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Get involved in National Reconciliation Week with these Sunshine Coast events
Get involved in National Reconciliation Week with these Sunshine Coast events

National Reconciliation Week 2022: Sunshine Coast Events

There are many events happening on the Sunshine Coast to commemorate National Reconciliation Week. Here are 10 events you shouldn't miss!
Sunshine Coast,
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Brisbane City Council reveals exciting projects for Victoria Park / Barrambin
Brisbane City Council reveals exciting projects for Victoria Park / Barrambin

Brisbane City Council reveals exciting projects for Victoria Park / Barrambin

Brisbane City Council has revealed three new spaces in Victoria Park / Barrambin that are progressing ahead of the Draft Master Plan.
Brisbane,
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7 Free guided meditations for kids
7 Free guided meditations for kids

7 Free guided meditations for kids

Does your little one need some extra help winding down? Guided meditation for kids could be the answer, so we're sharing our favourites.
Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast,
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Glossy black cockatoo finds a new home at Sunshine Beach State School
Glossy black cockatoo finds a new home at Sunshine Beach State School

Glossy black cockatoo finds a new home at Sunshine Beach State School

Award-winning author and artist Gregg Dreise has created a new mural at Sunshine Beach State School, celebrating the glossy black cockatoo.
Sunshine Coast,
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Experts warn young children at greatest risk of flu this season
Experts warn young children at greatest risk of flu this season

Experts warn young children at greatest risk of flu this season

A jump of 130 per cent in flu cases across Queensland has prompted experts to issue a warning that young children will be most vulnerable.
Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast,
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Sundried tomato and goat cheese empanadas
Sundried tomato and goat cheese empanadas

Sundried tomato and goat cheese empanadas

These sundried tomato and goat cheese empanadas are ideal for school lunches or after school snacks.
Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast,
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Paddock-to-plate tourist attraction Barns Lane Farm given green light
Paddock-to-plate tourist attraction Barns Lane Farm given green light

Paddock-to-plate tourist attraction Barns Lane Farm given green light

Coolum Beach will be home to one of the largest tourism destinations on the Sunshine Coast, with the announcement of Barns Lane Farm.
Sunshine Coast,
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Strap on your skates as our friends at Iceworld have 4 family passes to WIN for their public ice skating sessions! ❄️

The prize includes skating and a food/drink combo for each person. Check out all the deets right now. link in Bio.
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While some teens have clear goals and ambitions, there are those who don't. And that's OKAY!

You don't have to have all the answers at 17 or 18 years of age. It's okay not to know what you want to do when you graduate from high school. 👩‍🎓🧑‍🎓

If you aren't sure university is for you or you want to explore your options before settling, we've pulled together some alternatives. [Link in Bio ☝️☝️]

#Education #Kids #Teenagers #Parenting #University #Tips #Inspiration #HighSchool #Graduation #KidsOnTheCoastMagazine
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Ticket Discount: Sunshine Coast Lightning vs NSW Swifts, Tuesday 17 May.

Head on down to the USC Stadium for this mid-week clash against the reigning Suncorp Super Netball premiers, NSW Swifts.

Use code KOTC10 for $10 off any ticket purchase to the game.

Check out all the details right now! Link in Bio.
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Often when we think of getting creative with the kids we picture onerous activities with a mess of paints and a tangle of craft supplies. Not so!

We caught up with Karen Gawen at @sclibraries, who says most creative fun for kids doesn’t require tedious planning or a lot of special supplies.

Check out her top tips [link in bio 👆👆] for making the daily grind an opportunity to get creative ...

🛀 when kids are in the bath
📚 when you're at the library or reading at home
🍲 when you're in the kitchen
🌳 while you're at the park or outdoors
😴 during those quiet moments in your day
🌙 and when kids are ready for bed

#Kids #Creativity #Fun #Craft #Home #Free #Parenting #Parenthood #Inspiration #Tips
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DISCOUNT TICKET OFFER: Sunshine Coast Lightning vs West Coast Fever at USC Stadium, Sat 14 May!

This is great day out for the entire family with lots of fun activities, giveaways, food trucks and so much more!

Check out all the deets today. Link in Bio.
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"With a heavy heart, the Organising Committed decided ... that our Festival will not be able to go ahead in 2022."

The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival has been cancelled for 2022 amid ongoing recovery issues from February's deadly floods.

[Link in bio 👆👆]

#Goomeri #PumpkinFestival #Events #Brisbane #Queensland #SunshineCoast #Cancelled
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Sunshine Coast artist Sophy Blake has transformed the iconic Ginger Factory at Yandina into a joyous explosion of colour.

The aptly named Rainbrella Project features almost 1,000 umbrellas ☂️☂️ over 200m and took local artist more than 100 hours to create! 🤯

WHAT: The Rainbrella Project
WHERE: The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina
WHEN: 9am to 5pm daily

#WhatsOn #SunshineCoast #Yandina #TheGingerGractory #TheRainbrellaProject #Happiness #Kids #Free #Family #Fun
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Mother's Day is such a special day for so many, but it can also be a difficult day for some.

If you find it a day to be endured, rather than celebrated, know that we are thinking of you.

We are thinking of the women waiting for their miracle. We are thinking of those mothers who have suffered a pregnancy loss and those mothers who have suffered stillbirth. We are thinking of those mothers who have lost children. We are thinking of those whose mother is no longer here, and those whose mothers are still here but are lost to dementia. We are thinking of those who find today difficult because you have a broken relationship with your child or your own mother.

Mother’s Day is to honour the women who nurture, support and love us. While some of us might do an upbeat celebration, there are others who need quiet, respect and compassion.

If you think your friend might have a difficult Mother’s Day, reach out. Any act of kindness and acknowledgement will go a long way in comforting them.

For those who need support, please contact:
📞Lifeline 13 11 14
📞BeyondBlue 1300 224 636
💻 @motherlessdaughtersau
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Would you know the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Sunday, May 8, isn't just Mother's Day ... It's also World Ovarian Cancer Day.

Ovarian cancer is a silent killer among women. The symptoms can be so vague that by the time you receive a diagnosis, the cancer is often at an advanced stage. Roughly 280 Queenslanders are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year.

[Link in bio ☝☝]

@cancercouncilqld
#Health #Queensland #Brisbane #OvarianCancer #Cancer #Women
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Looking for a last-minute Mother's Day gift that will melt your mother's heart? We've got five quick and easy ideas that could do the trick!

Link in bio ☝☝

#MothersDay #Gifts #Craft #Handmade #Homemade #Kids #KidsOnTheCoastMagazine
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FRIDAY FRENZY ticket sale!

Revisit the Round 3 clash of Sunshine Coast Lightning vs Adelaide Thunderbirds at USC Stadium on Sat 7 May!

Use code KIDSFREE when you buy one adult ticket and you'll get a junior ticket for FREE! Link in Bio.
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Messy Play Matters Sunshine Coast event is BACK at Nambour Showgrounds, Thurs 19 May 9.30am to 12pm thanks to our friends at Play Matters Australia (formerly Playgroup Queensland).

Explore messy play experiences galore! Cheeky Little Monkeys Soft Play, Jumping Jokers Jumping Castles, Live Music, Coffee Vans, Sausage Sizzle, Cup Cake stall, raffle and so much more!

Tickets are FREE but you need to register to attend. Link in Bio.
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The Premier's Reading Challenge is about to kick off! 🤓📚 It's an opportunity to encourage your child's love of reading. Now and for the rest of their lives.

What was the last book your child read?

👇👇 Some of the suggested books on the Premier's Reading Challenge book lists.

FOR KIDS AGED 0-5
📖 Busy beaks by Sarah Allen
📖 What do you call your grandma / grandpa? by Ashleigh Barton
📖 Oi Aardvark by Kes Gray
📖 Big love by Megan Jacobsen

FOR KIDS AGED 6-10
📖 Help wanted, must love books by Janet Johnson Sumner
📖 The rock from the sky by Jon Klassen
📖 Wandi by Favel Parrett
📖 Songbird by Ingrid Laguna

FOR KIDS AGED 11-14
📖 The year the maps changed by Danielle Binks
📖 My brother Ben by Peter Carnarvas
📖 Paws by Kate Foster
📖 Mixed feelings by Declan Miller
📖 Off the map by Scot Gardner

#Education #Reading #PremiersReadingChallenge #QLDEducation #Kids #Literacy #AmReading
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Parenting can at times be hard work no matter who you are. What if you are parenting a highly sensitive child though?

Highly sensitive children require patience and consideration. Raising a highly sensitive child presents with a unique set of challenges. But their temperament gives them the innate capacity to become compassionate and meaningful leaders.

Find out more [Link in Bio ☝]

#Parenting #HSC #HighlySensitive #Kids #Children #parenthood
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❄️Hot water bottles
🔥 Heat packs
☀️️Electric blankets

These are the household items an Aussie mum and former paramedic has told parents and caregivers to be wary of when wanting to warm the kids in winter.

Instead, she says you should consider:
✅ Layering kids in singlets, onesies or sleeping bags
✅ Choosing a sleeping bag TOG that matches the room temperature
✅ Getting the room warm before bedtime if it's especially cold
✅ Ensuring your kids' hair is dry thoroughly before they go to bed
❤️ Giving plenty of cuddles at bedtime (it warms your heart too).

#Home #Health #Safety #Kids #Winter #StayWarm #TinyHeartsEducation #Warning
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CONGRATULATIONS! Matthew Flinders Anglican College principal Stuart Meade was both shocked and delighted recently. Having dedicated more than 30 years to the Australian Schools Rugby Union, he was invested as a Life Member.

From the cricket pitch to the pool and all in between, there is an impressive cohort of young Matthew Flinders talents.

#MatthewFlinders #Sport #ASRU #StuartMeade #LifeMembership
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