Where is it: You'll have to keep an eye out for updates on where the 'Notorious' might be!
Why we love it: It's a really awesome replica and always welcoming of visitors! It's great to have a little look and image what it might have been like exploring on a ship like this!
Tell me more: The 'Notorious' is a replica 15th century caravel (a Portuguese ship) that was built in Victoria and launched in 2012. Travelling up and down the coast, it's really impressive seeing it on the water and it's great to be able to hop on board and explore the ship! Its mission is to allow people to experience 15th century nautical ambience, and it certainly does just that - it's amazing when you think of the challenges that the sailors would have faced back then! And the kids love it!
Where is it: Open across the Brisbane local government area however you will find most of the PARK(ing) spaces in the inner city.
What's it all about: It's both a competition to see who can design the most amazing little parkland and a way to get people to think more about the use of space and the importance of having public parks in the city!
How can I join in: Just visit any of the listed PARK(ing) spaces! Most are situated around cafes so there's no excuse not to relax! You might even want to consider making your own space? Keep an eye on the Brisbane City Council website for more information!
Tell me more: Brisbane's PARK(ing) Day allows for the creation of little public park areas in street car parking spaces! It's also a competition to see who can design the best use the limited space on offer - it's a real eye-opener to see how the transformation of such a little space can make a big difference to the atmosphere and the way that you look at the city! Plus there are more places for you to have a little play! Make sure you check out the website for locations - there are generally a number of PARK(ing) spaces grouped within walking distance so you can visit a few different parks!
Where is it: Carindale Recreational Reserve, Carindale
What's it all about: Brisbane's biggest billycart races where they race both traditional (rope steering) and modified billycarts!
How can I join in: Pre-register online or turn up on the day! You don't even need your own billycart - the Rotary Club (who organises this great event) have a number of billycarts that you can loan and race!
Tell me more: The Brisbane Billycart Championships are held every year in Carindale and are always very popular days out! They have races from 4 years old and up who race in age classes in either traditional or modified billycarts down a grass track lined with bales of hay. Even though you can just turn up and race one of the Rotary Club's great loan billycarts, we think that there's more enjoyment to be had in building your own billycart from scratch! It's great fun letting the little ones help out building or painting, and they always get a great sense of satisfaction when they contribute! Plus, you get to practice a bit which is heaps of fun!
It's free to come along as a spectator and you will always have plenty of action to watch! The races run through quickly and there's always something happening - the past couple of years the Green Heart Fair has been running in conjunction with the billycarts so there have been plenty of activities to get involved in. The mascot races are always very popular and you might even get to see some of the local politicians face off against each other on the track! For our entry into the races, we built a Thomas the Tank Engine-inspired billycart to enter into the modified category. We didn't win (we had a couple of crashes) but our little billycart driver had lots of fun and was very happy to take part!
Where is it: Either in Carindale Recreational Reserve, Carindale or 7th Brigade Park in Chermside
What's it all about: Green Heart Fair is organised by Brisbane City Council and aims to promote sustainable and healthy living!
How can I join in: Just turn up and get involved in these great, free events! You'll be sure to pick up some great hints and ideas, you might even be able to take home some free native plants!
Tell me more: Held twice a year, the Green Heart Fair is a really fun family day out which hopes to inspire and educate about sustainable living as well as entertain! This fair has heaps of exhibits and activities broken up into different areas or zones so that you can look into the things that interest you. We started our visit at the Kids' Hub - an area specifically for kids with fun rides, heaps of craft with a sustainability focus and even some music exhibits. The Octonauts also paid a visit to the main stage and we couldn't resist that one! There were are also cooking displays, sports programs, gardening information (including free native plants) and lots of food options. We also got to sit up in a garbage truck which all the kids got excited about! There really was so much to do - you could have a really full day out here!
Carindale Recreational Reserve
7th Brigade Park, Chermside
Where is it: All across Queensland!
What's it all about: Child Protection Week is an initiative which helps prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. Heaps of events throughout the week help raise awareness for this cause!
How can I join in: There are events all over the state throughout the week - there are even some events outside of Child Protection Week! Check their website for more details!
Tell me more: One of the many events on throughout the state to promote Child Protection Week, we went along to South Bank to get messy and put our mark on the Hand Prints for Act for Kids event! It was a simple gesture that could mean so much to some kids who unfortunately might need some support. The aim was to get over 3,000 hand prints on one piece of paper and judging when we added ours, they were well on track! Our little ones were more than happy to contribute and didn't make too much of a mess!
Contact: www.childprotectionweek.org.au, www.actforkids.com.au
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