Bedhead Hats – Buy one and give one someone in need for free!

Spring has sprung and if you are anything like us, you will be heading outside more and more – yay!

BEDHEADS HATS

We are extremely sun smart in the Kidding Around Australia house as both sides of our
family have had skin cancers removed, including me (Georgina). Australia has one of the
highest rates of skin cancer in the world and not everyone realises that sun exposure in the first 10 years of life plays a large part in determining your lifetime potential for skin cancer.

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It’s for this reason that we are thrilled to be collaborating with Bedhead Hats who are
committed to helping parents instil sun safety habits in children by using the most
comfortable, high quality protective hat solutions on the market. All Bedhead Hats have UPF 50+ Excellent Protection rating, are made with resilient stretch cotton that grows with the child, the brim stays firm out of the child’s eye line and they are made to suit the hot Australian climate.

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When Alegría tried on her hat, the first thing she commented on was that it didn’t flop in her face! It’s true. I’m not sure what they use, but it is not floppy! Alegría said that is super comfy and she loves it! Isaac loved the different designs and ultimately went with an outdoors inspired design which is perfect for our new Raising Nature Lovers School Holiday Program.

The head behind Bedhead Hats is 35-year- old mum of one, Richelle Ellis. Having a very out-doorsy newborn boy, Richelle desperately searched for a baby-friendly hat that provided optimum sun protection. All Richelle found was heavy, hot canvases, clashing prints and floppy brims that were either too big or uncomfortable for her baby. So, in 2011, Richelle launched Bedhead Hats to fill this gap in the market and deliver hats that were not only tested on the UPF protection of fabric, but also the size and angle of brim – while being cleverly designed to stay on small heads!

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Richelle is not only a talented business woman, she is also passionate about philanthropic purpose. Richelle has started a new community initiative ‘Protect the Potential’ that will see Bedhead Hats give away $100,000 worth of hats to newborns in Australia including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

That’s something that we all should get involved with! From the 15th September 2017, for each order placed online at www.bedheadhats.com.au, a newborn hat will be gifted or donated. Customers have the choice to gift the hat to someone they know in need or donate to charity aiding disadvantaged mothers and babies (such as St Kilda Mums and Baby Give Back) simply by purchasing any product and selecting ‘GIFT’ or ‘DONATE’ at the cart screen to pass one on to a child in need. Amazing.

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Bedhead Hats are pram and baby carrier friendly; soft around the neck, while providing sun and glare protection. RRP $26.95 – $34.95.

MORE INFORMATION
Website: www.bedheadhats.com.au 

#bedheadhats #protectthepotential

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JORD Wood Watch Review and Competition

I have been admiring JORD Wood Watches for a few years now and had coveted a women’s wooden watch to call my own. I love that they are handcrafted and use range of raw materials as well as the feeling of ‘wilderness wanderlust’ I get as soon as one of their images pops up in my Instagram feed.

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I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to collaborate with JORD as they are a brand that I already had an emotional connection with – even though I was not yet a direct consumer. They say it is always a matter of timing and when the email came through about 10 days before Father’s Day a little thought crept into my head. I scanned the list of women’s watches in the Woman’s shop and picked my favourite. Curiosity got the better of me, so I had a look through the men’s wooden watch range as well. I kept coming back to a watch that I knew that Tim would absolutely love, but what about MY watch? I really, really want one! But the thing is, Tim is hard to buy for. I’ve lost count of the number of DVD’s and framed photos he has received as gifts, and apart from sending him skydiving for his 40th birthday, my gifts to him could be described as a bit hit and miss. Well, NOT THIS TIME!

With a spring in my fingertips, I ordered Tim a Koa and Black Dover series watch from the Men’s shop and eagerly waited for it to arrive from America. It arrived and like an excited child, I presented it to Tim! He was amazed and promptly announced that this was the third best present he has ever received (after Alegría and Isaac!). He was so excited that I didn’t have the heart to point out that they weren’t actually presents!

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Opening a JORD watch is an event in itself. The watch comes beautifully packed in a cedar box with oil, cloth, extra links, and warranty card. The box (and selected watches) can even be personalised with custom engraving for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations or just a declaration of love.

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Each JORD wooden watch is crafted out of a range of beautiful sustainable woods and sapphire crystal glass instead of actual glass (crystal glass is one of the most scratch resistant materials on earth) which is perfect for living life outdoors! A quick look at the JORD website will show you each unique watch has different textures, colours and grains along with different internal movements. We love the skeleton watches, such as the Dover, because you can actually see them working away. You know, keeping time. Oh, and you don’t even have to worry about winding your watch or flat batteries as JORD watches are self-winding watches. It truly is fascinating!

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Each of JORD’s wood watches has a one year warranty, but they have two rules! If you got all crazy with your watch and it got damaged they appreciate your honesty and will charge you a small fee. If there was a defect in their workmanship, they will put their heads down in shame and repair the watch free of charge. I like this.

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I can honestly say that JORD watches make a unique and distinctive gift, but it’s not just the adults that love this watch. Isaac is so enthralled with Dadda’s new wood watch he has put his order in! One day, little man. One day.


COMPETITION INFORMATION

If you love this watch as much as we do, then you are going to want to enter our competition!

Every person who enters will have a chance to win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site (You don’t have to choose the Dover – they have many amazing wood watches for men and women!). One lucky person will win, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth $25 once the contest ends!

To Enter: Simply click on this link and fill in your details here https://www.woodwatches.com/g/kiddingaroundaustralia

We would LOVE you to share this with your friends! This competition is open worldwide!

Competition ends: 01/10/2017 at 11:59pm and the winner will be emailed by JORD Wood Watches. All other entrants will receive their consolation code via email.

Good Luck!


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Monopoly Gamer Review

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Hasbro has released various branded versions of classic board game Monopoly over the years but when we heard that Hasbro and Nintendo have teamed up to introduce the Super Mario-themed Monopoly Gamer we were excited to how different it would be.

The essence of Monopoly remains the same in Monopoly Gamer, which hit stores in August, with players rolling the dice to travel around the edge of the game board, buying and trading properties but with the added fun of completing levels, token-specific abilities, coins replacing money, power-up dice and boss fights. Monopoly Gamer is next level Monopoly.

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For the first time in Monopoly history, each character token (Mario, Donkey Kong, Princess Peach and Yoshi) has its own unique power-up ability, introducing another layer of strategy for new and old players alike. For example, landing on the Super Star board space will activate Princess Peach’s “Super Star” ability to collect rent from the bank, Mario rolls the game’s numbered die and collects that many coins from the bank, Yoshi collects all coins on the board, and Donkey Kong steals three coins from each player. Players can also activate a special Power-up boost by rolling the Power-up die.

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When players land on or pass “Go”, they collect two coins and a boss battle begins. There are eight boss battle cards in the game, which players must fight in order. Players pay the amount of coins indicated on the card to initiate a fight and roll the die. If the number is the same or higher than that on the boss card, the player wins and the boss card goes into their inventory. The game ends when the final boss is defeated. Players tally up the points from the properties they own and the bosses they have defeated, along with 10 extra points for every five coins in their stash. The player with the highest score wins.

Does this make sense? If not, this might help:

With Alegría and Isaac being under 8, we had to make some concessions with the rules but they still had a great time and we have all chosen our favourite tokens!

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Monopoly Gamer also have downloadable content locked down in the form of Power Packs (each sold separately), which include one of several Super Mario character tokens like Luigi, Boo, Rosalina, Wario, Diddy Kong and more. The power packs are available for RRP $5.99 each.

If you enjoy Monopoly and are looking for a fun addition to your weekly game night schedule, then Monopoly Gamer is a must!

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The standard Monopoly Gamer Edition game is available at major retailers for RRP $44.99, and is for ages 8 and up. There is also a Monopoly Gamer Collector’s Edition game available exclusively through EB Games (RRP $64.99), featuring premium packaging and a bonus Bowser token. The Monopoly Gamer Collector’s Edition game will also be available at additional online retailers later this year.

Stay updated on the latest Monopoly brand news at Monopoly.com, Facebook.com/Monopoly, @HasbroNews on Twitter, and @Hasbro on Instagram. For more information on Monopoly Gamer, visit HasbroGaming.com.

LAKE MOUNTAIN ALPINE RESORT – 6 MUST DO ACTIVITIES TO DO AT LAKE MOUNTAIN WITH KIDS

Every winter Lake Mountain Alpine Resort transforms into a snow-covered wonderland and the kids LOVE it!

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Lake Mountain Alpine Resort in Victoria is about 2 hours drive from Melbourne through the Yarra ValleyHealesville and Marysville. It is an amazingly beautiful part of the world, that we are lucky to live so close to.

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As you all know by now, the Kidding Around Australia kids are nature loving daredevils so they loved experiencing all Lake Mountain Alpine Resort had to offer.

6 MUST DO THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS AT

LAKE MOUNTAIN ALPINE RESORT!

GO TOBOGGANING 

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Hire a toboggan or bring a plastic one from home (no inflatables allowed) and race each other down the Village Toboggan Run or Koala Creek Run! Don’t worry if there isn’t much snow on the mountain, there is guaranteed cover of man-made snow throughout the entire snow season on the Toboggan Runs.

STRAP ON SOME SKIS AT THE FISCHER NORDIC FUN PARK

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The Fischer Nordic Fun Park is designed for kids aged 4 to 12 year old and is only for children participating in the group lessons. Each session runs for 30 minutes and is all about having fun whilst learning the basics of cross-country skiing.

Alegria and Isaac LOVED there lesson! Felix was their instructor and had them kangaroo hopping and delivering pizza in no time! They both can’t wait to try again next year.

Each 30 minute lesson costs $25 per child and includes ski equipment hire (skis & boots).

START SHREDDING AT THE BURTON RIGLET PARK

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Tim was just about to burst seeing Alegria and Isaac carry their little snowboards into Burton Riglet Park. Burton began this program to get families riding together, and it couldn’t be more fun! More information on their programs can be found here

The snowboarding lessons are for kids aged 3 – 6 years (they have to be able to fit into the little boots) and let’s just say that both Alegria and Isaac take after their Dad! We see many days ahead on snowy mountain tops.

Each 30 minute lesson costs $25 per child and includes ski equipment hire (snowboard, boots and helmet). Kids are welcome to have back-to-back lessons or come back later in the day.

GET ADVENTUROUS

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Be brave and go whizzing down the 240-meter Dual Flying Fox (which is not open when it is windy – so don’t promise this to the kids), slide down the Tube Run or join in a game of Laser Skirmish (minimum numbers apply)!

Tickets are available at the information booth on mountain on the day and cost $20 for 2 Rides (per person) on the Flying Fox, $10 for 3 Rides on the Tube Run and $15 for 45 minute session for Laser Skirmish.

BUILD A SNOWMAN AND HAVE A SNOWBALL FIGHT

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You cannot go to the snow without building a snowman and throwing a few snowballs! Don’t forget to bring your own carrot for a nose!

GET CLOSER TO NATURE ON A WINTER WALK

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There are two walks that are appropriate for kids at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. The 600m return Leadbeaters Walk leaves from the SE corner of Gerraty’s car park. The 500m return Bjarne Dahl Memorial Walk is a wheelchair and pram accessible boardwalk at Snowy Hill car park. You can walk through the regenerating Alpine Ash forest and if there have been fresh snowfalls you can have heaps of fun playing in the snow!

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OUR TOP TIPS

  • Hire all your gear on the mountain (everything can be hired except for gloves – they can be purchased from the gift shop).
  • Aim to arrive by 10am – at the latest. During busy periods the carpark closes and admit no more visitors onto the mountain. Can you imagine how you (and the kids) would feel if you drove for two hours and were turned away. Ahh!
  • All food and drinks are available at the onsite cafe – however there are undercover picnic tables so bring your own lunch! Make sure you pack some snacks and a drink bottle for the kids to enjoy during the day.
  • Adults can enjoy the many cross-country skiing trails – just buy a ski pass at the information centre on the mountain. Lessons and guided snowshoe tours are available for adults and children.

HIGHLIGHTS

If this video doesn’t make you want to hit the slopes this weekend, then we don’t know what will!

MORE INFORMATION

Car entry prices begin at $56. Prices for larger vehicles, on-mountain gear rental and snow sports can be found here.

If you would like to follow in our snowy footsteps, then visit www.lakemountainresort.com.au

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

We would like to thank Lake Mountain Alpine Resort for hosting our visit. Alegria and Isaac had an amazing time and cannot wait to come back next winter!

Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway – Melbourne 2017

MONSTERS ARE COMING TO AUSTRALIA!  MONSTER JAM® IS RETURNING IN 2017

Thrill seekers in three major Australian cities are in for a treat come October, when Monster Jam®, the action-packed moto-tainment extravaganza, returns for four shows across the East Coast in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

General public tickets for Monster Jam are now on sale with fans able to witness the supercharged, gravity-defying action from Monster Jam drivers and trucks, as well as experience a new addition to the show, Race Of Champions “ROC Factor”.

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

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE 4 TICKETS + PIT PARTY PASSES TO MONSTER JAM IN MELBOURNE AND 4 TICKETS TO THE PARTY IN THE PIT ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2016 AT 2PM!

THE MEGA MERCHANDISE PACK INCLUDES:

  • Yearbook
  • Colouring book
  • DVD
  • Flag
  • Ear Muffs
  • Merch bag
  • Sports bottle
  • Lunch box
  • Monster Jam trucks x 4 (Max D, Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Dragon)

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U.S. Monster Jam greats Adam Anderson, driving the famous Grave Digger® and two-time Monster Jam World Finals® Champion Todd LeDuc in crowd favourite Monster Energy will be joined by an all-star lineup for the 2017 tour, including new truck additions MegalodonTM and EarthShakerTM .

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The show will feature various unique Monster Jam driver competitions – including Monster Jam Racing and the coveted Freestyle competitions. Plus for the very first time ever in Australia, fans will witness the ultimate showdown where motorsport royalty go head-to-head in a unique Race Of Champions “ROC Factor” competition on the Monster Jam dirt track to determine who really is the fastest of them all (drivers to be announced soon).

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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.

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

Congratulations to D. Inness, 3758 who has won our competition! We hope you enjoy your prize!

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 MONDAY 28/08/2017. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON 29/08/2017! 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 28 AUGUST 2017 AT 5PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 29/8/2017 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 7, full dates and show locations are as follows:

07 October – 6pm – QSAC, Brisbane
14 October – 2pm and 7pm – AAMI Park, Melbourne
21 October – 5pm – ANZ Stadium, Sydney

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.

Bedwetting and Toilet Training – Travelling Tips for Families

We have spoken to many travelling families about the logistics of toilet training and dealing with bedwetting on the road and whilst it is a very common problem, it can make life difficult!

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To help you enjoy your time away from home, we have compiled our list of top tips to help you get some shut eye, protect your mattresses and enjoy dry sheets (and kids) in the morning.

Here are our SIX TOP TIPS on staying dry!

Mattress protection

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There are a variety of pads and covers available to protect your bed and pillow, (and
underwear pads that can be used for one off occasions – e.g. school camps, holidays,
sleepovers) but a good quality mattress protector that doesn't leak is going to be a sleep (and sanity) saver whilst on the road.

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We use the Signature® Tencel® Mattress Protector from Protect-A- Bed, which is made from odourless wood-based fibres, stays cool in summer and warm in winter. It is absolutely waterproof (and breathable) and has saved our mattress more than once! What we were impressed with was that the Protect-A- Bed is ideal for people with sensitive skin, rhinitis, or eczema. The range is approved by the National Asthma Council, Australia Sensitive Choice Program and Red Nose (Sids and Kids) as well as the Eczema Association and is Sensitive Skin Tried and Tested. Best of all you can machine wash them and throw them in the dryer.

Making the bed in layers will allow you to pull off the wet sheet / mattress protector
layer (if an accident happens) to reveal a dry, fresh sheet / mattress protector layer so that you can get back to sleep and deal with it in the morning.

Also, just as a side note – if you can’t wash due to your location- there are disposable mattress pads that you can buy to put in the top layer. However, it’s important to have a full length mattress protector on top of the mattress.

If you are wondering why mattress protectors are essential, here are some gross facts about your bed from Protect-A- Bed that will have you buying a mattress protector STAT!

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  • 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!
  • Dust mites lurk in an unprotected mattress and are a major cause of asthma and allergies. As much as 30% of the population are actually allergic to dust mites – despite their tiny size, dust mites produce 10-20 waste particles per day!

Nappy or Pull-Up’s

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If you are worried about laundry, and you’re only away for a short period then nappies and pull-ups are sanity savers! It is unlikely that a child will become dry wearing these, but they are perfect for hotel stays and accommodation where you don’t have access to washing facilities. A word from the wise, sometimes they leak so pop a mattress protector in your case so you don’t have to explain yourself to the hotel receptionist. Been there, done that!

Staying Hydrated

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Drinking plenty of fluid throughout the day is very important for your child, and restricting the amount of fluid your child drinks in the evening is thought to be unhelpful and may even delay the process of being dry at night.

Bedwetting alarms

Bedwetting alarms are a useful and successful way to treat bedwetting, but may take 6 – 8 weeks to work. These alarms are available for hire from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and other hospitals around Australia. You will need a referral from your GP to see a paediatrician before you can hire a bedwetting alarm.

Medications

Whilst most children with bedwetting do not need to take medication, there are some
occasions when it is recommended. You should talk to your doctor about a treatment plan for your child.

Encouragement and Motivation

It goes without saying that it is very important to be patient and to encourage your child.
Most importantly, punishing or making fun of a child for wetting the bed will only make the situation worse – be sure to explain this to brothers and sisters as well.

Some parents have great success with reward charts, others find it adds stress and causes disappointment to kids who are desperate to be dry and have no control over it. Charts alone have been known to have little success, but in combination with a bedwetting alarm can be useful.

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We hope that you find these tips useful. Please make sure that if bedwetting is worrying you or your child then you should seek medical advice and grab yourself a mattress protector from Protect-A- Bed!

Good Luck and Happy Travels x

MORE INFORMATION

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

LUNA PARK – Christmas in July Giveaway

THERE’S SNOW BETTER PLACE TO BE THAN LUNA PARK THIS WINTER FOR CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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We had such a fun time when we visited Luna Park to join the Christmas in July celebrations!

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From 1st – 16th July, Melbourne’s most iconic amusement park is being transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland, with FREE admission for all, festive entertainment and a ‘sleigh’ full of Christmas decorations!

Alegría and Isaac loved dancing in the magical snowfall (it happens every hour) and squealed with delight when they spotted Santa from the top of the Ferris Wheel and had to rush in and see him!

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To fully enjoy the experience, you should grab your unlimited ride ticket and ‘skate’ the kids over to the outdoor (synthetic) ice rink. We would have been lost without our ride ticket – it’s hard for kids to walk around the park and not go on ALL the rides!

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Luna Park will be giving away amazing Despicable Me 3 prize packs. For your chance to win, simply ‘find your inner twin’ in the wonky mirrors and post to #LunaLive. The minions from Despicable Me 3 will also be making an appearance every Saturday from 12pm- 3pm.

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COMPETITION TIME!

If you would like to follow in our footsteps, then we have the perfect competition for you!

We are giving away a family unlimited ride pass (family = 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children, valued at $149.95) to one of our lucky readers!

FIRSTLY:
Make sure you LIKE Kidding Around Australia and Luna Park Melbourne on Facebook and Kidding Around Australia and Luna Park Melbourne 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 what your favourite Christmas tradition is!

*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: 6 July 2017 at 9pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF 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 6 JULY 2017 AT 9PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 7/7/2017 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.

MORE INFORMATION

For further information and to purchase tickets go to www.lunapark.com.au

WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

11:00am – 8:00pm Friday and Saturday

11:00am – 6:00pm Sunday to Thursday

WINTER OPENING HOURS

11:00am – 6:00pm Saturdays and Sundays

TICKET PRICES*:

Unlimited Ride Tickets:

These tickets give you the freedom to enjoy all the fun rides as many times as you like all day:

Adult 13+ years $49.95

Child 4-12 years $39.95

Toddler 3 years & under $17.50

Family 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children $149.95

Additional family members (extra wristbands may be purchased in conjunction with the family pass and are offered at a discounted price):

Adult 13+ years $42.45

Child 4-12 years $33.95

Toddler 3 years & under $14.90

Single Ride Tickets:

Adult 13+ yrs $10.95

Child 4-12 yrs $9.95

Toddler 3yrs & under $4.95

Annual Pass $110 per person

Brickman Experience – An Interactive Spectacular in LEGO® Bricks – A Review

Exciting news, we have a new guest reporter for you all to meet! Griffin is 13 years old and has such a way with words that we just had to send him on assignment to the Brickman Experience at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre. Griffin is a massive LEGO® fan so we knew he would have an amazing time!

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BRICKMAN EXPERIENCE – AN INTERACTIVE SPECTACULAR IN LEGO® BRICKS 

Written By Griffin

What a day I had! It was easy to find the secure parking, and at $10 for the entire day, that seemed like a bargain. When I first entered the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre, I could faintly hear “Everything Is Awesome”, from The LEGO® Movie in the distance.

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The Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre is a huge place, but it’s well signed, with lifts and stairs to cater for everyone. I was exited to meet our guide for the day, Ryan McNaught, who is one of only 14 LEGO® Certified Professional’s in the world (and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere). Ryan created all the models featured in the exhibition using more than 5 million LEGO® bricks.

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As soon as I walked in, I saw a very large colourful mosaic of the Sydney Opera House (created by 1×1 pieces on a MASSIVE board), to the left of me was enormous brightly coloured model of a flower, a replica of the Roman Colosseum, a Ferrari, many portraits of the Bond film actors done in a mosaic style (look for the imposter), and the Sydney Opera House. There are oversize replicas of Emmet and Wyldstyle from the LEGO® Movie, where you can sit and have your photo taken with them, and so much more!

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In the next room, a large model of the fire and rescue helicopter called, ‘Elvis’. Ryan explained that the first time ‘Elvis’ was being shown to the public, several children broke into the closed shopping centre at night, and pushed the model off the table on which it sat! SO MUCH DESTRUCTION! But thankfully it has been fully rebuilt and is currently on display at the Brickman Experience.

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There were also models of a Space Shuttle, and an X-Wing fighter from Star Wars, as well as quite a few other models in this room. I won’t tell you all of them, you must go see it for yourself.

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There was also the opportunity to build in the Mosaic Masterpiece Zone, and there is a Master Builders Training area for those who get inspired by what they see around them.

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Ryan was a very nice guy. I asked him a few questions, and this is what he had to say:

How’d you get the job? Sheer Luck. LEGO® knew I had worked on the programming for the LEGO® Mindstorms robots for a while, and then they gave me the opportunity to build these awesome creations.

What inspires you to make the models? Everything, really! I can’t afford a Ferrari, so I built a model of one. I went to the Coliseum in Rome, so I was inspired to build one, and I really love Pirate Films like Pirates of the Caribbean, so that’s what inspired me to build the Pirate Ship.

What could others do to become a LEGO® sculpture maker? Make sure you are good at Maths. It’s all about Trigonometry, Algebra and Symmetry. There is LOTS of Maths involved in the designs!

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GRIFFIN’S TOP TIP

Be on the look-out for all of the hidden Minifigs in Green Spacesuits (Bennies), once you have counted them all and tell them what your favourite model was why, you will be in with a chance to win a Space Lego prize pack. Go to www.bit.ly/greenspacemen to enter!

There is also a popup shop that sells LEGO® kits, LEGO® Mindstorms robot kits, and Brickman Experience merchandise (t-shirts, hats, stickers etc). I give my t-shirt two thumbs up!

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When you get hungry or thirsty there is a Combi Café for you to get refreshments and a light meal (you can get a stamp to return to the Brickman Experience if you wish).

All in all, the Brickman Experience was excellent fun! It is a must do for all LEGO® fans these school holidays!

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BRICKMAN EXPERIENCE – AN INTERACTIVE SPECTACULAR IN LEGO® BRICKS
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
24 June – 9 July 2017
Open daily. Booking is advisable.
Tickets on sale now from Ticketek bit.ly/BrickmanExp
#BrickmanExperience

NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS Review

Ready, Aim, Fire!

It was excitement stations at our house when NERF, by Hasbro, sent Alegría and Isaac a NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS to put through its paces.

NERF NITRO is a combination of traditional NERF fun and squishy foam cars, allowing big and little kids to create awesome action stunts!
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The NERF NITRO series consists of: Flashfury Chaos, Longshot Smash, Throttleshot Blitz, Motofury Rapid Rally and a very handy 3 Pack Foam Car Refill.

Alegría and Isaac loved the unique multi-fire action of the NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS which launches three NERF NITRO cars in a flash! The load and trigger pull was easy to use and the accessories had them using their brains to think up clever stunts!

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The NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS comes with one blaster, one long-jump ramp, two pop-up targets, three NERF NITRO foam cars and six obstacles, is recommended for kids aged 5 years & up and retails for $49.99.

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The NERF NITRO range is available at Big W, Kmart, Toys R Us, Myer, Toy World & MR Toys Toy World and prices start at $9.99

Learn more at www.hasbro.com or NERF NITRO