Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on Stage! Review

Somewhere, hidden amongst thorny brambles is a little kingdom of Elves and Fairies. Everyone who lives here is very, very small…

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We were excited to be invited to Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on Stage! We went to the show at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and it was fantastic! It so great that kids get to experience going to a real theatre.

The show is aimed at children 2-7 years old and follows Princess Holly and Ben the Elf as they help Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, go on a trip into The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum and plan a surprise birthday party for King Thistle.ben png

We don’t want to ruin the plot, but there may or may not have been a jelly flood!

Georgina Says

The show goes for almost 90 minutes with an intermission. Isaac didn’t move throughout the first half – he was mesmerised!

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For the adults, the masks take a little bit of getting used to as you can see the actor’s mouth and chin and the rest is part of the costume. Whilst Alegria noticed them, they didn’t bother her and Isaac was totally unaware because he was swept away in the show!

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

The live theatre production of Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on Stage! is touring Sydney, Newcastle and Perth from 30 March 2016.

MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.liketouring.com/ben-and-hollys-little-kingdom-live

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Spotlight National Craft Month VIP Event

For as long as I can remember, I have been crafty! My Nanna was crafty, my Mum is crafty and now my kids are crafty!

You will have seen on Instagram some of my projects (I am especially proud of the Alegría and Isaac’s Santa sacks)! It is my aim to start sharing tutorials with you so that you can do simple (and not so simple) creative projects with your children at home and on the road.

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Spotlight and Kids Business invited us to a VIP event specifically for bloggers recently to introduce us to some exciting crafting trends as well as to celebrate Spotlight National Craft Month which is happening throughout the entire month of April 2016.

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Spotlight is an amazing place to unleash your creativity! They provide their customers with do-it-yourself supplies and know-how to learn new skills and techniques in sewing, baking, craft and dressmaking.

During the event, we enjoyed new product previews, live demonstrations and interactive workshops hosted by some amazing presenters.

The guest speaker was Pip Lincolne from Meet Me at Mikes who spoke about her new book “Craft for the Soul- How to get the most of your creative life” and the benefits of crafting for wellbeing. I loved Pip’s analogy of families crafting together from an excerpt from “Little House on the Prairie” , I fondly remember my childhood connection to craft.25644944060_ef606758a5_o.jpg

It was fantastic to go around the room, from table to table, meeting the presenters and doing hands-on activities. The creative buzz within the room was palpable!

Trixi Symonds (www.colouredbuttons.com) demonstrated easy sewing projects for kids – and I loved it! I made a felt toy and the kids have already put in their orders for a giraffe, elephant and tiger … best I get the felt and buttons out now!spotlight 4

Zorrato Designs demonstrated Wilton Colour Right, Colour Swirl and Treatology systems and I fell in love! I love cake decorating and now I know how to do the perfect triple swirl on top of a cupcake!spotlight 5

Carla Hackett (www.carlahackett.com) showcased hand lettering techniques and the new Heidi Swapp Mini Mic Machine. So pretty!spotlight 1.jpg

Rachel Burke (www.imakeyouwearit.com) demonstrated pom-pom making techniques using a horse-shoe shaped cutout as opposed to the traditional “donut” cutout we all learned as children! Rachel’s “Apomogies”- the art of saying you’re sorry with a pom-pom are fantastic!spotlight2

Alyce Keegan (www.kitandclowder.com) – Alyce is the Australian Craft Educator of the Year and 2015 Australian Small Business of the Year finalist and teaches over 9,000 people her colouring techniques for skin, hair and clothing and paper crafting. She is very talented – me, well … I have some practice to do!spotlight 3.jpg

If you would like to get involved, there will be two key in-store events taking place at all Spotlight stores:

Saturday 2 April 2016

Saturday 23 April 2016

Each in-store event will showcase hands-on DIY demos, free project sheets, awesome giveaways & prizes, plus amazing weekend-only specials. (Click on the photo above of the event you are interested for more information!)

Check out some fun projects on the Spotlight Stores project database and in their Get Creative magazine.

Join me in getting crafty this month and don’t forget the hashtags #spotlightncm and #imadethis to show of your creations!25644900090_1e954e1c03_k.jpg

Thank you to Spotlight and Kids Business for inviting me to this amazing event – I had a wonderful time!


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Bendigo with Kids … Fun ways to go Kidding Around Bendigo!

In the 19th century, Bendigo (in central Victoria), was the highest producing gold town in Australia. Gold was discovered in Bendigo in 1851 by two women washing their clothes in the creek not far from the Central Deborah Gold Mine and after they told a few people of the find (I bet they were kicking themselves, in hindsight!) there was the famous gold rush! Since then, a massive 777 tonnes of gold has been removed from this area and many of the tourist attractions centre around Bendigo’s rich gold mining history.

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The Discovery Science and Technology Centre*

We loved the Discovery Science and Technology Centre! It is an amazing all-weather attraction that will keep this kids entertained for hours! Actually, the kids weren’t the only ones entertained … Tim and I loved it too!

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There are so many displays that children (and adults) can play with while they learn that you could easily spend a morning or afternoon at the centre (and there is a food court just across the road in the shopping centre!).

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The Discovery Science and Technology Centre also has a designated under 6’s play area called Kaleidoscope where children enter through the giant rainbow to ride the miniature John Deer tractor, search for treasure in the mini gold mine and see the world through the eyes of a giraffe!discovery 2

For the more courageous, there is southern hemisphere’s tallest Vertical Slide where adults and children over 5 can drop 7 metres at a speed of 30-40km per hour! Tim and I had a go, Alegría wanted nothing to do with it! It definitely gets your palms sweaty and your heart racing (sorry about the blurry photo – you move really quickly)!

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During the school holidays they have lots of different activities going on – we saw their “Under Pressure!” show which was great!

Although the Planetarium looked interesting, it was not suited to little ones (we left 5 minutes into the presentation so we didn’t annoy everyone else!). I’d suggest 7+ be a better age group for this section.

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They are closed for the month of February so don’t plan a visit during this time.

Make sure you check their website.

Central Deborah Gold Mine*

The Central Deborah Gold Mine was one of 5400 working gold mines in Bendigo and operated between 1939 to 1954. It now operates as a tourist attraction offering a variety of tours and even birthday parties.Central Deborah 1a

Above ground, the Central Deborah Gold Mine is a museum that you can discover at your own pace. There is a lot to see and do – watch gold melting demonstrations and hopefully you’ll strike it rich whilst gold panning! We had to rush this part (as we were on a tight schedule) but I would definitely recommend up to an hour to do this as the kids were really into panning for gold.Central Deborah 2

We took the guided mine experience tour, which goes for 75 minutes, and is available for ages 3+. The tour sees you fitted with a miners hat and light (mini miners like Isaac get a flash light) to decend 61 metres below the earth’s surface to Level 2.Central Deborah 3

Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and had many interesting historical and geological facts to tell. One thing is for sure the miners conditions were not good and it is a surprise to us how any of them actually survived! Tim and I really liked the tour and Alegría for the most part was engaged and soaking it all in. Isaac found it a little long and after 30 mins wanted to go home! I would suggest that 5+ would be a better age and 10+ would be a really great age to retain all of the information presented.

Georgina Says

Wear enclosed shoes or boots that you don’t mind getting wet (water drips through the walls / roof and there is some small puddles) and take some warm clothes as it’s chilly underground!

More information about the Central Deborah Mine can be found on their website.

Bendigo Joss House Temple*

From when gold was first discovered in 1851 to the present day, the Chinese community has been a part of the proud history of Bendigo. The Bendigo Joss House Temple allows you to discover more about the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold. It was constructed in the late 1860s and is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia.joss houseWe were very mindful that it is a Chinese place of worship and as there are no ‘hands on’ displays the kids were ready to go after a quick walk through.

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This temple is not suitable for little kids although if you ask nicely the attendant might let them feed the fish in the front courtyard.

For more information on the Bendigo Joss House Temple please visit their website.

Vintage “Talking” Tram*

The Talking Tram is a refurbished tram that travels from the Central Deborah Gold Mine to the Bendigo Joss House Temple and gives visitors an audio tour of Bendigo. It is very similar to the free “City Circle” trams in Melbourne. The tram itself is loud so it is really hard to hear the commentary, especially if there is a crowd onboard.

Bendigo TramwaysYour hop on / hop off ticket is valid for two days and costs $51 for a family, $17.50 for adults and $11 for children. You can get better overall prices if you combine it with a Central Deborah Gold Mine or Bendigo Joss House Temple tour.

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Park your car for free at either the Central Deborah Gold Mine or the Joss House and use the tram to get around central Bendigo – Perfect if you want to see the Discovery Science and Technology Centre, The Central Deborah Mine, Lake Weeroona and Golden Dragon Museum!

More information about the Bendigo Tramways and combined tours can be found here.

Lake Weeroona

Lake Weeroona is such a pretty spot to spend a few hours! As the name suggests, there is a lake but we were pleasantly surprised by the playground, walking trails and there is even a boardwalk café if you are feeling hungry! On the day we visited there was a coffee cart – perfect if you need a pick-me-up!Lake Weeroona

The Talking Tram stops at Lake Weeroona – so make sure you hope off and explore!

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Pack a picnic and enjoy this great child-friendly park.

For more information click here.

Long Gully Splash Park

The Long Gully Splash Park is located at the Long Gully Recreation Reserve (4.5kms from Bendigo’s CBD) and has wet and dry play areas.Long Gully Splash Park 1

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The splash park is open every day during the summer months only (November – March), from 9am-8pm.

Entry to the park is free (the car park gets very full!) and there are BBQ’s, picnic tables, a drinking fountain and a shade sail that covers most of the park.Long Gully Splash Park 2Every thing that you would expect at a splash park is here in Long Gully – bubblers, mushrooms, tipping buckets, water cannons and water features in a mining theme. The dry play area has a slide, climbing frame and basketball ring.

Other attractions worth a look!

Bendigo Pottery

Bendigo Pottery is Australia’s oldest working pottery that was established in 1858. The site includes: Retail Pottery Sales, Artist studios, Antique centre with 34 stalls, Café, Hands on clay experience including wheel throwing and clay play, Interpretive Museum – self guided tour and Function Centre. We can’t wait to go and have a play with the clay!

Golden Dragon Museum

The Golden Dragon Museum is an interesting museum that details the Chinese history in Bendigo. I remember the dragons from the Easter Parade that my Mum used to take me to as a child – I wonder if they are as big as I remember?!

The Zone Family Entertainment Complex

The Zone Family Entertainment Complex has mini golf, laser tag, go karts, skating and lots of other things to keep older kids entertained. The Kids Zone consists of a play centre, maze and Kiddie go karts. This is definitely on our “next time in Bendigo” list!

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Confectionery Capers has nothing to do with confectionery although there is a small confectionery shop where you can purchase many of your favourite indulgences including mixed lollies and chocolate bars! It is basically a shed full of toys and other machines spinning and moving around! My bet is that anywhere with lots of movement and buttons to press will be popular with kids!

Where to stay?

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

A Final Word …

We were in Bendigo for two nights and were able to see so much! Obviously, there is much more to see and we can’t wait to go back again! I think 4 nights would be perfect to see and do all of what Bendigo has to offer for a family!

* We were guests of The Bendigo Trust who manage the Central Deborah Gold Mine, the Bendigo Joss House Temple and the Bendigo Tramways. We were also guests of the Discovery Science and Technology Centre, however, our opinions are honest and unbiased. 

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Kidding Around with … Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band

If you have a pre-schooler, then chances are you see (and sing along with) Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band every. single. day!

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We spoke with Tina Harris (aka Lah-Lah) recently about their Lah-Lah – Sing It Loud! tour, travelling with her children and a cause close to her heart.

Speaking of hearts, you will HEART us when you find out that we have tickets to their upcoming tour to GIVEAWAY!

Thank you so much for chatting with Kidding Around Australia, Tina!

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Can you tell us a bit about the Lah-Lah – Sing It Loud! tour?
This is our biggest tour ever and it’s very exciting. We had a production meeting this morning and I can let you know there are some fun surprises in store for our audience. The show goes for about 50 minutes and features some brand new songs from the new Sony CD Sing it Loud. It also has some favorites from the Lah-Lah’s Adventures TV show on ABC Kids. There will be lots of singing dancing and live instruments jamming on stage and everyone will be there, Buzz the Band Leader, Squeezy Sneezy on piano accordion, Lola the Dancing Double Bass, Mister Saxophone Tom Tom on drums and Lah-Lah of course!

What are you looking forward to most whilst touring?
I just love coming out after every show and meeting the families. This is something we’ve always done and inviting kids to come over and touch and play the musical instruments. It’s pure magic after ever show.

Will your children be travelling with you whilst you are on tour?
Lily and Emily come along whenever we tour in school holidays. It’s great fun having them on the road and the band is like one big family. They especially like it when we stay at places that have pools no matter what the weather!

Do you travel very often with your children?
This year we’ll be performing at 52 venues all across Australia, about 100 concerts in total. We have tired to book as much of this in school holidays and the girls will be there for all those dates. I think across the whole year we have about 2 weeks where they’re not with us and super grandma is coming to town.

What are your favourite destinations in Australia?
Oh tough one! I do love Melbourne. Is it just me or does the coffee taste better there? I love small country towns too. This trip we’re going to Mittagong, Bendigo and Ballarat! Love bringing the show to a venue for the first time!

Do you have anything on your wish list?
Last time we were in Melbourne Gary (Squeezy Sneezy) wanted to go to the accordion shop, so the whole band went on excursion. It was so much fun. I think the most fun thing about being on the road is some of the great places we go out to eat, we’re all foodies:)

Do you have any tips for parents who travel?
Oh no, they may have tips for me though, I’m all ears, seriously!! Last year we took our girls on a family holiday to Japan. Because we were travelling around so much we all took small rolly bags rather than the big mum and dad bags. That actually worked really well for us but my girls are a bit bigger now.

Do you have any special causes that you support?
We are World Vision artists and have been for many years now. A couple of years ago the band was very lucky to be invited to tour into the far NT to visit Warlpiri communities. It was such a beautiful trip and we met some amazing families. This year we will be continuing our work to support World Vision through sponsorship and fundraising.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us Tina – we can’t wait to pull on our stripy socks and see the show!

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As promised, we have a family pass to Lah-Lah – Sing It Loud! at a location near you!

CONGRATULATIONS TO NICOLE TATE! WE HOPE YOU HAVE A FANTASTIC TIME!

To Enter:

  1. Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page so that you can keep up to date with family friendly activities! We would love you to TAG your friends and SHARE the post.
  2. ENTER your details below and answer the question!

*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 11pm AEST Sunday March 27, 2016. The winner will be announced on March 28, 2016.

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 28/03/16 at 10am AEST and announced on this website. The winner will also be contacted via email. The Prize is a family pass (4) tickets to the Lah-Lah Sing It Loud! Tour at a date and time to be confirmed with the winner.
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 winners participation in the promotion.

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The stars of LahLah’s Adventures will be live on stage and are set to perform around the country over the next 6 months.  The award winning cast from the ABC KIDS TV series, LahLah’s Adventures, are making their way to a city or town near you, on their biggest musical tour yet.

LahLah will bring their unique brand of engaging performance and live music to families across the country and will also introduce children to the wonderful world of music and musical instruments.  Meet Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Bandleader, Lola the Dancing Double Bass and the ever loveable LahLah!

The show promises to be a brand new live musical extravaganza from LahLah’s Big Live Band and these shows will feature some new, never before performed LahLah tunes, as well as some very stripy favourites.  Meet Mister Saxaphone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Bandleader, Lola the Dancing Double Bass and the ever lovable Lah-Lah.

Delivering a catchy blend of jazz, pop, rock’n’roll and world music, the LahLah band continues to engage children and families with their unique sound, on top of their passion for educating kids about music and musical instruments on our television screens.

Sing It Loud! is a spectacular, fun live show that will delight audiences and will have the whole family up singing and dancing to the fun filled sounds of LahLah and the Big Live Band.  

Tickets on sale now, so be sure to get in quick!

LahLah – Sing It Loud! Tour 

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:  www.lahlah.com 

Catch up with Lah-Lah on social media:    

www.facebook.com/lahlahsbigliveband

www.twitter.com/_lahlah

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Competition Time … Oz Comic-Con

OCC2015-Logo (1) (1)We love any excuse to dress up here at Kidding Around Australia so we can’t wait to experience cosplay at Oz Comic-Con! Now, we don’t unleash our inner geek very often, and if we are honest our knowledge of Comic-Con is largely limited to what we have seen on The Big Bang Theory, so this will be a first for us!

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Have you been? Do you want to go?

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTINA JANELLE HARE! HAVE A GREAT DAY – WE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR ALL ABOUT IT!

We have one family pass to Oz Comic-Con to give away to one of our readers (a family pass consists of 4 General Admission tickets – and children under 4 are free!) valued at $200.

To Enter:

  1. VISIT the Oz Comic-Con website and chose which city and date you would like to attend.
  2. COMMENT on our Facebook post (it will be pinned to the top!) and tell us when you want to go to Oz Comic-Con. We would love you to TAG your friends and SHARE the post.
  3. Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page so that you can keep up to date with family friendly activities and give some love to the Oz Comic-Con page as well!
  4. ENTER your details below and answer the question!

*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 11pm AEST Thursday March 24, 2016. The winner will be announced on March 25.

CLAIMING TICKETS
The winner will be issued a promotion code to claim their tickets online. If the winner wants to attend the Perth, Adelaide or Melbourne show the code will provided at the end of the competition. If you want to attend Sydney or Brisbane the code will be sent in June once tickets are on sale.

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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 25/03/16 at 10am AEST and announced on this website. The winner will also be contacted via email. The Prize is a family pass (4) tickets to Oz Comic-Con at a date and time to be confirmed with the winner.
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 winners participation in the promotion.

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Kidding Around … Jurassic Creatures, featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice

If you are looking for a roar-some adventure for your dinosaur mad kids, then look no further than Jurassic Creatures, featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice which is currently on at Harbour Town in Melbourne!

We attended the opening 2.5 hour session as guests of Jurassic Creatures, featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice and even though the line looked long, it moved quickly and before we knew it we walked through the dinosaur’s mouth and into the big top.

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Tip #1: Arrive 20-30mins early so you don’t end up at the back of the line!

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Entering the big top is like being hit in the face by a sensory explosion! If you have kids that are sensitive to lots of lights, music, movement and activity then perhaps this isn’t the event for you. The Kidding Around Australia kids who don’t always love lots of people or sounds were fine and were not scared by the experience at all.

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Tip #2: Instead of joining the crowd in the main tent, turn right past the merchandise stand and head out to the rides. It will be much quieter outside and you won’t have to wait to go on the rides.

There are 3 rides outside- spinning tea cups, a pirate ship and a small train. These are not rides for older kids – infact, I would suggest that this area is targeted at under 8’s. Isaac (who is 3) was able to go on all these rides without an adult to go with him. All of the rides are included in the ticket cost and kids can go on them as many times as they want.

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Tip #3: Aim for a 1:1 child – adult ratio, especially for under 3’s. There is a lot of people and kids going in different directions, so you will help your sanity if you only have to have eyes on one child.

Inside, there were rows of the most infamous prehistoric animals including snow covered polar bears, penguins and colossal Mammoths, fearsome Saber Tooth Tigers, a massive selection of dinosaurs and, of course, everyone’s favourite the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Activities included a timed jumping castle and ‘Egg Chipping’ where kids could become a Paleontologist. Children were provided with an expert digger outfit and a plaster egg with a fossil in it. The kids all went to work to unearth their very own dinosaur fossil – some were more careful than others!

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The kids also loved making a sand picture and doing some colouring in. The kinetic sandpit left us with sand and colour on our hands (not ideal – so pack some wipes as there are no toilets on site).

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Tip #4: There are no toilets on site – you have to leave (get a stamp on your hand) and go about 25m to the toilets at Harbour Town.

For a bit of fun, children can get their photos taken in a giant egg or whilst riding a triceratops!

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And if all of this wasn’t enough, Buddy & Tiny from The Dinosaur Train star in their very own stage show! The show is on twice during the 2.5 hours (the times are not advertised which is a pain, but I estimate that they are on half an hour after the start time of your session and an hour after that) and the first show was packed. The second show wasn’t busy at all so don’t worry if you can’t get a seat for the first session. The show didn’t hold the kids attention as there was still lots going on around them and they wanted to get out and amongst it all, but they do a meet and greet after the show if you want to get a photograph.

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Tip #5: Bring some small change for food, amusement games and merchandise stand.

Both Alegría and Isaac were given $5 each to play one game. We didn’t buy anything from the merchandise stand (it stocked everything from books to toys and games), however, we got a cup of hot chips for $4 from the on-site café to eat whilst we watched The Dinosaur Train show. As the event is at Harbour Town there are many options for a meal either before or after your session.

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So, is it worth your hard earned dollars? At $105 per family, it’s not a cheap 2.5 hour event. However, if your kids are dinosaur mad then you will get your money’s worth! Alegría asked on the way home when we were going again (a good sign!) and Isaac has been talking about the “Dinosaur show” since Saturday (another good sign!) so they definitely gave it a thumbs up!

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MORE INFORMATION

What: Jurassic Creatures featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice Age

When: 12 March 2016 – 17 April 2016

Where: Harbour Town Docklands, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC 3008

Cost: Adults $32; Children $22; Under 2’s FREE; Concession $26; Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children) $105

Purchase Tickets Here: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_searc h&aid=2196573&user_input=jurass&q=Jurassic+Creatures+featuring+Pre historic+Creatures+of+the+Ice

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dinosauradventures/?ref=hl

 


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Competition Time … Jurassic Creatures, featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice!

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Melbourne get ready to feel the Dino-Roar!

If you have children in your life that are obsessed with dinosaurs like our little Isaac then you are going to need to get ready to step back in time because Jurassic Creatures, featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice is coming to Harbour Town in Melbourne from March 12 to April 17, 2016!

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Jurassic Creatures, featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice is an interactive walk through event that will captivate young and old alike. You can explore an ancient world full of moving dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures of the ice as they come alive before your eyes.

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You will be able to watch them move and hear them roar! I know two little people who can’t wait to get up close with the most infamous prehistoric animals including colossal Mammoths, fearsome Saber Tooth Tigers and everyone’s favourite the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Children will be able to become a Paleontologist for the day as they will be provided with an expert digger outfit before chipping away to unearth their very own fossil.

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So. Much. Fun!

And if all of this wasn’t enough .. your family can meet Buddy & Tiny from Dinosaur Train and see them live in their very own stage show!

Plus there will be many more activities to take part in, including; dinosaur art and craft, fossil displays and amusement activities.

The event includes:

  •  A spectacular dinosaur display with animatronics
  •  An Interactive Fossil digging area
  •  Have your photo taken in a dinosaur egg
  •  Dinosaur Sand Art
  •  Dinosaur Train Live Show
  •  Dinosaur Sand Pit
  •  Fossil Displays
  •  Plus so many other dinosaur activities for the whole family

The event is open at Harbour Town Melbourne from 12 March to 17 April, 2016.

WIN TICKETS!

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to Yvette Curtis!

We have a family pass to give away valued at $105!

To Enter:

  1. COMMENT on our Facebook post and tell us you have entered. We would love you to TAG your friends and SHARE the post. Make sure you LIKE our page to keep up to date with family friendly activities!
  2. Enter your details below and answer the question!

Good Luck!

*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 11pm AEST Thursday March 10, 2016. The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

*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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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.
The winner will be drawn 10/03/16 at 11pm AEST and announced on this website. The winner will also be contacted via email. The Prize is a family pass (4) tickets to Jurassic Creatures at a date and time to be confirmed with the promoter.
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 winners participation in the promotion.

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MORE INFORMATION

What: Jurassic Creatures featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice Age

When: 12 March 2016 – 17 April 2016

Where: Harbour Town Docklands, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC 3008

Cost: Adults $32; Children $22; Under 2’s FREE; Concession $26; Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children) $105

Purchase Tickets Here: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_searc h&aid=2196573&user_input=jurass&q=Jurassic+Creatures+featuring+Pre historic+Creatures+of+the+Ice

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dinosauradventures/?ref=hl

Kidding Around … Geocaching

When I read Big Kid Little Kid‘s post on Geocaching, I was intrigued! I had heard the word before, but I had never taken the time to find out about it and certainly had never gone on a Geocache hunt!

Source: www.geocaching.com
Source: http://www.geocaching.com

Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you.

There are 2,719,470 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide.

So if you are like me, you may be thinking “Geo-WHAT? What is Geocaching?” Well, Geocaching is a digital treasure hunt where you are given directions on your mobile / IPad / tablet or other GPS enabled device to find a well hidden cache (usually a plastic water-proof container) and then you leave your name on the notepad before returning it for your fellow geocachers (is that even a word?) to find! Sometimes there is a little present in the cache that you are able to take as long as you put something of equal value in its place. Caches range from tiny (the size of your fingernail) to really big and there are many online forums where you can log your find.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE FUN, PERFECT FOR KIDDING AROUND … and potentially ADDICTIVE!

To begin, I downloaded http://www.geocaching.com/mobile/ on my mobile and in 2 minutes we were ready to go! After not-so-patiently waiting for Isaac to wake up from his nap we headed to our first Geocache location! I cannot believe how many there are and that I had no idea that Geocaching was even a “thing”!

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Alegría says

“LET’S GO ON A TREASURE HUNT!!!!!!”

Armed with the coordinates, we headed off. Before long, we had parked the car and were contemplating the clue. “An arch of pine” – I saw something that could constitute such a clue and voila! there was a little plastic container with notepad, rules and a few little swappable treasures! We excited wrote our team name down (for those who follow in our footsteps it’s “Kidding Around Au”) and carefully put the cache back in its hiding spot.

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Georgina Says

You must not let “Muggles” (a term meaning ‘normal, non-geocaching people’ that has been borrowed from Harry Potter) see you looking for or finding your geocache. You must go unnoticed! I must say, this adds to the thrill of not being caught!

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After our initial find, we have now gone on to look for four more. We have had two successes and two failures! One failure was due to not having an off-road vehicle (we didn’t want to risk bottoming out the Skoda!) and the other was due to having the “intro” version of the Geocaching App – which we got for free, however, for about $13 you can get the premium edition which gives you access to all of the geocaches! We will be downloading that and heading back out!

We then excitedly “logged” our find either via the app on our phone or via the website. The App and website that we use along with more great information can be found HERE.

OUR TOP TIPS

  • Take a pen with you – out of the three geocaches we found only one had a pen. You need it to make your mark!
  • Take little trinkets / prizes for swapping – you will find anything from medical supplies to marbles, toys to footy cards. If you want to keep what you find you will need to swap it with something of equal value.
  • Take food and drinks for little ones – you may end up in remote areas for extended periods searching for a cache.
  • Take sunscreen and insect repellent -no one likes getting burnt or bitten!

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We also joined the Facebook page and I couldn’t believe that people there were celebrating their 1000th find! Geocaching is such a fantastic family activity, can be done in any country and we can’t wait to go again!

MORE INFORMATION

Geocaching.com

Geocaching Australia website


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