The summer season is full of fun things to do, but one thing we look forward to now is the Bupa Family Day outside the MCG. This is the second year we have attended and while we enjoyed it as a family of five last year, Gemma and I decided to make it a special mum/daughter date this time around.
I love that summertime activities and especially now the cricket bring us together as a family, but I am even more grateful for the little moments I get to spend with each of my children one on one and cricket really is Gemma’s thing. The twins enjoy it, but they have other passions. The cricket is where Gemma’s heart comes alive.
As the kids get older, I find myself searching for opportunities to spend enjoying time with them alone. I just want to slow down time and really get to know the people they are growing up to be. It is during these special dates that I really feel like each child opens up a bit more under the special spotlight of singular attention.
So Gemma and I headed out to the Bupa Family Day on the train together and we were able to go to all the different activities without getting a family vote, indulge in a gelato for her and a coffee for me and really bond.
Honestly, the chance to meet the players, get signatures and even the free carnival rides are all just a bonus to the real treat of time spent with my teenage daughter. We were able to chat about the things that she would like to do at the end of this cricket season, planning already for the one that starts again in September. We reviewed all the happy times we have had this year and even had a giggle at the fact that she was finally just too big for the face painting stall. I did ask if she was sure. I learned that blueberry gelato is her favourite flavour, and watched as she made sure she got Steve Smith’s signature on the mini cricket bat before we left. I am still blown away that there are these free events available to families to meet their sporting heroes in person. Thank you, Bupa. It was really another wonderful day.
I have a great opportunity for your Melbourne family to bond together over cricket like we do. If you are in Melbourne (or can get to the MCG on your own dime) for the 10rd of February, you could win one of four family passes to the T20 to see Australia play England! The great thing about these family passes is that they are for FIVE people. As my own family is made up of three kids and two parents, I know how rare it is to get a pass that includes all of us! If you are a smaller family, bring grandma along.
For more information about how you can make the most of the little, every day moments, pop over to Bupa to check out their guide to making the Little Moments Matter.