All posts tagged: family

A Day Out In: the What Now Studio Audience

Having all of my kids birthdays in the same month makes it so much easier to give them all the gift of an experience by planning a fun family weekend away. So we chose Christchurch, which for Miss almost-11 meant the chance to turn her Sunday morning TV into reality by being in the What Now studio audience. What we did We travelled to Christchurch on Airpoints, booked a cheap motel and signed the kids up to be part of the What Now studio audience. To do this, simply fill in their online form with the date you want, and they’ll get back to you to confirm your place. And better still, it doesn’t cost a thing! How it went Having to be at the studio at 7am makes for a pretty early start, even though we were staying very close by. And if you don’t know your way around town, the studio can be a bit hard to find, especially in the dark. But we arrived early enough to follow other people to our …

A Day Out At: the Royal Albatross Centre

You really are spoiled for choice when it comes to wildlife adventures in Dunedin, however we chose to visit the Royal Albatross Centre because it’s the only place in the world where you can see these amazing birds from the mainland. What we did We made a booking and, as we had a rental car, we drove ourselves out there. Getting there without a car would be tricky. It’s a 32km drive from the city, and a 3.5km walk from the nearest bus stop on the peninsula. We booked on the tour and while it was quite expensive at $100 for a family of five, all proceeds go to maintaining wildlife on the peninsula so it is for a good cause. How it went We arrived in time for our session, but of course the kids took one look at the café and decided they were starving and could no longer go on without being fed instantly. Our tour time was easily rescheduled and so we sat down to a leisurely lunch before meeting the …

Are Season Ski Passes Worth The Money?

Skiing may not be a cheap pastime, but if you are the kind of family that likes to take a winter holiday then skiing can be value for money when compared with, say, a winter escape to the islands. This time last year we bit the bullet and invested in annual ski passes. We did the math and figured that so long as we had at least four days on the slopes we were getting value for money. But of course there’s more to skiing than lift passes. There’s the gear, the accommodation and the cost of simply getting there and back. Winter 2016 passes have just gone on sale, so it’s time for us to crunch the numbers and decide whether we got value for money. The cost of annual ski passes Last year our passes cost $1,100 for our family of five – a pretty good deal given the ‘rack rate’ for all mountain passes for a family of five is around $360 per day. After just three days on the slopes, we’d …

A Parents Guide to Getting Kids to do Chores

In my Parents Guide to Pocket Money I mentioned that it’s not always a good idea to attach pocket money to chores. It’s just too easy for kids to refuse to do chores because they either don’t yet value money, or don’t have an immediate need for it – leaving you frustrated and with more things to do! You’ll still need a way of incentivising the kids to do what needs to be done. If it’s not going to be with money, then the best idea is to create a second form of currency which can be earned. Here’s some ideas on how – and why – to do this. Use the things your kids value the most Figuring out what incentives to offer in return for doing chores is easy – just find the things your kids value the most. In our house that would be access to technology, but it could just as easily be treats, play dates, sleepovers, or all of the above or anything else you think will work. Whatever it …