Tours for Kids means farming out the kids for a holiday of their own, which also means a holiday for the parents!
Family holidays are usually enjoyable for everyone, but it's an added treat if parents can enjoy a little time to themselves, knowing their children are still having fun.
The McDonalds love having a break with their two girls and came up with the idea of Tours for Kids. This is how it works.
Children are met at their accommodation between 8.30am and 9am and returned between 4pm and 4.30pm. They are given a bright fluoro T-shirt with the company mobile number on it, just in case someone wanders off. These are cleverly colour-coded, so quick counts can be done. Digital photos are taken of each child so that carers know what they look like. These are deleted once the child has been delivered back to their parents.
The air-conditioned bus is clearly marked and fitted with scooters, balls, kites, frisbees, cricket equipment, totem tennis and volleyball. There is a DVD player, television and stereo, so passengers don't get bored or restless.
There's plenty of food for everyone muesli bars, milk, juice and muffins and lunch is prepared at the destination.
The tour is structured so there are plenty of things to do. That way the younger ones are totally occupied and the older ones, who may have thought the whole thing was uncool, are soon won over. Wet weather activities have been covered too.
Some of the places visited include Tropical Fruit World, a bee farm and chocolate factory, Queensland Museum, Queensland Science Centre, Thunderbird Farm, where they can hunt for thunder eggs, and David Fleay's Wildlife Park.
This park has a strong focus on education and conservation. Displays include underwater observation of the platypus, saltwater crocodiles and the only Lumholtz's tree kangaroo, Julia Creek dunnart and mahogany gliders on display in the world.