Are summer holidays for down time or down to it?

Julia Proctor 4:15pm For some students, the long school holidays are a time to do little thinking and a lot of playing but some parents worry their academic achievement will slide.

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Lego exhibition in Sydney Museum shows how world's great buildings stack up

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Elissa Blake Towers of Tomorrow, a collection of landmark buildings from Asia and Australia realised in Lego offers viewers a unique opportunity to compare buildings that have changed the way we think about architecture and invent some of their own.

Festive activities to do with the kids in the lead up to Christmas

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Shaza Barbar We've got a list of festive things to do with the kids as they impatiently wait for Christmas Day.

2014 summer school holiday guide

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Livia Gamble Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained these 2014-2015 summer school holidays? Here is what's on around Australia in your state.

When I grow up ...

Is your child a budding fireman?

Dilvin Yasa Does your child dream of becoming a vet, archaeologist or world-famous chef? Sign them up for these career-orientated workshops and experiences these school holidays and you can give them a glimpse into their possible future.

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Summer school holiday movie guide for 2015

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Rob Lowing Great news, Australian families. Sixteen high-profile films release these holidays, which means something for nearly every age group.

GOMA art installation spot on for kids

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05:  Children laying dots randomly all over  Yayoi Kusama's The obliteration room at GOMA.

Natalie Bochenski Kids are going spotty for art these holidays at the GOMA.

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Why I won't be buying my daughter a 'Frozen' costume

Why you should let your kids create their own Elsa costume.

Millicent Bainbridge Is your urge to supply things ‘ready-made’ spoiling your daughter’s imagination?

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Two toddlers injured after a jumping castle became airborne

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Livia Gamble A two-year-old boy was critically injured while a three-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after an inflatable house was lifted into the air in the U.S.

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11-year-old blind girl, 'I want to be the first visually-impaired gymnast'

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Livia Gamble Apart from using some audio cues, 11-year-old Adrianna is the same as any other child on the gymnastic floor.

Are school holidays the hardest part of parenting?

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With two children aged nine and five, Elana Benjamin squares up for the challenge of playing school-holiday CEO.

Why iPad playgrounds are a bad idea for shops and kids

The new iPad bank play area at Guildford Town Centre mall in Canada.

Maggie Dent A Canadian shopping centre thought it was a good idea to replace their indoor child playground with an iPad bank but parents aren't impressed and for good reason, writes Maggie Dent.

'Let it Go' the top tune to entertain kids in the car, study

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Livia Gamble Research conducted by music psychologist Dr Ruth Herbert found the most popular and effective means of entertaining kids in the car.

What makes kids happy?

How real happiness happens.

Michaela Fox It’s not the latest gadget or digital device. It doesn’t cost money and it can’t be downloaded. It is pure and it is instinctive.

Seymour Centre new home to Sydney Children's Festival

Science and storytelling will combine in Twinkle, a new work inspired by the night sky.

Elissa Blake Sydney's biggest arts festival for kids has a new home and a new outlook.

Drama helping to boost kids' confidence

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Livia Gamble Enrolling kids in drama is a great way parents can boost their child’s confidence.

The cutest father-daughter dance videos

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Rachel Clun Father-daughter duos apparently make pretty good dance teams.

The importance of play in Australian schools

Principals of crowded inner-city schools, such as Port Melbourne Primary  School's Peter Martin, have to manage large numbers of students and a small amount of space. What gives, often, is space and time to play.

Marylou Verberne Australian schoolchildren are missing out on an essential experience.

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New Zealand mum takes fairy tale photos of her daughter

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Rachel Clun Holly Spring didn’t set out to become an award winning creative photographer, but her daughter's near-death experience changed everything.

Little boy's reaction to this butterfly will make your day

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Rachel Clun A butterfly made a little boy’s day a bit more exciting by landing on his nose.

Dutch artist turns his childhood drawings into art

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Rachel Clun There is something not quite right about these realistic illustrations – and it’s probably because they were partially drawn by a child.

My son has lost his desire to play

Too many hours in front of the screen has robbed my son of his desire to play.

Marion Turner I have a major parenting fail to admit to you. My son can no longer play on his own and it is because I have used screens to keep him occupied for far too long.

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Kids' dressed like monsters will take over the city's parks

Joel Meares Monsters with spikes and weapons in their claws will be guarding the slippery dips in Arthur Street Park this weekend. But don't be alarmed, it's all in the name of art.

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Parents who compete with their kids

When games bring out your dark side.

Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids She isn't striving to be as 'hot' as her daughters or date much younger guys but Kerri Sackville reveals she has a dark competitive side when it comes to her son that she isn't proud of.

Loom bands are for boys, too

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Jen Vuk The day my seven-year-old son came home with a clear plastic bag of rubber bands, fasteners and something that looked suspiciously like a crochet hook, a bright, new, colourful (yes, even purple and pink) world opened up to me.

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Boy rescued from toy vending machine

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Derek Rose Customers at a bowling alley in Nebraska were stunned to find a three-year-old boy trapped in a toy vending machine.

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Play used as therapy for troubled kids

Play therapy is a non-confrontational approach used in helping them sort out their feelings and concerns.

Lakshmi Singh Play is being used by experts as therapy to help children with a range of issues, ranging from anxiety, stress, bullying, domestic violence and disruption, loss of a loved one as well as developmental delays.

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Which Easter showbags are going to be a hit with the kids this year?

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Kim Arlington Children deliver their verdict on their pick of the best showbags at this year's upcoming Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Why I used to struggle to play with my boys

Playing with her sons used to be challenging but not anymore.

Rachel Cedar Why playing with your boys isn't another thing to tick of the to-do list but an opportunity with rewarding results.

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Preschooler's Knock-Knock joke Vine will make you melt

Adorable Vine star Breanna Youn.

Katie Carlin This might just be the most adorable thing you will see all day.

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