Ronnie Long Park -Tallebudgera Surf Club

Ronnie Long Park -Tallebudgera Surf Club

Ronnie Long Park is located on the beachside of Tallebudgera Surf Club, overlooking the northern end of Palm Beach.

One of our favourite things about this playground is the small cafe underneath the surf club which has a selection of drinks and snacks suitable for kids, as well as a good coffee. There is nothing like making one stop for coffee and a play!

It is in a gorgeous beachside location, close to the walking path that takes you around to Talle Creek, and even to Burleigh Heads over the headland. Kids can ride their scooters along the walking path (but watch the steep path to the carpark).

It also has lots of parking, toilets close-by, shade sails and lots to explore for kids.

The playground is huge and divided into two areas.

The first area is located directly in front of the surf club and includes a fantastic plane for kids to ‘fly’ and turn the wheels and dials. There are also standard swings, and a little slide, rock-climbing walls,  lookout and whale spring rocker. This area has a sand ground cover and it is intended for younger kids.

The second area is a huge three-storey structure that includes multiple slides, a ‘beach maze’, fireman poles, spinning web, and web swing. This area has a soft rubber ground cover.

Both playgrounds are semi-enclosed, but are close to the car-park, so careful supervision is a must.

Bring a blanket and set up under one of the trees around the park – there are benches but they tend to fill up early, and are not under shade.

Ronnie Long Park – Tallebudgera Surf Club

LOCATION 1505 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach North

AMENITIES toilet,  beach shower, water fountain, benches, shade sails, cafe, surf club, gym equipment, walking path

AGES 2-12

HIGHLIGHTS 3-storey play area, plane play equipment, gorgeous location

ENCLOSED partially

GROUND COVER sand and rubber

SHADE SAILS yes

TOILETS yes

What to Look For When Choosing a Babysitter

What to Look For When Choosing a Babysitter

A guest post from our friends at Coastal Babysitters – there are some seriously good tips in this one!

You desperately need some time to yourself…

You’ve been wanting a date night for months now but haven’t been able to get the children minded…

You need to attend an appointment but you just can’t find the time…

You feel guilty because you’ve asked your family or friends too many times to help look after the kids but you don’t want to leave your kids with just anybody!

Having a reliable, fun and professional babysitter that you can rely on is so important. It gives you that feeling of freedom and being able to have some time for yourself.

All every parent wants for their child is the best, and especially when you are away from them, you want to know that your child is in the best care.

I have put together a list of what to look for when choosing a babysitter for your little ones:

Check Their References

When you interview a babysitter, this is a must. This is the person you are trusting your children’s lives with and you want to make sure they are who they say and they have the experience that they say. Don’t be afraid to ring families that they have babysat for in the past to ask what they were like with their children and what duties were performed.

Check their Qualifications

To be able to work with children in Queensland, you must hold a Blue Card which is a background check on the person that holds the card. Always make sure they are in possession of a valid Blue Card. It is also wise to make sure they have a current First Aid and CPR certificate to deal with any emergencies.

Interview

Make sure you conduct an interview before hiring a babysitter. Write a list of questions relevant to your family. We will all have the standard questions such as age, availability, experience etc, but make it more targeted to what you need for your family. Do you need the kids picked up from school? Do you need someone to make snacks or dinner if you’re stuck at work? If so, ask questions such as how they are in the kitchen or what is their favourite kids ‘go to meal’ or their knowledge and experience about driving with kids in the car.

Invite the Babysitter for a Trial

This way you can see her style and how they interact with your children. Observe and see her playfulness, professionalism, or how she generally interacts with the children. Most importantly, see how the children react to her and the connection they make as they are going to be the ones spending the most time with her.

Trust your Gut Instinct!

On paper, your potential babysitter may have it all…. BUT…. There’s something you don’t like and you can’t put your finger on it… Trust your instincts!

If this all seems like too much, why not let Coastal Babysitters do it all for you. We provide experienced, professional and reliable babysitters you can trust anywhere from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. All our babysitters have gone through a thorough interview process and been reference checked. They must all have their Blue Card, Current CPR and First Aid certificate. All our Gold Coast and Byron Bay Babysitters are either MUMS themselves or have at least 3 years’ experience working with children.

Being a mum of 2 young girls myself, on top of having all the above, I trust my gut instinct and would never hire anybody that I wouldn’t feel comfortable looking after my own children.

So next time you’re stuck for a babysitter on the Gold Coast or Byron Bay, we’d love to help. Visit our website www.coastalbabysitters.com.au for more information.

Orly x

 

 Orly, Owner Coastal Babysitters

 

Reg Chesters Park Burleigh Heads

Reg Chesters Park Burleigh Heads

Reg Chesters Park is a fantastic playground with some fun features that kids will love, and want to return to play on again.

Our little ones love the circle of swings (you get to share the fun and see each other’s smiles), and the dune buggy!

It is located on the Esplanade at Burleigh, and close to McDonalds and 7-11, so grabbing a coffee here isn’t a problem. If you are on your own, McDonalds drive-through is there to save the day!

This playground has a giant playgym with climbing web, suspension bridge, two slides, look-out, shop front with measuring scales and cash register,

It also has giant sunglasses, a ‘thong’ spring rocker, dune buggy and a circle of swings.

Reg Chesters Park Burleigh Heads

ADDRESS: The Esplanade Burleigh Heads (close to Fifth Ave – McDonalds Burleigh)

AMENETIES: fully fenced, benches, picnic tables, beach showers, coffee a short walk away.

HIGHLIGHTS: Circle of swings, dune buggy, fish and chip shopfront.

Enclosed: yes- gates at both ends

Ground cover: sand

Shade cover: no

Toilets: no

Other playgrounds that are fully-fenced.

Other playgrounds close to coffee.

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The Pirate Park Palm Beach

The Pirate Park Palm Beach

The Pirate Park at Palm Beach has to be one of the most popular parks on the Gold Coast. And why not, it has everything!

There is a fantastic playground, sure to spark imaginative play, a lovely grassed area for ball games and picnics, plenty of shade and parking, a cafe nearby, and the amazing Currumbin Creek inlet for shallow water play.

The playground has lots of interesting things to explore- pirate themed of course!

There are barrels, boats, a treasure chest full of booty, a crocodile, caves to explore and a pirate ship to navigate.

Kids can climb, spin, slide and row themselves crazy in this awesome spot!

Be warned, the slide is fast and little people will literally be thrown from the bottom. It’s also, shall we say, gritty? Not our favourite slide! Also, there are no swings here.

We do, however, love hiding in the barrels, rowing the boat and calling ‘land ahoy’ from the crows nest.

Make sure you take a bucket and spade for some sand play, either around the playground or at the calm-water beach.

 

The rest of the park is perfect for laying on a picnic blanket while the kids play (watch for green ants) and enjoing a coffee or reading a book. The playground isn’t fenced though, so supervision is a must.

After the kids have worked up a sweat take them to the creek for a cool-off. Sandy beaches under shady trees – what more could you want! There are stairs down to the water, and beach showers to clean up before heading home.

Pirate Park Palm Beach

ADDRESS 45 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221

AGES Toddler – 12

ENCLOSED: no

GROUND COVER: sand

SHADE SAILS: yes

TOILETS: yes

AMENITIES cafe, toilets, beach shower, bubbler, car park, picnic tables, BBQs, benches, shade sail, shady trees, change rooms, disabled toilet, gravel/rubber soft ground cover

HIGHLIGHTS pirate theme, calm water beach

THE BIG LIST! THINGS TO DO ON THE GOLD COAST THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

The September school holidays are here!

We’ve put together a list of 50 events, activities, and things to do on the Gold Coast these school holidays. Many of them are completely free,  and will get you and your little ones out into the sunshine and having a great time together!

 

  1. Stuff a scarecrow at the Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival
  2. Visit Big Foot at Macintosh Island Park
  3. Have a Wildlife Adventure at NightQuarter
  4. Ride a pony at Mount Tamborine Markets
  5. Sing along with Lah-Lah’s Big LIve Band
  6. Watch the pelicans feeding at Charis Seafood
  7. Celebrate island life at Pasifika
  8. Ride the carousel in Broadbeach Mall
  9. Enjoy LEGO overload at Robina Town Centre
  10. Visit the glow worm caves at Springbrook
  11. Meet minions at Surfers Paradise Kids Week
  12. Grab a picnic blanket and hang out at your local fully-fenced playground
  13. Watch Moana under the stars in Robina
  14. See the stars of Paw Patrol at Westfield Helensvale
  15. Whale watch from Point Danger, Burleigh Heads or North Burleigh lookout
  16. Learn how to screenprint
  17. Camp at Canungra Showgrounds
  18. Check out Swell at Currumbin
  19. Brave the slide at Parklake Park
  20. Take a cooking class with Healthy Grubs 
  21. Jump around at the giant jumping pillow at Broadwater Parklands
  22. Visit the Mandala Kids Festival
  23. Have a mindful moment
  24. Ride a bike from Surfers Paradise to Main Beach along the esplanade
  25. Meet wildlife at night with NaturallyGC
  26. Spot koalas and kangaroos at Coombabah Wetlands
  27. Learn to wakeboard at the Gold Coast Wake Park
  28. Feed the lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  29. Put down a picnic blanket at the Pirate Park
  30. Chill out with a kids yoga class
  31. Climb Mount Warning
  32. Ace your serve at tennis camp
  33. Explore the Burleigh Heads rockpools
  34. Make your own candles at NightQuarter
  35. Ride the merry-go-round at Cascade Gardens
  36. Make your own teddy-bear
  37. Watch the helicopters take off from Seaworld (or from Broadwater pier)
  38. Gain your green thumb with gardening workshops
  39. Gain confidence with Phoenix Arts Martial Arts
  40. Cuddle up to furry friends at one of the Gold Coast’s petting zoos
  41. Get up close with the horses at Riding for the Disabled
  42. Make a coffee/play date at one of our parks close to coffee
  43. Explore kid-friendly fun in Surfers Paradise
  44. Shop and play at Westfield Helensvale and their fantastic outdoor playground
  45. Share an acai bowl at Tallebudgera Creek beach
  46. Make a pizza at Vapiano’s
  47. Slide indoors at one of our indoor play centres
  48. Eat at the park – fish & chips or bakery treats – Rotary Park has them both!
  49. Pet animals at Farmyard Fun Day
  50. Go back to the Ice Age at Robina mini golf
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