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    7 Ways To Create Special Family Memories With Your Kids

    7 Ways To Create Special Family Memories With Your Kids

    Every parent wants to create those great childhood memories that their children will look back on fondly. But it can sometimes be so overwhelming trying to plan activities to create those memories that you forget what matters.

    Luckily, there isn’t a need to spend a small fortune on elaborate holidays to create amazing memories. What makes a memory special is the interactions and laughs you share. If you are looking to make some of those special memories, it may be far easier than you think. Check out our suggestions for some easy ideas!

    7 Ways to Create Special Family Memories with Your Kids

    Go to The Zoo

    If you are looking for an easy way to make memories, look no further than the zoo. The wide variety of animals your little ones will get to see will be enough to hold their interest. You may even be able to slip in a little educational information too as you teach them about what they see.

    You can watch their amazing little faces as they see creatures they only imagined or saw in kids’ books. Bring your Burleigh Wagon along to make longer trips more comfortable for everyone. It’ll just add that extra touch of excitement for the kids.

    Many zoos also have areas for kids to play, especially younger ones who may need a break. Just look for zoos in your area and check out all the different activities and programs they may offer.

     Go Fruit Picking

    While it may not seem as exciting as seeing an elephant up close, fruit picking can be another simple way to make memories. Whether it’s apples, berries or other fruits, fruit picking provides your child with a sense of accomplishment as they add their fruit to your haul. You can also add to the memories by baking the fruit you picked to spend some more quality time together.

    Start A Family Tradition or Hobby

    Family time is so important to a child, and hectic schedules can sometimes make it hard to set aside time to spend together. Creating a family tradition or hobby allows you to better schedule time together. It can also be a staple for years to come.

    It can be an annual thing like a special Christmas tradition, or even a daily or weekly thing like taking a family walk. Why not make a weekly stroll down the beach with the little ones in your Burleigh Wagon.

    Get Artistic

    Art and craft offers you a great opportunity to create memories and also, save those memories with what you create. This can be anything from drawing, to chalk art and even scrapbooking to put all your memories in one place.

    Explore the Outdoors

    Nature has a lot to offer and it is free. Whether it is a simple walk around a park, a day at the beach, or even a trek through the woods, the fresh air and sun are great for your kids and the views can be amazing. Just remember to take your Burleigh Wagon along to give the kids a nice spot to rest when they get tired.

    Take A Road Trip

    Sometimes the best memories aren't the ones that you plan. If you are looking to do a more spontaneous day, why not fill the tank with gas and just drive around until you find something you want to do. You never know what you may find along the way and it creates a little adventure.

    Check Out Local Events

    There is always something going on in towns and cities. Whether it is a festival, concert, or just a get-together, you can usually find great kinds of kid-friendly events without having to travel too far. This is also a great way to let the kids experience their community.

    Conclusion

    Memories are something that can't be bought or traded. They have to be created through special time with friends and family. Even the simplest outing can become a cherished childhood memory when love and time are put in. So take advantage of the nice weather and make some memories that you will look back on for years to come.

    7 Activities to Enjoy with your Kids in Winter

    7 Activities to Enjoy with your Kids in Winter

    As Aussies, we have an advantage over other places when it comes to the winter months. There is no need to worry about freezing temperatures or being snowed in, and your family can even enjoy trips to the beach. While you may not get the winter wonderland that most around the world have, there is no shortage of things you can do with your children in order to have a great time. If you are looking for some inspiration for family activities this winter, look no further than these recommendations. 

    Make It Educational
    While it may not seem like it to your kids, walking around an educational centre like a museum or animal sanctuary can be a great way to provide knowledge and fun. You can sit your younger kids in our Burleigh Wagon as you move through an animal sanctuary or zoo to prevent them from getting tired out too quickly and let them take in the sights and sounds around them. Zoos and aquariums often have areas specifically to be hands-on for children as well so they have a chance to play.

    Kids in The Park
    If you’re in Sydney, you’d have heard of Kids in The Park. Known for their wide range of activities just for kids, it is ideal for school holidays and has many free options. Located in Sydney Olympic Park, Kids in the Park lets your kids enjoy playing in a safe space while giving mum and dad a chance to sit back and watch the kids have fun in the bench mode of your wagon.

    Enjoy A Winter Festival
    While you aren’t going to see the standard white Christmas in Australia, winter festivals are held throughout the winter months to create a man-made version for residents to enjoy. With ice rinks, fake snow and treats like hot chocolate, you can give your children the experience of a winter wonderland without needing to travel. Dreamworld on the Gold Coast has a great Winterfest on now until 21 July 2019!

    Dog Sledding
    While you may not associate Australia with dog sledding, there are active sled dog tours in Mt. Buller, VIC. The Australian sled dogs not only provide rides but a petting session for the kids. You can also get souvenir plushies of the dogs for the kids to cuddle and remember the day with.

    Enjoy a Show
    While there are plenty of kids movies in the cinema during the holiday season, there are live entertainment options that offer more interactivity without the strict silence of a standard movie theater. This makes them ideal for younger children who may struggle to sit still for long periods of time. You can also simply do a quick web search for kid’s shows near you and introduce your children to a new experience.  

    Visit A National Park
    Getting out and exploring nature is a fantastic way to spend time with your kids, but especially in winter. In the warmer months, you are more likely to run into dangerous creatures like snakes. But in winter, the colder temperatures keep these threats at bay without being too cold to hike. Your kids can get some fresh air while checking out the beauties of nature, and you can all enjoy a picnic lunch while you’re there.

    Head to The Beach
    It may not be your first thought in winter, but the beach is still a great place to take your kids. Enjoy a walk along the water as well as some beach sports like frisbee or football. This is also another great place to have a picnic and winter can often mean the beach won’t be as overcrowded. Our Burleigh Wagon is a great companion for your trips to the beach!

    Conclusion
    There is no need to miss out on making some great family memories this winter. Whether you want to make it educational, or just want to enjoy some relaxing family time, any of these activities will make your winter season an enjoyable one. 

    Top 8 Parks and Trails in Australia That Your Kids Will Go Wild For

    Top 8 Parks and Trails in Australia That Your Kids Will Go Wild For

    If you’re an outdoorsy parent, you probably have experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to hike and explore with little ones. However, there are many parks and trails in Australia that are completely child-friendly!

    Many are even accessible by the Burleigh Wagon for your kids to ride in. These parks make it easy to bring the kids along and will get you that outdoor fix you crave.

    Adelaide Park Lands Trail

    An 18-kilometer circuit that circles Adelaide, the Adelaide Park Lands Route is the perfect option to pick your own distance.

    With this wheelchair and wagon accessible trail lined with parks, playgrounds, and picnic areas, you can choose where you want to enter and exit, so you aren't committed to finishing a full trail. This is great for little ones who may get tired and grouchy along the way.

    Smith Creek Trail

    A relatively short trail, the Smith Creek Trail takes 2 hours to complete and features fun art and bollards along the route. Your child will get to enjoy artwork designed by local primary school children.

    The family-friendly path is also almost entirely paved with asphalt so it would be easy to pull the Burleigh Wagon along.

    The Royal National Park - Lady Carrington Drive

    Lady Carrington Drive at the Royal National Park is the perfect trail to let your kids experience nature. The 10-kilometer trail features many interesting natural features for your little ones to look at and three picnic areas along the way to sit and rest.

    Designed for cycling, the trail is flat and wheel-friendly so you’ll have no problem pushing your kids along as you enjoy the fun walk this trail provides.

    Mambray Creek - Wirra Water Loop

    Enjoy an opportunity for your children to learn about nature and wildlife on this path. The Wirra Water Loop is a short 1.6-kilometer path, so it is a great option if you're worried about your little ones feeling worn out.

    Outdoorsy parents know it's no fun to have a tired kid in the middle of a 15-kilometer hike, but this short path with interpretive signs to read and waterbeds to admire will keep your child occupied and excited.

    Sydney Harbour National Park - Middle Head

    Middle Head is a great option if you’re looking for a day’s adventure to learn something new. The Don Goodsir Track will take you to see military forts and relics built in the 1800s, and you can even take a guided tour to learn about the military history of the park!

    This is a really great activity for kids who are a little older and will enjoy seeing old gun pits and military tunnels.

    Banrock Station Wetland Walking Trails

    The Banrock Station Wetland Walking Trails is a set of trails that allow you to pick your route and guide yourself through a beautiful wetland landscape.

    The routes range from 1 to 3 hours in duration so you can easily design your walk according to your child’s attention span. View wildlife and learn about the importance of wetlands as you push your kiddos along the trail.

    Elliston Coastal Trail

    Another set of trails with multiple options, the Elliston Coastal Trail is a 13.6-kilometer trek with miniature pathways within. The trail allows you to view the gorgeous Eyre peninsula coastline as you walk along the beach.

    The Trail will make a nice change of scenery if you don’t get out to the coast much and will allow your kids to explore the beach environment.

    Wittunga Botanic Garden - Wittunga Naming Walk

    If you enjoy looking at plants, this Botanic Garden allows you an opportunity to read interpretive signs and learn about various plants in the garden.

    The walk is completely self-guided and only 1 kilometer long. It is a great one to take your time and let your kids learn about different plants.

    Conclusion

    Thankfully, there are many kid-friendly trail options in Australia to take your little ones out to enjoy the outdoors. Our Burleigh Wagon will make the trek so much easier! Your little ones will enjoy learning new things and experiencing the outdoors at any of these Australian parks and trails.

    What Mums Wish They Had in Their Kids Prams

    What Mums Wish They Had in Their Kids Prams

    As parents, we love having days out with the kids. I know that there’s nothing better than seeing the smile on my children’s faces when we go out for beach days or head out for a nice picnic outdoors.

    If you have more than one child like me though, you already know how difficult it is to wrangle everyone, keep track of everything, and fit it all in a pram. I searched for the right pram for what felt like ages, and unfortunately, I could never find something that quite ticked all the boxes.

    From chatting with many other mums, I also found out what they wished they had in their kids’ prams too. Today, I’m sharing what I’ve learned with all of you parents out there.

    What Mums Wish They Had in Their Kids’ Prams

    I wanted these features in my pram, both for my sake and my children’s. The right pram should give you all the storage you need while keeping your kids safe and comfortable at the same time.

    Cool Storage

    I don’t know how many mums I’ve spoken to that wish they had cold storage in their pram. No one wants to eat a warm sandwich for a snack or have a warm drink.

    This is why I made sure our Burleigh Wagon has a handy esky storage. It’s really a must since it’s able to keep baby’s milk or snacks cool. If you’re having a day out with your older child and your new baby, you don’t need to worry about not having what they need. Since the storage is sealed off too, you’ll never spill food or drinks on the cloth.

    Snacks on the Go

    You already have the cool storage for your snacks, but you’d know that every time you hand out your kids’ snacks, they always get it all over their laps. That’s why we’ve designed a snack tray in the Burleigh Wagon for our kids, helping them to keep a handle on their snacks so us parents don’t have to clean up as much later.

    Easy Sitting

    Let’s face it: days out are fun. But they’re tiring too. When my kids are running around and playing in the grass or the sand, sometimes, I just want to take a seat. Having a seat would certainly be easier when I’m holding my littlest one to feed her. That’s why I love having a bench on the Burleigh Wagon. I can adjust the pram and take a seat no matter where I am, and I can’t tell you how valuable that is.

    Weather Protection & Cooling Off

    The umbrella on the wagon is especially great for protecting your kids from the sun. It’s much better than using a blanket or drapes on your pram which can trap the heat inside. If your child needs a nap during the day, the wagon will lay completely flat, something which not all prams can do. Burleigh Wagon allows for 365-degree air flow to keep your children safe and comfortable.

    Extra Storage

    Beyond the cool storage, you have even more space for everything you might need. Even if you want to fit a surfboard, you can.

    Independence

    Up until now, I’ve been talking about all the features that you’ll love. What about the kids? Well, children love having an open design. As compared to a pram where they’re all strapped in, they get to sit in the wagon and look around. They’re so occupied that there are fewer meltdowns.

    Kid-Friendly

    Prams aren’t the most fun. Burleigh Wagon includes a few features for your children to keep them entertained and keep you sane. It even has speakers in it to play your child’s favorite song or to play some white noise to help them relax for a nap. It’s fun and exciting which means you don’t have to force your kids into a pram.

    Multiple Children

    You want a pram that can fit all of your children. The Burleigh Wagon fits three kids and even with all of our items, everything fits just fine and you get to save your back from carrying them around all day.

    Conclusion

    Days out are a lot of fun. Days out where the kids are screaming for a nap or a snack are definitely not as fun. That’s why we’ve taken all these into consideration to create the best option for parents to keep their kids safe and entertained, and to hold all their items too. For the best alternative to a basic pram with not much features, you need to check out our Burleigh Wagon!

    7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Sun Safety

    7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Sun Safety

    Children love to play outside, and as parents, we want to see our children happily enjoying the ocean and sand.

    As parents, we must be educated on the proper precautions to take in order to prevent our children from overexposure to the sun and what to do when our child gets a sunburn. In this post, we’ll cover 7 ways to teach your kids about sun safety and to equip them with the right knowledge to protect themselves.

    The Importance of Sun Safety

    Everyone needs sunlight. Without sunlight, we cannot produce vitamin D. Without vitamin D, we are unable to absorb calcium, resulting in weak and frail bones. However, overexposure to Ultraviolet rays can lead to skin and eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer.

    In 1998, The Cancer Council in Australia launched the SunSmart Schools program. Over 2500 schools and 3500 childcare programs have joined and are educating kids on sun safety. Terry Selvin, Chairman of The Cancer Council in Australia, states that “Being sun smart is just as important as eating your fruits and vegetables.”

    7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Sun Safety

    1. The Wet and Sweat Rule: Even waterproof sunscreen must be reapplied after swimming and physical activities. Get your child in the habit of applying more sunblock after getting wet or sweating.
    2. Play in the Shade: One of the most effective ways to protect your child from sun damage is keeping them in the shade. This can be under a tree, building, umbrella, etc. Our Burleigh Wagon comes with a built-in UV protected umbrella to give added coverage when outdoors. This is a feature that we specially designed when we realised that other wagon brands didn't have something so basic, yet crucial for sun safety.
    3. Develop a Sunscreen Habit: Get yourself and your child in the habit of knowing when to apply sunscreen. In the Northern and Central parts of Australia, sunscreen should be worn every day because the UV rays are consistently above three. The Environmental Protection Agency has a SunWise program with an app that allows you to check the UV Index in your zip code. The higher the UV rays, the more precautions you must take.
    4. Wear Protective Hats and Clothing: Skin cancer commonly occurs on the neck, temples, ears, lips, and nose. This is why wide-brimmed hats are the best hats for long days in the sun. Protective clothing is also an easy and efficient way to prevent overexposure.
    5. Teach Your Child the Shadow Rule: If your shadow is shorter than your height, the likelihood of being sunburnt by UV rays increases. So teach your child the “Short Shadow? Seek Shade” rule.
    6. Sunglasses for Eye Protection: The Skin Care Foundation recommends kids over six months wear sunglasses because kids under the age of 10 are at higher risk of ocular changes caused by sun damage. The skin and eyelids of children are also more sensitive than adults.  We love Ace Optics, which is an Australian owned and designed polarised performance optics built for all extreme conditions.  Check them out at www.aceoptics.com.au
    7. Be a Role Model: Your child isn’t going to feel obligated to wear a hat, sunglasses, or apply sunscreen if you don’t do so yourself. Be a good role model in order to keep your child healthy and embrace the importance of sun safety.

     

    How to Treat a Sunburn:

    • Have your child take a cool bath (not too cold)

    • Dab a wet towel on the sunburn to soothe pain and relieve heat

    • Apply Aloe Vera gel to all sunburned areas

    • Give your child an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen to ease the itching and pain

    • Apply moisturizing lotion to rehydrate the skin

    • For more intense sunburns apply hydrocortisone

    • For severe and blistering sunburns - call your doctor

     

    There are endless easy ways to keep your child protected on top of sunscreen and cute sunglasses. Our Burleigh Wagon is a very simple way of providing an extra layer of protection – it actually has built-in coverage. This allows you to enjoy time outside with your child without the worry of finding extra shade on an especially sunny day.

    With these simple ideas, you can take now take the necessary measures in keeping your child's skin protected and teach them how to protect themselves while having fun in the sun.

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