How To Make TOP Memories These School Holidays

Published 04 Dec 2017 by Top Parks  | Last Updated: 06 Dec 2017

How To Make TOP Memories These School Holidays

If we’re lucky, most of us have at least one golden memory from our school holidays. More often than not, it’s the simple things. In fact, awesome school holiday activities are usually free, fun and with family. 

I remember, when I was around 7 years old, going to a holiday park with my parents and big brother. 

One evening we were gathered around the table, sitting in our folding camping chairs outside the caravan, playing a card game. My older brother was leaning back in his chair, the way we always did even though we were told not to by our parents.

He leaned back so far that he tipped over backwards, landing in a heap on the ground with the camping chair folding up around him, his cards still in his hand!

I laughed so much. I’ll never forget the sight of his goofy front teeth and his sheepish grin, as he attempted to fight his way out from the clutches of that chair. 

What a top memory. 

It’s the sort of memory that ties you to your childhood. The glorious simplicity of school holidays and endless playtime. It’s a simple memory, filled with laughter. 

These are the sorts of memories that are made every day at our holiday parks. Memories your kids will treasure forever. 

We love families and family holidays. So here are 10 school holiday activities to help you make TOP memories with your kids this holiday season:

1. Embrace the great outdoors

Spending time in nature is one of the most valuable school holiday activities you can do. 

Scientific studies show that time spent in the bush could improve your short term memory, lower stress levels, boost energy and improve your ability to focus. All things that will come in handy once the little ones return to school.   

And if you’re allergic to tents, no worries! Many of our Top Parks offer cabin accommodation, so you can get some much needed R’n’R without having to sleep on a roll mat.  

2. Play a game


It needn’t be cards, but playing a game as a family is a great way to spend time together. Whether it’s Monopoly, Scrabble, footy, beach cricket, or good old “catch”, you’re bound to share a few laughs. 

3. Have fun with food

One of the highlights of Luke’s Top Parks holiday was making pancakes. It could be the moment your little one is inspired to become a chef. Or it could just be that funny time Dad tried to flip the pancake and it landed on the roof of the caravan next door. 

Cooking over a camping stove is always an experience! But you could have just as much fun baking a cake in the kitchenette of your cabin or at the park camp kitchen. 

4. Have a midnight feast

It’s waking up in the middle of the night to eat snacks and naughty treats. What’s not to like? Suggest this to your kids and instantly gain 10 cool points. Plus it only happens once in a while, which makes it extra special.

5. Make a splash

It’s hot outside and you’ve been kicking the ball about. Cool off in the park swimming pool. (Psst, there’s often a pool for you and a separate one for your smaller, noisier companions.)

6. Bring your four legged friend

Playing with a pooch is a great way for your kids to release excess energy, for a better night’s sleep. And for you, dogs elevate mood and look after your heart! I can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t want your four legged friend to join your school holiday activities. 

We have the largest number of dog friendly holiday parks in all of Australia, so there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from bringing your friendly fur ball. 

7. Make new friends

The great thing about the school holidays is that lots of other families are trying out the same sorts of activities as you. 

Kids make friends easily at holiday parks. Take a leaf out of their book and have a chat to the family in the cabin or caravan next door!

8. See some sights

There’s so much to do and see in the park itself, but what about nearby? There are Top Parks near Australia's most famous sights and attractions; Carnarvon, Alice Springs, Cairns, Byron Bay, the Grampians, Launceston and Barossa Valley, to name a few! 

9. Run away and join the circus

Not for real, just pretend. Juggling balls, a hoola hoop, face paint… these are the tools of the circus and super fun to take to a holiday park with you. 

Plus, they’ll keep the kids entertained for hours while you relax with a cold one (capturing their golden memories on camera of course!) 

Did you know many of the parks offer some fabulous entertainment on site during the school holidays such as movie nights and treasure hunts?

10. Recreate your memories

What school holiday activities did you enjoy? Chances are there’s a version of them you can try now with your kids. 

Did we miss one of your favourite school holiday activities off the list? Click to share this post on Facebook and let us know by tagging our Facebook page /TopParks. And if these ideas aren’t enough, ask your friendly TOP Park staff for their suggestions.