LUNA PARK – Christmas in July Giveaway

THERE’S SNOW BETTER PLACE TO BE THAN LUNA PARK THIS WINTER FOR CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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We had such a fun time when we visited Luna Park to join the Christmas in July celebrations!

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From 1st – 16th July, Melbourne’s most iconic amusement park is being transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland, with FREE admission for all, festive entertainment and a ‘sleigh’ full of Christmas decorations!

Alegría and Isaac loved dancing in the magical snowfall (it happens every hour) and squealed with delight when they spotted Santa from the top of the Ferris Wheel and had to rush in and see him!

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To fully enjoy the experience, you should grab your unlimited ride ticket and ‘skate’ the kids over to the outdoor (synthetic) ice rink. We would have been lost without our ride ticket – it’s hard for kids to walk around the park and not go on ALL the rides!

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Luna Park will be giving away amazing Despicable Me 3 prize packs. For your chance to win, simply ‘find your inner twin’ in the wonky mirrors and post to #LunaLive. The minions from Despicable Me 3 will also be making an appearance every Saturday from 12pm- 3pm.

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COMPETITION TIME!

If you would like to follow in our footsteps, then we have the perfect competition for you!

We are giving away a family unlimited ride pass (family = 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children, valued at $149.95) to one of our lucky readers!

FIRSTLY:
Make sure you LIKE Kidding Around Australia and Luna Park Melbourne on Facebook and Kidding Around Australia and Luna Park Melbourne 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 what your favourite Christmas tradition is!

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

Entries close: 6 July 2017 at 9pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

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.
ENTRIES CLOSE 6 JULY 2017 AT 9PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 7/7/2017 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

For further information and to purchase tickets go to www.lunapark.com.au

WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

11:00am – 8:00pm Friday and Saturday

11:00am – 6:00pm Sunday to Thursday

WINTER OPENING HOURS

11:00am – 6:00pm Saturdays and Sundays

TICKET PRICES*:

Unlimited Ride Tickets:

These tickets give you the freedom to enjoy all the fun rides as many times as you like all day:

Adult 13+ years $49.95

Child 4-12 years $39.95

Toddler 3 years & under $17.50

Family 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children $149.95

Additional family members (extra wristbands may be purchased in conjunction with the family pass and are offered at a discounted price):

Adult 13+ years $42.45

Child 4-12 years $33.95

Toddler 3 years & under $14.90

Single Ride Tickets:

Adult 13+ yrs $10.95

Child 4-12 yrs $9.95

Toddler 3yrs & under $4.95

Annual Pass $110 per person

Brickman Experience – An Interactive Spectacular in LEGO® Bricks – A Review

Exciting news, we have a new guest reporter for you all to meet! Griffin is 13 years old and has such a way with words that we just had to send him on assignment to the Brickman Experience at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre. Griffin is a massive LEGO® fan so we knew he would have an amazing time!

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BRICKMAN EXPERIENCE – AN INTERACTIVE SPECTACULAR IN LEGO® BRICKS 

Written By Griffin

What a day I had! It was easy to find the secure parking, and at $10 for the entire day, that seemed like a bargain. When I first entered the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre, I could faintly hear “Everything Is Awesome”, from The LEGO® Movie in the distance.

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The Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre is a huge place, but it’s well signed, with lifts and stairs to cater for everyone. I was exited to meet our guide for the day, Ryan McNaught, who is one of only 14 LEGO® Certified Professional’s in the world (and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere). Ryan created all the models featured in the exhibition using more than 5 million LEGO® bricks.

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As soon as I walked in, I saw a very large colourful mosaic of the Sydney Opera House (created by 1×1 pieces on a MASSIVE board), to the left of me was enormous brightly coloured model of a flower, a replica of the Roman Colosseum, a Ferrari, many portraits of the Bond film actors done in a mosaic style (look for the imposter), and the Sydney Opera House. There are oversize replicas of Emmet and Wyldstyle from the LEGO® Movie, where you can sit and have your photo taken with them, and so much more!

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In the next room, a large model of the fire and rescue helicopter called, ‘Elvis’. Ryan explained that the first time ‘Elvis’ was being shown to the public, several children broke into the closed shopping centre at night, and pushed the model off the table on which it sat! SO MUCH DESTRUCTION! But thankfully it has been fully rebuilt and is currently on display at the Brickman Experience.

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There were also models of a Space Shuttle, and an X-Wing fighter from Star Wars, as well as quite a few other models in this room. I won’t tell you all of them, you must go see it for yourself.

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There was also the opportunity to build in the Mosaic Masterpiece Zone, and there is a Master Builders Training area for those who get inspired by what they see around them.

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Ryan was a very nice guy. I asked him a few questions, and this is what he had to say:

How’d you get the job? Sheer Luck. LEGO® knew I had worked on the programming for the LEGO® Mindstorms robots for a while, and then they gave me the opportunity to build these awesome creations.

What inspires you to make the models? Everything, really! I can’t afford a Ferrari, so I built a model of one. I went to the Coliseum in Rome, so I was inspired to build one, and I really love Pirate Films like Pirates of the Caribbean, so that’s what inspired me to build the Pirate Ship.

What could others do to become a LEGO® sculpture maker? Make sure you are good at Maths. It’s all about Trigonometry, Algebra and Symmetry. There is LOTS of Maths involved in the designs!

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GRIFFIN’S TOP TIP

Be on the look-out for all of the hidden Minifigs in Green Spacesuits (Bennies), once you have counted them all and tell them what your favourite model was why, you will be in with a chance to win a Space Lego prize pack. Go to www.bit.ly/greenspacemen to enter!

There is also a popup shop that sells LEGO® kits, LEGO® Mindstorms robot kits, and Brickman Experience merchandise (t-shirts, hats, stickers etc). I give my t-shirt two thumbs up!

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When you get hungry or thirsty there is a Combi Café for you to get refreshments and a light meal (you can get a stamp to return to the Brickman Experience if you wish).

All in all, the Brickman Experience was excellent fun! It is a must do for all LEGO® fans these school holidays!

MORE INFORMATION

BRICKMAN EXPERIENCE – AN INTERACTIVE SPECTACULAR IN LEGO® BRICKS
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
24 June – 9 July 2017
Open daily. Booking is advisable.
Tickets on sale now from Ticketek bit.ly/BrickmanExp
#BrickmanExperience

NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS Review

Ready, Aim, Fire!

It was excitement stations at our house when NERF, by Hasbro, sent Alegría and Isaac a NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS to put through its paces.

NERF NITRO is a combination of traditional NERF fun and squishy foam cars, allowing big and little kids to create awesome action stunts!
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The NERF NITRO series consists of: Flashfury Chaos, Longshot Smash, Throttleshot Blitz, Motofury Rapid Rally and a very handy 3 Pack Foam Car Refill.

Alegría and Isaac loved the unique multi-fire action of the NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS which launches three NERF NITRO cars in a flash! The load and trigger pull was easy to use and the accessories had them using their brains to think up clever stunts!

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The NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS comes with one blaster, one long-jump ramp, two pop-up targets, three NERF NITRO foam cars and six obstacles, is recommended for kids aged 5 years & up and retails for $49.99.

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MORE INFORMATION

The NERF NITRO range is available at Big W, Kmart, Toys R Us, Myer, Toy World & MR Toys Toy World and prices start at $9.99

Learn more at www.hasbro.com or NERF NITRO

Brickman Experience, Gold Coast – Giveaway

If you have LEGO® lovers in your house and you live near the Gold Coast, Queensland (or you will be there in the first week of the school holidays) then you are in luck!

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Ryan McNaught’s Brickman Experience is the largest touring exhibition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere…and it’s heading to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for 15 days only from 24 June until 9 July 2017.

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Brickman Experience is an interactive exhibition featuring a collection of over 60 individual works by Ryan McNaught – the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 in the world.

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The exhibition is made up from more than 5 million LEGO® bricks and includes Ryan’s biggest ever Star Wars LEGO® build, a model Airbus A380, a quarter scale LEGO® Ferrari and the world’s largest LEGO® flower.

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For all the budding brickies who are feeling awe-inspired by Ryan’s work, the specially designed interactive master builder zones will give visitors the opportunity to build their own LEGO® creations.

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COMPETITION TIME!

We have 3 family passes (2A + 2C) to your choice of date and time to give away to the Brickman Experience!

Entering is simple! Just enter your details in the following form and tell us what you would like to make out of LEGO® Bricks in 25 words or less!

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

Entries close: 19th June 2017 at 9pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

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.
ENTRIES CLOSE 19 JUNE 2017 AT 9PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 20/6/2017 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

BRICKMAN EXPERIENCE – AN INTERACTIVE SPECTACULAR IN LEGO® BRICKS, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 24 June – 9 July 2017, Open daily. Booking is advisable.

Tickets on sale now through Ticketek via this link bit.ly/BrickmanExp

SOCIAL MEDIA

facebook.com/brickmanexperience

twitter.com/brickmanexp

instagram.com/brickmanexperience

#BrickmanExperience

The Big Freeze Winter Festival Giveaway

Do you want to build a snowman?

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The Big Freeze Winter Festival is returning these July school holidays bringing a snow
experience close to home for thousands of Melbourne families.

We went along last year, and are looking forward to seeing how The Big Freeze has grown with a new home under the Big Top at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre from July 1 – 9, 2017. If you would like to read our experience last year click HERE.

This year the festival will also be divided into two areas – the ticketed winter
precinct featuring snow play, snowball toss, snowfall forest, winter village, snow
globe photo booth, polar bear slide, kids’ active challenge, circus skills workshop,
construction play, art’n’craft activities and the brand new snow slides (at two
different heights to allow more children to enjoy the thrill of the ride).

The Community Precinct will be free for the general public to visit and hosts daily
stage shows, activity zone with Phillip Island Nature Parks, sports with Milo, food
vendors and more.
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GIVEAWAY TIME!

We are giving away a family pass (2A+2C) worth $92, to The Big Freeze on Tuesday, July 4 from 9am – 11:30am.

FIRSTLY:

Make sure you LIKE Kidding Around Australia and The Big Freeze on Facebook and Kidding Around Australia and The Big Freeze 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 what you like about winter! 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.

Entries close: 19th June 2017 at 9pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

For more information and to book tickets click: THE BIG FREEZE WEBSITE.

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.
ENTRIES CLOSE 19 JUNE 2017 AT 9PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 20/6/2017 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.

Dogs and Kids go together like Ice Cream and Chocolate Topping! Win a years supply of Bravecto!

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY BRAVECTO

Two years ago we adopted a cocker spaniel from our local pound – those of you who follow us on Instagram or Facebook will have seen Duke and know that he is a much loved member of our family!

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The story of how Duke came to live with us isn’t a happy one, but the ending definitely is and it has been a valuable lesson for our children to learn. Duke was picked up by rangers on New Year’s Eve, 2015 and as he was not microchipped and an entire male, he spent 3 weeks in the pound whilst they waited to see if his owners could be found.

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He stayed longer than what is normal because it was the holiday period and I suspect that they wanted to have a little word to them about his condition. Duke had matting on his body that was so heavy and twisted it had made him bald all around his tail and up his back.

His front teeth are worn down to the gum line (which makes it hard to estimate how old he is and will be a costly expense for us in the future as it is not covered by pet insurance) and he was as skinny as he was stinky.

Was he a puppy farm dog? Did he have neglectful owners that didn’t mean to be cruel? What was his name before he lived with us?

Duke has the most beautiful nature and is not scared, but he doesn’t particularly like grass. He makes himself at home on the couch and carries around a teddy, but has obvious injuries to his eye and teeth. We have many questions that we will never know the answer to, but what we do know is how incredibly thankful we are that he is ours.

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It is no secret we are animal lovers. Both Tim and I grew up with animals, and always had a dog (or two), so we wanted that upbringing for Alegría and Isaac. Whilst Alegría likes taking Duke for a walk, making up performances for him to watch and will open the door for him when he wants to go out, it is Isaac that is Duke’s person, through and through.

Isaac and Duke are inseparable. A little boy and his dog.

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Isaac and Duke are not alone in the special bond that they have created. A recent survey amongst Aussie dog owners confirmed what many families have suspected all along – just like ice cream and chocolate topping, kids and dogs are meant to be together!

The survey was commissioned by long-lasting paralysis tick and flea treatment Bravecto®,  with the survey results* revealing the positive and long-lasting effects dogs have on children and indeed the entire household. If you want to read more about Bravecto® or see Duke demonstrating how easy it is to administer, click HERE!

The main benefits dogs provide Aussie children are ranked as companionship (73%), emotional bonding (67%), having fun (66%) and learning responsibility (61%). Dogs also have a positive impact on the emotional wellbeing of children, with 85 per cent feeling happy, 67 per cent feeling loved, and 64 per cent feeling safe when their four-legged friend is close by and their favourite things to do with them are playing games (53%), followed by snuggling on the couch (41%) and going to the park (39%).

After we welcomed Duke home, we spoke to Alegría and Isaac about responsible pet ownership and what it takes to look after a dog properly. We covered everything from food and bedding to clean water and exercise. We spoke about Duke needing regular haircuts, making sure his ears were clean (and watching out for grass seeds) as well as yearly medical treatments like immunisations and preventative treatments like worming tablets and his 3 monthly dose of Bravecto®.

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Alegría and Isaac observe daily how Tim and I treat Duke. We greet him when we get home, he tucks himself under our arms and we give him a cuddle (his tail never stops wagging!), we take him to the vet, just as we take the kids to the doctors, if he is unwell and we are kind to him always.

When we witness Alegría greeting Duke when she gets home from school, or Isaac saying “come here Dukey, my beautiful boy” we know that he is having a positive impact on their upbringing. They are learning compassion and kindness with their very own live in tutor and we love having him here too!

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We know how much you love your kids’ best friend and want to protect them from fleas and paralysis ticks, so we spoke to Bravecto® who have generously offered us a year’s supply (four packs valued at $240 – Based on average estimated retail price of $60 per pack.) that we can give away to FIVE lucky doggies!

Bravecto® is first and only oral chew that delivers extended protection for three months against fleas and four months against paralysis ticks – all in a single chew. For a busy family who has so many things to think about, 4 doses per year versus 12 or more doses per year equals a no-brainer.

Thank you to everyone who entered! Our winners are: 

  1. Karen Ray
  2. Ana Florez
  3. Katrina Baker
  4. Rebecca Tardent
  5. Kirsty Jayne Ciantar

TO ENTER:

Tell us all about your dog! What does it mean to have them as part of your family? What kind of bond do they have with your children?

Put your best paw forward and upload a photo, short story or video via email georgina@kiddingaroundaustralia, on our Facebook post or tag @kiddingaroundaustralia and #kiddingaroundaustralia on Instagram!

THEN:

Fill out this form with your details so we can contact you if you win! We will never pass these details onto anyone (apart from Bravecto so that they can post out your prize!).

ENTRIES CLOSE JUNE 11, 2017 at 9pm AEST.

1. Entry is open to Australian residents only who are aged 18 years and over and only one entry per household is permitted.
2. Entries open on 1/6/2017 and close at 9pm AEST on 11/6/2017.
3. This competition is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners.
4. To enter the competition, entrants must fill in all fields of the form above.
5. Five winners will be selected and receive a years’ supply of Bravecto (4 packs) valued at up to $250 (depending on the weight of the dog).
6. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
7. The winner will be drawn within 48hrs of the closing date and the winning entry will be announced on this website. The prize will be posted to the address supplied at the time of entry.  The promoter will not be held responsible if the address supplied is incorrect.

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MORE INFORMATION

Bravecto is available from leading veterinarians across Australia.

For the latest news and information about Bravecto visit www.bravecto.com.au and “LIKE” Bravecto on Facebook at www.facebook.com.au/bravectoau

Disney On Ice presents Frozen in Melbourne Giveaway

Disney On Ice presents Frozen Giveaway

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

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

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

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

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

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

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

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.
ENTRIES CLOSE 28 May 2017 at 9PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 29/5/2017 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.

 

Phillip Island – 3 Day Itinerary for Travelling Families

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

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

DAY 1.

PANNY’S PHILLIP ISLAND CHOCOLATE FACTORY

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION

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

TICKET PRICES:

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

Website: www.phillipislandchocolatefactory.com.au/

CHURCHILL ISLAND HERITAGE FARM

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

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

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

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

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MORE INFORMATION

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

Daily farming activities:

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

TICKET PRICES

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

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

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

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

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

DAY 2.

Koala Conservation Centre

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES:

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

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

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

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

THE ECOBOAT ADVENTURE TOUR

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

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

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION AND THINGS TO NOTE

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

TICKET PRICES:

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

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

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

PENGUIN PARADE

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

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

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

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION: 

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

General viewing prices:

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

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

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

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

DAY 3.

ANTARCTIC JOURNEY

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

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

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

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MORE INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES:

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

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

THE NOBBIES CENTRE

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

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

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

MORE INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

CAPE WOOLAMAI

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

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

OTHER ATTRACTIONS WORTH CONSIDERING

PHILLIP ISLAND GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT

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

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

A MAZE’N THINGS

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

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

Website: www.amazenthings.com.au

WHERE TO STAY?

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

PHILLIP ISLAND APARTMENTS

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

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

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

Phillip Island Apartments feature:

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

Website: www.phillipislandapartments.net.au

Alternatively, you could check out:

BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park

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

Ramada Resort Phillip Island

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

Cowes Caravan Park – Family Parks

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

Silverwater Resort, San Remo

Website: www.silverwaterresort.com.au

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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

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


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

This post is sponsored by NitWits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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