Adelaide 36ers school holiday training camp – they’ll have a ball!
When it comes to keeping the kids busy and active during the school holidays, sometimes you need to call in the big guns!
And if you’ve got a basketball loving kiddo in SA, it doesn’t get much bigger than Adelaide 36ers legends Brett Maher and Scott Ninnis.
The 36ers community coaches have some serious court cred, with over 40 years of experience in basketball, making them the perfect facilitators of the regularly run 36ers 3-day School Holiday Training Camps – that just happen to be attended by all current 36ers players… no big deal…!
What is the 36ers School Holiday Basketball Camp like?
We happen to have a small human at KIDDO HQ who lives and breathes basketball so when the opportunity came up to attend a 36ers School Holiday Training Camp it was a no brainer, she was ready to play ball.
Meet new friends and have fun!
The 36ers School Holiday Training Camps are open to both boys and girls, with no age restrictions, and give kids an opportunity to improve their skills, develop techniques, enhance their game and most importantly, meet new friends and have fun!
This camp is heaven for kids who live and breathe basketball; 3-days of Basketball sounds like torture to some of us (*cough*me*cough*) but kids who love this sport are a breed of their own and just when you think they couldn’t possibly shoot one more hoop, they’re running back to the ring.
So 3 full days of it? They’ll honestly jump at the chance!
3-days of drills, skills and thrills
Over the course of the 3-days the kids are split into groups with kids of similar age range, each with their own coach facilitating.
The sessions are comprised of a series of basketball drills and skills sessions, as well as scratch matches and plenty of fun basketball oriented games interspersed through the day. Think Dribble Knockout, In and Out, Golden Child and BUMP (all of which will probably be familiar to your child already if they’ve ever played basketball or even just done PE at school).
As a parent, you don’t just want your child coming home at the end of the day totally wrecked from endless drilling, you want them coming home buzzing with how much FUN they’ve had, and that’s exactly what we got at the end of each day of the 36ers School Holiday Training Camp.
Yes, the kids were shattered, but they were also bouncing off the walls with how much fun they’d had.
Meet the 36ers
The opportunity for little hoop shooters to meet their basketball playing heroes is also a key drawcard to the 36er’s School Holiday Training Camp.
And boy do they have some big shoes to fill. Literally.
The 36ers players also help facilitate coaching throughout the day, so it’s a great opportunity for the kids to learn from their idols, and everyone’s given the opportunity to get an autograph at the end of each day!
Each child also goes home at the end of the 3-days with a group photo of everyone who attended with them, as well as the players and coaches, and a t-shirt to commemorate the event!
What you need to bring:
Lunch and snacks (canteen facilities also available – you can order lunch if you prefer)
Pumped basketball (with your name on it – imagine how many balls end up rolling around the courts!)
Sneakers/runners with rubber soles
What’s the verdict?
After 3-days of non stop basketball, we asked the kids what they thought about the 36ers School Holiday Training Camp…
And let’s just say.. it was a SLAM DUNK!
Adelaide 36ers School Holiday Training Camps are regularly held in School Holidays
Wayville Sports Centre – 142 Rose Terrace, Wayville SA
The team at KIDDO were recently challenged to take part in the Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge. 30 days to work hard, get strong and tone up right before the summer months? Well, that’s a no brainer…of course we were keen!
We’d been working our proverbial tails off, putting together issue 18 of KIDDO, which involves long hours every day in front of the computer; this couldn’t have come at a better time. We were committed to finding out what results could really be achieved in a 30 day challenge – that’s 20 classes in 30 days folks… which equates to 5 classes a week!
What is The Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge?
The Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge sets you up to transform and reshape your entire body, as it’s designed to accelerate your results and help you feel mentally and physically stronger, healthier and more energised. 20 classes in 30 days sounds hard – and it is – but this is about taking your results to the next level, and that doesn’t come easy!
Get to your goals quicker
The Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge is about helping you get to your goals quicker, whatever those goals may be. It might be working towards feeling healthy and fit, or it might be about creating new positive habits and a strong mental attitude.
Make the time – CORE not CHORE
The hardest part for many people is finding the time for 20 classes in 30 days, particularly as many of us are busy mums, working and simultaneously running a household (basically we’re throwing all the balls up into the air and hoping to catch a couple of them if we’re lucky)!
The Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge is an opportunity to put yourself first and prioritise YOU – it’s only a 40 minute class, and once you’ve committed to it, it’s amazing how quickly your new mindset kicks into gear. It’s not a chore, it’s a change! And, just quietly, it’s strangely liberating making time for yourself for once.
Challenges run February, May, August and November, so throughout the year there are multiple opportunities to kickstart your journey towards the results you want!
We did the Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge
Check out this for a grown-up version of a kids rewards chart! And don’t underestimate the power of marking off each class with a big fat cross every day – now I know why my kids chore scoreboard works so well, there really is power in seeing yourself work towards a goal!
What are the classes like?
We’re talking total body sculpting workouts to achieve long, lean toned muscles. A boosted metabolism. Dramatically flattened abs (and I MEAN dramatically). Mental and physical strength and stamina. Improved posture and flexibility. More energy. A workout you’ll love.
Is it easy? HELL NO!
Our abs burned like they’ve never burned before, at times our muscles would actually shake (I’m looking at you, inner thighs), but that’s what change feels like, and after you’ve felt the burn of repetitive calf exercises and pushed through it – you can do anything!
Studio Pilates Instructors
The wonderful instructors at Studio Pilates are there to encourage you every step of the way; they make sure you’re doing the exercises correctly (sometimes that 2cm move of the leg slightly up and to the right can make all the difference!) and guide you through each daily workout.
Walking in and chatting and laughing with the teachers every day was an absolute highlight of the challenge. I’m fairly sure I swore at them sometimes (sorry Jemima!) when I thought my triceps were going burst into flames – but they always made sure I was motivated to keep going (just a few more reps!!) and at the end of every class I felt better for it.
The team at Studio Pilates also offer a suite of online resources to support the 30 Day Challenge. We’re talking recipes, nutrition guides, meal planners and workout trackers. This is all designed to set you up for the best possible chance of success. It’s like having a personal trainer and nutritionist in your pocket – so handy!
Body Scan – Find out what you’re made of
At the commencement of the challenge you have the option of undertaking a full SA Body Analysis body scan which will show you what you’re made of. LITERALLY.
The SABA Body Analysis will provide you with a detailed report about your body; things like your skeletal muscle mass, body fat mass, percentage body fat… the things you think you don’t actually want to know but once you do, can be a total game changer for how you work out and what you can achieve!
A measure of your success
The benefit of having this scan before undertaking the Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge is that it establishes a baseline for the current status of your body and health and by the end of the challenge when you have another scan, you can see how far you’ve come! Measurable success!
We both went into the Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge with very different fitness backgrounds and goals, which meant we were able to really assess how the 30 Day Challenge can work for people who are looking to achieve very different things.
Boss lady and chief KIDDO head honcho Charlotte:
Having been a regular at Studio Pilates for 2 years, doing the 30 Day Challenge for Charlotte was about taking her results to the next level.
SA Body Analysis showed 1.3kg of weight loss and a 1kg increase in muscle mass! That’s an EPIC result in anybody’s language.
Charlotte complemented her 30 Day Challenge with a healthy eating plan (she found committing to the challenge meant she was more motivated to make sure she was eating a healthy diet) and absolutely maximised her results. Beach ready body, tick!
Content manager, word guru and cardio queen Liv (that’s me):
My main focus for the 30 Day Challenge was to change my mindset around cardio being the be all and end all, as I didn’t want to lose any weight. I was keen to see how strength and resistance would change my body and also take a break from the MANY hours of cardio I do every week. I was looking for tone and strength, rather than weight loss.
I went from having to have my springs reduced at the start of the 30 days (because I wasn’t strong enough to do the exercise correctly!) to being moved forward to the advanced exercises by the end. I suddenly felt stronger, fitter and more toned, and actually believed for the first time in my life that there is more to life than just cardio. In fact the work you do at Studio Pilates benefits your body in ways that cardio can’t.
And… can we talk about my ABS PLEASE?
The Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenges run February, May, August and November.
Making memories never tasted so good, and this is a family activity ripe for the pickin’!
Pick your own Cherries
50 minutes from Adelaide on the Southern Expressway, Fleurieu Cherries have up to 20 different cherry varieties available including both sweet and sour cherries – most varieties are available to pick if you have the time to find them – so head there and make a day of it! You’ll be surprised how the subtle differences in flavour of each type can even be detected by even the littlest cherry pickers.
Grab a bucket & get cherry picking
Fleurieu Cherries offer pick-your-own on certain days only – depending on what fruit is ready and the weather forecast.
Before you travel to the farm gate, make sure to check the website to confirm if pick-your-own is available, as circumstances can change rapidly… ripe fruit for that day may have been picked by early afternoon!
Cafe and Store
The team at Fleurieu Cherries also make cherry relish, cherry jam and delicious cherry ice-cream!
If you’re not keen to pick-your-own, you can also buy cherries by the kilo, or relax on the lawn at the farm gate! And the best bit, you’re supporting local Adelaide growers and if you choose to take some time to cherry pick, you’re giving your kiddos an awesome outdoor experience while you’re at it!
Pick your own + Tasting Prices
Pick your own entry to the orchard is $6 for adults, $3 for kids (including tasting) and the fruit you pick is $14 per kilo.
The majority of the cherries are juicy and sweet, while the sour type are fantastic for pickling and making brandied or glacé cherries – offering a great opportunity to DIY Christmas gifts!
Some of the most popular varieties grown include ‘Van’, ‘Stella’ and ‘Lapin’ which are plump and juicy with a moderately crunchy flesh.
Fleurieu Cherries also grow some specialty types like white-fleshed cherries (‘Dame Nancy’) and extra large cherries (‘Glacier’).
The great thing about growing so many varieties is that they ripen one after the other, ensuring that the orchard at Fleurieu Cherries has plenty of fresh cherries available from early December through to after Christmas. You may even have a choice of multiple varieties when you visit the farm gate!
WHAT TO BRING & WEAR CHERRY PICKING:
Phone – you’ll want to take photos!
PLEASE do not bring your pets or any other fruit!
The Fleurieu Cherries orchard is located 50 minutes South of the Adelaide CBD. The easiest way to travel from the Adelaide metro area is to take the Southern Expressway, and follow the Victor Harbor Road (A13) towards Mt Compass. Fleurieu Cherries is located 1.5km down the B34 from the A13 turnoff.
We tried Floatation Therapy at Blue Lagoon Float & Spa Hyde Park and we’ve got the lowdown on what it’s really like!
Belinda Carlisle once sang the lyrics “ooh, heaven is a place on earth” and I’m quite certain she was actually singing about Blue Lagoon Float & Spa.
Recently some of the KIDDO team decided after what has been a full on year we needed a bit of a destress sesh, and the good people at Blue Lagoon Float & Spa booked us in for their specialty floatation therapy treatment. While we were there, we were also treated to a relaxation massage, a cryotherapy session and some time in the salt therapy room.
To say we left relaxed and rejuvenated is an understatement! And it came with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a luxurious spa treatment; fluffy white robes and plushy slippers and the all round 5 star treatment.
Let’s dive in…!
Blue Lagoon Float & Spa
Located in Hyde Park, Blue Lagoon Float & Spa is a quiet haven of relaxation; the minute you step through the door it’s like the world around you disappears and you’re taken immediately intro tranquility mode.
For those of us with kids constantly asking for snacks and drinks and with a running soundtrack of the Bluey theme song on repeat 24/7… just the peace and quiet alone is a welcome change of pace to start the whole experience.
Open Floatation pool
What you might be expecting from the floats you’ve seen on the internet is a space aged pod that closes around you, but one of the unique differences of Blue Lagoon Float & Spa in Hyde Park is their Roman inspired open flotation pool.
As a person who doesn’t love being in enclosed spaces, this option was definitely my preference and heightened the whole experience!
Blue Lagoon Float & Spa Floatation Therapy
Prepare to experience floating on a cloud.
If you’re wondering what floatation therapy is and why you would want to do it, well it’s simple. It’s saltier than the dead sea and renders you completely weightless – like… zero gravity, out of body experience kind of weightless!
What is floatation therapy?
Floatation therapy involves lying in a specially designed pool in which you are suspended in 500kg of magnesium sulphate (pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts – you know that stuff that helps a sore achey body that people always tell you to pour into your bath when you have a muscle complaint? This is like the GRADE A, top notch, gold star quality version of that). The density of the water means it so buoyant that you float effortlessly and experience an incredible feeling of weightlessness.
What are the benefits of floatation therapy?
Studies around the world have documented mental and physical benefits of using floatation therapy. These have shown to help a broad range of ailments and medical conditions, as well as having the most profound relaxing experience like no other.
Think ZEN to the max, plus a side dish of serenity.
Helps reach a state of total calm and deep relaxation
Stimulates creativity, enhances learning and problem solving
Endorphins are released which are natural mood enhancers and pain reliever
Facilitates freedom from habits, phobias and addictions
Enhances hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis
Stimulates left/right brain synchronisation
Brainwaves can shift from its usual “alpha “state into a “theta” state, which is normally achieved by people who train extensively in meditation. Floating is a much easier way to achieve this deep state of relaxation
Improves skin conditions such as eczema & psoriasis
Improves blood circulation and the distribution of oxygen and nutrients
Reduces blood pressure, pulse and heart rate
Balances your metabolism and hormones
Accelerates recoveryfrom strenuous exercise and sports
Decreases production of cortisol, ACTH, lactic acid and adrenaline
Detoxifies the body
Epsom salts have a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the body
Boosts immune function
Long story short, float therapy is a gentle and effective form of healing for your body and mind.
Couple and Family Floats
Because Blue Lagoon & Spa at Hyde Park has the most spacious float pool on the market (almost double the size of the largest float tank you’ll find), they are able to offer couple floats, family floats, and accessible floats for those who need more room due to a disability or experience claustrophobia.
And yep… kids can float too!
Floats for kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and child floatation sessions are curated by Matina Trimarchi, one of the Blue Lagoon Founders who has a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education.
What did we think of Blue Lagoon Float & Spa Floatation Therapy?
This is next level zen! I’m not going to lie, at first it was kind of WEIRD, but good weird, one of the best hours of my life weird. It’s like your mind completely disassociates with your body, and I imagine it’s kind of how a baby floats around in the womb.
Before attending the session, I’ll admit I had some reservations. My husband laughed at me and said “oh this is going to be great, you, alone with your thoughts for an hour. So relaxing”. Switching off my brain is not my forte, and the idea of floating around with only my own inner dialogue for company was somewhat concerning to me, given I’m the only person I know to actually FAIL a meditation course because I was worrying about the fact that I was worrying rather than meditating.
Floatation Therapy proved to be an entirely different experience however, and I was able to switch off in a way that I’ve never managed to before.
The experience of weightlessness and complete sensory deprivation was liberating to me. We live in a switched on state at all times, and the opportunity to turn off and just be, doesn’t happen often. The quiet, and the sheer lack of sensation allowed me to enter a state of total relaxation that I was, frankly, surprised about.
What is sensory deprivation?
Sensory deprivation is achieved when you turn the lights off and float silently in the dark – you block out all external distractions such as sight, sound, touch, temperature and gravity. Together these account for approximately 90% of your normal neuro-muscular activity. Once these senses are blocked, this allows your mind to truly experience one of the deepest forms of relaxation for your mind and body.
The float pool
The Epsom salt water inside the tank is heated to skin temperature (35.5 degrees celcius) so not only do you have the sensation of weightlessness, you can also tune out to the sensation of water on your skin; Ii’s like losing a sense of where your body ends and the water begins, giving a feeling of zero gravity… as though you’re an astronaut floating in space!
Once inside the float pool, soft relaxation music starts to play signify the beginning of the session. You have the option of earplugs (if you choose) and lights on or off you will drift away into a deep relaxation.
Soft music will play again to signify the end of your session – you don’t have Rhonda just buzzing the intercom, or hollering over a loudspeaker that your time is up, from start to finish you are softly guided through the motions, and given the utmost privacy to relax and zone out…and then back in…to reality.
The Salt Room
After our floats we were ushered into the salt therapy room.
Salt therapy is a natural remedy that involves inhaling pharmaceutical-grade dry salt in a comfortable, controlled environment.
Dry salt is super absorbent and has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Once inhaled, the salt causes mucus to thin and liquefy, making it easier to dislodge and expel – along with pathogens, debris and pollutants. Dry salt particles also gently stimulate your body’s natural cilia movement.
Think of salt like a toothbrush for your airways, cleaning out mucus, pathogens and pollutants.
Salt for the skin
For the skin, dry salt can absorb impurities, regulate the pH level and promote your skin’s ‘good’ bacteria. It improves the skin’s protective properties, reducing inflammation and encouraging natural exfoliation and regeneration. Stress, Anxiety & Fatigue Sports Performance.
Blue Lagoon Float & Spa also offer whole menu of massage options and I can honestly, hand on heart say this was the most relaxing massage of my life.
Offering relaxation massage, mum to be massages as well as remedial and warm stone and bamboo massages this is your opportunity to experience utter bliss and relaxation, especially if you have a massage pre or post float!
Blue Lagoon Float & Spa Cryotherapy
I’ve been intrigued about Cryo for awhile so was thrilled to actually try it!
When you step inside this high tech cylinder, liquid nitrogen-cooled air (-140 degrees below zero) rushes in and cools your skin to a chilly -30 degrees, yet penetrates just a half millimetre. You slowly rotate for up to three minutes, holding your hands up and out of the freeze, wearing socks on your toes, and some underwear to cover your nudey bits!
The Cryo Chamber is a new way of improving the health of the entire body. It corrects physiological processes, restores natural balance and stimulates metabolism. The treatment is based on short contact of skin with extremely low temperatures of -120 to -180 °C for 2-3 minutes. The results of a treatment can be seen in 5-10 minutes after the session and last up to 8 hours. The treatment provides intensive stimulation of immune system, provokes endorphin saturation of blood, and blocks pain of any origin.
Let’s just say… expect to be HUNGRY a few hours later, they say you can burn up to 800 calories in just one cryo session. Somebody tell me why I’m running 10km per day if I can be doing this??!
All in all…
The KIDDO team can’t recommend Blue Lagoon Float & Spa floatation therapy, and their suite of spa treatments, highly enough. We felt relaxed for DAYS afterwards, even when we returned to our busy hectic lives of child rearing and school drop off and putting a magazine together!
For more information or to book floatation therapy:
Love your Brain – empowering parents to talk to their kiddos about understanding their emotions and behaviour
Love Your Brain is the first children’s picture book from child behaviour expert Chrissie Davies.
An informative, and light-hearted text, Love Your Brain is narrated by Little Brainiac – a likeable children’s character – and focuses on the importance of looking after and understanding our unique brains.
Love Your Brain empowers parents to talk to their children about the importance of understanding their brains, encouraging brain care and ultimately learning how this impacts on their emotions and behaviour.
Love your brain and it will love you back
Little Brainiac begins the story by reminding children that their brains are amazing, but they must be taken care of like other parts of their bodies and loved much the way they love their family members.
Little Brainiac highlights that when you ‘love your brain, it will love you back’, helping children to understand the importance of brain care and how it helps them to feel better in their whole bodies.
Kids as Brain Managers
As a child herself, Little Brainiac reassures her audience that while they’re young, their parents or caregivers will help them look after their brain, but as they grow older, they must take some responsibility too. They must become Brain Managers, just like her.
Love Your Brain empowers not only parents but also children, as it emphasises the naming of emotions, and most importantly, how to manage them.
The book continues with Little Brainiac giving the reader some ideas about how to care for their brain:
Get lots of sleep
Eat lots of healthy food
Listen to music
Give your brain a break by using meditation and mindfulness
Say kind things to your brain because doing this helps to reinforce a positive growth mindset and attitude.
Love Your Brain is a book that encourages calm and emotionally connected parenting and the strengthening of relationships for all families, including those with neurodiverse children.
Author Chrissie Davies is a Child Behaviour expert with over twenty years of experience in advocating for and understanding children with challenging behaviours.
Chrissie understands how difficult it can be for parents to understand their child’s behaviours, which is why she’s so passionate about supporting and educating families to create happier and safer home environments and she hopes that Love Your Brain can become part of the parenting toolbox.
She says, “When we truly understand that children don’t see the world in the same way as adults, and we teach them how to keep their brains happy and healthy, we understand that this is really the most important parenting tool we will ever need.”
By writing this book, Chrissie hopes that parents and children understand their behaviour more positively, and discover how to become brain builders, together.
Grug Live – Out of the Burrawang Tree and into our hearts
Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, Aussie icon, Grug, is brought to life in this magical stage production from Windmill that is perfect for our youngest theatre lovers and, to be honest, just as good for their parents!
Clever and delightful
Combining puppetry and storytelling in the most magical of ways, with an integrated set design that opens out like a Swiss army knife full of surprises (complete with fishing hole!), Grug’s grassy-knoll is brought to life with secret doors and unexpected openings into his world that are as clever as they are delightful.
Passionate, expressive and energetic
The award winning hour-long performance, which celebrates the tenth anniversary of Grug, keeps even its littlest audience members captivated, with puppeteers Matt Crook, Zoë Dunwoodie and Tim Overton passionate, expressive and energetic from go to whoa.
It truly is an art form to witness a puppeteer visible on stage but simultaneously so much part of the of performance that the puppets manage to take on a life of their own, somehow separate from everything and everyone; an art form that is truly mastered in Grug Live.
What is ostensibly a show centred around bringing the world of Grug, and the celebration of his birthday, to life, is very much a fun-fun filled adventure about friendship, offering loads of laughs along the way, as well as music, dance and plenty of chances for kiddos to feel a part of the show.
If smiles are a measure of success, then Grug Live has definitely made it big (and little!).
Suitable for ages 2 and above, Grug is playing at the Dunstan Playhouse until October 18.