Lots of homeschooling families came to Goomboora Park for the day. We didn’t notice the heat at all in the cool shade of the creek.

In the evening Cally, Bono, Thiango and Cosmo took a walk on the Esplanade.

After an episode of Play School involving machines, we made a catapult with a wooden spoon and a music machine with jar lids and rubber bands.

That started a search for the old vending machine we made from cardboard last year. A big game was played with the dolls, Dumper Truck and the vendor lady who didn’t like kids.

We did some more packing of toys and Thiango did the washing up while Cosmo peeled the corn.

In the evening Cally showed Thiango tricks with Cat’s Cradle and Cosmo watched Skylanders with Will.

We started the day at the beach after collecting water from the Spring on Barron Falls Rd. Bono, Willem and Cally came too.

Thiango is still not 100%. Cally gave her an acupuncture treatment and Cosmo practised needling an orange.

It’s pretty hot so we rested in the afternoon. Cosmo is watching Skylander walkthroughs and Thiango is watching Sabrina the teenage witch.

In the evening we walked to the shops.

Cosmo has been playing a Pokemon game with Cat.

In the evening Thiango went to CoCA with Cally to watch a one woman show about a woman on a road journey across the desert.

When she came home she made a potion that can cure any sickness and Cosmo put together the candle vacuum experiment, and practised some tricks with hoops and heels.

We finished off our cultural explorations with an Indonesian Fashion show and dance performance on the Esplanade.

Thiango took lots of photos in the evening light.

We read Maurice Sendak and ate pancakes before heading off to Goomboora Park for the Papua New Guinean Independence Day Celebrations. It was cultural diversity week so we continued on to Martin Munro Park for demonstrations of Japanese dance and we bought Udon from Satoshi’s stall. There was a water balloon game where you could keep as many as you could scoop up before the paper dissolved on your hook.

Thiango wanted to learn more about counting money so we counted with our collected coins and then we found some activity pages about money.

Cally took us to buy shoes and we found new thongs for Cosmo and some spunky sandals for Thiango. We had lunch at the Sushi train.

Cosmo and Thiango spent some more time on the train tracks and Cosmo zoomed in on Umizoomi maths games while Thiango watched Zac and Cody. We also spent a lot of time sorting clothes and fabrics for packing, took a walk to the shops to buy eggs and baked choc chip biscuits with cranberries.

In the evening we finished reading The Princess and the Mountain Dweller - an American Indian tale from Fearless Girls.

We started the day with an early morning swim at Holloways.

Cosmo practised lots of tricks with hoops and on his bicycle. Thiango did some tapping since watching an inspirational YouTube clip of the Nicholas Brothers yesterday. In the evening she choreographed a chair dance routine to some 50s classics.

The Kuranda mob came for rehearsal and we all gazed adoringly at baby Nina. Cosmo and Jo Jo compared iPad notes and the girls had a big swim. The train set came out and the Optimus Prime mask.

We talked about money, looked at rental houses on RealEstate.com, discussed 70s fashion, gypsy culture, counted in 2s, 5s,10s and 100s and sang three different rounds.

Thiango was sick with a fever today and stayed in bed. She tried an episode of Brady Bunch but it was a bit dry. So she zoomed in on some 60s fun with I Dream of Jeannie, and then some 70s chaos with Tabitha, and some 80s mayhem with Sabrina. The witches and genies proved more interesting than the moral family.

We did dash out to see Ctl Alt Del youth circus show at CoCA which was a big hit with both Cosmo and Thiango but otherwise it was a day in bed. Cosmo did some free ranging with Bakugan but mostly he was quiet too - still recovering. He played the turtle game and dragon worlds, and watched Bakugan Defenders of the Core walkthroughs and Dora.

In the evening Will and Cat had a rehearsal at Canopy Art space - we all went: there was a big multicultural meeting on and everyone fed the children chicken, juice and popcorn.

Cosmo borrowed a microscope from Mount Molloy. It was $1 Tuesday so we borrowed lots of cool DVDs. Thiango and Cosmo did some drawings while they watched Playschool. Cosmo found a new turtle game on the iPad.