The Rocky Horror Show – Melbourne Review

It’s just a jump to the left
And then a step to the right
With your hands on your hips
You bring your knees in tight …

Rock ‘n’ roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show, has arrived at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and is ready to entertain you with its risque fun and catchy songs! If you have never seen The Rocky Horror Show, be warned. The show has rude parts and is not suitable for children.

The show follows squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet who find themselves on an adventure they could never have imagined. It is on the way to visit an old college professor, that Brad and Janet get a flat tyre and seek help at the site of a light down the road.  It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr Frank N’ Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments and chaos is about to ensue!

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Todd McKenney and Shane Jacobson lead the stellar cast as Frank N’ Furter and the Narrator, respectively and special mention must go to Kristian Lavercombe who is perfectly cast as the uncomfortably creepy Riff Raff.

Shane and Todd have made the roles their own and are hilarious when demonstrating their quick wit when things don’t go entirely to plan or an unwanted comment comes from the audience teasing Shane about his career!

I have noticed that breaking the fourth wall has been occurring in many of the musicals I have seen recently and I love it!

Don’t get stuck in a Time Warp, if you want to see The Rocky Horry Show then hurry as it leaves Melbourne very soon!

MORE INFORMATION

The Rocky Horror Show
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Performance: Wednesday 18 July 2018 – 7.30pm
Season continues to 26 August 2018
Information and Bookings: www.rockyhorror.com.au

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Nude Food Movers

As Smash Ambassadors, we love that we get to share with you all of their reusable products! We have spoken about Smash before, but we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Nude Food Movers range.

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The Nude Food Movers range by Smash is designed to make it easier to reduce packing, reduce waste, keep food fresh and promote a healthier lifestyle.

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Healthy eating, healthy planet is the core message of Nude Food Movers and we love how dedicated they are to the philosophy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! It not only saves you money but also the planet!

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We use Nude Food Movers every day for the kids lunches – our favourites are the snack boxes and stackable snack tubes (they are perfect for dip, carrot sticks and crackers!)
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The range also consists of lunch boxes, fruit movers, drink bottles and insulated covers in a wide range of sizes and styles.All products are BPA free making them the perfect choice for families!

You can find Nude Food Movers at major retailers like Target, Big W Office works, KMart and there is 25% Nude Food Movers at Coles this week!

MORE INFORMATION
www.nudefoodmovers.com.au

Kidding Around Essentials: Protect-A-Bed Quilt Protector Review and Competition!

Following on from our BED WETTING AND TOILET TRAINING – TRAVELLING TIPS FOR FAMILIES post, I thought I would share with you what we use at home to protect our beds and bedding and give you a chance to win a Protect-A-Bed Quilt Protector!

For the past year, we have been using Protect-A- Bed mattress protectors and quilt protectors.

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We were disgusted to learn that humans sweat up to 1L of body fluid per night and lose millions of skin flakes each night. After 5 years, half the weight of a mattress can be made up of our own body fluids, skin cells, mould and bacteria that seep into our bedding. Pass me a bucket!

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After using the mattress protectors, we then upped our protection with Staynew Smooth Quilt Protectors. We didn’t even know such a thing existed!

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Quilt protectors assist in keeping your quilt stain free (think vomit, wee or worse), protected from dust mites, bacteria and allergens and is approved by the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice Program.

Protect-A-Bed’s® Miracle Layer™ is soft and comfortable yet waterproof and breathable and has a unique Breathe-A-Vent® allowing the quilt to breathe.

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The internal SecureClip™ System on the inside ensures the quilt remains in place, although the quilt cover did twist around the quilt protector when we took the the quilt off the bed and used it on the couch.

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COMPETITION TIME!

We are giving you a chance to win your own Staynew Smooth Quilt Protector (in your choice of size)!

To Enter:

FILL IN THE FOLLOWING ENTRY FORM AND ANSWER THE QUESTION “IN 25 WORDS OR LESS, WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CLEAN SHEET DAY?”

Entries close July 27th, 2018 at 11.59pm AEST.

MORE INFORMATION

www.protectabed.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/protectabedaus
Instagram: www.instagram.com/protectabedau
#ordinarymadeextraordinary #protectabedau

And the best bit? This guy can sneak up onto the bed and I’m not really mad! He can’t do any thing a washer and dryer can’t fix!

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SMASH STATIONERY – OTHER REALM REVIEW

As we prepare for Term 3, we thought it would be a nice time to update Alegría’s bedroom and add a desk for her to sit and write. She had her choice of a traditional desk or an old school desk and she chose the latter (compete with big flowers in a pot next to it)!

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A new desk calls for new stationery and Smash Enterprises have just released 4 new Big W stationery ranges! These are:

Urban Graphic

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This cool new range is sure to give you some serious street cred’!

Featuring everything you need to get the job done, these products walk the walk and talk the talk!

Paint and Play

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This fun and colourful new range is sure to make a statement and inspire creativity!

Perfect to brighten up your office or style your home this range is sure to turn heads!

Neo Galaxy

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*** COMING SOON! Available in-store from 15th July 2018.

This new range is out of this world! ‘Imagine, Explore and Inspire’ your next ‘Master Plan’ (and your ‘Plan B’!) with our new Neo Galaxy Stationery Range.

Other Realm

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Welcome to a world of imagination where dreams come to life!

Create a magical desk full of unicorns, glitter and sparkle to excite, delight and motivate both little and big girls!

Alegría’s selection was Other Realm:

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Alegría has been spending hours jotting notes down and making wish lists. It is fantastic to see her embracing her new space.

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Unicorns are very popular at the moment and Alegría is no different to every little girl who loves them! She loves the little 3D Unicorn eraser.

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Who doesn’t love a slap band, that doubles as a ruler?!

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And this little one? Well, this furry little critter is now pride of place on Alegría’s school bag – all ready for Monday morning!

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Happy Term 3 everyone!

MORE INFORMATION

Visit Smash Enterprises and Big W for more information.

#smashdeskstyling #stationeryaddict #bigwaustralia #bigwin

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N – Review

ATTENTION CADETS! Do you have what it takes to be a S.H.I.E.L.D operative?  Are you smarter than Iron Man or Hulk? Are you worthy of lifting Thor’s hammer? Are you a massive Avengers fan?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is a must visit attraction in Melbourne!

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Located in Federation Square (although not really in the “square” – you will need to walk along the river to get to the “paddock”), Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is an immersive experience and exhibition showcasing the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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We really enjoyed exploring the extensive range of Avengers operation equipment such as Captain America’s uniform and shield, Iron Man’s MK 45 suit, The Hulkbuster suit and Thor’s mighty hammer and seeing original costumes from the movies.

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The interactive games were a huge hit, we tested our strength against the Marvel heroes (we were not quite in the league of Hulk), we fought the bad guys on the touch screen, participated in the Thor-inspired Bifröst Bridge simulation and the kids’ favourite? The  virtual reality Iron Man game, which scans the player’s body, dresses them in an Iron Man suit and then sends them into battle against evil robots!

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So, what are you waiting for? Your mission: To delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics, technology and profiles of Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man and many more. Good luck Cadet!

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Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. closes on July 15, 2018.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information or to book, click http://avengersstation.marvel.com.au/

The Hunting of the Snark – Review

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If you are looking for something fun to do these school holidays, then head to the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio from July 11 – 15 and you could go on a hunt for the legendary Snark.

If you, like us, have no idea what a Snark is or what it looks like, it might help to know that it comes from the magical imagination of Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll.

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Don’t worry, you won’t be hunting on your own! You will be joined five high-energy actors and a puppet who will take you on a musical comedy adventure in The Hunting of the Snark.

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On the journey to Snark Island you will meet a Boy, his Banker father who is so rich he puts diamonds on his cereal, a knitting Beaver, a funny Baker who can’t remember his name, a crazy Butcher who has an appetite for exotic animals and a Bellman who is the world expert on Snarks!

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You will also get to know some larger-than-life characters such as the colourful Jub Jub Bird, a tricksy Bandersnatch who will steal literally anything (including your father’s favourite underwear), and the terrifying Boojum who with one touch ‘can softly and suddenly vanish you away’. Luckily for us, we survived and we’re sure you will too!

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The Hunting of the Snark is designed for four to 94-year-olds. It is funny, witty and will entertain the kids and provide animated tales to tell for show and tell next week!

DATES & TIMES:

Friday 13 July and Sunday 15 July: 10am, 12.30pm
Thursday 12 July, Saturday 1 4 July and Sunday 15 July: 10am, 12pm and 3pm

MORE INFORMATION:

For more information or to book visit www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183.

Monster Jam Competition – Melbourne

Monster Jam® Revs Up for 2018 Australian Tour!

The most family-friendly, action-packed motorsport in the world races into Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne

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Thrill-seekers – brace yourselves. Monster Jam® – the larger-than-life sport that always leaves you entertained – is heading back to Australian shores, and this year it’s bigger, better, faster and stronger than ever!

Returning for four action-packed shows across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Monster Jam fans can expect to be brought to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged and gravity-defying four- wheeled entertainment.

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11-time Monster Jam World Finals® Champion Tom Meents, driving Max-DTM, is set to lead the pack of world-class drivers including Australia’s only Monster Jam trained driver Rhianna Buchanan in crowd-favourite Wonder WomanTM and two-time Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Champion Justin Sipes, driving Megalodon®.

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Each city will also host the famous Party in the Pits® ahead of the first show where fans can get up close with their favourite Monster Jam trucks, before meeting the superstar drivers, taking pictures, getting autographs & more!

Standing nearly four metres tall and four metres wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that weigh around 5,500kgs. Built for short, high powered bursts of speed, the powerful Monster Jam beasts perform breathtaking stunts and can accelerate from 0-100kph in under 3 seconds. They literally fly – covering up to 50m in a single leap (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 12m skywards.

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WE HAVE 4 TICKETS & AN AMAZING MERCHANDISE PACK TO GIVE AWAY TO THE MELBOURNE SHOW FOR ONE LUCKY KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA READER!

We have 1x family pass (4x A-reserve tickets in one pass) and a prize pack (valued at $109) to give away to MONSTER JAM on Sat. 20 October at 7pm!

We LOVED it last year and CANNOT wait to go back – how amazing is this photo we took of El Toro Loco absolutely smashing it in the freestyle in Melbourne, 2016?

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Tickets start from just $24*, which makes Monster Jam affordably priced for the whole family!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

FIRSTLY:

Make sure you LIKE Kidding Around Australia on Facebook and Kidding Around Australia on Instagram if you use these sites to keep up to date with all that we do. This is really important!

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SIMPLY:
Fill in this form and tell us which is your favourite Monster Jam truck and why! We would love you to ask your kids to answer! Don’t forget their name/s and age/s.

*IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE ENTRY FORM PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE AS SOME PHONES AND MEDIA DO NOT SUPPORT THIS APPLICATION.

COMPETITION CLOSES 5PM AEST ON FRIDAY 3/08/2018. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON 6/08/2018! GOOD LUCK!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA ONLY. BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU AGREE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA MAILING LIST, IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SUBSCRIBED. YOUR PRIVACY IS PROTECTED AND YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME.
BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU ARE ALSO AGREEING TO ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
THIS IS A GAME OF SKILL NOT A GAME OF CHANCE. ENTRIES NOT FILLING IN ALL THE REQUIRED FIELDS AND ANSWERING THE QUESTION WILL BE DEEMED INVALID. THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN BY ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVE MERIT, BY A NON INVOLVED PARTY. THE JUDGE’S DECISION IS FINAL AND NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO.
ENTRIES CLOSE 3 AUGUST 2018 AT 12 PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 6/8/2018 AT 9AM AEST AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE WINNER WILL ALSO BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. 
ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE, CHANGEABLE OR REDEEMABLE FOR CASH. KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY OR DAMAGE THAT OCCURS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRIZE OR THE WINNER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION.

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Kicking off on October 6, full dates and show locations are as follows:

06 October – 5pm – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
13 October – 6pm – ANZ Stadium, Sydney
20 October – 2pm and 7pm – AAMI Park, Melbourne

Tickets for Brisbane through Ticketmaster:
www.Ticketmaster.com.au/MonsterJam or call 136 100.

Tickets for Melbourne & Sydney through Ticketek:
www.Ticketek.com.au/MonsterJam.com or call 132 849.

With stadiums selling out across the globe, Monster Jam fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to avoid missing out.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.MonsterJamOnline.com.au. Follow Monster Jam on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic – MELBOURNE GIVEAWAY

Disney On Ice

celebrates 100 Years of Magic

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Celebrate 100 Years of Magic as Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney Princesses on the ice. Be dazzled by the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf.

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Sing-a-long to over 30 of your favourite Disney songs including “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata.” Exciting moments from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories that will last a lifetime.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

We are giving away 2 x A reserve tickets (worth $98) to Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic on Friday 6th July, 7pm in MELBOURNE!
Please make sure you can go on this day and time as we cannot change the date on the tickets.
FIRSTLY:
Make sure you LIKE the Kidding Around Australia Facebook and Kidding Around Australia on Instagram if you use these sites to keep up to date with all that we do. This is really important!
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SIMPLY:
Fill in this form and tell us who your favourite Disney character is! We would love you to ask your child to answer! Don’t forget their name and age.

*IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE ENTRY FORM PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE AS SOME PHONES AND MEDIA DO NOT SUPPORT THIS APPLICATION.

Entries close: 24 June 2018 at 11.59pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is coming to Hisense Arena these school holidays from 5th-10th July.
For more information visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA ONLY. BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU AGREE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA MAILING LIST, IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SUBSCRIBED. YOUR PRIVACY IS PROTECTED AND YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME.
BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU ARE ALSO AGREEING TO ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
THIS IS A GAME OF SKILL NOT A GAME OF CHANCE. ENTRIES NOT FILLING IN ALL THE REQUIRED FIELDS AND ANSWERING THE QUESTION WILL BE DEEMED INVALID. THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN BY ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVE MERIT, BY A NON INVOLVED PARTY. THE JUDGE’S DECISION IS FINAL AND NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO.
ENTRIES CLOSE 24 June 2018 at 11.59pm AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 26/6/2018 AT 9AM AEST AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE WINNER WILL ALSO BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. 
ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE, CHANGEABLE OR REDEEMABLE FOR CASH. KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY OR DAMAGE THAT OCCURS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRIZE OR THE WINNER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION.

 

Wild Buggy – Review

If you haven’t been to Wild Buggy Driving Adventure Park then you need to put it on your list for the school holidays, or the weekend, or for birthday parties, or anytime really … just put it on your list of things to do!

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Wild Buggy is a purpose-built adventure track in Melbourne where kids aged 5+ can take a drive on the wild side and conquer over 30 hardcore obstacles!

On arrival we were given a safety briefing and then fitted with hairnets and helmets before hitting the track!

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Each non-licensed (5yr+) driver is accompanied by an instructor in a dual-control buggy to assist in turning, braking and acceleration and to guide them through the Wild Buggy track. The instructors are fantastic and fully engage with the kids – we know this because we had a GoPro in the buggy and we just loved watching the kids interacting with their instructor.

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After the kids had their turns, Tim and I also went for a spin! All licensed drivers (P+) enjoy full control over their buggies whilst being accompanied by an instructor. Tim and I are daredevils (I wonder where the kids get it from?!) so we may have heard “slow up around this corner” just a few times!

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We didn’t need to worry about our safety though, the Wild Buggy Tomcar is an Australian-manufactured vehicle that is in active military service today. They are built like a tank and designed to be parachuted out of a plane and survive! They are even able to drive on a 53 degree slanted wall and the purpose-built off-road track and obstacles are designed to take full advantage of the capabilities of the buggies!

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We definitely took a ride on the wild side and we all cannot wait to return! Alegría and Isaac was living every little wild child’s dream and you couldn’t wipe the smile off their faces. They were beaming!

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Please note: Wild Buggy is driving course only, with a small cafe and no extra activities located onsite. It’s the perfect place to start your adventurous day out!

Stay tuned for our Wild Buggy video! It will be released very soon!

MORE INFORMATION

Wild Buggy
433-453 Boundary Rd
Heatherton, VIC
P: 1300 945 328

www.wildbuggy.com