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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Top Twelve Things To Do At Hillary's Boat Harbour

Just minutes away from where we live is a lovely little harbour called Hillary’s.  Whenever we go, I can’t help but feel like we are on a holiday.  There’s just something unique about the shops, I love the restaurant choices that skirt the marina, and the overall relaxed “feel” of the place.  Here’s some of my favorite things to do with the family at Hillary’s Boat Harbour and Marina

Top Twelve Things to do at Hillary’s Boat Harbour:

1. Swim in the protected sea-
A great place to swim with the little ones.  There's little to no waves in this calm, protected harbour.  


2. Play at the beach side play park-

There's one in the sand by the harbour:

and another inside The Great Escape (where spectators get in free!):


3. Get wet & wild on one of the water slides- 

There are a couple of options here.  You can swim out to the dock and slide down these guys:
  
Or head into The Great Escape to slip and slide down these guys:

4. Grab something to eat in one of the many restaurants-
There's just something about eating out on the patio over looking the marina that feels right.  There are many choices from casual snack stands, coffee shops, to fancy dining. We've even ordered a pizza to take out near the water to eat.  

5. Cool down with a slurpee, gelato, or ice cream cone-
We don't say "yes" everytime... but boy are the kids happy when we do!  Their favorite thing to do is mix all the slurpee flavors into one cup and them name their creation.    

6. Browse the many shops-

7. PLAY some games at the Leisure Zone-

8. Visit AQWA

So much to see!  "Look at all the little fishies!"

9. Charter a
Boat-
Whether it's a dive boat, fishing charter, fast ferry, or a whale watching cruise... Hillary's Harbour has it!

10. Have a picnic/BBQ -
There's plenty of shade, grass, beach sand, or picnic shelters.  Take your pick!

11. Saunter on the Boardwalk-



12. Venture into 
The Great Escape- This place is full of adventure!  Whether it's the High Ropes Course, Trampolines, Water slides, Rides, Bounce House, Play Park, or Putt Putt golf.

 







Hope you love visiting Hillary's Harbour as much as these guys do!  :)

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Little Kickers Australia Review

Hagen has always loved soccer.  In fact, he was only 2 weeks old when he watched his big sister win the girls championship for her division.  He's been dragged to soccer practice, and games two to three times a week since then.  But now it's his turn... We discovered Little Kickers Australia!

Little Kickers focuses on fun, all while learning the skills of soccer.  In addition, the kids are gaining high self esteem, and a love of being fit and healthy.

The session started with a bit of free play, kicking the soccer balls around and then chasing them. Gotta love those energy burning games!

 

The coaches then made a game of  putting all the balls away. Then it was time for some fun warm-ups and laughs.

I was impressed by the way the kids respected the coach, and he had their full attention the entire session.








The kids learned soccer skills and got plenty of exercise without even realizing it.  They practiced "little kicks" like a "tick-tock clock", they hopped like kangaroos, stomped like elephants, and roared like lions.  There were several fun games throughout the session to keep the interest of even the shortest attention span.

I highly recommend the Little Kickers program.  It is available for boys and girls from age 18 months until their 7th birthday.  There are several locations around Perth for all of the age groups.  Click here to find a venue in your area.

Hagen absolutely loves going to his "soccer class".  The biggest struggle we have is keeping his uniform clean in time for his session, because he wants to wear it everyday! (A Little Kickers soccer shirt and shorts is included in registration fee).