The summer holidays are over – but we shouldn’t stop playing

Cathy Hope The summer holidays are well and truly over. The magic of Christmas is back in its box. Sales of champagne have plunged. The customary dribble back to work across the stretch of January, and now early February, is near complete. Kids are back at school.

10 cutest Vine videos of kids

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Here's ten of our favourite Vine videos that are sure to make you smile.

How family-friendly is Wet’n’Wild?

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Linda Moon In my four hours at the park I witnessed several undesirable incidents that shattered my view of Wet‘n’Wild as a family-friendly experience.

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Vacuum salesman gives child with autism birthday wish

Dylan with representatives from Kirby.

Mary Ward Some little boys are obsessed with dinosaurs, others are into football, but, since he was two years old, Dylan Green has loved for vacuums.

How Disney Collector became the most profitable channel on YouTube

DC Toys Collector in action.

Mary Ward Yes, you did read that correctly.

A US dad turns his living room into a ball pit

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Livia Gamble To the delight of his children Roman Atwood transformed the first level of their house into a giant ball pit.

Australia Day menu ideas

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Celebrate our extensive cultural diversity here in Australia with some of these recipes from Essential Kids for your Australia Day party or BBQ with friends and family.

Florida city may ban anyone without kids from playgrounds

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Susannah Bryan If you want to hang out in one US city's parks, soon you may need to bring a kid along.

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'Frozen' inspired sparkly snow slime

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Paging Fun Mums Entertain the kids with this great sensory activity.

Are summer holidays for down time or down to it?

Relaxed but still reading: experts say students should have a summer break from learning and assessment but reading should be continued.

Julia Proctor 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.

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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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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

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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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