Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary-plenty for kids to learn!

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We love animals.Let me just say it again:We Love Animals and what we love more is to see them where they belong-in their native surroundings, not in a Zoo. There are thousands of incredible places on earth that are built as beautiful natural habitats for wild animals. We have been to a few but the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Gold Coast in Australia is amongst our very favourite ones!

Located very conveniently near the Gold Coast Airport, this is the place every local and every tourist absolutely must visit. This is the place where you can feed a lorikeet, safely pat a kangaroo, observe a crocodile and have a photo taken with a koala.Stop here and be warned!-once you have held a koala, you will not want to give it back, they are too cuddly!

This is the world of rarest australian animals such as dingoes and tasmanian devils. Don’t be too fooled by their adorable looks, these two are quite dangerous in the wild. Tassie devil is capable of tearing any size of meat piece into tiny shredds but will not touch ibises-aparently, those birds don’t taste too good, so that’s the only live specie(apart from the keepers) that can safely enter the devil’s hub without being torn apart.

This is the place where children learn how the injured animals are cared for in the Sanctuary’s own vet clinic.All donations and a huge portion of everything you pay for there,go to the clinic so be sure you give back a little.

The things that we enjoyed doing there:

  1. Fed a bunch of cutest most colourful birds on the planet-Lorikeets. They are friendly enough when it comes to landing on a delicious plate with a yummy nectar but if you try to pat one while it eats-you’d better watch your fingers! I got two deep marks to prove that no one likes to share food, neverherless, we enjoyed their closeness very much. The nectar is a special mix of essential nutrients that these birds need to nourish,blended with water. Delicious!

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2. We met a lovely volunteer lady that took us around the red kangooroo inclosure. She told us many interesting facts about them along with some funny(and not so)stories.While they can look friendly and fluffy there are some common sense rules everyone needs to follow when interacting with kangaroos: like always kneeling down to offer food to them, that move ensures that they also bending to the ground.This simpe technic makes them more vulnerable, less prone to self-defence if anything happens. If you are approaching a baby joey make sure you know where the mum is-she is sure watching you! Although the majority of animals look cute, they all are wild-natured and born with a heck of a set of self-protection skills.

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3. We rode on a train around the park. When you start feeling tired or kids are getting fussy, the best thing is to catch a train! Jump on and enjoy.The relaxing ride will simply restore your energy or take you to the next place you  want to visit in the Sanctuary. Sometimes we ride just to have a second look around the park just to make sure we haven’t missed anything or to get to a different show.

4. We watched the Free Flight Bird Show. Now, this is the most amazing show you can see and certainly very educational. A few majestic Australian native birds are involved even a crow! Actually, the crow steals the show at the end with its smart witty manners.

5. We watched a koala sleeping with the baby attached to its tummy.Awwww..there is the time when you want to pause,breath in the fresh air,enjoy the nature at its best.The perfect scene-a mum and a baby cuddle to sleep,very peaceful and so natural. Koalas sleep up to 18 hours a day,lucky them! They also love eating eucalyptus leaves all the time they are awake.All sorts of leaves, not just one but about 51 different types and can be quite picky!

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6. We went inside the birds ovaries, there are a few of them to explore. Hear the cheerful chirping and you know exactly where you are! All sorts of birds:small birds,large birds,and medium too. Noisy and quiet birds.Colourful and not so.

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7. We stopped at the Wildlife Hospital for injured animals to see how they are looked after and give some money towards their treatment and upkeeping. Did you know the most prone to injuries animal in Australia? Yes, it is a cuddly koala. They are very often get hit by a car while crossing in the dark, attacted by a dog or a wild cat, get struck with an epidemic disease or die from the bushfires.

Numerous other great entertaining shows are very well scheduled and suitable for both small children through to adults, they are fun and educational for all ages.

8. We got our adrenalin rush fixed with a Segway ride. Not only you will get your own tour guide that will train you to ride a Segway, he will also take you around the Sanctuary and tell the facts about every animal that is kept there. That is worth every penny! Now, this particular activity has the age and weight restrictions plus in some places it gets quite hilly,so be prepared to steer your way around other tourists,gates and animals.

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*all photos are genuine ours. * this post is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 

Great tips on dining out with your baby(and still enjoying yourself).

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What can be more exciting than watching your baby grow? As she is growing, you start feeling like going out again even if it is a simple family dinner.Those pre-baby times when dining out wasn’t such a big deal,when you didn’t have to think how many wet wipes you put in your bag,seemed so unreal after having a baby,like they happened in a different life or with someone else.When babies come, they change our lives forever-for the best. All those emotions that we experience when doing things for the first time with a new baby are normal. So time has come and you are ready to go out and take your baby out? No problem.

Here are a few tips on how to make the whole process not only easier but also enjoyable(for all of you).

  1. Know your baby routine. In other words, the right timing plays the biggest part here. You won’t wait til you get really hungry to go out, would you? You know that if your tummy doesn’t get fed in time, it will sure let you and those around you know. How do you feel when you are late with your meal-cranky, jumpy,snappy? Do expect your baby to feel exactly the same. His feeding time is your navigation-take him when he is happy, after he had a nap and a snack. He will be more happy to wait for his big meal and play at the table when he is contented.
  2. Be prepared for delays. Meaning- choose carefully which night is the best to go out.Make sure it’s not a public holiday, sport game night or an event that can be happening locally. When you planned your evening carefully, there is a very slight chance for delaying to occur.
  3. Look for kids friendly restaurants that do tolerate a little more noise or is ok with breastfeeding(bottle-feeding). With a toddler or a young child, is there a play room that is safe and close to family size tables? If you have tried a few diners already and chosen the place you liked, be sure to make friends with staff so next time they will accommodate you the best they can.
  4. Invest into a multi-functional baby bag like the one that transforms into a booster seat and has an option of a portable change station-they are life and money savers and are great for children that can seat unsupported(6 months+). No high chairs available? No problem. Who wants to deal with germs left from other babies anyway ? Babies that are seated on a booster seat close to a family table are less likely to get bored,constantly seek for attention or throw a tantrum. Why? Because they feel more included, being within a close circle, belong to the pack-that is a form of attachment parenting on its own. It can’t get better if you invest into the bag that turns into a booster seat and a changing station-no need to worry about placing your bub on a cold change room counter -simply unfold your bag, carefully taking the stuff out and placing it in a shell that is provided inside.This is a good reason for not needing to bring a pram, if the bub gets tired-you can simply lay him down in the bag’s bassinet position whereever it is safe and well supervised. Check this awesome Baby Bag here

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5. Don’t worry about packing a kitchen sink. Take a spare set of clothes for the bub, a few wet wipes( I am sure you can find a rest room with water in a worst case of things), baby bottle or his food depending on the age, a couple of nappies(or inserts if you use modern cloth nappies, disposable or easy-to-clean bib, a muslin wrap for breastfeeding and burping.

6. Have a new toy or two at each visit . For those, simply dash into your local dollar shop, there are plenty of options for inexpensive toys like travel size baby books, sticker charts, cell phones, matchbox cars etc. Keep away from balls unless you like frequent running,squatting and bending. Make sure they stay well hidden in your bag and watch your baby’s face as you pulled them out.Priceless!

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7. Make the first meal outing short as a test run and see how everything goes. In places like cafes and restaurants where loud noises and people are unavoidable,some babies might get anxious, some over-stimulated, some bored and some tired-you need to follow your baby’s signs. It is also wise to pick a daytime like a breakfast or brunch as the first time, you both can have a good snooze afterwards.

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