Grandma Debbie Chapman enjoys a visit from her   grandchildren Chloe and bub Ayden.
Grandma Debbie Chapman enjoys a visit from her grandchildren Chloe and bub Ayden. Contributed

Christmas is a special time for grandparents

IT IS THAT time of year when those little munchkins, the ones you can hand back, are on holidays - are you in shape for their return.

For many grandparents who only see the grandkids on the holidays, there is preparation to do.

Deb Chapman loves her grandkids and can't wait for them to visit each holidays.

The 57-year-old grandmother said their ages ranged from three-and-a-half months to 11 years.

"I kid-proof and clean the house as I don't do much housework when the kids are here - I want to spend my time with them," Deb said.

"I also have to get lots of food in preparation for their arrival - in the hot weather there is lots of watermelon and icy blocks."

Deb said she loved when they got to the age they could come away with grandma.

"I love to keep them busy. I have backyard games. I have a lot to cater for the kiddies," she said."

We have trips to Hervey Bay and surrounds, visiting the likes of the water parks and pool."

"I get them helping me around the house with little chores, cooking, face painting, visiting the animal refuge, feeding the ducks and the movies."

Exercise including walking, building muscle and cardio workout are ways to get you into shape.


Activities in Maryborough: Hayley Groves run a kids art workshop during the holidays - email hayartby or visit Hay Art on Facebook; Fraser Coast Regional Council will run a forensic science exhibition Whodunit? Murder Mystery at Mengarie Park at the Maryborough City Hall - visit; Summer Reading Club at the Maryborough Library; for more try looking at

Activities in Hervey Bay: visit the beach, Wetside Water Park or the Aquatic Centre; the Hervey Bay library will hold literary, science and art workshops, call 41974206; visit the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere, call 41974206.

Activities in Bundaberg: The Summer Series returns to Bundaberg Regional Galleries with creative and interactive activities, phone 4130 4750; Yarn Bombing in BRAG Park, phone 4130 4750;

Activities in Gympie/ Cooloola: Make your very own sock animal or sock monster at the Rainbow Beach, Imbil, Kilkivan, Gympie, Tin Can Bay or Goomeri libraries, call 54810859; Lego competition, call 54810859; Learn about your chosen totem animal and make some art about it at the Gympie Regional Gallery, call 54880733; Movie in the Park, Lake Elford, call 54810760.

Other activities grandparents could organise were bare foot bowls, ten pin bowling, nature walk, arts and crafts and app discovery.

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