Christmas Gift Guide 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and if you are anything like us, you LOVE the look on other people’s faces when they open your gifts! 

This year, we thought we would put together our TOP 5 gift ideas for Kids 0-5, Kids 6-12, Mums, Dads and Teachers to help you spread some Christmas cheer!

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KIDS 0 – 5

We Are All 

weareall_ss16_heroClothing and lifestyle brand, We Are All, have recently launched in Australia and the UK and their clothes are amazing! The brand’s first collection is all about the kids with a lifestyle range being presented for boys and girls from 2 to 12 years old.

The 2016 Spring Summer launch collection includes 32 individual clothing pieces and 4 styles of sneakers and sandals.

RRP: from $29.95 Stockist: www.weareall.com.au

smarTrike® Splash 5-in-1

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Suitable for children aged 10 – 36 months, smarTrike adapts and grows with children throughout five key developmental stages until they are ready to transition into riding a bike or scooter on their own. Available in a variety of trendy colours, the Splash boasts stylish designs that will be a sure hit with children and parents this Christmas (assembly required).

RRP: $179 Stockists: Target, Big W, Baby Bunting, Toys R Us and Harvey Norman

Disney Frozen Northern Lights Feature Elsa Doll

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Disney’s Frozen is still very popular and Elsa needs your child’s help to bring back the Northern Lights and restore her powers! Your child can wave their hand over the snowflake, and create beautiful colors, lights and sounds with Elsa. When they hold their hand over the snowflake, the beautiful Northern Lights are restored and Elsa’s dress sparkles as she sings “Let it Go.” Elsa says 40 phrases, lights up and sings.

RRP: from $71 (Prices vary store to store) Stockists: Target, Kmart and Toys R Us

Care Bears 30cm Plush Bear

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Your favourite Care Bears characters from Care-a-lot in a fun 30cm plush toy!

RRP: $29.00 Stockists: Big W (on sale for $20) and Myer

Lamaze Squeezy the Donkey

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Squeezy the Donkey is super excited to greet baby with his amazing surprise ears! Perfect to play together with little ones, just squeeze his tummy to POP up his adorable ears to say hello. Baby will love his surprise ears, happy smile and engaging eyes. Squeezy also features ‘clip clop’ and crinkle hooves to trot him all about. He also includes a velvety tail, textured ears, and satin ribbons for baby to touch and explore.
RRP: $15 Stockist: Target

KIDS 6 – 12

Travel Journal

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Whether you enjoy occasional overnight stays or months of adventures on the road, weekends away or international adventures this travel journal is packed with 80 journal pages to document your daily experiences. The kids (and grown-ups) in your family will have a wonderful time documenting the highlights and happenings of each and every day (they can draw, write or attach a photo)and enjoy looking back on the memories in the months and years to come. Each journal has 80 days of journal pages, reusable Packing Checklist, reusable Address book, 6 pages of fun activities all spiral bound with a protective plastic sleeve.

RRP: $26.95 Stockist: Travelling With Kids (Affiliate Link – you pay the same amount and we receive a small commission to help us run Kidding Around Australia!)

Hatchimals 

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Hatchimals are on the top of Alegría’s Christmas list! They are interactive magical creatures inside eggs! Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Care for them and they will hatch themselves! Your child can teach theirs to walk, talk, play games and more as they raise them through multiple stages.

RRP: $99 Stockist: Big W, Kmart, Toys R Us, Toyworld

Razor Rip Surf

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Riding on two caster wheels and an authentically styled polypropylene deck, this is one ride-on that’s ready to make waves this Christmas!

RRP: $149.99 Stockist: Toys R Us and Target

Escape Room

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The most thrilling new board game this Christmas! Feel the thrill and enjoy the mystery from an escape game in your own home! Work together to solve puzzles and crack the code to ‘escape’ before the Chrono Decoder counts down to Zero.

RRP: $59.00 Stockist: Available exclusively at Big W stores nation-wide

Pass The Pigs (Hasbro)

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We have gone Kidding Around Australia (and the world) with this handy travel sized game for years! By rolling two plump, pink Piggies and seeing how the little porkers land will determine if you are top hog! Will you be ‘Pigging Out’ or ‘Makin Bacon’? Only the pigs will tell!

RRP: $29.99 Stockists: ABCshop and Fishpond.com.au (Fishpond has free shipping and a discount at the moment!)

FOR MUM

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus

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The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular.

Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus is set to captivate audiences of all ages in Canberra from 1 December, Sydney from 18 December and Melbourne from 3 January.

INFORMATION & TICKET SALES: www.circus1903.com

Lalen Turkish Towels

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Until recently, we didn’t know that Turkish towels were even a thing! Peshtemals (known as Turkish Towels outside of Turkey) are now our ‘must-haves’ to take on holiday as they are 100% natural cotton, super absorbent, light weight and get softer after ever wash!

We love our towels from Lalen – Marc and Seda, are an Australian-Turkish couple who live in Queensland who are contactable on +61 422 674 245 or hello@lalen.com.au.

RRP: from $40 Stockist: Lalen (you can check them out on Instagram as well)

W7 Eye Palette – In the Nude 

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W7’s In The Nude eye shadow palette contains 12 powdered eye shadow shades. The colours range from pinky nudes to plummy golds and we love the sturdy, metal tin which can be slipped into a handbag or luggage without the risk of damage!

RRP: $9.99 Stockist: Chemist Warehouse, and My Chemist

Michael Buble by Invitation

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By Invitation by Michael Buble is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women. Top notes are red fruits and bergamot; middle notes are lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, peony and rose; base notes are sandalwood, musk, vanilla and praline.

RRP: $49 (100ml) Stockist: Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and My Beauty Spot

Unbreakable Wine Glasses

unbreakable-wine-glassUnbreakable wine glasses are the ultimate for travelling wine lovers! These shatterproof stemless plastic wine glasses are made from a high-quality BPA-free food grade silicone that’s guaranteed to never chip, melt, break or crack allowing you to enjoy a stress-free drink by the pool, at the beach or anywhere you don’t want the fear of broken glass ruining your day

RRP: $18.98 USD Stockist: Amazon

FOR DAD

Mouthguard Challenge

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This hilarious family and party game centres around players wearing mouthguard devices while trying to speak out the phrases or do “extreme” challenges! The game features 51 challenges, revenge cards and 4 mouth guards.

RRP: $10.00 Stockist: K-Mart

 

allocacoc PowerCube ReWirable USB

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The one-of-a-kind allocacoc PowerCube ReWirable USB is the ultimate travel companion.

Equipped with 4 sockets, 2 USB plugs, and 1 AU IEC cable, the sleek Allocacoc Powercube Rewireable Travel USB can be used with multiple devices. It comes with 3 interchangeable plugs for use in a variety of countries in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US, great for the jetsetter!

RRP: $39.99 Stockists: Target, Big W and www.funtastic.com.au

Police Icon Gold

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Icon Gold is a masculine citrusy-spicy fragrance which perfectly represents the magnificent elegance of the falcon. The original bottle shape that characterizes all three Icon editions is additionally embellished with gold color which highlights all facets of the edition and makes it a unique statue.

125ml RRP: $39.99 Stockist: Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and My Beauty Spot

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA

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Kooza is Cirque du Soleil’s eighth Big Top show to tour Australia. It is a sparkling homage to the traditions of circus, springing open like a bejeweled toy box to capture your imagination and set your pulse racing.

The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors present heart-stopping feats and laugh-out-loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.

Tickets from $60 through Ticketek Brisbane Nov 24, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017 Melbourne Jan 20, 2017 – Mar 12, 2017 Perth Apr 13, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Phantom 4 Drone

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No gift list for Dad’s would be complete without what is on top of Tim’s list! Tim has been dreaming about owning a drone for years and is always telling Georgina the benefits of drone ownership and what we could do with one and Kidding Around Australia!

RRP: $1699 Stockists: JBHiFi and DJI (on sale for $999 USD)

FOR TEACHERS

C-Lab & Co Coffee Scrub

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This is not only a gift for teachers, but for everyone! Made from 100% natural ingredients, the easy to use scrub works hard to target cellulite, scars and skin imperfections, leaving users with smoother, brighter and more youthful looking skin! We LOVE this scrub – seriously, it’s the best!

RRP: $24.95 Stockist: Priceline and Terry White Pharmacies

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The Dr. Bronner full range is available to view  here, they have an amazing assortment of beautifully packaged organic body washes, hair lotions, hair care, body balms and soaps.

Gift packs are also available for added convenience.

RRP: $15.00 (for gift pack) Stockist: David Jones and select chemists.

Seed Heritage Scarf

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This super soft scarf with contrasting embroidered spots will be a huge hit with your child’s teacher. Length 180cm, 100cm.

RRP: $49.95 Stockist: Seed Heritage

KeepCup

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KeepCup Original is the world’s first barista standard reusable cup. Made from lightweight plastic its unbreakable and colourful – an easy choice for coffee on the go. You can even customise your colour combination and make your KeepCup perfect!

RRP: $14.00 Stockists: via Keep Cup

Gift Vouchers

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Why not gather a few parents from your child’s class and all chip in for a gift voucher? There are countless gift vouchers available – here are some ideas!

  • Beauty salons
  • Clothing or handbags
  • Hardware stores
  • Movie vouchers or Liqueur stores!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kidding Around Australia Christmas without some presents for you!

We are giving away a SmarTrike® Splash 5-in-1 valued at $179 and 2 double passes for the Tuesday 3rd Jan, 7pm performance of CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. Tickets are valued at $101.65 each, so $203.30 per double pass.

Entries close: Sunday 11/12/2016 at 11.59pm!

SmarTrike® Splash 5-in-1

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The SmarTrike® Splash 5-in-1 is suitable for children aged 10 – 36 months and adapts and grows with children throughout five key developmental stages until they are ready to transition into riding a bike or scooter on their own.

To WIN, tell us in the comment section “what are you looking forward to doing with your kids this Christmas and why?”

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus

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CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus is a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular featuring sensational puppetry and a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world!

To WIN, tell us in the comment section “what circus act you love watching and why?”


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Competition Time! Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS MAGICAL ICE FESTIVAL

AUSTRALIA TOUR: 2 JUNE – 17 JULY, 2016 

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Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival opens in Australia in June and for the first time ever will feature the magical winter wonderland of Frozen. The 2016 ice spectacular will also present the enchanting adventures of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast, presented by popular hosts Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy!

Of course, we have tickets to give away to one lucky Kidding Around Australia reader!

Our Grand Prize consists of 4 tickets to Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival in Melbourne on July 1, 2016 with a special meet and greet experience and merchandise bag! We also have another merchandise bag to give away to a runner up!

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The Academy Award® winning animated film Frozen will come to life on ice and is packed full of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters.  Audiences are transported to Arendelle to join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they discover that true love conquers all.

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Audiences will delight as Ariel twirls 35 feet above the ice in a stunning Spanish web act and be swept away as Rapunzel and Flynn are greeted with a dazzling display of the floating lanterns. Beauty and the Beast will include an enchanted Be Our Guest scene, with theatrical elements that will astound the audience.

“We are taking a fresh new spin on how we’re presenting the Disney stories,” says Producer Juliette Feld. “We are weaving together the four worlds of royal sisters Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel as they each embark on their own epic journey.”

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“In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like Frozen,” says producer Nicole Feld. “The most exciting part of bringing characters like Anna and Elsa to the ice for the first time is knowing that they have a powerful and inspiring message that resonates with audiences as the sisters discover the true meaning of love.”

This year’s show pushes the cast of world-class skaters to the limit with daring choreography, theatrical routines above the ice, stunning costumes and impressive set designs that transform endlessly throughout the production. With so much talent and storytelling jam-packed into one show, Disney On Ice truly brings the magic and is a must see for girls, boys and the whole family.

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Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival is a jam-packed show overflowing with magic and will be shortly touring in a city near you! The National Tour starts on 2 June through to 17 July.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER KATHRYN STOKES AND OUR RUNNER UP ROSE NICHOLAS!

To enter our MAGICAL competition, simply comment on this post and tell us who is your favourite Disney character and why!

(By commenting on this post you agree to all the terms and conditions. They can be found by clicking HERE. You will need to give us a valid email address so that we can contact you – don’t worry it will not be published! Comments are moderated so may not show up immediately.)

Competition closes 5pm AEST Sunday 5 June 2015. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter!

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2016 National Tour Dates

Perth Arena  2 – 6 June  (Thurs – Mon)   Ticketek

Adelaide Entertainment Centre   10 – 13 June  (Fri – Mon)  Ticketek

Wollongong- WIN Entertainment Centre 16 – 19 June (Thurs – Sun)  Ticketmaster

*Brisbane Entertainment Centre  23 – 27 June (Thurs – Mon)  Ticketek

*Melbourne- Rod Laver Arena  1 – 5 July  (Fri – Tues)  Ticketek

*Newcastle Entertainment Centre  8 – 10 July  (Fri – Sun)  Ticketek

* Sydney- Allphones Arena   13 – 17 July (Wed – Sun)  Ticketek

*denotes school holidays

Purchase Wollongong tickets through Ticketmaster: 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au/disneyonice. Tickets for all other cities purchase through Ticketek: 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au/disneyonice

Tickets start from just $34.50. Additional discounts apply on select performances. Credit card and transaction fees may also apply.

For more information and to view a clip from the show visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au

Kidding Around… Disney’s Frozen Summer Garden Party

I don’t have to tell you how excited Alegría was to be invited to Disney’s Frozen Summer Garden Party!

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The party was held at Rippon Lea Estate, and was very impressive (as you would expect from a Disney event) and the attention to detail was amazing!

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Ricki-Lee sang a medley of Disney songs which will be showcased in the upcoming Disney Under The Stars shows. The shows will feature hits from Frozen, The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and will be held ‘On The Steps’ of the Sydney Opera House, the banks of the Brisbane River and Melbourne’s magnificent Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

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There were so many activities available during the day that included a delicious picnic, face painting, boat rides, lawn games and ice cream!

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Of course, no Frozen party would be without a meet and greet with Elsa, Anna and Kristoff!

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At the end of the party, we were given a beautiful snowflake necklace from Disney Couture! Thank you to Disney for putting on the Frozen Summer Garden Party –  we loved it!

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Although we were guests of Disney, this event was for competition winners. I highly recommend keeping your eye out for future competitions because this was an afternoon we will never forget!

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Disney Under The Stars is a spellbinding musical journey through the best-loved Disney songs of all time, bringing a little Disney magic to a series of outdoor shows in iconic Australian locations.

Performed by the cream of Australia’s musical theatre and pop talent Disney Under the Stars will feature David Campbell, Ricki-Lee, Lucy Durack, Harrison Craig along with celebrated musical director Chong Lim, his band and orchestra.

Under the direction of Chong Lim the shows will showcase the incredible voices of our stellar cast to shine in their contemporary and traditional performances of Disney’s rich repertoire of musical theatre and pop hits.  Featuring hits from Frozen, The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and many more.

From ‘On The Steps‘ of the Sydney Opera House, the banks of the Brisbane River and Melbourne’s magnificent Sidney Myer Music Bowl, these shows promise to be the musical events of summer and definitely not to be missed.

Reserved seats as well as general admittance for seating on the grass (or steps) will be available for all shows and tickets with prices starting from $69.90*.

Premium seats and seating packages will also be available.

Tickets from http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Disney-Under-The-Stars-Australia-tickets/artist/2185561

*Please note: Transaction fees, processing fees and other charges may apply.


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

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Kidding Around at … Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

It was 28 years ago that my Mum, Sister and I went to Disney On Ice. We only went once during my childhood and so, all these years later, I was excited to take my children to Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream at Hisense Arena. My sister, Alexandra, was able to come with us as Tim was working so we were both able to relive a special childhood memory.

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Disney On Ice is a world class show that needs no introduction. Children across the world have long been fascinated by their favourite characters being brought to life by highly skilled ice skaters.

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Disney On Ice’s 2015 tour is themed ‘Dare To Dream’, and featured Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rapunzel from Tangled. Each story was introduced by four very famous and well loved friends, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy!

Whilst everyone took their seats waiting for the show to begin, staff armed only with buckets clowned around on stage much to the delight to the audience! The excitement was palpable!

Right on time, the lights dimmed and out came Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy and introduced Tiana and the characters from The Princess and the Frog. This performance was a short scene in Tiana’s Restaurant from the film and not an abridged version of the story.

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The rest of the Princesses performed in a shortened version of their story. Snow White met the Seven Dwarfs after the Evil Queen (her magic mirror glided eerily around the stage, unassisted by any visible means) tried to have her killed, she then ate the apple, fell asleep and was awoken by The Prince’s kiss, the man she inevitably falls in love with!

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Cinderella’s famous story took place in two parts, both before and after intermission. The set rotated and the walls opened to reveal Prince Charming’s majestic castle. Disney On Ice clearly spared no expense when it came to the sets and costumes. Each costume was brilliantly detailed and carefully considered.

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Tangled was the last story to be told, and this one really showcased the skill of the performers. Maximus the horse showed some very fancy footwork, while Rapunzel and Flynn flew through the air Cirque Du Soleil style, without any safety harnesses, with just one arm wrapped around Rapunzel’s ‘hair’. It was mesmerising!

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The Grand Finale featured all of our favourite Princesses and Alegría had a wonderful time guessing who they were! Baby girl knows her princesses! Isaac, (who, you’ll be pleased to know, didn’t disappear this time – but was fidgety), loved the fireworks!

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The show is truly spectacular and should not be missed!

Georgina Says

Even though it says on the Disney On Ice website that you can’t be “too young or too old to enjoy the show”, I think 4+ is the ideal age – especially if the parent wants to enjoy the show!

Afterwards, we were invited to meet two special guests – Mickey and Minnie! As always, Isaac marched straight up to them for a hug shortly followed by Alegría! I wonder if he wished it was Cinderella?

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE DISNEY ON ICE presents DARE TO DREAM, AND WE THINK YOU SHOULD, THEN THERE IS STILL TIME IF YOU LIVE IN SYDNEY! BUT HURRY, IT FINISHES ON JULY 12,2015!

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A Celebration of Royal Proportions! Tickets on sale NOW! 

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to Sydney from 8-12 July, 2015 and will be the ultimate princess experience, taking audiences on a journey to fulfil their dreams.  Bringing two of Disney’s modern day princess stories Tangled and, The Princess and the Frog and two most beloved fairytales Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella, this action packed skating spectacle is a classic meets contemporary celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream opens its national tour in Perth on 5 June and travels to Adelaide, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney until 12 July.

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Laugh at Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love. Watch as fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. And boogie to the beat of the bayou in a magical, musical journey that celebrates the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

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Australian audiences will experience the beauty, sparkle, and adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to a city near you!

2015 National Tour Dates

Perth – Perth Arena     5 – 7 June  (Fri – Sun)

Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre   12 – 14 June  (Fri – Sun)

Newcastle – Newcastle Entertainment Centre  19 – 21 June  (Fri – Sun)

Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre  27 – 29 June (Sat – Mon)

Melbourne – Hisense Arena, Melbourne   2 – 6 July  (Thurs – Mon)

Sydney – Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park  8 – 12 July (Wed – Sun)

Purchase tickets from Ticketek: 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au/disneyonice. Tickets start from just $29.50.  Additional discounts apply on select performances. Credit card and transaction fees may also apply.

For more information visit www.disneyonice.com.au or visit their Facebook page.

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

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

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream … Competition Winners Announced!

We were so excited to give away tickets to Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream and judging by the amount of entries we received, you were all as equally excited to win!

Three very lucky winners have been chosen to win four tickets (valued at $178) to Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream in the July school holidays with one lucky winner also receiving a money can’t buy meet and greet experience and a merchandise pack!

We won’t make you wait any longer … drum roll please …

Winners of Disney On Ice

Congratulations Milla, Garry and Shannon! Could you please email Georgina at info@kiddingaroundaustralia.com to organise delivery of your tickets!

We hope you have a magical time and can’t wait to hear all about it!

For those of you who didn’t win (we’re sorry!) tickets are available from Ticketek: 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au/disneyonice. Tickets start from just $29.50. Additional discounts apply on select performances. Credit card and transaction fees may also apply.

For more information visit www.disneyonice.com.au.

 

Kidding Around … The Disney On Ice Dare To Dream Princess Party

To celebrate Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream coming to Melbourne from the 2 – 6 July 2015 we were invited to a Princess Party celebration of royal proportions!

The anticipation leading up to “Princess Party” day was palpable in our house. Costumes were carefully picked out. Speculation was rife as to who the special guests would be. Finally, the big day arrived and happily the party had everything a Prince or Princess could ever dream of!

Faces were painted, balloon animals were created, jewellery boxes were decorated, glass slippers were glitter-fied, pictures were coloured in, the movie Cinderella was on for those who wanted to take five on a bean bag, stories were read, dress-ups were tried on and there were many, many photos taken!

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IMG_8103Little tummies were well catered for with cupcakes, sandwiches, popcorn and drinks. The candy buffet was the ultimate “choose your own” lolly bag with little boxes supplied that said “Thanks for coming!”. No, thank you Disney on Ice for having us!

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Alegría Says

This was the best party ever! This was the best day EVER!

The special guests for the day were Cinderella and Rapunzel. They were so beautiful with the little Princesses, answering questions, giving hugs and posing for photographs.

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One little Prince we know fell in love… Just look at that face!

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The Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream Princess Party was a fabulous launch party for the Melbourne season of Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream which we are so excited to see in July! Don’t forget to get your tickets, they are on sale now!

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM

A Celebration of Royal Proportions! 

COMING TO MELBOURNE 2-6 JULY 2015  

Tickets on sale NOW! 

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to Melbourne from 2-6 July, 2015 and will be the ultimate princess experience, taking audiences on a journey to fulfil their dreams.  Bringing two of Disney’s modern day princess stories Tangled and, The Princess and the Frog and two most beloved fairytales Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella, this action packed skating spectacle is a classic meets contemporary celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream opens its national tour in Perth on 5 June and travels to Adelaide, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney until 12 July.

Cinderella in carriage

Laugh at Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love. Watch as fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. And boogie to the beat of the bayou in a magical, musical journey that celebrates the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

Rapunzel Flynn & Maximus

Australian audiences will experience the beauty, sparkle, and adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to a city near you!

2015 National Tour Dates

Perth – Perth Arena     5 – 7 June  (Fri – Sun)

Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre   12 – 14 June  (Fri – Sun)

Newcastle – Newcastle Entertainment Centre  19 – 21 June  (Fri – Sun)

Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre  27 – 29 June (Sat – Mon)

Melbourne – Hisense Arena, Melbourne   2 – 6 July  (Thurs – Mon)

Sydney – Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park  8 – 12 July (Wed – Sun)

Purchase tickets from Ticketek: 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au/disneyonice. Tickets start from just $29.50.  Additional discounts apply on select performances. Credit card and transaction fees may also apply.

For more information visit www.disneyonice.com.au or visit their Facebook page.

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Kidding Around with … Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

There are few words that conjure up more feelings of magic and wonder than Disney and Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales did not disappoint!

Princess Alegría and her friend Princess Julia were very excited to watch some of their favourite fairy tales come to life, and to be honest, lifelong Disney devotees Anita (Julia’s Mum) and I were excited to see them too!

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Princess Alegría and Princess Julia waiting for the show to begin!

The Plenary, at the Melbourne Convention Centre, was filled to capacity with princess dresses, tiaras and quite a few princely looking lads who were buzzing with excitement and animated chatter.

As everyone took their seats, the lights were dimmed, and our narrators Minnie, Goofy and Donald introduced themselves. The crowd erupted when everyone’s favourite narrator, Mickey Mouse, appeared on stage and together they introduced their magic book of fairy tales.

Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The featured fairy tales were Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Each fairy tale ran for 20 minutes and concentrated on the most memorable parts of the stories. The entire show went for 90 minutes, which included a short interval in the middle that was perfectly timed for a toilet break for little ones.

There were many laugh out loud moments as the children were entertained with funny antics (especially from the Seven Dwarfs), audience participation through question and answer interaction and toe-tapping musical numbers.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Alegría says

Snow White didn’t listen to me – she ate the apple!

The voices and songs were straight from the original film scores and the staging, props, puppetry, special effects and pyrotechnics were very impressive!

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“Be Our Guest” – Beauty and the Beast

Georgina Says

The costumes were amazing. Seriously. Amazing. I know I shouldn’t be so amazed, after all this is a Disney production, but the dresses were breathtaking!

Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Credit ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.

There were some darker parts of the show where the Evil Queen in Snow White changed into the Old Hag along with the thunderstorm and lightning when The Beast and Gaston were fighting on the stairs during Beauty and the Beast. These scenes didn’t last for long but a reassuring hand might be required if your child/ren are prone to be scared.

Out in the foyer there were multiple concessions selling a variety of Disney merchandise with prices starting from $10 AUD. From what we could see the most popular items were a souvenir bag filled with popcorn ($16), snow cone drink cups ($16), programs ($18) and fairy floss with Mickey ears ($15).

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Snow cones are better with friends!

The grand finale was mesmerising with the glitter cannons at the end bringing smiles to everybody, young and old. The show was spectacular and will be thoroughly enjoyed by Disney loving children and adults wanting to take a magical journey down memory lane.

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Grand Finale

If you’re in Australia and in Newcastle, Brisbane, Cairns or Townsville then it is not too late to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales! To book or more information visit their website.

For us, this is only the beginning of our Disney journey! We are looking forward to seeing Disney on Ice in July!

MORE INFORMATION

Website: http://www.disney.com.au/disneylive/three-classic-fairy-tales/

For other live shows: http://liveshows.disney.com.au/

Ticket Prices:

Individual Family
Front Row $55.50 each (Limited seats)
A Reserve $42.50 $155
B Reserve $29.50 $112

Prices include booking fees.  Additional credit card, transaction or outside fees may apply. Family Ticket: Admits 4 people.

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

ALL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES ON THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WEBSITE ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA AUTHORS (UNLESS CREDITED OTHERWISE). ALL IMAGES ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT AND CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA (OR ORIGINAL SOURCE AS CREDITED).