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Questacon + school holidays = hell

By MWF 22 April 2009 46

Look, I knew Questacon during school holidays would be crowded and hot. Have BTDT. What I had forgotten about were the feral children. The kids that run around all the exhibits without a parent in sight. The 3 and 4 year olds who come and slap the buttons on the exhibit thing my family and I were using and thinking about.

Why are 3 and 4 year olds running about unsupervised in the first place?  Where were the parents of the little snot that came and actually climbed onto the exhibit my9 year old was reading about and using and then slapped all the buttons and wrecked the entire experiment? Ultimately I said to my 9 year old: Let’s give up because this little snot is never going to give up.

Oh and groups of unsupervised 8-10 year old snots running like  a herd of elephants through the rooms and up and down the ramps. I wanted to have a 3 year old tantrum myself.

Never have I been at Questacon and heard an announcement reminding the children not to run. Heard it 3 times today.

Thank God that school holiday experience has been and gone. At least the kids don’t want to go swimming – all the bloody pools are closed I hear.


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weeziepops 2:08 pm 23 Apr 09

No, Woody – I mean something original, based on a thought which you yourself have developed without relying on the input of others. Never mind, dear. Back to sleep.

Meeeeeeeeeooooooooowwwwwww!

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:06 pm 23 Apr 09

@weeziepops – you mean like how you’ve turned your mind to something other than going on and on and on about me? I’ve told my fans before that their stalking is flattering, but really, you need to get yourself a f.cking life already.

It’s amazing what parents do. When Mrs Berlina was a teen working at McDonalds it was apparently ‘normal’ for parents to drop kids at the Maccas playground and go do shopping.

Bugger me.

weeziepops 11:13 am 23 Apr 09

#38 – Woody, perhaps you could then turn your mind to posting something original rather than focusing on the work (and, as you so rightly point out, its many deficiencies) of others. My last post may have left you reeling but surely a person of your amazing analytical skills can say something which goes beyond judging the input of others??

Danman 11:03 am 23 Apr 09

We (3 boys under the age of 9) got left in the car with a book, a travel board game or something to keep us amused….

Now thats illegal apparently.

BerraBoy68 10:39 am 23 Apr 09

Sorry to double post, but to link the Tuggeranong pool issue to the OP – when I worked at Questacon we had families that left their kids at Ctr all day, for several days during the holidays. These kids were not part of the school hiloday program and the parents didn’t stop to think to tell us that they kids were being dropped off to fend for themeselves for the day. I’m not talking about teenagers here either, their kids being left were quite a it younger.

Also, mate who used to work in Kmarts toy section in the mall (circa 1980’s – back when the actually shop had a cafe/fish and chip eatery at the back of the store!) tells me parents would often drop their kids in the toy area and leave them there for a couple of hours till they finished their shopping. The same used to apply to kids left in bookshops etc.

Parenting at its finest.

BerraBoy68 10:31 am 23 Apr 09

goose said :

You should try Tuggeranong pool. I take my little one there for swimming lessons and the pool is filled with little rednecks and not a parent in sight. You will find the 120kg slob bushpig parents sitting at the coffee shop stuffing their faces and not supervising their kids.

Stereotypes apart, Goose makes an interesting point. I understand the swimschool has issues with parents that put their kids into their swimming class then dissappear to the coffee shop, etc.. The instructors are apparently left to look after kids following the lesson until the relevant parent turns up. The instructors can’t just let the child walk off to find their parent as they have a duty of care and are exposed to prosecution should said child wander off to deeper water and drown. Subsequently, the instructor is late in starting the next class earning the ire of the next set of parents. I don’t think it’s too much to expect mum and dad, or other suitable guardian, to actually watch their kids at the pool, is it?

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:25 am 23 Apr 09

How about going off on a tangent and listing all your (many, many) admirable qualities?

You’ve got to give me something to work with here. I’m still in shock from your amazing double revelation that reality TV isn’t real and that Canberra isn’t Sydney.

Danman 10:25 am 23 Apr 09

You will find the 120kg slob bushpig parents sitting at the coffee shop stuffing their faces and not supervising their kids.

Stereotypes are fun aren’t they.

I guess birds of a feather applies in this case no ?

You will find the 120kg slob bushpig parents sitting at the coffee shop stuffing their faces and not supervising their kids.

Welcome to Tuggeranong.

goose 7:20 am 23 Apr 09

You should try Tuggeranong pool. I take my little one there for swimming lessons and the pool is filled with little rednecks and not a parent in sight. You will find the 120kg slob bushpig parents sitting at the coffee shop stuffing their faces and not supervising their kids.

ant 1:01 am 23 Apr 09

I’m always fascinated to read about these tired parents, dragging themselves through life, having kids despite it being such a huge task, just so there’ll be someone to wipe my bum in a nursing home. I guess we have to put up with all kinds of things, out of gratitude to these “knackered” parents.

GardeningGirl 11:58 pm 22 Apr 09

We took ours (primary school age) years ago and didn’t get to do much, between the ferals of similar age and the obnoxious teenagers who’d stand in your personal space until you moved on. I talked to a staff member about it and was told that the idea was it shouldn’t be a stuffy museum full of mean people in uniform not allowing you to touch anything. I don’t see why the alternative has to be uncivilised bedlam and free babysitting, at the expense of those who might actually find some inspiration in such a facility 🙁

MWF 11:31 pm 22 Apr 09

Clown Killer said :

It’s what four and five year old kids do when their mums and dads are too knackered to chase them anly longer. No big deal. Build a bridge …

Really? Mine used to be aged three, four and five only 4 years ago, so I am well aware of how knackered they can make you feel. However, it is no excuse for allowing your snots (who can’t even read the instructions of Questacon exhibits) to ruin the experience of my snots who are actually reading the information, attempting to process it and actually DO the experiment.

Take your 3 and 4 year olds to a ball pit and let them roll about in the bodily fluids of other 3 and 4 year olds. Don’t let them run free in a space that requires AT LEAST one adult to supervise and actually read the instructions about how to do stuff.

Clown Killer 10:38 pm 22 Apr 09

It’s what four and five year old kids do when their mums and dads are too knackered to chase them anly longer. No big deal. Build a bridge …

bd84 10:11 pm 22 Apr 09

any public place during the school holidays is crawling with kids running around with little or no guidance from parents. It doesn’t surprise me that there was a higher concentration of them at questacon.

ant 9:30 pm 22 Apr 09

Disgustingly behaved kids are making being in places where they are increasingly unpleasant. Restaurants, parks, shopping centres, they run and scream and jump on stuff, crash in to people, and their “parents” don’t seem to give a stuff.

There was a time when parents knew they had to teach kids about behaving in public. Now, I think they are just too lazy. And I really resent how so much public money is thrown at people for pumping out children, who have no intention of raising them.

Fisho 7:38 pm 22 Apr 09

That was supposed to be lake, but I like it the way it is.

Fisho 7:37 pm 22 Apr 09

There’s a like right there…. why not put the undersized ones back in?

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