curriculum and their facility by contacting Little Dolphins Early Learning Centre today.
Where: 3 Aldinga Ct, Ocean Shores NSW 2483

Not in the Northern Rivers? Find a centre near you.

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Do you have some easy and hassle-free activities you like to do with the kids? Share them in the comments below!