Page 28 - Sandgate Guide April 2021 Issue
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                   Great Outdoors Beckons For Kids
GStory Brooke Jacobson
et your kids off their screens and into the fresh air during the Easter school holidays with the Jump Up for Kids outdoor program.
Now in its sixth year, the program is run by a team of experts, including occupational therapist Madeline Avci.
“We have about 7,000 sq m on the edge of the Pine River for the kids to run around in, we have forts, we have grassed areas, a hill to slide down, and we have lots of items for play like old bath tubs,” Madeline said.
“This is a child-led program; it’s not structured but kids know what to do when they come here. It’s instinctive.”
Children can also help out in the vegetable garden, or explore the creek area.
“The creek is beautiful; it’s very calming for some children,” Madeline said.
“A lot of parents tell us, ‘this is the childhood I had’, so all we’re really doing is turning back the clock. Every child should be outside more.”
Numbers are capped at 40 children per day. To book, go to: and click on the outdoor play tab. A full day from 8am to 4pm is $85; a half day from 8am to noon is $50.
Jump Up for Kids outdoor program 9-16 April, 8am-4pm
Attunga Street, Bald Hills
Kids in the program can slide down the hill, build forts or play in the mud.
Sandgate Toastmasters
The Sandgate Toastmasters Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 7pm-9.30pm. This is a not-for- profit member-run club and has been in the Sandgate community for over 45 years. The club aims to help people with public speaking communication and leadership skills, while having some laughs as well. The next meeting is on Tuesday, 13 April. Everyone is welcome to come along as a visitor to experience a meeting. See the club’s blog page for more information:
Deagon Skatepark Upgrade
Two new shelters and an extensive planting program have been complete at the Deagon skatepark. This is a welcome addition to the area where local families come to let their kids burn off excess energy and practice new tricks, creating more shaded places for people to sit.
Sandgate Writers
The Sandgate Writers will re-commence monthly meetings at the Sandgate Community Hall. The meetings will be held and on the third Tuesday evening of the month starting on Tuesday, 20 April, from 7pm-9.30pm. Writers or would-be writers interested in the craft of creative writing will be warmly welcome. Contact chairman Ray Clarke on 3865 6730 or email:
Skate Lessons
Skatewell Skateborad Coaching is holding an all levels skateboard class at the Bracken Ridge skatepark. Riders must bring a helmet, however, skateboards can be provided upon request. To book, search for the event on Facebook – Skatewell Bracken Ridge Skateboard Class All Levels. Cost is $25 and the next lesson is on Saturday, 10 April, 8.15am-9.30am.
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