The Time for Grandparents Program links grandchildren with approved sporting and recreational activities in their local community. This gives grandchildren an opportunity to participate in regular, fun and interesting activities at minimal or no cost to the grandparents. While the grandchildren are out enjoying themselves it allows for the grandparents to have some well earned time out.
We are continually looking for new activity providers throughout Queensland. If there is an activity in your area which is not listed please let us know and we will contact the activity provider to determine their eligibility for the program.
Acknowledgements and Thanks
We would like to thank the Lions Club of Dalby for their support for a grandfamily in Southwest Queensland. Thank you for your wonderful service to the community.
Activity providers must meet the child protection risk management strategy for employers and business providing regulated child-related services as outlined in the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Regulation 2001.
The program may be able to cover the cost of weekly fees, membership fees and in some cases we may be able to assist with uniform costs. Simply phone us to discuss your eligiblity and individual requirements.
Some free activities outside of the funded activities provided by theTime for Grandparents Program are listed below for your convenience.
- Bunnings Warehouse has free workshop activities for children.
- Art galleries sometimes have free or low cost activities.
- Theatre groups.
- Local councils sometimes run free activities for children in school holiday periods.
AFL club seasons usually operate from March to September.
Training is run during the week, and competition matches held over the weekend. AFL Auskick is a fun 10-week introduction to AFL, which operates during the school term and usually based out of a local school.
Little Athletics is available statewide and has two seasons each year (Wide Bay & South - September to March,North Qld to South of Rockhampton - April to August). Caters for 6 - 15 year olds, although some centres may also have a Tiny Tots program for ages 4 and 5.
Little Athletics aims to develop children of all abilities by promoting positive attitudes and a healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in athletics activities.
The Little Athletics motto of ‘Family, Fun and Fitness’ highlights that it is a community activity involving the whole family on a weekly basis. Athletes are encouraged to improve their own performances, sportsmanship and social skills throughout the season. Each of the events offered is age appropriate according to motor development and a gradual process of skill learning, supported by the National Junior Sports Policy.
A range of fun activities, such as play training, participation in weekly Centre competitions and participating in various QLAA carnivals and competitions occurs at Little Athletics. By participating at Little Athletics, children are contributing to their own active and healthy lifestyle. This can be achieved via involvement in outdoor activities, QLAA competitions and carnivals, coaching clinics and camps, and training sessions at local Centres.
Baseball seasons vary around the state between summer and winter. In the south east corner the game is played in Summer, the northern region play during Winter.
It is a bat and ball sport, played between two teams. It is played with a smaller ball and larger field than Softball, with over-arm pitching.
The Under 8 age group play T-Ball, Under 10s play Rookie Ball (coach pitch). Both use a soft baseball. Under 12s play modified rules on a small field. Under 14s play on a slightly larger field with full rules and Under 16s up play on the full sized field.
Basketball is an extremely popular and well recognised sport, not only in Queensland, but Australia wide. It is a non-contact sport and provides a safe and enjoyable opportunity for players of all age groups. Basketball QLD covers a range of clubs around the state, running out of stadiums as well as schools. Training is generally held during the week, with competition matches on a Friday night or weekend. Basketball runs all year round, usually broken into 4-6 month seasons.
Boy’s Brigade meets young people where they are at and assists them to grow further. Providing fun, challenge and adventure for all school-aged males, Boy’s Brigade trains and empowers young people for effective leading and mission impact in their world today. With an unashamedly Christian foundation, Boy’s Brigade has a proven track record for reaching out and providing mentoring programs for boys of all backgrounds (in & out of church), abilities and interests - broadening their horizons and skills with international recognition for their achievements.
Calling all boys and girls throughout Queensland. Want to play cricket? This is for you. There are junior cricket clubs right across the State keen to help you enjoy Australia's No.1 summer sport.
Cricket clubs generally operate during summer (September to March), however some clubs such as warehouse cricket or Have-A-Go (for children aged 4-8 years) operate all year round. Clubs offer training as well as weekly competitions within each zone. Most clubs around the state are affiliated with Cricket QLD and can be funded by the program
Fitness and Dance is available in the South East Queensland region. The Fitness and Dance Program is designed to challenge and extend the talents and skills of young performers. Beginners to advanced classes are available from three year olds to adults. The program includes regular dance sessions, workshops with guest performers, intensive training courses as well as ongoing training in technique, stage presentation and choreography. Enrolled students are offered many great opportunities such as mass group performances at the Brisbane Ekka, Master Classes with guest presenters like Luis Pinto from Mega Jam, Dance Development Programs and end of year concerts. Performances are not compulsory and children can pick and choose to participate in those events, performances and extra classes that interest them.
Girl’s Brigade is part of an international Christian youth organisation for girls aged from Prep to 21 years. It covers a wide range of activities, including camps, which help the physical, mental and spiritual growth of the girls. Starting with a simple scheme, the programme develops into a wider sphere of work, leading onto the full range of subjects and projects including the Duke of Edinburgh and Queens Award (the highest award in Girls' Brigade). There are 47 groups throughout Queensland.
Girl Guides provide a non-formal education program that is a dynamic, flexible and values-based training in life skills, decision-making and leadership. It is run by trained volunteer leaders committed to helping girls and young women grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. The program has an integrated approach through teamwork, commitment to the Promise and Law, exploring the outdoors, service in the community, learning by doing and progressive self-development. Girls start planning their program of activities and challenges with their leader from an early age. They can design their own uniform and decide the name of their Guide Unit. At Guides, girls and women have fantastic opportunities to develop new skills, try fun activities, gain confidence to think and act for themselves, make new friends, acquire a greater respect for the environment and experience a sense of community while having fun.
Gymnastics is one of the most fundamental and exciting of all physical activities. Basic gymnastic skills develop attributes that are perfect stepping stones for other sports, activities and life in general. Some of the important areas developed through gymnastics include flexibility, balance, strength, coordination, confidence and agility. Gymnastics provides an excellent health and fitness program for any age. Within gymnastics there are seven official Gymsports recognised from the International level down. Each Gymsport provides its own unique style of gymnastics, involves different training programs and uses different equipment however, all Gymsports provide participants with event opportunities at local, State, National and International level. These include: General Gymnastics (including cheerleading and Kindergym), Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Sport Aerobics, Trampoline Sports, and Sports Acrobatics. These activities may vary between clubs.
Hockey seasons generally run between March and September each year. Hockey is a sport for people of all ages and abilities so to find out what options are available for you to start your hockey experince look at the Hockey Queensland website. To become a registered player the child must be at least 6 years of age. However it is advised to check with your local association for any programs they may be running for younger children.
All clubs affiliated with Hockey QLD are covered by the program.
The Time For Grandparents program currently has several martial arts studios registered as activity providers around QLD. Others are currently being explored, and the program is happy to receive other suggestions. In addition to martial arts studios, many PCYC clubs also offer martial arts programs including tae kwan do, ju-jitsi, judo and karate.
GKR Karate is the largest martial arts organisation of its kind in the world with over 50,000 students training each week across Australia, New Zealand, UK and the USA.
GKR has always prided itself on being a ‘family club’. The classes cater for all ages ranging from 5 to 75, with approximately 40% of our students being female! Traditional karate is great for confidence building, fitness, stress relief, self esteem, concentration, mental and physical co-ordination and of course self defence. As with most traditional martial arts systems, GKR is a ‘non-contact’ style of karate. This helps to develop student focus, control and self-discipline. Studios are available from the southern QLD border up to Gympie, and from the East coast across to Toowoomba.
Aussie Kids Karate
Aussie Kids Karate, as its name suggests is a program designed for young students (4-12 years). Aussie Kids Karate uses the martial art form of Renbukan Karate which is of the Shito-Ryu style, one of the four original forms of martial arts, which was introduced into Australia in 1974 by renowned Japanese Karate Master, Mr Katsumi Iba.
In essence, the Aussie Kids Karate program is designed to escape the monotony of endless repetition of techniques that are the norm in some martial arts classes. Our classes have been adapted from a program devised by Sports Karate Australia principals, Rene Rogeveen, 5th Dan and Warren Hickey, 5th Dan. We have found that children learn more quickly through games that have a martial arts bearing and enhances the child’s skill level. The games range from simple balance exercises to “Power Games” which serve as an introduction to competition training. All the games that are played are designed to develop the skills that are required to excel in the sport in the future.
Studios are located in Mitchell, Roma, Dalby, Toowoomba, Warwick and Stanthorpe.
Gojuryu Kenrenkan Karate
The game of netball is an international sport and is played by two teams of seven players; based on throwing and catching. The object is to score goals from within a defined area, by throwing a ball into a ring attached to a 3.05 metres (10 feet) high post. Netball Queensland has 86 Affiliated Associations across 12 regions. Competitions are generally run from March to September, however some Associations also run competitions within the summer months. In addition, Netball Queensland run the NetSetGO! program. NetSetGO! is a great opportunity for kids aged 5 – 10 years to increase their social and motor skills in a friendly, fun and safe environment. The program uses play-based games to provide maximum enjoyment for all involved.
Police Citizens Youth Clubs offer before school care, after school care and vacation care, and are organised for each term or each vacation. The activities vary from centre to centre, but may include activities such as gymnastics, fitness, indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, Aikido, judo, karate, Tae Kwon Do, trampolining, table tennis, dancing, squash, rock climbing, or toddlers’ activities. Vacation Care programs are whole day programs during the school holidays, offering a range of on-site activities as well as excursions such as movies or funparks.
Scouting, which has been in existence since 1907, and in Australia since 1908, has the aim of developing young people physically, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Children are accepted into Scouting from 6 years of age, and may continue through the different sections until they are young adults at age 26. Scouting emphasises nature, adventure, citizenship, leadership and of course having fun. From the Cub Section onwards, young people are gradually given more opportunity to work in small autonomous (but supervised) groups in order to develop leadership skills. During their years in Scouts children aim to earn a series of badges, which give them a knowledge of basic Scouting skills and mark achievements in areas such as citizenship, campcraft, air and water activities and improving the environment.
Skate Queensland Association: Skate Queensland is a non profit organization supporting and promoting skating in Queensland. Roller sports are divided up into 4 branches: Artistic (dance, figure, free skating, pairs and precision), Speed (track and road racing and banked track), Roller Hockey and Inline Hockey.
Ice Skating Queensland: Ice Skating Queensland Inc. is the peak governing body for figure skating Queensland, incorporating all figure skating disciplines of single skating, pair skating, ice dance, synchoronized skating and theatre on ice.
There are currently seven affiliated clubs throughout Queensland, both in Brisbane and in the regional areas of the Gold Coast and Townsville.
Softball seasons vary around the state between summer and winter. Softball is a high-tempo, low scoring game. It is a bat and ball sport, played between two teams, with the primary difference to baseball being a larger ball, smaller field, and under-arm pitching.
Camps are available at Tallebudgera (Gold Coast), Currimundi (Sunshine Coast), and are day camps (generally 9am to 5pm) during school vacations. Activities include circus skills, fitness games, high and low ropes, orienteering, pool games, surfing, gymnastics, bouldering and canoeing.
What do your children get? They can try their hand at a bunch of great activities, get morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea, and make new friends, all in a fun, safe environment.
They don't need to be school sports champions to have a great time - anyone can come along. The program is designed for all ages and abilities so get some friends together and join in the fun these school holidays.
Swimming Clubs in Australia are made up of swimmers, coaches, parents and officials providing a fun and safe environment for kids and parents alike, many offering or having links to learn to swim schools, coaches and training, fun club race nights, and a strong social program. Activities may include swimming lessons, squad training and swim meets. Most clubs only operate during the Summer, but some may feature a heated pool for winter use.
Rowing is held all year round, and clubs exist throughout the state. Clubs offer a range of services, including Learn to Row programs, recreational rowing, and competing in Regattas. Rowing is more commonly held early in the morning, however most clubs offer mid-morning and afternoon sessions. Learn to Row Programs welcome all levels of fitness.
If you’re thinking of introducing your child to lifesaving, then Junior Activities (Nippers) is for you. Junior Activities is open to children from age five up to 13 years (age for a season is calculated as of midnight September 30). Every club in Queensland offers a Junior Activities program, all with various styles and sizes.
Lifesaving is something for the whole family to get involved in and there are many supporting roles that you can play as a parent of a child involved in Junior Activities. Surf lifesaving is an amazing activity for growing a child’s confidence, knowledge and skills in the beach environment. Not only will your child have fun and meet new friends they will become part of an iconic organisation that has served the Australian community for over 100 years.
The program is focused on play, participation and fun. It offers an educational pathway through the delivery of the Junior Development Resource Kit which is designed to ensure children have fun at the beach while participating in lessons that will develop them to become a knowledgeable participant in both lifesaving and sport. As they progress through the various age groups, nippers will undergo lessons in wading, running, swimming, board paddling and lifesaving skills including working towards resuscitation and first aid.
Practising these skills allows children to compete in club, regional and state surf lifesaving carnivals representing their clubs.
Soccer seasons are generally held during Winter (March to September). Some clubs offer additional programs, such as futsal or indoor soccer at other times of the year. Clubs offer team training during the week, as well as competitions within each zone, usually held during the weekend. The program covers clubs affiliated with Football QLD – other clubs, such as church soccer clubs, may be explored independently.
Originally used as a training technique for rugby league, touch football has become a popular sport in its own right as a safe and social game. Clubs generally operate all year round, either based on a calendar year or operating in Summer and Winter seasons. Some clubs may offer Rugby League during Summer seasons and Touch Football during Winter seasons. Most clubs around the state are affiliated with QLD Touch and can be funded by the program.
Rugby league seasons are generally held during winter (March to September). Clubs offer team training during the week, as well as competitions within each zone, usually held during the weekend. The program covers clubs affiliated with Rugby League QLD.
Rugby Union seasons are generally held during winter (March to September). Clubs offer team training during the week, as well as competitions within each zone, usually held during the weekend. The program covers clubs affiliated with Rugby Union QLD.