Kidding Around … Katherine Hot Springs

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There are two words to describe the Katherine Hot Springs – HIDDEN GEM! If you would like to add another word add FREE! A visit to the Katherine Hot Springs is a must for anyone staying in Katherine, or passing by, who is looking for somewhere to have a refreshing dip.

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Katherine Hot Springs

The Katherine Hot Springs are hidden next to the Katherine River on Riverbank Drive (off the Victoria Highway) in Katherine South (about a 3 minute drive from the centre of Katherine). From the car park, the Hot Springs are located down about 100 metal steps and are surrounded by beautiful shade trees and grassed picnic areas. If you require vehicle access to the Hot Springs then a key can be collected from the service station in town. There is a ramp from the car park for those who wish to take a pram or wheelchair.

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Lay on your back, relax and enjoy the view!

The area surrounding the springs has been developed whist maintaining the natural feel of the area. The Hot Spring pools have had gravel bases added to keep sediment down and to keep the water looking crystal clear. The springs are fed by water bubbling up from deep below the Earth’s surface and there is a viewing platform above the area where the water comes out of the ground.

The Source of the Katherine Hot Springs
The Source of the Katherine Hot Springs

There are also walking tracks alongside the Katherine River if you feel like taking a stroll.

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Katherine River

The main pool has wheel chair access (although it looked a little slimy and not very inviting), stainless steel steps and rails (that are a little hard on the feet) and the walls have been formed out of rock (there is slime or algae on some of the rocks and walls but it doesn’t affect the water at all). There are three main entry points, the third right next to a small waterfall, which is the only area in the springs that both Tim and Georgina couldn’t stand up in. The stream then thins out and goes out to the Katherine River about 30 metres away.

Katherine Hot Springs Waterfall
Katherine Hot Springs Waterfall

With a water temperature that ranges from 25C – 32C the term ‘hot springs’ is not really accurate – it is more ‘lukewarm’ whilst still being refreshing. We are told that during the dry season the springs are VERY popular – however we visited in October (the beginning of the wet season) and as the number of tourists has declined we were able to enjoy the Katherine Hot Springs without them being crowded. In fact,  the majority of the time there were less than 4 other people swimming – sometimes we had the area to ourselves (yes, we went more than once)!

The Kidding Around Australia Team LOVE the Katherine Hot Springs!
The Kidding Around Australia Team LOVE the Katherine Hot Springs!

Georgina Says

It is such a fantastic area to go Kidding Around! Take some snacks or a picnic, a pool noodle, towel and you are ready to go!

Alegría Says

There are no crocodiles because they are in the river (although there is a warning sign in the car park…)!

We LOVED visiting the Katherine Hot Springs, it was safe, clean, free and we highly recommend you visit too!

MORE INFORMATION

Days and Times: Open most of the year, 7 days a week. Closed during the wet season if it floods or is too dangerous to swim.

Location: Katherine Hot Springs, Riverbank Drive, Katherine South NT

Cost: Free

Website: http://www.ktc.nt.gov.au/Council-Facilities/Katherine-Hot-Springs

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

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

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The Discovery Science and Technology Centre*

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgina Says

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

Make sure you check their website.

Central Deborah Gold Mine*

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

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

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

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

Georgina Says

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

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

Bendigo Joss House Temple*

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

Georgina Says

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

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

Vintage “Talking” Tram*

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

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

Georgina Says

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

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

Lake Weeroona

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

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

Georgina Says

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

For more information click here.

Long Gully Splash Park

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

Georgina Says

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

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

Other attractions worth a look!

Bendigo Pottery

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

Golden Dragon Museum

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

The Zone Family Entertainment Complex

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

Confectionery Capers

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

Where to stay?

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

A Final Word …

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

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

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

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Melbourne get ready to feel the Dino-Roar!

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

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

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

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

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So. Much. Fun!

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

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

The event includes:

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

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

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COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations to Yvette Curtis!

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

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

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

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This is a game of skill not a game of chance. Entries not filling in all the required fields and answering the question will be deemed invalid. The winner will be chosen by originality and creative merit, by a non involved party. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The winner will be drawn 10/03/16 at 11pm AEST and announced on this website. The winner will also be contacted via email. The Prize is a family pass (4) tickets to Jurassic Creatures at a date and time to be confirmed with the promoter.
One entry per household. Prizes are not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash. Kidding Around Australia will not be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage that occurs in connection with the prize or the winners participation in the promotion.

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MORE INFORMATION

What: Jurassic Creatures featuring Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice Age

When: 12 March 2016 – 17 April 2016

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

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

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

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

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Kidding Around … Geocaching

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

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Source: http://www.geocaching.com

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

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

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

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

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

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Alegría says

“LET’S GO ON A TREASURE HUNT!!!!!!”

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

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Georgina Says

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

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

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

OUR TOP TIPS

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

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

MORE INFORMATION

Geocaching.com

Geocaching Australia website


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Kidding Around Essentials … Dyson AM10 Humidifier Review

humid-bstileLast month, our friends at Dyson sent us a new Dyson AM10 Humidifier so that we could try it out! I have been waiting for someone to get sick so that I could really put it through it’s paces (which sounds terrible … but you and I know that life with kids means that illness is never too far away!!). As we have been relatively healthy, we have been enjoying it for it’s ‘other’ use – a fan! Yes, you read that correctly – not only is it a humidifier, it can also be used as a fan for high-velocity air cooling in summer! It doesn’t oscillate but it’s great on a summer night.

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Before we go into the nitty gritty, some of you may not know what a humidifier is and why you need one. Basically, a humidifier makes humid air – it puts moisture back into the air we breathe. Our home and work environments are so climate controlled with the use of heaters/air conditioners that our air tends to get dry which can cause dry skin/lips, respiratory discomfort, dry sinuses, nose bleeds, and other health issues. I’m not a health professional, so please do your own research, but it is my experience that humidifiers can help soothe or prevent these concerns and help ease the symptoms of a cold and other respiratory conditions (if you have allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor before using a humidifier).

As you will be aware if you follow us on social media (and you should by the way!), Alegría had her tonsils out last week. Poor little thing. I remember VIVIDLY the pain involved.

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Tim was talking to his mate at work (who recently had his tonsils out) and he suggested that sleeping with a humidifier helped him. He said he was waking with a dry, sore throat – and whilst it is still going to be sore we thought maybe it wouldn’t be AS sore. So, this was our chance to see how easy the Dyson AM10 Humidifier would be to use!

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We all know that Dyson invest MILLIONS of dollars into research and development so whilst there are other cheaper humidifiers on the market the Dyson AM10 humidifier is top notch!

The Dyson humidifier uses Air Multiplier™ technology to project hygienic, humidified air quickly and quietly. It can disperse mist evenly throughout a 16m2 room so it had no problem in Alegría’s bedroom.

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We have used other humidifiers and vapourisers in the past with success but I was always concerned about mold and bacteria growing in the water compartment. Before releasing any mist, Dyson’s Ultraviolet Cleanse technology uses a three-minute cycle to kill 99.9%
of bacteria in the tank of water. Every drop of water is exposed to an ultraviolet light and then atomized by a piezo (whatever that is!). This ensures that any mist projected is  always 99.9% bacteria-free.

The Dyson humidifier measures temperature and humidity and adjusts accordingly to create a comfortable environment. This means that there’s no over humidification (which means no condensation forming on the walls and windows – thank goodness). You can manually change the settings but we used the AUTO mode so that the machine could do it’s thing!

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The Dyson humidifier is controlled by a remote control with 10 precise airflow settings and is magnetised to stay on the unit – a great feature of all Dyson fans / humidifiers. The accurate humidistat and efficient water management system means the humidifier can be used continuously for up to 18 hours using one 3 litre tank of water and there’s a built-in sleep timer for automatic turn off.

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It’s easy to use and the important parts are detachable. The water tank is see-through so you know when to refill through the twistable valve (that seals water tightly), it has a strong handle  and it all snaps back easily into the unit. It is recommended on the guide to clean the parts with a citric acid solution – I often wonder how important these things are … because it’s not very high on my priority list!

We found it very safe for kids (the unit doesn’t get hot and the steam is quite cool) and the only thing we would change is that we would add oscillation to the fan. It is bulky which makes storage tricky and you definitely wouldn’t pack it to travel (except in a caravan … I’d find a spot for it if we had a caravan!).

Overall, we love it. I can’t tell you definitively if it helped with Alegría’s tonsillectomy pain as she can’t really tell us (even if the pain was lessoned, then it’s still pain to her) – but if “Old Mate” at Tim’s work is to be believed he reckons it does! I definitely won’t hesitate in using the Dyson Humidifier if anyone gets a cold or is chesty in the future!

MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.dyson.com.au

Cost: $799.00 AUD


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Kidding Around … Ned Kelly’s Birthplace, Beveridge, Victoria

Anyone who has travelled between Melbourne and Seymour on the Hume Highway, has undoubtedly driven past the small town of Beveridge, Victoria. Beveridge is a small country town 42 kilometres North of Melbourne at the Southern end of Mitchell Shire and is famous for being the birthplace of bushranger Edward “Ned” Kelly. Ned was born in Beveridge in December 1854 and lived there for 9 years before moving with his family to Avenel. By the time they left Beveridge, there were six Kelly children with another on the way – wouldn’t that have been a fun road trip!

We decided to take a small tour around the Ned’s home town to see what was left of Australia’s most infamous bushrangers’ early life.

Our first stop was Ned’s boyhood home of 4 years (from approximately 5 – 9 years of age) on the corner of Kelly St and Stewart St that was built by his father John “Red” Kelly in 1859.

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Ned Kelly’s boyhood home. A house built by his father John “Red” Kelly in Beveridge.

The house is surrounded by a wire security fence and has a printed sign out the front that gives a short description of his life. Tim and the kids didn’t get out of the car and I walked around to take a few photos. It is so disappointing that the house has been not been maintained and essentially has been left to rot even though it was added to the Victorian Register of Historic Buildings in September, 1992. It is falling down in places and is definitely not safe to explore!

I stood there wondering what life would have been like in the 1800’s, and used our outing as a way to begin teaching Australian history to Alegría. We discussed who Ned Kelly was and he had lots of questions about the types of toys Ned would have had, as well as his siblings, bed, plates, cutlery and pets. Alegría was perplexed as to why “a bad guy would be so famous and make history?” Tim and I weren’t too sure how to answer that one! Out of the mouths of babes …

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We then drove to the former St John’s Catholic Church in Spring Street, but the church gate was locked so we couldn’t walk around and take a look. Ned and siblings attended Beveridge Catholic School, which was run out of the Gothic bluestone church. To our knowledge, the church is not open to the public – which is a shame.

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You would think by now we would be feeling dejected, and to a certain degree we were. Tim and the kids had not been out of the car and I just wanted to jump the fence and have a look (please don’t call the police, I didn’t!!) so we pressed on to our last destination, the Hunters Tryst. We are so glad we did!

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The Hunters Tryst is worth visiting (even if you are not doing the Kidding Around Australia Ned Kelly tour!) and dates back to 1845. It was built by Andrew Beveridge and it has been said that Ned’s father Red used to drink in the bar (which is now the dining room).

The Hunters Tryst has been enlarged over the years and features the dining room (the meals are super yummy!) and a large bar area with two pool tables.  The post office is also located in this building. Ned Kelly memorabilia lines the walls and the Hunters Tryst oozes rustic charm with good ol’ country hospitality! If you want to stay the night, the adjoining hotel also has accommodation, a rose garden and large balcony beer garden.

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The Hunter’s Tryst is located at 5/9 Old Hume Highway, Beveridge, Victoria and are open for Lunch from 12 to 2pm and Dinner from 6pm to 8.30. For more information you can visit their Website, call them on (03) 9745 2422 or find them on Facebook.

If you would like to follow in our footsteps, here is a map we prepared for you! Enjoy!

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What’s On? Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic on Good Friday at Werribee Park

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Cadbury will once again share the joy of Easter with Victorian families at the annual Werribee Park Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic, the largest Easter egg hunt in Australia. This event is a highlight on the Melbourne Easter calendar and is set to once again provide a magical day out for families and friends. 

In its 16th year, the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic will take place again on Good Friday, March 25th at Werribee Mansion, in conjunction with Parks Victoria. Since 2001, the event has been held to support The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal and has raised in excess of $1 million for children and families at the hospital.

Tickets will include participation in one egg hunt, a free egg hunt bucket plus all day family entertainment. Shows including Peter Pan, Dirt Girl, Magic Show, Tom & Jerry & the ever popular Cadbury Easter Bunny Show will headline the family entertainment program.

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A range of rides will be available, including the Dragon Wagon Roller Coaster; Chair o Plane; Fun House Maze, Cup & Saucer Ride, Giant Slide, Spooky Mansion & Pony Rides. Along with the great variety of family entertainment, food stalls will be available, and all proceeds collected by the rides & food vendors will also be donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. The lovable Cadbury Easter Bunny will be present to meet and greet families, and entertain the crowd as always.

A great day out for families, the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic donates all proceeds from the event to the Good Friday Appeal that benefits children and families at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

Tickets are limited and sell out quickly so make sure you book early!

MORE INFORMATION

When: Good Friday, March 25, 2016

Where: Werribee Park – K Road, Werribee. Enter via main gate (Gate 2) on K Road.

Cost: Ticket prices $15.00

Tickets: On sale from Tuesday 9th February at 9.00am from www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849


 

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Kidding Around … with Cobs Popcorn

Remember when we introduced you to Cobsmacking popcorn manufacturer Cobs Popcorn? They generously donated a hamper worth $100 filled to the brim of assorted Cobs Popcorn flavours for our Random Acts of Kid-ness benefiting Justin and his family.

The benefit raised more than $23,000 on the day and we were happy to be involved in a small but meaningful way.

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Cobs Popcorn is Australian made using only natural ingredients, no additives, colours or preservatives and is produced in a nut-free factory. There are organic options available as well so it makes the perfect guilt free snack for everyone in the family!

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Cobs Popcorn comes in 11 flavours, in 3 ranges: Organic – Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet and Sea Salt ; Natural – Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet, Sea Salt, Cheddar Cheese, Butter, Coco Crunch, Nacho Cheese, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar and Aged White Cheddar ; Favourites – Caramel, Dark Chocolate Caramel and Milk Chocolate Caramel.

Our favourite is Lightly Salted, Slightly Sweet, closely followed by the classic Butter flavor.

I was surprised that the Coco Crunch flavour wasn’t a bigger hit with the kids, Nacho Cheese has a spicy kick to it and no-one (except Isaac, on occasion) particularly liked the Sea Salt & Vinegar flavour.

The ‘Favourites’ range is perfect for eating as is for a sweet snack or for making a drool-worthy desert.

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Recently, we attended the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch and met one of Australia’s most celebrated patissiers, Adriano Zumbo who made two delicious deserts using Cobs Popcorn! He has inspired me to create a popcorn sensation … stay tuned, my recipe will POP up on the blog soon!

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We have spoken to the lovely people at Cobs Popcorn because we wanted one of you to be able to experience this Cobsmacking flavour sensation! They have generously given us a $100 worth of popcorn to give away to one of our lucky readers!

COMPETITION CLOSED

Congratulations to Nicholas P! We hope you enjoy your Cobs Popcorn!

Competition closes 6pm AEST Sunday 31st January, 2016.  Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

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Open to residents of Australia only.  By entering this competition, you agree to subscribe to the Kidding Around Australia mailing list, if you are not already subscribed. Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. By entering this competition, you are also agreeing to all other terms and conditions.
This is a game of skill not a game of chance. Entries not filling in all the required fields and answering the question will be deemed invalid. The winner will be chosen by originality and creative merit, by a non involved party. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The winner will be drawn 31/1/1 6.30pm AEST and announced on this website. The winner will also be contacted via email. The prize consists of $100 worth of various packets of Cobs Popcorn.
One entry per household. Prizes are not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash. Kidding Around Australia will not be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage that occurs in connection with the prize or the winners participation in the promotion.

 

Educational Resources for Kidding Around with ASG … A Review

Alegría starts primary school next year, and whilst it is an exciting time, it is also a time to think about the practicalities of what 13 years of schooling will look like. Eeek!

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David from Big Kid Little Kid did a great post on ASG and how much schooling is projected to cost per child (you better sit down before you read it, spoiler alert – it’s A LOT!). Preparing financially for your child’s school years is one thing, but it’s not all that ASG have to offer. When they came to me and asked if I would take a look at what services they provide (disclaimer: they offered me a gift voucher for my time*) I was happy to do so!

I have put my head in the sand about the kind of money Big Kid Little Kid talks about and figure we will cross that bridge when we come to it – but I do like to know about resources that can help my kids get the most out of their schooling. Especially, as we are planning to be on the road quite a bit so I need to have educational activities available for long road-trips, hotel rooms, airplane journeys and cruise ships. This stuff I like to be prepared for!

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The MY ASG website provides parents with an expanding range of education, parenting and career content, tools and resources as well as member discounts and special offers to support their children’s education now and into the future.  MY ASG access is complementary for all ASG education fund members. Non-members can also access this information as well as special offers and discounts and become a MY ASG subscriber for $29.95 per annum, offering excellent value for money.

Let’s crunch those numbers for a second .. It costs $29.95 to join and you get 30% off “ABC Reading Eggs” (which is $80 per year and I know a lot of parents who use this program) so if you were going to buy Reading Eggs anyway that’s a saving of $24. Put that $24 towards MY ASG and you get everything else ASG has to offer for $6!! – Can’t complain about that!

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So what is available on MY ASG?

50% off LearningGames® Developed by Professor Joseph Sparling. Comprising 200 individualised experience or educational games, spread over five books targeting the age groups of: birth – 12 months, 12 – 24 months,  24 – 36 months, 36 – 48 months, 48 – 60 months.

50% off ASG books A selection of fun educational books that encourage and help build children’s social and emotional skills.  ASG’s Little Learner Pack (We reviewed this earlier in the year – read about it HERE) A fun and educational gift for children under six years of age. Includes a Cat in the Hat DVD, five books based on Professor Michael Bernard’s five foundations for success and happiness, and discounted access to Parentingideas Club. Valued at over $180, it can be purchased for $49.95.

30 % off ABC Reading Eggs A multi-award winning online reading program for children aged three to seven, designed to boost children’s confidence while developing a lifelong love of reading. MY ASG subscribers receive a discount of 30 per cent on ABC Reading Eggs, which includes ABC Reading Eggspress.

30% off ABC Mathseeds Teaches children aged three to six core maths and problem solving skills in fun, interactive and rewarding lessons.

45 minutes free with YourTutor Connects students to tutors for online, on-demand study help. YourTutor helps hundreds of Australian students to achieve better results every day. MY ASG subscribers receive 45 minutes free online tutoring when they trial the service.

20% off Maggie Dent Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. MY ASG subscribers receive a 20% discount from a variety of books and dvds.

$50 discount off Parentingideas Club An online parenting centre created by Michael Grose.

7.5% off MediGUARD Health Cover MY ASG subscribers enjoy a discount of 7.5 per cent on health cover contributions when you hold a policy with MediGUARD Health Cover, provided by Australian Unity.

More discounts are being added to MY ASG all the time, so this list is only going to get longer!

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Wow, that’s a lot for $29.95. If you wanted to speak with an ASG representative about ASG’s education funds and resources, and the benefits of being an ASG member, call 131 ASG (131 274) or if you’d like to set up a face to face meeting, fill in your details here.

As a special bonus for our Kidding Around Australia readers, quote this voucher code: FREE-ENROLMENT to receive $0 enrolment fee when joining one of ASG’s education funds before 29 February 2016.

*We were sent a gift voucher from ASG as compensation for our time reviewing their website. Our opinions are our own and honest.

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