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Family biking fun around Christchurch

The summer holidays are a long stretch for kids, and for parents too at times. A great way to beat the boredom, utilise their excess energy and get a bit of fitness in for you too, is biking. There are plenty of fun places to cycle in and around Christchurch, depending on your kids’ age […]

Kids running summer businesses

“I’m bored!” is the catch-cry of nearly every school-age child over the long summer holiday stretch. Sure, you can recommend chores, movie marathons and playing outside, but nothing engages kids quite so much as the chance to make a buck. Summer holidays are the perfect time to bring out the entrepreneur in your child. It […]

Easy family barbecue ideas

We all love barbecues and cooking outdoors during summer, so having some easy standbys you can whip up with a smidgen of effort is always handy. Here are a few ideas to get you started: No-cook chickpea vegetable salad Dressing ingredients •    ¼ cup finely minced shallot or onion •    3 tablespoons white wine vinegar […]

The essential summer first aid kit

Ahhh, summer. Along with long sun-drenched days and outdoor adventures come cuts, bruises, bug bites and sunburns. A store-brought first aid kit is a great start, but they typically lack many items that Dr Mum and Dr Dad will need over the lazy, hazy days of summer. Here’s our shopping list for summer first aid […]

Summer safety holiday tips

Kiwi families enjoy nothing better than the great Kiwi road trip. In New Zealand we are spoilt for choice of holiday destinations, with an array of sparkling waterways, lush forests, and sandy beaches at our doorstep. Wherever you and your family choose to go adventuring this summer, read these simple tips for keeping safe: Sun […]