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What to do with the kids?

Cairns, Australia
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What to do with the kids?


My family and I are travelling back to Brisbane at the end of October for a few days before my daughters and I depart for an overseas holiday. We are going to do our best to get on New York time before we head over, as we only have a limited time.

I know Brisbane quiet well, and Ipswich, I lived there for 23 years, however I have very little knowledge of 'night life'.

My daughters are 8 and 10 and I wondering if anyone knows of 24 hour skate rinks or bowling alleys (I know strike bowling in the city is open late / all night, but would kind of like to avoid Queen Street with the kids and odd hours of the night), I'm just looking for something we can do during the night that's stimulating to keep us awake. We're staying in Ipswich, but I'm more then happy to travel a good hour to hour and a half.

Thank you.

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1. Re: What to do with the kids?

My recommendation after years of travelling both long haul and domestic with kids is the last thing I would do is keep them up all night just before a long haul flight. I would just keep to your normal routine and then once on the plane switch your watch to US time. Once you arrive don't let the kids sleep but keep them active and outside in the fresh air, have an early dinner and then to bed.

My experience with long haul and kids goes right back to a trans Pacific flight with a 3 week old. Believe me most kids will sleep on a long flight. They seem to deal with jetlag better in some cases that adults.

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2. Re: What to do with the kids?

Late night activities suitable for children.... MMMM .... nope, I've got nothing. Movies?

As millsie said, I wouldn't keep them awake ... kids can sleep almost anywhere. Do you really want tired grumpy kids on the plane?

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3. Re: What to do with the kids?

I third that opinion! Don't keep them up, they'll be zombies and will be over tired. We had to stay up really late on a trip back from Florida and it was terrible.

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