With the excitement and festivities of Christmas now behind us, there’s still a few weeks left until the little ones head back to school to start the new year. In the meantime, the question most commonly asked by parents, guardians and grandparents alike is ‘How do we keep the kids entertained?’.
Not to worry, because Stockland Merrylands has come to the rescue with our essential guide to school holidays. Whether your little ones are small and curious, young and full of energy, exploring their creativity with crafts and DIY, or love being with you in the kitchen, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Plus it’s handy that everything you need can be found in centre today!
Check out our top centre picks and tips to survive the remainder of the school holidays and have the kids ready to get back to school.
1. What’s on at Stockland Merrylands?
Catch a Kids Fitness Class
Join the kids fitness sessions at Fortitude Fitness for only $15 - Monday to Friday until 22 January 2021 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.
Plus, get all the gear you need including clothes and shoes from Rebel and JD Sports,
Free Play All Day
Have you checked out our all new inclusive playground? Located on level 1, opposite Big W.
Built in collaboration with Variety – the Children’s Charity, the playground’s innovative design allows children of all abilities to play together, including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, or spectrum disorders such as autism.
Aptly named ‘Merrylands Global Village’, the playground design celebrates the local community’s cultural diversity through a vibrant and engaging space where children are encouraged to interact, role play and play.
Some features of inclusion in the playground is a wide directional pathway through the space for easy access, imaginative, sensory and accessible play options for all children, a wide slide for easy access and fencing around the playspace to ensure the safety.
Satisfy the little ones hunger
Whether it’s a post shopping treat, brunch or lunch time, refuel the kids at the food court, at any of our cafes and restaurants. From family favourites including McDonald’s, Oporto and KFC to authentic Thai cuisine at Thainabox, we have all your cravings covered! Check out what's on offer here.
2. What’s available in centre?
Discover new games and activities available right now in centre. Check out our top picks:
- Stardew Valley - available in EB Games. Breathe new life into the valley. Create the farm of your dreams and master your ranching skills!
- Just Dance 2021 - available in EB Games
- Exercising has never been so fun! Join your kids and start your own routine with the co-op mode and rule the dancefloor.
- Sew N Stitch Machine – available at Kmart
- Bring your little ones’ big ideas to life, perfect for the youngest of sewers!
- Curious Craft Crystal Creations – available at Kmart
- Crystal art is the hottest new craft trend sweeping the globe. Your little ones can let their creativity shine bright like a diamond with the Curious Craft Crystal Creations kit.
3. Back to school essentials
Prep the kids for to head back to school with everyday essentials from Target, Kmart and Big W. You’ll find everything you need from backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, pencil cases, pens, textas, pencils, notebooks and much more.
No doubt they’ll be needing new uniforms and shoes from Lowes, Best and Less and Big W, where you’ll find everything from clothing to accessories and more. Plus shop catalogue sales now at Big W, JB HiFi, and The Reject Shop.
Plus it’s never too early to start planning their daily lunchbox treats to get them starting the new school year healthy and happy with our delicious and nutritious lunchbox ideas.
4. Want more inspiration?
Check out our favourite kids articles below and stay entertained!