Wednesday, 16 November 2011

School holidays fast approaching

At this time of year, parents all over Australia start to panic. In a few short weeks, their precious children will be in their full time care and the pressure of keeping them happy for up to two months can be daunting.

It's not just about keeping them busy: Choosing holiday experiences that won't break the bank can be a real challenge. Luckily, the Kids Welcome web directory has been launched just in time to come to the rescue.

This free resource includes over 2000 reviews of family-friendly activities, attractions, tours, places to eat places to stay, events, beaches and even playgrounds. The reviews are written by parents, for parents and each is rated as suitable for three different age-groups: preschool, primary and teen.

Web directory creator Sarah Pye says this invaluable resource will take the hard work out of entertaining the kids.

"If you are planning to explore new parts of Australia together it helps you pick appropriate places to go, many of which are free and you wouldn't find them in tourism brochures," she says.

"Even if you don't leave home,  the Kids Welcome directory is just as useful for banishing 'I'm bored' because there are guaranteed to be ideas for your local area too.

"Grandparents, aunts and uncles need not fear if the kids are coming to visit over Christmas!"

What makes this online resource different from Kids Welcome printed guidebooks is the ability for users to engage directly. By joining the site, which is free, they can make comments on the reviews and even upload images of their own family enjoying the activities.

"Not only is it fun to see yourself on the website," Sarah says.

"It's also good to know your comments will help other families create memorable holidays!"

The kids Welcome web directory was launched on November 11 at UnderWater World on the Sunshine Coast.  It was critically acclaimed by Sunshine Coast Destination Limited and currently covers Queensland, NSW and the ACT.  Sarah and her chief expert, Amber (11) intend to hitch their camper trailer and explore Victoria over the summer to add even more content.

To celebrate the launch, you could win a week in your very own camper trailer from Camp Ezy on the Gold Coast. Simply go to competitions on

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