PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue Review

No job’s too big, No pup’s too small!
PAW Patrol, we’re on a roll!

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We were excited to be invited to PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue last Friday at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne!

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PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings Ryder and everybody’s favorite pups Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup Everest to the stage in an action-packed, high-energy musical adventure.

Without giving too much away, it’s the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. When Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found, the pups come to the rescue (with the help of little audience helpers) to save the day!

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Alegría and Isaac loved participating in this interactive adventure as part of the PAW Patrol Cheer Team, joining the pups as they travelled to Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s Farm and Jake’s Mountain.

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Georgina Says

The show goes for 75 minutes with a 15 minute intermission – plenty of time to grab something to eat or to go to the bathroom.

If you have a PAW Patrol fan in your house, then they are going to love this performance as both Alegría and Isaac really enjoyed it!

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The live theatre production of PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue is touring Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth from 7 April, 2017 before heading to New Zealand.

MORE INFORMATION

Website: http://www.nickjr.com.au/pawpatrollive/

Touring Details:

Melbourne Margaret Court Arena,
Melbourne & Olympic Parks
7 – 9 April 2017

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
13 – 15 April 2017

Sydney Darling Theatre,
International Convention Centre,
Darling Harbour
20 – 23 April 2017

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

28 – 29 April 2017

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Peppa Pig Playdate – A paradise for Peppa’s littlest fans!

Peppa Pig Playdate is like nothing you have experienced before!

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If you are like us, you often hear the excited shrieks of “Peppa Pig’s ONNNNNNNNNN!” so imagine your kids excitement when they walk into a real life Peppa Pig paradise that is specially designed for her littlest fans!

Unless you have made your way to the UK and visited Peppa Pig World, then Peppa Pig Playdate is unlike anything your child has experienced before!

After walking the pink carpet, getting your playdate time and location (it will either be the Museum, Fire Station or Library) and walking through the rainbow arches, families can enjoy many activities!

Alegría and Isaac loved pretending to be ducks whilst “sailing” around the pond on trikes and there is even an island where under 3’s can play with wooden toys.

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Everyone can take a ride on Grandpa Rabbit’s train – remember your hands must stay in the train (unless you are waving them madly above your head)!

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Isaac loved visiting Peppa’s house and helping to sort out their recycling.

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Little Peppa and George’s can slide down the dinosaur slides and run through the maze before it’s time to jump up and down in muddy puddles!

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Children must wear socks for the muddy puddle area and are welcome to jump as many times as they like, they just have to line up again as the session is timed.

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For a quieter time, kids can visit the school room and do some colouring-in and craft or join a music session with instruments to play and songs to sing.

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If that wasn’t enough, included in your ticket price is the opportunity to watch a 30 minute live musical show starring Peppa and George Pig on the main stage, with plenty of interaction, songs and laughter.

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Of course, you will meet some of Peppa’s family and friends (they are life size and very friendly) for some photo opportunities and cuddles.

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When it’s time for your playdate with Peppa and her favourite toy Teddy, line up at your designated area 5-10 mins early to ensure you don’t miss out! Inside the Library, Museum or Fire Station you will meet Peppa, have a photo taken, get a card to colour in and sing a song or two!

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Georgina Says

BRING SOCKS!!! Kids must have socks on to jump on the muddy puddles. If you forget, they will be selling them in Mr Fox’s shop. Prams are not permitted inside, there is pram parking available, however make sure your bring a baby carrier if you have little, little ones. 

Bring your camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities, especially on your playdate with Peppa. You’re welcome to take food and drinks with you, as there is nothing for sale within the playdate area.

This video was released after our visit so you might spot some familiar faces!

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MORE INFORMATION

Book your tickets online:

Costs: $59.90 per priority entry ticket, $45.90 per general entry ticket, kids under 12 months are FREE and a one off $3.95 service and handling fee applies per transaction.

Peppa Pig Playdate Tour Schedule:

Wednesday 4 to Monday 9 January at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Saturday 14 to Wednesday 18 January at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 January at the International Convention Centre, Sydney

Saturday 8 to Wednesday 12 April at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 April at the Adelaide Showgrounds

Visit www.lifeliketouring.com.au/playdate for more information, book at Ticketek 

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Kidding Around at … Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up!

On Saturday 9 July 2016 we saw the world premiere Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up! at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. Scooby-Doo has been a favourite of ours since childhood, and recently Alegría and Isaac have jumped on the bandwagon!

Jeepers!

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We weren’t exactly sure about what to expect from the show, and eagerly awaited the show to start as we took our seats and put on our cardboard “Boggle Goggles” (that looked like 3D glasses without the lenses). The show featured all of the ‘Mystery Inc.’ gang, who in 2016, are tech savvy with mobile phones and ghost finding apps whilst still being drawn to 80’s arcade games such as Moustashio Bros, Snack Man and Chase Invaders… funny those names are familiar!scooby doo level up 3.jpg

At the beginning of the show, the gang take on summer jobs with Shaggy and Scooby-Doo working at Crystal Cove – The Most Hauntedest Place on Earth and Fred, Velma and Daphne working next door at the high tech store (the name escapes me) that sells “boggle goggles”.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Scooby-Doo if there wasn’t a mystery to solve, so when ghosts begin to appear, “boggle goggles” malfunction, and the crew become trapped inside the arcade games, they must ‘Level Up!’ to escape. scooby doo level up 2.jpg

Georgina Says

The show is fast paced with catchy musical numbers and there is a lot of audience interaction. The storyline is at times hard to follow and whilst Alegría and Isaac enjoyed it, I don’t think they actually know what it was about. I would suggest that this show is more suited to 8+ if you want them to appreciate the storyline.

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The Melbourne season of Scooby-Doo Live! Level Up has now finished, and the show is headed to Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth so check it out!

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Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on Stage! Review

Somewhere, hidden amongst thorny brambles is a little kingdom of Elves and Fairies. Everyone who lives here is very, very small…

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We were excited to be invited to Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on Stage! We went to the show at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne and it was fantastic! It so great that kids get to experience going to a real theatre.

The show is aimed at children 2-7 years old and follows Princess Holly and Ben the Elf as they help Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, go on a trip into The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum and plan a surprise birthday party for King Thistle.ben png

We don’t want to ruin the plot, but there may or may not have been a jelly flood!

Georgina Says

The show goes for almost 90 minutes with an intermission. Isaac didn’t move throughout the first half – he was mesmerised!

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For the adults, the masks take a little bit of getting used to as you can see the actor’s mouth and chin and the rest is part of the costume. Whilst Alegria noticed them, they didn’t bother her and Isaac was totally unaware because he was swept away in the show!

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If you have a Ben and Holly fan in your house, then they are going to love this live performance as both Alegría and Isaac really enjoyed it!

The live theatre production of Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Live on Stage! is touring Sydney, Newcastle and Perth from 30 March 2016.

MORE INFORMATION

Website: www.liketouring.com/ben-and-hollys-little-kingdom-live

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Competition Time …. Win a Hi-5 Merchandise Pack

We LOVE Hi-5 in the Kidding Around Australia house. As an infant (don’t judge, she RARELY slept) Alegría would watch the Hi-5 gang and I would get some peace! We watched them on TV, we bought the DVD’s and clothes, we went to the concerts … even Alegría’s second birthday was a Hi-5 themed party!

We are eagerly awaiting the Hi-5 presents House of Dreams Australian Tour this June and July school holidays from June 28 to July 15 when they visit Melbourne (and Sydney, Brisbane and Perth).

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So, imagine the delight when Hi-5 sent Alegría and Isaac a merchandise pack! The pack included a bag, DVD (thank you for some peace Hi-5!), sticker, bath tablets, poster, hand shaped clapper (the children thank you Hi-5, the Mumma? Not so much!) and photo card.

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Alegría and Isaac loved the pack so much that we asked our friends at Hi-5 if we could give three (3) away to our readers and they said yes!

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To enter, simply fill in the form!

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Open to Australian residents only. Entries close July 1, 2015 at 6pm. Winners will be announced on this website shortly thereafter.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR

The Hi-5 House of Dreams tour gives audiences an invitation to the most exciting “slumber party” ever! There’s not much sleeping but lots of singing and dancing and adventure when our favourite puppet Chats takes control of the Hi-5’s dreams and makes their dreams come true!

Using Chats’ Magic Dream Catcher audiences will travel through jungles, fairy grottos, underwater coral gardens, the Wild West, and even outer space!! This interactive and energetic show will have audiences totally immersed in the world of dreams.

Hi-5 House of Dreams is a whimsical trip into a fantasy adventure where you can catch your favourite Hi-5 songs – Underwater Discovery, Move your Body, It’s a Party and Living in a Rainbow and plenty of new songs with the Hi-5 gang – Stevie, Mary, Tanika, Ainsley and Dayen.

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2015 National Tour Dates

Sydney – Big Top, Luna Park 28 June (Sunday)

Brisbane – Royal International Convention Centre 1 July  (Wednesday)

Melbourne – Palais Theatre 4 July  (Saturday)

Sydney – Concourse Theatre, Chatswood  7-8 July (Tues-Wed)

Perth – Regal Theatre 14-15 July (Tues-Wed)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

For more info on the show please visit http://lifeliketouring.com/hi-5 or www.hi-5world.com

Competition Time! … Octonauts Prize Pack

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To celebrate the launch of NEW regional and suburban tour dates and shows for Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield – touring Australia from June 2015, we’re giving away this awesome Octonauts Prize Pack. To read what we thought of the show click here.

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This awesome prize pack includes:

1 x Octonauts and the Orcas’ Book worth $9.99
1 x Octonauts to the Rescue’ Sticker Book worth $8.99
1 x Octonauts and the Adelie Penguins Book worth $11.99
1 x Octonauts: The Amazing Octopod’ Book worth $25.99
2 x Octonauts Magazine worth $11.90
1 x Octonauts Flappity Flippers! DVD worth $15.00

Total Prize Value $83.86

Enter now, and get your tickets to Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield at www.octonautslive.com.au

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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 29/04/15 5.00pm AEST and notified by email and announced on this website on 01/05/15. Winner will have 7 days to respond or we will redraw. We will try our best to contact the winner but cannot be responsible should the winner not receive the notification within the time frame.

The prize is one Octonauts Prize Pack, which includes the items listed above. Prizes are not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash. Prizes will be sent out by Lifelike Touring and neither they or Kidding Around Australia will be held responsible in the event that they are stolen, lost or damaged in transit.

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Kidding Around with … Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield

EXPLORE! RESCUE! PROTECT!

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We were so excited to be invited* along to the preview of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong. (The Drum Theatre is an amazing venue and any seat would be a good seat. It’s perfect for kids shows!)

Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield was created and produced in Australia by Life Like Touring (who bought us Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt, Elmo’s World Tour and Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Australia to name a few). The show features 15 new songs, special effects and video animations.

The show is aimed at children 2-7 years old and follows Captain Barnacles and his trusty crew, (from the hit animated ABC4KIDS show Octonauts), who have joined forces with a host of colourful Australian reef dwellers on a mission to save the Great Barrier Reef and we were all invited to help!

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We don’t want to ruin the plot, but when the Octonauts deploy a new undersea medical station to keep the reef clean and healthy, they discover a problem that threatens the reef dwellers and their home.

Georgina Says

The costumes are amazing, and whilst some of the adults around us found the plot confusing in the first act, the kids LOVED it!! And, let’s face it, that’s the main objective!! Isaac loved the bubbles (and he was in good company – all the kids loved the bubbles!).

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The musical numbers are catchy, feel good, tap-your-feet type songs which Alegría was singing long after the show ended.

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I didn’t like it, I LOVED it!

The show is split into two acts, and after a short intermission we find that an outbreak of spiky and very hungry Crown of Thorns Starfish are on their way to eat the reef! There is lots of audience interaction and the question is: Will the Octonauts be able to ward off the advancing starfish and save the Great Barrier Reef?

Well, you’ll have to go along and sea (do you like what we did there?) for yourself!

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The live theatre production Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield is touring Australian capital cities from 25 February to 28 March 2015.

We loved it!

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Website: www.lifeliketouring.com/octonautslive

For other live shows: http://lifeliketouring.com

* We were given tickets to the show by Life Like Touring at the Bloggers BBQ run by Kids Business, but as always, our opinions are honest and our own. Thank you to Life Like Touring and Kids Business – we really appreciated the tickets.

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