Kidding Around … Justine Clarke’s Pyjama Jam Tour

It’s no secret that we love Justine Clarke around here! We have been to quite a few of her live shows and see her almost daily on Playschool!

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Justine Clarke – Photo: Supplied

 

When we were invited to her latest show, Pyjama Jam! and found out that we could wear our PJ’s and take our teddy bears, well, the excitement reached fever pitch!

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There are few things more exciting than getting to wear your pyjamas outside of the house … and we got to go into the city!

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Sometimes, you need your Dad to lift you up so you can see the paddle boarders on the Yarra River!

So with “Buddy and Elephant” and “Raffie and Mickey” in tow, we set off on our own little day out!

The Playhouse at the Arts Centre, Melbourne is the perfect venue for a pyjama party and the stage looked comfy and relaxing. In fact, with the little sleep this Mumma has had over the past 5 years I could have easily rested my eyes for a few minutes!

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Justine’s concerts never disappoint. She is funny and entertaining and the kids LOVE her. She had everyone dancing to all our favourites, such as WatermelonDinosaur Roar and Dancing Pants and intertwined them with new material. With titles like Pyjamas and Shufflin’ Off To Bed and our new favourites Awake! and Bobby the Tractor, Justine’s fifth studio album is sure to be a hit!

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If you get a chance you must go and see Justine Clarke! For tour and ticket information visit justineclarke.com.au

We were given tickets to Justine’s show for the purpose of this review. As always, our opinion is honest and unbiased.

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

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Kidding Around … Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art (or simply “Heide” to the locals!) is a 15-acre oasis in busy Bulleen, just a 15 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD. If you didn’t know it was there you could easily drive past!

If exploring Heide’s collection of modern and contemporary art is your thing, it’s open every day except Monday and children under 12 are free. However, if you are looking for a free family friendly activity where the kids can run wild, you can’t go past the fabulous sculpture park and kitchen garden!

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Pack a picnic and sit underneath one of the many shade trees. If you prefer to purchase your meal, Café Vue at Heide is open every day except Monday and offers a diverse range of yummy, locally sourced meals and has free WiFi. If you have kids in nappies, you can utilize Café Vue’s change room facilities!

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Regardless of where you have a bite to eat, the kids will love to take a walk around the Heide grounds exploring the different sculptures – they can even play detective with downloadable activity sheets. Click here to download.

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Heide also have programs for kids and families such as Heide Art Bubs, Family Day or kid’s school holiday activities.

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For little kids who want to play on everything something, you might want to have a picnic at Heide, a little look around and then go for a play at the Wombat Bend Playspace which is in Duncan Street, Lower Templestowe.

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Our guest contributor, Kirrilee, checked it out! Read her review HERE!

MORE INFORMATION

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Website: https://www.heide.com.au/visit/kids-families

Location: 7 Templestowe Road Bulleen Victoria 3105

Days / Times: Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Mondays

Cafe Vue at Heide

* Tue-Fri 10am-5pm

* Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

* Thu-Sat 6-9pm

* Closed Mondays

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.

Kidding Around … Wombat Bend Playspace

We are lucky enough to know so many people who love Kidding Around Australia as much as we do and over the coming months we will be introducing you to these wonderful parents as they become guest contributors on our site!

Today we would like to introduce you to Kirrilee! Kirrilee has a 3 year old son Thomas and, along with her husband, is expecting her second son in a few short weeks! We are so excited to meet him!

Kirrilee took Thomas to the Wombat Bend Playspace in Templestowe Lower in Victoria recently and it looks like an absolute cracker of a playground!

WBWombat Bend Playspace is located in Finns Reserve and is perfect for creative play! Decorated with community art, Wombat Bend has sensory play activities, accessible path networks, an ampitheatre and native forest walk and is suitable for children of all abilities, aged 1-14 years.

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There is lots of space for kids to run around and its completely fenced in! With plenty of different activities like slides, swings, a flying fox, carousel, seesaw, giant sandpit and a maze the kids will be kept entertained for hours.

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Mine and Thomas’ favourite was the elevated sandpit with water canals controlled by a tap you turn on to create a water flow that runs down into the big sandpit.

Wombat Bend PlayspaceArt is everywhere with a large mosaic titled ‘The Circle of Friends,’ running feet tiles and the maze panels are fantastic.

Wombat Bend PlayspaceIt had lots of shady areas, toilets, undercover picnic tables and BBQ area. Car parking was not a problem and the only thing I noticed that seemed a miss was a lack of drinking fountains. The one I did find needed maintenance and didn’t work.

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It gets hot so remember hats and sunscreen (and a drink bottle)! We really loved it and will definitely return!

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MORE INFORMATION

Address: Finns Reserve, Corner Union Street, Templestowe Lower VIC 3114

Website: http://www.manningham.vic.gov.au/finns-reserve-including-wombat-bend-playspace

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.

Random Acts of Kid-ness … Cobs Popcorn

It is with much deliciousness that we introduce November’s Random Acts of Kid-ness and tell you all about our sponsor Cobs Popcorn!

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Cobsmacking popcorn manufacturer Cobs Popcorn has generously donated a hamper worth $100 filled to the brim of assorted Cobs Popcorn flavours such as Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet, Coco Crunch, Butter, Sea Salt, Salted Caramel, Milk and Dark Chocolate Drizzle Caramel and more! Cobs Popcorn is Australian made using only natural ingredients, no additives, colours or preservatives and is produced in a nut-free factory. It’s the perfect guilt free snack!

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KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA’S RANDOM ACTS OF KID-NESS

What happens when a local Dad is diagnosed with terminal cancer? The community rallies around and puts on a day to remember!

Justin was diagnosed with melanoma cancer 10 years ago. He has 3 children – Alyssa 15, Nicholas 11 and Sam 6 with his wife Kelly. During this time he continued to work and strive in his career. He tolerated all of the treatments with the strongest attitude. His mantra was “I will not let cancer define me”.
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Justin – doing something that he loves!

According to Justin’s mother-in-law, “Justin would always be the first person to raise his hand in support for others in need and has been a long time volunteer to many charities playing with his band ‘Steel Crazy’ or as a duo assisting to raise funds or awareness in a variety of area’s and now he and his family are the ones in desperate need.”

After numerous treatments, Justin was finally thought to be in remission until he found out the cancer had spread to his brain and it was terminal. He and his wife Kelly, who is his rock, sat the three kids down and told them the truth. They have limited time with their Dad so they need to make the most of their time together. They then decided to do a bucket list.

Items on the bucket list included:

  • Go on a road trip around Australia
  • See Ayers rock
  • Swim with the dolphins
  • Go snorkelling on the great barrier reef
  • Take dad to all the theme parks in Queensland
  • Visit Mackay, Cairns and the Whitsundays
  • See all the beautiful scenery Australia has to offer  & to make some beautiful new memories with the kids to last them a lifetime

Kelly put some of the things off the bucket list on Facebook and so began ‘JUSTIN’S DAY’.

Justin’s Day is a chance for the community to come together to assist and show support for a well known and loved family in Seymour, Victoria. The day is being split in two parts –  a Tea Party and a Sunday Funday that will be hosted at The Royal Hotel, Seymour!

Where: The Royal Hotel, 26 Emily Street, Seymour
When: Sunday the 15th of November
Time: 9AM – 11AM
Cost: $35 per adult, $10 per child

What does it involve? A morning tea that consists of a variety of finger food, hot savouries, pastries, desserts, tea/coffee, juice and wine.

Themed as if you have just stepped into an old English tearoom, surrounded by friendly faces and delicious delicacies.There will also be entertainment throughout the morning including some fantastic acoustic performances from locals in the community.

** Bookings are essential **
Please contact the Royal Hotel at (03) 57 921 004 to secure yourself a seat at what is to be a fun filled morning.

SUNDAY FUNDAY
Where: The Royal Hotel, 26 Emily Street, Seymour
When: Sunday the 15th of November
Time: From 12 Noon onwards

What does it involve? This is going to be an exciting day filled with live entertainment, kids activities (jumping castle), raffle draws, auctions, wonderful food and even better company!

This is going to be a fantastic event for a fantastic cause! Come on down and show your support!

Donations on the day will be warmly excepted and will go straight to The Quigg family so YES bring your dancing shoes and your singing voices because we sure do want to make this a day to remember!

A bank account has been set up for Justin and his family if you would like to make a donation. Please contact info@kiddingaroundaustralia.com if you would like the details.


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Kidding Around Essentials … Dyson V6 Absolute

Okay, so I have a little confession to make! All year, I have been reading reviews from my fellow bloggers who have been lucky enough to review the newest member of the Dyson family – the Dyson V6 Absolute. I was waiting patiently not so patiently for my turn and a little bit of me thought I wouldn’t get the chance… but I should have known better! Good things come to those who wait, and boy, is the Dyson V6 Absolute a good thing!

The Dyson V6 Absolute makes a great selfie stick!
The Dyson V6 Absolute makes a great selfie stick!

I’m not into the nitty gritty of just how everything works – Dyson spend millions of dollars every day in research and development to make sure it just does. It you want all the specs, head HERE and if you want to know what I thought, then read on!

We have definitely put the Dyson V6 Absolute through it’s paces here at the Kidding Around Australia house. It’s cleaned up food, hair, dirt and flower petals! The only time it has faltered was when I tried to pick up a button on carpet (just because I could) and it pushed it rather than sucking it up!

It gives a really deep clean thanks to the cyclone technology that gets out all the underlying dirt that we can’t see, I was impressed and slightly horrified to see just how much was picked up and was there for all to see in the little plastic chamber!
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The Dyson V6 Absolute comes with five different attachment heads and a handy charging dock for keeping everything together (although everything doesn’t fit at the same time so a little basket or something is required to keep everything out of the way)! There are two smaller heads for spot cleaning and two Dyson-engineered cleaner heads for whole house cleans.  It also comes with a mini motorised head. The cleaning heads can be attached directly to the motor for a portable, “dust buster” type cleaner perfect for the car or to the stylish red pole (or wand? I’m not sure of the technical term!) that makes it an awesome cordless upright vacuum cleaner.

Would you like to see it in action? Alegría is destined for a career in film or television – she is a born presenter!

The Dyson V6 Absolute is child’s play to use! All you need to do is hold down the trigger and it’s so simple (and light weighing only 2.2kgs) that Isaac can (and will) do it happily! It has a relatively short battery life (up to 20 minutes total) and this is cut dramatically if you use the extra strength ‘max’ power button.

The Dyson V6 Absolute is easy to clean (although it always makes me laugh – the idea of cleaning my cleaning products!). It’s simple to empty and every part comes apart easily with a flick or push so that you can really get into it if you need to. The washable filter, with HEPA filtration, doesn’t need replacing and leaves behind air that is cleaner than your currently breathing! Bonus!

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After putting it through it’s paces, the Dyson V6 Absolute is a crowd favourite in this house and is definitely worth investing in! In fact, if you would like to try it out (and perhaps come and clean our house) then let me know!

Please note: We were given a Dyson V6 Absolute for the purposes of this review. As always our opinion is honest and our own.

MORE INFORMATION

The Dyson V6 Absolute:

  • Was released in April 2015. You can buy it at Dyson.com.au and select retailers.
  • Is priced at $899, however the range is: Dyson V6 RRP: $499, V6 Animal RRP: 699, V6 Fluffy RRP: $799, V6 Motorhead RRP:$799, V6 Absolute RRP:$899.
  • Comes with a 2 year parts and labor warranty (and Dyson customer service is second to none!)Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS. ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA.

Winners Announced … Santa’s Magical Kingdom and CATS the Musical

We have had such fun reading your entries for our Santa’s Magical Kingdom and CATS the Musical competitions!

We know you are anxious to know who the winners are so …

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and congratulations also to …

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Congratulations to all our winners – watch out for an email from us soon!

If you would like to purchase tickets to either of these awesome events then here is the nitty gritty:

MORE INFORMATION ON CATS

Website www.catsthemusical.com/australia

Facebook Facebook.com/CatstheMusical

MORE INFORMATION ON SANTA’S MAGICAL KINGDOM

Website www.santasmagicalkingdom.com.au

Facebook Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Melbourne and Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Sydney