My birthday wish – fun for everyone!

by Debra Dane on February 23, 2012

in Authenticity & Self-awareness

Today is my 40th birthday! In so many ways I am not 40 – the apple seller at the farmer’s market tells me I look 32, when I am with my husband I still see us as the young people who met and fell in love in 1994, and when I think about how much time lies ahead of me I feel I have lived a drop in the bucket.

BUT (there is always a but) I do feel older than 40 when I think about how these days I rarely have real fun – like fun with a capital F. I explained in my posts about my wheel of life and my goals for this year that “fun and adventure” are in my top two goals this year along with “health and wellness”. I also want to be more mindfully present with my family, but know in my heart that it starts with me being involved in their fun and letting go.

I want to create a bucket list of ideas for my family to choose our fun and adventure this year.I have already pledged that I will say yes to whatever they choose – that is the letting go part. I will not worry about skill level (I have not ridden a bike in 9 years) or how silly I look (I don’t even understand cricket but they play it in the backyard all the time) or what we will do for food, drink, emergencies of every description that might pop up. I want to create a board like this one (image below) I saw on pinterest that was created for a summer bucket list by Beth at Home Stories A to Z. I love one of the suggestions in the comments – take a photo of each one we do and attach it to the board – I would love to create a whole photo book as a surprise for the kids for Christmas and Chanukah!


So today on my 40th birthday I have only one request for a present from you – my lovely HLS readers – and I hope you will take 5 minutes to indulge me. In the process I hope to help all of you as well.


I would love to know your ideas for fun and adventure with your own families. What do you do to let loose, unwind together, and feel a sense of adventure. What activities, games, creative ideas do you have that make you laugh so much you wish you had taken care of that pelvic floor? What brings you all together – a movie marathon with pillows and popcorn? a bike ride in a new area? building forts?


To kick things off I will share a few ideas I want to explore with my family:

  • Go on a roadtrip where we flip a coin to decide whether to turn left or right at key points and just see where we end up in a half hour or so of driving and then find something new to explore where we end up
  • I want to find a rock climbing wall place for families to try it out together – fun and exercise combined sounds good to me.
  • Go on a photo scavenger hunt looking for things in the shape of all the letters of the alphabet . I would love to turn this into a piece of wall art by making a photo collage.
  • Download a stargazing app onto my ipad and take it with us on a night walk to check out the stars (even better drive a bit further out for a clearer view)


I also asked my friend Laney from Crash Test Mummy for some of her ideas since she and I are so similar and in the same boat – we both gave up sugar and we both are trying to “be a fun mum”.

  • Draw on the concrete outside with chalk. They love when I draw them things (even though I can’t draw!) and when I’m feeling particularly fun I let them color in our brick house!
  • We bake or cook together. The kids are pretty good at identifying and bringing in the correct herbs. They love ‘helping’ and I just have to laugh at all the mess we make!

Laney is currently crash testing a couple of ideas found on another wonderful blog  Be a fun mum written by one of my parenting inspirations and fellow Brisbane mother Kelly. Kelly is the Queen of  fun and adventures and shared with me two of her family’s favourite ways to spend time together.

  • Mini Road Trips -On a Saturday, we look at a map and find a destination within a 150 km radius from our home.  We leave early in the morning, pack an esky with lunch, and return later that night.  It makes for an exciting day!
  • Beach days -The beach is somewhere we are all relaxed and so we have a lot of fun swimming, walking and making sand castles. The children love collecting shells to bring home and enjoy turning the shells into all sorts of creations. Below is a recent ‘Shell Dinosaur Fossil’ my daughter made.


I would love to compile a big list of ideas and then post it soon for everyone to download. Can we get to 50 ideas? 100 ideas? They need not be grand ideas – most of the time our fun and adventure will be local (although we can dream of jetting off to Fiji too). So share your ideas – big or small, free or  costs a little bit of money (but is worth it), what seems “run of the mill” fun for you may be just the “new idea” someone else has been waiting for. This is one birthday gift you don’t need to wrap!


Find your simple,



Image: birthday cake from flickr user jessica diamond


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Laney @ Crash Test Mummy February 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

Happy birthday Deb! I look forward to celebrating it with a lovely glass of wine when you’re here next month. We will definitely be fun mums ;)
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Tina ~ Tina Gray {dot} Me February 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

Happy birthday, Deb! x We like to throw lounge room picnics or go on mystery road trips as well. We just pack lunch and drive until we find somewhere nice to stop for lunch.
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Sonia Donaldson February 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

Happy 40th Birthday!! I had mine a few months ago. :)
Our thing we love to do as a family is kayaking. It is so incredibly peaceful (as long as you find somewhere that isn’t over-run with boats and jetskis). Plus it’s good exercise and a great chance to soak up some of beautiful mother nature!


Debra Dane February 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

i WILL do that this year. when we visit friends down the coast they bring out a kayak and a standing long board and hubby and the kids all go out and do that – i never go in the water- must change that!! i think i will definitely sign us up for a kayak / canoe outing i have seen in Brisbane. thanks
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Kelly Exeter February 23, 2012 at 7:56 am

Happy Birthday Deb!

Hmmm fun things you can do with your family? I tend towards the arty stuff … And the messier the better!

So go grab a bunch of cheap canvases from Bunnings and some acrylic paint, put down a very large groud sheet and then do some painting! I find it is more fun to paint with fingers than with a paintbrush – a paintbrush is quite intimidating while fingers are more ‘freeing’ and fun :)

I realise this is not that original an idea though! I am sure it is probably already on Kelly’s list!
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Debra Dane February 23, 2012 at 7:58 am

No list yet – Laney’s trying 2 of Kelly’s ideas and i asked for more, but i want to create a list from everyone’s favourite suggestions – what you do all the time might never have occurred to someone else – thanks!

i think using hands to paint a canvas is great as my kids are older so have not done finger painting in a long time which makes it extra fun now!

and thanks for the birthday wishes!
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Amanda February 23, 2012 at 8:00 am

Happy happy birthday!
We have the most fun when we play Mario Kart together. DS nearly always comes last, but his constant running commentary is hilarious!


Rachel February 23, 2012 at 8:01 am

Happy birthday!! You do look like you are in the early 30′s.

My girls love creating huge sheet cubby houses through the house.

I hope you have a great day. Rachel xx
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Shelley February 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

Happy Birthday Deb! What a fantastic idea this is! Our Miss A is only two, so her idea of the most fun in the whole world is when we sit out on the back deck and blow bubbles with a big wand stick from the $2 shop! Being spontaneous is definitely the key to fun! I love jumping in the car and going somewhere we’ve never been, where we all get to experience new sights with fresh eyes. Thinking on the spot I would say a day where you go on a ‘treasure hunt’ would be fun. Make up a list at home of things you want to find or see (only limited by your own imagination), and then go off on a big adventure! xx
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Aisling February 23, 2012 at 8:12 am

Happy Birthday to a lovely, inspiring lady. xo


Misha - The Bling Buoy February 23, 2012 at 8:23 am

Happy birthday Deb! What a wonderful idea! Even though I try lots of different ways to be a fun mum, what always, always helps us connect as a family and have fun together is something nature related. A bushwalk or a day at the beach with a simple picnic. Not very original … but maybe there’s a reason for that. It works. Or at least it works for us. Do whatever makes you happy today! It’s your birthday and you deserve to be totally spoilt!! xoxoxox
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Tina crouch February 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

A numbers scavenger hunt. Like one seashell, two sticks that look like y’s and so forth


MummyOnSuir February 23, 2012 at 8:57 am

We did some last year – it’s an online treasure hunt where you follow GPS co-ordinates on a mobile phone – sounds wacky but lead to some amazing adventures and discovery of fantastic local places we wouldn’t have found without.
It would seem my laugh most when things go wrong – especially for me, so trying to rescue them from welly deep mud and falling on my bum is still inducing giggles when remembered a whole year on!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Hope your day is fabulous x
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Di-licious February 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

Happy birthday Deb! And welcome to the 40 club – I’ve only been a member myself for a couple of weeks! :-)

I decided to ask my 4yo daughter for a fun thing to do together as a family and she nominated us all going out into the backyard together and playing fetch with our dog. Sadly I realised that we very rarely do this. I’m going to rectify that situation this weekend!

What a fantastic idea – I can’t wait to see all the suggestions. I love the idea of the picking a mystery location and packing a picnic lunch.
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Elissa February 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

Happy Birthday Deb!!!!
We love camp fire nights. Sit around the fire, make damper, toast marshmallows, spy satellites, throw sticks on the fire and stay up late!
Sometimes we go on a torch hunt- go for a walk and explore the park or neighbourhood at night.
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Casojaha February 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

Happy Birthday Deb! I hope your wish comes true today and this post ends up with a record amount of comments!

I have 4 kids, spread apart in age. 14, 11, 3 and 1. This can make it a little tricky to find something to engage and excite everyone at the same time. Our favourite thing to do is go to the local swimming pool. The big kids can swim by themselves now and they are great at helping the little ones learn to swim as well. A fun way to spend a few hours, usually followed by a fish and chips picnic on the loungeroom floor. Complete with a tomato sauce pile on the paper ;)


Chris February 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

Happy Birthday! It’s funny because I have the same goals as you for this year so I’ve been thinking about similar things. For us as a family, we enjoy regular weekly family movie night where we all slump on the couch and watch a DVD together munching on whatever goodies we’ve personally selected for the evening, bike riding, camping (fam loves this, me not so much but I love the joy they have), board games, and just going for walks with the dog. Even sitting down and watching the kids shows with them for a little bit seems to be a huge kick for them as they introduce me to all the characters and subplots. Hope you have a wonderful day, find your bliss, and meet your goals. :)


Tanya February 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

Happy Birthday Deb. I hope you love 40. I am forty in a few months, and I feel abit excited about an ’0′ birthday!
So, family fun stuff…we live on a farm in the middle of nowhere, about 3 hours from the beach, and 20 mins from the Murray River. I love a family bush or beach walk. Pack a backpack (which everyone has to take turns carrying because it’s a family thing- our kids are 9 and 11), with a thermos of cordial and a cakey treat. We don’t go very often but all love it when we do. I need to get outside more!
On a hot day, have a water fight- everyone get a yoghurt container, there’s a few taps around and ‘the rules are there ain’t no rules’!…we don’t actually do that, but on thinking I think we would love alot!
Start a ‘family book club’…you meet once a week, say on a Sunday arvo for 30 mins, different people can read, everyone can have a turn, depending on joy of reading. I know you love reading, I do to and it’s a nice family thing. The good ol’ fashion classics are a fave (the girl ones for me- Anne of Green Gables, Milly Molly Mandy, Pippi Longstocking) also any child friendly ‘classics’, Rhoald Dhal.
Theres a couple of ideas, but I will be thinking of this more as the day goes on- I hope you get a great fun, inspiring, different than you would have thought of yourself birthday list!


Jaime February 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

Happy Birthday Deb!!!

We love board games around here! well, that and going to Disneyworld, but that’s a bit far for you!! someday, perhaps….


Melissa February 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

Happy birhtday. My 40th is coming up too in a few weeks!

Family fun ideas:
Berry picking
Looking for pinecones
Visit the museum
Take a ride on public transport (tram, train, bus etc) to wherever you end up!
Packing the bikes in the car and going for a bike ride somewhere different
Keeping an eye on the local paper for any fun activities around our area


Debbie @ Aspiring Mum February 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

Happy birthday! We enjoy bike riding together – it must look a sight with 6 of us, but we love it! Also discovering a new park or beach to visit. It’s easy to do the familiar (ie. same beach/same park), but we like to mix it up and have discovered some great ones that have formed some wonderful new memories. Here’s to fun and hoping you have a wonderful day.xx
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Alicia February 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

Happy 40th Deb! Our family have a yearly pass to 4 local wildlife parks, so we often get to just go and hang out at one of them, since our ticket has already been paid for, we love watching and talking about the animals, feeding them, and learning more about them.
We also like the spontaneous road trip, ot going to check out a park we havent been to before.
A big dance off to loud, funky music is always fun too!
hope you have a great birthday!
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Mandy February 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

Firstly Happy Birthday.
Ok, I’m just going to ramble here ok. going to the beach, the park, a market. riding a bike, flying a kite. having a bbq, having a picnic. going swimming at the pool. going to the movies, hiring a family dvd and having munchies. going to the drive in (we’ve yet to road test this one). baking. eating out. camping. visiting family and friends. dancing. crafting. OK so I could go on and on right. but that’s what popped into my head right this instance.
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Jen Martin February 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

Happy birthday! We love going to the beach, walking in the bush, camping, the zoo, berry picking, swimming and digging in the garden. I too am looking for more ways to have fun so I can’t wait to keep reading all the comments you get. Love the idea of a vision board of activities. Must make one of these.


Erin @ Lohtown Life February 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

Happy Birthday Deb!

I read this idea a while ago in a parenting book/blog (can’t remember which one…) about having a pyjama run to an ice-cream shop. Surprising the kids at bedtime that you are going to take them out for icecream. My kids are still too little to do this – but I’m looking forward to doing it when they are older!
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Kelly February 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

Deb, happy birthday! This is such an exciting post! Here’s to a year full of adventure and fun! Thanks so much for
Including mine. I’m so humbled. Love reading the comments too! I’m off to tweet! xxx
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Natalie @ Mummy Smiles February 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

A nature walk – in the rain!!!

Camping with just the very basics.

Jump and roll down sand dunes.

Happy Birthday Deb – wishing you an incredible day to reflect on 40 beautiful years!
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Debra Dane February 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

Thank you all so much (i won’t attempt to answer each post and suggestion) – i appreciate your sweet birthday wishes and you taking the time to share your ideas.

I love so many of them and know others will too – i hope more come in through the day.Whether your idea is for a little kid or older, a simple old idea or something totally far out, they are all great ideas to share. The list is for everyone not just me so needs to cover all kinds of people. Even just reading these is triggering my memory bank for more ideas to add when i put together the list next week. I hope to have it ready by Tuesday! So many great ideas!
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The Imperfect Housewife February 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

My husband, myself and the kids do a 10-40min walk/pram ride at night before bedtime, we talk together, we show Miss 2 all the dogs and cats at each house (Hairy Maclary, scarface claw etc) and we enjoy the fresh air. It isn’t fancy but we all love it (Miss 2 LOVES going) and well, it is fun.


The Imperfect Housewife February 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

Happy Birthday btw!!!

Oh and I do lots of FUN kids activities with my daughters… I have as much fun as they do and they just learn so much!
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themotherexperiment February 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Happy birthday Deb.
Your kids might be too old for this but we arrange kitchen chairs to make a train/boat/car and make up silly songs as we “go”. Stupid sound effects are a must.
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beth February 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

One of my favourite adventures was the time we set up our tent in the living room and turned it into a pirate ship complete with signs, flags, hats, snacks (i found all kinds of “easy to make” ideas on the internet) and we sat inside and read books and did puzzles and said “gar matey” over and over! We also make a point of visiting a new park or playground a couple of times a summer and have found some real hidden gems! I hope you are having a splendid birthday!


Bec S February 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Happy 40th birthday Deb! I hope you have an awesome day!

I love the idea of everyone posting their ideas and you making a list. I can’t wait until it’s ready to download and try some ideas. One of my goals this year is a once a month family day so this will be so helpful!

Some things we love doing (kids are 5 and 2)
*trip to the zoo (we have yearly membership)
*trying out different local (e.g. Adelaide based) attractions – such as the big rocking horse
*walk/ride to the playground where we play what’s the time Mr Wolf and other games
*stroll down at the beach for an icecream


Lavy February 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Happy Birthday Deb!!

We love to go for nature walks and take a trip to the coast to be near the ocean :)

I love your bucket list idea!! We have a huge list ourselves – and hope we’ll achieve everything on it!! Sometimes, with a 10month old in tow, it feels daunting, but this blog has inspired me to pull ours out and dust it off :)

On our list of things to do, we have things such as swim with the dolphins, go camping (I grew up a city girl) and try living in lots of different countries. We have teach in poorer communities, go on a safari and visit the tiger temple, just for a start.

phew – we better get started!!

Hope you’re having a fun birthday!!


Janice February 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Happy birthday Deb!! xx Hope you had the best day ever!
I love the pin up board in your post and I am completely inspired to make one – thank you so much!

We love to go out for an icecream and sit on the beach or under a tree in the park to eat it!
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melani Lavington February 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

my family all do a thing called Lavo nite….On friday nite we play country western music and call it caravan music….we laugh and sing and watch daddy dance country western ….we all have a what we call cowboy dinner which can be snag n bread or tacos …cowboy is anything quick the kids can make themselves…..Happy bday deb


Debra Dane February 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

that sounds like such fun – i think i will put it on the list as having a themed night with food and music – so many possibilities with that!
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Hayley @ HappyHouseWifey February 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Happy Birthday !!!

My hubby is the instigator, but we love a big family dance! He puts the music on loud, and we all have to get involved — just random crazy dancing. Everyone ends up exhausted and smiling… even our 10month old bops along :)


Shell February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Happy Birthday Deb – I celebrated the big 40 on Sunday, we’re nearly twins!

Some of the ways we like to have fun:
- a picnic anywhere outdoors, ideally near a walk (fun & exercise for my hubby & I) & a playground for my 2 little ones (3 & 1).
- shelling broadbeans picked from our vegie patch together (or harvesting anything else in season). My 1 yo puts the pods in buckets & tips out, starts again etc has a great time.
- playing anything all 4 of us together – this is rare, but always extra fun. eg we make a train & chug around the house together, play Elefun game, have an after dinner dance (couple dance style).

It’s so good to read everyone’s suggestions, thanks for organising this & I look forward to the list to come.


Debra Dane February 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm

happy birthday twin – did you have a great day? i hope so – i am loving 40 so far!
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Lyndal February 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Happy Birthday!! Wow you have some great ideas and suggestions already!!! We focus on this with our 52 on 52 list we work on together each January, and put things in there that are out of each of our comfort zones… I’m definitely looking forward to having a movie night and staying up until sunset! I also really really want to go and play putt putt… I’m not sure why because i know i will be completely terrible at it, but i think i also knw we will get into one of those giggle/laugh till you can’t breathe scenarios… they are priceless.
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Debra Dane February 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Thanks everyone – seriously so grateful as i know the list will be a great resource for many of us. I am going to figure out the best way to compile the list and add more ideas to round it out. stay tuned for next week!
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Kirsty February 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Happy Birthday Deb! What a lovely way to celebrate.

We always look back on our camping trips with fond memories (even if the girls thought it was daggy at the time!) Away from the comfort of home always provides for some interesting times :)
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Helen February 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Happy birthday!!!

Not sure where u ate located but here are some of my things I’ve done or want to do with the family.

Camping at cockatoo island
Camping in dubbo zoo
Camping on front lawn or back lawn
Geocaching – check out the app my kids love this treasure hunt!!!
Outdoor movies
Carols by candle light
Silly photos of each other print or their rooms
Hire a dingy and go fishing
Make old fashioned lemonade
Play shops in the house where each child has their own
Family bike ride


lulu February 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Happy birthday Deb!

Okay this is a super simple idea that can be done at home and I hope you don`t think it is lame but what about muffin tin meals. A google image search will show you what I mean or even pinterest might!!

I remember you saying you have picky eaters in the family but maybe something like this would go over okay. You could even have a bake fest that day and make tons of things then put a little of each in muffin cup. Kind of like nibblies for dinner. You can even do it themed.

I have young kids so I kind of have to make fun at home at times too which is why I suggested this.

I haven`t had a chance to read all the comments above BUT another idea is karaoke. There are places in Brisbane- I have been to them! Might be an idea to look into!!! Japanese style karaoke is where you get your own private booth- no need to sing in front of others but you can have fun as a family. I can`t remember the place I am thinking of that offers this room type karaoke but I do remember it had “Louis” or “Louie” in the name.
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Uber Simplicity February 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Big Happy Birthday to you! Hope you’ve had a fabulous day. x
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Annaleis Topham February 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Happy Birthday Deb! Hope you have had a wonderful day with your family.

Kids love the days where you get away from home. You mentioned going 30 minutes from home…but what about 2 hrs from home…still manageable in a day, and really take the day to explore each destination.

I think finding a new playground is a good one. Lots of councils have lists of playgrounds, maybe try a new one each month.
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Emma Dolley February 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Happy Birthday Deb – you are definitely ‘Fab at 40!’…

For us, we are all about getting out to the coast and I’m grateful to live close to it. Swimming and splashing in the waves at the beach with the kids – playing made up games like ‘dolphins’, ‘mermaids’ or ‘Octonauts’. Our kids love the ocean so once they have had a good splash/swim then we go walking, climb the rocks, collect shells, seaweed and whatever else we can find and make sand sculptures, dig race tracks for the trucks and can waste hours there. When it is not swimming weather, we go walking along the coastal paths – kids bike or scoot (we can still use the pram for our youngest) and on days when we are all feeling tired we will simply head down to the Marina and get the kids an ice-cream and ourselves a coffee and watch the boats, the people and relax, dream/chat of all the wonderful places we could go. I love the casual atmosphere of our local marina, the people watching, climbing up the old lighthouse, and just watching all the activities going on around us. Another thing we like to do on the weekends is have our own sausage sizzle in the backyard. The kids love it, my hubby loves any excuse to use the BBQ (and having a cold Corona while he’s cooking!) and we all set the table outside – keeping it very simple – sausages, bread, sauce and grated cheese and eat. This always leads to the kids running around the back yard while hubby cooks, I put some music on and there are always leftovers so our dog also gets a yummy dinner that night! Pretty simple, pretty cheap – good old fashioned Aussie fun!

I agree with you… 40 is ‘your’ year x


beth February 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I just thought of another belly-laughing time…having a no utensil dinner and eating something messy (like spaghetti) is an absolute must!


Debra Dane February 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

glad you came back because that HAS to go on the list!
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Julie February 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Happy 40th Deb!! I have mine coming up at the end of the year.

Fun things we do as a family
- We have a “Pizza party” with my daughter’s table sat up in the lounge room, and pop on one of her movies to watch while munching down Pizza.
- Head to a local park for a picnic and play in the playground
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Maxabella February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Happy birthday, Deb.

Lots of fun and adventure awaits.

We have ‘fun vouchers’ at our place. The kids earn marbles which they put into a jar each night (chores, good behaviour, the usual). When they reach the top of their jar, they can choose a voucher. The vouchers are just as much fun for us as they are for the kids.

Some of the vouchers are:

1. Boss of Mum and Dad for an hour on Sunday
2. Trip to visit Gran and Pops for the weekend.
3. Trip to Terrigal to see Zia.
4. Choose the weekend park visit.
5. The rest of the family tidies my room for a week.
6. Visit to the farm.
9. Visit to the Zoo.
10. Movie night of my choice.

There are 20 in total and we rotate them (so once a voucher is used, it has to wait until all the vouchers are gone before it comes back again). It really is a lot of fun. We average about 5 vouchers a month.

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Steph Pearce February 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Happy Birthday Deb! This really is the gift that just keeps giving. What a brilliant idea. Can’t wait for the post!

One of our fav fun family things is making up silly songs in the car. Will LOVES loud ones. Eg going for ice cream and we sing twinkle twinkle little ICECREAM!. . . . Humpy dumpy sat on the ICE CREAM! Once he was sick of being in the car and was saying I’m stuck. And we started singing fireman Sam with the line ‘when you’re STUCK give him a shout’. – I don’t think we’ve ever laughed so much ever. We also have the motorbike song (daddys invention) which is just I’m riding my motorcycle followed by vrrrrrrrrm sounds.

Making something out of nothing is the best – turning what could be a whine fest into a mad fun time that no one else really gets. Family fun.
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Clancy February 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Happy birthday!

Our aim family connection time and fun outing most weekends, is a trip to the local markets on a Sunday morning. The kids get $1-2 spending money each and we all wander around and see what is about. Sometimes we get baked treats, or flowers, vintage pieces, or handmade items, sometimes we get nothing but it’s a nice morning stroll, holding hands as a family.

Another thing we love doing is going spotlighting at night in summer around the house, catching geckos, crickets, showing the kids the red eye-shine of spiders, listening to bats, and if you’re lucky possums or gliders. This is simple as you only need a torch and you’ll be amazed at what you will see just around your house.

Last month we took the kids blackberry picking which they loved! They got filthy, it was great!

We like going out to local festivals in the small surrounding towns, with street parades, market stalls, lots of music.

A few more ideas:
– go to an observatory
– go fishing
– go horse riding or for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage
– bug catching in the backyard (my son is bug mad so he loves going out catching bugs)
– playing lego together (again my son is lego mad so loves building things together and even our 2yo daughter loves to play lego too)
– swimming in the local lake
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Debra Dane February 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

Thanks for sharing so many fab ideas Shannon! love them!
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Jane February 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Oh Deb. Welcome to the Big Four-Oh Club, Lovely! It’s quite exclusive and a lot of fun, I’ve found. Hmm, backyard cricket is proving a family uniter on Planet Baby ☺. J x
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Debra Dane February 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

Thanks Jane – loving 40 so far! I vow to join in next cricket match we have in our backyard (i am always such a scaredy cat about getting hit by balls -= was never sporty as a kid)
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Bron February 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Hi Deb, happy birthday! (sorry I’m a little late…). Great idea with the list too.

I love going to the botanical gardens with my little ones. They have a great time too :)


Clancy February 27, 2012 at 8:16 am

On Saturday night we went to a Cinema under the stars (free outdoor cinema in a local park organised by council) viewing of Red Dog with the kids. We had been meaning to do this for a while but finally decided to put the excuses aside a go. The kids had fun rolling down the hill before the movie started, dancing to the music, watching the bats fly over, and watching a little bit of the movie. Was a lovely evening out. Just wish I had known that you could take your wine with you! Was quite jealous of all those sitting back sipping! Worth going if your local council does them.
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Debra Dane February 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

Sounds fantastic – we saw Happy feet that way years ago – right on the river – kids got bored with the movie but had fun overall – must do again now they are older!
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Hands Free Mama February 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Happy 40th my beautiful friend! What you are doing here on your blog and how you are changing people’s lives is truly a gift. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all so that we all can be happier and more fulfilled in this one precious life we have to live! I love the topic of this blog post. I long to be spontaneous and just plain old FUN. Thank you for getting my wheels turning.

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Debra Dane February 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thanks Rachel – you are so sweet. I know we have too much in common and the lack of spontaneous fun is a sore point. Wait until you see the post tomorrow with the full list of ideas (with mine it comes to 101 fabulous ideas!) xx


Marie February 28, 2012 at 12:30 am

Hi Deb

It seems I’ve missed this with everything that has been going on around here so just popping by to wish you a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

Hope you had a wonderful day hun.


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Debra Dane February 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

You are forgiven lovely – i hope you are doing ok – i am thinking of you and your family xxx


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