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15 Best Swimming Spots (That Aren't a Beach!)

by James Holmsen

West Aussies are blessed with many beautiful swimming holes that are largely under utilised. These make for a great day trip from Perth, or a weekend adventure a little further afield, and offer a unique swimming experience that the kids are sure to enjoy. They also offer great sun protection, unlike a day at the beach, by way of shady trees. We've created an interactive map with 15 stunning locations, many of which are within a two-hour drive of Perth. Read on to find out more about these delightful swimming holes! Read more…

Summer and living in Western Australia

by Griffin Longley

You know it’s summer because you are driving with oven mitts on. Also, you have moved your houseplants 1.5metres back from the window, and somewhere deep in the back of your mind Noel Coward is singing “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. Read more…

Learning in the time of COVID-19 – a celebration of Aussie teachers

by Katherine Healy

2020 has been a year of massive upheaval, with COVID-19 changing the way we live our lives and the way we educate our children. Something we’ve seen through the pandemic is thousands of examples demonstrating what we’ve always known - that teachers are passionate about their students, they want what is best for the kids, and they are champions at rising to the challenge, whatever the circumstances. Read more…

Cubbies, and Why Kids Need to Hide

by Griffin Longley

What is it about building cubbies that is so important that it’s worth turning your lounge room or your garden bed into a construction zone? Read more…

Raising Courageous Children

by Griffin Longley

As this Father’s Day approaches, with the world veering disconcertingly away from normalcy, there is a word that keeps coming to mind. That word is courage. An underused word, I think could use reviving as we parent into the 2020s. Read more…

Among Big Things Little Things Grow: An ode to trees – and games to play in them

by Griffin Longley

We live on a blue planet, yes, but also a planet of trees. And as we approach National Tree Day it’s a fitting moment to remember the extraordinary role the 60,000 species of trees that grace every continent and corner of the globe (except the polar regions, parking lots, and some misconceived playgrounds) play in our life, and the lives of children. Read more…

What is the right amount of screen time in a pandemic?

by Griffin Longley

What is the right amount of screen time in a pandemic? Does watching Bluey count? And do I get extra parent-credits for forcing my kid to play with a stick, in the rain, while I figure out how to resist the return of the old normal? Read more…

Top Nature Play Spaces

by Griffin Longley

The hazard tape is coming off playgrounds all over WA this weekend, so we thought we'd share some of our favourite play spaces around Perth and beyond. So, what makes a great play space? Read more…

5 Family Adventures

by Griffin Longley

The key to family adventure is to take on something challenging but within the capability (just) of your youngest adventurer. Add in a dash of excitement, even adrenaline, and you are almost there. The last ingredient in any adventure is freedom – that sense of being unshackled from your everyday life with its routines and demands (e.g. if your mind strays to bills or homework you are not having an adventure). Read more…

Top 5 Picnic and Play Spots in Perth and Peel

by Griffin Longley

Picnics are a fantastic way to reconnect with family and friends while enjoying all the physical and mental health benefits of the outdoors without falling foul of WA's current COVID-19 restrictions, and we've selected five great locations for a day of food, play, and generally having a good time outdoors during the cool Autumn weather. They are just to get you started – but remember there are thousands of great picnic locations in WA. Read more…

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