Beach Holiday (and Toddler Tips)

We took a spontaneous long weekend away to the Sunshine Coast, which is only an hour from home for us.  All four of us really needed the time away from everything, we shared some lovely moments on the beach together:

The boys learned about water and waves.

We explored the rock pools (one of our all time favourite family activities).

We discovered new and interesting creatures: hermit crabs, fish, molluscs… and check out the amazing Spotted Sea Hare we found! (No, I didn’t know what it was without googling, though I guessed sea slug.)

And at the end of the day, we wandered the sandy shore together. Happiness.

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Holidays with under 5s are full of beautiful moments, but you have to find them.  Holidays with under 5s can also be tiring, challenging, and an organisational nightmare!!  I spoke on radio this week about my top 3 tips for holidaying with toddlers.

  • #1 = make bed times familiar
  • #2 = work in with toddler routines
  • #3 = take basic kitchen plastics (2 x plastic fork, spoon, plate, bowl, sippy cup)

Click the following link to hear the podcast if you’re interested:

SquiggleMum Podcast – Toddlers On Holidays

9 thoughts on “Beach Holiday (and Toddler Tips)

  1. What a beautiful post. I haven’t visited your blog for a long time. The pics are so calming to look at.

    I’m in Victoria (should I mention that? lol.) We’ve had some lovely beach days and more to come I’m sure as Summer approaches and it was a long, cold, fantastic Winter.

    A spotted sea hare? How interesting. Like you, I would have thought it was a sea slug. Pretty special to see.

    .-= Christine Holroyd´s last blog ..Disappointing News With A Positive Slant =-.

  2. I can’t get over how much Lily looks like you at the same age. Also, this brought back memories of our holidays at Cape Patterson every year. Your mother and I use to explore the rock pools too. We even fished for crabs in the rock pools. Grandad was too scared for us to fish off the rocks with him and Uncle Ian.

  3. you could have dropped in for a cuppa. Yes I get to LIVE on the sunny coast. We have our ‘holidays’ back in the big city of Brissy. Well day trips anyway – museum, art gallery, ballet, beautiful library. Best of both worlds.

  4. Am I allowed to ask where on the Sunshine Coast you went?? New to Brisbane and wanting to go somewhere just north for a family getaway (2 kids under 25 months) and that beach looks marvellous. Where is it?

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