Booking off for the weekend
Booking off for the weekend
Scott Dunlop

There are lots of long weekends ahead as well as that oddly-placed week off school, but don’t despair! If you’re looking at the way the last few bouts of family flu and other medical bills have eaten your finances, you needn’t spend huge amounts on entertaining your kids.

One of our favourite celebrations at Parent24 is World Book Day on 23 April. That’s a Wednesday this year, so we think it should last at least a week. Whether you can be found in your local book store surreptitiously sniffing the new-book smell or rummaging through pre-loved volumes in the second-hand shop, you can be sure other parents will be doing the same.

In fact, one great way for moms and dads to have a social life is to join (or start) a book club. You could even start a book club that shares children’s books.

Don’t forget about libraries! Some local libraries will have activities on in the holidays, but even if you just go there to walk out with an armload of free fun, it’s a habit worth cultivating. Don’t tell your librarian we said so, but if you have a wad of fines outstanding, most libraries have an amnesty week where you can return your wayward volumes without being fined!

So, back to these days off…

Can you think of a better way to spend the time other than draped over the lounge furniture with your kids (or outside on a picnic blanket), all of you nose-deep in books?

To celebrate World Book Day, we’re giving away some children’s books (and an awesome Kalahari voucher).

If you’d like to join in the literary rumpus, you can enter by:

  1. Get your child to send in a drawing of their favourite book character (you can send a photo or scan of that to us). OR
  2. Ask your child to review their favourite book and send it to us OR
  3. Take a trip down memory lane and tell us about your favourite children’s book.

Send us an email to and we'll announce the winners on the 24th April 2014.

Now that books are available online, it’s easy to download them without leaving your house, and there are loads of classics available, sometimes for free!

If you are travelling, books are wonderful for keeping the are-we-there-yets to a minimum. Do travel safely!

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