Something to do with my 12 year old daughter?

Stratomaster 7 May 2012 44

Hi all, Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions of what I could do my 12 year old daughter on the weekends during the day in or around Canberra?


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Sandman Sandman 7:01 pm 09 May 12

Stromlo forest park
Bobsleds at Corin Forest. ( take a couple of her friends too)
Pedal boats on the lake.

Knowing a bit more about her personality may help with suggestions.

I LOL’ed (laughed out loud for the Googley challenged) at the suggestion of horse riding every week. Maybe if the title had been ” I have $500 per week burning a hole in my pocket that I’d like to spend on my daughters weekend activities”.

qbngeek qbngeek 10:12 am 08 May 12
p1 p1 9:59 am 08 May 12

Gerry-Built said :

MWF said :

However, whenever I have spoken about geocaching with other adults they always mention the possibility that the cache we happen to find may be inappropriate or gross and scar the children for life. KWIM?

Does that ever happen?

sounds like you know some real buzz kills? Do they carry cotton wool around with them???

It never even occurred to me to think of this. I hope they don’t ever check their letter box, someone could stuff anything in there!

steveu steveu 8:54 am 08 May 12

Commonwealth Park is free, riding around LBG and/or the governor general’s residence is a hidden treasure as well.

For something that costs $, then perhaps indoor rock climbing? or Go Karting 🙂

There are some great suggestions here which is great to see.

Good on you for spending time with her. Alot of parents have a kid, then shove them in front of the tv and only see them at mealtimes.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 8:24 am 08 May 12

MWF said :

However, whenever I have spoken about geocaching with other adults they always mention the possibility that the cache we happen to find may be inappropriate or gross and scar the children for life. KWIM?

Does that ever happen?

sounds like you know some real buzz kills? Do they carry cotton wool around with them??? It takes a ‘particular’ kind of person to give you that sort of advice about something they Know NOTHING about. I’m not particularly experienced with Geocaching (still under 50), but never came across something “inappropriate” (and unlikely given the community we are talking about and its self-regulation). On the website I linked to; every cache has a log… Check them out…

Cheap Cheap 7:31 am 08 May 12

Holden Caulfield said :

It’s a pity you didn’t ask 12 years ago.

I agree, if he’d just thought about this problem 12 years ago he could’ve avoided all the hassle. Wrap it up people

MWF MWF 10:55 pm 07 May 12

johnboy said :

Geocaching!

I want to do that with my kids it does sound interesting and fun.
However, whenever I have spoken about geocaching with other adults they always mention the possibility that the cache we happen to find may be inappropriate or gross and scar the children for life. KWIM?

Does that ever happen?

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:49 pm 07 May 12

Oh, and Geocaching is definitely worth a try, too… It’s like a treasure hunt with a nice walk added in… usually… and most tween and teen children nowadays seem to have the ideal tool in their pocket…

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:44 pm 07 May 12

Second vote for Stromlo Forest Park. Went out there on the weekend for the first time; there is a really nice kids park (scooters or bikes) and the 1.2km Criterium Cycling Circuit is great for riding, too (although I wish I took my drift trikes out there). There is an undercover BBQ (2 plates) and lots of BBQ seating (some under cover). The cool winds blew in from the west about 230pm, though – so jackets a must.

Also – Commonwealth Park has a great kids play area at the Anzac Avenue end of the Park (the “Rock Fort”). My kids (though a few years younger) LOVE it! (Check there isn’t an event on first, though – ’cause I imagine that could make the place suck for recreational use).

There are a few skate parks around (notably Belconnen and Tuggeranong) – though they can be scary places for adults…

I live in Macgregor I live in Macgregor 9:42 pm 07 May 12

One word (with lot’s of interesting activities for a growing brain) Queastacon.

Annual family pass is well worth it, especially in winter. All my kids love it.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 9:39 pm 07 May 12

Grrrr said :

I think you meant MMORPG, or perhaps just MMOG .. or even “MMO” for short.

I’ll accept that correction. MMOG in future. Need to set a good example as far as acronyms go if I’m going to raise kids in Canberra.

And forgive me for assuming people’s Google fingers weren’t broken. That was unfair of me.

Bad Seed Bad Seed 9:34 pm 07 May 12

Hard to say without knowing your child’s interests. My 12 year old daughter loves any opportunity to have one parent to herself so doesn’t really mind the activity, just likes the one-on-one time. She loves going out to different cafes and having morning or afternoon tea. She’s not big on shopping so thats not a goer but her current hobby is beading so can spend an hour easy in a bead shop.

She is always up for a picnic, doesn’t matter where, even the reserve around the back of the house will do and loves bike-riding. We have invested in a bike rack so can put the bikes on the car and try our some new places. She can spend hours in most museums and loves to read just about every plaque beside each display and is alwyas keen on the organised tours they have -War Memorial has some awesome sound and light displays and their WW1 flying machines film is one I recommend to every visitor to Canberra (directed by Peter Jackson).

Keep your eye on the movies at Arc Cinema at the Film and Sound Archive, sometimes they have some interesting classic movies worth going to (sometimes even free).

Another thing worth looking at is the school holiday guide that most kids bring home at the end of everyterm. While they advertise activites for the holidays, a lot of the places have activites that run all year around.

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 8:29 pm 07 May 12

johnboy said :

Geocaching!

+1. We took little Miss 12yo geocaching and it was a big hit. At first the idea seemed ‘stupid’, but then the realisation crept in that it was just a giant treasure hunt. Extra bonus because we all get some exercise geocaching.

poetix poetix 8:25 pm 07 May 12

johnboy said :

Geocaching!

I unfairly assumed this would be some slightly geeky global dungeons and dragons type thing (perhaps involving nightmares) but, having looked it up, it sounds like it might be fun for those who like it outside, a bit like GPS informed op shopping. Or orienteering trying to see a way past compasses.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 7:21 pm 07 May 12

Mysteryman said :

Postalgeek said :

If she hates the outdoors, get her into MMPOGs. At least it’s somewhat social and she might appreciate it when she’s older as her feet will never touch the ground for walking on prostrate gibbering men and boys.

Nothing says “social” like sitting alone in front of a computer for hours/days at a time.

Maybe. I’m not a great fan of my kids playing MMPOGs because they can be addictive.

But you have two options: you can get involved with your kids’ online interests and gaming and teach them how to moderate their use; or you can remain ignorant about it and they’ll do it anyway. I know MMPOGs involve team play, school peer groups, live audio chat, social rules, and learning to work with a bunch of strangers. Better than passively sitting in front of a TV IMHO.

I-filed I-filed 6:45 pm 07 May 12

Postalgeek said :

Evil_Kitten said :

Is “MMPOGs” something that we’re all supposed to know what it means? Cos I have no idea.

You’ll spend the time to type a couple of sentences to publicly declare that you have no idea what something means, instead of typing a single word into a search engine?

😉

Not you again – you were equally obnoxious about some obscure parenting outfit a few months ago. You know full well to save people the hassle of googling. You are trolling!

Grrrr Grrrr 6:39 pm 07 May 12

And what I meant to suggest – before I got distracted – was Orienteering / Rogaining. They vary in length/duration from short and fun to overnight and serious.

There’s even “Metro” ones around the ‘burbs. You wouldn’t be the only parent-daughter couple there.

http://act.orienteering.asn.au/
http://www.act.rogaine.asn.au/

Evil_Kitten Evil_Kitten 6:24 pm 07 May 12

Postalgeek said :

Evil_Kitten said :

Is “MMPOGs” something that we’re all supposed to know what it means? Cos I have no idea.

You’ll spend the time to type a couple of sentences to publicly declare that you have no idea what something means, instead of typing a single word into a search engine?

😉

I did that too lol. I just wanted you to be aware that you shouldn’t use nerdy terms like it’s a “given” we all know what they mean 😉

Grrrr Grrrr 6:23 pm 07 May 12

I think you meant MMORPG, or perhaps just MMOG .. or even “MMO” for short.

Evil_Kitten Evil_Kitten 6:23 pm 07 May 12

johnboy said :

WOW

I know that’s World of Warcraft! I’m not completely out of touch with you nerds!

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