Feilding Herald : December 29th 2011
3 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011 NEWS 4254307AA KIMBOLTON ROAD FEILDING 06 323 4054 Trusted in Feilding since 1888 Having fun and creating memories Sixer: Hitting a water bomb in the backyard or park can provide hours of fun on a hot sunny day. Photo: MURRAY WILSON, FAIRFAX NZ Hidden Treasure: Barletts Ford is a great spot for a summer picnic and swim. Photo: SANDRA CROSBIE Active: Family activities can be just about spending time together doing the simple things. It takes 72 muscles to frown, but only 13 to smile. The holiday season is a great time to put those smiling muscles to good use as you enjoy the new memories and traditions you are creating with your family. For kids, the holiday season is often the most exciting time of the year but as adults, the demands can sometimes be overwhelming. There are many ways families can relieve the pressure and make this a fun and enjoy- able time for the whole family. Fun doesn t have to cost a fortune and it can be as simple as including the family in plan- ning your holiday activities. Getting the kids involved is one of the best ways to create these everlasting memories. Whatever you are doing to plan the day, chances are there will be something your children can do which will make them feel so special. Let them write up an itinerary or pack the picnic lunch. You never know, they might just end up being helpful! You can get your family involved by writing up a holiday calendar of activities and things they would like to do or see. Tick them off as you do them. It could range from visiting the library, planting a herb garden to visiting a new swimming hole. It doesn t always have to cost money. Children love tiki tours , they see them as an adventure, not knowing where they are going to. Don t think it has to be somewhere extravagant. A park with a flying fox, or a bush walk will often capture their attention as much as an expensive amusement park. Both the Manawatu and Rangitikei have many reserves and riverside picnic spots with crystal clear water for swimming. It can be a busy time of year, so it s import- ant families remember to plan ahead and keep regular routines in place. One way of coping is anticipating possible problems and solutions, especially if you are in unfamiliar environments. Have a first aid kit on hand, including sun block and insect repellent. Keep a picnic rug and sun umbrella in the car over summer.
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