Friday, July 11, 2008

Winter School Holidays

This time of year, kids have a couple of weeks off from school called the school holidays. At lunch today in the city, it was nice to see a lot more kids than usual. This time around, most kids and parents we saw were happy spending some quality time with each other.

Lately, we even see activities in the city geared towards the kids in many shops. One summer, we saw some farm animals in a small enclosure for the kids to pet and feed. Another time, there were craft areas where kids can draw or paint to their hearts content. I think there was even a time a small ice rink was set up of ice skating. All these activities are free, and so are very popular among the people.

One such activity that I found quite unique and exciting was called the "Winter Wonderland Trail" . Its like a treasure hunt where kids are asked to visit about a dozen shops all around Rundle mall, pick up clues to solve a riddle and then pick up some free goodies along the way. A couple of years ago, I was among those that participated in this activity with both kids. The older child (about 5 yrs old) was eager to do all the tasks on the trail, while the younger one (about 2 yrs old) was getting bored towards the end since he spent most of it in the pram. It would have been a more pleasant experience for me if I did not have to carry so many things like the nappy bags, pram, etc. Also, it would have helped if I was a bit more familiar with the city. Since I was not working at that time, a lot of the places on the trail were shops that I did not even know existed. It was like the "amazing race" with kids! By the time we met up with hubby for lunch, I was so tired of running around.

But now that I work in the city and the kids are older, a lot more mobile, can carry their own backpacks, with no pram needed, I am tempted to go on this trail again. Hopefully this time it will be a more enjoyable experience for all of us. Wish me luck!

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