With the pandemic upending plans and limiting normal activities, it's only natural to crave new things to do, especially with school holidays on the horizon. If you want to stop the impending chorus of "I'm bored!" in its tracks, rest assured there are some simple ways you can keep the kids amused during the upcoming break.
Below, we've rounded up some ideas that will keep your Mini Me's (and you…) sane and entertained.
Take them to the movies
If it's been a while between cinema outings thanks to the pandemic, your whole family will be excited to hear that HOYTS is officially back (and practicing social distancing)! The movie branch boasts a plethora of newly launched kids' movies that will tick everyone's blockbuster boxes. Here are some of our top picks:
Trolls World Tour – Music fans will appreciate the latest installment of the Trolls legacy, which features the voices of Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.
The Secret Garden – Adventure lovers will be captivated by this beautiful film, which tells the story of Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old orphan who discovers a secret garden in her backyard.
Paw Patrol: Jet To The Rescue – If your child is obsessed with Paw Patrol, they'll love the latest installement, which sees the Paw Patrol pack participate in the biggest aerial rescue yet.
HOYTS also has a selection of other kids' movies available that are sure to be a hit, including Astro Kid, Four Dogs and IT, and Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite.
Give your whole family an added treat and experience extra-comfy recliners at HOYTS. Each seat features a powered recliner and boasts extra leg room, wider seating and extra comfort. All you have to do is sit back, relax and recline while enjoying the latest blockbusters! Bonus? Enjoy big screen entertainment at great value with HOYTS Rewards. Become a member for free, and unlock exclusive access to discounted movie tickets with saver and super saver sessions.
Go on a (short) road trip
While overseas holidays are ultimately off the cards for some time, going on a short road trip can really help break things up. You don't even necessarily need to pack a suitcase – simply choose a direction, put the kids in the car and take them somewhere an hour away for the day. There will be something new to do at a different destination, and apparently, a change is as good as a holiday…
Hold a cupcake decorating contest
There's nothing kids love more than eating, so why not teach them how to bake? If you have two or more kids, make it exciting by getting them to decorate once the goods are ready to go. The end result will give them a sense of accomplishment and full tummies.
Build a fort inside
If you're stuck inside right now due to the lockdown, rest assured there are still some things you can do from the comforts of your own home to keep the kids from tearing the place apart. Help them create a fort underneath the dining room table and fill it with books, puzzles and toys to keep them entertained. If you're lucky, they might even nap inside.
Grow a small herb garden
Studies show that indoor plants can have a positive effect on mental health. Whether you're stuck inside or not, creating a garden with the kids is an ideal way to teach them the importance of caring for living things. Have them check on the plants' progress every day and water each one.
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