Chinese Garden of Friendship - Darling Harbour - Sydney - Review

This week, we headed to the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour to explore this little secret garden. This secluded garden nestled amongst the city and the harbour is a tranquil place to visit with family and friends. The garden is a unique symbol of friendship between the people of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and Sydney - two sister cities. Little Miss was pretty excited when I told her we were going to explore the garden and jumped with joy!

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After picking up an info sheet on the Koi fish that can be found in the Chinese Garden of Friendship and grabbing our copy of The Emperor's Quest - A Chinese Zodiac Adventure (great for kids 5 to 12 yrs), we started our walk around the Garden looking for Koi fish and Chinese Zodiac signs. Little Miss 5 and her brother were pretty happy to see the different types of Koi fish in the ponds around the Garden. There's daily fish feeding at 11:30 am in the Lenient Jade Pavilion which is a cool experience for kids. The ponds are not fenced so I had to make sure I held Master 2's hand at all times, he tends to run off on his little adventures! 

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We stopped by the Water Pavilion to admire the view, take a few photos and little Miss & Master 2 took part in the school holiday activities. This week's school holiday activities focused on this year's Chinese year of the Dog. Kids were invited to decorate their dog mask with colour and stick-on materials to take home. Next week's school holiday activities will be held Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Friday 11am to 1pm as Wednesday 25th for Anzac Day public holiday. Next week's activities will be Chinese paper folding where kids can craft a butterfly, a boat, or hat, to keep or gift to a loved one. The activities are free with entry and were a welcome surprise for us, the kids loved them.

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After some crafts, we continued our quest around the Chinese Garden of Friendship and found each of 12 animal sculptures of the Chinese lunar calendar that were hidden in the garden including some real water dragons that were a bonus find ha!

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While the lower gardens are accessible by wheelchair or by pram, it is best to leave the pram at the entrance to explore the upper gardens. We loved the nice walk around the garden amongst the rocks, the forests of bamboo, the waterfalls and looking at the lotus flowers across the lake.

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The kids loved the Emperor's quest around the garden, it made it really interesting for them, their favourite Chinese Lunar calendar animal was the monkey by far. They also enjoyed looking at the Koi fish in the lake and ponds amongst the weeping willows. 

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The peaceful pavilions, trees, limestone rocks and colourful koi fish make the Chinese Garden of Friendship a beautiful place to visit. Kids and adults can dress up in traditional Chinese costumes and take their own photos in the garden for an extra fee. There is also a range of range of Chinese tea and refreshments in the traditional Chinese teahouse for visitors to enjoy.

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After a relaxing walk around the Chinese Garden, Master 2 admired the Bonsai trees while little Miss drew in the children's feedback book. We had a fantastic time and will be sure to visit again in the future. 

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Our tips:

  • The Chinese Garden of Friendship is open daily except on Christmas Day and Good Friday 9:30 to 5pm (April to Sept) and 9:30 am to 5:30pm (October to March). The garden can be accessed via Pier Street in Darling Harbour.
  • Entry fees are as follows: Adult: $6, Child: $3 (under 12 years), Family: $15 (two adults and two children), Concession: $3 (Australian pensioners and students only) and Senior: $4.50 (Australian seniors only).
  • Lower garden is accessible for wheelchairs and prams however the upper garden is best travelled by foot. You can leave your pram near the Children's feedback corner.
  • There are no fencing around the lake and ponds so children supervision is advised at all times.
  • Accessible toilets and a baby change toilets are available onsite.
  • School holiday activities are available Monday to Friday during the holidays (except when a day falls on public holiday), they are free and run from 11am to 1pm.
  • Traditional Chinese dress-ups is available daily 11am to 5pm charged at $10 for an Adult and $5 for a child.
  • There is a free daily tour of the garden available 11:45am (1 Oct – 31 Mar) and 2pm (1 Apr – 30 Sep).
  • Bring some water and snacks if you wish to sit down and have a snack on your visit, there is a bench near the lake that visitors can use.
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Busy City Kids were invited to the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbour for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and fee paying activities were self funded. 

For more information on the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbour, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Paw Patrol Sea Patrol at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium - Review - Melbourne

Kate (@kateflatman) and her little ones headed to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium this week for a fun morning to enjoy the Aquarium and take part in the PAW Patrol SEA Patrol pups adventure.

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The interactive experience will take families on a PAWsome underwater quest throughout the SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium to help find the missing PAW Patrol pups and save the day. No job is too big, no pup is too small!

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The PAW Patrol underwater adventure is included with all SEA LIFE Melbourne admission tickets and upon admission children receive a PAW Patrol Pup Pack with wearable puppy ears, a treasure hunt map and five PAW Patrol stickers to use to complete the treasure hunt.

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The race is then on to follow the map (and the paw prints!) and find all of the PAW Patrol SEA Patrol pups who are hiding throughout SEA LIFE Melbourne.

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Kate's poppets liked seeing which pup they would find next and taking turns guessing and posing in front of each pup. Lots of cute photo opportunities!

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Once Kate's little ones have completed their treasure map, they showed it to the gift shop desk to receive a full Paw Patrol sticker sheet for them to keep. There is also limited Paw Patrol merchandise at the gift shop for Paw Patrol lovers. A great morning at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium!

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The Sea Life Melbourne’s PAW Patrol SEA Patrol experience is on until Monday 30th April 2018. For more information, head to the SEA LIFE Melbourne website.

Busy City Kids were invited to the Sea Life Melbourne for the purposes of a review of Paw Patrol Sea Patrol. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and fee paying activities were self funded. 

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Find Wally at the Melbourne Star - Melbourne - Review

Kel, Wenda and Wally from Melbourne Minor took a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel on behalf of Busy City Kids yesterday and loved it! The holidays are great to take the kids out and about Melbourne and great if you can save some money too! Kids can fly free these holidays with a paying adult - how great! On until this Sunday 15th April 2018. Thanks Kel for the gorgeous pics and review xo Catherine
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Wally and Wenda needed a better view to see all the Where's Wally fun at District Docklands so we jumped into a pod on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. A flight on the Melbourne Star takes appropriately half an hour and you get wonderful views over Melbourne and beyond.

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With the help of the map provided and the commentary you can walk around the cabin and find all the landmarks you know and see some new sights too. There is also a seat in the centre of the cabin so you can just kick back, as Wally did, and let the Star bring the view to you.

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The Melbourne Star is fully accessible and you can bring your wheels on board (wheelchairs and prams with under ones).

These school holidays kids fly for free with paying adults which certainly helps the holiday budget! While you are in District Docklands make sure you check out all the Where's Wally fun, there are statues throughout the centre, a happiness hunt with prizes to win, craft stations and murals. It's all FREE and will be on until this Sunday 15th of April.

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Busy City Kids were invited to ride the Melbourne Star for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and fee paying activities were self funded. Thanks Kel!

For more information on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel head to the Melbourne Star's website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Buds by Shangri-La - Singapore - Review

When researching places to experience in Singapore, I stumbled upon Buds by Shangri-La and knew I had to take the kids there! The kids' face when we entered Buds and they saw that ball pit and the gorgeous place was priceless! They had the best time and didn't want to leave but after more than 2 hours, I was the one feeling tired ha! We did not have time to see the outdoors area which is a shame as it looks fantastic! Thank you to Buds for inviting us - what an amazing play space!

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Children 4 years+ will love the Explorer Zone - they can jump and play in the ball pit, bounce on a corner trampoline, climb their way up to the second level and bounce off up there, swing off large mesh balls and more.

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They will also enjoy the little 'garden' space on the right of the ball pit where they can play with pretend dirt and go through tunnels. There is also a climbing structure located next to that space with a slide against the wall where the rainbow starts.

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They will love the second section of the Explorer Zone where they can use slides to slide into the ball pit, play with rubber balls and shoot into a games' wall and climb upstairs into the space zone and shoot with ball guns and go down a metal slide.

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Little ones under four years old will love the Toddler Zone - they will love playing the piano floor, play in the little playground, the ball pit, bouncers, play with shapes and enjoy the vintage free car rides.

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Parents can 'recharge' in the recharge café located next to the Toddler Zone. RFID wristband technology is available for parents if they wish to recharge while their children are safe & secure in the play zones. A number of staff supervise children during their play.

The Explorer Zone for kids over 4 does not need parental supervision however myself and my husband wanted to join in the fun too and allow little Mister 2 to join in the fun with his sister even though the space is designed for older kids. This meant that we had to be mindful as some spaces like the little 'garden space' was challenging for him and he almost lost his balance standing on a mound like his sister but luckily a staff member who was closer than I was grabbed him quickly for me.

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Themed spaces like Muddy, Stage, Bake and Party Room supplement the Buds play zones. Muddy is for budding artists who like to make a splash, Stage is a music studio for young performers, Bake is a fully equipped cooking classroom for children & parents and Party Room is an interactive space for celebrations. Activities are charged separately. 

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Visitors can have fun outdoors amongst the hotel lush gardens with a giant pirate structure fitted with challenging climbs and slides in the Outdoor Playground and cool down in the Water Play Zone euqppied with splash pads. They can also enjoy the free-form outdoor swimming pool located in the centre of the hotel property, with its wading area and jet fountain.

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Photo credit: Buds by Shangri-La

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Photo credit: Buds by Shangri-La

We really enjoyed our time at Buds by Shangri-La! What an amazing space for hotel guests and non hotel guests to enjoy. Shangri-La is such a beautiful hotel, wish we had stayed there - time to organise another holiday ha!

Our tips:

  • Buds by Shangri-La is located inside Shangri-La Hotel at 22 Orange Grove Rd, Orchard Road, Singapore.
  • Buds by Shangri-La Indoor is open Mon-Sun from 9am to 9pm and Outdoor is open Mon-Sun from 9am to 7pm. 
  • Head to the Tower Wing, Level 1, Adjacent to The Line, Pool & Health Club to get to Buds Indoor first.
  • There are custom designed children's toilets inside Buds and a nursing room opposite Buds' entrance as well as toilets.
  • There is a Recharge Café for parents inside Buds. Parents can recharge with RFID wristband technology to keep their children safe & secure.
  • Buds cannot accommodate for prams inside the centre due to space restrictions. Grab a carrier if you have a little one with you that needs to nap during their brother/sister plays.
  • Kids must wear anti-slip socks for safety at all times. Kids will not be allowed to play or go in the ball pit without socks. You can purchase socks at reception if needed. Adults can use slippers provided but cannot access the ball pit without socks on.
  • Admission prices vary - hotel guests of Themed Family Suites and Family Deluxe Rooms get in for free, entry for other hotel guests varies from $18 to $28 per chid (includes entry for one adult) and entry for non hotel guests (includes entry for one adult) varies from $28 to $48 for three hours. Activities are charged separately.
  • Bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent for mosquitoes, water bottles, as well as swimmers (tops and bottoms) for both kids & adults, swimming nappies (if needed), a change of clothes if you are heading in the Outdoor playground and Water play zone.
  • Water and baby milk is allowed inside Buds however outside food is not allowed.
  • Buds admits Children 0 to 12 years old. Children under 4 need to be supervised by an adult at all times. Adults are not allowed at Buds without a child.

Busy City Kids were invited to Buds by Shangri-La Singapore for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel was self funded. To read our other Singapore reviews, head here. 

For more information on Buds by Shangri-La Singapore, head to their website

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden - Singapore - Review

Every time I have visited Singapore in the past, I have found myself walking around the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens. This year's trip was with our children and we couldn't wait to show them around and of course visit the new Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden which opened in November 2017 last year after a $12 million extension to the Singapore Botanic Gardens! 

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The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is the first garden in Asia dedicated to children. Its theme of ‘Life on Earth Depends on Plants’ aims to educate and instil a love for nature in children. The Garden offers children a space for exploration, adventure and play with a farm, an orchard, and a forest with its own stream and ponds.

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Great for young adventure seekers who can explore the suspension bridge and nature play areas. Budding naturalists can walk along the stream and climb into the tree-houses and urban gardeners can observe how plants grow and pick up some gardening tips! Grab a Kid's map at the Visitor Centre at the entrance to help your child become an ‘Adventurer’, ‘Gardener’ or ‘Naturalist’ for a day at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden by following the dedicated trails.

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Our first stop was in the Explore Zone, where the children enjoyed going up the Tree House and going down the red slides. Little Mister 2 was brave and loved these speedy slides! The children also enjoyed a play in the sandpit area. You can access the Pond area by turning pass the red slides and follow that trail. 

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We continued the Explore Zone and went pass the Suspension Bridge, pass the Water Play and Playground areas in the Play Zone and pass the Maze. We then did a loop and went pass the Forest Zone to head to the Orchard Zone.

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We loved the Forest Zone' Adventure Play and Flying Fox spots. 

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The children loved jumping on the little ground trampoline as well as climbing around the Adventure Play areas which lead to the Flying Fox area. We did not try the Flying Fox as there were a few people on the day.

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We loved our visit at the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden. We highly recommend you visit this little Children's oasis amongst the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens. Kids will love wondering around this garden that has been especially designed for them.

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Our tips:

  • The Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is located at 1H Cluny Road (Singapore Botanic Gardens), Singapore.
  • There are many ways you can get to the gardens via MRT, bus, car or taxi.
  • The Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 7pm and closed on Mondays (except when it falls on a designated public holiday).
  • There are toilets located around the gardens and the gardens are fully accessible for prams and wheelchairs.
  • There are food outlets in parts of the gardens for visitors.
  • Entry to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is FREE. 
  • Great for kids 14 yrs and below. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Adult visitors without children are not permitted at the Children's Garden for children's safety.
  • Bring snacks, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent for mosquitoes, water bottles, comfy shoes as well as swimmers (tops and bottoms) for kids to enjoy the small wet area, swimming nappies (if needed), a change of clothes and possible rain gear if there is expected rain on the day. 

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden for the purposes of a review. Entry to the garden is FREE and we loved it. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. To read our other Singapore reviews, head here. 

For more information on the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, head to their website.

Wonderland at ACMI - Melbourne - Review

Kel and the gang over at Melbourne Minor recently attended the media preview of Wonderland - the latest exhibition based on the story of Alice in Wonderland currently on at ACMI in Fed Square. Primary school children and older will appreciate this exhibition. Read up on Kel's great review and pics below. Thanks Kel xo Catherine.
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Anyone familiar with ACMI exhibitions will know there is already a ‘rabbit hole’ feel about walking down those stairs and not knowing what you will discover in the underground exhibition space but Wonderland takes this to a whole new level!

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Wonderland explores the story of Alice in Wonderland through its many screen appearances over the years. The exhibition uses illustrations, costumes, props, posters, movie footage and projections to bring to life the story. Visitors receive a map to guide them around the exhibition that also interacts with the exhibition at scanning points. There are so many twists and turns and little surprises the whole thing felt like a treasure hunt!

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The famous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party has been reimagined with the help of state of the art projections in a three minute show not to be missed. A white room is transformed again and again in a dreamlike sequence and is like no tea party you’ve been to before.

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A favourite of all the kids that attended today was the croquet room where you design your own card and then scan it onto the wall with your face. These card people then skip around painting the roses red! 

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Wonderland is going to captivate people of all ages and is a terribly curious way to spend your time. Tickets are on sale now and it’s recommended to book in advance as limited tickets are sold for each session.  

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For more information about Wonderland at the ACMI, head to their website. Wonderland is on from Thursday 5th April to Sunday 7th October 2018. Watch Disney's 1951 animated adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic 'Alice' stories while you're there. ACMI is located in Federation Square and is fully accessible. Tram and train service Fed Square and there is also ample paid parking. Full $25, Members $20, Concession $21, Child $16 and family $65. 
 
 

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South Australian Aviation Museum - Adelaide - Review

Late last year, we visited the South Australian Aviation Museum while visiting family and friends in Adelaide. The SA Aviation Museum is run entirely by volunteers who are true aviation fans and members.

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As soon as we entered the museum and were greeted by volunteers at the counter, we knew that the museum was run by a team of people who were very passionate about aviation. We were taken away by the quality and sheer size of all the planes as soon as we walked into the hangar. The kids kept pointing at all the planes!

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The SA Aviation Museum has over 20 aircrafts on display which you can see, read about and the best thing for the kids - you can climb aboard some of the planes! We climbed aboard all the planes and loved it!

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The kids jumped onboard the Aero Commander (shown below) and loved being at the cockpit and flying the plane for ages!

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The SA Aviation Museum's collection keeps growing with new planes being worked on and added to the first and second hangar. 

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We loved jumping aboard the Royal Australian Airforce's Douglas C-47B via the Qantas steps minus the actual flight ha! You can peer through the plane's windows, checkout the cockpit and read up on this very interesting plane.

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After the plane visit, Little Mister wanted to ride a baggage handle car and little Miss an arcade plane - both had fun which was a win win for me considering I was flying solo with these guys for the whole Adelaide trip!

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We visited the inside of the Fokker F27 Friendlship craft and its cockpit which was very interesting too.

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We then walked around the museum and read up on all the history and looked at the other aircrafts.

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There is a second level of the Museum which is dedicated to the history of certain aircrafts present at the museum but also talks about the world wars some people endured, women pilots and more. While you are visiting, lookout for a cute little bear hiding in one of the aircrafts.

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At the time we visited which was in September last year in 2017, the second hangar was a work in progress and some aircrafts were being worked on. They are currently working on the Orion aircraft and the latest news indicated that some more changes were underway for that aircraft.

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We managed to see the Westland Wessex Helicopter and the DHC-4 Caribou Light Plane in the second hangar and were able to enter the interior of the Caribou which reminded me of army movies and the inside of the Helicopter was also very interesting to enter.

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Don't forget to visit the Museum Shop and pickup some great aviation toys on your way out and most importantly support this great group of volunteers.

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All and all, we loved our visit at the South Australian Aviation Museum! Who doesn't like to jump aboard an aircraft, play pilot, learn all about aircrats and still stay on land! This place is a must visit on your next Adelaide visit!

Our tips:

  • The South Australian Aviation Museum is located at 66 Lipson Street in Port Adelaide which is about 20-30 mins from Adelaide city.
  • The museum is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. It is open from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • The museum is run entirely by volunteers.
  • Admission to the museum is as little as $10 per adult, $5 for children 5 to 16 yrs, Free for kids under 5 and $25 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children.
  • The museum is pram friendly however you cannot take your pram on the planes or on the second level of the museum. We left ours next to the toilets and walked around the museum.
  • There are toilets onsite as well as free parking.
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We, Busy City Kids visited the South Australian Aviation Museum at our own expense for entry fee, transport and all. Our opinions & feedback are always genuine & truthful. 

To read our other Adelaide reviews, head to this link.

For more information and up-to-date events news about the South Australian Aviation Museum, head to their website.

Singapore Zoo - Singapore - Review

The Singapore Zoo was definitely on our to-do list on our recent trip to Singapore, it has changed tremendously since I last visited it years ago and now has fantastic habitats for resident wildlife. The Singapore Zoo is part of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore which also includes the River Safari, Night Safari in Mandai and Jurong Bird Park in Jurong. The Jurong Bird Park will join the other three Zoos in 2020 along with a new Rainforest Park when it moves away to Mandai.

The Singapore Zoo is a great Zoo for tourists, local residents and the community. The Zoo is part of the curriculum for children in Singapore as it allows them to extend their learning space to the outdoors and learn about animals, insects, the environment, conservation and more.

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The highlight for us at the Singapore Zoo is seeing the beautiful family of Orangutans. We did not get to do the Breakfast with the Orangutans due to traffic delays on the way to the Zoo however I've heard great things from people who have done the breakfast. They did advise me to book ahead of time before attending and make sure to book a table close to the front where the Orangutans will be otherwise it will be tricky to see them.

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A newish exhibit at the Singapore Zoo is the Land of Giants where visitors can walk amongst super-sized insects and find out interesting facts and the amazing abilities of insects.

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The beautiful Singapore Zoo is quite unique as it is set amongst the rainforest which is perfect for wildlife to wonder as they choose. There are many animals and zones to discover so set aside a decent morning to experience most of the Zoo. We managed to snap a beautiful family of Baboons with their new baby which was so cute!

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Other highlights of the Singapore Zoo are shows, we loved the Splash Safari Show which was wild and very wacky as Pedro the California Sea Lion was a pro at splashing everyone. Don't sit in the wet zones if you don't want to get wet as Pedro will not miss you! Arrive at least 15 minutes before the show and relax with a drink and snack to ensure you get good seats as the show can be quite popular. We really enjoyed this show and made sure our camera was put away during the crazy splash times ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

There are four different shows scheduled in the morning and afternoon. We made sure we attended the Elephants at Work & Play show which was excellent and very entertaining and very popular. We were lucky to arrive early as the four arenas filled up in no time! The Asian elephants were well behaved and also very cheeky. Little Mister loved this show and kept pointing at the elephants.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Checkout the Garden with a View on your way to Rainforest Kizdworld, climbing activities are available for kids, groups and students for an extra fee.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Rainforest Kizdworld was lots of fun for the kids. There is a Carousel and an Ampitheatre for Animal Shows as well as eateries but the main thing about Kidzworld is the Wet Play area. Lots of water jets at the entry for older kids and water jets for younger kids at the back of the water area. There are also a number of slides for little and older kids. Watch out for the tipping bucket that periodically empties and surprises everyone and will soak you if you don't watch as my husband found out! Don't forget to bring some swimmers for kids and adults so you can cool down after a day at the Zoo as Singapore is quite humid as you will soon find out.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The newish exhibit Reptopia which opened late last year is a brand new exhibit where over 60 species of frogs, bearded dragons, snakes, chameleons, lizards, cobras and more are on display for visitors to appreciate and learn about. See creatures up close and even ride a giant snake ha!

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There are many animals and zones to discover across the Singapore Zoo. Visitors can see beautiful Asian Rhinos, Asian Elephants, White Tigers, Zebras, Lions, Monkeys, Australian animals and many more animals that you would not see in Australia. Combined with the fun animal live shows and the wet area at KidzWorld, a visit to Singapore Zoo will make a great day on your Singapore visit! Checkout the Singapore Zoo's website for more info, to book tickets & experience, to plan your day with four suggested itineraries and make sure you read our tips below before you head there.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • The Singapore Zoo is located at 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore which is about 30-45 minutes taxi ride from the city.
  • There are many ways you can get to the Singapore Zoo, via shuttle, bus or drive.
  • There is ample fee paying parking onsite.
  • The Singapore Zoo is open every day of the year from 8:30am to 6pm. The Rainforest Kidzworld is open from 9am to 6pm.
  • There are toilets located around the Zoo. Some toilets have change tables.
  • There are food outlets throughout the Zoo.
  • The Singapore Zoo is pram and wheelchair friendly. You can rent a pram for $9 or Wagon for $15.
  • Ticket prices are as follows: Adults S$35, Children S$23. 
  • There is a Guided Tram ride (shown below) option which is $5 for adults and $3 for kids aged 3 to 12 yrs.
  • Bring snacks, hats, sunscreen, insect repellent for mosquitoes, water bottles, comfy shoes as well as swimmers (tops and bottoms) for both kids & adults, swimming nappies (if needed), a change of clothes and possible rain gear if there is expected rain on the day. 
  • There are showers and change rooms for kids next to the Rainforest Kidzworld wet zone.
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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to the Singapore Zoo for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. To read our other Singapore reviews, head here. 

For more information on the Singapore Zoo or to buy tickets, head to their website.

Tesselaar’s KaBloom - Festival of Flowers - Review - Melbourne

Kate and her little ones were really excited to head to Tesselaar's new festival of flowers this year - KaBloom. What a beautiful place to visit and a great idea to combine children's activities and shows in such a fantastic setting. Checkout Kate's review, gorgeous photos and tips before you head to Kabloom this year. Busy City Kids were invited to attend KaBloom for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and fee paying activities were self funded. Thanks Kate for the review xo Catherine
 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

When we heard that Tesselaar were having a new flower festival in Autumn, we were very excited! We absolutely loved visiting the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in 2016 (you can read our review of that event here) so we couldn't wait to see this new and colourful festival of flowers.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Tesselaar’s KaBloom Festival builds on the history and blooming bonanza in autumn, showcasing over 130,000 plants across 140 garden beds.  Held on Tesselaar’s flower farm in the magical Dandenong Ranges with breathtaking views - and selfie opportunities abound - KaBloom is an explosion of colour in nature, with over 1.2 million flowers in bloom across five acres of garden.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

We timed our visit to KaBloom to coincide with Family Fun Days (Tues 3rd - Fri 6th & Mon 9th - Fri 13th April) with free entry for all children plus extra kid-friendly activities and a host of children’s entertainers. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Here is a list of our highlights:

  • Tractor Rides

Departing from Tulip Station, a ride in a carriage behind a shiny red tractor was definitely one of the poppets favourite things about the day.  They loved travelling through the colourful fields and spotting different things that they could see.  Tractor rides are perfect for those who don't wish to walk to the bottom of the fields too. $5pp/$15 family of 4.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Flower Maze

Get lost amongst the petunias in this gorgeous flower maze which is ideal for children.  Due to restricted access to the main garden beds this year, the maze offers a fantastic opportunity for little ones to get amongst the flowers. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Face Painting

Visit the face painting tent and choose from a huge selection of face painting designs. We left with a scary tiger and a sparkly bunny.  Super cute! $10pp

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Story Telling

Join Tesselaar’s resident fairy in the fairy garden for a special story time.  Little ones will love hearing her tales of meeting the Easter Bunny and throwing special fairy dust into the wishing well.  Be sure to play in the cubby houses and look out for the secret fairy doors in the gnome garden.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

* Petting Zoo

Animals on the Move petting zoo always offer a fantastic interactive environment for children. You can cuddle a bunny or guinea pig, feed a pig, pat a cow or do as Master Arlo did and kiss a goat!  

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Live Entertainment

There is fantastic, live family entertainment on every day during Family Fun Days including Ruby Ray & The Funky Monkeys, The Kazoos, Ruccis Circus and The Trash Test Dummies.  The poppets enjoyed participating in a fun and interactive African drumming workshop with the team from Full Circle Drumming.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

KaBloom is a fantastic addition to the Tesselaar’s calendar and an absolutely magical place that is perfect to experience with your family.  Whether you just wander amongst the gardens and soak in the beauty of the grounds or if you want to enjoy the additional themed activities, attractions and live music on offer during the rest of the season, I highly recommend you visiting Tesselaar’s KaBloom Festival.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Don’t forget your camera!
  • No matter what the weather forecast, pack gumboots (as it’s quite muddy underfoot close to the fields), a change of clothes for the little ones + a hat and sunscreen!
  • Pre-purchase your tickets online to avoid the queues.  Make sure you print them off at home as mobile tickets will not be accepted.
  • Bring extra cash as some of the activities incur a small fee.
  • This event is pram friendly, however I wouldn't recommend taking your pram into the fields but there is ample pram parking available around the grounds. The farm is on a bit of a slope, so be sure to hold on tight and use the break when parked!
  • There is a designated baby change and feeding area opposite the information centre.
  • Bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens or in one of the many designated picnic areas. There is a large range of food options at festival prices available on site.  On the day we visited we didn’t encounter any queues, however with such a delicious selection you may encounter long queues during busy times.
 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

KaBloom is on from March 30th to April 15th 2018. Open every day during the festival from 10am – 5pm, entry: adults $25, concession $22 and children under 16 free. Some activities require pre booking and additional costs like tractor rides and face painting. For more info or tickets, head to the KaBloom website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2018 Review 

Kate @kateflatman and her mini gardeners were invited to venture to the Royal Exhibition Building and gardens to experience the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. There's so much for kids to enjoy at this annual show - architecturally designed cubby houses, gardening workshops, playground testing, the Great Hall and its great exhibits and so much more. Thanks Kate for the great review and pics. Glad you guys had fun! xo Catherine
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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The annual Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show opened this week in the exquisite heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens for another year of breathtaking and on-trend garden designs. Over five glorious Autumn days, visitors will be inspired by spectacular floral displays, experience masterclasses with floral designers, meet key landscape designers, exhibitors and industry experts, as well as the opportunity to peruse the avenues of exhibitors selling everything from bulbs, plants, tools, trinkets and garden accessories.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Plus with FREE entry for children 14 years and under and a fun filled program suitable for all ages, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is an excellent event for the whole family to enjoy.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Having not visited the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for the last few years, I was excited to be exploring one of Melbourne’s must-see events this year for the first time with the poppets.  Here is a list of our highlights and tips for visiting the show with toddlers:

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge® 

Run by the not-for-profit organisation Kids Under Cover, visitors can see five cubby houses - designed by some of Melbourne’s leading architects - that have been auctioned off with all proceeds raised (over $70,000!) being donated to the organisation, assisting with the ongoing prevention of youth homelessness.  Little ones will love exploring and playing in the cubbies; including a vibrant blue head, a log cabin, a dream catcher, a cubby you can climb, and one that resembles a giant Connect Four. 

You can also meet the Deluxe Dog and have your face painted!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

* The Diggers Club

A 1940s-style potting shed and chicken shed made of recycled materials is the centrepiece of The Digger’s Club exhibit this years Show.  The poppets stood in awe staring at the heirloom pumpkin display, which has been integrated into the potting shed design.

With a focus on backyard gardening, there are several mini gardens on display including a pollination garden to attract bees; a picking-garden of beautiful flowers; a tropical garden featuring rare fruit and a seasonal veggie garden. There is also talks on pickling, growing your own veggies, the benefits of worms, building a chook house and taste tests. The poppets loved joining in on the famous tomato taste test! It was really amazing tasting the difference between home-grown, heirloom varieties and the bland offerings found at the supermarket.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

* Funky Monkey Bars

Kids can go bananas on Funky Monkeys Pop Up Playground featuring some of their most popular backyard models.  Kids can play on the incredible monkey bars, swings, flying fox, trapeze and the poppets favourite, the fireman pole!  A great spot for little ones to release some energy before visiting the formal floral and garden displays.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Sensory Zones

The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show provides a true immersion of the five senses.  Fully immerse yourself at the Show by visiting each of the five sensory zones - ‘Taste’ where you can discover an edible garden and tantalise your tastebuds, ‘Sight’ where you’ll see The Great Hall of Flowers, ‘Touch’ where little ones can feel the soil between their fingers and pot a plant to take home, ‘Smell’ where you can surround yourself with the sweet scent of lavender, and ‘Hearing’ where you can soothe and refresh your mind and body at beautiful water features. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Pre-purchase your tickets online to avoid the queues.  Tickets are not day specific so pre-purchased tickets are valid for use on any single day of the Show.
  • We recommend travelling to the Show via public transport as street parking and parking at Melbourne Museum is limited.
  • There are several food outlets at the Show, including well known food trucks, drinks, tea and coffee.  You are also welcome to bring your own lunch and snacks from home to enjoy on the lawns.  You will also find water stations around the Show to refill your water bottles.
  • The gorgeous trees do provide lots of shade, but don’t forget to pack sunscreen and hats too.
  • The Show is very pram friendly with ramps and ample space to park your pram if necessary too.  There is also two designated parents rooms with baby-change and feeding areas located within the Royal Exhibition Building. 
 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more info or to book, head to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show website.
 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Indieguerillas at NGA Play - Review - Canberra

At the end of December last year, we headed to Canberra for a few days. We love a Canberra visit as it's always relaxing, we can drive there, it's never too crowded and there is lots to do with kids and most of it is free!

One of our favourite spots to visit when we do is the NGA (National Gallery of Australia) and we always make some time to explore the kids space - NGA Play.

   Photo credit: @busycitykids

  Photo credit: @busycitykids

The latest kids installation at the NGA Play is from Indonesian duo Indieguerillas. This free installation takes visitors on a cultural journey through the stories of their home in Yogyakarta.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Family and friends will be surrounded by colour and joy. Visitors can ride bikes to create sound and movement.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can colour in Indieguerillas' every so cool prints, take them home or put them up in the YEAH ROOM!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

They can also create their own digital avatar on provided iPads, our avatars looked quite interesting - ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can also play a fun bedroom tidying up game. Not surprising, little Miss wasn't interested, so as usual mummy had to tidy up!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Indieguerillas' art is bright, colourful and kids love it!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Mine loved the slide in the YEAH ROOM! A slide in a gallery - sure why not! The NGA Play is our favourite place to explore, learn and create in Canberra - always something fun to do!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can pin their colouring masterpieces, create their own shadow puppets and leave them as part of the display in the YEAH GALLERY.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can also colour the walls - yes you heard me write on walls! 

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Or do a quite colouring in the YEAH ROOM, might be safer ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Indieguerillas is on now until Sunday 13 May 2018 from 10.00am – 5.00pm daily - entry is free - enjoy!

Our Tips:

  • The NGA is located in the heart of Canberra, near Parliament House, the High Court of Australia and next door to the National Portrait Gallery. You can also get to the NGA from the path around Lake Burley Griffin if you walk through the Sculpture Garden.
  • NGA Play is located near the main entrance as soon as you arrive at the NGA Gallery.
  • The gallery is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm except Christmas Day.
  • Entry to the NGA gallery, NGA Sculpture Park and the NGA Play is free except for special ticketed exhibitions.
  • There is underground paid parking is available via Parkes Place off King Edward Terrace. 
  • There are toilets inside including parents rooms
  • There are café spots onsite. 
  • The center is pram friendly with a walking ramp and lifts.
For more information, head to the NGA website.

To read our other Canberra reviews including our review of the NGA Sculpture Park, head to this link.

Josephine Wants to Dance - Monkey Baa - Sydney - Info

Monkey Baa is proud to present the world premiere of Josephine Wants to Dance, a new Australian play based on the celebrated picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley which will be on at Monkey Baa Theatre from Monday 16th to Tuesday 24th of April 2018.

We can't wait to see this show! The stage adaption will bring life to the iconic children’s book, set in Shaggy Gully, with stunning costume and set design, a hilarious original musical score and talented local cast.

 Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Kids aged four and over will meet Josephine, a kangaroo who loves to dance. Even though her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop, Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air. When a ballet troupe comes to their sleepy town of Shaggy Gully Josephine learns that there is another way to dance – ballet. She watches the dancers for hours and hours, and practices their moves at night, all alone.

 Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

When the ballet troupe gets into trouble on opening night they need an understudy to replace their Prima Ballerina, but who could dance the lead role? Who else could leap that high? Josephine’s talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she’s a kangaroo?

 Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

The show stars Rebecca Hertherington (Heathers, Blue Heelers), Chloe Dallimore (The Producers, The Addams Family), Amanda Laing (Mr Stink, The Merchant of Venice) and Hayden Rogers (The Secret Garden, Rent).

Following its world premiere at Sydney’s Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre in April, Josephine Wants to Dance will tour 47 venues across Australia until October.

Josephine Wants to Dance will be showing at Monkey Baa Theatre at Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre from Monday 16th to Tuesday 24th of April. Tickets are $29pp, $104 Family of 4, $125 Family of 5, $25pp Groups of 10+ (no booking fees apply).

 Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

For more info and bookings, head to the Monkey Baa Theatre website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

EARLY MAN Movie - Info & giveaway - Sydney & Melbourne

Set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of courageous caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his sidekick Hognob who, together with their fearless new friend Goona (Maisie Williams), must unite their Stone Age Tribe against the mighty Bronze Age enemy, Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston). 

EARLY MAN is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award® winning director Nick Park and AARDMAN, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep it's going to be EPIC and it's coming out March 29th!

  Image credit: Early Man

Image credit: Early Man

In cinemas March 29th, EARLY MAN will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world, unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast. Checkout the trailer it's a lot of fun!

To celebrate the release of EARLY MAN, we are giving away our Sydney and Melbourne readers a chance to win awesome prize packs:

  • 1 of 2 family in-season passes to see EARLY MAN in cinemas from March 29th  (2 adult + 2 child tickets valued at $72 each) 
  • 1 of 2 EARLY MAN prize-packs including a bag, frisbee, notebook, stickers and foldout poster/activity sheets (valued at $39.80 each)
 Image credit: Early Man

Image credit: Early Man

 Image credit: Early Man

Image credit: Early Man

To checkout the Early Man official website and trailer, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

KaBloom Festival of Flowers - Tesselaar - Info - Melbourne

Celebrate the carnival of colour at Tesselaar’s new KaBloom - Festival of Flowers from March 30th to April 15th 2018. Held on Tesselaar’s flower farm in the magical Dandenong Ranges, KaBloom will be an explosion of colour in nature, with waves of over 1.2 million flowers in bloom across five acres of garden. Wow that's a lot of flowers for the kids to count - haha!

 Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Festivities begin with the delicious Chocomania weekend (March 30 – April 2), with a visit from the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts and live entertainment daily with Cheek to Cheek and the Tracey Roberts Trio.

 Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Run over two weeks, the Family Fun Days (3-6 April and 9-13 April) kick off with daily shows from The Mik Maks, Bethany Fisher and Full Circle Drumming Workshops (first week) and The Kazoos, Trash Test Dummies and Ruccis Circus School (second week). Treasure hunts, petting zoo and giant garden games will keep the little ones entertained all day.

 Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

KaBloom also brings colour to a new level during Colourific Weekend (14-15 April). Browse the annual Garden & Plant Expo and enjoy live entertainment from Fused and Bollywood dancers The Naach Box. If that’s too tame you can join in on our Colour War, but make sure you wear white for maximum impact!

 Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

 Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Live entertainment daily, delicious international and local food and children’s activities galore all contribute to this brand new carnival of colour. Photos below were taken last week - how beautiful are all those blooms!

 Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

 Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Open every day during the festival from 10am – 5pm, entry: adults $25, concession $22 and children under 16 free. Some activities require pre booking and additional costs like tractor rides and face painting. For more info or tickets, head to the KaBloom website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies - The Royal Botanic Garden - Info & Giveaway - Sydney

In Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies, the adventurous Tinkerbell happens upon the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Together, the cheeky Mustardseed, fluttery Moth, daring Cobweb and sweet Peaseblossom all go on a magical quest with Tinkerbell, learning about each other and the different worlds they come from.

 Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Audience members are invited to come dressed up for fun either as a Fairy or an Elf but Jedi’s, Pirates and all super heroes are all welcome! Sing and dance away your Easter holidays while helping Tinkerbell and her Fairy Friends find their lost wings.

 Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

This delightful show was developed in conjunction with early learning experts to ensure it truly engages and inspires young minds. So pack a picnic and join in the magic! 

 Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies will be returning to the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney during the Easter holidays from the 14th to 29th April. 

To celebrate Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies, we will be giving away 2 family passes - one on our Instagram page and the other on our Facebook page. So keep an eye out !

For more information or to buy tickets, head to the website.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2018 - Info - Melbourne

Take the family to this year's Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th March 2018. 

Our last visit was back in 2015, we loved it so much and still have fond memories of the day so we thought we'd share some pics. 

 Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

 Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Families will be greeted this March by The Welcome Garden before walking through the floral wonderland of vibrant colour, bold blooms and perfumed petals filling the Great Hall.

Witness the next generation of Australian designers when RMIT fashion students create visually stunning and technically brilliant plant-based garments.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Architecturally designed cubby houses, floral wonderlands, roving live entertainment, face painting, kids' activities and hands-on gardening workshops; the countdown is on for mini gardening gurus and floral friends!

Kids are encouraged to get their hands dirty in the worm farm and veggie patches as part of The Diggers Club 40th anniversary celebration. Enjoy workshops on beekeeping and building chook sheds amongst the abundance of heirloom fruits, plants, vegetables and the iconic gardening club’s beloved pumpkin installation.

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Enhance or complete your garden with the fantastic choice of plants, flowers, products and more from retail exhibitors.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

 Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

 Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Photo credit: @busycitykids - March 2015

Kids and adults alike will not want to miss the Cubby House Challenge® - the annual auction of cubby houses created by leading Australian design and architecture firms. Coordinated by the show’s official charity partner, Kids Under Cover, all proceeds go to the charity’s youth homelessness prevention programs.

 Photo credit: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2018

Photo credit: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2018

 Photo credit: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2018

Photo credit: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2018

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is on from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th March 2018. The show will be open from 9am to 5pm daily at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens for the exception of Friday 23rd of March until 9pm for Gardens by Twilight. Adult tickets are $29.90, Concession tickets are $25.90 and Children 14 and under go FREE.

For more information or to buy tickets, head to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Booran Reserve - Glen Huntly - Review - Sydney

The Booran Reserve playground located on the corner of Booran Rd and Glenhuntly Road in Glen Huntly opened mid last year and has been very popular with visitors since.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Booran Reserve has been designed to ensure access for all ages and abilities. Colourful and gently sloped pathways allow intuitive movement and assist those with limited vision and mobility. 

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Harnesses on the five-way swing and double flying fox have been provided to give an immersive and shared experience. Softfall rubber pathways connect a range of play equipment, including Dutch disc spinner, birds nest swing and in-ground trampolines.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Smaller accessible paths weave and explore through shrubs, plantings and running water. The raised sandpit provides wheelchair access, and allows use of water spiral and mini sluice gate.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Little and big kids will love this playground's different play areas as well as the wet area.

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The playground is located on the corner of Booran Rd and Glenhuntly Road. There is free parking next to the playground and some areas are restricted. Fencing is not throughout the playground so be mindful as it is near a main road.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Swimmers and/or swimming nappies
  • Towels
  • Change of clothes and undies and/or nappies
  • Buckets and spades for the sandpit
  • Pram or carrier

This playground has:

  • Public toilets at the back nature area
  • Accessible and street parking on the street along the playground on Grand Drive
  • Picnic areas
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Sandpits
  • Slide, climbing structure
  • Rotunda
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Water Play areas

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

For more Melbourne playgrounds, head to our dedicated page

Wonderland - ACMI - Info - Melbourne

ACMI invites you to venture down the rabbit hole into an enchanted world with WONDERLAND this April where expectations are turned upside down and curiosity is rewarded. Wonderland will celebrate the screen history of Lewis Carroll's timeless stories - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There in an entirely original immersive exhibition. 

WONDERLAND will illustrate the ongoing fascination of Carroll's stories and characters with new visual technologies from over more than a century. From the earliest optical toys to silent film, animation, puppetry, live-action cinema, video games, CGI, 3D and beyond, the exhibition explores how the moving image has kept Alice and her stories in the public consciousness, reinvented in contemporary contexts and mediums.

Commencing in Lewis Carroll’s drawing room, visitors of WONDERLAND are handed their own Lost Map of Wonderland, a physical and digital device unlocking surprising experiences during their exhibition journey and beyond. With their interactive map in hand, visitors wander the world of Wonderland, losing themselves in the Hallway of Doors, playing at the Queen’s Croquet Ground and taking part in a magical Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that comes to life before their very eyes.

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Along the way they will find more than 300 unique objects sourced from all around the world including first edition publications and illustrations, magic lantern projectors, concept drawings, animation cels, spectacular costumes, puppets, props and more.

 Photo credit: ACMI

Photo credit: ACMI

From the first screen adaptation by Cecil M Hepworth in 1903 to Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), WONDERLAND reveals the development of special effects from pre-cinematic entertainment to silent film, animation to puppetry, live-action cinema, videogames, CGI, 3D and beyond. Among the films featured; Norman Z McLeod’s 1933 version featuring a young Cary Grant; Lou Bunin’s Alice Au Pays des Merveilles (1949) which almost did not make it to the screen; Jan Svankmajer’s acclaimed Alice (1988); the Quay Brothers’ experimental Alice in Not So Wonderland (2007); and television versions by the BBC and NBC, and much more. 

So take a trip through the looking glass into an immersive, enchanted world that draws together a remarkable selection of original behind-the-scenes material. The more curious you are, the more you’ll discover. 

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Free Kids Yoga - The Darling Quarter - Review - Sydney

Alyssa from @thekidsbookhunter visited The Darling Quarter last week to take part in the FREE Kids Yoga activity. Hunter had so much fun! Alyssa was happy to share their experience with Busy City Kids. Here's their review. Thanks so much Alyssa xo Catherine
 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Looking for a fun activity to get the kids outdoors and active? Then head down to the beautiful setting of the Darling Quarter’s Northern green on Friday mornings for a FREE half hour session of Kids Yoga. 

 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Designed for preschool aged children and their carers, the sessions are run by qualified yoga instructor Danielle (Dee Dee) Connor of Yoga Budz. 

 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Dee Dee energetically introduces young children to various Yoga poses and movements in a fun and age appropriate way. Children’s Yoga is not only a great form of exercise and relaxation, but is also super cute to watch. Kids will love acting like animals, telling stories with their movements, and moving their bodies into a mix of serene and dynamic positions.

 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

There are 2 free half hour sessions running each Friday morning at 10:30am – 11:00am and 11:30am – 12:00pm. All mats are provided and no bookings are necessary. On days of poor weather sessions are held in the front foyer of Monkey Baa Theatre. 

 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

For more information, head to The Darling Quarter website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

MAAS Minis and Tinkertoreum at Powerhouse Museum - Review - Sydney

Recently Alyssa from @thekidsbookhunter visited the Powerhouse Museum to test out MAAS Minis with her children and ended up testing out Tinkertoreum and the MAAS story time too while they were there! Alyssa was happy to share their experience with Busy City Kids. Here's their review. This visit was self funded. Thanks so much Alyssa xo Catherine

The Powerhouse Museum (or the MAAS) is one of our favourite places to visit in the city. Along with their multitude of engaging and educational permanent exhibitions, there is always something new and exciting to see and explore. 

On Monday the 12th February we attended the very first MAAS Minis. MAAS minis is a monthly curated play-based learning session that provides young children with the opportunity to explore and experiment with a range of toys, books and sensory items. Minis is designed for young children aged 3-5 years (and for the younger children there is MAAS Tinies program for 0-2 year olds).

 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

The 45-minute sessions are run by museum staff and have a different theme/focus each month. The session that we attended had an emphasis on colour and light and provided a range of learning opportunities that were perfect for little hands and minds to explore and experiment with.

 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

After MAAS Minis we tried out the new Tinkertoreum, a creative workstation that provides children with the opportunity for hands on creation and construction using various materials and building suggestions. Set up with everything you need, such as cardboard, playdough, tape, pop sticks and straws, budding engineers can create and design till their hearts content.

 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

After our busy morning of play-based learning we enjoyed MAAS story time. During story time you can enjoy a children’s story book (in one of the coolest settings there is) followed by a fun matching craft project.

 Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @thekidsbookhunter for @busycitykids

The next MAAS Minis session is on the Tuesday 6th March and will be design based to coincide with the Sydney Design Festival. Children’s tickets can be purchased online for $15 each (non-member) and it is free for the accompanying adult.

For more information on the Powerhouse Museum and MAAS Minis, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.