BLAST FROM THE PAST: A young Melanie Plane plays with a doll. Mel argues all you need for a good school holiday is imagination.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: A young Melanie Plane plays with a doll. Mel argues all you need for a good school holiday is imagination. Contributed

We don't need endless amounts of money to entertain kids

MUM, dad, I'm bored.

It's the all-too-often uttered phrase that has parents far and wide pulling their hair out come school holiday time.

In a time when budgets are tight but the demands for the latest and greatest come thick and fast from young generations, I think it's time we all learnt how to say 'no' and got back to basics.

Too often I hear the phrase 'there's nothing for the young people of Rockhampton to do in this town' thrown about and, frankly, I'm tired of hearing it. I love having the latest technology in my pocket and certainly don't mind a visit to the water park or cinema every now and then but it's time we all took a step back and realised we don't need an endless amount of money to have fun.

When I grew up, I was rarely bored. But it wasn't because I always had technology and my parents' credit card to keep me entertained. It was because I had an imagination.

When I was growing up, I left the house after breakfast and came back when I was hungry.

Whether I was swimming in the Frenchville creek, riding my bike around the neighbourhood, starting a 'club' with my neighbourhood friends, performing song and dance shows for my parents, building a cubby house, collecting lady beetles and lizards or nearly breaking my neck diving down a DIY backyard slide constructed from a tarp, some dishwashing liquid and the garden hose, I was always having fun.

When I was growing up, I spent hours learning how to bake cakes with mum, picking strawberries from grandma's garden and earning a couple of bucks washing dad's car before riding up to the corner shop to buy lollies with it.

Kids, please, you have the rest of your life to go to the movies and visit theme parks. But the imagination you have as a child is something you might leave behind soon, so take advantage of it now.

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Five things you can do these holidays that won't cost a cent.

DIY slip and slide with a garden hose, tarp and soap.

Visit a water/swimming hole with a parent

Build a cubby house

Go bushwalking with a parent

Play a game of spotlight with your neighbours after dinner


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