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

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

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

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

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

6 MUST DO THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS AT

LAKE MOUNTAIN ALPINE RESORT!

GO TOBOGGANING 

Lake Mountain Tobogganing

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

STRAP ON SOME SKIS AT THE FISCHER NORDIC FUN PARK

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

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

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

START SHREDDING AT THE BURTON RIGLET PARK

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

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

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

GET ADVENTUROUS

Lake Mountain Tube Ride

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

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

BUILD A SNOWMAN AND HAVE A SNOWBALL FIGHT

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

GET CLOSER TO NATURE ON A WINTER WALK

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

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OUR TOP TIPS

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

HIGHLIGHTS

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

MORE INFORMATION

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

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

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Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway – Melbourne 2017

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

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

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

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

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

THE MEGA MERCHANDISE PACK INCLUDES:

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

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

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

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Each city will also host the famous Party in the Pits® ahead of the first show where fans can get up close with their favourite Monster Jam trucks, before meeting the superstar drivers, taking pictures, getting autographs & more!

Standing nearly four metres tall and four metres wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that weigh around 5,500kgs. Built for short, high powered bursts of speed, the powerful Monster Jam beasts perform breathtaking stunts and can accelerate from 0-100kph in under 3 seconds. They literally fly – covering up to 50m in a single leap (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 12m skywards.

We LOVED it last year and CANNOT wait to go back – how amazing is this photo we took of El Toro Loco absolutely smashing it in the freestyle in Melbourne, 2016?

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Tickets start from just $24*, which makes Monster Jam affordably priced for the whole family!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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

FIRSTLY:

Make sure you LIKE Kidding Around Australia on Facebook and Kidding Around Australia on Instagram if you use these sites to keep up to date with all that we do. This is really important!

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SIMPLY:
Fill in this form and tell us which is your favourite Monster Jam truck and why! We would love you to ask your kids to answer! Don’t forget their name/s and age/s.

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

COMPETITION CLOSES 5PM AEST ON MONDAY 28/08/2017. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON 29/08/2017! GOOD LUCK!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA ONLY. BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU AGREE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA MAILING LIST, IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SUBSCRIBED. YOUR PRIVACY IS PROTECTED AND YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME.
BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU ARE ALSO AGREEING TO ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
THIS IS A GAME OF SKILL NOT A GAME OF CHANCE. ENTRIES NOT FILLING IN ALL THE REQUIRED FIELDS AND ANSWERING THE QUESTION WILL BE DEEMED INVALID. THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN BY ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVE MERIT, BY A NON INVOLVED PARTY. THE JUDGE’S DECISION IS FINAL AND NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO.
ENTRIES CLOSE 28 AUGUST 2017 AT 5PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 29/8/2017 AT 9AM AEST AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE WINNER WILL ALSO BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. 
ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE, CHANGEABLE OR REDEEMABLE FOR CASH. KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY OR DAMAGE THAT OCCURS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRIZE OR THE WINNER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION.

MORE INFORMATION

Kicking off on October 7, full dates and show locations are as follows:

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

Tickets for Brisbane through Ticketmaster:
www.Ticketmaster.com.au/MonsterJam or call 136 100.

Tickets for Melbourne & Sydney through Ticketek:
www.Ticketek.com.au/MonsterJam.com or call 132 849.

With stadiums selling out across the globe, Monster Jam fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to avoid missing out.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.MonsterJamOnline.com.au. Follow Monster Jam on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Bed wetting and Toilet Training – Travelling Tips for Families

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

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

Here are our SIX TOP TIPS on staying dry!

Mattress protection

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Humans sweat up to 1L of body fluid per night and lose millions of skin flakes each night. After 5 years, half the weight of a mattress can be made up of our own body fluids, skin cells, mould and bacteria that seep into our bedding. Pass me a bucket!
  • Dust mites lurk in an unprotected mattress and are a major cause of asthma and allergies. As much as 30% of the population are actually allergic to dust mites – despite their tiny size, dust mites produce 10-20 waste particles per day!

Nappy or Pull-Up’s

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

Staying Hydrated

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

Bedwetting alarms

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

Medications

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

Encouragement and Motivation

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

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

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

Good Luck and Happy Travels x

MORE INFORMATION

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