Carnival Spirit – Cruising Tips for Fun Loving Families

We recently spent an amazing 9 days aboard the Carnival Spirit, and it’s not hard to know why cruising with your kids is such a popular holiday option for fun loving families!

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The Carnival Spirit is larger than the Titanic was and measures a massive 294m (963 ft) long (that’s over 3 football fields), is 12 decks high, has a maximum capacity of 2124 guests and 961 crew and is 88,500 tonnes of fun!

“You can’t spell FUNNEL without FUN!”

– Jennifer Vandekreeke, Vice President and General Manager, Australia at Carnival Cruise Lines

From the moment you board the Carnival Spirit, the fun begins! There is more to do than can ever be done. Seriously. Try as we did, we still didn’t get to experience all that was on offer (so I guess that means we need to go again!).


Each day, a copy of the FUN TIMES (Carnival Cruises’ daily newspaper) is delivered to your stateroom with information about the 45+ daily options available to you (these include: venue opening hours, restaurants, spa services and specials, lectures, activities and games, show times and contact information) as well as shore excursion details (such as port arrival and departure times and other important information). Finally, on the last day of your Carnival Cruise, the FUN TIMES will feature information regarding the process of getting off the ship, and, settling your shipboard account. Everything is covered which means all you have to do is have fun!


Take a highlighter so that you can highlight specific activities that you want to do in your FUN TIMES each night so that you don’t forget!



Each Carnival Cruise has a dedicated (and super friendly) Cruise Director (in our case, it was Eli) who is the face and voice of the ship. Eli ran many activities during the day, hosted shows in the main theatre and generally made sure we all had a great time!


Throughout your holiday, you can participate in as much or as little as you would like. We loved Creative Cove and making beach tote bags, crew-led fun such as the Wiggle for Westmead and the behind the scenes tour (where we met Captain Adriano Binacchi and toured the bridge, checked out the costumes backstage at Pharaoh’s Palace and visited the talented chef’s in the ships galley).

Some activities do require additional payment and places are limited. Make sure you book early with Guest Services on Level 2.


Towards the back of the ship is a fantastic splash park and water slides. The yellow Twister is fun for anyone over 105cm and the free-falling, 65km per hour Green Thunder is for those over 120cm. This is such a fun place to hang out and if your kids still have energy to burn after returning from a shore excursion then you will have the place almost to yourself!


Carnival Spirit has three swimming pools – each with a spa and towels are provided. The two main pools welcome kids, however, one pool is located in the Serenity adults only retreat for when you need a little time to yourself.

In times of high winds or inclement weather the water slides and splash park will close and not be operational. Make sure you visit at the beginning of the cruise so that if the weather turns bad you don’t miss out!


At the front of the ship you will find a running track, mini golf, netted sports court for basketball and football, as well as a table tennis table. That’s a whole lot of fun and games!


But, it’s not all that’s on offer! There is a video arcade on Deck 4, Foosball and shuffle board tables in the RedFrog Rum Bar, Build-A-Bear Workshop in Camp Ocean, Trivia and Bingo.

Pack more sunscreen than you think you will need as it’s very expensive on board and often they sell out. Fun Fact: They sell 120+ sunscreen in New Caledonia as the sun has such a kick to it.


Designed for children aged 2-11, Camp Ocean features three age-related areas including a Penguin colony for two to five-year-olds and a Sting Ray camp for six to eight-year-olds, while nine to 11-year-olds can sink their teeth into their Shark enclosure (and for even older kids there is a dedicated area on the ship that includes a nightclub).


Alegría and Isaac LOVED kids club! They asked to go every day and so we found it was easy to drop them off at 5:15pm and the Camp Ocean educators would feed them dinner in a special area on Lido (Deck 9) and then take them back to Camp Ocean for fun evening activities. We then went out for a relaxed dinner – heaven!

Isaac won a trophy for being the “Best Boy Dancer” and they both came home with a special backpack, t-shirt and slapbands after the farewell party on the final night.

Register for Camp Ocean as soon as you board the ship. They only have a limited number of places and you don’t want to miss out. The kids will love it!


Prepare for a whimsical, wonderful cruise,

A character parade to amuse and enthuse,

A storytime featuring books that you know

It’s Seuss-A-Palooza … get ready to go!

Alegría and Isaac loved the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with their Dadda (Mumma was feeling a little green herself at the time), where they ate Dr. Seuss inspired fare alongside some of their favourite characters. The Seuss-A-Palooza Character Parade, where the children were encouraged to follow along after listening to an entertaining story was also a fun activity.


We also enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea with none other than Alice (from Wonderland) and her friends for the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party. The tables were full of mouth-watering sweet treats, hot chocolate (or tea and coffee, if you preferred) and the most amazing ice sculpture. The Carnival Spirit staff sure know how to put on an event!

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The activities that included food incurred an additional fee. The Seuss-A-Palooza Character Parade and Storytime is free of charge.


If you aren’t exhausted by all the fun you have had during the day, then there is plenty to keep you entertained at night. We enjoyed going to Pharaoh’s Palace (a three-level theatre that hosts a variety of shows such as guest comedians at the Punchliner Comedy Club (early sessions are suitable for kids – late sessions are not!), rock tribute shows, Cluedo mysteries, stage shows, playlist productions and Hasbro, The Game Show. Alegría and Tim enjoyed a daddy-daughter date to the magic show and we all cheered on our new friends that found themselves on stage during Hasbro, The Game Show!


Pharaoh’s Palace is not the only place to have fun! There are “Dive In” movies by the main pool, piano bars, karaoke, live bands and for the kids there is “Night Owls” at Camp Ocean.

Camp Ocean is free of charge until 10pm. There is the option to have the kids cared for until 1am for a small per hour fee.


We were told before we left to “Eat All The Food!” and I think we almost did! There are over 20 places serving food from the casual dining options at the Lido Restaurant to Guy’s Burger Joint (they have vegetarian options, you just need to ask), Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ, Mexican delights at the Blue Iguana Café and 24 hour pizza and ice-cream! YES, 24 hour!


The Empire Dining Room is the place to dine on theme and formal nights. We had 2 formal, a Mexican, an 80’s and a Caribbean night whilst we were onboard. Get dressed up as fancy as you want to (and stop for a photo opportunity), add a few simple costume pieces or accessories, and you’ll have a great time! We were on a first name basis with our singing and dancing wait staff at the Empire Dining Room and each night, Dessi the maître d’ introduced “show time” and we all smiled until our cheeks hurt. You must try their famous warm chocolate melting cake – it’s delicious!


There are specialty restaurants that (for a fee) offer you a magnificent dining experience. We HIGHLY suggest you eat at least one meal at the French restaurant Nouveau – it was one of the best meals of my life!

Take a tip from our fit and friendly host Jennifer Vandekreeke – ALWAYS take the stairs and choose the small plate at the all-you-can-eat buffet! 


Everyone we met are so friendly! Carnival staff really excel at customer service. There are over 900 crew members on the Carnival Spirit and all of them deserve to be congratulated!


Everyday, our room stewards greeted us by name and made a towel animal for each of the children! Jennifer in guest services made sure that we were in good hands and supported us when this Mumma couldn’t get out of bed due to sea sickness and the onboard Doctor had her feeling better in no time! Andrej, our head waiter at the Empire Dining Room, was so accommodating with our dietary requests and was a friendly face each night. Dessi, the maître d’, was wonderful with the kids, she painted little girl finger nails, drew mustaches on Mexican night and made us all feel very special!


And then there was Jennifer, Vice President and General Manager, Australia at Carnival Cruise Lines who made our time on the Carnival Spirit so much fun! It was a true family affair and we enjoyed getting to know her children and the other members of our group. How many kids can say they have been stand up paddle boarding with the VP of an international company!


If you suffer from motion sickness, then go see the onboard Doctor early in your trip. We spent hundreds of dollars on medication (which didn’t work very well) and as soon as Georgina had the injection she felt so much better! 


Your stateroom is your sanctuary and every room, whether it be an interior, ocean view, balcony or suite, on the Carnival Spirit comes with these standard features:

  • 24–hour room service
  • 24–hour room steward
  • Personal safe for valuables
  • Nightly turn-down service (and fun towel animal!)
  • Plenty of closet and drawer space (you won’t be tripping over your suitcase!)
  • Private bathroom and shower (with body wash, soap, shampoo and conditioner)
  • Television (which features a kids movie each day!)
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone


Making a personalised door sign seems to be the thing to do when going a cruise! We saw family names, birthdays, anniversaries and newly wed signs on our cruise – why not get your kids to make one in the lead up to your cruise?

A signature feature of a Carnival Cruise is a new towel animal each day to delight passengers young and old. The kids loved coming back at the end of each day and finding out what our steward had in store for them! Sometimes our new friends were on the beds, sometimes hanging from the roof! Always different, always fun!


If you would like to learn how to make the different towel animals the Carnival staff hold a workshop during the cruise so you can learn!

We were lucky enough during our stay to have interconnecting balcony rooms and we loved it! We were slightly concerned with having a balcony and a very adventurous three year old but we were diligent and made the rules clear from the very beginning! Carnival help parents out in this regard as the lock is up high on the door so by the time your child has dragged a chair from the desk over to reach it you should have been alerted to their plan! If in doubt, ask your room steward to remove the chair from your room and there will be no problem!


We have also stayed in an ocean view room (with queen bed and bunks) which was ample for a family of four. That being said, we have to say that the balcony room is worth the extra money. There is nothing like looking out over the horizon with the wind in your hair breathing deeply the fresh ocean air.


Pack a bag with your bathers, sunscreen, hat, drink bottle, change of clothes and any medication you need to take with you when you board so you can go for a swim or on the water slides as soon as you have had lunch (lunch is provided on the first day)! Your suitcases will be delivered to your room but often not until after dinner on the first night so make sure you take what you need! 


We couldn’t mention all the best things about travelling on the Carnival Spirit without talking about all we experienced in New Caledonia.

Our first visit was to Maré Island (the second-largest of the Loyalty Islands) where we spent the day enjoying the beautiful Yejele Beach.


Our second shore excursion was from Noumea where we took a trip to the exclusive Amédée Island which was an amazing location and photographers paradise.


Our third and final day was to the Isle of Pines. A snorkelers playground, pristine beaches and speed boat adventures.


Book your shore excursions as soon as you board as many sell out quickly. We hired snorkels but didn’t need any reef shoes on our trip. If you take your passport to Amédée Island you can get a stamp in it – which is the only stamp our passports received on our journey. 

More Information

The Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend depart from Sydney, Singapore, Melbourne and Honolulu with cruise lengths ranging from 2 to 10+ days.

For more information or to book your amazing family holiday visit: 


As you know, we participated in the Social Soup Carnival Creaters Halloween Promotion and as we were judged the influencer with the best content we were invited as media guests onboard an 8 night, 9 day Carnival Spirit cruise to New Caledonia.

We would like to thank Social Soup and Carnival Cruise Lines Australia for making it possible for us to have such an amazing experience. Alegría and Isaac said it was the best days of their lives, Tim loved the whole cruise and Georgina has forgotten all about her sea sickness and can’t wait to go on another cruise again!

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.


PETE’S DRAGON – The Walt Disney Studios Movie and Giveaway


We often watch a movie during “quiet time” in the afternoon and to say the kids were excited about a special delivery from Disney is an understatement! Disney’s magical family adventure “Pete’s Dragon” is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD with our copy being requested on high rotation!

“Pete’s Dragon” is a reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film centered on an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot – who just so happens to be a dragon!


We have been enjoying the never-before-seen bonus features, including director David Lowery’s personal diary kept during the filming of “Pete’s Dragon”, the design process behind the lovable dragon Elliot, deleted scenes, a tour of the film’s breathtaking production location of New Zealand, audio commentary by filmmakers and actors and, of course, the very funny bloopers.

“Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”) as Grace, a forest ranger in the Pacific Northwest who happens upon 10-year-old Pete, played by Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”). Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) is Natalie, the 11-year-old daughter of Jack, a lumber-mill owner played by Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”). Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) is Jack’s bumbling brother Gavin and Oscar®-winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) portrays Mr. Meacham, an old wood carver who delights the local children with tales of a fierce dragon.

To celebrate the release of “Pete’s Dragon” on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD we have 3 merchandise packs to give away to 3 lucky readers of Kidding Around Australia! Sorry you can’t have the adorable dragon or cute kid pictured!!


Each winner will receive a pack containing:

CAP $19.95
DVD $39.95

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Firstly, make sure you follow us on:

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Simply, fill out this entry form with your details and tell us “What your favourite Disney movie is and why”.


Competition closes 5pm AEST Sunday February 5 2017.  Winners will be announced on Monday February 6 2017.

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The winners will be drawn 6/2/2017 at 9am AEST and announced on this website. The winners will also be contacted via email.
Three (3) winners will be chosen and each winner will recieve a merchandise pack valued at $129.70. The prize consists of a cap, notebook, water bottle, children’s tent, 2in1 travel blanket and pillow and DVD.
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Wind In The Willows 30th Anniversary Review



After a year of banging on about how fantastic Wind In The Willows was last year to everyone who would listen, we were once again invited to join Mr. Toad, Ratty, Weasel, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly and the Head Chief Rabbit in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne to watch them bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s famous tale about life on the riverbank and to celebrate their 30th anniversary! It’s not hard to know why the show has enjoyed such longevity – it is innovative, fun and each year is made relevant and fresh!

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To begin the show, Head Chief Rabbit turns everyone into rabbits with a waggle of the ears, a wiggle of the nose and a very catchy tune!
All of the ‘rabbits’ were encouraged to get involved and become part of the adventure where we sang out loud, ran through the gardens and laughed until our cheeks hurt! I didn’t get a photo of the Policeman (who looks remarkably like the Judge and Otter) played by Andrew John Hondromatidis but he has some serious dance moves!!


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Don’t forget to pack a picnic full of yummy goodies, a rug to sit on, a hat, insect repellent and some sunscreen. The production moves location half way through so make sure you are ready to fold up your picnic rug, grab your stuff and go for a little stroll to the next set.

We LOVE this show if you haven’t already picked up on it! Seriously, there is something for everyBUNNY (see what I did there?) to enjoy. Everyone from 3-93 will be have a laugh at one of the jokes and thoroughly enjoy being whisked away to the world of Wind in the Willows. This is interactive theatre at it’s best and you and your family will be talking about it, singing the songs and perhaps putting on your own lounge room performances for a long time!

So, HOP TO IT, book your tickets and don’t forget to get a photo with the cast after the show!



DATES: Melbourne: 23 December – 28 January 10am Tue – Sun, 6pm Thu, Fri, Sat (No 6pm performance on 24 Dec, no shows on 27 Dec, 1 Jan or 26 Jan)

WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Enter via Gate F on Birdwood Avenue

PRICES: Single tickets $25 (Sun – Fri) $30 (Sat); Family of four (four tickets, any age) $90 (Sun – Fri), $110 (Sat). or call 8676 7511

Tickets are available at the on-site box office unless sold out, box office opens one hour prior to each performance.

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.

Holden Captiva Road Trip Review

With our impending holiday to the beautiful and unspoilt Shoalhaven on the New South Wales South Coast, we contemplated flying but ultimately decided it was the perfect opportunity to take a road trip in a Holden Captiva. Holden Australia were nice enough to let us take one for an extended test drive and we didn’t waste time putting some k’s on the clock!

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Travelling from Victoria, we travelled into New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory passing through Albury, Gundagai, Goulburn and Sutton Forest on our way to Nowra and Culburra Beach (our home for our holidays) before heading home via Batemans Bay, Canberra, and Albury before arriving back into Victoria.

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Designed for maximum versatility, the Captiva has plenty of room for everyone. With up to 7 seats in three rows of adjustable seating, this family-sized SUV is available in two wheel drive and active all wheel drive with petrol and diesel options. Every Captiva comes with the very latest safety technology to look after your precious cargo! Detailed information about the Holden Captiva can be found HERE.

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  • Comfortable and easy to drive with plenty of space for everyone and everything. Great storage and moveable seating making larger objects easy to transport.
  • MyLink entertainment system with touch screen, voice control, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes taking music for your road trip easy!
  • The blind spot alert is a light up warning feature on the side mirrors which was new to us. We loved this feature!
  • Keyless entry and ignition. You simply leave your keys in your handbag or pocket, touch the button on the door handle and turn the knob next to the steering wheel and you’re away. Perfect for when you have your hands full!
  • Rear view camera and rear parking assist allows you to park and reverse with confidence.
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage technology ensures your precious little ones are kept safe with a rock solid connection between the vehicle and the seat. You’ll need to have a ISOFIX-equipped child seat to use this feature.


  • No air vents in the back seat making the car uncomfortable in the heat (which is not good for those of us that suffer motion sickness). To accommodate this, the front passengers get cold trying to make it comfortable in the back.
  • Whilst there was no problem with the power on the open road, there is a distinct lack of power going up hills.
  • No CD Player which made it hard to play the audio books I got from the library!
  • There is Satellite Navigation via phone projection but this means additional data usage.


We have been looking for a 7 seat family car for a while and the Holden Captiva certainly ticked a lot of our car-selection boxes! At the end of our long drive, we were all happy and comfortable and dreaming of hitting the road again for another family adventure!


Contact your nearest Holden Dealer for more information or to book a test drive.

Alka Power – 3 Day Alkaline Cleanse

This post is sponsored by Alka Power

I was introduced to Alka Power late last year and was interested to try an alkaline water to see if I could tell the difference between it and normal tap water.alka-power-bottles-new

Alka Power is the first natural ionic mineral alkaline water with the highest, stable pH level of 9->10 (most alkaline waters in the Australian market are a pH of 7 to 8.2 at the source and have an unstable pH). Alka Power is Australian made and owned and has more than 10 active ionic minerals, which is nearly 100 times more alkaline and more efficient in hydrating and absorption than any other.

In the interests of full disclosure, I didn’t physically check the pH level myself so I can only go by what the Alka Power company say in regards to the pH level of their brand.

I have been reading about the benefits of an alkaline diet and have read that as a result of the acidic foods and drinks that we consume and the loss of electrolytes through daily activity our bodies are constantly being challenged to remain balanced, perform effectively and stay hydrated. This is why I was interested to see how I would feel after trialling the diet for 3 days and drinking Alka Power water to support the pH levels in my body.

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I set myself the challenge and took to Instagram and Facebook to hold myself accountable and to share my feelings. We have an amazing community of followers who were with me every step of the way and gave me encouragement and advice when I was detoxing from my regular diet.

End of DAY 1 thoughts:

I wasn’t really prepared to start the cleanse today (I decided today was the day on a whim!) so had to do a massive shop to get food to eat! I was really hungry all day but had a good dinner so am feeling much better.

No headaches or sick feelings but the kids annoyed me! Not sure if it was due to them just being annoying or me having a lesser tolerance! All in all an alright day, I’m trying to drink 1.5L per day but that’s hard!

End of DAY 2 thoughts:

So, today started out well with a delicious smoothie and salads for lunch.

But, I have a huge headache now and don’t really feel like dinner. It was a HOT day today and I don’t think I drank enough because I don’t feel good!

Maybe my body is detoxing with no sugar etc. I’m not sure but this isn’t fun.

End of DAY 3 thoughts:

At around 9 this morning my headache finally went away (I did have some panadol because I was miserable) and then I was just drained. Just incredibly tired all day.

My blood sugar plummeted mid afternoon and I was feeling really unwell so I had two pieces of toast with Vegemite and felt so much better. Back to normal.

I just thought, what am I doing? I’m hungry. I don’t feel good. Why? I chose not to have any sugar and I will continue with that and to try and be aware of my choices and not have huge amounts of processed foods. I have liked drinking the Alka Power water and will keep you updated on my progress!


I think that overall I went really well and I enjoyed drinking the Alka Water. The Alka Power water was easy to drink and tastes good (it does taste different to tap water, but I like it!). I didn’t drink enough on the second day of the cleanse and I paid the price so have been trying to drink a 1.5L bottle per day! I have continued to eliminate any sugar in my diet but have had limited bread and dairy. I have been battling with a head cold / cough / hayfever recently so I can’t comment on my energy levels since finishing the cleanse but I am sure that I have to be feeling better with all the whole foods I have been eating and the water I have been drinking.


Want to try Alka Power?

Alka Power comes in 600ml – $2.50 each and 1.5 litre bottle – $3.50 each and is stocked in over 800 Woolworth’s supermarkets nationwide as well as Harris Farm Markets, Thomas Dux Grocers, Vitamin king, QE Food Stores, About Life and Go Vita stores. A full stock list is available here.

We are giving away 12 x 600ml bottles to one of our readers so that you can try it yourself! If you would like to win, please email and tell us why you would like to win!

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Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies by the Australian Shakespeare Company

We were excited to be invited to Fairyland at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne for the production of Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies by the Australian Shakespeare Company.

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The show has been tweaked since last year and having just finished a sell out season in London’s Kew Gardens it’s fan-fairy-tastic!

Children aged between 3-6 (potentially up to 8) will love to follow Tinkerbell and her friends the Dream Fairies, from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, as she searches for her wings.

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Together with Tinkerbell, the cheeky Mustardseed (who entices the most laughter from the young audience), fluttery Moth, daring Cobweb, sweet Peasblossom and little Dewdrop create a flurry of fun and encourage all of the little fairies and elves to help them as they sing, dance and do some pretty impressive acrobatics before heading off on a special adventure to ‘Bubble Land’.


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Don’t forget to pack a picnic full of yummy goodies, a rug to sit on, a hat, insect repellent and some sunscreen. You will find the fairies under the trees on Oak Lawn, three skips, a jump and a flutter from the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden – which is the perfect spot to have a play after the performance.

Photography is prohibited during the performance, however if you remember to bring your camera you can get a photo with the cast after the show!

Tickets are on sale now from or call 03 8676 7511.


Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Season: 28 December 2016 – 28 January 2017
Bookings: (03) 8676 7511 or online at:

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.

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus

We were so excited to go and see CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus live on stage at Melbourne’s beautiful Regent Theatre!


After successful seasons in Canberra and Sydney, the producers of The Illusionists and the award winning puppeteers of War Horse have brought their turn of the century circus to Melbourne with all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus only with an old world charm.

Thanks to sensational puppetry, the likes of which we have never seen before, CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus puts elephants back in the ring by introducing “Queenie” and her baby “Peanut” – much to the delight of Alegría, who loved them!

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The first act is set during rehearsals in front of the circus with trucks, props and rigging and features performers from around the world. Whilst the second act is set inside the big top with flagpoles and rigging being raised into the roof of the theater and features more incredible acts for the audience to enjoy.

The aerialist was amazing and although we have never seen a bicycle ballet we were spellbound.

The contortionist had us shaking our heads in disbelief and the acrobatics and juggling were world class.

The highlight for us was the ringmaster who is incredibly witty and kept the audience engaged throughout the show. His “act” with the wild animals (children he plucked from the audience) and his pet raccoon had tears running down our faces from laughter!

This is a truly captivating circus extravaganza that is perfect for audiences of all ages an is only on for a strictly limited time!


Venue: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

Dates: Tuesday 3 January at 7pm
Wednesday 4 January at 3pm & 7pm
Thursday January at 3pm & 7pm
Friday 6 January at 3pm & 7pm
Saturday 7 January at 3pm & 7pm
Sunday 8 January at 3pm & 7pm
Tuesday 10 January at 3pm & 7pm
Wednesday 11 January at 3pm & 7pm
Thursday 12 January at 3pm & 7pm

Prices: Adults from $81.26
Child from $50.68
Transaction fee of $8.90 applies per order

Bookings: 1300 111 011 or