Disney On Ice presents Frozen in Melbourne Giveaway

Disney On Ice presents Frozen Giveaway

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Disney On Ice presents Frozen will transform the stage into the wintery world of Arendelle inviting audiences to accompany Anna on her epic journey to save her sister Elsa and the kingdom of Arendelle. The immersive show experience features world class ice skating and dazzling special effects. Audiences across Australia are invited to enjoy this breathtaking and magical world, when Disney on Ice presents Frozen comes to a city near you!

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Audiences will be enchanted with the much loved Anna, Elsa and the lovable snowman Olaf as well as experience never before seen characters, including Grand Pabbie and the Trolls and the Marshmallow. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, this live spectacular which will feature the full story of Frozen, as told in the Academy award winning film.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

We are giving away 4 tickets (worth $180) with a money can’t buy ‘meet and greet’ experience and merchandise bag (rrp. $70) to Disney On Ice presents Frozen on Wednesday July 5th at 7pm in MELBOURNE!
We also have a runner up prize of a merchandise bag to give away to another lucky reader. Please make sure you can go on this day and time as we cannot change the date on the tickets.
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Fill in this form and tell us who your favourite Frozen character is! We would love you to ask your kids to answer! Don’t forget their name/s and age/s.

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Entries close: 28 May 2017 at 9pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

For more information visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au Tickets are available now at Ticketek.

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Phillip Island – 3 Day Itinerary for Travelling Families

We recently spent an amazing 3 days and 2 nights exploring Phillip Island (which is about 90 minutes from Melbourne and lies just off Australia’s southern coast), and it’s not hard to know why it’s such a popular holiday destination for nature loving families!

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To take the guess work out of your next holiday, here is our fun-filled 3 Day Phillip Island itinerary for travelling families.

DAY 1.

PANNY’S PHILLIP ISLAND CHOCOLATE FACTORY

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Once you have gone over the bridge from San Remo onto Phillip Island it won’t be long until you come across Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate. It is a celebration of all things chocolate, with information about the chocolate making process, interactive machines to play with (and opportunities to win chocolates!), and the ability to make (and taste) your own chocolate creation.

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Once you’ve done all there is to do in this unique chocolate wonderland, you can explore Panny’s Chocolate Shop or head into Panny’s Chocolate Café for a chocolate inspired treat.

Alegría and Isaac are still talking about Panny’s and are dreaming of returning soon, and they are not the only ones! Panny’s chocolate is delicious!

MORE INFORMATION

Entry to Panny’s Cafe and Retail store is free of charge, however the Chocolate factory requires paid admission.

TICKET PRICES:

  • Adults $17.00
  • Children 4 -14 years $11.00
  • Children under 4 – Free
  • Family $50.00 (Family pricing is for 2 adults and 2 children)

Website: www.phillipislandchocolatefactory.com.au/

CHURCHILL ISLAND HERITAGE FARM

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After spending an hour or so at the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, you should head to lunch at Churchill Island Heritage Farm. The food is varied and delicious – seriously good tasting food! Trust us! We really enjoyed sitting at the outside picnic table, watching the kids playing on the lawn and looking out over Western Port.

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The Churchill Island Heritage Farm allows you to become immersed in some of Victoria’s heritage, where you can enjoy a walking around the restored farmhouse and cottages, beautiful gardens, farm sheds and lawns.

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Each afternoon from 2 pm (and 1pm on weekends, school and public holidays – weather permitting) the Churchill Island Heritage Farm staff offer a variety of interactive farm activities for everyone to participate in. We had a ride behind the tractor, fed the cows, saw a sheep shearing demonstration, milked a cow, cracked a whip and watched a sheep dog work the herd. There is no need to worry about missing out on an activity – you just move from one to the other. We had such a fantastic time and cannot recommend this as a fun family activity highly enough.

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Before you leave, take a short coastline walk to the lookouts over Phillip Island and Western Port or alternatively, you could do this before you have your lunch and enter the farm.

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MORE INFORMATION

Entry onto Churchill Island is free of charge, however the Heritage Farm requires paid admission (and it’s cheap and really worth it!).

Daily farming activities:

1.00-1.45pm         wagon rides (weekends, school and public holidays only – weather permitting)
2.10pm                 cow milking
2.30pm                 sheep shearing
2.45pm                 whip cracking
3.05pm                 working dogs
3.20pm                 sheep shearing

TICKET PRICES

  • Adult (16 years+) – $12.80
  • Child (4-15 years) – $6.40
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $32.00
  • Australian Pensioner (ID required) – $8.95

BUNDLE & SAVE – Check out the bundled ticket options to see some of Phillip Island Nature Parks other attractions, with guaranteed savings.

4 PARKS PASS – Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Antarctic Journey, Penguin Parade General Viewing, Koala Conservation Centre – prices start at just $58.00 per adult.

Website: www.penguins.org.au/attractions/churchill-island/

It’s now time to check into your accommodation before having some dinner! We stayed at the Phillip Island Apartments which we can highly recommend for your holiday. It is walking distance (a block) to the main street, supermarkets, delicious eateries and the Cowes foreshore. We will discuss your accommodation options at the end of this post!

DAY 2.

Koala Conservation Centre

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The Koala Conservation Centre opens at 10 am and is set on six hectares of Australian bush. To view the koalas, you can walk along two easily accessible tree top boardwalks to get up close and personal with the koalas. On the day we were there, there were 5 koalas close to the boardwalk so don’t go expecting heaps of koalas to be right there waiting for you! They are wild and free to move around as they wish!  

The Tree Top Koala Boardwalk is an easy 800m loop which takes about 20 minutes (you could walk through it in 5 minutes but you really want to stop and smell the eucalyptus!) and the Tree Top Woodland Boardwalk is an easy 600m loop that won’t take you longer than 20 minutes.

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Whilst your kids will love spotting the koalas and being on the lookout for wallabies, echidnas and native birds, ours really loved learning about the lives of koalas and other native animals through the interactive displays in the visitor centre.

MORE INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES:

  • Adult (16 years+) – $12.80
  • Child (4-15 years) – $6.40
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $32.00
  • Australian Pensioner (ID required) – $8.95

BUNDLE & SAVE – Check out the bundled ticket options to see some of Phillip Island Nature Parks other attractions, with guaranteed savings.

4 PARKS PASS – Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Antarctic Journey, Penguin Parade General Viewing, Koala Conservation Centre – prices start at just $58.00 per adult. (Save $11.30)

Website: www.penguins.org.au/attractions/koala-conservation-centre/

THE ECOBOAT ADVENTURE TOUR

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The EcoBoat Adventure Tour operates all year round, with up to three departures per day over summer, in addition to other seasonal tours and MUST be booked in advance.

We went on a day where the conditions, they say, couldn’t really get any worse. The swell was higher than the boat and we even received a text message prior to departure to remind us to bring motion sickness medication or to call to re-book. We were on a tight time schedule, so we joined the tour as planned. As it turned out, the following day the conditions were ideal – you win some, you lose some!

The crew really know how to show their guests a good time – 1 hand in the air for a question, 2 hands means we are having fun! We loved the high speed boat ride along Phillip Island’s spectacular coastline, seeing the Nobbies sea-cave (which is visible only from the water), learning about the Cat Bay National Surfing Reserve and how it got it’s name, seeing the aerial acrobatics of the short-tailed shearwater birds before they take-off for a 16,000 kilometre migration journey to islands off the coast of Alaska and being bounced around as our captain Michael put the EcoBoat through its paces over the waves and took us through the aptly named “washing machine” before stopping at “Seal Rocks” one of Australia’s largest fur seal colonies.

This is where things started to unravel for the Mumma, who has decided that Tim and the kids will enjoy these activities without her from now on! The kids loved seeing the seals ducking in and out of the water and coming up close to the boat. It was really interesting to learn about Phillip Island Nature Parks environmental work in the area and how they bought back the land, removed the houses and have reinstated the area as a nature reserve.

The 90 minute tour (ours departed at 3 pm) finished with plenty of time for us to head to the Penguin Parade for dinner and to find our spot for the sunset penguin viewing.

MORE INFORMATION AND THINGS TO NOTE

  • Free WiFi on board
  • All participants must be at least 4 years of age.
  • All participants must be at least 100cm tall.
  • Passengers with back, neck, shoulder or heart conditions, those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are advised to not do these tours, or do so at their own risk
  • Open waters and unpredictable sea conditions could cause physical injury, psychological stress or motion sickness.
  • Eligibility of passengers to participate in the tour is at the discretion of the Captain who has the right to refuse passage

TICKET PRICES:

  • Adult (16 years+) – $85.00
  • Child (4-15 years) – $65.00
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $235.00
  • Australian Pensioner (ID required) – $85.00

To book, visit the Buy Tickets page or phone +61 3 5951 2800.

Website: www.penguins.org.au/attractions/ecoboat-tours

PENGUIN PARADE

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You can’t visit Phillip Island and not go and see the penguins! Tim and I both have vivid memories of visiting the area as kids and seeing the little penguins return to their burrows after a day out fishing!

At the Penguin Parade, there are interactive displays, documentaries being shown, an onsite cafe (where we had dinner) and a souvenir shop.

The penguins arrive at sunset and their approximate arrival time can be found on the www.penguins.org.au website or on the arrival calendar. They suggest that if you have general viewing, you should take your seat 1 hour prior to penguin arrival time and if you have underground viewing then you should find your spot 30 minutes prior to their arrival. This can be a long wait in the cold for kids so perhaps take it in turns to sit with the bags whilst taking the kids along the boardwalks as you will probably spot penguins just walking along!

We had underground viewing tickets, so we were sheltered from the weather and the number of people is restricted. If you are sitting in the grandstands on the beach MAKE SURE you pack warm, weatherproof jackets, gloves, beanies and take a blanket. It can be freezing. The souvenir shop sells them if you find yourself being cold!

In the underground viewing area, there was an interactive box that had all sorts of shells, bones, shark eggs, coral, seaweed etc that had descriptions and information on it. Alegría spent the time waiting for the penguins soaking in all the information and sharing it with other kids. The head ranger told me that every night there is always a child like Alegría that fully embraces the hands-on activity.

Before long, the penguins arrived and waddled their way up the beach and into the sand dunes. They are surprising fast considering they have such little legs and we loved seeing them! As we walked back up the boardwalk to go home, we passed many of them but you CANNOT take photos. Which, as hard as it was, we respected as it is a rule to protect the little penguins – you can download photos for your album HERE.

MORE INFORMATION: 

There are many ticket options – for more information please click HERE

General viewing prices:

  • Adult (16 years+) – $25.70
  • Child (4-15 years) – $12.80
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $64.20
  • Australian Pensioner (ID required) – $17.95

BUNDLE & SAVE – Check out the bundled ticket options to see some of Phillip Island Nature Parks other attractions, with guaranteed savings.

4 PARKS PASS – Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Antarctic Journey, Penguin Parade General Viewing, Koala Conservation Centre – prices start at just $58.00 per adult. (Save $11.30)

Website: www.penguins.org.au/attractions/penguin-parade/

DAY 3.

ANTARCTIC JOURNEY

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The new ‘Antarctic Journey’ attraction at the Nobbies Centre is a fun, virtual journey to Antarctica – somewhere that has long been on our list of places to visit.

The kids loved the hands-on and interactive experiences – we got to feel the cold in the Antarctic Chill Zone and then compared a penguin’s thermal image to ours to see where we lose the most body heat. As we visited in the school holidays there were extra science activities to keep the kids entertained, learning and having fun!

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We all enjoyed walking through the exhibition, filled with floor to ceiling screens showcasing the stunning Antarctic landscape and wildlife. We then played with the state of the art augmented reality experience which allows you to “stand” on an iceberg and touch the penguins, seals and whales.

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MORE INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES:

  • Adult (16 years+) – $18.00
  • Child (4-15 years) – $9.00
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $45.00
  • Australian Pensioner (ID required) – $12.60

Website: www.penguins.org.au/attractions/recreational-areas/the-nobbies

THE NOBBIES CENTRE

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Overlooking Bass Strait, the Nobbies Centre is home to Antarctic Journey as well as amazing clifftop boardwalks and views of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks. Apart from the Antarctic Journey, everything else at the Nobbies Centre is free to experience so you must definitely come and spend some time here!

We had lunch at the onsite cafe which was really delicious! Don’t worry about hungry tummies when you visit – you will find plenty to keep everyone happy and there is a gift shop and interpretive display on penguin conservation on Phillip Island there to pass the time whilst your meal is cooked.

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The area is a photographers paradise, with many vantage points from the boardwalks and lookout points. We enjoyed the views along Phillip Island’s south coast and seeing the blowhole, Nobbies and Seal Rocks but the highlight was seeing the Little Penguins (who are often seen here) resting near the boardwalk!

MORE INFORMATION

The Nobbies Centre closes approximately one hour before sunset each day to protect the native wildlife.

Summer: 10am – approx. 8pm (Opening at 2.00pm Christmas Day)
Autumn: 10am – approx. 5pm
Winter: 10am – approx. 4pm
Spring: 10am – approx. 6pm

* The Antarctic Journey attraction closes approximately 1 hour before the Nobbies Centre closing times and the Nobbies Cafe closes approximately 30 minutes before the above closing times, while the Gift Shop will remain open until the centre closes.

Website: www.visitphillipisland.com/listing/the-nobbies

CAPE WOOLAMAI

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Before we began our journey home, we stopped by Cape Woolamai for a play in the sand! This golden beach is a popular Phillip Island surfing spot, which is patrolled by Surf Life Savers during the summer. If you are feeling more adventurous, there are a variety of walking tracks across Cape Woolamai where you can experience the coastal scenery from Phillip Island’s highest point. For us, we had a great time playing in the shallows and building sandcastles. Just a word from the wise, they only have cold outdoor showers so getting sand off little bodies was hard and not overly successful.

Website: www.penguins.org.au/attractions/recreational-areas/cape-woolamai

OTHER ATTRACTIONS WORTH CONSIDERING

PHILLIP ISLAND GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT

Fancy a hot lap, driving the go karts, behind-the-scenes tour or checking out the history of motorsport? The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit has many options for you – age and height restrictions apply.

Website: http://www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au

A MAZE’N THINGS

A Maze’N Things is a whole world of optical illusions, mazes, thrilling rides, mini golf and puzzles that will entertain, intrigue and amuse adults and children for hours.

They also have a large and colourful café, specialty retail shop and outdoor facilities such as playgrounds, BBQ’s and picnic areas.

Website: www.amazenthings.com.au

WHERE TO STAY?

There are heaps of options … but this might help you out!

PHILLIP ISLAND APARTMENTS

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Our home away from home for two nights was the 4 star, self-rated Phillip Island Apartments which is located in the vibrant seaside town of Cowes. As I mentioned, it is just a short stroll from local shops, restaurants, beautiful beaches and within easy travelling distance of Phillip Island’s many attractions.

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment that included a full kitchen and laundry facilities, large living and dining area with a balcony overlooking the pool and BBQ area. The spa is heated (even during the colder months) and is big enough that it was a mini-pool for the kids to play in. They LOVED this and Isaac still asks to go back!

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The staff were friendly (a special shout out to Marguerite) and offered great advice on where to go and what to see.  I had a sneak peak in the 3 bedroom apartment and can say that it was equally as clean, spacious and well appointed.

Phillip Island Apartments feature:

Complimentary Wi-Fi
Complimentary Foxtel in all apartments
A complimentary off-street car park per apartment
Complimentary BBQ facility on site

Website: www.phillipislandapartments.net.au

Alternatively, you could check out:

BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park

Website: www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/vic/phillip-island/philip-island-caravan-park

Ramada Resort Phillip Island

Website: www.wyndhamap.com/wps/wcm/connect/Wyndham/home/Resorts/Australia/VIC/phillipisland/Accommodation

Cowes Caravan Park – Family Parks

Website: www.familyparks.com.au/travel/cowes-caravan-park

Silverwater Resort, San Remo

Website: www.silverwaterresort.com.au

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We would like to thank Phillip Island Nature Parks and Nicoleta for making it possible for us to have such an amazing experience. We cannot wait to come back again!

For more information or to book your amazing family holiday visit: www.penguins.org.au


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NitWits – All-In-One Head Lice Treatment Information and Giveaway

This post is sponsored by NitWits

If you are like us, your head will start itching at the mere mention of head lice, but with Term 2 well and truly underway, we thought it was time to take some notes from Nadine Ismiel-Nash, the mum and scientist who created Australia’s #1 Head Lice product, NitWits All-In-One Head Lice Treatment*.

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The truth is, head lice can be picked up anywhere – including at school or when you’re away on holiday. I don’t know about you, but I have better things to do than spend hours tackling a head lice infestation!

Nadine is urging Australian parents to remember that early detection and treatment of head lice will minimise the spread. “For any child in school, including preschool and high school, weekly head lice checks are a MUST. Don’t forget to do a good check behind the ears and at the base of the neck. Minimising the spread of head lice is easier and more pleasant for kids and parents, and a good routine will make it much less likely that your child will be affected”, she says.

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I am all for prevention when it comes to head lice, and was interested to read that securing long hair in a bun or a plait will minimise ’hair-to-hair’ contact along with applying a repellent like the NitWits Anti-Lice & Detangling Spray, which can deter and defend against head lice. For us, this will be easy to implement as Alegría’s school has a policy that states that all hair is to be tied back. No more pony tails, we are going to rock the plait and spray the NitWits Anti-Lice & Detangling Spray daily!

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY CHILD IS INFESTED WITH HEAD LICE? There are four types of head lice treatments available in Australia which work in different ways, and knowing what these treatments do and what is most suitable for your child is important.

The first is chemically-acting treatments, but I would rather try other options. I’m all for a hard-lined approach, but if there are other options that work then I would prefer to use them instead!

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This is where NitWits comes in! NitWits offers three different types of treatments:

1. Physically-acting treatments which work differently to chemically-acting treatments through a non-poisonous method to kill head lice and eggs by either stripping away their waxy coating causing them to dehydrate, or blocking the opening to their air ways, disrupting their ability to manage water. This physical mode of action means there is theoretically no chance for the lice to build up a resistance, unlike other traditional pesticide-based alternatives. With NitWits All-In-One Head Lice Treatment, there is no need for rigorous combing or to repeat the treatment, unlike many other alternatives. Importantly, the entire NitWits range is pyrethroid-free.

2. Wet combing which involves a combing solution and lice comb to comb out head lice and eggs;

3. Natural treatments that use natural actives such as tea tree and eucalyptus oils to treat lice by entering the louse’s central nervous system, paralysing and killing the lice.

Remember, to minimise the likelihood of head lice returning, you need to ensure everyone around your child has the all-clear too! “It’s incredibly important for you to communicate with your child’s school if head lice are discovered in your child’s hair. Also, inform friends and family so they can check for head lice as well. This is the only way all potential sources of infestation can be eliminated,” adds Nadine.

Because we know you have better things to do than worry about head lice, we spoke with the good people at NitWits and they have generously given us three packs of NitWits All-In-One Head Lice Treatment to give away! Happy days!

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Dreamworld – Top Tips for Under Six!

KIDDING AROUND … DREAMWORLD

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If you are heading to the Gold Coast with your family, then visiting one of the theme parks will definitely be on your list of things to do! On our recent trip to Queensland, we had one free day so we had to choose wisely! We decided that Dreamworld was the best fit for a family with kids aged 6 and under but in all honesty, two days at Dreamworld would have been so much better! We just didn’t get to do everything and we really wanted to spend some time at WhiteWater World (which is now part of Dreamworld and included in the entry price)!

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Dreamworld is Australia’s largest theme park with over 40 rides and attractions that are categorised into different themed lands – each land has unique rides, food outlets, merchandise shops and some even have animal exhibits as part of the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF).

6 TOP ATTRACTIONS FOR KIDS AGED 6 AND UNDER

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The Main Street is home to the imposing Dreamworld globe (complete with massive Dreamworld logo, countries and mountain ranges) which is perfect for your latest holiday momento! Staff are on hand to take a professional photo, but are more than happy to take one on your camera as well! The Main Street also features the Dreamworld Ice Cream Palour, Dreamworld Cinema, a central station for the Dreamworld Express (train) as well as food, beverage and retail outlets.

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The LEGO® Store at Dreamworld is located near the top of Main Street and open daily from 9am – 6pm (you can also access it without paying Dreamworld entrance fees from outside the park) and employs 20 ‘Brick Specialists’, has 10 life-size LEGO®models including Stormtroopers, a seven-foot-tall Incredible Hulk and several ‘Dreamworld-inspired’ models including a tiger, koala and didgeridoo. It features everything you have come to expect from a LEGO® Store such as the World-famous LEGO® ‘Pick a Brick’ wall, 2×3 metre LEGO® mosaic, LEGO® brick engraving and Make-Your-Own MinifigureTM stations.

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Corroboree is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, culture, wildlife and stories. We caught the Dreamworld Express and the kids absolutely loved visiting some of the 800 native and barnyard animals that are located in Corroboree (and also within the Dreamworld grounds). A top tip is to go here last as the kids just didn’t want to leave! The area is also home to a set of Ford Model T vintage cars which can be driven around a small circuit.

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Wiggles World is home to the Wiggle House and other Wiggles inspired rides. It is aimed at toddlers and young children and features gentle rides and attractions such as the Big Red Car Ride, Dorothy’s Rosy Tea Cup Ride and the Big Red Boat Ride. If you have a Wiggles Fan then go to the Big Red Car Ride first thing in the morning – the line can be excruciating and whilst there is Wiggles videos and songs playing on a loop and little games to distract the kids anything with wait times over an hour tends to test everyone’s patience.

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ABC Kids World is a children’s area that features children’s Australian TV series’ such as Giggle and Hoot, Play School, and Bananas in Pyjamas. The kids loved the Hop and Hoot ride where they went cloud bouncing up in the sky, giving the Banana’s a high 5 and getting lost in the Fun Maze. There is also a special soft play area for little, little kids where they can get out of the pram and crawl around for a while.

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Tiger Island opened in 1995 as one of only two interactive tiger exhibits in the world. As part of Dreamworld’s conservation work with DWF, their tigers are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild and we loved seeing them up close and learning all about Dreamworld’s work towards protecting the species!

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DreamWorks Experience is a section of the park designed specifically for primary-aged children and tweens. The area is split up into three areas (Madagascar Madness, Shrek’s Faire Faire Away and Kung Fu Panda: Land Of Awesomeness) and includes the Escape from Madagascar suspended family roller coaster (Isaac was too short at 4 years old – many of the rides in this section require kids to be 110cm tall) and Mad Jungle Jam where there are hundreds of squidgy balls, air cannons, foam fountains, rope bridges and lookout towers to play on. The kids loved this area!

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I can’t talk about Dreamworld without mentioning WhiteWater World which is now part of Dreamworld and included in your entry (so make sure you pack a towel and some bathers). WhiteWater World offers something fun for every age group and the kids could easily spend all day in the Cave of Waves, slipping and sliding at Wiggle Bay or running amok at the Pipeline Plunge. If you can sneak away, adults can chill out in one of the luxury private cabanas, available to rent by booking online. With an iPod dock, fridge, deck chairs and couches, it’s heaven for anyone wanting to sit back and relax with all their creature comforts.

So that’s our 6 TOP ATTRACTIONS FOR KIDS AGED 6 AND UNDER at Dreamworld!

Of course, if you have older children there are the Dreamworld Big 9 Thrill Rides on offer – Tim enjoyed the the Mick Doohan Motocoaster which is the only motocoaster in the world!

We had so much fun at Dreamworld and will definitely return when we are next in Queensland. The kids still talk about all of their adventures and have asked to go to WhiteWater World for the day – so I guess that means we have to start planning!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We would like to thank Dreamworld for hosting our visit and making it possible for us to have such an amazing day.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about Dreamworld or to book your tickets, please visit: www.dreamworld.com.au


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Kidding Around … Masons Falls, Kinglake National Park

Masons Falls is located in the Kinglake National Park on National Park Road in Kinglake West (near Pheasant Creek), Victoria and is only 65km North of Melbourne.

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 Directions

If you turn off Whittlesea – Kinglake Rd onto National Park Rd (opposite the Pheasant Creek General Store) and continue on for a few kilometres (through a little town) you will drive into the National Park. Easy! Follow the signs and turn right at the first road (Masons Falls Rd) and you will find yourself at the car park!

Opening times – Sugarloaf Block

The Sugarloaf Block which includes Masons Falls is open daily.

31 January – 10 March 2015
9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday
9.30am – 6.00pm Weekends & Public Holidays

11 March –5 April 2015
9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.30am – 6.00pm Weekends & Public Holidays

A Hidden Gem

Masons Falls is a great spot to enjoy a bushwalk, have a picnic or dip your toes into Running Creek!

We arrived at the car park and had a look through the interpretive display in the Visitor Centre where we planned our route.  There are many tracks throughout the area that allow you to plan a variety of short and long walks ranging from 1.4km to 13 km. We decided on the Lyrebird Track near the Masons Falls Picnic Area as it was the shortest walk and suitable for prams and people with limited mobility.

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The Masons Falls Picnic Area is set among towering gums (many of which were burnt in the Black Saturday Bushfires in 2009) and has large shelters, lots of tables, free gas barbecues and toilets which makes this the perfect place for a social gathering. When we visited there would have been at least 5 different groups all having a fantastic time! You can also bring your own portable gas barbecue however solid fuel barbecues are not permitted.

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TOP TIP: There is a sign that says the tap water is not suitable for drinking. Bring enough water with you for your visit!

We walked through the picnic area and followed the signs to Masons Falls. After about 200 metres we noticed a clearing where people were sitting on rocks and paddling in the water. This is known as Running Creek. We decided that we would go there on the return journey back from the lookout!

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When you see the Masons Falls Walk sign about 200m along the path – look to your right! That’s Running Creek!

The path to Masons Falls is extremely well maintained and easy to navigate with a pram (which we are glad we had otherwise it would have been a long walk carrying two children!!) and goes up and down hills. It’s a short walk but it is tiring for little legs, especially in the heat.

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He’s a good Dad, this one!

On our walk we came across a mother and son. The mother took one look at us with the kids and said “It is worth it” (Did we really look that disheveled?!) to which her son replied “No, it’s not!” I love children’s honesty!

We made it to the lookout and as we visited in summer the Falls were not as spectacular as they would be in winter. We had a look and talked about the fossils that have been found in the area (this peaked Alegría’s interest!) and turned around and walked back.

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Georgina Says

Was it worth it? It’s pretty and I am glad we have seen it. Would we return? To the picnic area and Running Creek – yes, definitely! To the Falls themselves, perhaps in winter but once you have seen it then that’s it. There is not much for kids to do at the lookout.

As promised, after walking the 500m back towards the picnic area we found the little clearing again and pushed the pram into the bush off to the side of the path and walked down to the water. Running Creek is a beautiful little spot to explore and cool off hot feet. It was not very deep and if you stayed away from the end (it’s a long drop off!) then it was a safe place for kids to play. The rocks with the water on them were a little slippery though!

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See that foot on the right? That’s the Dadda on safety watch!

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Alegría Says

Can we come back here? I don’t want to do the big walk again but I REALLY want to come back and swim! (Mumma’s Note: I think it would be a bit cold when there is enough water to swim!!)

We will definitely visit again and bring a picnic! Hey, we may even go camping! There are camping sites in the Kinglake National Park with sites costing up to $28.80 per night for up to 6 people (some sites are big enough for caravans) and bookings are essential.

Book online HERE!

Campsite Information

The Gums camping area is situated close to a meandering mountain stream and is nestled amongst tall eucalypts and ferns. This tranquil area is a popular base for relaxing or exploring the northern section of the park.

The Gums is ideal for families and small groups, with 18 camp sites of which five are suitable for caravans up to 20ft in length. Each campsite is surrounded by vegetation providing a delightful bush setting.

Camp sites are provided with shared facilities including picnic tables and fireplaces. The campground also has one free communal gas barbeque.

Camping fees apply throughout the year and all sites must be pre-booked. Fees are charged per campsite per night, and camping is only permitted on numbered sites with the necessary permit. Each campsite may be booked for a maximum of 6 people and one vehicle.

There is no drinking water at this campsite, visitors must bring in their own drinking water.

More Information

The Kinglake National Park and Masons Falls is managed and maintained by Parks Victoria.

Here are some helpful links!

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/kinglake-national-park

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/kinglake-national-park/things-to-do/masons-falls-picnic-area

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/kinglake-national-park/things-to-do/the-gums-camp


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PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue Review

No job’s too big, No pup’s too small!
PAW Patrol, we’re on a roll!

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We were excited to be invited to PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue last Friday at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne!

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PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings Ryder and everybody’s favorite pups Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup Everest to the stage in an action-packed, high-energy musical adventure.

Without giving too much away, it’s the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. When Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found, the pups come to the rescue (with the help of little audience helpers) to save the day!

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Alegría and Isaac loved participating in this interactive adventure as part of the PAW Patrol Cheer Team, joining the pups as they travelled to Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s Farm and Jake’s Mountain.

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Georgina Says

The show goes for 75 minutes with a 15 minute intermission – plenty of time to grab something to eat or to go to the bathroom.

If you have a PAW Patrol fan in your house, then they are going to love this performance as both Alegría and Isaac really enjoyed it!

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The live theatre production of PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue is touring Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth from 7 April, 2017 before heading to New Zealand.

MORE INFORMATION

Website: http://www.nickjr.com.au/pawpatrollive/

Touring Details:

Melbourne Margaret Court Arena,
Melbourne & Olympic Parks
7 – 9 April 2017

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
13 – 15 April 2017

Sydney Darling Theatre,
International Convention Centre,
Darling Harbour
20 – 23 April 2017

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

28 – 29 April 2017

Click here to FIND TICKETS

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic Giveaway 2017

EDIT: Congratulations to Sonya Louise and Mel McKerrow! We KNOW you will have a great time at the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic!

We cannot begin to tell you how excited we are that we have tickets to giveaway to TWO very lucky Kidding Around Australia families to the SOLD OUT Werribee Park Family Picnic & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt!

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Cadbury are once again sharing the joy of Easter with Victorian families with its renowned Werribee Park Family Picnic & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, raising much-needed funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal.

All proceeds from the Family Picnic & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt are donated to the Good Friday Appeal that benefits children and families at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. This year, proceeds will specifically go towards funding the hospital’s telehealth service, which enables clinicians to conduct online video consultations with patients to provide specialist care to children in rural and regional areas.

Two very lucky families will each win four tickets (valued at $60) to the SOLD OUT Werribee Park Family Picnic & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt on April 14, 2017.

FIRSTLY, MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW US ON:

Facebook – Kidding Around Australia and Cadbury Dairy Milk Australia

Instagram – Kidding Around Australia

TO ENTER:

Simply, fill out this entry form with your details and tell us in 50 words or less “What is your favourite Cadbury chocolate and why?”

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

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Competition closes 9pm AEST 6 April 2017.  Winners will be announced on April 7, 2017 at 10am. 

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PAW PATROL LIVE! “Race to the Rescue” Ticket Giveaway!

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PAW PATROL LIVE! “Race to the Rescue”

PAW Patrol is coming to Australia in a brand NEW live stage musical show called PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue. 

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PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. Join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup, Everest, when they take to the stage across Australia.  

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To celebrate the launch of PAW Patrol Live! we’re giving away 1 x Family Pass valued at $200 for ONE very lucky family!

Winning tickets is easy, all you have to do is:

FIRSTLY, MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW US ON:

Facebook – Kidding Around Australia and Paw Patrol Live

Instagram – Kidding Around Australia and Paw Patrol Live

TO ENTER:

Simply, fill out this entry form with your details and tell us “Why you want to win?” The winner will be the answer that makes us laugh until we yelp for help!!

*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 15 March 2017.  Winners will be announced on March 16, 2017 at 10am.

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.
THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 16/3/2017 AT 9AM AEST AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE WINNER WILL ALSO BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. IT IS THE WINNERS RESPONSIBILITY TO ORGANISE THEIR TICKETS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS TICKETS ARE LIMITED.
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

Canberra – Playhouse,
Canberra Theatre Centre
31 March – 2 April 2017

Melbourne – Margaret Court Arena,
Melbourne & Olympic Parks
7 – 9 April 2017

Brisbane – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
13 – 15 April 2017

Sydney – Darling Theatre,
International Convention Centre,
Darling Harbour
20 – 23 April 2017

Perth – Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
28 – 29 April 2017

TICKET SALES – www.pawpatrollive.com.au

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WHAT’S ON? CADBURY’S EASTER EGG HUNT AND FAMILY PICNIC ON GOOD FRIDAY AT WERRIBEE PARK 2017

2017 Werribee Family Picnic & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

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Cadbury will once again share the joy of Easter with Victorian families with its annual renowned Werribee Park Family Picnic & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, the largest Easter egg hunt in Australia, raising much-needed funds for The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal.

In its 17th year, the Family Picnic & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Good Friday, 14th April at Werribee Park, in conjunction with Parks Victoria. Since its foundation in 2001, the event has been held to support The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and has raised in excess of $1 million for children and families at the hospital.

All proceeds from the Family Picnic & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt are donated to the Good Friday Appeal that benefits children and families at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. This year, proceeds will specifically go towards funding the hospital’s telehealth service, which enables clinicians to conduct online video consultations with patients to provide specialist care to children in rural and regional areas.

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The event has become a much-loved Easter ritual bringing joy to many Victorians and this year is set to once again provide a magical day out for families and friends. Children aged three to twelve can take part in one of the many egg hunts throughout the day, participate in the rides, and watch the shows available on the day.

The lovable Cadbury Easter Bunny is excited to meet and greet families and entertains the crowd this year!

Tickets go on sale from March 6, 2017 via Ticketmaster prices are $15.00 per ticket.

But you’ll need to hop to it quick if you want to be part of the chocolatey fun, tickets are limited and sell out quickly so be sure to get in early!

Where: Werribee Mansion in the Park – K Road, Werribee, enter via main gates (Gate 2) on K Road

When: Good Friday – April 14, 2017 at 9:30am

Tickets: On sale from Monday March 6 at 9am from www.ticketmaster.com.au or phone 13 61 00

Ticket prices: $15.00