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Young experts' tips for holiday fun

Posted: 12pm 22 Dec 2021

Instead of guessing what young people might like to do during school holidays, we asked some young experts from Redcliffe Area Youth Space for a list of their favourite skate parks, books and games. Here are their must-do, read and play suggestions.

Best skate parks in the region (and nearby)

Redcliffe - 437 Oxley Rd, Redcliffe

Redcliffe Skate Park is a concrete park featuring a small bowl, a large transition area and several street elements including stairs and a grind rail.

Narangba - Harris Ave, Narangba

This youth plaza is a hit with skateboard, roller blade and scooter enthusiasts. There’s a skate bowl, rails and ramps, seating and shelters to provide a safe space for young people to skate, scoot or cycle.

Bracken Ridge BMX and skate plaza - 523 Telegraph Rd, Fitzgibbon

This is one of the largest facilities of its type in Australia, with 640m of track suitable for beginners through to advanced riders, as well as scooter riders and skate boarders. The skate park has features including ledges, rails, quarter pipes and roll-ins. The lights are on until 10pm.

Skateboarding safety tips

  • Safety gear – closed-in shoes with no slip soles, helmet, knee and elbow pads, goggles or shatterproof glasses
  • Avoid skateboarding in wet weather
  • Look before entering a skate park
  • Never hitch a ride by holding on to a bicycle, car or any other vehicle
  • Don't wear your headphones
  • Stick to the skate parks rather than streets or crowded areas

Support a local

Redcliffe Area Youth Space Ride Supplies is right next door to the Redcliffe Skate Park and is run as a social enterprise to raise money for Redcliffe Area Youth Space’s programs.

It sells ride supplies, assists with maintenance of skateboards and can offer tips on how to do it yourself.

There is plenty of stock available in the lead-up to Christmas for those wanting to buy complete scooters and skateboards or parts to customise or build their own.

Ride Supplies is open 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday. It is at Redcliffe Area Youth Space, corner Oxley and Anzac avenues.

Lessons for riders are also available. Phone 3289 8769.

To find out more, search Ride Supplies on Facebook

Top reads for young people

Well Read Book Club – run by Redcliffe Area Youth Space is an inclusive book club which aims to connect community, help build literacy skills and encourage creative expression.

It is open to young people aged 13 years + and operates every Thursday from 3-5pm. To find out more, phone 3283 8769.

Well Red Book Club - favourite books:

For younger and older readers

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Red Tree written and illustrated by Shaun Tan (Picture Book)

Little Fur by Isobelle Carmody

For readers 10 years and up

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix

Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson

For readers 14 years and up

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The Collected Works of Mary Oliver (poems)

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Murder on The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquz

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

For Manga readers:

Black Butler by Yana Toboso

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

Neon Genesis Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

D.gray-man (manga) - Katsura Hoshino

Online Favourite:

Beneath The Dragoneye Moons by Selkie Myth

Best games for young people

Level Up Gaming Group at Redcliffe Area Youth Space is an inclusive group for young people aged 14 years +. It includes group games, video games, tabletop games and art projects. The group gets together at Redcliffe Area Youth Space on Thursdays from 5-7pm. To find out more, phone 3283 8769.

LEVEL Up’s favourite games:

BOARD GAMES

- Coup

- Talisman

- Mysterium

- Cantaloop

- Risk

- Tale Salem

- War Hammer

- Settlers of Catan

- Uno

- Chess

VIDEO GAMES

- Control

- Oxygen Not Include

- HAZI

- The Witcher 3

- Mario Party

- Minecraft

- HO14

- Medieval Total War

- Final Fantasy 14

- Darkside

- World of Warcraft

- The Descent

- Genguishon

- Dark Souls

- League of Legends

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