Kiama with a Kid

A bit of a last minute decision and so therefore, no packing information, I am afraid.  However, Little Miss O and I took a short but delightful trip to Kiama last week, so I thought I would share with you some of our fave things. Unsponsored/bribed/paid etc., as usual.

1) The train trip down...and back.  Seriously.  Who on earth wants to be stuck in a car in school holiday traffic with an almost six year old stuck in the back wanting to play eye spy and getting bored?  Not me.  Cue a relaxing two hour or so train trip from Town Hall (direct on the way down.  Yay!) where we could play eye spy freely, look out the window, read Roald Dahl aloud (but quietly) and eat snacks as well as snuggle up as necessary.  Little Miss O is a big snuggler.

2) Kiama Shores Motel.  Smack bang in the centre of the action on Collins St.  Extremely friendly front of desk staff, one of whom drew up a map of interesting things to do and to eat.  Very clean rooms.  Ours was a "suite" which meant extra space, a sofa and a spa bath.  Simply furnished but with useful things like a tea towel with the tea and coffee making bits and bobs.  Reasonably priced room service.  Nice one.

3) The play and exploration spaces.  There were plenty of parks and play grounds for Little Miss O to run free and to climb and spin and all those things that kiddies seem to want to throw themselves into.    We also walked across rock pool areas (note these have warning signs, so proceed with caution and be sensible), peered into the swimming pool searching for octopi and oohed and aaaahed at the blow hole amongst other little adventures.

4) The food.  We ate a lot.  Upon arrival, we established the "ice-cream every day" rule and we picked "Licked" gelateria because it had yellow and white stripy cups and yellow is our fave colour.  Fave flavours included crème caramel, crème brûlée and chilli chocolate.  We also loved Kai Japanese Restaurant and the Hungry Monkey for brekky.  The Hungry Monkey staff were fab with Little Miss O's allergies.

5) The shopping.  Believe it or not, we found some great treasures at the Pop-op co-op on Collins Street, Elsie and Sam on Manning St, the Salvos on Terralong St and the Wednesday Farmer's Market (hello blue sheep's cheese).  Little Miss O liked the toy shop best.  Go figure.


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